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December 2007
  • Mood Indigo, the annual festival of IIT Bombay is treading unexplored territory. Their sponsorship figures have scaled high peaks. Marketers and brand managers rate the money-media combination as almost invincible. Amar Shobhani, visual merchandising manager, EDD Microsoft, says, "Mood-Indigo is organised on a very large scale and the returns are huge." Abhishek Mittal, core member of the marketing and media team, Mood-I, asserts that the festival is Asia’s largest college fest which explains the high tag for corporate sponsorship of more than Rs 1 crore. link
  • The annual cultural extravaganza of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B), Mood Indigo 2007, will see a visual rendition of the theme—Encore, a celebration of music, for the first time. The 300-tonne larger-than-life sand structure was unveiled by Professor P Gopalan, dean of student affairs at IIT Bombay, on Thursday. The sand structure has been carved by renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik, who is also the founder of Golden Sand Art Institute (Puri-Orissa). link
  • A group of 30-40 students from the elite Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay (IIT-B) has designed a satellite that could be the first of its kind in the country to be launched into orbit. The Indian Space Research Organisation has shown "its willingness" to launch the 10 kg satellite into low Earth orbit, IIT-B sources confirmed. With ISRO supporting the project, the mood at the institute is upbeat. When approached in Bangalore, ISRO officials said they support student satellite projects as it encourages young blood to be a part of the space programme. link
  • Geosyndicate Power, an IIT Bombay initiative, has joined hands with Australian firm Panax Geothermal, to develop technology to tap the country's geothermal energy resources. Geothermal power is energy generated by heat stored beneath the earth's surface and is clean and sustainable. The joint venture will work in Puga valley in the Himalayas and geothermal fields in Andhra Pradesh, where the Indian firm has exploration and development rights. link
  • If the snobs at St Stephens rake in the loot, why should the geeks at IIT Bombay be left behind? Merrill Lynch has offered £42,000 to three students (one from BTech and two from MTech) for its London operations. ML has made an offer in the equities trading space and two in the global technology domain. Close to 400 students of a total batch size of 1,100, have been placed at IIT Bombay, where the hiring season started on December 3. link
  • Engineering education in India is in trouble. There simply aren't enough instructors for the numbers of students. That's true even at the seven top-tier IITs ... the government plans to dramatically build out the subcontinent's higher-education system. Without enough instructors for existing institutions, there's a question of who will teach in the new ones. India's situation is extreme, according to "Engineering Education in Indialink," a report published by IIT Bombay in September for the Observers Research Foundation. The report advocates sweeping changes in the country's engineering classrooms. link
  • Giving back to the environment what we consume from it - this the underlying principle of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) for an ambitious project of constructing a zero-energy building, the first of its kind in the country, at its Powai campus. link
  • A chance encounter with a bunch of bamboo baskets and the merchants who sell them 30 years ago changed the course of A.G. Rao’s life and work. The IIT-B group designed special tool kits with nearly 100 product-specific hand tools ... and developed small hand-operated machines for bamboo processing, suitable for remote areas with unreliable power supply. "Artisans of our region benefited significantly from the association with IIT-B’s faculty," says Surendranath C., president of Uravu, a non-profit that works with 200 bamboo artisans in the Wyanad district of Kerala. link
  • The new recruits, many of them under 35, reflect a trend that is slowly picking up across all the IITs ... at IIT Bombay the institute announced a signing bonus of Rs 3 lakh for its new faculty with help from its alumni. It even significantly increased seed research grants to Rs 10 lakh to new faculty members from Rs 3 lakh in previous years. Educationists say compensation packages are the need of the hour to build a pool of young teachers as a large number of faculties across IITs, hired at a time they were being set up in the 1950s and 1960s are nearing retirement. link
  • From arranging lectures by business gurus, to organizing highly popular business plan competitions and then providing incubation to the winning ideas, The Entrepreneurship Cell of IIT - Bombay seems set to kick-start the entrepreneurship revolution in India. Eureka! is the crowning glory in the cell's annual calendar. It is publicised as "the biggest Business Plan Competition in India and one of the Top Five in the Asia-Oceanic region in terms of participation, prizes and resources". link
  • Alumni in the news ...
    • Silicon Valley-based serial entrepreneur and angel investor Rakesh Mathur (BTech '78 ME) is in and out of India once every three months to tend to two young start-ups - Vegayan Systems and Webaroo Inc. ... both were incubated on campus at IIT. link
    • Subhash Ghai’s Mukta Arts has beefed up its production plans by announcing a slate of eight films. Mukta Arts CEO Ravi Gupta (MSc '73 Chem) has a wealth of media and corporate experience backing him. He gives a lowdown on the company's expansion plans, corporatization of the film industry and more. link
    • When a management guru decides to foray outside the corporate realm into more personal spaces, the result is a book that seeks to optimise results for all-round success in life. This is what Virender Kapoor (MTech '83 CSE) has ‘managed’ to do with his new book, ‘My Honeymoon with a Pinch of Salt’. Kapoor is a post graduate from IIT Mumbai and the Director of Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management at Pune. link
    • Biofuels technology company Praj Industries has finally made the big leap into Brazil ... Pramod Chaudhari (BTech '71 ME), Chairman, is an IIT engineer and a first generation entrepreneur who has spent years developing ethanol plants in India. link
  • Tata Teleservices, the Department of Telecommunications and the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, the leading technical institute in the country, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a Centre of Excellence (CoE) for developing innovative solutions for ‘inclusive and sustainable growth’ through telecommunications. link
  • The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) conferred the title of 'Knowledge Heritage Centre' to the Indian Institute of Technology- Bombay (IIT-B) on the occasion of the educational institution's golden jubilee. The honour recognises IITB’s "contribution in creating a knowledge society" and its rich knowledge heritage, a statement from the UNESCO has said. link
  • Alumni in the news ...
    • About a year ago, search giant Google introduced a new facility for persons with visual impairment who browse the web with the help of screen readers. Called "Google accessible search", this special search site, besides being accessible itself, returned results in the order of its accessibility, enabling users to easily click the link and read the results without difficulties. T V Raman, or Thiruvannamalai Venkatraman, the man responsible for this new feature, is a mathematician turned computer scientist. link
    • Those who have got bored of watching the same conventional black car tyres may now expect vehicles with colourful tyres to hit the roads in the days to come. The reason: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay alumnus Pratim Biswas has developed a method to control the size of the nanoparticles, opening up possibilities for new nanotechnology applications and different techniques. link
  • It's not uncommon for corporate bigwigs to visit the IIT Bombay campus for Eureka, IIT-B's annual contest. This year, however, it was not just seasoned players in the industry who attended the Mentor's Meet on Sunday. Twenty-somethings heading companies of their own landed on campus to share some of their recently-acquired wisdom with students. link
  • Students across the country will soon have access to quality education imparted at the prestigious IIT B here as the institute plans to start within a month's time a virtual classroom using the Edusat facility of ISRO. "Colleges can have live lectures," head of IIT-B's distance engineering education programme Kannan Moudgalya said. Any engineering college which awards degrees to students can fit a receiver in their premises so that the students can 'sit' for the lecture. link
  • Placement season brings cheers to students ... campus placements at IITs belonged to investment banking and consultancy firms. The institutes have received maximum number of offers from investment bankers and consultancy firms like McKinsey, Lehman Brothers, Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch. At IIT Bombay and Kanpur, the highest offers were made for $92,000 per annum and $90,000 per annum by Mercer Oliver Wyman - a Boston-based financial consulting firm and Lime Group, a US-based financial and technology conglomerate, respectively. link
  • December is that time of the year when college festivals are the flavour of the season. But it’s not just about competition, culture and razzmatazz, for now, towering budgets also factor in the size of the events planned. And given that premise, IIT Bombay’s annual inter-college fest Mood Indigo, that will run from December 26 to 29, could very well beat the rest. With only the cash sponsorships touching a whopping one crore rupees this year, the festival promises to be hugely different. In addition to that, there will also be sponsorships in kind, which will include laptops, bikes and gift vouchers, that will collectively come to the tune of another half crore. link
  • Academics and corporates say the time has come to prepare for an era in which a 'green collar’ job will become this century’s hottest career offering. The issue is to get people trained in delivering the right technology. In this context, the initiative of IIT, Mumbai, is significant. Says Professor Rangan Banerjee, "We are upgrading our inter-disciplinary course on energy systems into a full-fledged department of energy science and engineering." link
  • British telecom firm BT will lead a consortium of 22 industry and academic partners like Indian Institute of Technology from India and the UK to set up a virtual school that will support post-doctoral studies on various subjects. Indian partners include IIT Mumbai. link
  • Alumni in the news ...
    • Silicon Valley is a testimony to the entrepreneurial spirit of Indians if they are given the right environment. Over the last 30 years, Romesh Wadhwani has been the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of three software companies. Wadhwani’s story is inspiring. Coming from a middle-class background, his entrepreneurial traits were evident from his student days in IIT Bombay, where he along with his friends started a canteen. They floated shares of Rs 10 each, and even had "annual board meeting". Apparently, it was a great success until IIT "nationalized" it! link
    • Girish Saraph (BTech '87 ME) quit a job at Communications and Power Industries Inc. in Palo Alto, California, in 2000 to take up a teaching assignment at the IIT Bombay. Vegayan was born in 2003 at the IIT Bombay incubator, launched the beta version of its product in June this year, and followed up with a US patent. But when Saraph approached VCs, he hit a wall. Eventually, Saraph found an angel  ... Rakesh Mathur (BTech '78 ME) came on board at Vegayan as an angel investor. link
    • Ganesh Samant (MTech '95 MetE/MatSc), Managing Director of Abhitech Energycon, says his epiphany happened in 1995. "An industrialist said to us: Remember, the next big opportunity for India will come from IT and the environment." In collaboration with IIT Bombay, he now produces fuel additives which might reduce carbon emissions by 3-4 per cent while making automobiles 2-3 per cent more fuel efficient. link
November 2007
  • Alumni in the news ...
    • Farhan Gandhi (BTech '89 Aero) dreamt of being a pilot ... it was only after he got admission to IIT-Bombay, that he considered aerospace engineering. It was a good choice. Currently a professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State, he was selected as a 2007 recipient of Popular Mechanics' Breakthrough Award for research done on rotors that increase in length as they move faster. link
    • The Indian ambassador to Austria, Sheel Kant Sharma (PhD '75 Phys), also permanent representative of all international organisations in Vienna, is going to be the ninth secretary general of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. The Indian diplomat, also renowned as a disarmament expert, will replace Chenkyab Dorji as the top executive of the regional bloc for the next three years. link
    • India did well with the Independent Spirit Award nominations, nabbing a Best First Film berth for Rajnesh Domalpalli's (BTech '84 EE) Vanaja. Vanaja, a Telugu sensation - and part of the director's thesis at Columbia University - will compete with actress 2 Days In Paris, Great World Of Sound, The Lookout and Rocket Science. link
    • Gaurav Kwatra, Sangram Kadam (Dual Degree '05 EE) and Devdatta Gangal (Dual Degree '05 CSE) decided to form a group called My Friends Back Home (MFBH) to fund the education of a hundred slum children back home ... this April, Gaurav moved back to India to do more 'tangible' work with the Public Health Foundation of India, where he is coordinating the setting up of seven public health institutes. link
    • Nazi Germany unleashed its V-1 flying bomb in June 1944 ... engineers are now refining the pulse jet, the simple but noisy and fuel-wasting power plant that propelled the buzz bomb, into a lightweight and powerful engine that relies on repeated shock wave–driven combustion cycles to produce thrust efficiently. Pulse jets rank among the simplest of engines, explains Narendra Joshi (BTech '79 ME) , leader of a research group at General Electric in Niskayuna, N.Y. link
    • Five Indians, including three IITians and all in their 20s or 30s, have made to the list of top 25 entrepreneurs in Asia compiled by BusinessWeek ... Gagan Goyal, 26, (BTech '04 ME) an IIT Mumbai graduate, has to his credit TRI Technology, a robotics start-up that uses robotics as a platform for practical learning in curriculum. link
  • Bharti Foundation, a corporate social responsibility arm of Bharti Enterprise, today said it would set up a communication school in partnership with IIT-Bombay and has extended an assistance of $1 million to the prestigious technological institute. Bharti Centre of Communication would promote education and research in the field of communication system and technology, Bharti Foundation said in a statement. The centre would be set up in the existing building of the Electrical Engineering Department of IIT Bombay. link
  • Turning up the heat on cancer ... Magnetic nanoparticles are being developed as a highly selective cancer treatment, heating tumour cells to death while leaving surrounding healthy tissue unscathed. Dhirendra Bahadur, of IIT Bombay in Mumbai, stressed the technique's inherent selectivity. "Heat can be applied locally to cause fewer side effects," he said. Bahadur's team has used immunofluorescence microscopy to examine cancer cells after MFH treatment, which showed the cells' underlying cytoskeleton had been 'significantly disrupted.' Until this study, the mechanism by which the method killed cells was unknown. link
  • The world’s largest steel maker, ArcelorMittal, plans to form alliances with reputed Indian universities for the research venture that may come up next year. "We will definitely invest in R&D in India," Lakshmi Niwas Mittal, president and chief executive officer of ArcelorMittal, said at the company’s headquarters in Luxembourg. Noting that the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, had a strong metallurgical engineering department, Mittal said the company planned an "alliance with such kinds of universities." link
  • All seven IITs of the country are planning to offer lectures and course material at the very click of a mouse. The move comes in as a part of the Rs. 110 crore Government project to help lift the poor standards of academic content in an estimated 1,500 engineering colleges across India. "We are in advanced stages of discussions with a few service providers to provide our course content on a non-exclusive basis," says Kannan Moudgalya, head of IIT Bombay's distance engineering education programme. link
  • The Department of Post (DoP) has seen the future, and it’s all plastic and stainless steel. The rest of the country will get to see this too, when, shiny red plastic-and-steel postboxes start replacing the 590,000 mild-steel postboxes that can be found across India today. The plastic revolution is the result of work done by IIT Bombay. Manjit Singh Bali of India Post ... "... IIT Bombay did a lot of study and came up with good designs. Now, we are thinking of postboxes as a potential revenue source ...” link
  • A growing crisis in academic recruitment at the IITs is threatening to disrupt teaching and research, and could put international collaborations in jeopardy. In a scenario where leading technical colleges across the United States and Britain offer 1:6 faculty student ratio, most IITs just manage to scrape up a 1:12 ratio while struggling to stem attrition and quality faculty. With a monthly salary that fetches a professor Rs 18,400 – 22,400, an associate professor Rs 15,000 - 20,400 and an assistant professor Rs 12,000 -18,000 with a measly Rs 500 increment for professors in alternate years, it is hardly a wonder that these portals of education should suffer from a lack of quality teachers. An average IIT graduate gets much better salary in job market than the one fetched by IIT director. link
  • A supercomputer developed by the Tata Group’s Pune-based Computational Research Laboratories (CRL) has been rated as the fourth fastest by the internationally recognized 'Top500 Listing' project. The Tata supercomputer is called EKA ... the system uses 14240 Intel’s high-speed processors in nearly 1,800 computing nodes. Interestingly, however, the release from the Tata Group fails to make any mention of the main architect and prime mover of the project, Dr. Narendra Karmarkar (BTech '78 EE), an alumnus of IIT Bombay and formerly of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) ... there can be little doubt that the basic idea of the architecture that has been used in the system that has been included in Top 10 belongs to Dr. Karmarkar. link
  • No Indian varsities, including the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology, figure among world's top 200 universities this year while six Chinese universities were listed. For this year`s survey, individual IITs were assessed, and not the "IIT system as a whole." And none of the seven IITs was considered good enough to find a place among the top ranking world universities. However, IIT Delhi and IIT Mumbai find mention among the world's top 50 technology institutions, with the former at 37 and latter at 33 - both way behind China's Tsinghua University, placed at 16. link
  • Applied Materials has contributed equipment and technology to the Centre of Excellence in nanoelectronics at IIT Bombay, valued at $7.5 million. This endeavour by Applied Materials for the IIT Bombay is to serve as a research and educational platform and for faculty, students and researchers in India to work on breakthrough ideas. As a gesture of goodwill, IIT Bombay has recognized this contribution and has decided to name the laboratory as "Applied Materials Nanomanufacturing Laboratory". The IIT Bombay Heritage Fund, an alumni group, has recognised and facilitated this endeavour. link
  • IIT Madras, IIT Bombay (IIT-B), five automotive companies and two small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have formed a consortium under the Core-group on Automotive R&D (CAR) activities to develop low-cost flexible automation using robotic arm for the automotive industry. The five auto industries comprising TVS Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra, Sona Koyo, TVS Lucas and Mico would test two robotic arms in industrial shop floor for 10 applications. Systemantics India will design, develop and supply 10 robots, while Magtorq will develop and supply light weight speed reducers. link
  • A state-of-the-art nano-manufacturing lab costing over $7.5 million donated by a global nanotechnology major was inaugurated at the Indian Institute of Technology here on Thursday. The prestigious institute located in north east Mumbai also signed a MoU with Applied Materials (AMAT), which donated three advanced tools to IIT, for collaboration in R&D projects. "Today's inaugration makes IIT the first institute globally to handle an eight inch silicon wafer used in making chips," CEO of AMAT Mike Splinter said. link
  • Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration for the year 2006 was conferred on Wednesday to Dr J S Bandukwalla and Ram Puniyani for furthering the cause of communal harmony by setting personal example for others. After taking retirement from IIT Mumbai, Puniyani is running EKTA, a communal harmony group and the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism. He is also instrumental in introducing peace studies in the curriculum at Tata Institute of Social Sciences. link
  • Evading Octroi by covering valuable goods with scrap and rags will soon become impossible. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), with the help of the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, is planning to install state-of-the-art scanners, CCTVs and in-motion weighing bridges at an estimated cost of Rs 100 crore to help Octroi workers see “even the colour of apples” packed in a consignment. link
October 2007
  • It really is the hard, unpaid labours of lower-profile actors that has propelled the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to Nobel stardom in the company of Al Gore. And the Indian connection is not just panel head Pachauri, as the media's feeding frenzy at his door seemed to suggest. About 30 Indians, resident or expatriate, have been authors in the IPCC's latest assessment report. Says Jayant Sathaye (BTech '69 ME), an IPCC lead author and a scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the US, "It's a tough consensus-building process." link
  • The Gujarat government is learnt to have signed an MoU with IIT-Bombay for setting up an extension centre of the institute near Gandhinagar, which will be functional from November 16. The Modi government had invited the premier technological institute last year to set up a satellite campus, but the Union HRD ministry had kept the proposal pending. Director of IIT-B director Ashok Misra said the Centre has granted them permission to go ahead with an extension centre and an MoU was signed. link
  • Interactivity reached a new high at the annual festival of the Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay, with a live video conference with Sam Pitroda, the man behind the telecom revolution in India. Events had accordingly been scheduled with participants having to play by the managerial theories of legendary strategists like Chanakya, Maharana Pratap and Chandragupta Maurya. These games, most organised during the two days of the festival, were supposed to be a test of instant thinking prowess and innovative managerial strategies. link
  • Industrialist Rahul Bajaj appealed students from institutions of repute not to leave India ... "Students from institutes such as the IITs should stay home as this is where the action is" Bajaj, also an MP in the Rajya Sabha said after accepting the business visionary award at NITIE yesterday. He was however very critical of the students who leave the country after enjoying quality subsidised higher education here. link
  • University of Ulster researchers have teamed up with scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay on a project to develop low-volume whole-blood sensors that could revolutionise point-of-care cardiac testing. Fast, accurate blood analysis is vital in the treatment of people suffering heart attacks or other life-threatening cardiac events ... the sensor system under development will use carbon nanotubes to filter out blood cells - preventing them from adhering to the sensor, or distorting the result. link
  • At 1300 hours sharp, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay’s convocation hall was closed to the world. Students were begging to be let in at the last moment ... after all Sunita Williams was addressing the gathering. Williams encouraged seamless thinking, especially among women. "There should be no borders in your mind" ... during the Q&A session, a little boy Nausheed asked Williams whether she ever thought of herself as a woman while pursuing her dreams. "Well I knew I was one but I never let that be a limitation," she joked. link
  • Further to visit at the headquarters of MCGM, by the representatives of HGRWA, Giants Group and MANCH, and their meeting with the Municipal Commissoner Dr Jairaj Phatak (MSc '75 Phys), the group had detailed meeting with Manu Srivastava. He had made a presentation regarding, upgradation of Powai area in general and the desilting of Powai lake in particular. He will be coming to Powai on 18th October (5.00 pm) and Dr Phatak will give an animated presentation about the plans for a Marine Drive type of promenade along Powai Lake and the aquatic park, planned at the Ambedkar Garden opp L&T gate. link
  • Industrial Design Centre of the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai and Ahmedabad's National Institute of Design are among the 60 schools named in the second annual survey of the best design schools in the world compiled by Businessweek magazine. "IIT's Industrial Design Centre takes a broad and holistic approach, combining mandatory art and marketing components into an industrial design course," the report says. link
  • Prominent alumni of the seven Indian Institutes of Technology are drawing up a blueprint to set up a new IIT. Rajat Gupta, founding member and chairman of the board of directors of PAN-IIT, an alumni group of heavyweights, floated the idea among members, sparking off a flurry of email exchanges at the highest levels of corporatedom. Ashank Desai (MTech '74 ME), president of the alumni group and chief of Mastek, told TOI, he emphasized, that it was at a nascent stage. link
  • Nandan Nilekani (BTech '78 EE), Co-Chairman of the Board of Infosys, was interviewed on the Charlie Rose show ... he talked about his career, company, and the ascent of India in global economics. link
  • Facebook members can now access Orkut without leaving the site. The creator of the MyOrkut application is Jeetu Mirchandani (MTech '05 CSE), an ex-IIT Mumbai student. A Facebook user has to add this application in his profile by providing the URL of his Orkut profile id. Once added, he can access Orkut within Facebook without logging on to Orkut. link
  • According to a new report by global executive search firm Boyden World Corporation, Indian executives with their education, business acumen management qualities have been responsible for transforming the country from an outsource economy to a major global competitor. The rise of graduates from Indian business schools such as the Indian Institute of Technology and the Institutes of Management have swelled the ranks of entrepreneurs. link
  • Scientists at IIT Bombay have cautioned the Gujarat government on tremors in Kutch and Bhuj regions of the state, and have suggested a continuous monitoring of their character. Earthquakes with a frequency of occurrence nearly every month are being triggered along the East-West trending Kator Hill fault since January 2006. link
  • Alumni in the news ...
    • The Maharashtra government's proposal to introduce four monorail routes in Mumbai does not present a viable solution to crowded suburban trains, says Sudhir Badami (B.Tech. '71 / MTech '73 CivE), a civil engineer from IIT Bombay and one of the advisers on the committee of the Mumbai Transformation Project. link
  • Incredible India @60, a four-day celebration saluting the 60th anniversary of Independence of the world’s largest democracy, was kicked off in New York ... "The scale of the campaign is huge and the message simple — experience India," said Nandan Nilekani (BTech '78 EE), Co-chairman of the Board of Infosys Technologies and Chairman of the Incredible India@60 organising body. link
  • Facing a talent crunch, the elite Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay) is offering all new faculty members a signing bonus of Rs 3 lakh. Significantly, the bonuses are being raised by donations from the IIT alumni, generally a high-achieving bunch, who in recent years, have become more active, organised and sophisticated in giving back to their alma mater. To get new faculty, IIT Bombay’s Class of 1982, which celebrates its silver jubilee this year, pledged to raise about Rs 6 crore for the institute. link
September 2007
  • Geo-Syndicate, a private enterprise in collaboration with IIT Mumbai, which successfully commissioned a 20-MW plant in Australia recently using heat below the earth’s surface has estimated that a capacity of over 2,000 MW could be created in the granite belt in Andhra Pradesh. link
  • Alumni in the news ...
    • Parag Saxena (BTech '77 ChE), one of the leading venture capitalists in the US and an early investor in Starbucks, is raising $1.5 billion for a dedicated Asia fund with special focus on India. The fund - New Silk Route - which is already operational, has raised $1 billion and plans to raise another $500 million by October. link
    • Bharat Desai (BTech '75 EE), founder of leading IT and ITeS firm Syntel, and his family have joined acoustics pioneer Amar Gopal Bose and Google founder-director Kavitark Ram Shriram as the only Indian origin persons to figure in Forbes' list of the 400 richest Americans. Desai and family have been ranked 286th with a fortune of $1.7 billion in the 2007 list. link
    • Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP), the oldest venture capital operation in the United States, announced that Umesh Padval (BTech '80 ChE)has joined the Menlo Park office as an Operating Partner. link
    • GTronix, Inc., a privately-held semiconductor company developing analog technology for consumer electronics, announced the appointment of Dr. Sanjay Bhandari (PhD '93 EE) as Vice President of Engineering. link
  • Defined by Dhoni ... This Ranchi boy’s ascent signals the arrival of small-town India in our metro-focused consciousness ... A large majority of the students of the IITs now come from small-town India. Visit any Tier 3 town, and the rising aspirations and newfound confidence and determination are palpable. link
  • Eureka! 2007, the 10th annual business plan competition hosted by The Entrepreneurship Cell of IIT Bombay, has been initiated as a multi-round event open to participants globally. Previous competitions have already witnessed the launch of over 15 successful start-ups, including multimillion-dollar ventures like MyZus and eInfinitus. link
  • IIT Bombay turned 50 and former President and teacher Abdul Kalam was there to wish the institute a happy birthday on Teachers' Day. Over 5000 students and 400 teachers got together to celebrate Teacher's Day, and kick start the Institute's 50th year celebrations at IIT Bombay and who better to help light up the proceedings than Kalam. Kalam said, "As a teacher I will organise and conduct my life in such a way that my life itself is a message for my students." The function was attended by several heavyweights from the worlds of Science, Technology and Business and they put forth their vision for the country. link
  • Former President APJ Abdul Kalam urged the scientific community assembled at IITB for the inaugural ceremony of the institute’s golden jubilee celebrations on Wednesday to play an active role in ensuring that the nation attains self-sufficiency in energy resources by 2020. Kalam advocated that organisations and institutions like IIT contribute to the country’s energy building exercise. Kalam said, "Energy production should be thorium-based, thereby increasing the challenge to build thorium-based nuclear reactors." link
  • Annual Alumni Meet Held at SJMSOM, IIT Bombay ... many alumni, especially from the initial batches, came for the Alumni Discussion Forum, which is a platform for the current batches, faculty and alumni from the last eleven batches to discuss the concerns around management education at SJMSOM. This nostalgic visit back to campus made the alumni feel at home and brought excitement into the interaction. link
  • Alumni in the news ...
    • Bangalore-based KPO, i-runway.com works in the intellectual property space. Animesh Kumar is the co-founder and two partners in the company are Shashank Kabra (BTech '03 MetE/MatSci), an IIT Bombay graduate, and Kunal Sharma of IIT Delhi. link
  • "Be the change you want to see in the world - Mahatma Gandhi" ... If that’s the guiding spirit behind the IIT Bombay as proclaimed in its website, the premiere engineering college now wants to take it a step further in its forthcoming golden jubilee celebrations when it will launch a massive campaign for 10 great ideas it wants to implement in the near future. To be launched officially on Teachers’ Day on September 5, the institute believes the time for such an initiative has surely come. link
  • NXP Semiconductors and IIT Bombay are working towards a formal agreement by which NXP becomes a member of the VLSI research consortium at IIT Bombay. Under the aegis of its existing academic relations program, NXP Semiconductors has committed a total spend of US$1.5 million on its academic program, over a period of five years, building a potential talent and research pool for the emerging semiconductor ecosystem in India. link
  • Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and IIT Bombay signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on July 2, 2007, to work together to foster world-class programs that will advance scientific research, graduate education and technological development in fundamental and applied chemical sciences for the benefit of their respective countries and all mankind. link
  • Director Ashok Misra has cordially invited alumni to the inauguration of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of IIT Bombay to be held on Teachers' Day, September 5, at 3 pm. Hon. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam will be the Chief Guest and Guests of Honor will include Dr. Homi Sethna, Prof. MGK Menon, Rahul Bajaj and former Directors, Prof. AK De and Prof. SP Sukhatme. Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Chairman of the Board of Governors will preside over the ceremonies. link
  • Director Misra and senior faculty members will visit North America for Roadshow 2007. The cities on their schedule include Chicago (Sep 9), Los Angeles (Sep 11), Seattle (Sep 12), Silicon Valley (Sep 14), Toronto (Sep 16), Boston (Sep 19) and New York (Sep 22) ... more. link.jpg
August 2007
  • About a year beyond its scheduled completion date, the final hurdle affecting the completion of the road connecting the western suburbs of Jogeshwari to the eastern suburb of Vikhroli has got cleared. The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, has agreed to part with 10,000 sq mts of land along the two-km stretch near the IIT market at Powai for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to complete the eight-lane link road. link
  • Arjun Singh told reporters that he has "no problem" with India’s elite engineering and management institutes’ hiring foreign faculty members. Until now the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology and Indian Institutes of Management have been allowed to hire foreign professors only on a part-time or contract basis. "Exposure to foreign faculty is very important for the students and will help boost research as well," said Director Misra. link
  • The Mithi river revival project is set to get a Rs 300-crore prop from the ministry of urban development. The state government started work on the project, along with three nodal agencies - the Central Water and Power Research Station, Indian Institute of Technology, Powai, and the Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering (CESE). link
  • The residents of Powai have been agitating for well over a decade for saving the Powai Lake ... it has been abused and reduced to being just a shallow pond. A group consisting of members of Giants Group of Powai, 'Manch' and Hiranandani Gardens Residents' Welfare Association met Mr. Pathak, the new Municipal Commissioner, at his headquarters. He assured the representatives of his own personal interest in restoring the lake, as he himself is an alumnus of IIT Powai ... an order for Rs. 32 crore for desilting of the lake has already been placed and the work will start 'anytime' now. link
  • Alumni in the news ...
    • The IAS Officers' Association mourned the untimely demise of Rameshchandra Kanade (BTech '74 ChE), IAS - 1978 batch, Founder-Editor of Harmony magazine. link
    • His Telugu film "Vanaja" has won 16 awards at over 60 international film festivals, but Rajnesh Domalpalli (BTech '84 EE) considers it "a shame" that he still hasn't been able to release it in his home state of Andhra Pradesh, let alone the rest of India. link
  • Online elections were held for three positions on the Board of IIT Bombay Alumni Association from Aug 16-23. link
  • The 6th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of IITBAA was held at the P.C. Saxena Auditorium at 5:30 pm on Aug 25. link
  • An IIT gold medallist's success mantras ...  He reminds you of Shah Rukh Khan's character in the movie Swades; 'Mohan' quit his job at NASA to light a lamp in a remote Indian village. The lack of energy resources in India bothers this year's IIT Bombay topper too. Shreerang Chhatre vows he will apply his technical skills to bring light to countless rural homes in India. link
  • The Centre may have nixed the plans of IIT Bombay to set up a satellite campus at Gandhinagar in Gujarat, but engineering and technology students of the state need not be disappointed. IIT-B plans to start around 200 remote satellite centres across the country  ... students will be able to hear lectures delivered at IIT-B and interact with the faculties as well through a satellite-linked set-up. link
  • UK-based steel magnate Laxmi Mittal urged graduates of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) to stay in India and utilise their talents and intellect for the country’s economic growth. Addressing the graduates on the 45th convocation day ceremony of IIT Bombay on Friday, Mittal said that though it was great for foreign countries to have the majority of IITians working in multinational companies abroad, it was not good news for India, whose pool of talent was utilising its potential for the development of foreign countries. link
  • All IIT Bombay alumni from the Gujarat are bracing up to come under a common banner to take up matters with the Central Government for expediting the setting up of a satellite campus of IIT Bombay near Gandhinagar. The Gujarat-based alumni met in Vadodara on Saturday to plan a series of activities under its Golden Jubilee National Outreach Programme (GJ-NOP) as IITB is celebrating its Golden Jubilee this year. link
  • Alumni in the news ...
    • A one-man clean-up brigade, Chandrashekhar Dasnurkar (BTech '71 ME) has a mission ... for almost 20 years now, Dasnurkar, an engineer by profession, has been visiting parks, gardens and walkways in Aundh, Pashan Road and Vetal Tekdi doing his morning run and clearing garbage. link
    • Sical Logistics Ltd has appointed Sudhir Rangnekar (BTech '71 ChE) as MD and Group CEO. Rangnekar will be in charge of overall operations, financials, and human resources of Sical and all its associate companies. link
    • At the VLSI Circuits Symposium in Kyoto, Japan, IBM scientists revealed a prototype embedded SRAM chip set capable of reaching speeds beyond 6 GHz. Their accomplishment is nearly twice as fast as the SRAMs available today. Rajiv Joshi (BTech '78 ME) has been instrumental in developing novel interconnect processes and structures ... he holds 114 U.S. patents and is an IEEE fellow. link
  • IIT Bombay hopes to rake in Rs 500 crore at its Golden Jubilee celebrations. It has also roped in corporate India’s bigwigs to celebrate with it reports CNBC-TV18. From Sep 5, this campus will will kick off its 18-month golden jubilee celebrations. link
  • From September 5, the IIT Bombay campus will be in the thick of celebrations as that is when it will kick off its 18-month Golden Jubilee celebrations. IIT is also looking to collect Rs 500 crore from alumni and corporate houses to introduce new programmes, collaborative research and infrastructural changes. So, it has roped in the who's who of India Inc., including Mukesh Ambani, Ratan Tata, Rahul Bajaj, Adi Godrej and Anand Mahindra. link
  • Controlling the water hyacinth in Powai Lake, which has near destroyed its marine life, is not as difficult as it seems. According to Prof. Sunil Naik of IIT Bombay, the plant can be put to various uses like bio-gas and brick manufacturing. According to information, the pollution in Powai Lake is far beyond permissible limits. All the waste from chemical and electroplating industries around the lake have released millions of gallons untreated water into it, resulting in high levels of mercury, cyanide and other hazardous chemicals. link
  • VJTI and IIT Bombay have decided to collaborate in several spheres ranging from high-end research to engineering in environment, computers and automobiles. According to an MoU, the idea is to start collaborative research projects, and allow VJTI faculty admission to IIT’s MTech and PhD programmes and also attend post-graduate courses. link
  • Data collected by the IITs has something for both anti- and pro-reservation camps to think about. 14% of students who made it to the seven IITs this year are from the OBC category. "When there are so many OBC students who are doing well naturally, why set aside seats for them and demoralise them?" asked an OBC student who joined IIT Bombay. On the other hand, pro-reservationists declare that the fact that OBCs have done well even without any special treatment shows up the standard 'no merit' argument of anti-reservationists as false. link
  • In India the potential for harnessing geothermal power has been under investigation since the late 1960s. Currently, an organisation incubated in IIT Bombay is carrying out a year-long survey to assess the heat trapped beneath the Konkan coastline. Preliminary calculations indicate this could generate some 2,000 MW of power ... the total stored heat potential in India, however, is believed to be the equivalent of 27.6 billion barrels of petroleum. link
  • Data collected by the IITs has something for both anti- and pro-reservation camps to think about. 14% of students who made it to the seven IITs this year are from the OBC category. The last word will, of course, come from the apex court bench that meets on the OBC reservation issue in central institutions on Tuesday. Of the 2.43 lakh students who took the JEE, 45,576 (18.75%) were OBCs. link
  • RBI Governor, Y V Reddy and the Finance Ministry want it, so, IIT Bombay is working on a two-year masters degree in Financial Markets Analysis. Multinational companies are said to have already donated grants to the tune of $3-5 million to set up the programme and the RBI and other financial institutions have also promised sustainance grants. link
  • India may set up a 2,500-tonne polysilicon complex, estimated to cost over Rs 1,000 crore, to give an impetus to the solar energy sector, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India R Chidambaram has said. He also said significant headway has been made by a group of professors in IIT Bombay and IISc Bangalore, under a Rs 100 crore nanoelectronics initiative promoted by the Department of Information Technology. He said while the focus was more on materials at IISc Bangalore, it was on devices at IIT Bombay. link
  • A team of six Indian students, three of whom won silver medals and the rest got honorable mention at the 48th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) at Hanoi in Vietnam, were felicitated at the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) on Wednesday. Manas Joglekar, a first-year computer science student at IIT Bombay, won a silver medal at the Olympiad. He had also represented India in the IMO 2006 at Ljubljana in Slovenia and had received a bronze medal. link
  • Media Lab Asia, IIT Bombay, Pabal-based Vigyan Ashram and city-based Bhatke Vimukt Vikas Pratishthan have jointly developed a programme aimed at educating children from nomadic and denotified tribes in the state through the Information Communication Technology (ICT). The training will be conducted with the help of MEEIT ... software aimed at imparting life skills training to the children. link
  • Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (Kaust) and the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work for fostering world-class programs for advance scientific research. link
July 2007
  • The hostel canteen on the IIT-B campus once enjoyed the stature of an invention. The brainwave to set it up came from a hungry and probably homesick student in the ’60s, a time when very few institutes had their own canteens. This and other IIT-B stories are being compiled in a book to mark the 50th year of the institution ... the institute has launched an IIT-B History Survey Project, calling on all those who have been associated during different periods to "help write history". link
  • Alumni in the news ...
    • S. Shankar Sastry (BTech '77 EE) has been appointed dean of the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Sastry's research expertise falls into a number of areas, including embedded and autonomous software, computer vision, robotic telesurgery, cybersecurity, control of hybrid systems, sensor networks and biological motor control. Sastry has garnered a number of honors, including a NSF Young Investigator Award, a distinguished Alumnus Award of the Indian Institute of Technology, and the President of India Gold Medal. link
    • A Microsoft Research India Ph.D. Fellowship Program award for 2007 has been awarded to Shanmuganathan R. (MTech '06 BioMed). The Ph.D. Fellowship Program aims to encourage students to take up doctoral education in computer science and help the growth of the research community in India. link
    • According to Dr Mahendra Mehta (PhD '86 EE), the CEO of Neural Technologies and Software Ltd, a technology firm based in India, their neural trading system yielded an average annual return of 57.5% on dollar-yen trading from 1994 to 2000. link
    • Mattel announced the election of Vasant M. Prabhu (BTech '81 ME), EVP and CFO for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., as a new member of the Mattel Board of Directors. "Vasant's leadership in corporate finance and management affords him a diverse range of business experiences ... we look forward to having the benefit of his wisdom and guidance." link
  • The Indian Institute of Technology-Mumbai, as part of golden jubilee national outreach programme has announced launch of new academic initiatives for its under-graduate (UG), post-graduate (PG) and Ph.D programs. The IIT (Mumbai) Director Ashok Misra said, "IIT Mumbai's golden jubilee year is a landmark occasion to celebrate our heritage and embark on new academic initiatives that will aid our students, faculty and the institution to be a fountainhead of new ideas and innovation. link
  • For best among the best, it’s IIT Bombay again  ... IIT Bombay is yet again the most preferred destination for a large number of the top ranking candidates of the joint entrance examination (JEE). Of the top 100 rankers, 50 have opted for IITB, followed by IIT Delhi (29), IIT Kanpur (15), IIT Madras (five) and IIT Kharagpur (one). There were no takers for IIT Guwahati. "This has been the trend at IITB since 2005 when we had 52 of the top 100 and it was 46 last year," said Kishore Chatterjee, professor and 2007 JEE vice-chairman. link
  • A Reunion at the "MIT of India" ... Google, Microsoft and General Electric came to Santa Clara, Calif., and all but begged graduates of one of the world's top engineering schools to work for them. Google spent $200,000 to be the lead sponsor of the four-day-long reunion of 3,500 alumni. Microsoft's research center in Hyderabad came calling. The CEO of GE, Jeff Immelt, already employs 1,500 graduates and says he needs more. Stanford? MIT? Harvard? Nope. This was a gathering of graduates of the Indian Institutes of Technology. IIT has often been called the MIT or Harvard of India, but there's a big difference — IIT is a lot more selective than the top Ivy League schools. link
  • Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke by live video feed from New Orleans to nearly 4,000 businesspeople attending the annual alumni conference of the Indian Institute of Technology, one of the world's most elite university systems. Clinton reiterated her call for more H-1B visas for highly educated immigrants ... but she didn't shy from a frank characterization of the pain of offshore outsourcing. "I think she was trying to strike a balance," said Ankush Koratkar (BTech '93 EE), 37, a 1993 graduate of IIT's Bombay campus. "She does understand globalization and the shift in economic power ... but she's a politician running for the presidency and wants to make sure she's speaking for America." link
  • Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be among the speakers who will visit Santa Clara when several thousand graduates of India's most prestigious university network, the Indian Institute of Technology, gather for their alumni conference. At a time when the India is exerting a growing influence on the world stage, the IIT Alumni 2007 Global Conference offers a chance to understand the experience of a group of business, political and academic leaders who have played a particularly important role in Silicon Valley. link
  • For 260 young people, a dream came true when they got a call from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) two months ago. Samved Raut still has to get used to sleeping 'just a couple of hours before the morning lectures'. A product of IIT Bombay, he says there are 88 IIT students in the new batch of 260. link
  • Alumni in the news ...
    • Sofinnova Ventures announced that Jay Boddu (BTech '89 EE) will join the firm as Kauffman Venture Fellow. Jay will focus on infrastructure deals leveraging Sofinnova Ventures' practice in the wireless sector and deep corporate spin off experience. link
June 2007
  • Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has been doing a hardsell of the state as an investment destination to American investors during his current four-city trip during which he has promised to clean up Mumbai and make it more attractive to stay and do business in. On June 25, he addressed another group of investors and a group of leading IIT Powai alumni from the tri-state area at the Consulate General of India. About 100 people participated. He highlighted Maharashtra's advantages as a foreign direct investment (FDI) destination. link.jpg
  • Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on Thursday announced a partnership with Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay, for establishing a new initiative called 'PowerAnser Labs' (PAL). PAL will focus on using technology to deliver online network analysis and decision support tools to help power utilities and grid operators access in-depth analysis at all times, a TCS statement said. link.jpg
  • On the heels of two successful Golden Jubilee Outreach events in Nagpur and Pune, the next events planned are at Hyderabad (July 14) and Bangalore (July 21). link.jpg
  • IIT Bombay to bring cafeteria culture to India ... Indian education seems to be taking the first step towards flexibility in its curriculum and who better than IIT Bombay to pioneer it. Speaking at the IITB golden jubilee national outreach programme in Pune, Director Ashok Misra said that the concept will not just help students get a wider learning platform. Come July and students of the second year at IITB will be able to study a variety of subjects of their interest apart from their core subject. Elaborating the course details, Nandini Gharpure, project manager for the golden jubilee project said, "... students can take credit points in the subject of choice from management, humanities, pure sciences and other engineering streams as minors. For instance, an electrical engineering student can study metallurgy engineering as a minor subject." link.jpg
  • The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay has proposed a new specialised B.Tech programme in energy science and engineering stream this year to mark its golden jubilee celebrations which begin in the month of September 2007. The country’s premier engineering institution is also gearing up to offer dual degree option and expand its research activities as well as engage in a comprehensive faculty development programme. IIT Bombay’s Director Ashok Mishra told media that the golden jubilee celebrations will trigger major initiatives in the area of research into the technologies that the world will be faced with in the coming years. link.jpg
  • The country’s best and brightest now want a piece of the global action as early as possible. It’s not enough for them to be just notching up big salaries at placements end. Exposure counts as well, and for many, it’s the international variety that scores higher on the list. Little wonder then that more IITians are showing interest in going overseas for their internships. Take IIT Bombay’s Pranav Shah, for instance. The fifth year student of mechanical engineering did his 10 weeks summer internship in robotics at Ecole Polytechnque at Lausanne, Switzerland. link.jpg
  • Alumni in the news ...
    • Vikas Joshi (BTech '85 ME), Chairman and Managing Director of Harbinger Group, a global software company headquartered in Pune, was recognized as a Thought Leader in Learning Technology in a global Who’s Who published by US-based TrainingIndustry.com. link.jpg
    • India's rapid economic expansion - and its booming high-tech sector - are beginning to chip away at the historical system that reserved well-paying jobs for upper castes and menial jobs for Dalits. "We don't give a damn about any of these differences in caste or religion," says Ravi Venkatesan (BTech '85 ME), Chairman of Microsoft Corp.'s India unit. "It has made talent the number one issue for all companies." link.jpg
  • A new study finds that "Well-Educated Immigrants Powered U.S. Tech Boom", but another interesting finding is that only 15% of Indian-American founders of start-ups came from one of the seven IITs … IIT Bombay ties with Delhi University for the top spot with 7% each. Since a BusinessWeek article and a "60 Minutes" profile some years ago highlighted the accomplishments of graduates of the IITs, it has been thought that they played the primary role in the Indian American contribution to the tech boom. This report may lessen that perception. Wadhwa, founder and former chief executive officer of Relativity Technologies in Raleigh, N.C., joked to reporters that he might have to endure the wrath of some IIT grads because of the finding. link.jpg
  • World class, in our backyard ... Accelerated Focused Crawling ... was from our own backyard - IIT Bombay. And the lead author was Soumen Chakrabarti, a Professor of Computer Science at IIT Bombay, author of "Mining the Web". It turns out that he was at Stanford at the same time as Brin and Page, the Google founders; they went and found a venture capitalist to fund their search engine efforts and Soumen came back to India to work at IIT Bombay: "because my mother is old and does not want to leave India". Landing the Soumen catch turned out to be the easy part. Getting to engage IIT Bombay in a commercial relationship was to be a near-impossible task. The process for such an engagement is unchartered territory for Indian academic institutions. link.jpg
  • He's the poster boy of IITian achievers in the world of politics. His fans have seen him as a do-er and achiever. Manohar Parrikar is the man on whom the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) fortunes depend wholly on in Goa. Parrikar (BTech '78 MetE) has a B. Tech degree in metallurgy from the prestigious IIT-Bombay, and his chess-player like strategising has been the single most important factor in changing the face of Goan politics since the early 1990s. link.jpg
  • Vijay Sabre Safety Ltd., a manufacturer of fire safety and emergency rescue equipment, is set to launch an 'air-breathing' machine that claims to reduce the risk of hearing loss for people working in noisy environments. Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (Dipas) developed the technology together with the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, to help soldiers using guns, mortar and missile systems or sailors who spend long hours underwater in submarines. link.jpg
  • Alumni in the news ...
    • Tumri, the world’s first integrated merchandising and advertising network, announced that it closed $10 million in Series B funding led by Lehman Brothers Venture Partners. The company also announced today the addition of Sandeep Nawathe (BTech '87 CSE), vice president of engineering, to the company’s executive roster. link.jpg
    • Picsquare.com, which was founded by Manish Agarwal (BTech '02 ME), as an online photo print and personalized photo gift printing website has integrated itself with Flickr.com in an attempt to provide Flickr users the best of printing technology and service. link.jpg
    • For "Vanaja," filmmaker Rajnesh Domalpalli (BTech '84 EE) returned to his native rural South India to tell a tale of the caste system. "Vanaja" has been racking up awards steadily and the film will be screened in Boston as part of the fifth annual Boston International Film Festival, playing on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Boston Common. link.jpg
  • The maximum number of students who have made it to the IITs this year are from the Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi zones, but an unexpected corner of India has produced the topper - Kot Kapura in Punjab. Of the 2.51 lakh candidates who braved the JEE this year - a marked decrease of nearly 50,000 from last year - 7,200 made it. The all-India topper, Achin Bansal, is from Kot Kapura, a small town in Faridkot district in north Punjab ... Bansal ... plans to join IIT Bombay. Of those who qualified, the maximum were from the Mumbai zone comprising the five western states. link.jpg
  • "Hum thode se tedhe hain" says Prof. Dhande, Director of IIT Kanpur, as he explains why the engineering college is No. 1 in the country. Not surprisingly, the seven IITs hold the top seven ranks in this year’s survey of best colleges, with IIT Guwahati making a comeback to the top 10 list after failing to make it in 2006. The Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad, and National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapally, are the other new entrants. link.jpg
May 2007
  • MIT has requested India's premier technical institution, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) to put up their course material on the IIT's website. MIT wants IIT to be a part of its "intellectual philanthropy" movement, where the institute hosts lectures that students can avail of gratis. IIT Bombay Director Mr. Ashok Misra said, "MIT can instead provide links to courseware on our site. Over 300 faculty members have been involved in drafting the courses of thousands of hours, unlike MIT's courseware where faculty members merely put up lecture notes, not full courses." link.jpg
  • From collapsible bamboo bar stools to workstations for people with cerebral palsy, the Degree Design Show by IIT Bombay's Industrial Design Centre has it all. A number of designs have been sanctioned and designed by corporates. The youngsters behind the machines have designed a number of socially relevant products for the less privileged. The youngsters are particularly interested in the rural hinterland. link.jpg
  • Most people have heard of the Transfer Raj. But what remains a mystery is how the system of transfers work, on what basis are thousands of policemen and women and bureaucrats dislocated again and again like in the case of Arun Bhatia 25 times in 26 years of service. In simple terms, what is the transfer policy? Shailesh Gandhi (BTech '69 CivE) ... tried to use Right to Information to crack the transfer code of the Maharashtra government. The answer he got from the state government stunned him. For IAS officers, Shailesh was told there is no transfer policy. link.jpg
  • IIT alumni and faculty worldwide can now join the Princeton Club of New York.  Membership benefits include excellent facilities at the Club which is located in midtown Manhattan. An IIT Info Packet and Application with all the information you need to join the Princeton Club is available on the club website ... more. link.jpg To avail of preferred fees outlined on the above website, please send the completed application package to: Network Solution Inc, 224 West 35th Street - Suite 312, New York, NY 10001, USA Attn.: Satish Bhalerao, IIT-PCNY during May 2007, so that it can get to the GNY Chapter (and onward to the Princeton Club) expeditiously. link.jpg
  • The Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay is chalking out plans to celebrate its golden jubilee later in 2007 in a big way and various events spanning over a year are being planned. "The IIT-Bombay's golden jubilee opportunity would be used to launch new initiatives, celebrate successes of past years and reflect on the past and plan for future," said an official of the country's premier engineering institute. link.jpg
  • Championing an "open door" policy for people to have easy access to civic officials, Jairaj Phatak (MSc '75 Physics), principal secretary in the state urban development department, took over as the 25th Municipal Commissioner of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). "I am very happy to assume this post since it offers the responsibility of the head of the largest corporation in the country," said the 1978 batch IAS officer. link.jpg
  • IIT Bombay in mega academic takeover ... Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, a centre of excellence, will soon assume charge over one of the country’s oldest, yet neglected research institution - Institute of Science. Strapped for cash owing to the state’s inability to promote and maintain standards in higher education, the Institute of Science is now being turned into an autonomous body. The new tie-up will also mean that MSc and PhD degrees, which used to be conferred by the University of Mumbai, will now be awarded jointly by the Institute of Science and the IIT Bombay. link.jpg
  • Seven IIT Bombay alumni were honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award this year, which is conferred in recognition of outstanding contribution in their chosen field. link.jpg
    The awardees included:
    • Prof. Nitin Nohria (BTech '84 ChE) - Professor of Business Administration & Senior Associate Dean and Director of Faculty Development, Harvard School
    • Dr. N. Radhakrishnan (MTech '62 CivE) - Vice Chancellor (Research), North Carolina A&T State University, USA
    • Rakesh Mathur (BTech '78 ME) - Vice President, Amazon Shailesh Gandhi (BTech '69 CivE) - Former CMD, Clear Plastics
    • Ramesh Vangal (BTech '77 ME) - Founder and CEO, Scandent Group
    • Prashant Ranade (BTech '75 ME) - President & CEO, Siemens L&A
    • Dr. Sheel Kant Sharma (MSc '71 Phys & PhD '74 Phys) - Ambassador of India to Austria
  • Alumni in the news ...
    • Arcot Systems challenges hardware-based online authentication technologies with a software recipe. "The beauty of the ArcotID is that it is "Smart without the Card". It can be used in place of a smart card and is a single solution that fits many requirements," says Ram Varadarajan (BTech '82 ChE), President and CEO. link.jpg
    • Manoj Kothari (BTech '92 ME), a strategist at Onio Design in Pune, says a big boom in innovation and design is coming. India has a small, busy community of professional industrial designers. And for them, things have never been so good. link.jpg
    • A team of IBM researchers including Dharmendra S Modha (BTech '90 CSE) have simulated half a virtual mouse brain on a supercomputer. The scientists ran a "cortical simulator" that was as big and as complex as half of a mouse brain on the BlueGene L supercomputer. link.jpg
    • A research team including Uday Chettiar (BTech '03 EE) at the Nanotechnology centre of Purdue University has created a design that could render people or objects invisible by placing an optical 'cloak' around them. link.jpg
April 2007
  • The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has asked all the centrally funded educational institutions to carry on the admission process for the general and SC/ST candidates. The IITs are all set to declare their results for 2,07,000 candidates on time i.e. on May 30th . But the uncertainty remains for the 42,000 OBC candidates. link.jpg
  • The Supreme Court has conceded the Centre's request for an early hearing of a batch of petitions, challenging the validity of the new Act providing 27 per cent reservation to the Other Backward Classes in the higher educational institutions, and fixed May 8 as the next date of hearing. Earlier, the other bench had fixed the hearing of the case in third week of August and had stayed the operation of the notification providing 27 per cent reservation to OBCs in admission for one year. link.jpg
  • India's Skewed Sex Ratio Puts GE Sales in Spotlight ... General Electric Co. and other companies have sold so many ultrasound machines in India that tests are now available in small towns ... GE has waded into India's market as the country grapples with a difficult social issue: the abortion of female fetuses by families who want boys. GE is under close scrutiny by activists battling the illegal abortion of female fetuses. Sabu George (M.Sc. '80 Chem) crisscrosses the country to spot illegal clinics. link.jpg
  • IITs losing their sheen ... Coaching Factories Are Dumbing Down The IITs: The nearly 2.5 lakh students who wrote the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) a few days ago for the 4,600 seats across seven IITs were blissfully unaware of a simmering debate about the JEE system, the institutes' curriculum and their future employability ... elements that had built Brand IIT over the decades had now gone missing. link.jpg
    • Discussion board on topic link.jpg
    • Poll: Are coaching classes dumbing down the IITs? link.jpg
     
  • Déjà vu, a film focusing on the issue of depression on IIT campuses and encouraging students to come out socialize was screened at the IIT Bombay convocation hall. The film was an initiative funded by IIT Bombay and made by a core group of 200 IITians. The film highlighted the need of counselling for students in educational institutes and a better student-professor relationship. link.jpg
  • "Vanaja" an award winning film by Rajnesh Domalpalli (BTech '84 EE) is being screened at cities across the US ... MinneapolisLos Angeles, and at the San Francisco Film Festival from April 26 - May 10. "Vanaja" has won numerous awards including the Best Feature Debut at the Berlin Film Festival and Best Feature at the Memphis International Film Festival. First time director Rajnesh Domalpalli earned degrees in electrical engineering from IIT Bombay and SUNY in New York, and worked as a computer engineer in Silicon Valley, before deciding to take up film at Columbia University, where he graduated with an MFA in 2006. link.jpg
  • The IITs are hoping to stem the acute faculty shortage by encouraging students to take up research work. They are offering alluring packages towards this end. IIT Bombay is granting students Rs 48,000 for a trip to the US to attend international seminars in their field of specialisation. Besides, the institute has enhanced the stipends for teaching assistant ship and of the students too. "Our vision is that every student should go to international conferences during their PhD programme,” says Ashok Mishra, Director, IIT Bombay. link.jpg
  • Powai Labs Technology Limited, a company incubated within the business centre at IIT Bombay launched IMAGE (I Made A Great Emulator). "The basic utility of IMAGE is to build or emulate a model of a particular system or circuit and evaluate how that system works," said Madhav P Desai, professor at IITB’s Electrical Engineering department. It can also monitor any signal in the entire design and can be used by a design or verification engineer with little or no training. link.jpg
  • Alumni in the news ...
    • Many of the 53,000-odd Fiat taxis that run in Mumbai are more than 26 years old. Sudhir Badami (BTech '71 / MTech '73 CivE), a civil engineer from IIT Bombay who has studied transport infrastructure: "After investing huge amounts on CNG kits, most drivers are reluctant to shell out more for new models." <link.jpg
    • Data warehouse appliance firm Netezza, which was founded by Jit Saxena (BTech '66 EE), is the latest company to ride the storage IPO wave. Previously, Saxena was founder, chairman and CEO of Applix Inc., a leading provider of analytical CRM software that he took public in 1994. link.jpg
March 2007
  • The Supreme Court stay on the 27 per cent reservations for OBCs in IITs and IIMs has led to doubts and some degree of confusion among those who are to appear for the joint entrance examination (JEE) on April 8. At Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), professors aren’t clear on the next move. This time, as per a phased implementation plan, the JEE was to have a nine per cent quota for OBCs. link.jpg
  • In order to ease their exam blues, the students taking the entrance examinations to the elite, Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will be required to appear for two papers and not three. The IIT has decided to restructure the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) to be held on April 8, and the test will now comprise two papers and not three, as was the case last year. Each paper will be of three hours' duration and will consist of questions of subjects including Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. The questions will continue to be of objective type and there will be negative marking for incorrect answers. link.jpg
  • While the IITs are gearing up for expansion, the number of students aspiring to get into these hallowed institutions has dropped dramatically this year. There is a drop of almost 50,000 applications for the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) this year as against the nearly three lakh students who competed for 4,078 seats last year. According to data from IIT Bombay, 252,000 students will take the entrance exam across seven centres in the country on April 8. With the fall in applicants this year, 55 students will vie for every precious IIT seat, a slump from last year when 74 students battled it out for every slot. link.jpg
  • The Right to Information Act has come to the rescue of hundreds of IIT research scholars who were unable to get their research grants on time due to an accounting problem. The application software cell of IIT Powai has now developed an accounting software to streamline the system after a research scholar used the RTI Act to find out the reason behind the delay in getting his stipend on time. link.jpg
  • IIT Bombay is looking at the corporate sector to raise over Rs 100 crore in the next two years to help strengthen its academic infrastructure. And so far, India Inc hasn’t disappointed. Among those who are doing their bit are Naushad Forbes, who has donated Rs. 1 cr for IIT’s newly-established Energy Systems Engineering department; Rahul Bajaj, who has promised Rs. 5 cr to support innovation activities through the formation of a proposed "Technology & Innovation Centre" and Sunil Mittal, who has pledged a million dollars (Rs. 4.42 cr) for promoting communication-related activities in the department of electrical engineering. "We have a challenging task ahead of us" said IITB Director Ashok Misra at the institute’s 48th Foundation Day celebrations on March 13. link.jpg
  • Alumni in the news ...
    • Cisco to acquire WebEx, the market leader in on-demand collaboration applications. "Cisco and WebEx share a vision of web collaboration as a key to accelerating business processes and critical to durable competitive advantage," said Subrah Iyer (BTech '81 EE), CEO of WebEx. link.jpg
    • Anil Virkar (BTech '67 Met/MatSci), Professor and Chairman of Material Science and Engineering at the University of Utah was elected to the highest honor an engineer can receive when he was named as a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Virkar has been doing research in material science and engineering at the U for more than 33 years, with an emphasis on ceramic materials. link.jpg
  • Elections were held for the Bangalore Chapter of IITBAA, and six alumni were elected unopposed. link.jpg Next up is the election for two positions on the Executive Committee of the Mumbai Chapter. link.jpg
  • The authorities in India's premier engineering institute, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Bombay (Mumbai), have cut off internet access to students in hostels at night. They feel that 24-hour internet access is hampering students' academic performance and overall personality development. Students have unlimited free access to the internet in their hostel rooms to help with coursework and research but many of them use it to download movies, play games and chat online instead. link.jpg
  • Tata Steel managing director B Muthuraman expressed disenchantment with IIT graduates. "We are not likely to recruit them any longer," he said ... reality is that brand IIT thrives on its past reputation ... a section of corporate India is sceptical of IIT graduates. Why? Because most of them resort to coaching shops to gain entry into IIT. link.jpg
  • Register at your earliest at http://www.iit2007.org ... Senator Hillary Clinton, General Electric Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt and Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin will headline the 2007 IIT Global Alumni conference, to be held in Silicon Valley from July 6-8, 2007. link.jpg
  • Alumni in the news ...
    • Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar Vice-Chancellor S.K. Salwan (PhD '81 ME) has got three years extension in his term expiring on February 28, 2007. link.jpg
    • LiveMocha's niche ... will be a consumer service that initially targets "the younger demographic."  LiveMocha was co-founded by Krishnan Seshadrinathan (BTech '97 CSE), the former director of development at Austin, Texas-based Motive. link.jpg
    • Seattle area's 500 IITians are organizing a Pacific Northwest chapter for PanIIT ... "There's an element of nostalgia involved with all this alumni network," said Nishant Kumar (BTech '98 CivE), a 29-year-old IIT Bombay graduate who now works at Microsoft. "It kind of ties you back to the good old days where you had lots of fun." link.jpg
  • The IITs, as they are known around the globe, have a long history of turning out top engineers. Thousands of their graduates have flourished in the global technology marketplace, with a good portion landing in the Bay Area. But now academics like Jhunjhunwala - along with the country's business leaders - want ... to instill in their graduates the spirit of innovation and incubation that has been the earmark of Silicon Valley for decades. They want to use technological invention to help India ascend. link.jpg
  • The Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) and BMC are conducting a joint inspection to determine the exact areas along the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro Rail corridor, where utilities will have to be shifted. The corridor heralds the beginning of the Mumbai Metro Rail project. Subhash Chandra Gupta, head of civil construction, MMOPL ... was speaking at a meeting on Mumbai Metro organised by IIT Bombay alumni and the All India Association of Local Self Governance at the Indian Merchants Chamber. link.jpg

February 2007
  • The impending marriage of Aishwarya Rai to Abhishek Bachchan has not dampened the spirits of filmmaker Jagmohan Mundhra (BTech '68 EE), who has tentatively scheduled the release of his Ash-starrer 'Provoked', in the second week of March. The film portrays the true story of an Asian woman, (Kiranjit Alhuwalia), who after being subjected to violence for ten years by her British-born Indian husband, eventually set him on fire and killed him. The case was said to have helped change the British law for battered women. According to Mundhra, Aishwarya has given one of her best performances in the film. link.jpg
    • IIT Bombay alumni have funded major projects and schools on campus ... impressive though such examples are, they are neither viable nor an efficient model for giving, warns Kelkar. For IITs and other Indian schools to go tap alumni effectively the way it is done in the US, the system needs to be institutionalised with strong alumni relations departments which are staffed by professionals for whom this is a full-time job. link.jpg
    • IIT Bombay director Ashok Misra just shakes his head in horror as he recounts his faculty woes. Several senior IIT faculty members say hiring new faculty is "quite a Herculean task". With a monthly salary that fetches a professor Rs 18,400-22,400, an associate professor Rs 15,000-20,400 and an assistant professor Rs 12,000-18,000 with a measly Rs 500 increment for professors in alternate years, it is hardly a wonder that these portals of education should want for quality teachers. link.jpg
  • Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have successfully generated electricity from heat by trapping organic molecules between metal nanoparticles, an achievement that could pave the way toward the development of a new source for energy. The discovery, described in a study published in Science Express is a milestone in the quest for efficient ways to directly convert heat into electricity. "Generating 1 watt of power requires about 3 watts of heat input and involves dumping into the environment the equivalent of about 2 watts of power in the form of heat," said Arun Majumdar (BTech '85 ME), UC Berkeley professor of mechanical engineering and principal investigator of the study. "If even a fraction of the lost heat can be converted into electricity in a cost-effective manner, the impact it would have on energy can be enormous, amounting to massive savings of fuel and reductions in carbon dioxide emissions." link.jpg
  • Six alumni of IIT Bombay have been awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2007. The awardees include serial entrepreneur Rakesh Mathur who is a co-founder of Webaroo, a startup incubated at the Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE) on the campus of IIT Bombay. link.jpg
  • Nigerian President Obasanjo laid the foundation for the African Institute of Science and Technology (AIST), which is is owned by 52 African countries and is being supported by the African Development Bank, the University of California and IIT Bombay. link.jpg
  • The Rediff Interview / Victor Menezes (BTech '70 EE) ... "Look at what MIT and Stanford do. They get a huge amount of money from alumni ... IIT should develop professional alumni relations. The IIT Bombay Heritage Fund is a great place to reconnect in our golden jubilee year." link.jpg
  • Placement at Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay witnessed the average domestic salary rise by 24% to Rs 9.71 lakh from Rs 7.83 lakh last year. The highest international offer of $85,000 was made by Olam International to Kunal Kundaje and Abhishek Mani. This year’s highest domestic offer Rs 13.2 lakh, up by 20% from the last year has been made by an international supply chain management (SCM) and retail consultancy firm. Majority (28%) of the total batch (58) opted for systems-related job profiles while consulting, banking and finance were the next popular choices. Marketing-related jobs had very few takers. link.jpg
  • IIT Bombay has developed a number of products that make life that much easier for children and adults with special needs. On offer is technology that teaches letter recognition and develops reflexes of children with cerebral palsy, a human-computer interface design based on disability and a chair that gives operational freedom to the disabled. But, most of these aren’t available across the counter. Why? Because the industry doesn’t know about them. "We need to think of ways to take successful research outcomes to manufacturers for the benefit of those for whom they have been developed,” says IITB R&D dean Krithi Ramamritham. link.jpg
  • Alumni in the news ...
    • IITian Satish Meena (Class of 2007), after winning IIT Bombay’s business plan competition in 2005, has set up a start-up, Convis Technologies. Meena’s parents initially did resist but eventually gave in. link.jpg
    • Eclipsys Corporation announced that Nitin Deshpande (BTech '80 EE) will join Eclipsys as the company's President of India operations ... Deshpande comes to Eclipsys from BMC Software, an enterprise management software provider, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company's operations in India. link.jpg
    • Piper Jaffray has hired Suraj Kalia (BTech '93 ChE) to join the Piper Jaffray Investment Research team. Kalia will broaden the firm's coverage of the medical technology sector. He will be based in the firm's New York office. link.jpg
    • IIT boy in cowboy country ... from middle-class Mumbai to race-conscious Houston's gas industry, Pradeep Anand's (BTech '75 MetE) protagonist Satish Sharma sounds predictably like him. link.jpg
  • In the next few months, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) as we have seen and known for years, will change—promises the Industrial Design Centre (IDC). One hundred and twenty students from 10 countries have come with up with concepts and designs during the Icograda Design Week at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) in order to redesign CST. "The theme this year is Design Local: Stops at all Stations,” said IITB professor and IDC core group member Ajanta Sen. link.jpg
  • TCS, IBM, Cadence in IIT Bombay tie-up to boost R&D ... New consortium to forge industry-academia cooperation in VLSI ... Cellphones and iPods that can be used without having to worry about battery power, faster chips and self-correcting circuits that automatically adapt to surroundings ... if these are the challenges facing the world of technology today, India cannot be left behind. And stepping in to ensure just that is the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) by forming a consortium to promote industry-academia cooperation that will support long-term research and development in VLSI technology. link.jpg
  • The foundation stone laying ceremony for the Victor Menezes Convention Centre was held on Monday, January 29, on the campus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. The Convention Centre will be built with a generous gift of $3 million from Victor Menezes (BTech '70 EE), retired Senior Vice Chairman of Citigroup, Inc. The Convention Centre will have a state-of-the art auditorium with a capacity of 300, a seminar hall, classrooms and meeting rooms, and ample space for foyers and informal meeting areas. link.jpg
  • Two leading Indian institutions ... the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, and the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) ... won the UK-India education and research initiative award, which will lead to the development of environment-friendly aero engines for aircraft of the future. link.jpg
  • Massimo Vignelli ... designed the New York subway guide and the Italian rail’s corporate identity with local cultural motifs, but is aggrieved over the loss of indigenous traditions across the world. Massimo Vignelli, international "master" of design ... is in the city to talk at the ICOGRADA design week being hosted by Industrial Design Centre at IIT Bombay, is happy with the evolution of design as a discipline. link.jpg
  • Consumer Vision, a startup founded by Rohit Nalwade and Shalender Singh (BTech '98 EE), and housed in the SINE business incubator at IIT Bombay is launching a RFID-based system which alerts customers to sales or promotions they might find of interest. link.jpg
  • Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay, hosted the Systems Continuum 2007 on 4th February, the theme of the event being 'Infusing IT into Indian Industry'. The event started with a Panel Discussion on the topic 'Attractiveness of the Indian Industry for the IT Sector: Expectations of the Indian Industries from the IT Sector'. link.jpg
  • Looks like India has finally arrived on the international map of business. The Forbes 2007 Midas list released last week shows eight Indian names in the list of the top 100 tech dealmakers of the world. At #38 is Parag Saxena (BTech '77 ChE) of Vedanta Capital. Parag left Invesco Private Capital after 23 years to found his own firm - Vedanta Capital. Investments include Genomic Health (using DNA to individualize treatments) and Shopzilla (online shopping comparison service). His claim to fame is described by Forbes to be Indigo. link.jpg
  • "IITians are big fools" ... a former IITian who said this last week at a lecture while addressing a crowd of nearly a thousand IITians and other college students during the annual Techfest ... Roy said the IITians are victims of the politics of education and science. "How many of you will end up working for the Haliburtons and Microsofts of the world? ... because "Indian technical education is geared to meet global demands". Referring to the hyped-up success stories of IITians who have earned millions of dollars, Roy posited that while the ostensible aim of education is to teach us about success, most of our learnings comes from analysing and understanding failures. For every one IITian who makes money, there are 10 others who don't. And no one talks about the thousands of IITians who stay back and work for the country despite encountering victimisation. link.jpg
  • IN SPITE OF THE GODS: The Strange Rise of Modern India by Edward Luce ... James Paul (BTech '96 ME) is emblematic of India's new dynamism. Paul now manages a 1,500-person business unit at Bangalore software giant InfoSys Technologies Ltd. At the heart of India's problems lies a great paradox, which Luce ably describes. Does regimented China offer a better model? Luce says no. The likes of James Paul provide his strongest argument.  link.jpg
  • Surf the Internet without being connected to cyberspace? Unbelievable but true! An Indian-linked technology company is making this happen. It is not just a distant promise. It is available already. The 'trick' behind this is astoundingly simple. This is achieved simply by taking the most crucial segments of the gigantic internet, packing it in the form of specific 'web packs' and encouraging users to download the same free of cost to their laptops or mobile phones. Founded in 2004 by entrepreneurs Rakesh Mathur (BTech '87 ME) and Beerud Sheth (BTe h '91 CSE) and Brad Husick, the company has offices in Santa Clara and Bellevue - and in Mumbai and New Delhi. link.jpg
  • Tiny trains, steam engines and other such objects clutter the table before Iqbal Ahmed, who is credited with building the world's smallest working steam engine. "I don't have any engineering degree," Ahmed says proudly, as he displays his miniature creations at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B), the premier technological education training institution of post-independence India. Since 1962, Ahmed, who lives in the Sadar area of Nagpur, has been creating miniature trains and steam engines. link.jpg
January 2007
  • Fun, robotics, videoconference talks from some of the planet's big names in science and tech and a drastic re-look at alternatives to the copyright model are on the menu for this year's Techfest 2007. Organisers project it to be a mix of fun, technology and brainpower. Technoholix, an 'after dark' festival, will showcase 'robowars' where 30-pound and 60-pound robots will 'fight it out' in a specially built antenna. link.jpg
  • A joint research project between ... the University of Ulster and the Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai has received the national UK research award. The award was made under the UK-India Education and Research Initiative which supports joint research by academics from both countries and is part of the biggest ever education initiative between the UK and India. The award was announced in London by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown. link.jpg
  • IIT Bombay is all geared to launch the Indian chapter of Creative Commons ... a non-profit group working to expand the range of creative work available for others to "legally build upon and share". It allows people to issue creative work under a licence that allows more flexibility than the default "all rights reserved" of the copyright law. link.jpg
  • Alumni in the news ...
    • Dr. Agam Sinha (BTech '68 ME) has been appointed to the position of senior vice president of the MITRE Corporation and general manager of the Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD). He will also direct the Federal Aviation Administration’s Federally Funded Research and Development Center. link.jpg
    • Pravin Kothari (MSc '86 Math) witnessed a paradigm shift in how companies managed security issues  ... that gave him the impetus to launch Agiliance. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company was started in July 2005 to provide security risk and compliance management software and services for companies. link.jpg
  • Residents of highrise buildings in Hiranandani Gardens tried their best to help out poor families affected by a blaze ... the fire quickly engulfed over 400 hutments of construction workers ... some students from the Powai campus of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) were also seen giving biscuit packets and other items. link.jpg
  • Nine Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) were signed between Maharashtra's educational institutions and universities based in Ontario, Canada ... the highest number of MoUs signed was by the Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay (IIT-B) with University of Waterloo (UW) where 25 faculty members are IIT graduates, York University and McMaster University in areas of research in nano-technology, overall engineering and science and management, humanities and biological sciences. IIT-B Dean of Alumni and International Relations Professor Pradipta Banerji said that our "... institutions are going to work together. So our research students and faculty members will go back and forth." link.jpg
  • Access to strong industry interaction through focused seminars and lecture series, close interaction with PhD students and access to strong initiatives like the E-Cell, National Entrepreneurship Network and SINE are some of the value propositions of the Shailesh J Mehta School of Management of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, says Admission Coordinator Prof Rajendra M Sonar. link.jpg
  • The Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE), an IT business incubator supported by IIT Bombay is set to open its doors to more innovators sand entrepreneurs. Buoyed by the huge interest and exceptional ideas that SINE receives every month, the incubator will be expanded to accommodate 50 companies. "We get a serious application every month from a company keen to be incubated at SINE. If the company is being planned by the IITians at the campus, space is not an issue. But when it is from people who are coming from outside, then we have space constraint. We now intend to build a 50-company incubator to accommodate more firms," says Prof C Amarnath, professor-in-charge, SINE. link.jpg
  • Under the banner of a new political group called Bharat Punarnirman Dal (BPD), 30 IITians are all set to fight the forthcoming UP elections in March this year. "We want to give the country politicians by choice and not by chance or birth," said the 26-year-old Ajit Shukla (DD '02 ME) from IIT Mumbai. For 26-year-old Ankit Tripathi (BTech '01 ME), Mani Ratnam's 'Yuva' forced him to think about the 'deteriorating' state of politics in the country. "The movie forced us to communicate with the public at the grassroot level and realise that there is a need for radical change in the political system. Our contribution to the corporate world will not bring the desired change but our participation in politics will," said Tripathi, who will file his nomination papers from one of the constituencies in his hometown Lucknow. link.jpg
  • When unseasonal rain hit Sangli, 55-year-old Subhash Dattatrey Arwe was one of the 200 farmers in the State who was able to save his 40-acre grape plantation. For, a day before the rain, he received an SMS in Marathi, scripted in English, that warned him about it. For the past month-and-a-half, "weather-through-SMS" criss-crosses the State every week from IIT-Bombay’s Developmental Infomatics Laboratory with information sourced from the Baramati-based Krishi Vigyan Kendra. Agrocom, a spin-off enterprise of IIT-Bombay started by a group of software engineers, began this message revolution in the State to use the benefits of technology for the agricultural community. Agrocom already has a portal _ Almost All Questions Answered (AAQA) _ launched in 2004 that answers farmers’ queries and also runs a training centre that provides web and mobile agri-services to farmers. link.jpg
  • In a first-of-its-kind foray, students from IIT Mumbai are coming to the Capital to conduct free workshops for schoolchildren on making their own robots. This workshop is a run-up to the first All-India Junior Robotics Championship - TRICKS 2007 - which will be organised at IIT Mumbai in April this year. The Robotics Championship is being conducted by IIT Mumbai and The Robotics Institute (TRI), a group formed by IIT Bombay alumnus who believe there is not enough awareness in India on robot making. link.jpg
  • IBM announced winners of the 'IBM Best PhD Students Award' and 'IBM Best (CAS) Students Award' ... this year’s winners are from the Indian Institute of Science, Indian Institute of Technology and Institute for Mathematical Sciences. Nobel Laureate Prof Robert J Aumann will hand the IBM Best PhD Students Award to Sobhan Babu (MTech '01 CSE), IIT Bombay ... at a ceremony to be held at the JN Tata Auditorium, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. link.jpg
  • The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), American Section, will award the chemical industry’s most prestigious honor - the 2007 Chemical Industry Medal - to Raj L. Gupta (BTech '67 ME), Chairman, President and CEO of Rohm and Haas Company during ceremonies in New York City on March 8. The Chemical Industry Medal is awarded annually "for contributions toward the growth of the chemical industry." Among other things, Gupta is being recognized for his continued commitment to the success of the global industry.
  • When two of us were students at IIT Bombay in the 1970s, the area around the campus was sparsely populated. Now when you drive on the road connecting Vikhroli and Andheri, you pass by a bustling dense corridor of residential and commercial development ... we feel that the city would have been much better off with even higher density vertical growth.  ... then, there is a looming talent crunch too. Mumbai is fortunate enough to have a well-established institution such as the Indian Institute of Technology in Powai. But the number of people that need to be trained is far higher than the ability of this institution to recruit the qualified faculty that would be needed.
  • On the evening of November 11, Nashik grape farmer Arun More's cellphone beeped with an SMS from a lab 220 km away at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai. Sent by three-month-old Agrocom Pvt Ltd, the text message predicted unseasonal rain two days later in his village of Pimpalgaon Basant. And that's exactly what happened. "But since I had prior information, I could spray fungicide accordingly. I managed to save my orchard from the mildew that would have destroyed the crop," says More. Agrocom is the brainchild of a group of software engineers associated with IIT's Developmental Informatics Laboratory.
  • PanIIT 2006 was held in Mumbai from Dec 23-25, 2006. The conference mission was to "Inspire to Involve and Transform India" .. click here for all the news coverage from PanIIT2006.
    • President Kalam's address ...
    • Text of Shashi Tharoor speech ...
  • With laboratories that are getting outdated and infrastructure wearing thin, India's famed IIT system is under massive strain that can lead to its slump unless they chart a new course, warns a book. "IITs would soon be not just heading down the hill but heading down a deep abyss never to rise from again", says Prof. Shashi K. Gulhati of IIT Delhi in his book "The IITs, Slumping or Soaring?"
  • For IITians today, home is where the moolah is ... 'One leg of an IITian is in India , the other in Air India' went a popular wisecrack of the late 1980s and early ‘90s. No longer, however. Much has changed since then, and the brains that used to be siphoned off by the developed nations are now staying home.
  • The brain drain from IITs has diminished to a trickle ... Deepak Phatak, former head of the computer science department at IIT Bombay, said: "In the last two years, only five or six students from this stream have gone abroad ... with India offering job opportunities and high salaries, students are preferring to stay back in the comfort of their homes. Only a few academically inclined ones who want to pursue high-end research are going, but this amounts to less than 10% of the students." 
  • December is the month of college festivals and leading them all is Mood Indigo, the festival of one of India's prestigious colleges, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mumbai. "The theme for this year's event is Indian Raga and what you need to watch out for is our Pronights" ... with a participation of close to 50,000 students from 300 colleges across India and special invitees, it's the budget that could set your heart racing. "The budget this year is Rs 75 lakh. Our Pronights as well as a few other events will feature professionals playing live, including a special band from Australia." link.jpg

 

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