Late Dr. Ranjit Singh
Late Dr. Ranjit Singh is one of the most esteemed alumnus of IITK. He set-up the Ranjit Singh Foundation at the institute that supports twelve different scholarships given to students from humble backgrounds.
Dr. Singh did his B.Tech in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering at IIT Kanpur in 1965.Dr. Singh started his career by working in a semiconductor industry in the Silicon Valley and later shifted to Allied Chemicals. He was the leader in developing cubic zirconia in 1979 and soon became a worldwide leader in artificial diamonds. Dr. Singh started his own company, Ranjit Singh Corp. in New Jersey, and was the supplier of artificial diamonds jewellery and other precious gems. Mr. Singh earned his doctorate from MIT, USA.
Ranjit Singh Rozi Shiksha Kendra (RSK) at IIT K is an Institute project set up by Dr. Singh whose dream was to have a world with "Prosperity for All.' He wanted to reach out to the nearby villages and contribute towards the employability of rural youth.
He was passionate about the development of rural India and desired to catalyse a socio-economic transformation where the less privileged at the bottom of the economic pyramid would get equal opportunity in education, technology and development. His vision was to help the poor thrive, resulting in greater equality and prosperity for all in the society.
Dr. Ranjit Singh generously donated an amount of US$1,900,000 to be spent for Ranjit Singh Chair, construction of a 3000 sq feet building for Ranjit Singh Rozi Shiksha Kendra and meeting out the expenses to achieve the project goals.