Prof. Braj Bansi Lal, a renowned archaeologist, was the Director General of Archaeology Survey of India from 1968 to 1972. His excavations vary from Palaeolithic times to early historical times. At Kalibangan, Rajasthan, he unearthed a prosperous city of the Indus Civilization. He conducted many excavations in and around the world. In Egypt, he conducted excavations that threw light on Egyptian prehistory. Prof. Lal publications include over 150 seminal research papers, published in scientific journals, both in India and abroad. He authored books The Earliest Civilization of South Asia (1997); India 1947-1997: New Light on the Indus Civilization (1998). In 1994 Prof. Lal was awarded D. Litt (Honoris causa) by the Institute of Archaeology, St. Petersburg, Russia. He has been the Chairman and member of several committees of UNESCO. In the year 1976, Asiatic Society, Bengal, awarded him S.C. Chakarvarti Medal, & in the year 1979, Nava Nalanda Mahavihara conferred him with the title Mahamahopadhyaya. In recognition of his valuable contribution to archaeology, the President of India honoured him with Padma Bhushan in the year 2000.
Mr. Vrajesh Lal (BT/MME/1970) constituted B.B.Lal Chair in the honour of Prof. B.B. Lal. This Chair is meant for faculty members of IIT Kanpur who have worked on science and technology related to archaeological work. This Chair can be occupied for a period of three years.
Prof. Onkar Dikshit, Department of Civil Engineering, specializes in Geoinformatics and his research interests are in the fields of Remote Sensing Applications, SAR, Photogrammetry, GIS, GPS and DIP for Engineering and Natural Resource Management Problems. He earned his doctorate from Cambridge University.