KENT Entrepreneurship & Innovation Chair

Mr. Mahesh Gupta (BT/ME/1975), a well-renowned name in the water purification industry, is the Founder & Chairman of KENT RO Ltd., India. He is the man behind revolutionizing purified drinking water in India. He patented the technology in 1990 and launched the brand Kent RO. After founding his company in late 90s, Mr. Gupta diversified into other products like, vacuum cleaner, water softener, air purifiers and many others. Before starting his own business venture, Mr. Gupta joined Indian Oil Corporation and worked as an engineer on conservation of fuel. He has more than half a dozen patent technologies to his name.
Mr. Gupta instituted KENT Entrepreneurship & Innovation Chair open to faculty working on new technologies & innovations.

Current Occupant

Prof. Amitabha Bandhopadyay

July 2022 - July 2025

Prof. Amitabha Bandhopadyay, Department of Biological Sciences & Bioengineering, works in the areas of mechanisms of cartilage and bone differentiation. He also heads the Developmental Biology Lab that primarily works in Articular cartilage development and osteoarthritis and Bone development and osteoporosis. Since 2018, Prof. Bandhopadhyay serves as the Professor-in-charge of Innovation and Incubation and runs the Technology Business Incubator of IIT Kanpur that provides a platform to facilitate bio-entrepreneurship. He earned his doctorate from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University, New York in 2002. He also served as the Secretary and Treasurer of the Indian Society of Developmental Biologists (InSDB).