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Kanpur, March 29, 2022: IIT Kanpur hosted the 28th edition of Asia’s largest technical and entrepreneurship festival, Techkriti’22 from 25th-27th March. The annual fest of IIT Kanpur witnessed the presence of Nobel laureates, scientists, technocrats, and many other dignitaries from various fields, this year. With the theme "Transcending Origins”, IIT Kanpur offered a platform for the great minds to discuss and explore various crucial aspects of business development, startup and entrepreneurial eco-system, and ever-evolving technologies.
Thriving all these years, Techkriti has approached and now stands on the edge of the technological frontier. The thematic idea was to reflect how we may transcend our scientific and cultural roots and redefine our identities, individual or collective. The faculty coordinator for this year was Prof. Amitabha Bandyopadhyay, Department of Biological Sciences & Bioengineering (BSBE), IIT Kanpur.
Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director IIT Kanpur, said, “IIT Kanpur always strives to enrich the research and development pool to cater to diverse areas. Techkriti has been a platform where ideas are exchanged and discussions take shape to take research and innovation one step further. This year also, with Nobel laureates and experts coming from various sectors, we are proud to explore new and emerging territories of business development, startup eco-system and the fast-changing world of technology. The amalgamated discussions on the old versus the new truly resonate with the theme "Transcending Origins”. This would not only groom future leaders, but also would give shape to countless ideas of young entrepreneurs and technology enthusiasts.”
There were various talks scheduled for the three-day event where experts from various sectors exchanged ideas and ignited discussions. Some of the key takeaways from the talks are as follows:
The three-day event hosted a number of talks by other dignitaries from various fields - Ali Lemus (Inventor Professor at Galilio University), Prof. Animangsu Ghatak (Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering IIT Kanpur), Sanjeev Kumar (Regional Head, Union Bank of Kanpur), IAS Shri Shivasharanappa G N (Municipal Commissioner & CEO- KSCL), Sahej Rahal (artist), Sankar Kumar Pal (Ex-Chairman ISI), and a panel discussion titled “Consciousness and AI” by Susan Blackmore, with panelists Arnab Bhattacharya, Narayanan, Nisheeth Srivastava, and moderator Devpriya Kumar. There were also entrepreneur’s talks by Hardika Shah, founder of Kinara capital; Ankit Prasad, entrepreneur & Founder, Bobble AI; Pankaj Agarwal, founder of Taghive; and Viral Shah, the founder & acting CEO of Julia Computing.
IIT Kanpur being the first in India to offer Computer Science education and having the oldest and one of the most robust Computer Science and Engineering Departments, put significant emphasis on the new and evolving areas of Computer Science and Engineering through a good number of talks organized this year, among the lot. On that note, the concluding talk of Techkriti’22 hosted Bjarne Stroustrup, Technical Fellow and Managing Director in the technology division of Morgan Stanley in New York City and Visiting Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University. As a designer of the C++ programming language, he talked about how impactful C++ has been to the digital boom.
The three-day event hosted various workshops, competitions, and exhibitions, along with the talks in a dynamic virtual platform. The only two on-ground events were the Comedy Night and the Pronite show. Comedian Sahil Shah enthralled the audience with his humor on 26th March, while singer Shaan made the crowd groove to his music during the concluding Pronite show on 27th March.
ABOUT IIT KANPUR: Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, is one of the premier institutions set up by the Government of India. Registered in 1959, the institute was assisted by nine leading institutions of the U.S.A in the setting up of its academic programs and laboratories during the period 1962-72. With its record of path-breaking innovations and cutting-edge research, the institute is known the world over as a learning center of repute in engineering, science, and several interdisciplinary areas. In addition to formal undergraduate and postgraduate courses, the institute has been active in research and development in areas of value to both industry and government.
For more information, visit: www.iitk.ac.in.