Distinguished Alumnus Awardees 2021



Mr. Rakesh Bhargava

(BT/CHE/1973)
Former Chairman Fresenius Kabi Oncology Ltd.
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Ms. Vartika Shukla

(BT/CHE/1988)
Chairperson & Managing Director Engineers India Limited
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Mr. Hemant Jalan

(BT/CHE/1977)
Managing Director Indigo Paints Ltd.
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Shri Ashwini Kumar Vaishnaw

(MT/IME/1994)
Cabinet Minister Ministry of Railways Govt. of India
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Mr. Mukesh Bansal

(BT/CSE/1997)
CEO and Co-founder CureFit
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Mr. Saurabh Chandra

(BT/EE/1976)
Director & Chairman Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd.
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Mr. Rahul Garg

(BT/EE/2001)
Founder & CEO Moglix
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Prof. Rajesh Kumar Gupta

(BT/EE/1984)
Department of Computer Science & Engineering, University of California, San Diego, USA.
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Prof. Vijay Vittal

(MT/EE/1979)
Regents Professor Arizona State University, USA.
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Prof. Abhay Lalit Deshpande

(MSC2/PHY/1987)
Department of Physics & Astronomy Stony Brook University, USA.
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Dr. Dev Joneja

(BT/ME/1984)
Chief Risk Officer Exodus Point Capital Management, USA.
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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 IIT Kanpur 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 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/1990)
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/CSE/1997)
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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