has been rightly said that the success of an institute can be gauged from
the accomplishments of its students. And if one goes by this saying IITK
emerges successful. IITK alumni have made remarkable contributions in
varied fields across the globe and have fulfilled its mission of striving
for excellence. They have played a major role in carrying forward the
rich legacy of the Institute and will continue to do so.
To be a part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations, IITK’s alumni around
the world organized four mega-events in the US and in India, a mini event
in Japan and several other small alumni meets in Indian cities. The first
alumni convention took place at IIT Kanpur in January 2010 with a focus
on R&D. It was followed by a convention in Bangalore in June and conventions
in the US East and West coast in July 2010.
4th January 2010
Nearly 200 graduates of the
Institute from around the world participated in the occasion. Many of
them were accompanied by their families. The program comprised events
such as lectures, talks, presentations, panel discussions, cultural programs
and award ceremonies to facilitate distinguished alumni.
The program started with the traditional opening ceremony of lighting
the lamp by Prof. R. K. Thareja, Deputy Director, IITK, Prof. Kripa Shanker,
Secretary of the Alumni Association of IITK, and Prof. Sameer Khandekar,
Treasurer of the Alumni Association. Prof. Thareja welcomed the guests
while Prof. Kripa Shanker informed them about the events scheduled for
the next two days. Prof. Khandekar anchored the podium and gave a vote
of thanks. Prof. R. N. Trivedi (BT/MME/70) spoke on the occasion.
The next day, the IITK@50
award ceremony was held to honor the top 50 alumni achievements in the
last 50 yrs. The awardees were elected using electronic voting. The event
started with the lighting of the lamp by Mr. Abhay Bhushan (BT/EE/65),
the President of IITKAA, and other institute dignitaries. The 14 awardees
present at the function were felicitated with citations that were presented
to them by the President and Secretary of the Alumni Association, IIT
This was followed by a presentation by Mr. Adarsh Misra, President of
the Students’ Gymkhana. The audience then shared the success stories
of some IITK alumni. Mr. Shantanu Srivastava (DAA and entrepreneur), Mr.
Amithab Thakur (IPS officer), Mr. B. M. L. Jain (entrepreneur), Mr. P.
D. Rai (Member of Parliament), Mr. Dharamvir (retired from defense services)
and others shared their stories. Former faculty members of IIT Kanpur
- Prof. R. N. Biswas and Prof. G. K. Lal interacted with alumni and students.
Research presentations were made by the faculty to cover the new initiatives
and centers of excellence at IIT Kanpur. These included talks by Prof.
N. S. Vyas on the ongoing research in the Institute for developing technologies
for railways; Prof. Bikramjit Basu on Biomaterials/Ceramics; Prof. Sunder
Iyer on organic solar cells; Prof. A. Sharma on nanotechnology; Prof.
Kamal Poddar on the National Wind Tunnel Facility; and Prof. Mukesh Sharma
on Environmental Engineering.
On the 4th of January, 2010 there was the Distinguished Alumnus Awards
and the Satyendra K. Dubey Memorial Award ceremony. The recipients of
Distinguished Alumnus Awards were Dr. Viney P. Aneja (BTech/CHE/1971),
Dr. Anil Kumar Chopra (BTech/CHE/1976), Dr. Rathin Datta (BTech/CHE/1970),
Dr. Arun Kumar Ghosh (MSc/CHM/1981), Dr. Jainendra Kumar Jain (MSc (2
years)/PHY/1981), Mr. Sudhakar Kesavan (BTech/CHE/1976), Dr. Anupam Khanna
(BTech/EE/1974), Mr. Muktesh Pant (BTech/CHE 1976), Ms. Neera Tandon (BTech/
CHE/ 1981), Mr. David B. K. Thomas (BTech/ME/1977), MR. Vishnu Varshney
(BTech/EE/1969), Mr. Sudhir Vyas (BTech/EE/1975). The recipient of Satyendra
K. Dubey Memorial Award was Mr. Shailesh Ramkumar Gandhi (BTech/CE/IIT
Cultural programs were organized on both evenings. A detailed report on
these event is available in the ‘Cultural Events’ section.
20th June 2010
The Bangalore convention
was the first major convention off-campus. The main focus of the convention
was “Igniting Innovation” at IITK and in the country and “Building
Bridges” between the alumni and their alma mater, to create a vibrant
innovation ecosystem. Nearly 600 delegates from across the world, including
alumni, IITK faculty members, ex-faculty members, families and distinguished
guests from corporate, academia and government institutions participated
in the event. To give the alumni the feel of entering IITK, a huge replica
of the IITK Gate was created at the entrance of the convention hall and
this triggered reminiscence of their days at the institute during the
The highlights of the convention
1. Spurring Innovation in IIT education
2. Next50 Innovation Challenge
3. Discussion on Vision 2020
4. Celebration of the achievements of ‘unsung alumni heroes’
5. Loads of nostalgia!
After the inaugural ceremony Mr. Rakesh Pandey, Alumni Association President,
welcomed the audience and spoke about the role of alumni in shaping the
future of IITK and called for more active alumni participation. He requested
the audience to give a standing ovation to all the ‘gurujis’
who are the real pillars of an institution. The nostalgic highlight of
his address was the felicitation given to him in the traditional IITK
way with ‘golden bumps’ on the stage! After this Prof. Sanjay
G. Dhande addressed the audience and spoke about the achievements of the
past, the status of the present, and the plans for the future. Prof. Dhande
emphasized the need for IITK to go borderless and set-up extension and
research centers outside Kanpur, even outside the country. He said that
this will promote R&D capabilities of IITK at international level,
and move IITK forward in competing and excelling at international levels.
The next speaker, Mr. Kris Gopalakrishnan (CEO of Infosys) gave the inaugural
keynote address on behalf of Mr. N. R. Narayana Murthy (MT/EE/69), as
he could not make it to the convention. Addressing the gathering Mr. Gopalakrishnan
said that innovation should be embraced as a culture in academic institutions.
He said that establishing a research park triggers the process of innovation
and suggested that we must “break the rules to innovate”.
According to him, while IITK celebrates the 50th anniversary, what is
more important is what’s next! IITK must think and do things differently
and innovate. He exhorted the alumni to visit their alma mater regularly
to keep in touch and support the institution in every possible way.
This was followed by an inspiring innovation panel discussion, led by
Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala (BT/EE/75) and with eminent innovation leaders
as panelists such as Dr. Ashok Misra (BT/CHE/72), Prof. Jitendra Malik
(BT/EE/80), Mr. Rajeev Chawla (BT/EE/84), Mr. Naveen Tiwari (BT/ME/01),
Prof. Ramadhar Singh (former faculty member, Department of Humanities
and Social Sciences) and Mr. Shantanu Agrawal ( BT-MT-Duel/ME/09 and IITK
Jugnu team member). The panel came up with several suggestions on how
to make the IIT system more innovative and what it needs to focus on to
become a top class research institute in the world. These recommendations
will be incorporated in the IITK Vision 2020 for implementation.
Later in the day there were talks and discussions on IIT Kanpur Vision
2020, which was the focus of the Bangalore Convention. Vision 2020 is
a draft document developed jointly by alumni and faculty to set the vision
for IITK for the next decade and beyond. On 18th June, a day before the
actual convention, McKinsey presented their findings and recommendations
to the Vision 2020 Steering Committee. These were evaluated and included
in the Vision 2020 roadmap which Dr. Manindra Agrawal (BT/PhD/CSE/86/92)
presented the next day. He (figuratively) wore two hats – one as
a faculty member and the other as an alumnus, and articulated the vision
from both perspectives. The session was moderated by Mr. Jeet Bindra (BTech/CHE/69).
The alumni showed enthusiastic support and involvement by making many
suggestions and asking questions that were answered by the Vision 2020
team on the panel, including Mr. Rakesh Pandey (BT/ME/78), Mr. Abhay Bhushan
(BT/EE/65) and Mr. Praveen Tripathi (BT/EE/77).
Following the discussions
on Vision 2020, there was the announcement of the winners of the Next50
Innovation Challenge. The Next50 Innovation Challenge attracted over 100
business plans from top early stage innovators from around the world.
The challenge focused on five themes: Agriculture, Clean Technologies,
Education, Financial Inclusion, and Technology. The top five innovations
were chosen from amongst these and were awarded at the convention by corporate
sponsors and innovation leaders. The Next50 can be seen at http://www.onebillionminds.com/category/project/next50.
The day culminated in a musical evening, an event that was coordinated
and handled to perfection by our alumni, followed by a semi-professional
band from another alumni-duo Saikat-Shankar. It is interesting to note
that these alumni collaborated and practiced over the internet to rehearse!
Spirits soared high with a mix of melodies from the past decades and enthusiastic
junta dancing in the aisles. Mr. Abhay Bhushan was the cynosure of all
eyes with his terrific dance moves.
On the second day several working group sessions with the focus on innovation
in IIT Kanpur, were held and were attended by more than 180 participants.
The discussions centred around the different aspects of Vision 2020 –
Excellence in Research, Academia-Industry Connect, Academia-Society Connect,
Innovation Center, and most importantly, Alumni Connect. The members who
took part in these discussions were Prof. Anil Gupta (IIM Ahmedabad and
Executive Vice Chair, National Innovation Foundation), Prof. Balram (Director,
IISc Bangalore), Prof. Sangal (Director, IIIT Hyderabad), Prof. Ashok
Misra (Chairman, Intellectual ventures India), Mr. T. C. Meenakshisundaram
(founding Managing Director of IDG Ventures India), Mr. Jeet Bindra (President,
Chevron Global Manufacturing), Mr. Saurabh Srivastava (Chairman of CA
Technologies, India), Mr. Rajeev Chawla (secretary for e-Governance for
the state of Karnataka )and Mr. R. K. Misra (founder SAHYOG - Indian Council
for Public Private Partnership).
East Coast Convention, Washington, Dc
10th July 2010
The theme of the US East Coast convention was ‘US-India
Collaboration: KIAP and Beyond’. In keeping with the spirit of the
theme, the alumni convention showcased and celebrated IIT Kanpur’s
50 years of contributions to academia, industry and entrepreneurship in
India and the USA. On this occasion, IITK honored and acknowledged the
collaborations and contributions of the US government and other institutions
toward its creation and success.
The convention explored emerging opportunities to extend this symbiotic
relationship between the US and India on globalization of Education, Energy,
Environment and Entrepreneurship. There was a very enthusiastic and energetic
group of participants, from the earliest of the KIAP participants and
KIAP-era Indian faculty members, to current IITK faculty members and administrators
to representatives of the Indian and the US Governments, and students
from the first batch to almost the most recent graduates.
The first part of the program was hosted by Prof. S.G. Dhande, Director,
IITK. In the opening session, Prof. Dhande and Prof. Anandakrishnan felicitated
the representatives of all the nine universities who formed the KIAP consortium.
It was a privilege to have the second KIAP program director, Dr. Robert
Green, present at the event. This was followed by several very engaging
The Indian Ambassador to the United States, Mrs. Meera Shankar hosted
a lunch at the Indian Embassy for the KIAP participants, KIAP-era faculty
members, IITK representatives and Distinguished Alumni and select invited
guests, including representatives of the US Government.
The highlights of the alumni event included: a) recorded messages from
the MIT President, Dr. Susan Hockfield and by the Secretary of State,
Mrs. Hillary Clinton, b) keynote addresses by Mrs. Meera Shankar; Ambassador;
Robert Blake, Assistant Secretary of State; Mr. Aneesh Chopra, CTO of
the US Government; Mr. Jim Moran, Representative from Virginia; and Dr.
John Hamre, former Deputy Secretary of Defense, c) recognition of KIAP
participants and KIAP era faculty members, d) honoring of IITK’s
Distinguished Alumni, e) honoring of IITK@50 awardees, f) discussion of
Vision 2020 and g) the Saturday evening entertainment by The Capitol Steps.
“I thank you and your colleagues for organizing such a marvelous
conference, reunion, and celebration. I was delighted to reconnect with
several of my old friends from the IITK faculty, KIAP visiting faculty
and students of the late 1960s -- and also to make new friends. I also
really enjoyed meeting some former KIAP visiting faculty who were at IITK
before me or after me. And I appreciated the perspectives on IITK's current
status and the outlook and diverse plans for its future. All the conference
sessions were excellent.”
- Prof. Don Wilhelm
“The convention was as memorable for the super-annuated faculty
as their stay at IITK. All our remembrances of the Old Era flashed in
front of our mental screen like a dream-video. It was wonderful to meet
our good old friends and colleagues as well as students who are flourishing
in their academic as well as social careers. We, the faculty, are indeed
extremely grateful to the Alumni Association for organizing such an event,
an event which will remain in our heart for all our lives.”
- Prof. Y. R. Waghmare
“Having so many former students come and introduce themselves
and their families and reminisce about me having taught brought a lump
to my throat. At least two alumni wives could not believe how good my
Hindi was! I enjoyed participating in the program; the sort that I expect
only IITK alumni capable of organizing! The arrangements were excellent,
as was the food. And to have my hotel expenses taken care of and to be
picked up and dropped off at the airport was the icing on the cake.”
- Dr. Vijay Stokes
The convention has already produced some results. All the panelists of
the Entrepreneurial Panel, led by Mr. Pradeep Wahi, have been meeting
regularly since the convention and plan to propose, in the near future,
a series of activities to promote Entrepreneurship among IIT alumni. Dr.
Sanjeev Aggarwal, DRPG, is creating Google groups for the KIAP participants
and KIAP-era faculty and Distinguished Alumni to help connect them with
each other. Several alumni and faculty members have provided feedback
for Vision2020 and have indicated their willingness to contribute to it.
Mr. Satish Kulkarni continues to keep us informed on how we can work with
the Department of State on the Indo-US collaboration in education. Mr.
Sudhi Kulkarni, Mr. Raj Bhattarai and Mr. Arun Kumar are working with
Dr. Vijay Stokes to help fillout the missing sections of the IITK history
West Coast Convention, Santa Clara
18th July 2010
The theme of the IIT Kanpur
Golden Jubilee Event in Santa Clara was “Reconnect! Rejuvenate!
Rejoice!” The event succeeded in living up to and exceeding its
The Alumni night was on the 16th of July 2010. Alumni attended in large
numbers to celebrate the success of IIT Kanpur and to meet their old friends,
mentors and gurus. The evening’s highlights were the announcement
of the Rajeev Motwani awards and the nostalgia section, put together by
Mr. Anil Gupta. There was also a performance put up by the Bhangra Empire.
The main conference was on Saturday, the 17th of July 2010. The day was
action packed but easy paced with keynote speeches, professional tracks
and other informative sessions and award presentations.
Each distinguished keynote speaker had his own distinct style of putting
a point across. In styles ranging from inspiring to downright entertaining,
they shared their unique perspectives about business, success and life.
The content tracks were a balanced mix of Pan-IIT alumni and other speakers
from all walks of life. Attendees got an opportunity to choose between
sharing table time with some very successful entrepreneurs in the Mentorship
track, listening to inspirational alumni as part of the Inspiration track,
or attending classroom style educational sessions in the Education track.
The Vision 2020 panel discussion and presentation, which was followed
by a Q&A session, informed the alumni about the future plans of IITK
and about the need for their continued support and participation in implementing
these plans. The evening’s entertainment had an impressive line-up
of performers; Rajiv Satyal’s comic standup routine, Tara Priya
and Mona Sampath Dance Co’s awesome performances and the music of
the popular band Indian Ocean playing well into the night. Sunday was
the alumni cruise day and it turned out to be a bright sunny day with
dance, food and perfect views of the San Francisco bay. There were reunions
which happened throughout the event; informal chat sessions, heart-warming
scenes of old classmates, seniors, juniors, all sitting together at tables,
talking in the hallways, sharing their journeys, re-living the past and
in many cases, plotting the future.
The Golden Jubilee event succeeded in re-igniting the West Coast alumni’s
interest in the affairs of IITK. The overall success of the event was
a result of generous donations by the sponsors and a strong dedicated
team of volunteers.
Volunteering for this event was a very enriching and satisfying experience.
Everybody worked together for months and in the process formed lasting
bonds and friendships. Seasoned experts mingled with fresh minds and it
was wonderful to see participation across the wide spectrum of IIT Kanpur
alumni in the Bay area.
Hyderabad Alumni Meet
As a part of the series of alumni events organized
worldwide in different cities to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of IIT
Kanpur, the Hyderabad-Secunderabad Chapter of the IITK Alumni Association
planned an alumni meet on 17th December 2010 at the Infotech Campus, Gachibowli,
Hyderabad. The Chapter has been in existence for the last 25 years. More
than 250 alumni and their family members were seen proudly networking
and re-living those nostalgic memories.
The theme of the Hyderabad convention was 'IITians should be job creators
and not job seekers'. Prof. Sanjay G. Dhande, Director, IIT Kanpur, Dr.
Uday Desai, Director, IIT Hyderabad, Prof. Sudhir Jain, Director, IIT
Gandhinagar, Prof. Bijendra N. Jain, Vice Chancellor, Birla Institute
of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, and Dr. Krishna Tanuku (Executive
Director - Wadhwani Centre for Entrepreneurship Development at ISB) were
some of the eminent people who participated in the lively and intense
panel discussion on the theme 'What should IITs do to create more Entrepreneurs'.
The session was moderated by Ms. Madhu Chadda (BT/ME/79). The ideas, the
good practices and the recommendations presented and discussed during
the session will be shared with the Directors of all IITs for the benefit
of the entire IIT community.
The ‘Entrepreneurship’ theme was introduced by Mr. BVR Mohan
Reddy (Founder and Chairman, Infotech Enterprises Ltd). This was followed
by a panel discussion by IITians on "Entrepreneurs' Journey"
which saw some great advice on the Do's and Don'ts of entrepreneurship.
The panelists were all distinguished achievers and entrepreneurs like
Mr. B. V. R. Mohan Reddy (Founder and Chairman, InfoTech Enterprises),
Mr. Jay R. Pullur (Founder and CEO, Pramati Technologies), Ms. Anu Acharya
(Founder and CEO, Ocimum Biosolutions), and Mr. Ashok Das (CEO, Sunmoksha);
the discussion was moderated by Mr. Abhaya Shankar (MD, Hyderabad Industries
Ltd). The chief guests and the stars of the event were the dozen or so
retired faculty members of IIT Kanpur who currently reside in Hyderabad.
Prof. P. Dayaratnam (CE), Prof. K. V. G. K. Gokhale (CE), Prof. P. N.
Murty (AE), Prof. C.V.R. Murti (AE), Prof. D. Balasubramanian (CHM), Prof.
D. P. Rao (CHE), Prof. S. R. Doradla (EE), Prof. P. R. K. Rao (EE), Prof.
Usha Kumar (HSS) and Prof. Padmanabhan (Ex-Director, IITK) were felicitated
for their service to the Institute and for being a source of inspiration
to their students, many of whom are successful entrepreneurs and professionals
around the world.
The Hyderabad Chapter congratulated Mr. B. V. R. Mohan Reddy (MT/ME/74),
Founder, Infotech Enterprises on being selected for the Distinguished
Alumnus Award of the year 2010-2011 for his outstanding entrepreneurial
and managerial skills. Dinner amidst the beautiful ambience of the lawns
at the Infotech campus was a fitting conclusion to the event. Further
information on the event and photos can be viewed at iitkhyd.blogspot.com.
Lucknow Alumni Meet
A function was organized
by the IITK Alumni Association, Lucknow Chapter at the Genesis Club, Lucknow
to which all IITK alumni residing in Lucknow and Kanpur were invited.
Most of the alumni with their families attended the function. Apart from
Mehfil-e-Khaas (a networking session), the invitees enjoyed Mehfilee-Mausiki
(Cultural Evening) a musical performance by the well known Sufi singer
Kavita Seth of the 'Gunja sa ek tara' fame (Movie-Wake up Sid) and her
troupe. Prof. Sanjay G. Dhande, Director, IIT Kanpur with Prof. Kripa
Shanker, Secretary, Alumni Association were present on the occasion. Col.
Sanjay Ayyangar, Mr. Ajay Jain and Mr. Neeraj Agarwal worked hard not
only in formally setting up the Lucknow Chapter but also in making the
evening a memorable event.
Kanpur Alumni Meet
The Kanpur Chapter of the
IITK Alumni Association also arranged a meet on the 9th of January 2011.
The chief sponsor of the event was the Indian Institute of Technology
Kanpur. Many alumni from the campus along with their families enjoyed
the get-together over lunch. More than 100 people from Kanpur city and
the IIT campus attended the event. Prof. Sanjay G. Dhande, Director, IIT
Kanpur, Mr. Rakesh Pandey, President of the Alumni Association, and others
spoke on the occasion. The Alumni Association also distributed Life Membership
ID Cards to all the alumni present on the occasion.
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