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February2006

Nina Saxena Excellence in Technology Award

Nina SaxenaA first of its kind, India-wide award, to encourage and promote, technical innovation.

The Board of Governors of the IIT Kharagpur has approved the Nina Saxena Excellence in Technology Award, a first of its kind, India-wide award to encourage and promote technical innovation. The award also commemorates the spirit and memory of it’s alumna Dr. Nina Saxena, B.Tech (Hons.), ECE 1992 who passed away tragically in 2005.

The award, to be conferred every year at the IIT Foundation Day, is made possible by contributions from IIT Kharagpur Alumni to remember Dr. Saxena’s desire and drive for technical excellence, during her short but illustrious life.

The first award is to be conferred at the IIT Foundation Day, August 18th, 2007.

The award will be open to all Technologists who are Indian Citizens.

This award will be made to the technologist, for the best application of technological practices or a technological breakthrough. The best technical innovation shall be decided based on the following dimensions and in the following order of importance:

a) Innovation above and beyond well known results
b) Novel Application of a well known result
c) Societal improvement
d) Benefit to India
e) Application of Technology to underdeveloped areas and causes

A distinguished committee will be formed every year by IIT Kharagpur chaired by the Director, to decide the award. The nominations have to be sent to IIT Kharagpur and the committee will make its decision based on the nominations.

Additional details of nomination process will be announced soon.

To learn more about this and other projects supported by the IIT Foundation, visit http://www.iitfoundation.org/projects .

To contribute towards this and other projects, visit http://www.iitfoundation.org/donate . Financial contributions are tax-deductible for US Federal Tax payers.
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IIT SINE Winter Social at Lexington, MA (Near Boston), March 4th 2006

IIT SINE Winter Social Event at Lexington, MA, March 4th 2006UPDATE as of March 1 2006: The Event Has Been Cancelled. For those who paid online using credit cards, the credit cards will be credited. Checks will be returned to those who paid by check. Please contact P A Balasubramanium for further information.

The IIT Society in New England (IIT SINE) is holding it’s Annual Winter Social. Alumni of all IITs and their guests are cordially invited to this event:

What: IIT SINE Annual Winter Social

Where: Lexington Elk’s Lodge
959 Waltham Street
Lexington, MA
Phone: +1-781-862-9759

When: Saturday, March 4th, 2006

Questions? Please contact P A Balasubramanium (Phone: +1-978-844-1161) or visit http://www.iitsine.org/2006events/IITSINE_winterEvent_06.htm

Please note that the deadline for registering at the discounted price has been extended to February 26th 2006.

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Report on the Recent 3rd Annual Alumni Meet at IIT Kharagpur

Photo from the 2nd Annual Alumni meet at IIT Kharagpur, January 2005[The photo at right is from last year’s 2nd Alumni meet.]

This New Year brought together the alumni of the Institute again for the third time to IIT Kharagpur in the form of 3rd Annual Alumni Meet 2006 held during 7th - 8th January 2006.

Inaugural Programme

The inaugural programme of the Alumni Meet commenced at 9.30 a.m. in the Netaji Auditorium on 7th January 2006. Prof. S. Chattopadhyay, Secretary (TAA) conducted the programme.

Prof. Madhu Chakraborty, Dean Alumni Affairs & International Relations extended a hearty welcome to the alumni and the dignitaries to the Alumni Meet. In his speech Prof. Chakraborty informed that the Annual Alumni Meet is scheduled in the first weekend of January every year and that the Meet is dedicated to those who have completed silver jubilee and golden jubilee of their graduation from the Institute. He requested the alumni to go round the campus to see the changes that have taken place in the past years. Prof. Chakraborty then briefly narrated the state-of-the art developments in research and other academic programmes of the Institute. He specially mentioned the active and inspirational support from Prof. Dube and Prof. Sanyal throughout for closer interaction with the alumni. He also stated about the interaction of IIT Kharagpur Alumni Foundation (India), IIT Foundation, Australia and the IIT Foundation, USA. He urged upon the alumni for their active support and suggestions for the developments of the Alumni Foundations in particular and the Institute in general in the national and international scenario. Prof. Chakraborty reminded that the Institute has launched a website http://www.alumni.iitkgp.ernet.in and invited all alumni to register. He also reminded that the Institute provides a lifelong e-mail address to all its registered alumni.
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