Season’s Greetings from Your Alma Mater!
At the completion of another year, let me first share with you some good news. We took several major steps towards our ambitious Vision 2020 programme. During this calendar year, we rolled out new academic programme like credit-based Micro-specializations to enhance career opportunities for students. We have started the project to revamp the accommodation facilities for our students, with new halls of residence coming up and upgrading of the older ones. Several more classrooms as well as air-conditioning have been started at the Nalanda Complex and new science laboratory blocks have been made available to students. The construction of the new 400 bed hospital for the medical school and the Research Park at Rajarhat Kolkata have been taken up as well. At our instance, the Government of India has initiated the Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) Programme with IIT Kharagpur as the national coordinator. The National Digital Library project is well on its way and its first version is going to be launched soon.
The Government of India has been instrumental in developing the IITs. However, the transformation IIT Kharagpur has undergone, from being an engineering college to a multidisciplinary technological institution, could be attributed significantly to the contributions by you, our alumni who have enabled and helped realize new heights. The M N Faruqui Innovation Centre funded by Shri Arjun Malhotra (70/EC) is empowering students from the first year to experiment on innovative projects. The Shri Gopal Rajgarhia (68/CH) International Programme funded by the namesake has facilitated students and scholars from the Institute to participate in academic and research programmes abroad and also their incoming counterparts. Shri Vinod Gupta (67/AG) announced alumni funded international internships and instituted exchange programmes with George Washington School of Law. Both of these initiatives have been key promoters of internationalization aspect which is a major parameter in international ranking of higher educational institutions and also ensures global exposure to students for career development. The Transdisciplinary Programme on Petroleum Engineering funded by Shri Asoke Kumar Deysarkar (71/CH) has opened a new avenue for students aiming for career in the field. Ron Gupta (70/AR) led the 1970 Class Gift which is a pioneering initiative for commemorating alumni contribution in the Institute which will as a remembrance of alumni imprint at the Institute. Also alumni from several batches have come together to contribute in the Batch Endowment campaign to build the endowment fund for the Institute. This is the fund which the Institute is nurturing to achieve the goal of self reliance in the coming years. Additionally my recommendation for “Alumni Returns to Teach” programme and “Director’s Fund” from last year are to be implemented as well and we hope to launch them in the coming year. All of these initiatives are enablers of the Vision 2020 programme and more such initiatives are much needed for its success. I am affirmative, you are also eager to lend your helping hand to your Alma Mater.
I have been reaching out to you all through my Facebook page for quite a few months now. Join me there in this Yajna and write to me about how you would like to help. Before the few days in this year bid us adieu, let us commit ourselves to initiatives dedicated to fulfill our goal of making IIT Kharagpur a top global institution in the near future.
Wishing you, your family and friends blissful holidays ahead
With warm regards
Partha Pratim Chakrabarti (”PPC”)
IIT Kharagpur Alumnus, Faculty and Director
About a week ago, you received the inspiring message from Director Partha Pratim Chakrabarti about the exciting projects underway at IIT Kharagpur to catapult our Alma Mater from being India’s leading engineering school, to becoming one of the world’s top ranked education and research institutions.
Many of the ultra successful and passionate alums such as Shrigopal Rajgarhia, Arjun Malhotra, Asoke and Ruma Deysarkar, to name a few, made substantial contributions to achieve the Vision 2020 goals this year; however, there are a number of programs that need to be funded through smaller contributions by a large number of KGP-ians.
This season we would like KGP-ians to consider donating to the following programs :
1) The G S Sanyal Award for Faculty
The Foundation plans to kick start the G.S. Sanyal Award with a donation of $50,000 to recognize the contribution of faculty who go beyond the classroom and help students develop into successful alumni. This award will complement the various faculty awards given by IIT Kharagpur to recognize the in-classroom excellence of the teacher/researcher. This award will be announced to the faculty in January, with the distribution of the first award in August 2015.
2) Students Travel Grant
Students (Alums in Training) are brand ambassadors for IIT Kharagpur. To encourage students to participate in brand building international competitions, IIT Foundation will announce a program to fund student participation expenses for travel to USA in 2015 also in January.
3) Visiting Faculty Program / Alumni Return to Teach Program
IIT Foundation, through its Visiting Faculty Program, will also support the “Alumni Return to Teach Program” proposed by the Director.
In addition you are requested to support the Batch Endowment and the Institute Development (ID) Programs.
Please visit http://www.iitfoundation.org/donate to donate today and avail of the tax deductions for tax year 2014 (for USA Federal Tax filers).
On behalf of the IIT Foundation Board I wish you and yours Happy Holidays and a Prosperous New Year.
Roy da Silva (1974/EE/RK)
President, IIT Foundation
IIT Foundation congratulates BetaGlide, a start-up run by two Indian student-entrepreneurs who recently won the Mercury Fund Investment Prize and received other commitments totalling over $1M at the Rice Business Plan Competition 2014.
BetaGlide was founded by Amritanshu Anand and Anshul Singhle, two young students from IIT Kharagpur, one of India’s most prestigious universities. Their business began when Amritanshu was working on a mobile application and couldn’t find the right product/service to test it before launch. He soon realised that many others had this problem, and BetaGlide was born. Two years on, the app has over 100 app developers as customers and sits on over 2 million mobile devices around the world. “There are more than 2.5 million apps across the app stores…” said Amritanshu, “We allow developers to track and monitor how their app is performing across devices and benchmark this data to the industry standard. We also generate logs for debugging and solving pain points. There are more than 12,000 devices, which run on 25 different operating systems. It’s difficult for developers to keep track of all of this, but we make it happen.”
From their initial offering of streamlining testing, the app now offers real-time analytics to developers and helps them to not only fix problems fast, but gives them the insights they need to keep people coming back to their applications time and time again.
BetaGlide, mentored by The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), (founded by IIT Alums), arrived at the Rice Business Plan Competition 2014, and were judged winners by top venture capitalists, investors and entrepreneurs from over 30 countries.
Help IIT KGP Students Participate in Competitions held in the USA
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.
Professor Partha Pratim Chakrabarti (”PPC”)
IIT Kharagpur Alum and Director, IIT Kharagpur
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It is that time of the year when we reflect on the year gone by, remind ourselves of the great times spent at IIT Kharagpur and come together to support our Alma mater in reaching their strategic goals of becoming a leading global university. To help us stay the course, a “Vision 20-20 Report (PDF)” has been prepared by KPMG India at the request of the Board of Govenors of IIT Kharapur.
One of the key ingredients of a world class institution is to have a great faculty who, apart from being world renowned teachers, are great mentors and can guide students and alums to become great leaders. One such faculty member was the late Professor G S Sanyal, who left behind a blueprint for excellence. In his memory, the IIT Foundation created “The G S Sanyal Award” last year and this year has donated $50,000 to seed a cash prize for the next 5 years, with an expectation that the award shall be perpetuated through donations from alumni around the globe.
As an incentive and challenge to all alumni, one of our prominent alumni has agreed to match contributions upto Rs. 10 lacs (approximately US $ 20,000) if made through IIT Foundation in US $ by December 31 2012 and through IIT Kharagpur in INR by March 31 2013.
Another key ingredient of global institutions is the creation of an office to engage global alumni and corporations in forward looking key initiatives, develop sustainable fund raising programs, recruit and retain quality faculty, students and devlop and maintain the IIT Kharagpur brand. IIT Kharagpur has created the Institutional Development (ID) program and seed funds covering related expenses were donated by prominent alums. Additional funds are urgently needed to sustain this program .
Please sustain these initiatives or the one’s announced in previous years by making a generous donation at: http://www.iitfoundation.org/donate
Best wishes for a great holiday season.
Roy da Silva,
President IIT Foundation