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4. Guru Funda


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7. PanIIT Partner Organizations


8. Volunteering at PanIIT


9. Articles by IITians


10. Recipe of the month


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 AlumninewsIIT Alumni News 

Induction of Dr. Ashok Gadgil to Inventors Hall of Fame



Each year the National Inventors Hall of Fame inducts a few top notch inventors into the Inventors Hall of Fame. So far, there have been two inventors of Indian origin who have been inducted, one of them being Dr. Amar Bose of MIT who invented the Bose speakers.

One of the 2014 Inductees is Dr. Ashok Gadgil (an IIT graduate), inventor of a water disinfecting device used in some developing countries such as India. His work had a positive impact on rural communities in India. Dr. Ashok Gadgil will be honored during the induction to be held on May 21st in Washington, DC.


Dr. Ashok Gadgil is a Professor in Energy, Civil Infrastructure and Climate Environmental Engineering program at University of California, Berkeley.


To see the list of 2014 inductees, please visit at http://invent.org/inductees/.



Swasth India: A Social Entrepreneurship Venture by IIT Alumni 


Swasth India is a Low Cost, Patient Centered, Primary Care Franchise. Driven by the motto "Health for all," Swasth India operates a chain of primary care centers in slum areas with a model that provides a 50% reduction in out of pocket expenses to the patient.  Provides everything in a 150 square foot facility that offers access to a family doctor, rapid diagnostics on site, discounts on drugs, referrals with discounts, in patient day care services and electronic health records.

Swasth India is a part of select set of social entrepreneurs and innovators at Duke and IPIHD.


For more details on Swasth India projects and their impact, recognitions received, media coverage and partners, visit Swasth India website: http://www.swasthindia.in and follow on http://www.facebook.com/swasthindia.

campusnewsCampuses News


IIT-Delhi to showcase student innovations at Open House 2014 

PTI |Apr 16, 2014, 06.43 PM ISTNEW DELHI



A waterless urinal, fibre wrapping for earthquake protection of buildings, plastic from potato starch and solar powered refrigeration system, are some of the projects that will be on display at IIT-Delhi's 'Open House 2014' event this Saturday. 


Other key exhibits include a viable alternative to compressed natural gas (CNG), a thermometer that checks haemoglobin instantly, a cholesterol-checking device and other programmes which, if implemented, promise to bring transparency and accountability in governance.


Read the full article at Times of India.


IIT-Delhi student invents device to test haemoglobin
Rema NagarajanRema Nagarajan,TNN | Mar 30, 2014, 05.38 AM IST


NEW DELHI: A student of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, Ambar Srivastava, has developed a mobile phone-size haemoglobin metre dubbed the TrueHb Hemometer - the first case of an innovation from the institute's biomedical engineering department actually getting "productized".

The device, which has been validated by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for its efficacy, is expected to help identify and tackle anaemia effectively. India with very high prevalence of anaemia also sees a large number of maternal deaths from the condition.


Read the full article at Times of India.



Indian Naval Academy signs MoU with IIT Madras

P Sudhakaran| Mar 27, 2014, 08.43 AM IST


KANNUR: The Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) with the aim of collaborating together for academics and research in the areas of mutual interest, exchange of academic information, scholarly information, materials and publications.

The MoU signed earlier this week in Chennai will also facilitate the cadets and students of both the institutions to participate in project competitions, faculty exchange programmes, sponsorship of cooperative seminars, workshops, etc and facilitate faculty development programmes, said a press release. 


Read the full article at Times of India


GurufundaGuru Funda

A PanIIT Exclusive: "Message from Raj Subramaniam, Executive Vice President, FedEx"




Lessons in Leadership: Four Keys to Smart Business



As an executive at FedEx, I've had the great fortune to work for a company that is truly global in nature, and serves as a bellwether for the world economy. Our more than 300,000 team members reach 220 countries and territories across the globe, making FedEx a unique melting pot of cultures and perspectives. My personal journey with FedEx has included world travel and leadership positions in Asia, Canada and the U.S.


Along the way (either through my own trial and error or by observing others) I've uncovered key lessons in business and leadership that have guided my decision making processes.


Adapt. Change is no longer what happens to any business eventually. It happens to every business constantly. We are linked in a fast-paced global marketplace, and every day the competitive challenges we face shift, requiring adaptable leadership. Leadership not only demands the vision to see the landscape everyone else sees, but also to see a bit more, and then adapt or change course as needed.


Clarify. Creating clarity in a given situation demands input, insight, data and statistics so you can understand the forces at play. It also means being decisive and taking a stand, even if that means taking a risk. You may not get it right every time, but the willingness to step up and provide direction is fundamental.


Assemble. You need a solid team of people, a combination of minds to help you accomplish your goals-people who can work collaboratively and cooperatively. My global team is like the United Nations-a mix of diverse cultures and backgrounds. With that, the team offers diversity of thought, which is key to operating a global business.


Support. Having established a clear direction and a team to get you there-get out of the way. At that point, your job is to remove barriers for your team. Leaders have to support and trust in the team they've chosen to execute their vision.


The ability to adapt, to clarify, to build the right team and then support them create a recipe for good leadership. It's what builds great companies with solid reputations. At FedEx, we don't just move packages from A to B, we also connect people and possibilities, opening up the global marketplace to improve the standard of living. It takes solid leaders to drive good business toward success and sustainability, and in the process, create a better world.



Short bio: Raj Subramaniam is Executive Vice President, Global Strategy, Marketing and Communications for FedEx, a world leader in transportation, e-commerce and logistics services. Raj is responsible for maintaining the company's corporate reputation, and setting the strategic direction for digital access, e-commerce, retail marketing and product and business development throughout the world.


Born in Trivandrum, India, Raj has a degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT. He also earned two post-graduate degrees: a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.


chapternewsChapters News
IITSINE annual gala


IITSINE hosts its annual gala dinner towards the end of the first quarter every year.  It is the first event of the year.  This year the dinner was held on Saturday April 5, 2014.  Over 100 alumni from New England area attended the event. 



Thanks to local talent, songs, dances and instrument playing presentations were enjoyed by the attendees.  Alumni met fellow IIT'ans and their families, and made new friends.  This year IITSINE had the pleasure of Arjun Sen's (the President of PanIIT) company.  Arjun gave an inspirational speech, and described PanIIT vision and plans for next couple of years. He presented few recognition awards as well.  Bingo ended the event.
 Left to right: Anil Saigal, Raj Laad, Vinay Aggarwal, Arjun Sen, Puran Dang, Dwarika Agarwal, Ravi Rastogi
upcomingeventsChapters Upcoming Events

PanIIT Alumni SoCal Chapter Presents Networking Mixer, Tuesday May 6, 2014

Come to our informal networking mixer where you can engage in face to face discussion with a subject matter expert on a topic of YOUR interest. You may choose to stick to a theme of your interest at one table or circulate from table to table and participate in the discussion at any table.

Guest Speakers:

Jeff Crowell, EVP Sales & Service, UGovernIT

Topic: 3D Printing: A game changer for all of us

Gunjan Bagla, Managing Director, Amritt, Inc.

Topic: Medical Devices and Med Tech:  The Promise, the Challenges and the role of IIT Alumni

Gaj Birur, NASA  JPL, Pasadena

Topic: Big Data and Predictive Analytics: The evolving landscape

Ms.Terrie Thao Bui, Financial Consultant

Topic: My money in your bank!  Do I know everything?


Date: May 6th, 2014
Time: 6-8:00pm
Venue: Cerritos Library, Skyline Rm. B
18025 Bloomfield Ave, Cerritos, CA 90703


Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pan-iit-professional-mixer-tickets-11298378755



IIT BC Alumni 13th Reunion on Saturday May 31, 2014


Dear IIT Alumni BC associates (70+ as of right now),


On behalf of Sheelu and Jake Alexander, I am pleased to invite you and your significant other to participate at our 13th IIT BC Alumni gathering to be held at their home, 5pm on Saturday May 31..... An evening with dinner, camaraderie, networking, music and fun! As in the recent past, we will have a musical program for those who want to partake in it. Others can continue to network. Since the space will be limited to 30 people on a first come first serve basis to ensure comfort and relaxed sitting.


Please RSVP as soon as possible, before March 31, with the following:

1.Participate: YES or NO (Please reply even if a NO so as to have the knowledge that I have your correct email address),

2.If YES: Full name(s) of person(s) attending and any song selections/preferences so we can get Chords, Lyrics etc. Jake is planning to use his TV to show the Lyrics, if possible. Hence this request in advance.

3.Any Feedback/comments/advise/suggestions etc.


Location of gathering, with plenty of parking on the street, will be 9244, 206 St, Langley. In early May, we will get in touch with those who plan to participate with "Pot-Luck" items for dinner. For any questions, feel free to contact me via telephone or email or Jake at bino@rocketmail.com


Looking forward to a great participation. Thanks again to Sheelu and Jake for their enthusiasm and gracious offer to host this reunion.


Warm Regards,

Ashok Abhyankar, M.Sc. P. Eng.

IIT Bombay Electrical Engineering class of 1965

M: (604) 649-8633


PAN IIT 2014 International Conference, June 6-8, 2014 Toronto, Canada


This year's Pan-IIT is being held in Toronto in June 2014. Toronto is the financial hub of Canada, as well as one of the most cosmopolitan and livable cities in the world.



Pan-IIT 2014 will be one of the largest and most important conferences for those seeking the best of what North America and India has to offer from a Canadian perspective. The program features insights into trends in the industry, entrepreneurship and academia. You'll also get involved in deep discussions that are about the application of innovative solutions that lead to transformation.




Head to Pan-IIT 2014 in Toronto, which takes place from June 6 to 8, at Toronto's International Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre. While you are here, discover Toronto and stretch your visit to see Niagara Falls, play golf and drive further north and discover Canada's beautiful summer.


Plan now, see video clip:  http://youtu.be/hv-PFSgHbhg



The top 5 reasons why you should register for Pan-IIT 2014 Toronto:




Hear world-class keynotes: There will also be top-notch keynote speakers on the stage.



Directors from Indian Institutes of Technology and their leadership teams will be available to discuss on how to strengthen partnerships with Indian Institutes of Technology.


Hear about Canada's offerings in Entrepreneurship direct from leaders. Pan-IIT 2014 Toronto is the venue for Accelerators, Incubators, Venture Capitalists, Entrepreneurs and Universities.


Meet your fellow alumni and expand your circle of friends, influencehttp://www.iitsine.org rs, and professional contacts. Pan-IIT 2014 Toronto provides an invaluable opportunity to interact with your peers, compare experiences, bounce ideas, and see and hear industry thought leaders, technology experts and leaders from the academia up close and personal.


The theme of Pan-IIT conference sums it up: Innovate, Integrate and Transform. You will walk away with ideas that'll help you discover Canada, its relation with USA and India in a new light. See the list of speakers and more details of the program at www.paniit2014toronto.org and register today !




PartnersPanIIT Partner Organizations
FICCI Event: Indo-US Partnership, April 24 & 25, 2014, Tampa, FL
The joint event of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)  and the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA), known as the FICCI-IIFA Global Business Forum that is being hosted at the Tampa Convention Center by the University of South Florida College of Business, April 24-25. The theme of the business forum is "Indo-U.S. Partnership: A Catalyst for Economic Growth." Top business leaders from India and the United States are expected to participate in the business forum.   This forum is part of the IIFA Weekend event series that includes the IIFA Awards, an event to honor members of the Indian film industry, where close to 30,000 are expected to attend from all over the world. You could visit the website at  http://www.usf.edu/business/iifa/ for more details.
VolunteeringatPanIITVolunteering at PanIIT USA - IIT Women Alumni Group Launched!

IIT Alumni Women Group Launched

It is no surprise that while the percentage count of Women IITians is very low, they are no less competent in terms of success, power and inspiration when compared to their male counterparts from the IITs.  Voice, substance and diversity marked the kickoff launch meeting of the US Chapter of IIT Women Alumni Leadership Core team. Representing 4 different IITs, the 4 women of power met to seed the establishment of the IIT Women Alumni Leadership group discussing its vision, charter and goals. The vision includes a blend of helping to empower fellow IIT Women Alumni, showcasing success stories of IIT women and making a presence at national IIT related Alumni events. The team's immediate next steps involve establishing a network of connections for the IIT Alumni Women in the US using social networking sites like Facebook and LinkedIn. In the true spirit of IITians, the team promised to abide by the values of dedication, intellectual honesty, trust and mutual respect, inclusiveness and laser focus on results. The seeds have been sown and the team will be actively seeking out eager fellow IIT Women in the US to join them in their mission.


ArticlesbyalumniArticles by IITians
"SMAC (Social, Mobility, Analytics, and Cloud) - Pros & Cons"
Anvita Bajpai, April 3, 2014


SMAC - Social, Mobility, Analytics and Cloud, is the buzz-word of todays. Until one-two years ago Cloud was big, which now just seems like yet another available device or medium to access, store and compute data and information.
Lets start from the very beginning, a few of our teachers would have told the stories of how they ran their experiments using punch cards, and how careful they used to be which doing so, as computers and computing was not so easily accessible, less than 100 years ago. Further, less than 25 years ago, in 1991 the very first website was developed. Then came way of sharing information over internet, directory listing and search made a few companies big and they helped people access or find relevant websites. Electronic mail again was a cool invention of the time. And the killer product of this era was mobile phone, that empowered people with ability to connect from anywhere, at anytime.
 About the author: Anvita Bajpai - Author of "Life, Odds & Ends", Speaker, and SMB (Small & Medium Business) Consultant - is an IIT Madras and IIM Bangalore alumni. She has about 10+ years of R&D experience with Oracle, Satyam (Applied research group), Decidyn and her own ventures. She has also taken a few guest lectures at IIM Bangalore.



Japanese Cultural Attractions in a Modern & Global Context
By Sanjeev Sinha

The world is constantly looking for new socio-economic models, as well as improving and experimenting with the old ones, to find a way towards a better society one in which wealth is distributed more evenly, crime and unemployment are low, the environment is protected, transport systems are comfortable, and people are courteous and polite to each other. Japan has much of this but the world doesn't know enough about it. It is useful to understand the underlying cultural strengths of Japan, as well as the challenges the country faces, so that others may be encouraged to emulate some of them. I would like to highlight a few of the key aspects of Japanese culture.


Read the full article at https://db.tt/vZArKNdZ




About the author: Sanjeev Sinha is president of the Sun and Sands Group, advising on crossborder investments and business strategies between India and Japan.




RecipeRecipe of the month
The Chedi Management School - A lesson in customer involvement aka How to make a Jassi Burger
by Sanjiv Sinha

Every campus has their nighttime go-to eating joint. This is where you head to after late night muggha, band practice, drama practice or just because you couldn't go to sleep or had nothing better to do. IIT KGP has Chedi's. This iconic institution has fed countless KGPians since the 60s. But more than an eating joint it is a symbol of innovation. Yes sir, innovation. Not content to serve the standard fare of omelettes and tea, it has, over the years, innovated and evolved, bringing us bread-omelettes to Tinkus to Jassi Burgers: the subject of our current post.


To explain the Jassi Burger, I have to resort to a decision tree so please bear with me.



As the Chedi menu design decision tree shows, dishes created by students have a chance of making it to his menu. And this is how Jaspreet Singh Narang(EE '05) aka Jassi's burger came to be.


Being the hit that Jassi Burger is, we were intrigued. And so we sent our intrepid on-campus reporters, Pranav and Abhijeet to Chedi's to uncover the secret of Jassi's burger. This is what we found.



� tsp oil

A white bread bun sliced in half

Shami kabab or a Veggie Shami Kabab (see recipe below)

Chopped Onion

Kaddu Sauce (a non-descript ketchup like substance associated with campus dhabas across India) TIP: Use real ketchup, Sriracha sauce or a mix of both.



1. Heat oil in a frying pan.

2. Cook the Shami kabab/veggie Shami kabab till it is browned on both sides.

3. Pan fry the buns on all four sides (two each of the sliced top and bottom).

4. Place the patty on the bottom half of the bun and cover with chopped onion.

5. Add the ketchup to taste on top.

6. Cover with the top of the bun and enjoy.



INGREDIENTS (for 5-6 kababs)

50g Dry chana dal (Yellow split peas)

1 medium potato

1 1/2 cup water

Cooking oil

1/2 Medium onion finely chopped

1 Thai green chili

200g Morningstar Veggie Crumbles (or real minced meat)

1 tsp minced ginger

2 cloves minced garlic

1/4 Tbsp Shan shami kabab mix (go easy on this stuff, it is STRONG)

� tsp Garam masala

Salt to taste

1 Egg white


1. Pressure cook the chana dal and potato with the 1 1/2 cup water.

2. Drain the water from the cooked dal.

3. Peel the potato and mash with the dal. Set aside.

2. Finely chop the onion and mix with garlic and ginger.

3. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a frying pan.

4. Add onion, garlic and ginger to hot oil till the onion start to brown.

5. Add veggie crumbles, and let it cook for 1-2 mins.

6. Add the potato/dal mix and mash everything together.

7. Add the green chili and spice powders and let it cook. If it is too liquidy, let the water evaporate. If it is too dry add some water.

8. Cook on low heat till the mixture looks well blended and the water has evaporated. About 10 minutes. NOTE: If you are using real minced meat you will need to cook till the meat is completely cooked. The time will vary based on meat.

9. Let it cool and adjust the seasoning. Add the egg white for binding. Mash as though your life depended on it and make the mixture really homogenous.

10. Roll into balls and flatten into patties about 3 inches in diameter.

11. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a frying pan and pan fry on both sides. TIP: You can also deep-fry the kababs if you like.




Sanjiv Sinha  

Though Sanjiv Sinha (IITR E&C '89) specializes in Enterprise Software Sales, his passion lies in cooking. The lack of basic cooking skills in the US and all the health related problems that result from it disturb him greatly. He blogs regularly at foodydoody.wordpress.com and is working on creating opportunities for people to be better prepared to take control of their lives through food. When he is not helping companies sell software or cooking, he can be found spending time with his family, on long runs or playing with his band. He can be reached at sanjiv@yellowrickshaw.com.




(Please note that the above recipe has already been published in one of the past newsletters edition. Enjoy!)

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