|Convocation & Reunions|
|47th Annual Convocation|
|IIT Kanpur held its 47th annual convocation on 23rd February 2015 with the
Chairman of Quality Council of India Mr. Adil Zainulbhai, as the Chief
Guest. During the
convocation ceremony, Dr. Rakesh Jain, Professor of tumour biology at Harvard
Medical School and physicist Dr. T V Ramakrsihnan were awarded honorary
doctorates. Many students were awarded various medals and
prizes for their meritorious performances. Total 510 students were awarded
degrees of which the Doctor of Philosophy degree was awarded to 73
students, the BTech degree was awarded to 71 students, the BTech/MTech
dual degree was awarded to 94 students, the MTech degree was was awarded
to 230 students and MBA degree was awarded to 5 students.
This is the first time that IIT Kanpur has started to conduct two convocation ceremonies in a particular year. The second ceremony will take place in June, 2015. Normally, convocation is held in June and the meritorious students were given medals. It was decided to hold two functions as the strength of students has increased.
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|Pioneer Batch Golden Jubilee Reunion March 12-15, 2015|
|The alumni of the 'Pioneer batch of 1965' arrived on campus with their
spouses to celebrate the Golden Jubilee reunion from 12th to 15th March
2015. None of them was ready to waste a single moment as they initiated
their reunion with a nostalgic tour round the campus. A total of 28 alumni
participated in the meet. The reunion officially began with the lighting
of the lamp by the IIT-K Director, Prof. Indranil Manna, who was
accompanied by Prof. Manindra Agarwal and Prof. Prabhat Munshi. However,
for the alumni, fun started as soon as they had reached the campus. They
got group photographs clicked and shared experiences of their lives with
the current students. The former students were excited to see a sea-change
at IIT-Kanpur. They also enjoyed a picnic at the Botanical Gardens on the
campus and later they hit the road for Bithoor, a historical place for
sight seeing. In fact, the entire batch had a gala time and they made it
sure that their teachers also accompany them. The institute said that this
batch of students has carved out a niche for themselves and added that
these students would leave the campus as role models for the existing
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|40th Year Reunion February 1-3, 2015|
| The three-day-long 40th reunion of the batch of 1975 of IIT-Kanpur was
held at the Institute Campus from 1st to 3rd February, 2015. Around 100
ex-students from the batch, along with their spouses are participated in
the alumni meet. While a few had attended 35th reunion, there were many
who were meeting their batch-mates after a long gap. The alumni were
excited to visit their former institute, which had of course changed
during the 30 years. An interactive session was organized with the current
students and other campus residents in the form of Alumni lectures. Mr.
Arvind Gupta enthralled his audience by discussing how to make exciting
toys from throwaways and trash. He also shared his website with them. Mr.
Deepak Mohoni tickled the risky natures of the individuals by giving them
tips on "How to make money from stocks".
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|Women Alumni Convention|
| IIT-Kanpur organized its first all-women alumni convention on 11th April,
2015, where ex-female students of the institute came together on a
common platform to discuss how IITs can play a role in "Make in
India" campaign of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The event was
inaugurated by the Director, IIT Kanpur Professor Indranil Manna and the
District Magistrate of Kanpur Dr. Roshan Jacob.
A panel discussion on "Make In India" was held. The discussion highlighted the role of women in technology and reflected on the extremely poor female ratio in admission to IITs.The event was planned with an objective to start new ways for networking amongst the women alumni.There was a feeling that instead of making this kind of meeting a routine annual event, there should be a permanent structure to empower women to meet the social and economic challenges.The session further dealt with the role of IITs in industrial growth and how women could play a greater role in this.The alumni also discussed several other issues, e.g., on the ways to raise a corpus for giving an annual award to a woman alumni, publishing a six monthly magazine themed on women, raising fund for educating a girl child or raising a scholarship for funding the studies of a needy girl studying in IIT and how to make women more visible on campus.
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|Chair Professor for Education & Research in Technology and Science|
|The Ministry of Labour & Employment (MoLE) has donated a sum of Rs 100 lakhs towards setting up a Distinguished Chair Professor for Education & Research in Technology and Science related to "Power Generation, Transmission, Distribution, Wiring and Electrical Equipment's at IIT Kanpur.|
|Dr. Rajyashree Khushu Lahiri Memorial Distinguished Lecture Series|
|Shri Somdeb Lahiri has donated Rs. 9 lakhs for instituting "Dr. Rajyashree Khushu Lahiri Memorial Lecture Series" for organizing a lecture every year in the Department of Humanities & Social Science. Dr. Rajyashree Khushu Lahiri was an alumnus of IIT Kanpur who obtained her PhD from HSS Department 1988.|
|Dr. Vishwanath Bajpayee Memorial Gold Medal|
|Mrs. Ila Bajpai, wife of late Prof. V.N. Bajpai (MT/PhD/CE/76/83) has donated Rs. 6,00,000/- for instituting one gold medal of 10 gms for the best thesis of MTech student of Earth Sciences. This award will be given during convocation starting year 2015. The award will be named "Dr. Vishwanath Bajpayee Memorial Gold Medal".|
|Mahabala - Rajaraman Scholarship|
|Shri Ashok Shah (BT/MT/EE/70 /72) has donated Rs. 5 lakhs for instituting "Mahabala - Rajaraman Scholarship". The scholarship will be given to any 3rd year Btech student of EE/CSE Department.|
|Shrimati Madhuri Dubey Scholarship and Shrimati Vidyawati Dubey Scholarship|
|Shri Ajay Dubey (BT/ChE/1980) has donated Rs. 30 lakhs for instituting the scholarships. The scholarships will be given to the neediest students on merit cum means based. These scholarships will be open to students of all departments and any program.|
|PSB Prasad Memorial Scholarship|
|Mrs. Rekha Rani Prasad, sister-in-law (bhabhi) of Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey (BT/EE/1983) has donated Rs. 5,00,000/- for instituting a scholarship in memory of her husband late Shashi Bhushan Pandey for a student in MSc (Physics)/ B.Tech (Electrical Engineering) on need basis. The amount of scholarship will be Rs. 2500/- per month for 10 months. The scholarship will be named as "PSB Prasad Memorial Scholarship".|
|Dr. Prateek Mishra Memorial Scholarship|
|Friends of late Dr. Prateek Mishra (BT/EE/2006) has donated Rs. 5,22,907/- for instituting a scholarship in memory of Dr. Prateek Mishra for a 2nd year UG student in Electrical Engineering Department. The scholarship will be named "Dr. Prateek Mishra Memorial Scholarship".|
|Smt Shashi Pundir Memorial Medal for the Best M.Tech thesis in Fluids and Thermal Science Specialization of the Department of Mechanical Engineering|
|Dr. B.P. Pundir, Former Professor, Mechanical Engineering, IIT Kanpur has donated Rs. 80,000/- for instituting one gold plated silver medal of 25 gms to be awarded every year during Convocation to the best M.Tech thesis/research undertaken in the area of Fluid and Thermal sciences/Transport phenomena specialization or stream of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.|
|Mr Amit K Gupta (BT/EE/2000) and his team received DST-Lockheed Martin India Innovation award-2015.|
|Dr. Neeraj Mittal (BT/EE/89) Joint Secretary at Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has been appointed as Senior Adviser To World Bank ED.|
|Dr. K. VijayRaghavan (BT/MT/CHE/75/77) is praised by Nature Journal for his determination to cut through red tape and build up biological science in India.|
|Dr. Jitendra Malik (BT/EE/80) have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.|
|Mr Sanjiv Bhatla (BT/EE/75) has listed 6 books on amazon.in. Two novels, and four books of poems, including one consisting of only HAIKUS.|
|Dr. Arun Kumar Shukla (BSBE) selected for the "Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award (IYBA)" for the year 2014.|
|Dr. J N Moorthy (Chemistry) awarded J C Bose Fellowship by Dept. of Science and Technology.|
|Dr. K Deb (former faculty, ME) along with his students in IEEE Transactions in Evolutionary Computation has crossed 6,000 citations in Web of Science.|
|Dr. Manindra Agrawal (CSE) elected as a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences.|
|Dr. Nitin Gupta (BSBE) selected for the "Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award (IYBA)" for the year 2014.|
|Dr. Nitin Saxena (CSE), has been awarded the prestigious Swarnajayanti Fellowship for the year 2014.|
|Dr. Nalinaksh S. Vyas (ME, currently Vice Chancellor, Rajasthan Technical University) has been appointed as Chairman of newly created Technology Mission for Indian Railways (TMIR).|
|Dr. R P Chhabra (Chemical Engg) awarded J C Bose Fellowship by Dept. of Science & Technology.|
|Distinguished Lectures Series|
|Prof. Arabindo Nath Bose Endowed Lecture Series on Bioentrepreneurship|
|About the talk: Rakesh K. Jain,
the Andrew Werk Cook Professor of Tumor Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital
in the Harvard Medical School gave a lecture titled "Reengineering the
Tumor Microenvironment to Enhance Cancer Treatment: Bench to Bedside" on February 23, 2015.
In his lecture Dr. Jain said that for more than three decades, his
research has focused on one challenge: improving the delivery and
efficacy of anti-cancer therapies. Working on the hypothesis that the abnormal tumor
micro environment fuels tumor progression and treatment resistance,
he has developed an array of novel imaging technologies and animal models as
well as mathematical models to unravel the complex biology of tumors.
Using these tools, he demonstrated that the blood and lymphatic vasculature,
fibroblasts, immune cells and the extracellular matrix associated with tumors are abnormal,
which together create a hostile tumor microenvironment
(e.g., hypoxia, high interstitial fluid pressure, high solid stress).
This work also revealed how these abnormalities fuel malignant properties of a
tumor while preventing treatments from reaching and attacking tumor cells.
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|About the Speaker: Rakesh K. Jain received his bachelor's degree in 1972 from IIT, Kanpur, and his MS and PhD degrees in 1974 and 1976 from the University of Delaware, all in chemical engineering. He served as assistant professor of chemical engineering at Columbia University (1976 to 1978), and as assistant (1978-79), associate (1979-83) and full professor (1983-1991) of chemical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He spent his 1983-84 sabbatical year as a Guggenheim Fellow in the departments of chemical engineering at MIT, bioengineering at UCSD and radiation oncology at Stanford; and his 1990-91 sabbatical as a Humboldt Senior Scientist-Awardee at the Institute of Pathophysiology of University of Mainz, and the Institute of Experimental Surgery of University of Munich.|
|Prof. Arabindo Nath Bose Endowed Lecture Series on Bioentrepreneurship|
|About the talk: Prof. Balram Bhargava, an outstanding cardiologist gave
a lecture titled "Challenges and Opportunities for Healthcare Innovation in India" on March 26, 2015.
His lecture was focused on the landscape in India in terms of medical device innovation. It also talks
about the power of interdisciplinary collaboration between doctors, engineers, designers and enterpreneurs.
It was also focused on the success achieved by collaboration between institutes and universities across continents.
India is ready and poised for the decade of innovation which has a mindset to be frugal, simple and therefore affordable.
These innovations can easily be useful and cost cutting even for the first world.
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|About the Speaker: Professor (Dr) Balram Bhargava is an outstanding cardiologist, one of the foremost leaders in biomedical innovation, public health, medical education and medical research. He developed the indigenous Platinum Iridium coronary stent and has been instrumental in clinically evaluating Indian stents. These low cost indigenous stents have benefitted several thousand patients. He set up the Centre for Excellence for Stem Cell Studies, which has initiated treatment of patients with dilated cardiomyopathy for the first time in the world. This has benefitted number of no-option patients waiting on the cardiac transplant list. He has excellent leadership qualities and has promoted the India-Stanford Biodesign programme, a unique interdisciplinary programme to foster innovation, design in low cost implants devices. He is currently developing the Chest Compression Device for Sudden Cardiac Death patients, funded by the Wellcome Trust. He has been awarded the high civilian award Padmashri by the Honourable President of India.|
|About the Endowed Lecture Series: Made possible by a generous endowment from Dr. Arindam Bose (BTech/ChE/1975), currently the Vice-President, External Affairs & Strategy, Biotherapeutics Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pfizer, Inc, USA, in memory of his father, Prof. Arabindo Nath Bose. Prof. Arabindo Nath Bose received his Ph.D. in Nutrition and Food Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Upon returning to India in the early 1950's, he established the department of Food Technology at Jadavpur University, Calcutta. He later served as the Director of the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology in Kerala. Prof. Bose returned to Jadavpur University in the early 1970's and was thereafter appointed Vice-Chancellor during a period of great political turmoil - he was instrumental in restoring order on campus. He continued his research in aquaculture engineering and was the founding Editor of the Journal of Aquaculture in the Tropics. Upon his retirement, Prof. Bose devoted his attention to establishing a primary school based on Vedic principles for children from families of modest means. Enrollment at Shri Ritam Vidyapith, which he founded, has now grown to over 750 students and encompasses Kindergarten to Grade X. Prof. Bose passed away on 19 March, 2003.
|Samsonov Memorial Lecture|
|About the talk: Prof. K. A. Padmanabhan, University Chair Professor at the School of Engineering Sciences and Technology (SEST), University of Hyderabad and former Director IIT Kanpur gave a lecture titled "Superplasticity to Nano-Glasses: A Generalized Picture for the Structure of Grain Boundaries and Interfaces in Solids" on February 20, 2015. In this lecture, he explained that frontiers in advanced materials development have shifted into highly disordered systems. However, grain/interphase boundaries / interfaces of different misorientations, free volume fractions, curvatures and irregularities are found in both 2D and 3D materials of all crystalline or amorphous/glassy types. Therefore what is the central idea on which a description of these structural features should be based? In our opinion, a structural/basic unit (crystalline / non-crystalline of any scale), which depends on the interatomic (including electronic) interactions, spatial distribution of atoms and electrons, the number of atoms and the free volume fraction present in the structural/basic unit, the composition and the experimental conditions should serve the purpose.
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|About the Speaker: Prof. K A Padmanabhan received his PhD from the University of Cambridge, U. K. in 1972. A former Director of IIT Kanpur and Dean of Academic Research at IIT Madras, he has over 40 years of research & development, consulting and teaching experience in materials science and engineering. He is the first Indian engineer to be conferred the ScD degree by the University of Cambridge, U.K. for his "research contributions", and the first Indian to be awarded the 'Forschungspreis' (career research award, 1994) of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany. He has authored 2 expert level books, edited 10 books, authored 4 book chapters, 10 patents and more than 270 research papers in refereed international journals .|
|About Prof. G.V. Samsonov: Prof. Grigorii Valentinovich Samsonov was born on 15th February 1918 in a town near Leningrad
(now St. Petersburg). After earning his first degree at the Nonferrous Metals Institute in Moscow, he
joined Soviet Navy. At the end of the Second World War, he was stationed in the Soviet occupied zone of Austria.
Samsonov authored nearly 1500 papers and authored/edited 50 books and monographs. One of the seminal books authored by Samsonov is 'Configurational Model of Matter'. Probably, there is no paper on refractory compounds, where he is not referred. The inorganic compounds in which Professor Samsonov contributed were carbides, nitrides, borides, silicides, germanides, selenides, phosphides, etc. He has also investigated in detail the hard cermets based on refractory compounds. His numerable past students are spread throughout the world.
|About the Donor: Prof. Gopal Shankar Upadhyaya joined the department of Metallurgical Engineering (now Materials Science and Engineering) at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur as Professor in the year 1976. Prior to that he was Associate professor at the University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee) from 1964-1975. He was awarded doctorate degree from the Kiev Institute of Technology, Ukraine in 1969 under the guidance of internationally renowned Materials Scientist Professor G.V. Samsonov. Professor Upadhyaya's publications list exceeds 300 papers and 16 authored/edited books. He has served on the Advisory Boards of practically all the major conferences and journals in powder metallurgy.
|Ranjan Kumar Memorial Lecture series|
| Mr. Mukesh Bansal, founder and CEO of Myntra.com. gave a lecture on 4th April 2015.
In his talk, he discussed about the huge scope of online retail in the coming years. He emphasised a lot on the
potential of mobile phones in the Indian market in the coming years. He talked about how the traditional retail
way of selling requires huge amounts of money for infrastructure, but this isn't the case for online retail.
This is the reason why the online retail market is growing so quickly. In case of India, most of the
internet usage is on mobile phones and that percentage would increase in the coming years.
So both Flipkart and Myntra are focussing a lot on their mobile applications and may even shut
down their desktop version completely.
At the end he talked about some of his life lessons. According to him, being an entrepreneur was a long time journey like any other career. He added that entrepreneurship is about a lot of things - knowing people, marketing, etc. He asked people to have a huge risk appetite. For the people who wanted to start-up, he advised to work in a company before starting up their own venture in order to gain more experience. He wanted those guys to ask themselves if they were comfortable with failing or not. He told that failing was a part of life, one shouldn't stop, but should get motivated and learn from failures and move on.
|About the Speaker: Mr. Mukesh Bansal received his bachelor degree in 1997 from IIT Kanpur. Then he spent a few years in the US, which he told were the best learning experience days so far for him. After a lot of ups and downs over the years, he found his success in the form of Myntra.com, an online fashion store. He was very interested in entrepreneurship right from his college days and would always continue to be one.|
|About the Series: Ranjan Kumar was an alumni of IIT Kanpur (BTech/ME/1986), who was an entrepreneur himself, and had founded CygnusSoft in Pune. He had a strong belief that a larger fraction of IITians should be job creators. He was passionate about the entrepreneurship and would give motivational lectures to encourage young students and recent graduates to set up something on their own. Unfortunately, he passed away on 23rd March, 2013. His batchmates and friends have set up a corpus to initiate this lecture series to keep his memory alive and also to continue doing things that Ranjan himself would have wanted to do.|
|PetroTel Distinguished Lecture|
|Prof. Aniruddha B. Pandit , a Research Scientist and a Professor at the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai, gave a lecture titled "Heating and Cooking Devices: Modelling and Designs; Energy and Costs" on March 23, 2015. In his lecture, he described the design and operation of stoves used for cooking, their useful thermal efficiencies, how they can be mathematically modeled and scaled up, and their operation in the cooking of typical Indian food items such as rice and lentils. The development of a matching batch-cooker to go with the stove and its design procedure also be discussed. The kinetics of cooking has also been modeled and an attempt is made to obtain the kinetic parameters. Using these kinetic parameters, a continuous cooker, which could be useful for the edGovt. of India's ambitious Mid- day meal scheme, has been designed and fabricated. There is fundamental science in mundane and trivial activities as well and if studied and implemented, can have a major impact on the national energy bill.|
|About the Speaker: Professor Aniruddha B. Pandit is currently a Research Scientist and a Professor at the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai. Born in 1957 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, Prof. Pandit earned his B. Tech (Chem) degree from Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University in 1980 and his Ph.D. from University Department of Chemical Technology, University of Mumbai. He developed many novel designs of gas- liquid contactors and proposed hydrodynamic cavitation as an alternative means for physico-chemical and biological transformation. His work on microbial cell disruption for water disinfection has been recognized by International Maritime Organization (IMO) as a most probable technique for Ballast Water Treatment among other seven developed by the scientists in Japan, Germany, USA etc. He is actively involved in working with committees in the area of harnessing solar energy & with tribal population in extending the chemical engineering principles for drying of farm/forest product & water disinfection for potable water.|
|About the Series: The Petro-Tel Distinguished Lecture series in Chemical Engineering at IIT Kanpur has been made possible by an endowment from Dr. Anil K. Chopra (BTech/ChE/IITK/1976). Dr. Chopra obtained his PhD degree from University of Houston, USA in 1982. Currently, Dr. Chopra is the President, CEO and Chairman of Petro Tel Inc., USA.|
|C. V. Seshadri Memorial Distinguished Lecture|
|Dr. Guruswamy Kumaraswamy, gave a lecture titled "Elastic Colloidal Assemblies From Ice-Templating" on October 20, 2014. In his lecture he described a general technique to assemble inorganic or glassy particles into centimeter-scale porous materials that recover elastically after compression to nearly 10% of their original size. What is especially remarkable about these monoliths is that they exhibit elastic recovery from compression even though they are almost entirely comprised (> 90% by weight) of rigid colloidal particles. He also demonstrated that these mechanical properties are a consequence of a unique microstructure: polymers crosslinked in the frozen state, during the ice-templating process, connect particles in the pore walls. The resultant materials are soft, with a modulus ~O(10^4 Pa), despite the high particle content. An unusual consequence of the microstructure is an increase in modulus with temperature, indicating entropic origins for the elasticity. He described the diverse applications for these materials, including as biocompatible scaffolds for cell growth, and as versatile, reusable sponges for separation of oil from water.|
|About the Speaker: Dr. Guruswamy Kumaraswamy received a B.Tech. from IIT Bombay in 1994 followed by a M.S. (1996) and Ph.D. (2000) from California Institute of Technology , USA (all in chemical engineering). After postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces, Germany, Dr. Kumaraswamy joined CSIR-NCL in 2001. Dr. Kumaraswamy is part of the Complex Fluids and Polymer Engineering group and uses a variety of experimental tools (rheology, microscopy, scattering) to investigate structure-property relations in polymers (especially semicrystalline polymers); self-assembly in colloidal dispersions and in surfactant mesophases.|
|About Prof. C. V. Sehadri: The late Prof. C. V. Seshadri was a distinguished Chemical Engineer. He did his Ph.D from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA. He joined IIT Kanpur in 1965. He served as the Head the Department and also as the Dean of Students‚?T Affairs, IITK. Prof. Seshadri left IITK in 1974 to join Kasturi Paper Food and Chemicals Ltd., Bangalore, where he set up India‚?Ts first fodder yeast plant. In 1976, he joined the Shri A. M. M. Murugappa Chettiar Research Center in Chennai as its founder Director, an institute emphasizing appropriate technology, the forte of CVS. It was here that CVS really blossomed and helped develop several appropriate technologies, including Spirulina Algae. For his efforts in this direction, CVS received the prestigious Jamnalal Bajaj award for S&T for rural development (1981).|
|Dr. B.V.Phani, Department of Industrial and Management Engineering has been appointed as Dean of Resources & Alumni.|
|Dr. Debashish Chowdhury, Department of Physics has been appointed as Head Of Department of Physics.|
|Dr. Gouthama, Department Of MSE has been appointed as Head of ACMS.|
|Dr. Abheejeet Mohapatra joined the Department of EE . He obtained his PhD from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India.|
|Dr. Amarendra Kumar Singh joined the Department of MSE. He obtained his PhD from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India.|
|Dr. Animesh Mandal joined the Department of Earth Sciences. He obtained his PhD from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India.|
|Dr. Richa Ojha joined the Department of CE. She obtained his PhD from Purdue University, USA.|
|Dr. Subhajit Dutta joined the Department of Maths . He obtained his PhD from ISI, Kolkata, India.|
|Dr. Sandeep Kumar Shukla joined the Department of CSE . He obtained his PhD from State University of New York at Albany, USA.|
|Dr. Santanu Misra joined the Department of Earth Sciences. He obtained her PhD from University of Florida, USA.|
|Dr. Tanaya Guha joined the Department of EE . She obtained his PhD from University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada.|
|The 21st Techkriti of IITK was held from March 19th to 22nd. Techkriti is the annual inter-college technology and entrepreneurship festival organized by the students of Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. Etymologically, the word 'Techkriti' is composed of two words belonging to two different dialects: Tech in English, meaning technology and Kriti in Sanskrit, which stands for creation; finally yielding the word 'Techkriti' signifying Innovations in Technology.|
|The first ever Techkriti was organised in 1995, and has since grown into one of the largest technical festivals in Asia. This celebration of creativity is held over four days every March, attracting participants from all over of the country as well as from abroad, with an average footfall of over 25,000.|
|This year's theme of Techkriti was 'Indian Political System'. Techkriti 2015 had talks by K. Radhakrishnan Former Chairman, ISRO, David Hilmers, Former Astronaut, NASA, Carl Hagen Co-Discoverer, Sir Anthony Leggett, Nobel Laureate, Physics, Dillip Chhabaria Founder, DC Design,Pat Spain, TV Host - Beast Hunter, Nat Geo, Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize, Peter Schultz, Inventor, Fiber Optics, Prabhu Chawla, Host- Seedhi Baat, Aajtak, Shekhar Gupta, Vice-chairman, India Today Group, Meera Sanyal, Ex-CEO, Royal Bank of Scotland. Many competitions such as Mixed Bowl, Cosmos, Nut-Cracker, IORC, Mix Bowl Quiz, Crime Run were held. In addition there was an array of workshops which provided a platform to have hands-on experience of robotics, IT, electronics, aero-modelling, astronomy, marketing, management and consultancy. Techkriti'15 ended with a an EDM festival where a huge crowd of people danced to the beats of artists like Beltek etc.|