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IIT Alumni Global Leadership Conference - IIT GLC 2015

Register Today, Unbelievably low pricing won't last


Registration is now open for the biggest IIT alumni event of the year. Visit http://iit-2015.org to take advantage of Super Early Bird pricing. Also, do not forget to book your hotel room as there is a limited number of rooms available at group rates. This pricing will be gone very soon. So hurry and register.


Special pre-conference event - "IIT Women's Day" on July 23, 2016 is open to all women IIT graduates. Select this option for no additional charge when you register for the full conference.


The theme of the conference is "Internet of People (IoP)". Just as the Internet connects computers/things, the IIT Global Leadership Conference 2015 is aimed at connecting more than 4,000 of the best minds, both IITian and non-IITian, from academia, industry, and off-the-beaten-track, to share stories, secrets to success, and encourage giving back. Leverage this great networking opportunity to achieve success, give back and make a positive impact.


An event of this magnitude needs many volunteers. If you are interested email Srikanth.chari@gmail.com. Volunteering is a great way to meet more people, learn a new skill and do something outside your comfort zone - all with support from fellow IIT-ians.


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Is this IITian's startup a gamechanger in virtualization?

Peerzada Abrar &Krithika Krishnamurthy,ET Bureau | Feb 11, 2015, 05.41 PM IST


BENGALURU: Going for the jugular is the norm in the predatory world of technology startups that battle for the attention of consumers. Now, a five-year-old startup founded by an Indian engineer is preparing to stir up the aggressive instincts of enterprise software makers in Silicon Valley.

"There is no large technology company in the world that does not want to see us dead," says Dheeraj Pandey, the founder of Nutanix, who is gearing up to battle the big boys of the technology world with his plan to build an 'iPhone' for data centres.


Read full article at Gamechanger




Ex-IITians develop social networking site in Hindi

Abhinav Malhotra | Jan 25, 2015, 03.09 AM IST


Almost 11 years back in February 2004 when Facebook was launched by its founder Mark Zeckerberg from Harvard dormitory (Harvard University's hostel), nobody knew that the social networking site would become a giant, connecting millions of people across the world. Taking inspiration from Zuckerberg, Amitesh Mishra, an ex-student of IIT Bombay and a resident of Geeta Nagar in the city and his around 10 teammates developed a social networking site called Shabdanagari, providing users an interface in Hindi. Shabdanagari.in offers blogging, making website and other multiple options but all strictly in Hindi. The website was launched here by former registrar of IIT-K Giriraj Kishore on Saturday.

The developers of the website termed it to be the first social networking site in Hindi.

It is not known how many money was spent in raising Facebook but about Rs 25 lakhs were incurred in developing Shabdanagari.in. This fund was provided by SIDBI Innovation and Incubation Centre (SIIC) of IIT-K to Trident Analytical Solutions Pvt Limited which runs Shabdanagari. Trident was incubated in 2012 in IIT-K. Amitesh, who is one of the directorsin the company, informed TOI that while website www.Shabdanagari.in was developed in past one year, it has around 1,000 users now.


Read full article at networking







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BUZ EDU: IIT Bombay launches course on Signals and Systems on edX

BS Reporter  |  Mumbai  
December 17, 2014 Last Updated at 18:04 IST

EdX, the online learning initiative founded by Harvard and MIT, had announced the addition of IIT Bombay in its distinguished group of xConsortium members across the globe, last year. As a result of this partnership, IIT Bombay has launched its two-part course on Signals and Systems on the edX platform.

This course will help students and learners become better equipped for the thousands of jobs across India and the world that require understanding of the basic toolkit for any signal processing application - the abstraction of signals and systems, from the point of view of analysis and characterization.

 Read full article at Business Standard


IIT Delhi Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contribution to National Development (OCND) 2014


We are pleased to inform you that the IIT Delhi Alumni Association has decided to confer Award for Outstanding Contribution to National Development 2014 as follows:

  • Dr. S K Chaudhuri, (1972- M.Tech, Textile )
  • Mr Sunil Parekh,     (1976-B.Tech, Mechanical)

IIT Delhi Alumni Association shall be conferring these awards at the Alumni Day 2014 during the concluding session on 28th December

2014 at Seminar Hall, IIT Delhi.

 Read full article at Alumni Association

Jhimli Mukherjee Pandey, TNN | Feb 10, 2015, 12.48AM IST

KOLKATA: If the ambitious Barnaparichay project has remained stuck in the doldrums, don't lose heart yet. A couple of architecture students of IIT-Kharagpur have come up with a 'rejuvenation plan' for a 300-metre stretch of one of the city's most loved icons: Boipara, aka College Street.

As things stand now, the future of Boipara as envisaged by the IIT students - green tram tracks on both sides of College Street, a no-traffic zone, adda zones equipped with book and food kiosks - might be more in the realm of high fantasy, but could well become non-fiction.

Read full article at IIT- Kgp


Snapdeal buys gift e-tailer Wishpicker

Agencies | Dec 12, 2014, 04.53AM IST

NEW DELHI: In its first acquisition after $627-million Softbank fund infusion, e-commerce major Snapdeal has bought Wishpicker, an online gift retailer founded by IIT-Delhi graduates. 

The acquisition amount for Wishpicker, which was founded last year itself by IITians Apurv Bansal and Prateek Rathore, was not disclosed. "We are investing in strengthening our technology platform and Wishpicker.com is an excellent platform with top-tier entrepreneurial, engineering talent and fits in perfectly with our vision," Snapdeal co-founder Rohit Bansal said on Thursday.

Read full article at Snapdeal


Kashiyatra promises multicultural fun this year

Renu Singh, TNN | Feb 11, 2015, 02.24PM IST


VARANASI: Kashiyatra, the annual cultural fest of IIT-BHU, will be a grander affair this year, with performances by international artists from Ireland, Italy and Israel. Plus, desi bands Euphoria and Demonic Resurrection are slated to perform during the three-day fest that kickstarts from February 13. 

The fest is being sponsored by UP Tourism, so the event will have an exhibition promoting tourism in the city. "An exhibition of paintings and models of historical monuments of UP will be open for Varanasi locals as well. If any person wants his painting to get displayed in the exhibition, they are most welcome to participate in it," shares Ravi TejaAkondi, the marketing head and media spokesperson for Kashiyatra. 

Interestingly, youngsters can participate in the fest with on the spot registration on any day of the fest, as advance registration is not necessary. "Students from any educational institute can participate in the fest. All they need is their college identity card. Since the fest also falls on Valentine's Day, we have a few informal events planned for the day, including a contest in which a set of girl students will test the skills of boys in approaching girls with a proposal. On the same day, a DJ and EDM night is planned with DJ Lloyd and Supersonic. Pronite, on the last day of the fest, will have a performance by Euphoria," shares Ravi. 


IIT-BHU graduates develop tech for safer, faster tyres

PunkhuriKapoor,TNN | Feb 12, 2015, 06.21 PM IST

VARANASI: Three chemical engineering graduates of the Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IIT-BHU) have come up with a new eco-friendly innovation of extracting green silica from rice husk ash. With this, the carbon used in tyres can be replaced with silica which helps in reducing the rolling resistance and improve fuel economy. 

Elaborating about their innovation Nikhar Jain said, "The rice husk ash contains heavy amount of silica which can be used for various purpose. To ensure effective rice husk utilization through efficient silica extraction, we developed a process to extract advance grade of green silica." 

Citing advantages, he said, "First and foremost, the cost will be cheaper as no import will be required. Secondly, silica helps in reducing the rolling resistance so if it is used instead of carbon black then the fuel economy too will improve." It also results in 5% reduction in fuel consumption of vehicles and reduction in emission of green house gases, he added. 

Read full article at tech


IIT-Roorkee team in favour of rejuvenating Nag river

TNN | Jul 20, 2014, 01.49 AM IST


 NAGPUR: The Nag River rejuvenation plan is likely to get approval from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Roorkee. A two-member expert team from the institution on Saturday inspected the river and gave feedback about chances of its rejuvenation. The team suggested the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to concentrate on rejuvenation works instead of beautification activities.


The team comprising chair professor of renewable energy unit Dr Arun Kumar and VK Gupta were accompanied by NMC officials, including superintending engineer Prakash Urade, during the inspection. The inspection started from Ambazari Lake's overflow point and followed the stretch at Canal Road, Ramdaspeth, SangamChawl, Ashok Square, Nandanvan and Pardi up to confluence point with Pili river beyond Punapur. The team also inspected the existing sewage treatment plant and the one under construction at Bhandewadi.


Read full article at rejuvenating


IIT-K hosts seminar on health

TNN | Feb 8, 2015, 03.55 AM IST


KANPUR: A seminar on 'holistic health' was organised at IIT-Kanpur on Saturday. It was inaugurated by D P Mishra of the institute. He stressed on the need of research for treatment of incurable diseases by taking help from the ancient Indian texts and Ayurveda.

Mishra discussed about the fundamental principles mentioned in the ancient texts by which holistic health can be achieved.

Dr OP Sharma of Gayatri Trust, Haridwar, described how to achieve health scientifically. He discussed the fundamental principles mentioned in the ancient Indian texts by which achieving holistic health is within reach.

Rajiv Sharma of Patanjali spoke about the importance of 'Yog Sutra' and said that yoga does not mean 'asana' only but 'asanas' are a part of yoga. "We need mental and spiritual enlightenment and asanas for health," he said.

Many students and faculty members were present during the programme.

Read full article at health


IIT-G student designs logo for Centre's rural scheme

TNN | Jan 4, 2015, 06.00 AM IST


Guwahati: The Centre's Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, which aims at rural uplift, will feature a logo designed by IIT-Guwahati student Shweta Gupta.

"It feels great to win a national-level competition. As a design student, I feel motivated to take up such opportunities to enhance my skills and concept-based learning. I'm fortunate to be able to design the logo for Unnat Bharat Abhiyan as it visualizes a developed country," a jubilant Shweta told TOI on Saturday.

Expressing her desire to contribute to the development of villages, Shweta, a first-year student of M.Des, said, "I have visualized village and the human form. The rising sun shows hope. I wanted to convey the message that the nation's development will begin from the villages. This is only possible through education."

Lauding Shweta's achievement, IIT-Guwahati director Gautam Biswas said, "It is a proud moment for IIT-Guwahati and Shweta has done a marvelous job."

He added that institutes of higher learning will work according to government guidelines to develop rural areas across the country.


Read full article at logo


Baahubali participates in IIT Madras' Cultural Fest

TNN | Jan 12, 2015, 04.08 PM IST


The much awaited multi-lingual period drama, Baahubali, is going to participate in the 40th edition of Saarang, the prestigious cultural fest of India's premiere educational institution, IIT Madras, from January 7 to January 11.

Baahubali has the honour of sponsoring Saarang's famous Film Festival, which is scheduled for the 4th day of the gala. It is a great opportunity for passionate and talented filmmakers of all ages to enter and show-case their work to industry mavens.

Read full article at Fest


IIT-M opens centre to develop devices for people with locomotor disability

U Tejonmayam,TNN | Jan 19, 2015, 03.44 PM IST


 CHENNAI: A centre for students to develop devices for people with locomotor impairments was inaugurated at IIT Madras on Monday. 

The TTK Centre for Rehabilitation Research and Device Development (R2D2) at IIT-M's department of mechanical engineering will be funded by the TTK Group whose chairman T TJagannathan is a former student of the institution. 

Dr Sujatha Srinivasan, associate professor and head of the centre, said they developed the prototypes of various devices that would enable individuals with physical impairments to lead independent lives. 

Read full article at locomotor







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ChapternewsChapters News


IIT North Texas Alumni tour Fanconia Brewery in McKinney, Texas


On the 15th of January this year, IIT NT organized a Brewery tour to Fanconia Brewery in McKinney, Texas. This is one of the leading craft breweries in North Texas. Over 22 alumni attended the event which was a lot of fun. Here are the pictures from the tour for you to post on the Pan IIT website.


Read full article at Texas



Phoenix Chapter  Team Meets with PanIIT USA President








Pic: (left to right) Nilesh Badwe, Rajesh Kumar, Arjun Sen, Karan Syal, Vaibhav Gupta, and Sudhanshu Shekhar Singhv


The newly formed PanIIT Phoenix Chapter Team met with PanIIT USA President Arjun Sen to discuss the 2015 plans for the chapter and how PanIIT USA can help the chapter be successful.   Nilesh Badwe, Sudhanshu Shekhar Singh, Vaibhav Gupta, Rajesh and Karan Syal from the  PanIIT Phoenix Chapter Team attended the meeting.

The Phoenix Chapter Team team shared its plans for the rest of the year.  They are planning at least 4 events in 2015.

Arjun Sen informed the chapter of all chapter services tools being offered by PanIIT USA.  Arjun Sen explained to  that "PanIIT USA has achieved its goals of offering chapters all the infrastructure tools they need to successfully run a chapter.  This way the chapter team can focus its energy on running chapter activities and achieve maximum efficiency."  Arjun also encouraged the chapter to measure success by the impact the chapter makes in the lives of the alumni and not merely by the number of alumni members.  Having a strong base is essential for the long term success of the chapter.

Read full article at Phoenix


For  more information on the PanIIT North Texas, go to http://iit.org/pan_iit_chapter/paniit-phoenix-chapter/


Newly elected IIT North Texas President and the ExecutiveTeam Meets with PanIIT USA President























In the picture: (left to right) Raj Menon, Arjun Sen, Samir Bhargava  Sanjiv Sinha and Abhay Sawant


The IIT North Texas Team met with PanIIT USA President Arjun Sen to discuss the 2015 plans for the chapter and how PanIIT USA can help the chapter be successful.   Samir Bhargava (President), Abhay Sawant (Past-president), Raj Menon (Board Director) and Sanjiv Sinha (Board Director) from IIT  North Texas attended the meeting.

The IIT NT team shared its plans for the upcoming Brewery tour and the plans for the rest of the year.  Arjun Sen informed the chapter of all chapter services tools being offered by PanIIT USA.  Arjun Sen stated that "PanIIT USA has achieved its goals of offering chapters all the infrastructure tools they need to successfully run a chapter.  This way the chapter team can focus its energy on running chapter activities and achieve maximum efficiency."

Samir Bhargava committed to continue the chapter's legacy of being one of the most active chapters.  Historically the chapter has had a big contribution to define chapter activities for PanIIT USA Chapter handbook.

The chapter and PanIIT USA president committed to work closely to follow-up on the action steps from the meeting.

 For  more information on the PanIIT North Texas, go to http://iit.org/pan_iit_chapter/iit-alumni-association-north-texas/








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