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Vol. 1, Issue 3, December 2020

IITK in Spotlight

Foundation Day

IITK celebrated its 61st Foundation Day virtually on November 02, 2020, in which 22 alumni were bestowed with various prestigious awards along with three Institute Fellows. Prof. K. VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, was the Chief Guest.

IITK honored three of its most esteemed alumni with Institute Fellows 2020 on its Foundation Day.

Prof. Vishwanath Sinha

Prof. Ashutosh Sharma

Mr. Umang Gupta

Distinguished Alumnus Award 2020

Prof. C. Mauli Agrawal

Chancellor at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, USA.

Mr. Ved Arya

Founder of SRIJAN, Founder of Buddha Fellowship Program, Founder at SRIJAN Infratech & Development Services.

Mr. Rajiv Batra

Founder of Palo Alto Networks

Prof. Deepak Divan

Director, Center for Distributed Energy, Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA, USA.

Prof.Ashok Gadgil

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Rajeev Gautam

President and CEO of Honeywell Performance Materials & Technologies.

Dr. Ashish Gupta

Co-founder and Senior Managing Director, Helion Venture Partners.

Dr. Anand Jagannathan

Founder, CEO at Engage Social.

Mr. Neelkanth Mishra

Managing Director,the Indian Strategist and Co-head of Equity Strategy, Asia Pacific, for Credit Suisse

Mr. Gokul Rajaram

Executive team at DoorDash.

Mr. R.K. Mathur

First Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory of Ladakh.

Dr. Subrata Mitra

Partner at Accel

Prof. Meenakshi Narain

Professor of Physics at Brown University, USA.

Prof. Mukul M. Sharma

Professor at Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, USA.

Air Marshal R. K . S. Shera (retd.)

Air Marshal, Air Officer Commanding in Chief Maintenance Command (retd.).

Mr. Ranjan Tandon

(BT/ME/1972) Founder and Chairman of Libra Advisors LLC

Prof. Rupak Majumdar

Scientific Director, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, Germany.

Distinguished Services Award 2020

Prof. Rajendra Bordia


Professor & Chair, Materials Science & Engineering, Clemson University

Prof. Shivendra Singh Panwar


Professor in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department at Tandon School of Engineering of New York University.Director of New York State CATT.

Young Alumnus Award 2020

Mr. Abhiraj Singh Bhal

Co-founder & CEO,
Urban Company

Dr. Barna Saha

Assistant Professor,
University of California, Berkeley

Satyendra K. Dubey Memorial Award 2020

Mr. Kumar Ravi


(District Magistrate, Patna)

53rd Convocation

53rd Convocation ceremony was held virtually on Oct. 22nd, 2020. IBM, Chairman, Dr. Arvind Krishna, was the Chief Guest and Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Chairperson, BoG IITK, presided over the ceremony. This year, for the first time, the award for Outstanding PhD thesis across all departments and interdisciplinary programmes was conferred.

Mr. Arvind krishna
K Radhakrishnan

President’s Gold Medal

Raghav Garg

Computer Science & Engineering

Director's Gold Medal

Soumyadeep Datta

Electrical Engineering

Director’s Gold Medal

Aayushi Bansal

Electrical Engineering

Ratan Swarup Memorial Prize

Siddhartha Srivastava

Mathematics & Statistics

Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma Medal

Mainak Majumdar

Civil Engineering

IITK Foundation USA

The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur Foundation was established in August 2000.The Foundation was established as a non-profit public benefit corporation and received its status as a tax-exempt organization from the IRS. It is organized under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law for charitable purposes. The specific purposes for which the Foundation is organized are to fund and promote overall betterment of students, faculty, alumni body of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Examples of fundraising include, but not limited to -- faculty chair funds, scholarships, equipment, research center, hostel improvement, etc. In addition, the Foundation will also assist in improving the IITKanpur branding through faculty recruitment, facilitate research through academic and corporate relationships. The organization will achieve its goals by providing financial and other resources towards the IIT Kanpur.

The founding members of the Foundation were Prof Arakere Vasudev, Deepak Bhagat, Umang Gupta and Anil Bhandari. Under their leadership and also with the help of a number of luminary alumni, since its inception the Foundation’s efforts have resulted in 25 Endowed chairs, 40 Scholarships, 12 Distinguished Lecture Series. The Foundation was also instrumental in the establishment of Motwani Bhavan - Computer Science Building, Ranjit Singh Rozi Shiksha Kendra, Center for Engineering in Medicine, Prabhu Goel Cyber Security Center amongst others. In addition, there have been a number of “Department Contributions”, “Batch Gifts”, etc.

Earlier this year, the Foundation board selected a brand new team to lead the charter going forward. Looking forward, IIT Kanpur Foundation (IITKF), IIT Kanpur Alumni Association (IITKAA), and IIT Kanpur Development Foundation(IITKDF) through various initiatives are continuing to work closely together to strengthen and grow the global network of IIT Kanpur alumni.

Board Members

Rajeev Ranjan

is a Senior Director at Synopsys and is a seasoned veteran in the Electronic Design Automation industry.

Jai Rawat

currently the Founder and CEO of Zinrelo, a SaaS based loyalty rewards platform.

Surbhi Kaul

is Head of Product and GM for the Software Division at Juniper Networks.

Vinod Baya

is currently the Head of Emerging Technology at Citi Ventures Studio where he develops new products and services that drive economic vitality for people and communities.

Atul Mathur

Principal and CIO at a leading management and technology consulting company Credence Management Solutions.

Ratan Bajpai

has over 20 years of experience working in the technology industry in large fortune 500 companies, research labs, as well as multiple startups.

Prof. Abhay Karandikar

is currently serving as the Director of IIT Kanpur. He is the founding member and chairman of the Telecom Standards Development Society of India (TSDSI).

Prof. Jayant K. Singh

is a professor at IIT Kanpur in the Chemical Engineering Department. He currently also serves as the Dean of Resources and Alumni of the Institute.

IIT Kanpur & RiceUniversity, via their joint center, Rice-IITK Collaborative Center conducts first research workshop on High Energy Physics, Water and Sustainability from Oct. - Nov.2020

IIT Kanpur under the purview of its Corporate Social Responsibility activity joins hands with Power Finance Corporation Limited towards a CSR project in the area of Research & Development.

IIT Kanpur, Tribes India & Chhattisgarh MFP Federation launches a Tech For Tribals programme in Chhattisgarh. The initiative aims to tap the traditional knowledge & skills of tribals and add branding & marketing to optimise their income.

IIT Kanpur lays the Foundation Stone of the Research and Technology Park that functions under the brand name of Technopark@iitk.The event was presided by Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director, IITK; Prof. S. Ganesh, Deputy Director, IITK; Prof. Avinash Agarwal, Prof In-charge IITK.

The Department of Cognitive Sciences gets established at IITK. The Department will focus on areas, such as Consciousness Studies, Decision Making, Applied Cognitive Sciences, Reasoning and Social Cognition.

775 TR HR Thermal Energy Storage System gets inaugurated. It is implemented in the CESE building under the joint Indo-US project called UI-ASSIST on Smart Grid & Storage Technology funded by DST, India.

IIT Kanpur signs an MoU with DynamaticTech to build Unmanned aircrafts (UAVs) & drones by using state-of-the-art technology for the Indian Army.

Director, IIT Kanpur gets inducted in the TSDSI India Hall of Fame as a "TSDSI Fellow" in the Organizational Category.

IIT Kanpur has signed an MoU with C-DAC to establish 1.3 petaFLOPS (PARAM Sanganak) supercomputing facility under the National Supercomputing Mission.

The Department of Sustainable Energy Engineering gets established at IITK. It plans to offer high-quality academic programmes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, to provide multiple skill-sets to its students, with relevant courses from core engineering disciplines blended with science and humanities.

A Multi-Institutional Center on Hydrogen Energy Systems gets inaugurated. The Center focuses on the multi-institutional centre with a focus on hydrogen storage systems & applications based on hydrogen as a working fluid. It has five participating institutes; which includes: IIT Bombay, IIT Kanpur, IIT GN and NITR.The IITK 'wing' is located in CESE.

IIT Kanpur ranks 6th for Innovations in the Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements, by Innovation cell of Ministry of Education , Government of India for the year 2020, in the category of Institute of National Importance, Central Universities & CFTIs.

La Trobe University Australia & IITK have set up IITK-La Trobe University Research Academy to create a globally recognized centre for research in health, food & water security, urban planning, and transport. Both these centers will boost collaborative research and student mobility.

PAN IIT USA organizes global virtual summit - IIT2020: The Future is Now on Dec. 04-05, 2020. The summit focuses on global economy, health infrastructure, environment conservation, universal education, technology innovation. Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi gives keynote speech .

Alumni in Focus

Prof. Jyotirmayee Dash


wins the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar prize, 2020 in Chemical Sciences.

Ms. Vartika Shukla


gets appointed as the Director (Technical) of Engineers India Limited, a Navratna PSU under the administrative control of the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas.

Dr. Arvind Krishna


gets appointed as Chairman of IBM. Earlier this year, he was appointed as the CEO of IBM.

Prof. Saikat Guha


gets appointed as the Director of Center for Quantum Networks. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences.

Mr. Arun Seth


gets appointed as the Chairman of TEMA ( Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association of India), National Development Council for Start-ups.

Dr. Richa Pandey


gets selected as one of the top 100 Women of Influence Award by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. She is the Vice-President, Technology Development of Ubiquitous Energy.

Prof. Vivek Sarkar


gets selected as the recipient of the 2020 ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award.

Prof. Raghvendra Kumar Chaudhary


gets selected for prestigious Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) - Young Engineer Award, 2020.

Mr. Gokul Rajaram


joins Pine Labs as an Advisor. Mr. Rajaram is a Global Product leader and has over two decades experience in product development and management.

Dr. Harshit Agarwal


is awarded the prestigious IEEE Electron Devices Society Early Career Award 2020. It is a special honor, as he is just one of the two recipients of this award from around the world.

Mr. Sanjay Malhotra


gets appointed as the Chairman & Managing Director of REC Limited. The company is a public Infrastructure Finance Company in India’s power sector.

Dr. Samanvaya Srivastava


receives National Science Foundation Career Award. He is an Assistant Professor at UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Mr. Dheeraj Pandey


gets featured in Verdict as the top 10 CEO influencers on Q2, 2020. Mr. Pandey is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Nutanix, a software development company.

Prof. Anil Srivastava

gets chosen as the 2020 SME College of Fellows. He is a Star Professor in the Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Mr. Sourav Sengupta

(MT/CHE/ 1986)

gets named as one of the Top Technology Leaders, DuPont Laureate 2020.

Faculty Achievements

Prof. D.H. Dethe

Department of Chemistry, gets selected for the SERB Science and Technology Award for Research (SERB-STAR).

Prof. S.C. Srivastava

Department of Electrical Engineering, gets selected as IEEE Fellow.

Prof. Yogesh Singh Chauhan

Department of Electrical Engineering, gets selected as IEEE Fellow.

Prof.Arun Shukla

Department of BSBE, gets selected for OPPI Young Scientist of the Year Award, 2020.

Prof. Sachida Nand Tripathi

Department of Civil Engineering, gets elected as Indian National Science Academy Fellow.

Prof. S.N. Singh

Department of Electrical Engineering, gets selected for NPSC 2020 Academic Excellence Award.

Prof. Shantanu Bhattacharya

Department of Mechanical Engineering, gets selected for Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellowship of INAE.

Prof. Rahul Mangal

Department of Chemical Engineering, gets selected for the INAE Young Engineer Award 2020.

Prof. Sankar P Rath

Department of Chemistry, gets selected for the SERB Science and Technology Award for Research (SERB-STAR).

Prof. Bushra Ateeq

Department of BSBE, wins Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize 2020 for Science and Technology.


School of Medical Research and Technology

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur has been instrumental in bringing new paradigms of science-based, cutting edge engineering education. The Institute has always been at the forefront of teaching and research and gained repute at national and international level. With the path-breaking innovations in both its curriculum and research, the Institute has gained a legendary reputation. Today, the combined record of its past and present faculty and students along with the alumni spread across the world is awe-inspiring.

Undeniably, engineering solutions play an integral role in the field of biomedical sciences. In view of this,

1) IIT Kanpur established the Department of Biological Sciences and Bioengineering (BSBE) in the year 2001, which is dedicated for fundamental & translational research in biomedical sciences. The M. Tech program offered by BSBE is ranked highest amongst such programs offered in the country and it tops in the research and innovation impact in this area.

2) Additional centers were set up over the years to add to the ecosystem of IIT Kanpur in the area of healthcare and Medtech.

  • Start-up Incubation and Innovation Centre (SIIC)
  • Centre for Nanosciences
  • National Centre for Flexible Electronics (NFlexE)
  • The Mehta Family Center for Engineering in Medicine
  • BIRAC Centre for Fabrication and Testing of Medical Devices
  • DBT School for Healthcare Innovations & Entrepreneurship

3) SIIC at IIT Kanpur is one of the world class incubation centers with multiple success stories, and has the highest patent to commercialization rate of 16 % (in comparison to Global average, which is only 1%).

4) Presently, in the Biotech and MedTech domains alone the incubator supports over 20 start-ups.

With all these centers working in confluence, IIT Kanpur has become the number one ecosystem for innovation and incubation in the area of biomedical research and healthcare in the country. Biomedical research and MedTech innovations thrive in the transdisciplinary ecosystem. This is highlighted by the fact that, in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, it became clearer that India lacks a required healthcare system and emergency care. During these unpredictable situations, IIT Kanpur faculty and researchers rose to the difficult situation, and multiple innovative ideas to fight against Covid-19 were conceived. Product prototypes were developed and 2 of the major products have been even tested for clinical feasibility and are being used today.

1) Development of high end indigenized invasive ventilator, and
2) Development of scalable and reusable N95 and N99 masks with enhanced antiviral/antibacterial property.

However, presently, in IIT Kanpur, even with thriving biomedical research activities, there is a major missing link which is absence of clinical set up on campus (Image). Although, there are existing collaborations with Medical colleges and Hospitals, distant clinical collaborations pose several challenges that compromise the overall outcome. The MedTech ecosystem at IIT Kanpur will be complete when there is a medical program on campus bringing in the clinical set up.

With this, we at IIT Kanpur started to work on the concept of establishing a full-fledged Medical School comprising of Centres of Excellence (CoE) and a super speciality hospital on campus. This proposed School of Medical Research and Technology (SMRT) would combine medicine with engineering and develop technology-based interventions for,

  • the diagnosis,
  • surveillance,
  • management,
  • mitigation, and
  • prevention of diseases.

Besides its academic programs, the R&D focus of the school would be on developing need‐driven medical devices and technologies. The institute envisages to establish one-of-its-kind medical school that would offer EnMed (Engineering in Medicine) programs wherein medical graduates will also be trained in engineering disciplines and vice versa to successfully bridge the technology gap and offer solutions to medical needs that are unique to India.

Recently, Board of Governors IIT Kanpur have approved the proposal to establish ‘Centers of Excellence (CoE)’ on different thematic areas on futuristic medicine as part of SMRT and a super specialty hospital as an extension of CoE on campus.

IIT Kanpur Development Foundation

IIT Kanpur is a Government of India Funded Technical Institute. It is dependent on Central Government funding to the extent of over 75% of its needs. As the Institute grows, the gap between Central Government funds and the Institute needs is widening. It is estimated that to meets its aspirational needs, the Institute needs to generate an additional Rs 100 to 125 crore every year. As part of the Golden Jubilee initiatives IIT Kanpur had engaged McKinsey to create a long term strategic vision for the Institute. One of the key recommendations of McKinsey was to create a professional fund raising organization for IIT Kanpur.

IIT Kanpur Development Foundation (IITKDF) was approved as a separate section 8 company of IIT Kanpur by the Board of Governors in June 2020. Since then, the company has been formed and its board of directors constituted. IITK Development Foundation will be the fundraising arm of IIT Kanpur and will work in tandem with IITK Foundation USA. The company expects to start its operations in January 2021.

Board of Directors

Prof. Abhay Karandikar

Director IITK, Chairman ex-officio

Prof. Jayant K Singh

DoRA IIT Kanpur, Member ex-officio

Prof. S. Ganesh

Deputy Director IITK, Member ex-officio

Member Alum, Dr. B V R Mohan Reddy

Chairman BOG IITR and IITH, Founder and Executive Chairman Cyient Corporation

Member Alum Mr. Rajeev Ranjan

President IITK Foundation USA, Former President AA West Coast Chapter, Director Synopsys

Member Alum Mr. Rajiv Swarup

Strategy and Outreach IITK, Formerly President Shiv Nadar University, Chief Customer Officer HCL America.

Giving Back

Campus Workers Campaign

IITK Students’ Gymkhana started a campaign to provide financial help to the workers of the Institute. Campus workers working in shops, eateries, canteens, and as vendors, rickshaw pullers etc. suffered heavy financial losses due the Covid-19 pandemic repeated lock downs. Through the generous donations of our alumni and well-wishers, IIT Kanpur along with Students’ Gymkhana raised INR 75,90,909. Our esteemed alumnus, Dr. Dev Joneja generously contributed USD 55000 for this cause. Such huge support from the Institute, helped ease out the financial problems for our campus workers as the donations received were used to pay back loans, buy rations and other everyday essentials. Our campus workers are grateful for this generosity and some have expressed their gratitude.

Baba Ram Das

Footwear Shop Owner

I thank IIT Kanpur and those who helped me in these difficult times. I used the money to pay off by debts.

Babli Singh

CCD Employee

I can’t thank enough the donors of this campaign. I pray for their happiness and success.

Sudhir Singh Chauhan

Tea Stall Owner (MT Section)

I used the money to pay school feel of my children.I used money to pay off my debts

Supriya Kanojiya

CCD Employee

I used the money to buy food ration. I thank IITK and donors for all the help.

One Alumnus One Student Campaign

One of the most successful campaigns of IIT Kanpur, One Alumnus One Student, was launched to raise funds for 600 undergraduate students, who come from economically weaker sections of the society, to help provide them with IT hardware. Since the Institute had decided to go completely online for at least semester-1 of the Academic Year 2020-2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, there were 600 such students who needed IT help in order to continue their studies online. The campaign was launched on July 22 2020, and funds had to be collected by the end of August, as the semester was to begin on September 01 2020. Donations poured in under CSR initiative and from our alumni to this cause amounting to Rs. 223.10 lakhs. The amount was used to reimburse IT hardware (laptop/broadband) cost purchased by students. IITK students have expressed their heartfelt gratitude.

Aditi Arya (190056)

Thank you so much, Sir, for your help. I was really in need of this crucial support. I was unsure about my taking online classes, as the internet connectivity in my hometown is very erratic, and mobile data is not convenient. I am grateful to the Institute for this timely support. I am glad that I was selected for this support. Thank you once again.

Monika Rathore (170400)

I am thankful to IIT Kanpur as well as to my donor. I was planning to buy a new laptop and my dream came true through this campaign. It is indeed a great initiative to help students. Your support has inspired me to work harder, and I will definitely help IIT Kanpur as an alumna in future.

Amit Kumar (119150)

This is indeed a great support offered by my institute in times of such uncertainty. The generosity shown by IITK alumni is praiseworthy. This valuable donation will ensure that I would be able to continue my studies online. My heartfelt thanks to everyone.

Arun (190179)

This priceless donation has arrived at the most crucial time. Without this, I wouldn’t have been able to continue my studies online. I have no words to express my gratitude to my donor and my institute. I hope I would be able to repay this debt one day by giving back to IITK.

14 Trees Foundation

14 Trees Foundation– a reforestation initiative with Pravin Bhagwat (BT/CSE/1990)

As scientists and engineers, we will appreciate that most of the problems we were given during our tenure at IIT Kanpur began with an ‘Initial Condition’. For 14 Trees Foundation that challenge looks like this:

This land, adjacent to a village just outside Pune was lush green forest when India gained Independence. Since then, human depredation has reduced it to a harsh and arid landscape. Timber logging and clear-cutting without any planned replenishment of the trees followed by top-soil erosion in the rains further perpetuated by indiscriminate and uncontrolled annual burning to facilitate cattle-grazing has left this area devoid of trees, water, life and hope.

In this challenging environment, the idea of 14 Trees Foundation has taken root. Dr. Pravin Bhagwat’s vision is not simply to plant a sapling on fertile land and walk away but rather to re-engineer an entire eco-system in inhospitable territory. He has a blueprint to achieve this in balance and harmony with humans and nature while addressing the pre-eminent crises of our times – deforestation and habitat loss, species extinction and climate change.

It starts with a massive nursery of 80,000 saplings of flora native to the Sahyadri range, prepared with help from the local villagers. These are planted in land owned by the Foundation, by the roadsides leading up to the village and increasingly on land that belongs to the locals who have seen the transformative power of the idea. The commitment is to maintain the saplings for three years till they are self-sustaining.

To have a chance, these seedlings need air, soil, water, protection and time. 14 Trees works to maintain these sites with a labor force from the villages (currently 110 strong) who manually ferry water from the many ponds which were dug. This creates a perennial water source with the added benefit of raising groundwater aquifer levels for the villagers, for their cattle, crops and the local wildlife. A leopard has begun to visit one of the ponds!

The trees are protected with locally constructed bamboo cages and labelled with a distinctive sign that indicates the variety of the sapling and the sponsoring individual or organization. 14 Trees is seeing an over 95% survival rate in its reforestation efforts. The name itself comes from the calculation that 14 trees will offset the carbon dioxide load on nature by the normal activity of an individual human being in their lifetime.

This is what the solution to the defined problem looks like today with over 21,000 trees planted. There is a grove for the IITK Faculty, the Dr. P.K. Kelkar grove for the Directors and plans for each graduating batch of the institute to commemorate its Diamond Jubilee and 40,000 alumni. Find out more on how to be involved at 14Trees.org.

Season of Giving

Artist Corner

Laalbandh Landscape (oil on canvas)

Ms. Gargi Ghosh (PhD Student, Fine Arts, HSS Dept. IITK gargi@iitk.ac.in)

Cover page photo credit- Mr. Somesh Patel (IITK alumus, somesh.patel91@gmail.com)