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