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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 »

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!

Sincerely

Roy da Silva, President IIT Foundation

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