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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 »

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 »

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 »