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Alumni Picnic — JANUARY 13, 2008 — Sunday — IBIZA Resorts Kolkata

Technology Alumni Association, Kolkata Chapter is organizing a Contributory Picnic at IBIZA , Merlin Greens . Bring your Family and all the kids . BUT do please confirm your attendance as early as possible:

  • What: PICNIC .
  • Where: IBIZA Resort, Merlin Greens near Kolkata.
  • When: Sunday , January 13, 2008.
  • How Much : Rs. 250/- per head for adults
    Rs. 450/- per couple
    Rs. 150/- per head for children.
  • Getting there :Transport by buses will be arranged from pick-up points across Kolkata between 7am to 8am ,Those who wish to come with their own transport can also do that .

For more information, please contact

Hon. Secretary - Alakananda Rao - +91-98300-58313.
Treasurer : Susmita De - +91-98301-25122

ALL are welcome ..and please do send conformations to the above by phone or e-mail.

NOTE : For updated news of Kolkata Chapter activities ..Please join the Yahoo groups at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Cal-TAA .

Posted by: Amar Narisetty @ Dec 30, 2007, 2:38 pm PST    Filed under: Events    Add Comment »

Harish Hande, KGPian, is Social Entrepreneur of the Year

Harish Hande (IIT KGP 1990 EY NH) has won the Social Entrepreneur of The Year award from the Khemka Foundation. Innovation, social impact and sustainability were the three objectives measured to pick the winner from among more than 100 nominations received for the awards. The award includes Rs 8 lakhs from the Khemka Foundation. In addition, Harish Hande has been named ‘Khemka Fellow’.

An excerpt from the website:

Harish has pioneered access to rural solar electrification for below poverty line families through a combination of customized home lighting systems, innovative doorstep financing, and an understanding of market needs of different user. Thus far he has reached 80,000 clients across Karnataka and Kerala and has recently moved into Gujarat. Solar electrification has led to everything from better education outcomes for children who can now study at night to increased livelihoods from night time vegetable vendors in addition to the reduction in carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.

Posted by: Pran Kurup @ Dec 23, 2007, 7:16 pm PST    Filed under: Media, Alumni    7 Comments »

Message from Shailu Verma - Treasurer IIT Founation

Dear Friends,
When IIT Kharagpur (and other IITs which followed) was established, the model institution was MIT. The ambition was obvious – India needed many MITs to build the foundation of growth. We are almost 60 years into that journey and have achieved a lot but there is still a lot to be done before we can claim to reach our aspirations. We could list many areas which need focus – from faculty development to infrastructure to focus on research etc. It is important for us to keep reminding ourselves of the goal and the URGENCY to move immediately. This is where you as an alum and IIT Foundation play a critical role. Your donations, no matter what size, provide seed funding for:

  • Student Programs, including scholarships and improvements in student facilities.
  • Faculty Programs, where resources are available for Professors to build partnership with leading universities such as Georgia Tech and University of California, Berkeley and further their research programs.
  • Entrepreneurial effort in Kharagpur for Bio-Tech Park , Renewable Energy Research.

Your resources enable our beloved institution to understand the best the world has to offer and reach even further. Please donate generously to allow us the resources to reach our goals – to read more, click: http://www.iitfoundation.org/giving/. You can donate by clicking: http://www.iitfoundation.org/donate/. Your donations have pioneered several key initiatives in 2006, these initiates and other key issues are highlighted in the 2006 Annual Report.

Last but not the least I would like to invite you to be part of the volunteer team at IIT Foundation – please send me or my colleagues an email outlining your areas of interest.

Shailu Verma (B.Tech MF 1990 AZ ),
IIT Foundation, Treasurer.

Posted by: Amar Narisetty @ Dec 20, 2007, 11:30 pm PST    Filed under: Fund-raising    1 Comment »

General Motors tie-up with IIT Kharagpur

General Motors and IIT Kharagpur have announced the setting up of a new Collaborative Research Lab (”CRL”), to carry out research in areas of electronics, controls, and software. Here’s an excerpt from a news article from Business standard:

General Motors (GM) and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, have joined hands to carry out collaborative research in vehicle electronics, controls and software for an initial investment of Rs 5 crore.

The lab will be co-managed by GM’s India Research Lab (ISL) in Bangalore and IIT-Kharagpur’s Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy Unit. Research done at the new Collaborative Research Lab (CRL) will be shared within GM’s global research and development network. GM and IIT-Kharagpur will sign the formal agreement on Friday.

According to GM Executive Director (R&D) Alan Taub, the lab will focus on system and software architectures, software development, verification and validation for high integrity software, vehicle systems health monitoring, communication and security in networking.

You can find more media reports by from Google News.

Posted by: Joyjit Nath @ Dec 5, 2007, 9:53 am PST    Filed under: Media    Add Comment »

Message from Dr. Amit Patra - Dean (Alumni Affairs)

Dear Fellow Alum,

It is indeed an honour to address you as Dean Alumni Affairs and a privilege to serve an alumnus that has excelled both domestically and globally. Congratulations to all.

I am also fortunate, through my participation in the Advanced VLSI Lab (AVLSI Lab) project to have experienced first hand, the success of Alumni sponsored projects, and feel the tempo of the alums and well wishers who have contributed to making these initiatives standards of excellence in the country. I wish to report on two such projects, which I consider models of success; and share my vision for taking the alumni movement to the next level:

  • The Vinod Gupta School of Management (VGSOM) was driven by a single alum 14 years ago and has become the largest management school in the IIT system with 440 students. The school has achieved a position of eminence among the top management schools in India, proof of which is substantiated by the fact that all the MBA students get placed in a little over a day at the best Indian companies and MNCs with salaries at the top of their grade.
    For more details visit http://www.som.iitkgp.ernet.in.
  • The AVLSI Lab was driven by a small group of alums who not only contributed money and time but made the key industry connections vital to its success. The AVLSI Lab has become the best University level chip design laboratory in India. Some of the chips designed here are pushing the frontiers of technology and has attracted the participation of more than twelve top brands, who, every year, provide about half-a-million dollars in cash and an equivalent amount in kind. IIT provides infrastructural support.

    Visit http://www.vlsi.iitkgp.ernet.in for further information.


Posted by: Amar Narisetty @ Dec 3, 2007, 9:26 pm PST    Filed under: Fund-raising    Add Comment »