At the outset, please accept my heartiest greetings. As the semester here draws to a close, I wish to let you know that we have embarked on an exciting journey at IIT Kharagpur. Over the last four months we have begun to roll out Vision 2020, which is an accelerated programme of achieving benchmarked excellence. We have initiated programmes worth more than Rs 600 crores (US $100 million) to develop infrastructure, research programmes, global collaborations, societal impact projects, student, faculty and staff excellence initiatives, all of which aim at transformational change. The programme is ambitious, challenging and difficult, but in my opinion absolutely necessary. The response from the students, faculty and staff are very encouraging and there is a resonance of energy, enthusiasm and belief that we can achieve our dreams.
Our teams shall soon be meeting many of you either in the PanIIT Meet or in various Alumni centres in India and abroad to share our plans with you. Our Deputy Director, Prof Souvik Bhattacharyya and Dean of Alumni Affairs and International Relations, Prof Siddhartha Mukhopadhyay, will represent our Institute in PanIIT. Though I shall not be able to come to this meet, we are looking at innovative ways through which I and my other colleagues and students can interact with the alumni participating in Houston.
I am clear in my mind that such a formidable task can only be well accomplished if we get the support and encouragement of the alumni. And let me tell you that everyone I have talked to or connected with has been extremely excited and very forthcoming in his or her desire to help. Some of them have already committed to programmes of excellence that gel extremely well with our goals and we are working on finalizing these into proper schemes that support Vision 2020.
I am delighted to learn that, IIT Foundation created The G S Sanyal Award to complement our efforts. One of the key ingredients of a world class institution is world class faculty, who, apart from being world renowned teachers, and researchers, are great mentors who guide students both inside and outside the class room. One such faculty member was the late Professor G S Sanyal. He left behind a “blueprint” for faculty to emulate and “go beyond the class room”. I understand that the IIT Foundation Board has approved a transfer of US $50,000 to seed an endowment that will support a cash prize to the winner of the award for the next 5 years, with an expectation that the award shall be perpetuated through additional donations from alumni around the globe. I am sure that this will get strong support from all of you. I am told that other similar efforts to support teachers and students are in the offing. I look forward to more of these efforts which help provide incentives to nurture excellence.
I look forward to interacting with you more in the times to come.
A very happy holidays to many of you, your family and friends as you kick off this festive season.
Professor Partha Pratim Chakrabarti (”PPC”)
IIT Kharagpur Alum and Director, IIT Kharagpur