Distinguished Alumnus Awardees 2023

Prof. Atish Dabholkar

Director, Assistant Director General , International Centre for Theoretical Physics, UNESCO
View Profile

Prof. Pankaj Jalote

Distinguished Professor (Founding Director 2008-2018) ,Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi
View Profile

Dr. Charu Chandra Aggarwal

Distinguished Research Staff (DRSM) at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
View Profile

Prof. Ashish Goel

Professor at Stanford University
View Profile

Mr. Anup Bagchi

Managing Director CEO, ICICI Pru Life Insurance
View Profile

Mr. Durga Shanker Mishra

Chief Secretary Uttar Pradesh
View Profile

Mr. Prashant Jain

Former Chief Investment Ofcr/Exec Dir, HDFC Asset Management Co. Ltd.
View Profile

Prof. Yashwant Gupta

Centre Director National Centre for Radio Astrophysics Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
View Profile

Dr. Renu Mehra

Vice President, Engineering, Synopsys Inc.
View Profile

Mr. Rajnish Kumar

Co-Founder & Group CPTO, ixigo (Le Travenues Technology Ltd)
View Profile

Mr. Venkat Krishnamurthy

President and co-founder of Alignable, Inc
View Profile

Mr. Anil Bansal

President, Reality National Management, Inc.
View Profile

Distinguished Alumnus Awardees 2022

Mr. Deepak Dev Raj

Founder & MD, Raj Associated, New Jersey
View Profile

Dr. Ruchir Puri

Chief Scientist, IBM Research, New York, USA.
View Profile

Dr. Smita Agarwal Hashim

Vice President, Microsoft Inc., USA
View Profile

Mr. Rajendra Bhattarai

President, Clean Water Strategies University of Texas, Austin, USA
View Profile

Prof. Vivek Sarkar

Chair, School of Computer Science Stephen Fleming Chair for Telecommunications College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
View Profile

Mr. Aloke Bajpai

Co-founder & Group CEO, ixigo
View Profile

Prof. Sanjay Ranka

Distinguished Professor, Department of Computer Information Science and Engineering, University of Florida
View Profile

Mr. Ranodeb Roy

Co-founder, CEO, and Chief Investment Officer RV Capital Management, Singapore
View Profile

Prof. Ratnesh Kumar

Palmer Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering Department Iowa State University
View Profile

Dr. Anil K. Rajvanshi

Director,Trustee & Hon. Secretary
Nimbkar Agriculture Reserach Institute,Maharashtra
View Profile

Prof. Deepak Dhar

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
View Profile

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

Distinguished Alumnus Awardees 2021

Mr. Rakesh Bhargava

Former Chairman Fresenius Kabi Oncology Ltd.
View Profile

Ms. Vartika Shukla

Chairperson & Managing Director Engineers India Limited
View Profile

Mr. Hemant Jalan

Managing Director Indigo Paints Ltd.
View Profile

Shri Ashwini Kumar Vaishnaw

Cabinet Minister Ministry of Railways Govt. of India
View Profile

Mr. Mukesh Bansal

CEO and Co-founder CureFit
View Profile

Mr. Saurabh Chandra

Director & Chairman Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd.
View Profile

Mr. Rahul Garg

Founder & CEO Moglix
View Profile

Prof. Rajesh Kumar Gupta

Department of Computer Science & Engineering, University of California, San Diego, USA.
View Profile

Prof. Vijay Vittal

Regents Professor Arizona State University, USA.
View Profile

Prof. Abhay Lalit Deshpande

Department of Physics & Astronomy Stony Brook University, USA.
View Profile

Dr. Dev Joneja

Chief Risk Officer Exodus Point Capital Management, USA.
View Profile

Distinguished Alumnus Awardees 2020

Prof. Deepak Divan

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

Prof. Ashok Gadgil

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

Prof. Rupak Majumdar

Director, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, Germany.
View Profile

Prof. Meenakshi Narain

Professor of Physics at Brown University, USA.
View Profile

Prof. C. Mauli Agrawal

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

Prof. Mukul M. Sharma

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

Air Marshal Raj Karan Singh Shera

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

Mr. R. K. Mathur

First Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory of Ladakh.
View Profile

Mr. Neelkanth Mishra

The Indian Strategist and Co-head of Equity Strategy, Asia Pacific, for Credit Suisse
View Profile

Mr. Gokul Rajaram

Executive team at DoorDash.
View Profile

Dr. Ashish Gupta

Co-founder and Senior Managing Director, Helion Advisors.
View Profile

Dr. Subrata Mitra

Partner at Accel
View Profile

Mr. Rajiv Batra

Founder of Palo Alto Networks
View Profile

Mr. Ranjan Tandon

Founder of Libra Advisors LLC
View Profile

Dr. Anand Jagannathan

Founder, CEO at Engage Social.
View Profile

Dr. Rajeev Gautam

President and CEO of Honeywell Performance Materials & Technologies.
View Profile

Mr. Ved Arya

Founder at Srijan, Founder at Buddha Fellowship Program, Founder at SRIJAN Infratech & Development Services (SIDS).
View Profile