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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 »

Pan IIT SoCal Diwali Party November 16th

Registration: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4FABAB2BAAFE3-paniit

Hosted by Dr. Jagdish and Bhavana Joshi
Fellow IITians,
Join us for an evening of Diwali fesitivities with singing, dancing, kareoke, bingo, fireworks, antakshari, a variety of good food, mithai and each other. Dress so it reflects your heritage and tradition.

Space and time is limited so hurry. The target website will direct you on how to sign up to bring a dish or pay cash at site ($10 adults, $5 child < 10 years).
Act quickly as when all the open slots are gone, they are gone.

Veena Kedila, President
IIT Alumni Association
Southern California

PS. All vegetarian and non-alcoholic beverages only

Posted by: Anirban Das @ Nov 10, 2013, 3:23 pm PST    Filed under: Events, Alumni    Add Comment »

San Francisco Bay Area Diwali Dhamaka, Nov 16

This year IIT Kharagpur is putting up a strong show for the PAN IIT Diwali Dhamaka contest!

We have Dance, Fashion Show and Kishore Kumar meeting Simon and Garfunkel!!!

The winner of course is decided based on audience response and we need a strong IIT Kharagpur contingent to be present in full force for this fun-filled event.

When: November 16, 2013
Where: Campbell Heritage Theater
1 W Campbell Ave
Campbell CA 95008
Register: http://indolink.com/iit

Thanks in advance for helping to keep “KGP KA TEMPO HIGH HAI”

Posted by: Joyjit Nath @ Oct 24, 2013, 2:35 pm PDT    Filed under: Events, Alumni    Add Comment »

PAN-IIT SoCal Annual Disruptive Innovation Conference

Pan IIT Southern California invites you to its “Annual Disruptive Innovation Conference 2013″.

Register now at http://iit-innovate-2013.eventbrite.com/
Tanjore Lotus Banguet Room
50 North La Cienega Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM

The theme of this year’s conference is “Innovate, Integrate, Motivate”. The conference features scintillating speeches, thought-provoking interactive discussions and powerful networking. Lunch, hors d’oeuvres, beverages will be provided.

This is a great opportunity to expand your network, create business contacts and catch up with the community!


10:00 am - 11:00 am Registration & networking

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Panel discussion on Life sciences innovation

12:00 pm - 01:00 pm Lunch & networking

01:00 pm - 01:45 pm Keynote by Vijay Amritraj

02:00 pm - 03:00 pm Panel discussion on Big data innovation

03:00 pm - 03:30 pm Networking & high tea


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

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

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

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

Anirban Das: anirban.das1981@gmail.com (213-453-3851)

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

Arun Tripathi: atrip2000@yahoo.com (310-497-2504)

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

Posted by: Anirban Das @ Aug 28, 2013, 3:15 pm PDT    Filed under: Events, Alumni    Add Comment »

Dr Partha Pratim Chakrabarti (PPC) is the new Director of IIT Kharagpur

Dear KGP ians

It is official, Dr Partha Prathim Chakrabarti ( PPC) is Director of IIT Kharagpur. On Saturday, July 27 2013, Mr. Shiv Nader, Chairman, Board of Governors, announced his appointment after having received clearance from the MHRD.

We congratulate him, wish him the very best and assure him of our continued support as he takes on the challenge of taking IIT Kharagpur our beloved alma mater, from being India’s best, to being among the World’s best education Institute by 2020; a lofty goal set by IIT Kharagpur’s, Board of Governor approved strategic plan , “Vision 2020″.

Dr Partha Prathim Chakrabarti’s illustrious career resulted in his selection to be Director,IIT Kharagpur, by a MHRD appointed committee, however there were delays in his appointment because of allegations made by the Central Vigilance Committee relating to a Coal India Limited project that was awarded to SRIC prior to his appointment as Dean SRIC. He was cleared of these baseless charges by the Board of Governors, twice, and the teachers, alums and students waited patiently for his appointment for a year, because on numerous assurances that the appointment process was in progress.

This abnormal delay frustrated the teachers, alums and students, and when requests to meet face to face, to resolve any issues standing in the way of the appointment, did not even receive the courtesy of a response, The Teachers Association went on a peaceful demonstration-cum-hunger-strike in Kharagpur to sensitize the Government of India to the urgency of this appointment, and underscore the damage to the reputation of IIT Kharagpur and demoralization of its constituents because of this delay. They were joined in a show of solidarity by additional demonstrations by the IIT Kharagpur Alumni Association in India who protested in Bangalore, Delhi and Kolkatta in spite of heavy rains. Alums in the USA also joined in support of PPC and were instrumental in planning the strategy and actions, petitioning the highest authorities, and using their personal connections to expedite the appointment

I would like to place on record, our appreciation for all the members at the Ministry of Human Resource Development who selected and supported PPC through this process, the Board of Governors, Officiating Director Professor Som, the invaluable contribution of all the KGP-ian’s (teachers, students, alumni) and the Media, who came together at very short notice to support a just cause and realize this historic appointment.

The spirit of IIT Kharagpur lives on, the bonds that we develop while at the institute are there forever. Let us celebrate, extend our support to PPC and make IIT Kharagpur the best .

KGP ka tempo high hai!


Roy da Silva, President IIT Foundation

Posted by: Roy Dasilva @ Jul 27, 2013, 5:34 pm PDT    Filed under: Uncategorized    Add Comment »
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