Humanoid Club of IITK

A team of undergraduate students, representing Humanoid Club of IITK, took part in the Federation of International Sports Association (FIRA), HuroCup 2019. FIRA, founded by Prof. Jong-Hwan Kim of Korea in 1996, is the oldest robot soccer competition in the world. The goal of HuroCup league was to develop humanoid robots that could perform several tasks in complex environments. The Humanoid developed by the team for the competition, AUTOMI, was a 21 DOF bipedal robot. It used a camera and an IMU to navigate through a given environment. Humanoid IITK was the only Indian team to have qualied for the FIARA HuroCup 2019. The team also participated in various other competitions, and secured 5th position in archery and 7th position on marathon. The competition gave the team a bigger platform to showcase their talent, and an international exposure to enhance their skill

The team participated in FIRA Huro cup 2k19

1. Abhay Varshney (170013) Department of Mechanical Engineering
2. Harsh Verma(170290) Department of Chemical Engineering
3. Himanshu Verma(170303) Department of Aerospace Engineering
4. Madhur Deep Jain (170367) Department of Electrical Engineering
5. Saroj Anjesh (170634) Department of Physics


Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) IIT Kanpur is one of the fedgling teams of IITK and has achieved huge success in the past few years. SAE encourages the growth and development of an “Automotive Culture” in the institute so as to engage students in exciting scientic realm which remains rather unexplored in the institute. Through the active participation of the team in national and international events of high repute, SAE has displayed great potential. In its first season, we participated in the reputed Formula Student Competition in Italy, BAJA, and E-cycle Competition in India and gained national/international exposure and praise.

In the previous season, SAE participated in BAJA SAE INDIA (BSI2020) and stood

  • 11th out of 180+ teams in Sales Presentation
  • 35th out of 180+ teams in Design Presentation


  • The team had an opportunity to meet alums and showcase their finalized project during reunions. Alumni showed great interest in the vehicle and some of them took a challenge of driving the vehicle themselves.
  • Connecting with the alums has been an integral part of IITK-Motorsports. The Club constantly tries to strengthen our connections with our alumni and keep them updated about the ongoing project and progress till date

Cell for Differently abled Persons

Cell for Differently Abled Person (CDAP), has been proactive towards a barrier free campus since it was established in 2017. Cell acts as the first point of contact for differently abled students. Over the past three years, CDAP team comprising of faculty, staff, and students has worked tirelessly towards its vision to provide a wholesome productive environment to our differently abled students. DAP efforts are supported by Counseling Service, Health Center, offices of DoAA, DoSA, DoRA and many other entities on the campus.

Promoting a barrier free & inclusive campus

The Cell acts as the first point of contact for physically challenged students on IITK campus and along with the other institute bodies and it aims to collaborate with external agencies with and aim to build a barrier-free academic environment. Several activities promoted on campus include Infrastructure up-gradation such as building the accessible campus (ramps) under the Accessible India Campaign by IWD (Institute Works Department).

Significant Developments

Digitized Accommodation

In order to ensure the best quality for all, it is imperative for students with disabilities who seek to have any accommodations during their course of study, to fill and submit the Accommodation Intake Form. The forms, developed with assistance from XRCVC, Mumbai, have been digitized and are being filled online from this year at IIT Kanpur.

Assistive Technologies

Some computers have been equipped with software to facilitate accessibility for visually challenged students. These computers are equipped with large monitors, assistive keyboard, and 3 special software, NVDA, Chatty Infty and Infty Reader. These PCs are available in computer center and library. Students are being trained on campus about how to use this software.


UDGHOSH, the annual sports meet of IIT Kanpur, which in the true sense, it is an exhibition of sporting fervor, with help of CDAP organized UDAAN, sports events for differently-abled students. This event over the past two years - in 2018 and 2019, marked visits by international level sportspersons in the DAP category.

Outreach to stakeholders in Orientation 2019

During a meeting, parents of new DAP students were apprised about the facilities and resources available at IITK for differently abled persons. Parents were informed about the initiatives taken by CDAP which includes participation in sports events. In addition, a sensitization seminar for all first year students was also organized to apprise them of the needs and challenges of DAP. These sessions, organized for the first time on campus by CDAPare being planned as recurring events during Orientation

Disability Day Celebration

Celebration of Disability Day on campus is conducted every year in January to spread awareness about different abilities of physically challenged persons among the campus community. It serves as a platform and gives students an opportunity to showcase their talent. Representatives from other colleges in Kanpur working with DAPs are also invited.

Health Camp

The 1980 Batch of IIT Kanpur organized a free diagnosis and counseling health camp for differently abled people at the health center IIT Kanpur. In collaboration with ALIMCO and DORA, CDAP helped spread information about the camp and handled the logistics. The event was the first event of its kind at IIT Kanpur Campus and benefitted many Differently abled people, including students/staff/faculty. During the distribution session held shortly after the camp, assistive devices, including wheelchairs, were distributed to some of those who were examined at the camp.

Students-Undergraduate Research and Graduate Excellence

SURGE Program is an evidence of the close student-faculty collaboration opportunities, for handson experience and quest for new knowledge that characterize IITK education. It develops the agenda of undergraduate research and promotes a culture of research and interdisciplinary education in the new generation.

This year due to Covid-19, many SURGE program activities were not feasible. Hence, with some relevant modications and changes, SURGE 2020 was conducted virtually from 12th June 2020 - 11th November 2020.

Number of Students selected

  • IITK Students: 13
  • Non-IITK Students: 53
  • SAARC Students: 2

Final presentation was was done virtually where students were asked to make a video of 4 minutes explaining the research work carried out by them on SURGE Portal. MOOKIT Platform was used for connecting students with their mentors. The Best Project was decided on the basis of online feedback mechanism received from their supervisors and SURGE implementation committee after the presentations on SURGE Portal. The motivation behind SURGE was to expose students to research and to encourage them to pursue research as a professional career. The research work undertaken by the students was considered exemplary and the research work resulted in national and international publications and the work was presented in many national and international conferences.

Student Exchange Program

The Ofice of International Relations (OIR) at IIT Kanpur facilitates and oversees the Institute's academic collaborations with foreign universities which include joint degree programs, student internships and semester exchange. The ofice acts as a point of contact for all foreign students joining IIT Kanpur and for IITK students travelling overseas for different programs. OIR also manages various government-funded programs at the Institute level such as ITEC training courses, ASEAN Fellowship, Study in India and ICCR Scholarship Program. No student exchange program was held due to the Covid-19 pandemic in this year.

Arepalli – Karumuri Family Grant

Dr. Sivaram Arepalli donated USD $30,000 towards travel grant to students of Physics Department annually for delivering an invited talk at international conferences organized by reputed international scientific societies such as APS, ACS, and MRS. In addition, the recipient should have a paper published or accepted in reputed journals such as Nature,Science, PNAS, and PRL.He also instituted the travel award in memory of his parents, Mr. Arepalli Venkanna & Mrs. Subbama and Mr. Karumuri Venkata Ratnam Mrs. Suseela and named as Arepalli-Karumuri Family Grant. Prof. Ashoke Sen Endowment Travel Grant was awarded to the following students –

  • Kamalika Nath (Physics Department)
  • Rajesh Tripathi (Physics Department)

Prof. Ashoke Sen Endowment

Prof. Ashoke Sen (MSC 2/PHY/1978) contributed Rs. 10 lakhs towards modernization of the Seminar Room of Physics Department and dedicated the same in the honor of Professor Amal K Raychaudhuri in the year 2015-16. During 2019-20, Department of Physics utilized the interest earnings of the fund towards payment for purchase of green chalk board and repairing of its sliding system.

Nath Travel Grant for Research in Computational Economics

Dr. Swaprava Nath, Assistant Professor, Computer Science & Engineering Department, donated an amount of Rs. 2,00,000 towards instituting an international travel fund for students and faculty of IIT Kanpur involved in research in computational economics