Humanoid Club of IITK

The Humanoid-Robot project or HURO as we call it, is an effort by the students of IITK to enter into and make a contribution to the world of autonomous robotics. The team aims to make a humanoid robot capable of performing various pre-determined athletic tasks as required by the FIRA-HURO cup.





IITK-Motorsports

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) IIT Kanpur is one of the fedgling teams of IITK and has achieved huge success in the past few years. SAE encourages the growth and development of an “Automotive Culture” in the institute so as to engage students in exciting scientic realm which remains rather unexplored in the institute. Through the active participation of the team in national and international events of high repute, SAE has displayed great potential. In its first season, we participated in the reputed Formula Student Competition in Italy, BAJA, and E-cycle Competition in India and gained national/international exposure and praise.

The team had an opportunity to meet alums and showcase their finalized project during reunions. Alumni showed great interest in the vehicle and some of them took a challenge of driving the vehicle themselves.

Connecting with the alums has been an integral part of IITK-Motorsports. The Club constantly tries to strengthen our connections with our alumni and keep them updated about the ongoing project and progress till date.



Cell for Differently abled Persons

Cell for Differently Abled Persons (CDAP) has been proactive towards a barrier free campus since its establishment in 2017. The Cell acts as the first point of contact for differently abled students. Over the past four years, CDAP team comprising of faculty, staff and students has worked tirelessly towards its vision to provide a wholesome productive environment to our differently abled students. CDAP efforts are supported by the Counseling Services, Health Center, of Dean of Academic Affairs, Dean of Students’ Affairs, Dean of Resources and Alumni, and many other entities on the campus.


The vision of CDAP is

  • To provide condusive environment for differently-abled employees, students, and other workers of the Institute.
  • To work as a single window to cater to the needs of the differently-abled people.
  • To coordinate with all the officies/departments to address arious issues related to the differently-abled persons. Several initiatives are undertaken from time-to-time on campus including infrastructure upgrade, such as making the campus more accessible by building ramps under the Accessible India Campaign. Further, working in collaboration with the Health Center on the campus has ensured increased assistance along with medical treatment of the physically challenged people.


Research for Assistive Technology at IIT Kanpur

Haptic Tactile Watch for the Visually Impaired

Developed by Prof. Siddharth Panda and Mr. Vishwaraj Srivastava (National Center for Flexible Electronics)

Haptic Tactile Watch

The invention relates to a touch-sensitive tactile watch for the blind and visually impaired that provides haptic based feedback using vibrations. The user has to scan the tactile hour indicators through touch and time will be displayed using vibrations. The watch is able to sense if the user touches and scans the tactile hour indicator. Based on this information, special patterns of vibrations are made and the user is able to understand the time of the day. The watch communicates the time to the user via vibrations. The invention provides the visually impaired person a good digital watch.

Upper Limb Prosthetic Hand

Developed by Mr. Nishant Agarwal (The Life & Limb Factory, IIT Kanpur)

Upper Limb Prosthetic Hand

The Upper Limb Prosthetic Hand is a functional prosthesis with five grip patterns that can achieve more than 15% of the activities of daily living. Conventional practices require frequent hospital visits if one follows the old method of making prosthetic socket which involves measurement and casting, modification of mould, creating the test socket, fitting and adjusting, and finally laminating all these steps require user engagement to proceed. However, the new method of remote fitment allows one to limit user engagement to only a single point where a 3D scanner is used to acquire patients' data. The scan is then digitally manipulated and prepared for 3D printing. The Upper Limb Prosthetic Hand weighs less than 500 grams with the battery pack. The socket is digitally fabricated and requires minimal user engagement.

Two-way Communicator for the Deaf, Mute and Blind

Developed by Mr. Praharsh Tiwari

Two-way Communicator for Deaf, Mute and Blind

The product provides a platform for a deaf-blind person to communicate efficiently through hands. The system includes a set of gloves connected to a computer. It is based on the Indian system of counting, adding and subtracting two or more numbers. The product utilizes Morse code and works on the principle of the Indian system of counting. Indians use creases on their fingers to count numbers. The user would use his/her hands as a keyboard by using his/her thumb to touch contacts placed on her/his gloves precisely to form the creases on his/her fingers. For outgoings communication, the idea is to replace the numbers with alphabetical letters starting from the bottom most crease on the left hand’s finger and going till the 26th crease in the alphabetical order (tips of the fingers included). For incoming communication, ordinary speech would be converted to text and further into Morse code by the computer mounted on the system. There are glove vibration in the form of Morse Code.

Students-Undergraduate Research and Graduate Excellence Program

SURGE Program is an evidence of the close student-faculty collaboration opportunities, for hands-on experience and quest for new knowledge that characterize IITK education. It develops the agenda of undergraduate research and promotes a culture of research and interdisciplinary education in the new generation.

This year due to Covid-19, many SURGE program activities were not feasible. Hence, with some relevant modications and changes, SURGE 2020 was conducted virtually from 12th June 2020 - 11th November 2020.

Number of Students selected

  • IITK Students: 13
  • Non-IITK Students: 53
  • SAARC Students: 2

Final presentation was was done virtually where students were asked to make a video of 4 minutes explaining the research work carried out by them on SURGE Portal. MOOKIT Platform was used for connecting students with their mentors. The Best Project was decided on the basis of online feedback mechanism received from their supervisors and SURGE implementation committee after the presentations on SURGE Portal. The motivation behind SURGE was to expose students to research and to encourage them to pursue research as a professional career. The research work undertaken by the students was considered exemplary and the research work resulted in national and international publications and the work was presented in many national and international conferences.

Student Exchange Program Offfice of International Relations


The Ofice of International Relations (OIR) at IIT Kanpur facilitates and oversees the Institute's academic collaborations with foreign universities which include joint degree programs, student internships and semester exchange. The ofice acts as a point of contact for all foreign students joining IIT Kanpur and for IITK students travelling overseas for different programs. OIR also manages various government-funded programs at the Institute level such as ITEC training courses, ASEAN Fellowship, Study in India and ICCR Scholarship Program. No student exchange program was held due to the Covid-19 pandemic in this year.


Arepalli – Karumuri Family Grant

Dr. Sivaram Arepalli donated USD $30,000 towards travel grant to students of Physics Department annually for delivering an invited talk at international conferences organized by reputed international scientific societies such as APS, ACS, and MRS. In addition, the recipient should have a paper published or accepted in reputed journals such as Nature,Science, PNAS, and PRL. He also instituted the travel award in memory of his parents, Mr. Arepalli Venkanna & Mrs. Subbama and Mr. Karumuri Venkata Ratnam Mrs. Suseela and named as Arepalli-Karumuri Family Grant.



Prof. Ashoke Sen Endowment

Prof. Ashoke Sen (MSC 2/PHY/1978) contributed Rs. 10 lakhs towards modernization of the Seminar Room of Physics Department and dedicated the same in the honor of Professor Amal K. Raychaudhuri in the year 2015-16.





Nath Travel Grant for Research in Computational Economics

Dr. Swaprava Nath, Assistant Professor, Computer Science & Engineering Department, donated an amount of Rs. 2,00,000 towards instituting an international travel fund for students and faculty of IIT Kanpur involved in research in computational economics

IITK alumni Mr Suresh Bazaj (MSc/PHY/1971) has generously contributed to establish the Toastmasters Club (TMC) at IIT K. The club will work with the Students Placement Office to enhance the students' communication & leadership skills & foster self-confidence & personal growth.

The purpose of this MoU is to support the Personality Enhancement and Communication Skills development initiative for students of IIT Kanpur by launching Toastmasters Club which will provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment. By participating in the Club, the students will be empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn will foster self-confidence and personal growth.

The students coming to IITK, no doubt, have very strong analytical skills but a large fraction of them lack soft skills required for placements. Toastmasters Club is an international non-profit organization that promotes:

  • Communication with confidence
  • Strengthen Leadership skills
  • Improve impromptu speaking
  • Provide constructive feedback
  • Improve Public Speaking
  • Enhance personality
  • Increase professional network

Members of a TMC meet at regular intervals and for each meeting a few members prepare their speeches on pre-determined topics whereas a few members are assigned role of impromptu speaking. The others are assigned various roles such as presiding over meeting, evaluating language corrections of speakers, collecting feedback on body language of the speaker etc. The feedback is later shared with the speakers. Formation, promotion, program management of initial few TMC’s will be facilitated by Student Placement Office, IIT Kanpur. It is expected that the clubs would eventually become self-sustainable as the TM culture becomes popular among the students. The contribution as specified above will be utilized towards Personality Enhancement and Communication Skills development initiatives starting with the support towards Toastmasters Club.

Utilization of Funds for TMC at IIT Kanpur

Establishing the Clubs: One time club chartering Fee for setting up each Toastmasters club under Toastmasters International is $ 125.
Fee support for participating students
Lifetime membership fees under Toastmasters International ($20/student) First semi-annual fee under Toastmasters International ($45/student) Students can continue participating in the program by paying the semi- annual fee ($45/student) themselves in a TM club of their choice.