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End of year letter from Director, IIT Kharagpur

My dear KGP-ians,

About a year ago I wrote to you about the plans that we had set out for our alma mater and the rollout of the Vision 2020 programme. In 2014 has we have taken several steps forward in some of the key issues identified in the charter to take IIT Kharagpur forward including high quality faculty recruitment as well as major research and infrastructure initiatives. We have initiated some large collaborative research projects that aim to catapult our capabilities into a higher league. Some of the key thematic areas include Signals & Systems in Life Science, Future of Cities, Science & Heritage and Technological Interventions for Food Sustainability. A few recent highlights include IIT Kharagpur being awarded Rs 100 crores for development of a new Research Park in Kolkata, IIT Kharagpur being identified to develop the National e-Library of India whose pilot phase is estimated to be about Rs 102 crores and the hugely successful International Summer-Winter Term programme that is now being considered for national rollout by the Government. A new women’s hostel, international visitor’s complex and a vibrant post-doctoral programme are being executed. The students have been given the responsibility to re-design 3500 rooms of the 10 old hostels. So in a couple of years, many of you will not find your old rooms in the 1951 shape you entered into and left it in!

We are receiving enormous support from alumni to gel with the Vision 2020 programme. For example, the Shrigopal Rajgarhia International Programmes initiative is partially funding our internationalization initiative. Again the M N Faruqui Innovation Centre supported by Arjun Malhotra is going to be a key enabler of the Innovation Programme of Vision 2020. A new Centre of Excellence in Petroleum Engineering funded by Asoke and Ruma Deysarkar and supported by key alumni like Farrokh Mistry is shaping up to be a unique centre where industry-academia-international agencies will work together to provide students unique experiential learning. The various travel grants supported by alumni are very helpful to the students. I am directly in touch with many others like Vin Gupta, Mani Bhaumik, Purnendu Chatterjee, Ron Gupta, Prabha Sinha, Subir Chowdhury, B K Syngal and others not only to take the earlier initiatives forward and but also to define key new programmes. I am very happy to see the Institute Development (ID) Programme and the Batch Endowment Programme growing and am delighted to see alumni take steps to recognize teachers through the proposed G S Sanyal Award and Young Faculty Awards. I look forward to early rollout of these schemes in 2015. I wish to develop a “Director’s Fund” which can be used by the Director to support various projects for the benefit of IIT Kharagpur in general and students and faculty in particular. We are also planning to start a “Alumni Returns to Teach” programme to enable some of our top alumni faculty, researchers and entrepreneurs to come back to teach at IIT Kharagpur. Exciting days are here and in my opinion, we have just begun to take the first steps on Vision 2020. For many of us here, this is our opportunity to work together for IIT Kharagpur to shine in the glory it deserves.
I look forward to all of you to support our programmes and suggest ways in which you can help IIT Kharagpur go forward. Please feel free to get in touch with us on this issue.

With this I wish you, your family and friends, a very happy holiday season ahead.

With warm regards

Partha Pratim Chakrabarti (”PPC”)
IIT Kharagpur Alumnus, faculty and Director

Posted by: Joyjit Nath @ Dec 10, 2014, 6:00 pm PST    Filed under: Uncategorized    Add Comment »

IIT Kharagpur Midwest Alumni Dinner, Sat Dec 6

You and your family are cordially invited to a IIT Kharagpur Midwest Alumni dinner on December 6, 2014. It’s been a while since KGPians met up in Chicagoland and this would be an excellent opportunity for us to catch up with fellow KGPians, revive and expand our network and walk down memory lane (or Scholar’s Ave if you so wish).

If you cannot make it, please send a note to the contacts below, as we are planning to build our database and organize ourselves for more such activities later. If you can volunteer, we would be delighted –- looking specially for former mess secretaries (just kidding!)

What: IIT Kharagpur Midwest Alumni Dinner
When: Saturday Dec 6 2014, 5:30 pm
Where: Maharaja Indian Cuisine
9765 W Higgins Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018
Cost: $22/person (FREE for children below 5. $7 per child 5-7)

Please RSVP with the number of guests to Ankit Gupta or Diptarka Majumdar

Posted by: Joyjit Nath @ Nov 25, 2014, 2:22 pm PST    Filed under: Events, Alumni    Add Comment »

Pan IIT Innovation Series — “Leveraging Universities for Innovation” San Francisco Bay Area, Dec 5 2014


There is a gold mine of IP lying with the Universities and an abundance of cutting edge talent that can be tapped into. This conference brought to you by the Pan IIT Alumni Association bring leading minds to share their thoughts with you on how to engage Universities to enhance Innovation.

What: Pan IIT Innovation Series — “Leveraging Universities for Innovation”

When: Fri Dec 5 2014 6pm to 9pm

Where: SAP (Bldg 1)
3410 Hillview Ave
Palo Alto, CA, 94304

Cost: $25/Person upto November 23rd, $40/Person thereafter. No gate registration.

Registration: http://tickets.indolink.com/php/buyTickets.php?event=2208

Goals:

  • How to engage Universities both faculty and grad students to help in innovation
  • Digging into the treasure trove of dormant IP lying in the University repositories and activate useful portions of this.
  • IP ownership and royalty arrangements
  • All other open topics can be taken up during the Q&A

Speakers

  • Subrah Suresh (President, Carnegie Mellon and former Director NSF)
  • Pradeep Khoshla (Chancellor, UC San Diego and former Dean of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon)
  • A. Paul Raj (Professor Emeritus Stanford, Marconi Award winner and Padma Bhushan)
  • Prith Banerjee (former Dean University of Illinois, Head HP Labs and now MD of Accenture Innovation & R&D)
  • Shankar Sastry (Dean of Engineering, UC Berkeley)

Target Audience:

This event is OPEN TO ALL
This event has been eagerly sought after by a varied groups including Startups in the Product Innovation space and those contemplating it. CEO’s, CTO’s, VP Engineering and other executives driving innovation. VC’s, Angels and Private Equity firms funding startups Faculty and Research students of all Universities near the Bay Area Alumni of all institutions in the SF Bay Area from US, India and elsewhere

Posted by: Joyjit Nath @ Nov 8, 2014, 8:19 pm PST    Filed under: Uncategorized    Add Comment »

San Francisco Bay Area Area Alumni Picnic, Saturday Sep 6 2014


Please register soon for the annual San Francisco Bay Area IIT
Kharagpur Alumni Summer Picnic, and plan to attend with your
family and friends.

What: San Francisco Bay Area IIT KGP Alumni Picnic – 2014
Where: Baylands Park (Meadowlands Picnic Area)
999 E Caribbean Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
When: Saturday, September 6, 2014, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bay-area-iit-kgp-alumni-picnic-2014-tickets-12196906275

Picnic Agenda:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Registration, chit-chat and appetizers and beer
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm: Pizza (for kids)
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch (for adults)
1:30pm onwards: Games (kids and adults)
Volley, cricket, musical chairs, and lots of kids activities
3:00 pm: Wrap-up
It will be a great day in the park, with lots of fun under the sun!!
Kindly forward this invitation to all your IIT Kgp friends in the Bay area - we look forward to maximum participation this year!!
See you all at the picnic!!

Thank You,
Avik Pal
President, IIT Kharagpur Alumni SF Bay Area Chapter

Posted by: Joyjit Nath @ Aug 17, 2014, 8:04 pm PDT    Filed under: Events, Alumni    Add Comment »

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

What: Pan IIT Alumni Picnic

When: Saturday Aug 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 »
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