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October2006

IIT 2006 Global Conference, Mumbai, December 23-25

Registration is now open for the IIT 2006 Conference at Mumbai and the “pre-conference retreat” at Goa. The President of India, Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, has been kind enough to do the inauguration of the conference. Please Register Early to guarantee your seat and to get a 20% discount (discount available only until 30th of November):

What: IIT 2006 Global Conference

Where: Mumbai

When: December 23-25, 2006

Register: http://www.paniit2006.org/register/register.php
Note: Early registration discount ends after November 30th

Pre-conference Retreat at Goa, December 20-23

Luxuriate in 40 acres of landscaped tranquillity, encapsulating every conceivable amenity in Cidade de Goa, before arriving to the hectic pace of Mumbai for the Conference on the 23rd December 2006.

They say you can take a person out of Goa, but you can’t take Goa out of the person. Passion for enjoying life and sharing it with friends is a tradition deeply rooted in Cidade de Goa’s warm, welcoming hospitality and old world charm.

For more information, visit: http://www.paniit2006.org/register/triptogoa.php .

Posted by: Joyjit Nath @ Oct 30, 2006, 9:33 am PST    Filed under: Events    Add Comment »

AGM and Dinner at Kolkata, November 11 2006

Technology Alumni Association, Kolkata Chapter is having their Annual General Meeting ("AGM") and Dinner. You and your family are cordially invited to this event. Please confirm your attendance as early as possible:

What: AGM and Dinner

Where: The Tollygunge Club
Club House First Floor
120 Deshapran Sasmal Road,
Kolkata 700 033, INDIA
Phone : +(91)-(33) 2417 6022

When: Saturday, November 11, 2006 , 6:00 pm onwards

Cost: Rs 200/- per person for adults. Rs 150/- per person for kids.

To Register, please contact:

  • Kabindra Daga, +91-98-31061942
  • Alakananda Rao, +91-9830058313
  • I. M. Asthana +91-33-2229 6833/3234
  • Ms. Ananya +91-33-30587814
  • Monica Chaudhury +91-33-23551959

Update: Added more contact information. Added cost information. Updated program start time.

Posted by: Joyjit Nath @ Oct 23, 2006, 8:22 am PDT    Filed under: Events    Add Comment »

Fourth Annual Alumni Meet, IIT Kharagpur, January 6-7 2007

The Fourth Annual Alumni Meet will be held during January 6-7, 2007. The theme of this year’s meet is "IITs Tomorrow: the shape and purpose of your Alma Mater in the next decade". The message below is quoted from IIT Kharagpur website announcing the event:

We extend special invitation to those who received their degrees in years 1957 and 1982 and provide free hospitality at the campus. Alumni of other batches are required to contribute a token amount of rupees one thousand to partially cover the cost of the event. You are requested to register early (not later than October 31 2006), so that we are not loaded with the registrations at the last moment. We will take care of yours’ and your spouse’s accommodation, food and local transport between Kharagpur Railway station and the Institute.
We have three guest houses in the institute which can accommodate about 200 guests. We shall arrange accommodation in guest houses of the institute on first-come-first-serve basis. Preference will be given to those who missed earlier alumni meets.

Photo at right is from the 2nd Alumni meet, in 2005

Posted by: Joyjit Nath @ Oct 16, 2006, 8:24 am PDT    Filed under: Events    Add Comment »

“Diwali Dhamaka”, SF Bay Area, November 4th 2006

Diwali DhamakaThe IIT Alumni of San Francisco Bay Area and Google present Diwali Dhamaka 2006, on November 4th 2006 at the Foothill College Auditorium in Los Altos, California:

What: “Diwali Dhamaka” 2006

When: Saturday, November 4th, 2006, 4pm onwards
Detailed Agenda available at: http://www.indolink.com/iit

Where: Foothill College Auditorium
12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Register: http://www.indolink.com/iit
Please note that early bird discounts will end soon.

Update:

  • All Parking is FREE. There is no need to purchase parking tickets on the day of the event.
  • There is construction going on at Foothill college, so please come by early to get a good parking spot.
  • Please purchase your $5.00 dinner coupon at the registration desk. Food is now FREE for all attendees
  • One bottle of water comes with the dinner coupon. Additional bottles can be purchased at a nominal cost.Water is also FREE
  • Tea and snacks are complimentary.
  • Save your registration coupons for a raffle.

Message from Google, the Exclusive Sponsor of this event:
Google is pleased to be the Exclusive Sponsor of the IIT Diwali Dhamaka which draws over 1400 IIT alumni and family every year and is the biggest PanIIT social event in the world. We look forward to meeting you on November 4th and we invite you to visit our table at the venue and learn more about Google. We will of course have some fun items for you and your family to add to the festivities!

Posted by: Joyjit Nath @ Oct 15, 2006, 8:01 pm PDT    Filed under: Events    Add Comment »

Meet Arvind Kejriwal (Magsaysay Award Winner) in the USA

Join Arvind Kejriwal (1989 NH ME), recipient of the prestigious Ramon Magsasay award for 2006, as he travels accors the USA for a series of public talks and discussions about fighting corruption in India.

Arvind Kejriwal (known to his KGP friends as “Kejri”) is the eminent Indian leader and activist who was awarded the 2006 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership for his contributions to the landmark Right To Information law in India and for “activating the right to information movement at the grassroots”. His work has empowered Indian citizens to fight corruption and resulted in community-led efforts that have uncovered massive laundering of funds and corruption in various Government projects.

After he graduated from IIT Kharagpur with a B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering (class of 1989) Arvind became an officer in the Indian civil services. He was serving as Joint Commissioner in the Indian Revenue Services when he resigned to devote his time fully to fight corruption in India. He founded an Indian based citizens’ movement Parivartan (in 2000) that has been fighting for just, transparent and accountable governance. His other honors include the Ashoka Fellowship (since 2004) and the Satyendra Dubey Award from IIT Kanpur (2005).

Arvind is currently visiting various cities in the USA and speaking about the Right to Information Act and how we can eliminate corruption in all levels of government. Please attend one of these events, learn about Arvind’s sterling work and honor and celebrate the achievements of one of our very own.

For more information in general about Arvind’s trip please contact Prithvi Sharma, 805-484-2263, Billababu@aol.com or Keshav Narayanan, 281 759 5482, keshavn@gmail.com

Arvind’s Schedule

Date/Time Venue Notes
Oct 8, 10:00 AM Borchard Community Center
190 N Reino Rd, Newbury Park, CA
Contact: Prithvi Sharma, 805-484-2263 Billababu@aol.com
Oct 10, 7:00 PM Portland State University — Smith Memorial Student Union #327
1825 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201
Contact: Sathish Sundaram, 513-886-1996 sathish.sundaram@gmail.com
Oct 12, 6:30 PM Microsoft Main Campus, 42/3600
1 Redmond Way, Redmond, WA
Contact: Saurabh Madan saurabh.madan@gmail.com
Oct 14, 12 Noon Indo American Center
6328 N. California Ave, Chicago IL
Contact: Rao Chalasani, 847-949-6803 Raousa2001@yahoo.com
Oct 15, 2:30 PM ICC
285 Wolfe Rd., Suite 102, Sunnyvale CA 94085
Cost is $5.00 per person, snacks will be served. Pay at door, CASH only please
Oct 16, 7:00 PM Milpitas Public Library — Community Room
40 N Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas CA 95035
Contact: Sudarshan Suresh, 408-216-7072 sudarshan.suresh@gmail.com
Oct 18 7:30 PM University of Cincinnati, West Campus
Cincinnati, OH
Contact: Rishi Khar, 513-556 7957 rtkhar@gmail.com
Oct 19 6:00 PM CMU Campus — 19 Porter Hall
Pittsburgh, PA
Contact: Geetu Ambwani, 443-413-3613 geetuji@gmail.com
Oct 21 2:00 PM Duke University — Sanford Building — Room 04
Durham, NC
Contact: Srinivas “Naga” Chadaram, 919-452-7933 naga9151@duke.edu
Oct 22 2:00 PM MIT Campus
Cambridge, MA
Contact: Mandeep Gill, 559-970-8090 mkg736@hotmail.com
Oct 25, Time TBD College Station, TX
(exact Venue TBD)
Contact: Homarjun, 979-739-5257 homarjun@tamu.edu
Oct 26 7:00 PM Houston, TX
(Exact Venue TBD)
Contact: Keshav Narayanan, 281-759-5482 keshavn@gmail.com
Oct 27 7:00 PM University of Texas at Austin — RLM 4.102
Austin, TX
Contact: Satchi Mishra, 512-923-9079 m_satchidananda@lycos.com

Resources

1. 2006 Magsaysay Award
2. Arvind Kejriwal Interview in India Together
3. Right to Information Campaign in India
4. NDTV’s Right to Information Website
5. Parivartan
6. AID Right to Information Campaign

UPDATE1: Updated with expanded schedule of events.
UPDATE2: Please note the new venue in San Francisco Bay Area on Oct 15th.
UPDATE3: Fixed minor typos. Added a resources section.

Posted by: Joyjit Nath @ Oct 11, 2006, 8:59 am PDT    Filed under: Events    9 Comments »