Sanjay G. Dhande, former Director, Department of Mechanical
and Prof. Manindra Agrawal, Department of Computer Science
and Engineering have been conferred the prestigious Padma
Shri Award (2013) by the Government of India for their
distinguished contribution to the field of Science and Engineering.
Prof. Sanjay G. Dhande,
Department of Mechanical Engineering was conferred the prestigious
Padma Shri Award in the category of Science and Engineering. Prof.
Dhande was born on 14th February, 1948. He did his BE in 1969
from the University of Poona from the Department of Mechanical
Engineering and PhD in 1974 from IIT Kanpur from the Department
of Mechanical Engineering. Prof. Dhande served as Dean, Research
and Development from 1999 – 2001 and as Director of IIT
Kanpur from 2001 – 2012.
Prof. Dhande was the founder director of PDPM Indian Institute
of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing, Jabalpur.
PDPM IIITDM Jabalpur is a beneficiary of the protocol signed by
the Prime Ministers of India and Japan. Prof. Dhande has established
another new Institute, the Indian Institute of Saddlery Technology
and Export Management (IISTEM) at Banther near Kanpur under the
aegis of the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in order
to develop the traditional technology available in the region.
He has been assisting the Indian government by preparing the vision
documents and charters for the Indian Institutes of Science for
Education & Research (IISER) at Pune and Kolkata. He served
as a part-time member of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.
Prof. Dhande has worked in the field of Computer Aided Design,
Rapid Prototyping, Rapid Tooling and Reverse Engineering. AUTOLAY,
an innovative CAD technology that he developed for the Indian
Aeronautical Development Agency is used by several aircraft manufacturers
around the world and is also used for the construction of light
combat aircraft in India.
Prof. Dhande has received several honours and awards like the
“Distinguished Alumnus Award", College of Engineering,
Poona University (1997), Fellow of the Indian National Academy
of Engineering, New Delhi (2002) and Fellow of the IETE, (2003).
Prof. Manindra Agrawal,
Department of Computer Science and Engineering was conferred the
prestigious Padma Shri Award in the category of Science and Engineering.
Prof. Agrawal was born in Allahabad. He did his BTech (1986) and
PhD (1991) from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering
at IIT Kanpur. After a brief stint at Chennai Mathematical Institute,
and the University of Ulm as a Humboldt Fellow, he joined the
Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Kanpur in
1996 and is the Dean of Faculty Affairs as well as the Dean of
Resource Planning and Generation.
Prof. Agrawal works in theory of computation; specifically, in
complexity theory, algorithmic number theory and algebra. His
best known work is in algorithmic number theory: along with two
of his students, he designed the first deterministic polynomial
time algorithm for testing the primality of a number. He has also
made important contributions to the Isomorphism Conjecture: a
conjecture that postulates that all NP-complete sets are essentially
identical. He has shown that for a large subclass of NP-complete
sets the conjecture indeed holds, and that under a plausible hypothesis,
the entire conjecture is true. More recently, he has been working
on the Polynomial Identity Testing problem: given a polynomial
as a sequence of addition and multiplication operations, check
if the polynomial is non-zero. This problem has an efficient randomized
algorithm, but no deterministic one is known. He has shown that
a deterministic, black-box algorithm (a black-box algorithm ignores
the input structure) for this problem yields a lower bound in
arithmetic complexity, and has formulated a conjecture that results
in separation of VP from VNP, the arithmetic analogues of the
classes P and NP.
Prof. Agrawal is an editor of the journal “Theory of Computing
and Computability”. He is a Fellow of several academies:
Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences (FTWAS), Indian
National Science Academy, Indian Academy of Sciences, National
Academy of Sciences, and Indian National Academy of Engineers.
He is a recipient of several awards including the Clay Research
Award (2002), the ICTP Prize (2003), the Distinguished Alumnus
Award of IIT Kanpur (2003), the S. S. Bhatnagar Award (2003),
the Meghnath Saha Award (2003), the Godel Prize (2006), the Fulkerson
Prize (2006), the Infosys Prize (2008), the G. D. Birla Prize
(2009), Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in Mathematics
(2010), the Humboldt Prize (2011), and the H. K. Firodia Award
D. N. Wadia Chair Professor:
Prof. S. K. Tandon, former faculty member, Department of
Geology, University of Delhi has been selected as the D. N. Wadia
Chair Professor, sponsored by the Ministry of Earth Sciences,
Government of India.
Ministry of Steel Chair Professor: Prof. Dipak
Mazumdar, Department of Material Science and Engineering has been
selected for the Chair Professorship sponsored by the Ministry
of Steel, Government of India. Homepage:
Prof. Ashok Kumar,
Department of Biological Sciences and Bioengineering has been
selected for the TATA Innovation Fellowship from the Department
of Biotechnology (DBT).
Prof. M. Ramamoorty,
former faculty member, Department of Electrical Engineering, who
is currently visiting the department received the Malviya Excellence
Award in Power Systems.
Prof. Mukesh Sharma,
Department of Civil Engineering has been awarded the Kong Ha Award
for Excellence in Air Quality Management.
Prof. Vinod Singh,
Department of Chemistry, currently Director IISER Bhopal has been
awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Banaras Hindu University
for the year 2012.
Prof. Arvind K. Sinha,
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences has been elected
a Fellow of the National Academy of Psychology.
Prof. S. C. Srivastava,
Department of Electrical Engineering received the Academic Excellence
Award 2012 at the 17th National Power Systems Conference held
at IIT BHU, Varanasi, for his exemplary contribution in the field
of power engineering.
Alumni Global Conference 2012
Alumni Global Conference 2012 was held from 7th
– 9th December, 2012 at the Science City Convention Centre,
Kolkata. The theme this year was: Excel, Transform, and Sustain.
The Governor of West Bengal Mr. Mayankote Kelath Narayanan and Mr.
Ajit Singh (Union Minister for Civil Aviation) took part in the
inaugural session. More than 1,500 IIT delegates congregated from
all over the world to interact, network, listen and learn from great
iconic leaders and also to decide how they will contribute in India's
nation-building efforts. The focus of the conference was to take
the nation building mission forward with the active participation
of every member present. The meet also focused on 'The Resurgence
of the East' with the chief minister of West Bengal Ms. Mamata Banerjee
addressing the delegates and interacting with them. She tried to
capture the commitment and engagement of some of the best minds
in nation building projects and initiatives with an emphasis on
those in the eastern states, specifically West Bengal. The conference
helped to bring about a meaningful dialogue between local talent
and its prospective employers from the world over and provided a
road map to help India secure its position in the new echelons of
The PanIIT Global Conference 2012 also hosted a technology exhibition,
in which all the IITs participated by showcasing their rich history
and the activities in which they are currently engaged in various
states. Several multinational technology leaders also exhibited
their state-of-the art and futuristic technologies. The exposition
covered the technology and innovations achieved by India's medium
and small scale industries as well.
The conference provided an opportunity for the display of Bengal,s
wealth of culture, its heritage, and its many tourist attractions.
Special programmes of classical and contemporary music and dance
were also created for the participants. On the second night, the
well-known pop singer Ms. Usha Uthup and the IITK band entertained
the audience with their songs. There was also enthusiastic participation
from the PanIIT's own fold.
A galaxy of brilliant speakers like Mr. N. R. Narayana Murthy (MT/EE/69),
Mr. R. Gopalakrishnan, Director (Tata Sons), Ms. Nancy Powell (US
envoy to India), Prof. Lord Kumar Bhattacharya (Chairman and founder
of the Warwick Manufacturing Group), and Dr. Srikumar Banerjee (Director,
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre) took part in the conference. Mr.
Arvind Kejriwal, the new “crusader” for India's teeming
masses, also made his presence felt at the Conference.
The members of the IIT Kanpur contingent were: Prof. Indranil Manna
(Director), Prof. Sudhir Misra (Secretary Alumni Association), Prof.
Manindra Agrawal (Dean, RPG), Mr. Mohammad Shakeel (Deputy Registrar,
R&D) and Mr. O. P. Srivastava (Assistant Registrar, DRPG). Several
students, a few faculty members and staff members of the DRPG office
also participated in this conference.
2012 Photo gallery
at the Institute
Golden Jubilee Reunion of the 1962 batch was formally
inaugurated on 23rd November, 2012 by Prof. Indranil Manna, Director,
at the outreach auditorium. Nearly 35 alumni from India and abroad
took part in the reunion. There were presentations by Prof. Manindra
Agrawal (Dean, Resource Planning and Generation and Officiating
Dean of Faculty Affairs), Prof. Ajit Chaturvedi (Dean, Research
and Development), Prof. Dheeraj Sanghi (Dean of Academic Affairs)
and Prof. A. K. Ghosh (Dean of Student Affairs). The alumni were
told about the changes that the Institute has undergone over the
years, such as the construction of new hostels, academic buildings
and sports complex. The alumni in turn shared knowledge of the
latest advancements in their respective fields of work. The second
day began with the planting of saplings on the campus followed
by a group photography session in Park 67. The guests were then
taken for a campus tour. The fun and frolic continued with lunch
being served outdoors. This was not the end to the excitement
and joy, as cultural programmes were organized during the evening.
Before the day ended, the ex-students made it a point to speak
with students presently studying in the institute. The message
to students during the interactive session was that hard work
and a die-hard spirit are necessary to achieve ambitions. The
reunion came to an end on the third day with the felicitation
ceremony and lunch for the former students and their families
at the residence of the Director.
Silver Jubilee reunion of the Batch-of-1988 was
held from 26th – 29th December, 2012. The alumni were determined
to enjoy every single minute of their much awaited reunion, and
were undeterred by the icy winds and plummeting temperature. More
than 75 alumni from across the globe took part in the reunion.
A late night walk around the campus was followed by a late night
bulla session at the Visitors Hostel Lawns on the 26th. On 27th
morning the alumni went around the campus cycling, walking, running
and jogging and after breakfast interacted with the Heads of Departments,
visited their departments and went around the academic area. In
the evening they played a soccer match between the old-time Hall
2 and Hall 3 residents. Later there was a concert by Ankita Mishra
(finalist of Indian Idol 3) followed by the reunion dinner and
the inevitable late night bulla session. On 28th morning yoga,
meditation, jogging and cycling around the campus was arranged
for the alumni and their families. After the inaugural function
and the photo session the alumni interacted with the Deans and
went for a picnic lunch at the mango grove. They also interacted
with the current students and gymkhana representatives while their
families were taken for a bus tour of the academic area. In the
evening the alumni and their families were entertained by the
IITK band. Some other activities much enjoyed by the alumni were
antakshari, a visit to the Astronomy Club's newly developed Planetarium,
a trip to Bithoor, an Aloo Paratha breakfast, a visit to their
hostel rooms and phatta cricket.
of 88" has contributed more than one crore towards
their batch fund to support their alma mater. This is the
first time a batch fund has crossed the one crore threshold.
Mr. Nishith Mohan (coordinator of the event) organized the
batch reunion and helped in fund raising with incredible
energy and enthusiasm. The Batch-of-1988 have donated towards
the following activities: Noida Extension Center, naming
of Squash Court as "Batch of 1988 Squash Court-Contributed
by Shiv & Uma Kapoor (Parents of Rishi Kapoor)",
Opportunity School, Vivekananda Samiti, Students Emergency
Fund, Prayas and Tinkering Lab.
35th Year Reunion of the Class-of-78 was held from
4th – 6th January, 2013. Nearly 30 alumni from India and abroad
took part in the reunion. After arrival they went on a campus tour
and had lunch at the Visitors Hostel. Dinner that night was around
a bonfire and was followed by a bulla session at the Visitors Hostel
Lawns. There was a formal inaugural function on the 5th morning
followed by presentations by Prof. Manindra Agrawal (Dean, Resource
Planning and Generation and also Dean of Faculty affairs), and Prof.
Dheeraj Sanghi (Dean of Academic Affairs). The various departmental
heads were also invited during this session to interact with the
visiting alumni. In the evening there was an interactive session
with the students' gymkhana and a panel discussion with students
on “India of my dreams” at the outreach auditorium.
The reunion dinner was held at Hotel Royal Cliff. On the last day
the alumni had breakfast in Hall-1 and then went for a trip to Bithoor.
The reunion came to an end with lunch and a felicitation ceremony
at the Director's residence.
Agrawal, Department of Computer Science and Engineering,
took over as the new Dean, Faculty Affairs in December, 2012. His
research interests are in the area of Complexity Theory, Computational
Number Theory, Cryptography, Complex Analysis, and Combinatorics.
Devendra Shukla Distinguished Lecture: Prof. V.
M. Sharma, Director, Associated Instruments Manufacturers India
(Pvt.) Ltd. (AIMIL), New Delhi give a lecture titled “Dams-Incidents
and Accidents” on 9th November, 2012. In his talk Prof. Sharma
discussed various aspects of dam design and learning from their
failures. Dams are capital intensive structures. It takes a long
time to investigate, design and construct dams. While dams are essential
for the economic development of the society as they provide storage
for water supply, serve as a cushion to absorb the floods, produce
clean hydroelectric power with little or no negative impact and
water for irrigation, their failure can be catastrophic. Every failure
provides a chance to learn from what went wrong and how to improve
the system so that a similar failure does not take place again.
The case histories of the Tigra brick masonry dam near Gwalior which
failed due to sliding after the first filling, the Koyna dam which
suffered during an earthquake due to a faulty design, the Francis
dam which failed due to the increased height of the reservoir water
level, the Vajont dam which suffered due to a slide in the reservoir
area and the prestigious Teton dam which was designed by USBR, but
not instrumented as there was 'nothing to learn anymore', were used
to illustrate the lessons learnt.
About the Speaker: Prof. V. M. Sharma is one of
the Directors of AIMIL Ltd. He did his BTech in Civil Engineering
from IIT Kharagpur, Master's in Water Resources Development from
the University of Roorkee, and PhD in Rock Mechanics from IIT Delhi.
He served as the Director, Central Soil and Materials Research Station
(CSMRS) for six years before starting a technical Consultancy Division
with AIMIL Ltd. Prof. Sharma has wide experience in geotechnical
investigations/ instrumentation and has contributed extensively
to the practice of underground engineering, rock mechanics, and
non-destructive testing in India. He has published about 250 papers
and edited/co-edited nearly 10 books. He is a Fellow of the Indian
National Academy of Engineering, an Honorary Fellow of the Indian
Geotechnical Society, and the President of the Indian Society for
Engineering Geology. He has also served on the editorial board of
the prestigious journal, Materials and Structures of Reunion Internationale
des Laboratoires et Experts des Materiaux RILEM.
About the Donor: The Dr. Devendra Shukla Distinguished
Lecture in the Department of Civil Engineering has been made possible
from the donation by Dr. Devendra Shukla (BT/CE/67). Dr. Shukla
did his PhD in Structural Engineering from the University of Delaware,
USA. Dr. Shukla is the Founder President and CEO, Innovative Technical
Solutions, which is now a part of Gilbane Construction Company.
K. R. Sarma Distinguished Lecture: Prof. Arindam
Ghosh, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Queensland
University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia gave a lecture titled
Power Hardware in the Loop (PHIL) – Power Electronic Amplifier
Application in Smart Grid Simulation on 21st December 2012. In his
lecture Prof. Ghosh pointed out that modern power systems are very
complex. Often digital computer simulations are performed for hypotheses
testing. However the main deficiency of simulation is its dependence
on the models of power system components, which are not often realistic.
Power Hardware in the Loop (PHIL) simulation is made possible due
to the availability of computers with fast parallel processing capability.
In this, the part of the system for which accurate models are available
can be simulated in near real-time and interfaced with those components
for which accurate models are not reliable. A real time digital
simulator (RTDS) is one tool that can simulate complex systems in
near real time. However, to interface the RTDS with a specific piece
of hardware, power amplifiers are required to convert signals from
TTL signal level to power level. His talk highlighted how voltage
source converters can be used as power amplifiers. In addition,
he also mentioned how PHIL simulation can deal with issues related
to the stability and accuracy of the system.
About the speaker: Arindam Ghosh is a Professor
of Power Engineering in the School of Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science, Queensland University of Technology, where he
joined as a research capacity building professor in 2006. Before
this, he was a faculty member at IIT Kanpur for 21 years (since
1985). He obtained his PhD from the University of Calgary, Canada
in 1983. His research interests are in power electronic applications
in the control of power systems and pulsed power. Prof. Ghosh is
an IEEE fellow and an author of several books.
About the donor: The Professor K. R. Sarma Distinguished
Lecture in the Department of Electrical Engineering has been made
possible from the donation by Dr. K. Sri Nageswari, wife of Prof.
K. R. Sarma, former faculty member in the Department of Electrical
About Prof. K. R. Sarma: Prof. Kalluri Ramlinga
Sarma, affectionately known as 'KRS', can be best described as a
creator of institutions. He joined IIT Kanpur in 1961 after completing
his PhD from Cornell University in the USA. He started at IIT Kanpur
at a time when foundations were being laid both of the buildings
and of the UG program in various disciplines. Working in close collaboration
with Prof. P. K. Kelkar, the visiting Professors from the KIAP program
and young colleagues, Prof. Sarma put together a curriculum which
became the bench- mark for other institutions in the country. He
developed and taught courses in the Electrical Engineering department
and contributed to the successful evolution of the core program
of the institution. He pitched in wherever there was a need and
taught Graphics, Technical Arts and even History. After working
in the Institute from 1961 to 1988 he moved to the Department of
Science and Technology (DST) in Delhi. There he played a key role
as an advisor in National Programs in Instrumentation, Laser and
Robotics. From 1991-97 he directed the Central Scientific Instrument
Organization (CSIO), Chandigarh, a CSIR laboratory. After retiring
from CSIR in 1996, Prof. Sarma joined the Samtel Group of Industries
and immediately set about initiating a culture of R&D in the
company. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to IIT Kanpur
and the larger world outside over the last five decades, the Board
of Governors of IIT Kanpur conferred upon Prof. K.R. Sarma the title
of Honorary Fellow of IIT Kanpur on March 16, 2007.
Marek Behr, Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule
Aachen (RWTH Aachen), Germany gave a lecture titled “Physiological
Modeling in Computational Hemodynamics” on 5th November, 2012.
Prof. Marek Behr obtained his PhD from the University of Minnesota
in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics in 1992. After that he was
at the Army High Performance Computing Research Center, Minneapolis;
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, University
of Houston, and at Technische Universität München. In
2004 Prof. Behr joined RWTH Aachen as the Chair for the Computer
Analysis of Technical Systems (CATS). He is also an adjunct professor
at Rice University and serves as the President of the German Research
School for Simulation Sciences and the Scientific Director for the
Aachen Institute for Advanced Study in Computational Engineering
Science. Prof. Behr is on the editorial board of several journals.
His areas of interest include high performance computing, finite
element analysis, optimization, modeling moving boundaries and interfaces,
complex fluids and hemodynamics.
For details of the talk please visit:
J. N. Reddy, Department of Mechanical Engineering,
Texas A & M University gave a lecture titled “Numerical
Simulations of Problems Using the Finite Element Method in Science
and Engineering” on 2nd January, 2013. Prof. Reddy is a Distinguished
Professor and inaugural holder of the Oscar S. Wyatt Endowed Chair
in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station,
Texas. He has authored over 450 journal papers and 17 text books
on theoretical formulations and finite-element analysis of problems
in solid and structural mechanics (plates and shells), composite
materials, computational fluid dynamics, numerical heat transfer,
and applied mathematics. Prof. Reddy is known for his research on
the mechanics of composite materials and for computational methods.
The shear deformation plate and shell theories that bear his name
are well known in the literature. Finite element models developed
by him have been implemented into commercial software like ABAQUS,
NISA, and HYPERFORM. Prof. Reddy has had a profound influence on
the careers of many students and young researchers around the world
through his teaching, research papers, and well-received textbooks.
Prof. Reddy has earned numerous national and international awards,
and is one of the few researchers in engineering who is recognized
by ISI Highly Cited Researchers. For details
of the talk please visit: http://www.iitk.ac.in/dord/institutelecture/2012/JNReddy.pdf
Conferences and Meets
Annual Global Conference on Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation
was held from 7th – 9th December,
2012. AGCETI is an event organized annually with long term prospects
in the field of entrepreneurship. The conference focuses on providing
participants with real opportunities to help them find real growth.
The 3rd AGCETI 2012 was held at IIT Kanpur in association with the
International Management Institute, New Delhi, Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute (RPI), New York, USA and National Entrepreneurship Network,
Bangalore. The conference saw active participation from a large
number of countries including UK, Indonesia, Portugal, Norway and
Austria. The conference was inaugurated by Prof. Ajit K. Chaturvedi
For details about the conference
Workshop on Reliability Theory and Survival Analysis
was organized by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The
workshop was held from 3rd – 5th December, 2012 at the Pioneer
Batch Continuing Education Centre Building (PBCEC Building, Visitor's
Hostel). The purpose of the workshop was to provide an opportunity
to researchers working in various sub areas of Reliability Theory
and Survival Analysis to come together and discuss past, current
and future developments in the area. The workshop also aimed to
provide a joint forum for interaction between advance level PhD
students and young researchers with senior established researchers.
For details about the workshop
IIT Staff Sports Meet 2012
Inter IIT staff sports meet was held from 27th – 31st December,
2012. The Meet had the eight most popular sports
in the country - Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Table
Tennis, Volleyball, Tennis and Football in both individual and
team based categories. In the men's events, IIT Kanpur won the
Gold in Badminton
and Basketball, Silver
in Cricket, Shot put and Javelin throw and Bronze
in Football, Volleyball, Discuss throw, 1500 m race and 4 x 100
Relay race. In the women's events, IIT Kanpur won the Gold
and Silver in Shot put, Silver
in Badminton, Bronze
in the 200m Race and in Table Tennis. IIT
Kanpur, however, won the second position while
IIT Delhi won the General Championship.
Manohar Prasad, Department of Mechanical Engineering,
was born on 24th January, 1942 in a small village in Bihar. He
got his BTech in Mechanical Engineering in 1965 from Bihar College
of Engineering, Patna (now called NIT Patna). Thereafter, he joined
the Mechanical Engineering Department of IIT Kanpur as Associate
Lecturer in 1966. While serving at IIT Kanpur, he completed his
MTech in 1969 and his PhD in the area of energy conversion in
1976. Prof. Prasad retired from the Institute in 2004.
Prof. Prasad passed away on 15th January, 2013 in Kanpur. He is
survived by his wife, son, two daughters and grand-children.
The Institute expresses its deepest
condolences to the bereaved family of Prof. Prasad and prays for
the peace of the departed soul.
Convention Center: The Institute had acquired
5 acres of land in Noida sometime ago with the aim of making a
small convention center there for supporting outreach activities.
The plans for the center are ready and the foundation laying ceremony
was performed on 4th December in Sector 62, Noida. A
detailed map of the location is at: http://goo.gl/WuVtb
and the plan of construction at: http://goo.gl/WiH0h.
York Office: The Institute has set itself an ambitious
target to reach a strength of 500 faculty members from its current
strength of 352 by the year 2020. This is a very important and
essential requirement since the student population has grown from
3000 to nearly 6000 and will get close to 7000 over the next few
years. The Institute has initiated a number of steps to achieve
this target like the establishment of KIRAAN (Kanpur IIT Research
and Academics Network), a network of alumni academicians to help
identify potential faculty, led by Prof. Raj Bordia (University
of Washington). Another initiative is the establishment of an
IITK office in New York. This office will support KIRAAN, besides
helping the Institute in a number of other activities, e.g., fund
raising, R&D alliance with industry and universities, and
student exchange, internships, and placement. The office is located
on William Street (next to Wall Street) in Manhattan, and the
space is generously provided rent-free to the institute by Mr.
Sanjiv Khosla (BT/CSE/1986). He is also planning to use the office
as an on-site tech accelerator for startups and project ideas
by our students.
App.: The Institute, along with the Alumni Association,
launched a mobile app. on both iOS and Android platforms during
the Pan IIT meet held in Kolkata in December 2012. The app. is
meant for alumni, students and staff of the Institute and will
have search for alumni (both local and global), news about IITK
and alumni, information about Institute events like batch reunions,
Antaragni etc., links to the institute Facebook and LinkedIn groups,
facilities for updating one's profile, and making donations. The
mobile app. has been made possible due to the efforts of Mr. Salil
Dave (BT/EE/1986), of Microsoft Corporation who is also the vice
president, Alumni Association and a team of professionals from
Ever True (www.evertrue.com).
Pujan of a New Lecture Hall Complex was held on
17th January, 2013. Prof. Indranil Manna (Director), Prof. S.
C. Srivastava (Deputy Director) and Prof. Dheeraj Sanghi (Dean,
Academic Affairs) performed the puja. Several faculty and staff
members were present on the occasion. This lecture hall complex
will have 3 lecture halls, one with a 600 seats capacity and the
other two with a capacity of 400 seats each.
Gymkhana Golden Jubilee Celebration
The Opening Ceremony
was held on 9th September, 2012 at the NEW SAC. It had various
events spread over the day, starting with a duathlon that comprised
of running and cycling. It saw participation from around 350 students
and a few faculty and staff members. The duathlon was followed
by refreshments and an Air Show by the Aeromodelling Club. A stick-bomb
was used for the inauguration of the ceremony by the then Director,
Prof. Sanjay G. Dhande and Deputy Director, Prof. S. C. Srivastava.
The council exhibitions were inaugurated and then the audience
proceeded to see the nukkad naatak “Sab Chalta Hai”
produced by the Dramatics Club. There were performances also by
the Music Club, the Dance Club and Prayas. It was good to see
seniors and juniors performing together at these events. Former
Deans of students' affairs were also invited and their blessings
Laugh it out: A
stand-up comedy event "Laugh it out" was organised on
25th September 2012. The idea behind the event was for it to act
as a stress buster for the students after the midsems. For about
three hours, comedians like Mr. Sunil Pal, Mr. Raja Rancho, Mr.
Irfan Malik and Mr. Ali Hasan charmed the whole gathering with
their jokes and punches. The event was hosted by comedian cum
anchor Mr. Rajan Shrivastav and was attended by more than 5000
people, including a large number of faculty members as well. Although
one of the invited performers, Mr. Nitin Gupta (Rivaldo), could
not come due to medical reasons, the show managed to keep its
audience in splits of laughter.
Visit by Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam:
The scale of the events marking the Gymkhana Golden Jubilee Year
got considerably raised by former President of India Dr. A. P.
J. Abdul Kalam's visit on 25th October, 2012. During his visit
he also went to the airstrip to see the aerostat made by IIT Kanpur
students, faculty and ADRDE. He spoke about his life both as a
student and as a teacher and exhorted the audience to work towards
the upliftment of society and the legacy they would like to leave
behind. He also recited a small poem titled “I will fly
and fly” and ended his speech with a solemn oath. The DM
and the DIG, who happen to be our own alumni, were also present
on the occasion. Despite the event being organised during the
midsem break, the main auditorium was packed to capacity and the
rest of the hopeful audience was directed to L7 and L16, where
the event was being screened live. The session was followed by
a high tea for everyone.
IIT Sports Meet 2012
The 48th Inter IIT Sports Meet
2012 was held from 17th – 24th December,
2012 in Roorkee. The Aquatics meet was held from 2nd to 5th October.
A 150 strong contingent participated in the meet. Mr. Subedar
Major Vijay Kumar, Silver Medalist in London Olympics, 2012 was
the Chief Guest at the inaugural ceremony. The Inter-IIT Sports
Meet is held annually every December among the seven Indian Institutes
of Technology and is hosted by any one of the IITs in turn. An
Inter-IIT Aquatics Meet is held separately as part of the main
Meet each year preceding the main Inter-IIT Sports Meet. A General
Championship is awarded to the team that shows the best performance
in both the Inter-IIT Sports meet and the Inter-IIT Aquatics meet
combined. The event encompasses twelve of the most popular sports
in the country, in both individual and team based categories.
With its eye on the GC every institute puts its players through
a hard and rigorous selection and training program, as a result
of which you see only the best pitting themselves against the
best. IIT Kanpur stood 4th in the
race for General Championship in the boys and the girls category,
climbing up by one position from last year in both the categories.
The Athletics team won the overall
championship after a gap of nearly 20 years.
The final results of IIT Kanpur
are as follows:
Silver - Squash
(boys team), Table Tennis ( boys team), Badminton (girls team),
Volleyball (girls team)
Bronze - Tennis
(boys team), Swimming (boys team), Basketball (girls team), Table
Tennis (girls team)
the aim of promoting goodwill and solidarity among IITs
and encouraging excellence in competitive sports, the
Inter IIT Sports meet was started in 1961 at IIT Bombay.
Due to the Chinese aggression it was cancelled for the
following two years but was restarted in 1963 at IIT Kharagpur.
Since then, it has been held every single year in December
at all the IITs by rotation. Nearly 2500 plus students
participate in the Sports Meet. The coveted “General
Championship” is awarded to the team with the best
first student made in-house planetarium - A report by the students
Being inside a planetarium and thus being closer
to the heavens has been a memorable experience for most of us.
It is an experience which is very close to watching the clearest
of night skies. The planetarium is a room which has a large spherical
dome to facilitate spherical projection which can showcase the
animated night sky and the wonders of the cosmos. Accordingly
a low cost planetarium was in our mind and it was proposed as
a student project. We envisaged that we would use a mirror projector
system, consisting of a single mirror and a projector for projecting
over a curved surface as in the spherical dome, which would project
a variety of images on the screen. This would be housed in a hall
that can accommodate 20 people. The geodesic design, which is
like the model of a football but has triangles as its basic building
blocks, offered the best option for the construction of the dome.
After constructing the dome, we decided to make triangular sections
of cloths with laces to fit the cells by tying it to the connecting
rods. The mirror projector system that we opted for consisted
of a normal projector and a convex lens. The projection over almost
the entire surface of the dome was achieved by placing the mirror
projection system at the rim of the spherical dome. This allowed
the light from the projector to fall on the surface of the mirror
and then get projected over the surface of the dome as shown in
the given ray diagram below.
Our future plans include acquiring a better mirror
for the projector to improve the quality of the images. We also
plan to design the warping software, which will allow movies and
documentaries to be projected on the screen. We also plan to project
anaglyph 3D images on the screen. With the help of anaglyph 3D
glasses, such a projection would give realistic images of various
objects and photographs. We also have plan to automate the projection
system. One of the dream projects is to build a simulator. The
planetarium's curved screen can provide a 3 dimensional vie marking
it seem as if you are a part of it. We plan to design maps in
such a way that when projected on to the dome it will simulate
some real world and by using a joystick we will be able to move
inside it. The computers can aid us by allowing us to make any
kind of virtual world we can think of from the microscopic scale
to a galactic size. Using software, we can also determine how
stars will appear from other planets, for instance from Mars.
team consisted of the following students:
Akshat Singhal (MTH, MSc-5yrs), Nidhi Pashine (PHY,
MSc-5yrs), Subham Gupta (CE, BT-MT Dual), Karthik Vijaykumar
(MTH, MSc-5yrs), Anupam Kumar (PHY, MSc-5yrs), Manjeet
Kasotiya (ME, BTech), Puneet Bhateja (ME, BTech), Dibya
Ranjan (CSE, BT-MT Dual), Anu Tripathi (CE, BT-MT Dual),
Akanksha Nimesh (CHM, MSc-5yrs), Neha Singh (PHY, MSc-5yrs),
Sangeeta Kumari (BSBE, BTech), Divyaratan Popli (BSBE,
BTech), Vijin Venu (PHY, MSc-5yrs), Jitendra Doneria
(ME, BTech), Himanshu Singh (ME, BT-MT Dual), Kundan
Kumar (CSE, BTech), Rachita Sharma (BSBE, BTech), Kshetrimayum
Diana Devi (MTH, MSc-5yrs), Rohitangsu Das (CSE, BTech),
Shoubhik Gupta (EE, BTech)
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