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