Humanoid Club of IITK

A team of undergraduate students, representing Humanoid Club of IITK, took part in the Federation of International Sports Association (FIRA), HuroCup 2019. FIRA, founded by Prof. Jong-Hwan Kim of Korea in 1996, is the oldest robot soccer competition in the world. The goal of HuroCup league was to develop humanoid robots that could perform several tasks in complex environments. The Humanoid developed by the team for the competition, AUTOMI, was a 21 DOF bipedal robot. It used a camera and an IMU to navigate through a given environment. Humanoid IITK was the only Indian team to have qualied for the FIARA HuroCup 2019. The team also participated in various other competitions, and secured 5th position in archery and 7th position on marathon. The competition gave the team a bigger platform to showcase their talent, and an international exposure to enhance their skill

The team participated in FIRA Huro cup 2k19

1. Abhay Varshney (170013) Department of Mechanical Engineering
2. Harsh Verma(170290) Department of Chemical Engineering
3. Himanshu Verma(170303) Department of Aerospace Engineering
4. Madhur Deep Jain (170367) Department of Electrical Engineering
5. Saroj Anjesh (170634) Department of Physics


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.

In the previous season, SAE participated in BAJA SAE INDIA (BSI2020) and stood

  • 11th out of 180+ teams in Sales Presentation
  • 35th out of 180+ teams in Design Presentation


  • 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 Person (CDAP), has been proactive towards a barrier free campus since it was established in 2017. Cell acts as the first point of contact for differently abled students. Over the past three 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. DAP efforts are supported by Counseling Service, Health Center, offices of DoAA, DoSA, DoRA and many other entities on the campus.

Promoting a barrier free & inclusive campus

The Cell acts as the first point of contact for physically challenged students on IITK campus and along with the other institute bodies and it aims to collaborate with external agencies with and aim to build a barrier-free academic environment. Several activities promoted on campus include Infrastructure up-gradation such as building the accessible campus (ramps) under the Accessible India Campaign by IWD (Institute Works Department).

Significant Developments

Digitized Accommodation

In order to ensure the best quality for all, it is imperative for students with disabilities who seek to have any accommodations during their course of study, to fill and submit the Accommodation Intake Form. The forms, developed with assistance from XRCVC, Mumbai, have been digitized and are being filled online from this year at IIT Kanpur.

Assistive Technologies

Some computers have been equipped with software to facilitate accessibility for visually challenged students. These computers are equipped with large monitors, assistive keyboard, and 3 special software, NVDA, Chatty Infty and Infty Reader. These PCs are available in computer center and library. Students are being trained on campus about how to use this software.


UDGHOSH, the annual sports meet of IIT Kanpur, which in the true sense, it is an exhibition of sporting fervor, with help of CDAP organized UDAAN, sports events for differently-abled students. This event over the past two years - in 2018 and 2019, marked visits by international level sportspersons in the DAP category.

Outreach to stakeholders in Orientation 2019

During a meeting, parents of new DAP students were apprised about the facilities and resources available at IITK for differently abled persons. Parents were informed about the initiatives taken by CDAP which includes participation in sports events. In addition, a sensitization seminar for all first year students was also organized to apprise them of the needs and challenges of DAP. These sessions, organized for the first time on campus by CDAPare being planned as recurring events during Orientation

Disability Day Celebration

Celebration of Disability Day on campus is conducted every year in January to spread awareness about different abilities of physically challenged persons among the campus community. It serves as a platform and gives students an opportunity to showcase their talent. Representatives from other colleges in Kanpur working with DAPs are also invited.

Health Camp

The 1980 Batch of IIT Kanpur organized a free diagnosis and counseling health camp for differently abled people at the health center IIT Kanpur. In collaboration with ALIMCO and DORA, CDAP helped spread information about the camp and handled the logistics. The event was the first event of its kind at IIT Kanpur Campus and benefitted many Differently abled people, including students/staff/faculty. During the distribution session held shortly after the camp, assistive devices, including wheelchairs, were distributed to some of those who were examined at the camp.

Students-Undergraduate Research and Graduate Excellence

IT Kanpur launched an 8-week SURGE (Students-Undergraduate Research and Graduate Excellence) program in the summer of 2006. Under this program, a small number of selected undergraduate students from top engineering colleges from all over India are given an opportunity to explore research and to experience the academic atmosphere of IIT Kanpur.

The program is funded by the alumni Batches of 1977 and 1980. Under the SURGE program, students undertake short duration research projects, and push their intellectual abilities beyond those driven by the classroom.The SURGE participants are required to give a mid-term presentation after four weeks to a review committee. This year forty-nine students received full funding (stipend of Rs 12,500/- for eight-week summer program), whereas eleven students received partial funding, and two students from Nepal received full funding from the funds raised from external sources. As per the current institute norms, SURGE can recently accept 60 students from the Institute Funding, 120 students from Project Funding, 100 students under Self-Funded category and few students under Industry-IITK tie-up. A maximum of 04 students from NEPAL + BHUTAN may be allowed to participate in the SURGE program. This year (in 2019), Two SAARC students (from Nepal) were selected under SURGE program.

SURGE 2019 Awards

“Dr. Elizabeth and Dr. Verkey Cherian Award” for Best Project and an “Outstanding Poster Award” for Best Poster for participant who produces exceptional quality research during the SURGE program. Award of Rs. 5000/- plus a commendation certificate will be given to SURGE students for best project and an Award of Rs. 5,000/- plus a commendation certificate for Outstanding Poster will be given to SURGE students. This year SURGE Evaluation committee shortlisted the following SURGE participants for SURGE 2019 Awards

S.N Name of the Participant Department Award Name
1. Chandra Prakash Tiwari Chemistry Best Project Award
2. Saksham Mittal Chemical Engineering Best Project Award
3. Arunima Khuneta Computer Science & Engineering Best Poster Award
4. Praveen Kumar Upadhyay Mechanical Engineering Best Poster Award
5. Rakshit Verma Electrical Engineering Best Poster Award

Student Exchange Program

The summer internship program between IIT Kanpur and Texas A&M University was started in 2014 for students in the engineering fields. Since then, the program has been running successfully and students from both institutions have benefitted from eight weeks they spend at the partner institute. Prof. Vikram Kinra from Texas A&M has been coordinating this program since its inception. Since 2013, a total of 50 students have been a part of it. In the year 2019-20, six students from IIT Kanpur travelled to Texas A&M, USA, for internship and gained experience from some of the best researchers in the field of engineering. In addition to this, the students from TAMU explored India by way of understanding its culture, making friends with locals and visiting places of historical importance such as Lucknow and Agra. In 2019, six students from TAMU visited IIT Kanpur and worked under the supervision of Prof. Jayant Kumar Singh, Prof. Debopam Das, Prof. Mangal Kothari, Prof. Deepu Philip and Prof. Y. N. Singh.

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 Travel Grant was awarded to the following students –

  • Kamalika Nath (Physics Department)
  • Rajesh Tripathi (Physics Department)

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. During 2019-20, Department of Physics utilized the interest earnings of the fund towards payment for purchase of green chalk board and repairing of its sliding system.

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