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Pan IIT Alumni Picnic, SF Bay Area, Aug 10th

What: Pan IIT Alumni Picnic

When: Saturday Auh 10 2014, 11am-4pm

Where: Sunnyvale Baylands Park (Meadowland)
999 E Caribbean Dr, Sunnyvale CA 94088

Register: http://tickets.indolink.com/php/buyTickets.php?event=2204

Posted by: Joyjit Nath @ Jul 28, 2014, 9:55 am PDT    Filed under: Alumni    Add Comment »

Annual Family Picnic - SoCal PAN IIT Alumni Association

Registration: http://paniitpicnic2014.eventbrite.com/

Pan-IIT Alumni USA (all 8 IITs) SoCal Chapter invites you, your family, and friends to its annual picnic on Saturday, the 7th of June in sunny Cerritos, California. This year’s picnic offers a host of attractions for the alumni families and friends throughout the afternoon: Meet long lost friends and classmates and make new friends.

Date: 7th June (Saturday), 2014
11:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Camp Liberty Shelter @ Liberty Park
19211 Studebaker Road
Cerritos, CA: 90703

In addition to our usual attractions, this year’s picnic includes a

Standup Comedy show

Other Attractions Include:

- Mouth-watering and sumptuous Indian food – including fresh Naan (made on site), Chaat and Chai. Chocolate Fountain with fruits, Home made “panna -mango drink for hot days!”,

- Fun games for all age groups – Golf putting, Tennis, Antakshari, Networking games and more.

- Raffles, prizes

- Hob-nob with the Alumni (of all age group) from all the IITs.

- Note: Registered kids under 10 will get a small gift at the picnic.

Tentative picnic schedule:

11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Registration, Networking, Snacks

12:30 pm - 12:45 pm Quick Introduction of Pan IIT & IISc Officials /Agenda

12:45 pm - 1:15 pm: Games/Entertainment for all ; Dance Workshop; + snacks + Networking

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm: Catered lunch : General music and hungama + Networking

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm: COMEDY SHOW

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm: More entertainment /skits - Antakshari + Raffles

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm: Chai 4:15 pm - 4:30 pm Soap Box / Game Prizes /Thank you(s)

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm: Wrap-up, and promises to meet soon

Pricing:

Early Bird : (Till May 19th , 2014): IITs, IISc, Spouse/Guest: $20, Children (6-14): $15, Current Students (IIT, IISc, School Students): $18
Children under 6: Free (Please register so that we have the count)

Prior to Picnic:(May 20th through June 6th, 2014): IIT, IISc, Spouse/Guest: $25, Children (6-14): $15, Current Students (IITs, IISc, ISM Alumnus, School Students): $20
Children under 6: Free (Please register so that we have the count)

Onsite: IITs, IISc,Spouse/Guest: $30, Children (6-14): $15, Current Students (IIT, IISc, ISM Alumnus, School Students): $25
Children under 6: Free (Please register so that we have the count)

All early bird registrations will get an extra raffle ticket.

For more information about the picnic, contact:

Veena Kedila (K): vikedila@hotmail.com; 323-712-5924

Arun Kiri (D): arunkiri@gmail.com 909 524 1452

Priyank Saxena (K): psaxena9@gmail.com; 858 729-3252

Divya Shakti (KGP): divyashakti@gmail.com 352-328-8303

Smita Goel Bagla (K,R): smita.bagla@gmail.com 310-968-6899

Pramod Kunju (C): pkunju@gmail.com 818-209-0172

Anindya Sharma:(K) anindyasharma@gmail.com 949-742-2492

Navin Jerath (D): navinj@linxworks.com 818-360-6053

Jagdish Joshi(B): doordarshan@hotmail.com 626-975-6656

Puneet Kumar (KGP): punit167@gmail.com 818-726-3592

Kusum Gupta (R): kmt.iit@gmail.com

Please register as soon as possible so we can plan accordingly.

Pan IIT Socal Board & Advisors

Posted by: Anirban Das @ Jun 2, 2014, 10:24 pm PDT    Filed under: Events, Alumni    Add Comment »

IIT KGP student–entrepreneurs win the largest prize in Rice Business Plan Competition

IIT Foundation congratulates BetaGlide, a start-up run by two Indian student-entrepreneurs who recently won the Mercury Fund Investment Prize and received other commitments totalling over $1M at the Rice Business Plan Competition 2014.

BetaGlide was founded by Amritanshu Anand and Anshul Singhle, two young students from IIT Kharagpur, one of India’s most prestigious universities. Their business began when Amritanshu was working on a mobile application and couldn’t find the right product/service to test it before launch. He soon realised that many others had this problem, and BetaGlide was born. Two years on, the app has over 100 app developers as customers and sits on over 2 million mobile devices around the world. “There are more than 2.5 million apps across the app stores…” said Amritanshu, “We allow developers to track and monitor how their app is performing across devices and benchmark this data to the industry standard. We also generate logs for debugging and solving pain points. There are more than 12,000 devices, which run on 25 different operating systems. It’s difficult for developers to keep track of all of this, but we make it happen.”

From their initial offering of streamlining testing, the app now offers real-time analytics to developers and helps them to not only fix problems fast, but gives them the insights they need to keep people coming back to their applications time and time again.

BetaGlide, mentored by The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), (founded by IIT Alums), arrived at the Rice Business Plan Competition 2014, and were judged winners by top venture capitalists, investors and entrepreneurs from over 30 countries.

Related:
Help IIT KGP Students Participate in Competitions held in the USA

Posted by: Roy Dasilva @ May 5, 2014, 8:46 am PDT    Filed under: Fund-raising, Alumni    Add Comment »

Help IIT KGP Students Participate in Competitions held in the USA

Dear KGP-ians,

I am writing to ask you to donate generously to a special fund created by IIT Foundation, to support students who qualify to compete in international competitions but need financial assistance to travel to the USA. In doing so, you do your part along with the students to improve the ranking of the IIT Kharagpur brand globally.
IIT Foundation has received requests to, jointly, along with IIT Kharagpur, support students participating in two international competitions; a business competition and an engineering competition.

  • The Hult Prize is a business competition organized by The Hult International Business School in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative that has created the world’s largest student movement for Social Good. Details: http://www.hult.edu/en/about-hult/hult-prize .
  • Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, aka the Driverless Car Competition, is a multidisciplinary engineering competition, considered to be one of the toughest outdoor navigation challenges in the world conducted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) Details: http://www.igvc.org .

Based on previously donated funds, IIT Foundation has supported the HULT Prize in 2013 and has committed to fund The Driverless Car Competition in 2014.
Going forward, our ability to fund these competitions is dependent on the financial support provided by KGP-ians, so the IIT Foundation Board has approved a special annual fund raising effort.

The first such annual fund raising initiative has started on April 16th and funds donated during the month of April, May and June, earmarked “Student Programs”, shall be used to fund student expenses to compete in International competitions in 2015. We hope to raise $20,000 to support at least 2 teams .

Please donate, by visiting http://www.iitfoundation.org/donate . Note: Please choose “Student Programs

Thank you for your continued support,
Sincerely
Roy da Silva
President, IIT Foundation

Posted by: Roy Dasilva @ Apr 29, 2014, 3:09 pm PDT    Filed under: Uncategorized    Add Comment »

Director’s end-of-year message


Dear Kgp-ians,

At the outset, please accept my heartiest greetings. As the semester here draws to a close, I wish to let you know that we have embarked on an exciting journey at IIT Kharagpur. Over the last four months we have begun to roll out Vision 2020, which is an accelerated programme of achieving benchmarked excellence. We have initiated programmes worth more than Rs 600 crores (US $100 million) to develop infrastructure, research programmes, global collaborations, societal impact projects, student, faculty and staff excellence initiatives, all of which aim at transformational change. The programme is ambitious, challenging and difficult, but in my opinion absolutely necessary. The response from the students, faculty and staff are very encouraging and there is a resonance of energy, enthusiasm and belief that we can achieve our dreams.

Our teams shall soon be meeting many of you either in the PanIIT Meet or in various Alumni centres in India and abroad to share our plans with you. Our Deputy Director, Prof Souvik Bhattacharyya and Dean of Alumni Affairs and International Relations, Prof Siddhartha Mukhopadhyay, will represent our Institute in PanIIT. Though I shall not be able to come to this meet, we are looking at innovative ways through which I and my other colleagues and students can interact with the alumni participating in Houston.

I am clear in my mind that such a formidable task can only be well accomplished if we get the support and encouragement of the alumni. And let me tell you that everyone I have talked to or connected with has been extremely excited and very forthcoming in his or her desire to help. Some of them have already committed to programmes of excellence that gel extremely well with our goals and we are working on finalizing these into proper schemes that support Vision 2020.

I am delighted to learn that, IIT Foundation created The G S Sanyal Award to complement our efforts. One of the key ingredients of a world class institution is world class faculty, who, apart from being world renowned teachers, and researchers, are great mentors who guide students both inside and outside the class room. One such faculty member was the late Professor G S Sanyal. He left behind a “blueprint” for faculty to emulate and “go beyond the class room”. I understand that the IIT Foundation Board has approved a transfer of US $50,000 to seed an endowment that will support a cash prize to the winner of the award for the next 5 years, with an expectation that the award shall be perpetuated through additional donations from alumni around the globe. I am sure that this will get strong support from all of you. I am told that other similar efforts to support teachers and students are in the offing. I look forward to more of these efforts which help provide incentives to nurture excellence.

I look forward to interacting with you more in the times to come.

A very happy holidays to many of you, your family and friends as you kick off this festive season.

Warm regards

Professor Partha Pratim Chakrabarti (”PPC”)
IIT Kharagpur Alum and Director, IIT Kharagpur

Posted by: Joyjit Nath @ Dec 12, 2013, 1:21 pm PST    Filed under: Fund-raising    Add Comment »
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