IIT Kharagpur has established a School of Engineering
Entrepreneurship (SOEE) to ensure that it continues to address the growing demands of higher education of the Indian economy in the emerging global marketplace. The Board of Governors in its meeting held on 17th June 2010 decided to name the School of Engineering Entrepreneurship after Professor Rajendra Mishra, a pioneer of engineering and management education who brought industry and academia together from the 50s at the Institute.
Late Professor Rajendra Mishra was a towering personality in the field of Industrial Engineering and Management. Prof. Mishra was the first Management teacher in the country. Under his leadership the Department of Management Studies was established in 1954 in IIT Kharagpur. He started offering Executive Development Programmes for the people from industries with such luminaries as Sir Jahangir Ghandhy, Former President Shri V. V. Giri, Former Minister of Higher Education Dr. Triguna Sen, as faculty in IIT Kharagpur.
He was also the first person to introduce Postgraduate Programme in Industrial Engineering in the country in 1954. Later, the Department of Management Studies merged with the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has been also responsible for the creation of Industrial Management Centre, the first of its kind in IIT system, in 1973. Prof. Mishra was not only an outstanding teacher but also a human being with hardly any parallel. He was not only the Head of Mechanical Engineering Department, Dean of Planning and Coordination and Deputy Director of the Institute. For a short period he was the Principal of Regional Engineering College, Rourkela. He left behind his indelible mark as Warden of R. P. Hall and President of Technology Students’ Gymkhana amongst the students. Each and every student, who has come in touch with him either in the class or outside, simply adored him.
Two sons pf Late Professor Mishra — Devendra Mishra and Amarendra Mishra, who are also the alumni of IIT Kharagpur, have committed to contribute $100,000 each for the school.
Some of the special features of this new school:
- First among IIT to offer 5 year dual degree in engineering
B.Tech and MS in Entrepreneurship
- Each student will have two entrepreneurship mentors, one from
within institute and other external of the institute (India/Abroad)
- Finance partially by alumni donations
- Live interface of companies and students facilitated by office
of Incubation & Entrepreneurship programs, Sponsored Research &
Industrial Consultancy (SRIC) and Science & Technology
Entrepreneurs Park (STEP), IIT Kharagpur.