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IIT Alumni 2008 Global Conference

PanIIT is a global forum for alumni from all the 7 IITs. The Global Conferences, held each year, facilitate IIT alumni to leverage their urge to “give back” to India. This global conference alternates between India and the US every year. The strength and the theme are enhanced each year and new initiatives are launched to further the objectives of the organization.

This year, the IIT Alumni Global Conference is being held at IIT Madras, from 19th to 21st December, 2008. More than 3,000 alumni from all over the globe are expected to attend the event. The focus this year is to inspire IITians to get involved to transform India. The PanIIT Global Conference is much more than an alumni reunion. It’s an opportunity to get together with fellow IITians – past and present, through a series of interactions, projects and activities. This is a unique event for all like-minded IITians to network and leverage their common resource pool for transforming India. Apart from this objective, this global conference also provides tremendous opportunities for professional networking, a chance to indulge in nostalgia, to listen to the views of a galaxy of pre-eminent luminaries, and to hear of the efforts being made by fellow alumni to contribute to the transformation of the nation.

And yes, it’s also a lot of fun! There are activities and excursions organized for family members. A number of entertainment events with star performers are also part of the agenda. Come and be a part of it. Register now as participation is limited to 3000 alumni only!

Posted by: Amar Narisetty @ Sep 21, 2008, 1:42 pm PDT    Filed under: Events    Add Comment »

Your help is needed: “UC Berkeley — IIT Kharagpur Collaboration”

  • You can read all about this program at: http://ls.berkeley.edu/?q=node/767
  • To donate online, please visit the The Donation Page and choose "IIT Kharagpur — UC Berkeley Collaboration."
  • For any questions about this program or how you can help, please contact Shailendra "Shail" Kumar, Senior Director, External Relations, UC Berkeley (Shail Kumar is Past-President, IIT Foundation and IIT Kharagpur alumnus – (1987 ME RK)

Dear Fellow Alums

I am writing to ask your support for strengthening and sustaining the UC Berkeley – IIT Kharagpur collaboration.

The collaboration was launched with an 8-week summer research program in May 2008. I am pleased to inform you that much has been accomplished with modest resources. Enthusiasm on both campuses is high and there is tremendous momentum.

While this is an outstanding beginning, we need to ensure continued momentum. We are pursuing plans to provide for the financial future of the collaboration. We also expect to review the progress of the collaboration on a periodic basis. In the mean time, based on the success of the summer research program and recent faculty-faculty interactions, we plan to do the following annually:
• Host 12-16 IIT Kgp students at UC Berkeley (UCB) for an 8-week summer research program.
• Facilitate 3-4 faculty visits from UCB and IIT Kgp to respective campuses for 2-5 day visit.
• Raise funds for 3-4 IIT Kgp students to pursue PhD at UCB.
• Support 3-4 IIT Kharagpur B.Tech and B.Tech/M.Tech joint degree students to pursue PhD at IIT Kharagpur (similar to the proven and successful Advanced VLSI Design Laboratory ("AVLSI Design Lab") model at IIT Kharagpur.)

We are seeking financial support from various sources, including US and India-based foundations, corporations and alumni. We are pleased to inform you that recently the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) awarded the collaboration travel grants for twelve students and four faculty visits per year for two years. You or your company can contribute to any of the outlined programs. The giving opportunities are outlined below.

The importance and urgency of the collaboration is evident. The benefits to IIT Kharagpur, West Bengal and India are also clear and compelling. I hope we can count on your financial support for the collaboration.

"Kgp Ka Tempo High Hai!!"


Arjun Malhotra
Chairman and CEO, Headstrong
(1970 ECE, RP)

Posted by: Arjun Malhotra @ Sep 14, 2008, 5:51 pm PDT    Filed under: Fund-raising, Alumni    1 Comment »

Dinner Reception for Prof. Acharya and Prof. Chakraborthy near Boston, Mon Sep 15 2008

The Indian Institutes of Technology Society in New England ( “IIT-SINE” ) IIT Kharagpur Chapter invites you & your spouse/friends to a Dinner Reception in honor of Professor Damodar Acharya Director, IIT Kharagpur) & Professor Madhu Chakraborty (Deputy Director, IIT Kharagpur). As space is limited, kindly reserve your seats as soon as possible. Kindly confirm to me as to how many of you are coming.

  • What : Dinner with Director and Deputy Director of IIT Kharapur.
  • When : Monday, September 15, 2008, 7:00 PM
  • Where : Masala Art Restaurant, 990 Great Plain Ave, Needham MA, Phone: 781-449-4050
  • Costs : $ 30.00/ per person, includes soft drinks, gratuity, tax.(CASH Bar for hard drinks is separate).
  • Agenda:
    • 7.00-7.45 PM : Networking/Snacks.
    • 7.45-8.30 PM : Speeches & Q/A on IIT KGP and other IIT developments by Prof. Acharya & Prof. Chakraborty.
    • 8.30-9.30 PM: Dinner.

Register at http://www.lokvani.com/lokvani/cal.php?stage=1&event_id=6306 . Alternatively, please make check payable to Puran Dang and Mail to: Puran Dang, 4 Butterfield Road, Lexington, Mass-02420. Please mention on the check the number of persons attending.


Out of respect for our alma-mater and our Directors, I request you to make a small donation if possible. This donation will be tax deductible under the US IRS Code. We will request/stipulate that your donation be channeled towards a good cause at IIT Kharagpur. Suggested Donation: $1000, $500, $250, $100. Payment For Donation: please visit http://www.iitfoundation.org/donate . Alternatively, *Please make check payable to * “IIT Foundation”** and mail to Puran Dang.


Puran Dang
Chairman Emeritus, IIT-SINE
Class of 1959/IIT-KGP
Tel: 781-861-7493.

Posted by: Amar Narisetty @ Sep 10, 2008, 4:21 pm PDT    Filed under: Events    Add Comment »

Sunday Sep 7th, San Francisco Bay Area: Talk by IIT KGP Director, Dr. Damodar Acharya, on the future of IIT

The IIT system started over 55 years ago with the formation of the first IIT at Kharagpur in West Bengal . The initial goal was to educate students to become engineers and technical leaders and run its factories in the post independence era. Phase 1 saw the establishing of 5 IIT campuses dispersed around the country; Phase 2 saw the addition of  two more campuses at Roorkee and Guwahati , and last year the government announced Phase 3 which  will add 8 more campuses to cater to the increasing demand for the best engineers from the rapidly growing industries. Simultaneously our educators are preparing for the next great leap where IIT’s aspire to become India’s leading Research and Development Center aimed at fostering excellence and innovation. Professor Damodar Acharya Director of IIT Kharagpur shall give a talk and discuss IIT’s journey during  Phase 3.0.  A brief profile of Professor Damodar Acharya.

  • What :  “IIT Phase 3.0 . . . India’s leading R&D destination”  a talk by  Professor Damodar Acharya, Director IIT Kharagpur.
  • Date: Sunday September 7th. 2008, ( 5.00PM -7.00PM).
  • Venue : TiE Silicon Valley (Auditorium), 2903 Bunker Hill Lane Suite 108, Santa Clara,  CA - 95054.
  • Costs : Free (Contributions of $10.00 to cover facility rental and snacks appreciated).  
  • Agenda: 
    • 5.00-5.30 PM :  Regitration and Networking over Tea and Snacks. 
    • 5.30- 5.45 PM:  IIT Today.
    • 5.45- 6.00 PM:  IIT Tomorrow….  Indias leading R&D destination.
    • 6.00- 6.15 PM:  The top issues  in establishing IIT as Indias leading R&D destination (Faculty, Facilities, Industry Collaboration , student retention  etc).
    • 6.15- 6.30 PM : Solutions to the top issues and how Alums can participate.
    • 6.30- 7.00 PM : Discussions and Wrap up. 

As always the success of any event is a function of your participation and we look forward to your continued support.

Warm regards

Roy daSilva , President IIT Foundation.

Posted by: Amar Narisetty @ Sep 1, 2008, 6:01 pm PDT    Filed under: Events    Add Comment »

Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT KHARAGPUR Presents CONCIPIO 2008 - The Business Ideas Competition

Concipio is the annual business plan competition organized by the Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Kharagpur. The competition encourages participation from the students, alumni and faculty of IIT Kharagpur.Concipio traces its roots back to the year 2005, when it was started under the visionary guidance of Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy (SRIC) and the Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Kharagpur. During the same year, the competition saw the incubation of its first start-up, the P2 Power solutions. Since then, Concipio has adopted the role of shepherding ideas towards the path of entrepreneurial success.

Entrepreneurship Cell is a student body functioning under the Sponsored Research & Industrial Consultancy (SRIC), IIT Kharagpur. The basic aim of this cell is to provide students with the guidance and encouragement required to startup businesses. Read more on Ecell and Concipio at Ecell .

Posted by: Amar Narisetty @ Sep 1, 2008, 3:57 pm PDT    Filed under: Events    Add Comment »
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