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IIT Alumnus wins the Stockholm Water Prize

Prof. Asit K Biswas, a graduate (1960 AZ CE) of IIT Kharagpur has been awarded the Stockholm Water Prize for 2006. Considered by many to be the "Nobel Prize for Water Scientists", this prize is awarded to person(s) who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the field of water technology.

Prof. Biswas is the President of The Third World Centre for Water Management in Mexico.

Prof. Biswas has been awarded this prize in recognition for his outstanding work relating to global water resources issues:

Professor Biswas is awarded the Stockholm Water Prize for his outstanding and multi-faceted contributions to global water resource issues, including research, education and awareness, water management, human and international relations in both developed and developing countries. While many highly-qualified experts in aquatic disciplines distinguish themselves as academicians, others as practitioners, others as government advisors, and others as writers and lecturers, Professor Biswas with his wide knowledge is highly recognised in all of these areas and, most importantly, has over a broad front applied his skills internationally, thereby adding new dimensions to the wise use and management of the global water resources.

Our congratulations to Prof. Biswas.

To send a note of congratulations to Prof. Biswas, visit this link.

Posted by: Joyjit Nath @ Mar 27, 2006, 10:01 am PST    Filed under: Media    7 Comments »

IITs move to improve gender ratio

How many women were in your class when you were at IIT? Not much more than you can count on your fingers, right?

The IITs are now doing something to improve the situation — they are slashing the application fees for women. Here’s an article from the Times of India:

To encourage more girls to apply, the IITs have now slashed the application fee for women by half. So, while men have to pay Rs 600, women pay just Rs 300.
"There is a socio-economic factor at work here. Most Indian families still don’t want to spend too much on getting their daughters admitted to higher-education courses, especially if they have sons to provide for. Hence, we have made this concession for our girl students," V K Tewari, chairman of IITJEE, told TOI.
He, however, insisted that though only 321 girls could make it to the IITs in 2005 as against 4,771 boys, if one compares the percentage of success — keeping in mind the number of applications from each gender — the difference is not much. Thus 26% of male applicants were successful compared to 18.68% girls.
Bringing down the application fees seems to have paid off. While 25,000-odd women applied last year, this year the number has spiralled to approximately 60,000. IIT Kharagpur, which is the organising IIT for IITJEE 2006, feels that the number of women who will finally crack the exam will automatically improve.

Full article is here.

Posted by: Joyjit Nath @ Mar 27, 2006, 9:45 am PST    Filed under: Media    5 Comments »

Alternative to BC Roy Hospital?

IIT to build a hospitalFrom The Telegraph:

Kharagpur, March 21: IIT Kharagpur has decided to set up a super-speciality hospital close to its campus, with plans to develop it into a full-fledged medical college.

The 400-bed hospital will be coming up at Hijli, about 125 km from Calcutta, and will cost Rs 500 crore. It has been given the go-ahead by the HRD ministry and is scheduled to open its doors by 2008.

"It will be an international standard hospital with state-of-the-art technological facilities. Our target is to have it functioning by 2008 and we hope to start the medical college by 2009," IIT Kharagpur director Sisir Kumar Dube said.

A 300-acre plot owned by the institute has been earmarked for the project, he said. A committee with members from the institute’s departments will soon be set up to get the project going.

The full article is here .

Posted by: Joyjit Nath @ Mar 27, 2006, 9:29 am PST    Filed under: Media    1 Comment »

Enterpreneurship trend on an upswing at IIT Kharagpur

More and more graduates from IIT Kharagpur are opting for a career as an enterpreneur rather than choosing a regular job, reports The Telegraph:

It’s 5.30 pm at IIT Kharagpur and classes are over. But for 21-year-old Shubham Jain and a bunch of enterprising batchmates, it is just a break. In fact, that’s when the real work starts for them. While the rest of the students trudge back to their rooms after a tiring day, Shubham and his friends — P. Venugopal and Amar Gahlot — huddle around computers at IIT Kharagpur’s incubation centre trying to develop complex, high-end software.

The electronic engineering students are actually racing against time to keep a deadline. Called Savedge, the software helps in routing calls and is expected to hit the market within the next fortnight. The techie trio has a reputation to live up to. Several engineering colleges across the country have been using their software in their networking labs for almost a year.

IITians are finally venturing into an area very few of them would even consider some years back — entrepreneurship.

Posted by: Joyjit Nath @ Mar 19, 2006, 7:55 pm PST    Filed under: Media    Add Comment »

IIT Alumni Golf Tournament at new Delhi, April 8th 2006

The Technology Alumni Association (”TAA”), Delhi Chapter is proud to invite alumni from all IITs at a golf competion in New Delhi. Details follow:

What: IIT Golf Tournament — 2006

Where: ITC Classic Golf Resort, New Delhi, India

When: April 8th 2006

Alumni from all IITs are invited to this event. Don’t miss this opportunity to win attractive prizes and to network with other IITians. There will be an INTER-IIT competition, taking the best 3 rounds from each IIT. Lunch will be served.

Space is limited, so register soon. Details below.

To Register:

Send your entry immediately to:

Ashok Singh ( 1967 CH RK, IIT KGP )
N-246 Greater Kailash-1
New Delhi 110048
Phone: +91-98-9909-2707 (mobile)
Send Email to Ashok Singh

Please provide the following information in your entry:

IIT Attended:
Year of Graduation:
Home Course:
Handicap (USGA):

Posted by: Joyjit Nath @ Mar 13, 2006, 9:28 am PST    Filed under: Events    Add Comment »