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Distinguished Alumnus Awardees 2020


Prof. Deepak Divan

(BT/EE/1975)
Director, Center for Distributed Energy Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA, USA.
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Prof. Ashok Gadgil

(MSC2/PHY/1973)
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.
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Prof. Rupak Majumdar

(BT/CSE/1998)
Director, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, Germany.
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Prof. Meenakshi Narain

(MSC2/PHY/1984)
Professor of Physics at Brown University, USA.
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Prof. C. Mauli Agrawal

(BT/ME/1982)
Chancellor at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, USA.
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Prof. Mukul M. Sharma

(BT/ChE/1980)
Professor at Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, USA.
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Air Marshal Raj Karan Singh Shera

(MT/EE/1980)
Air Marshal, Air Officer Commanding in Chief Maintenance Command (retd.).
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Mr. R. K. Mathur

(BT/ME/1975)
First Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory of Ladakh.
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Mr. Neelkanth Mishra

(BT/CHE/1977)
The Indian Strategist and Co-head of Equity Strategy, Asia Pacific, for Credit Suisse
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Mr. Gokul Rajaram

(BT/CSE/1995)
Executive team at DoorDash.
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Dr. Ashish Gupta

(BT/CSE/1988)
Co-founder and Senior Managing Director, Helion Advisors.
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Dr. Subrata Mitra

(BT/CSE/1988)
Partner at Accel
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Mr. Rajiv Batra

(BT/EE/1982)
Founder of Palo Alto Networks
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Mr. Ranjan Tandon

(BT/ME/1972)
Founder of Libra Advisors LLC
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Dr. Anand Jagannathan

(BT/EE/1974)
Founder, CEO at Engage Social.
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Dr. Rajeev Gautam

(BT/CHE/1974)
President and CEO of Honeywell Performance Materials & Technologies.
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Mr. Ved Arya

(BT/AE/1979)
Founder at Srijan, Founder at Buddha Fellowship Program, Founder at SRIJAN Infratech & Development Services (SIDS).
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About the Award

The Distinguished Alumnus Award (DAA), started in 1989, is the highest award given by IIT Kanpur to its alumni in recognition of their outstanding achievements. Every year, the institute works with its alumni to honour individuals who have made a mark in their respective fields of expertise. They are selected for the award based on specific meritorious services on behalf of the quality and advancement of IITK, distinguished accomplishments in business and professional life and/or distinguished human service in community affairs.

Nominations can be made for outstanding achievements in various pursuits under the following categories:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Professional Excellence
  • Entrepreneurship and Management
  • Any other activity pertaining to the service of Humanity at large.

Evaluation Committee

The evaluation committee for the award, as approved by the board of governors of IIT Kanpur, comprises of:


  • Director IITK as Chairman
  • One Past Distinguished Alumnus Awardee (Entrepreneurship Excellence) as Member
  • One Past Distinguished Alumnus Awardee (Management Excellence) as Member
  • One Past Distinguished Alumnus Awardee (Professional Excellence) as Member
  • One Past Distinguished Alumnus Awardee (Academic Excellence) as Member
  • Dean of Students Affairs as Member
  • Dean of Resources and Alumni as Member
  • One (non-alumnus) Faculty Member of the IIT Kanpur
  • Secretary, Alumni Association as Member Secretary


Distinguished Alumnus Awardees 2019

Prof. Shankar Subramaniam

(PhD/CHM/1982)
Chair and Professor of Bioengineering, University of California, San Diego.

Prof. Nitash P. Balsara

(BT/CHE/1982)
Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The Charles W. Tobias Professor in Electrochemistry, Berkeley College of Chemistry, University of California at Berkeley.

Prof. Ajeet Rohatgi

(BT/EE/1971)
Chair and Professor of Bioengineering, University of California, San Diego.

Prof. Rajesh Gopakumar

(MSc/PHY/1992)
Centre Director, ICTS-TIFR.

Dr. Ajay Kumar

(BT/EE/1984)
Defence Secretary, Government of India.

Dr. Krishnamurthy V. Subramanian

(BT/EE/1994)
Chief Economic Advisor, Government of India.

Dr. Arvind Krishna

(BT/EE/1985)
Senior Vice President, Cloud and Cognitive Software IBM, New York.

Mr. Dinesh Kumar Jain

(BT/MT/ME/1981/1983)
Member, Lokpal of India.

Mr. Ravindra Kumar Dhariwal

(BT/CHE/1975)
Co-founder and Chairman of Sagacito Technologies.

Mr. Ajeet Singh

(BT/CHE/1997)
Co-founder and Executive Chairman Thoughtspot.

Mr. Arun Seth

(BT/EE/1973)
Chairman and Co-founder, Global Groupware Solutions, Former Chairman British Telecom and Former Chairman Nasscom Foundation.

Mr. Pravin Bhagwat

(BT/CSE/1990)
Founder and CTO Mojo Networks.