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Dear friends,


Our PanIIT USA 2014-15 team just finished 1/4th period of our term.  Our team's commitment has been very clear; we want to bring real value to each one of you.  We are committed to maximize the use of the infrastructure build by past teams.  We have identified three target audiences:

  1. INDIVIDUAL ALUMNI: This is each one of you.  We are working on bringing value-added services to each one of you.
  2. CHAPTERS:  We are looking at Chapters to be local franchisees who are committed to serve you.  Hence we are offering value added tools to chapters to make it easier for them to serve you and host successful local events.
  3. CAMPUSES: The campus organizations are already working hard to serve the alumni from their campus.  We are working with the campus organizations to take best practices to each other and build tools synergizing on our shared strength.

Here are 10 things we have accomplished thus far and more are in the pipeline:

  1. PANIIT GOALS DEFINED: We realized that with limited resources, the best way to be successful is to focus on a few critical initiatives. To achieve this, we wanted to have very clear goals for our organization as that is essential to assist the volunteer team to easily choose what we will work on.  The PanIIT USA Board defined our goals to be:
    1. Promote and enhance a common "IIT" brand for the IIT's and its Alumni (Branding)
    2. Offer common Alumni Services to help alumni achieve their professional and personal (or lifestyle) goals. 
  2. CHAPTER SERVICES: The PanIIT USA Executive Team is now supporting 13 active chapters.  Our goal is to get to 20 chapters by the end of the year.  To achieve this we have built a one-on-one relationship with each chapter president, treating them like our internal clients.  We have launched the following initiatives to assist chapters
    1. FREE EVENT REGISTRATION:  Chapters pay 3% to 5% of collections if they hire an event registration software.  If they do not do that, they have to put two to three volunteers to manage this.  Now PanIIT USA will provide chapters with free event registration, so chapters can focus on the events.
    2. LOAN AND GRANTS TO LAUNCH EVENTS: Many a time a Chapter team has to take financial risk to plan an event.  PanIIT USA wants to take that risk away and be there to provide financial support to chapters, as needed.
    3. CHAPTER HANDBOOK:  PanIIT USA Executive Team has developed a 10 page chapter handbook that documents best practices from all chapters.  This document is being used as the user manual for chapters to plan successful events.
    4. CHAPTER REPRESENTATIVE ON BOARD: To hold the PanIIT USA Executive team accountable, we now have a chapter representative in the PanIIT USA Board.  The chapter representative will make all of us aware of the Chapter's needs and hold the executive team accountable to deliver value added to the chapters
  3. WEBSITE PLAN: Having a vibrant functional website is very important to us. After building website structure, we have developed the templates for chapters.  We interviewed alumni in multiple cities to learn that an alumni needs the following information from his/her chapter
    1.  Is there a chapter near me?
    2.  Who is the contact (Name, picture, contact, information)
    3. Is the chapter active (Show recent events)
    4. When is the next event. The chapter templates are being populated with this information from each chapter. We will start going live with the chapter pages soon. After that we want to finish the rest of the site and focus on the look and feel of the site.  By October we will have a new site completely ready for you to use.
  4. WOMEN'S GROUP:  PanIIT USA wants to have a strong women's group to focus on value added services to the group.  A woman's group was formed and the group has defined their overall purpose to be:
    1. Create a communication platform (Linkedin, FB, newsletter, iit.org) to provide a forum for not only networking discussions amongst the IIT women alumni, but also a platform for: 
      1. Mentoring/support opportunities
      2. Proudly sharing the success stories of the IIT women alumni
      3. Advertising/encouraging our IIT women to participate in high impact IIT Alumni related global eventsTo jumpstart the group, the PanIIT USA Executive Team has thrown a challenge to all campuses. Whichever IIT campus gets represented by more than 200 women alumni on the IIT Women Alumni LinkedIn Subgroup by August 15th, will have their campus women's hostel treated to a special dinner, sponsored by PanIIT USA.  Here is the current number of members by campus:  
        You can join the Women's Group at https://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=6655081
  5.  DATABASE PROGRESS:  This the most important area of development as we want to have vibrant database using which each of you can have access to every alumni in USA.  To start with we are cleaning the database; we now have 10300 emails with contact information (up from 4,000 at the beginning of the year). A 10 member volunteer team from different chapters and campuses has built a plan for "how to harness the database for alumni services". The plan is in its final phase of review by the PanIIT USA Board and we want to launch this by the end of the year.  We are all excited as this will truly be an asset to each individual alumni.  
    As we work on the database, here is something that each of you should look into what LinkedIn has to offer in terms of the micro-site for each of the academic institutes including various IITs. Here is the one for IIT-Kgp: https://www.linkedin.com/edu/alumni?id=13500&trk=edu-up-nav-menu-alumni.  You can find the corresponding group for your campus.
  6. PANIIT USA BYLAWS: The PanIIT USA bylaws have not been updated since 2007 and it needed a major review.  A Governance team has been formed and with their effort the board has approved an updated bylaws for PanIIT USA. This will be put on the website soon.
  7. FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY: This is a very critical area for any volunteer organization and under the leadership of the Finance team of the PanIIT USA Board, we have consolidated all funds in the PanIIT USA bank account.  Monthly financial overview is reviewed by the PanIIT USA Board and is put on the website as part of the minutes.
  8. PANIIT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:   PanIIT USA felt that it is very important to protect the PanIIT brand.  The Executive team has filed for application and we are in the final process of getting the trademark for "PanIIT" and copyright for our logo.  The Governance team also has put a process in place to ensure proper usage of the logo and trademark.
  9. CONFERENCE SUPPORT:   We are proud to support the 2014 Toronto Conference and have started to work with Bay Area Team. We want to bring all past conference wisdom to the Bay Area Team so that they get a jumpstart with the conference.
  10. ONGOING SUPPORT:  The team takes pride on continuing all communication initiatives on LinkedIn and monthly PanIIT USA newsletter.

This progress has been possible because of the highly engaged PanIIT USA board members and every volunteer in the PanIIT Executive team.  We currently have 22 volunteers, whose work has brought us this far.  Each of them are committed to the cause of serving the alumni and are spending countless hours to achieve the shared goal. We are proud of the great start but know that continuing the passion and energy for the next 18 months is critical to finish what we have started.  And for that we need to hear from you.  We need your ideas, support, encouragement and above all you to join the team.  Your support is needed as we are getting ready to start the PanIIT USA branding initiative.  The PanIIT USA executive team wanted to first provide the alumni services before we take on the Branding initiative.


Excited to serve you,




Arjun Sen
President, PanIIT USA


alumninewsIIT Alumni News


Announcing the 2015 Global IIT Alumni Leadership Conference



The biggest PanIIT Alumni Conference is a year away, so please mark your calendar, and plan to attend, the best IIT Alumni experience to date.  


Dates: Friday July 24, 2015, -  Sunday July 26th, 2015. 

(Note : A by invitation only, 'Welcome Reception' for sponsors  and an  'IIT Women's Day' is being  planned  on Thursday 23rdJuly)

Venue:  Santa Clara Convention Center (SCCC), 5001 Great America Parkway , Santa Clara , CA 95054. 

Conference Hotel:  Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara , CA  ( conveniently located adjacent to the SCCC)

The convention center and hotel are located 6 miles from Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC ) and is approximately a  40 minute  drive from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and the Oakland International Airport (OAK)

Please plan to attend along with your family, batch mates, and friends.

Watch for details.

Subhash Tantry , Chair
Raj Shah, Co Chair
Roy daSilva Co Chair

campusnews  Campus News

IIT Kharagpur honours Azim Premji 

PTI | Jul 26, 2014, 05.13 PM IST


KHARAGPUR (WB): Wipro chairmanAzimPremji was on Saturday honoured with a doctorate by IITKharagpur. 

The 69-year-old businessman and philanthropist was given the honorary degree of Doctor of Science "for being one of the pioneers of entrepreneurship in modern India through the establishment of Wipro, an organization deeply committed to values" at the 60th convocation of the institution. 

Premji received the DSc (Honaris Causa) from 'Bharat Ratna' scientist C N R Rao. 

Besides him, ISRO chairman K Radhakrishnan, eminent statistician C R Rao, Faqir Chand Kohli, often referred to as the father of the Indian software industry, Prof Roddam Narasimha and Pradeep K Khosla also received the prestigious award. 

IITs to share expertise with others

Gauree Malkarnekar,TNN | Jul 1, 2014, 01.45 AM IST 


PANAJI: Directors of Indian institutes of technology (IIT) on Sunday, at their closed-door meeting with Union human resource development (HRD) minister Smriti Irani in Goa, discussed in detail the possibility of each IIT extending its expertise to other engineering institutes located in their vicinity.

The 'retreat' in Goa was summoned by Irani, who, along with the IIT directors, remained tight-lipped about the proceedings of the day-long meeting.

Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, an IIT alumnus, too joined in the discussions for a couple of hours before sharing a meal with the minister and the directors.

Read full article at Times of India



PTI | Jul 28, 2014, 11.19 AM IST 


CHENNAI: IIT-Madras has finalised its 'Strategic Plan 2020' with a vision to becoming one of the top 50 technological institutions globally.

"It articulates a vision to be in the global top 50 in all disciplines and become renowned for postgraduate education as for the undergraduate courses," Bhaskar Ramamurthi, IIT-M director, said at the institution's 51st convocation on Friday.

A draft of the plan was submitted to the faculty in March before it was finalised. The institute embarked on an ambitious "Strategic Plan 2020" to sustain its excellence in higher education, research and infrastructure development after the conclusion of Strategic Plan 2010.

IIT- M also expects that start-ups will use technologies developed by the institute to produce products. It will also look to sustain the campus in terms of energy, water usage, waste management and recycling.

The director said the vision was also meant to "earn a reputation among students that IIT- Madras is a happening campus."

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, Sangam Chawl, 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 Times of India

IIT BHU to study Chhattar Manzil's structural strength

TNN | Jul 6, 2014, 02.13 AM IST 


LUCKNOW: The extent of damage to the charming Chhattar Manzil complex would finally be assessed by a professional agency. This comes a year after the building was acquired by the state archaeology department for restoration.

The job would be executed by Indian Institute Of Technology, Banaras Hindu University. An order to this effect was given by chief secretary, Alok Ranjan during a random inspection of the building here on Saturday evening. Later, briefing reporters, director general, state archaeology, PK Singh said that the agency would be working to study the structural strength of the building.

The chief secretary also directed culture department officials to get a detail project report for restoration of the Chhattar manzil complex and using it for development of the live museum where culture of Avadh would be displayed.

The project is said to be close to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav's heart and has been included in his development agenda this year.

IIT-Delhi students bag best innovation award

IANS | Jul 26, 2014, 07.14 PM IST


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A group of students from the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-Delhi) bagged the best project at the ninth National Innovation Contest - TechTop 2014 which concluded here on Saturday. 

An affordable refreshable Braille display got the best project award. Ankit Kumar, Dhruv Gupta and Pulkit Sapra from the mechanical engineering department, showcased a facility that will help more usage of the Braille display among visually challenged. 

The students got a cash prize of Rs.one lakh. The two-day event was held at the Mar Baselios College of Engineering and Technology. 

The winners said the idea for this project came after visiting a blind school Saksham Daksh in Noida. They said blind people were not able to 'read' digital content and have to either print on Braille paper which was expensive and cumbersome or 'listen' to the text using screen reading software. 

Read full article at Times of India

IIT Bombay campus leopard remains elusive

Richa Pinto,TNN | Jul 26, 2014, 10.32 AM IST

Witness Composite

MUMBAI: Forest department officials carried out search operations at mid night from 2am to 3.30am on Saturday in the metallurgical workshop of IIT Bombay where a leopard was spotted by the lab employees on July 23. Surprisngly, no leopard was found and the forest department officials handed over the workshop to the IIT authorities. 

The big cat turned out to be smarter and had managed to escape, forest officials said despite them trying to seal all possible exit points. However, the huge size of the workshop made it difficult for the officials to net the animal. Some exit points like broken windows of the workshop had not been netted which could have been used by the leopard to escape. 

"No leopard was found in the lab despite carrying out our search and combing operations at midnight. On Wednesday, two lab assistants from the neighboring lab spotted the big cat. Later, two staffers from the metallurgical workshop then sighted the leopard and immediately shut the entrance. By Wednesday noon, our rescue van reached the spot and since then we were waiting to trap the leopard," K D Thakare, deputy conservator of forest (territorial), Thane, said. 

Several strategies like sending in robots with night vision cameras and two forest personnel in a caged trolley proved unsuccessful to trap the leopard.

(Witness Composite created by PanIIT USA Newsletter team based on what we think the witnesses would have said)


IIT Kharagpur eyeing international status


PTI | Jul 28, 2014, 11.19 AM IST 


KHARAGPUR: Eyeing an improved international ranking, premier technology institute IIT-Kharagpur has started inviting foreign students, faculties and even Nobel laureates every year to its campus. 

The first International Summer and Winter Term (ISWT) at the IIT, which ended this month, had around 10 students from Australia and at least one international faculty in each of the 19 short-term courses. 

"In the winter season we are expecting around five students from a university in Tokyo. There will be at least 10 foreign teachers as well during that time," Siddhartha Mukhopadhyay, dean of alumni and international relations at IIT-Kgp, told PTI. 

Read full article at Times of India

ChapternewsChapters News


PanIIT Houston (IITAGH) Chapter President Pratish Kanani joins the PanIIT USA Board as the chapter Liaison

To hold the PanIIT USA Executive team accountable, we now have a chapter representative to the PanIIT USA Board.  The chapter representative will make the PanIIT USA Board aware of the Chapter's needs and hold the executive team accountable to deliver value added to the chapters.  We are lucky that after giving us a very successful global conference Pratish is volunteering his time to serve the Board.  He also is working on developing a formal process of chapter presidents selecting a chapter representative among them. 




IITAGH Celebrates Bowling With Soccer

by Pratish Kanani


Left to Right: Subra Balakrishnan, Dhruba Ghose, Vivek Kishore, Puneet Agrawal, Kush Tandon, Partha Chatterjee, Mohit Mehta, Witty Bindra, Sundy Srinivasan.
"If Brazil wearing their yellow jerseys gets yellow cards, can we expect Chile wearing red jerseys to get red cards?" joked Sundy Srinivasan at the 9th Annual IIT Alumni of Greater Houston Bowling event held at Main Event in Stafford on Saturday, June 28.


Everyone in attendance got to enjoy watching Brazil advance over Chile to the round of 16 while also having a fun day bowling.

IITAGH Bowling Registration Desk

The IIT Alumni of Greater Houston had a sold-out event with all 16 bowling lanes reserved.  With over 100 people in attendance, IITAGH continued on its success from the IIT 2013 Conference.

"We focus on three main areas," said Pratish Kanani, President of IITAGH.  "We help our members connect and have a number of events planned for that, we have events around professional development, and finally we have events that help us give back to our local community."


As Brazil battled Chile into overtime and then finally into penalty kicks, Partha Chatterjee shared, "I couldn't have asked for a better Saturday.  Brazil advanced and we got to experience a great game hanging out with friends just like we used to during our college days.  Just fantastic!"

Many of the women got to perfect their bowling technique and also support their favorite teams.


Left to Right: Subra Balakrishnan, Dhruba Ghose, Vivek Kishore, Puneet Agrawal, Kush Tandon, Partha Chatterjee, Mohit Mehta, Witty Bindra, Sundy Srinivasan.


With a never-ending supply of food, and the game presented on big screens throughout the facility, the soccer crazies watched the game in the separate viewing room, while others spent time bowling.  Aaggrim Sabharwal, one of the event organizers, handled out prizes for the Most Stylish Bowler, the Craziest Soccer Fanatic, and the Best Bowler.

Pratish Kanani announced, "Like IITAGH on Facebook and connect to us on LinkedIn.  Stay tuned for upcoming events. Now let's get back to the game. GO BRAZIL!"















upcomingeventsChapters Upcoming Events


Michigan IIT Alumni Association Upcoming Events


July 19 (Sat) -- "Picnic at the Hangar" with small planes & Aviation Enthusiasts (Venue: Canton regional airport) -- a great event for kids of all ages, 4 to 40 yrs (and 70 yrs too) to indulge their interest in checking out a few small airplanes, 101 on technical and how to go about joining a flying club, and possibly a few joy-rides for the kids and kids at heart. For this event, as you can imagine, a degree of planning is required for logistics, coordination with aviation organizations, volunteer-pilots/ offering rides etc.  Please RSVP   [At this time, we do not anticipate any fees associated with entry to the hangar and aviation-club area;  tbd - we "may" need some help organizing a potluck and/or may have a nominal fee, $5-10, to defray cost of picnic food]

Thank you to Lead Volunteer and pilot, airplane-owner, member of aviation enthusiasts organization, Sanjay Dhall, IITB '85- Hostel 8. 


Aug 9 (Sat) -- Family Picnic in the metro-Detroit area -- Venue- Plymouth, MI park (tentative) details to be announced later.  Thanks to Roorkee alumni (& Kamran Qadeer, IITR '86) for organizing this. 

OTHER EVENTS  -- to be scheduled

Discussion Forums on Careers & Professional Mentoring:
i) "Managing Transitions from Engineering to Management";  
ii) "Taking ownership for one's career"

iii) Technology trends/ automotive industry affinity groups


Discussion Forums on Family & Support Groups: 
i) "Raising families in Conflicting Cultures"  -- and the theme of support for families raising kids, teenagers, ... other

ii) "Sandwich generation, between the parents and the kids .... and a pond in between"

Want to conduct an event that you think may be of interest to IITans and their families? -- Contact Rajesh Radhakrishnan (rajeshrk88@iitbombay.org).  (as the guys at an office supplies co. advertise) "Hit the EASY button" -- Raise your hand, pick a date, offer a plan and tell us what help you need.



IIT Alumni Long Island Chapter Upcoming Event

IIT Alumni Long Island Chapter Cordially invites all IITians to

Annual Summer Picnic at

Syosset-Woodbury Community Park,
7800 Jericho Turnpike,

Woodbury, NY 11797

Saturday, July 19th 2014

11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Fully catered (bring cash only)
Children below 5 (Free)
Children between 5-15 ($ 10)

Adults ($20)



Please RSVP at the link below


Or, drop an email to one of the volunteers

Paresh Shah             516-998-5545            pareshmerkuri123@yahoo.com

Saurabh Bhargava     516-728-4662            bhargava.saurabh@gmail.com



paniitnews PanIIT USA News


IIT Alumni Linkedin Group reached 25000+ members 


IIT Alumni Linkedin Group is a forum for IIT alumni from sixteen campuses to share ideas. It has emerged as a very vibrant resource for our community. We are now 25500+ strong and growing. The group is a great way to connect with fellow IITans living in your area, working in your industry or from your batch. It is great resource to find employers, employees, contacts or customers via qualified introductions on an opt-in basis. The members are finding it as a great place to discuss their ideas or to promote their products. In this forum everyday fellow alumni are posting articles on topics such as career advancement, learning about new technologies, gaining new leadership skills, as well as global politics and life in general.

If you are not a member yet, please join the group at the following link and enjoy interacting with each other.


500+ members in IIT Women Alumni Linkedin subgroup


A couple of months ago IIT Women Alumni formed a Linkedin subgroup exclusively for IIT women alumni to provide a forum for not only networking discussions amongst the IIT women alumni, but also a platform for a) mentoring/support opportunities, b) proudly sharing the success stories of the IIT women alumni c) advertising/encouraging our IIT women to participate in high impact IIT Alumni related global events. At present IIT Women Alumni subgroup has 500+ members and is the fastest growing subgroup of IIT Alumni Linkedin group.


If you are not a member yet, please join the group at the following link and enjoy interacting with each other.


PanIIT USA President's Challenge for IIT Women Alumni Subgroup


Arjun Sen, our PanIIT USA president, has thrown us a challenge. Whichever IIT campus gets represented by more than 200 women alumni on the LinkedIn Subgroup by Aug 15th, will have their campus women's hostel treated to a special dinner, sponsored by PanIIT. We at PanIIT believe that we will all do this for our juniors back on campus!! And we can do it!


Here is the link to join the IIT Women Alumni Sungroup.



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IIT Alumni - Join us on LinkedIn


IIT Alumni Linkedin Group has emerged as a very vibrant resource for our community. We are now 25500+ strong and growing. The group is a great way to connect with fellow IITans living in your area, working in your industry or from your batch. It is great resource to find employers, employees, contacts or customers via qualified introductions on an opt-in basis. The members are finding it as a great place to discuss their ideas or to promote their products.


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