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Sugata Mitra

Indian Educator Sugata Mitra Wins $1M TED Prize


Sugata Mitra, an educator and physicist famous for his "hole in the wall" experiment, has won the 2013 TED Prize and $1 million.


The annual award provides an "exceptional individual" the opportunity to "conceive and launch a high-impact project." Read More.

Dr. Biren Prasad
IIT Alumnus Receives The Orange County Engineering Council (OCEC), Distinguished Engineering Merit Award

Dr. Biren Prasad (aka Brian) - an IIT alumni (Ph.D., 1977), who is working at Parker Aerospace in Irvine, CA has been awarded the Distinguished OCEC Engineering Merit Award for 2013. Distinguished Engineering Merit Award is given annually by OCEC to an individual who has achieved significant expertise in a particular field or area of engineering or science. Read More.

Sundar Pichai
Meet Sundar Pichai, the new head of Android

Sundar Pichai began his journey with Google in the year 2004 largely involved in product management and leading the innovation team for Google's Chrome and Chrome OS as the Vice President of Product Management of the company. Read More.


IIT Bombay Alumni, Shailesh Gandhi leads petition in change.org
Sailesh Gandhi is leading a petitionin change.org.  It is targeted towards the speaker of the Mumbai Assembly. And governor of Mumbai. "Political parties in Maharashtra: Dismiss all MLAs who participated in thrashing Police SI Suryavanshi" on Change.org.  Here is the link to the petition:
IIT Campuses

4 Indian universities in world's top 100

Harvard University and Stanford University were ranked in the first and second positions respectively.
While India missed a place in the top 200 list of both the QS World University Rankings and the Times Higher Education rankings for the year 2012, 4 universities have made it to the YouthInc Global Business School Rankings 2013. Read More.


IIT-K announces Distinguished Alumnus Awardees and Satyendra K Dubey Memorial Awardee of the year 2012-2013


Distinguished Alumnus Awards (DAA) are given to alumni for their exemplary achievements in their area of work. Similarly the Satyendra K Dubey (SKD) Memorial Award, instituted in the memory of Mr. Satyendra K. Dubey (BT/CE/1994/IITK) is given for exemplary service and displaying highest professional integrity for upholding human values to an alumnus from any of the IITs.

From among a total of 64 nominations that were considered for the DAA and 44 for the Satyendra K Dubey Award, the following are the recipients of these awards for this year.

We congratulate them on the distinction conferred on them, and extend them our best wishes for many more laurels in the future.


[A]. Distinguished Alumnus Award (2012-13)

1. Dr. Kamal K Sharma (BT/CHE/69) Managing Director, Lupin Limited, Mumbai for Outstanding Managerial Career and contributions to the pharmaceutical industry.

2. Mr. Bhadersh K Shah (BT/MSE/75) Executive Director, Ahmedabad Induction Alloys (AIA) Engineering Ltd for excellence in Entrepreneurship.

3. Prof. Keshav Pingali (BT/EE/78) W.A.'Tex' Moncrief Chair of Grid and Distributed Computing and Professor, Computer Science, University of Texas, Austin for his outstanding and seminal Contributions in the field of Computer Science and Engineering

4. Prof. Sumant Nigam (MSC5/PHY/79) Professor of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, University of Maryland for his outstanding contributions and academic achievements in the area of atmospheric and ocean sciences.

5. Mr. Naveen Tewari (BT/ME/00) CEO and Founder, InMobi Inc., for his excellence in Entrepreneurship.

6. Mr. Amit Gupta (BT/EE/00) Co-Founder & VP of Revenue & Operations, InMobi Inc., for his excellence in Entrepreneurship.

7. Mr. Abhay Singhal (BT/EE/01) Co-founder, VP of Global Sales & MD EMEA, InMobi Inc., for his excellence in Entrepreneurship.


[B]. Satyendra K Dubey Memorial Award (2011-12)

Prof. Trilochan Sastry (BT/IITD/80) Professor of Quantitative Methods & Information Systems, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore for his contributions to bringing about transparency in public life.

A brief profile of the awardees will be uploaded at the Alumni Association website shortly.



IIT-K announces Distinguished Alumnus Awardees and the Satyendra K Dubey Memorial Awardee of the year 2012-2013


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D.B. Gupta, IIT-K ALumni founder of Lupin Ltd. (LUPN.BO) May Spend Up to $1 Billion to Buy Brands in the U.S



Lupin Ltd. (LPC), the drugmaker founded by Indian billionaire Desh Bandhu Gupta (IIT-K ALumni), is seeking to acquire brands in the U.S. to expand its most profitable business, and may spend as much as $1 billion on a deal. Lupin may buy a pediatric brand in the U.S. as well as a company that makes generic products such as oral contraceptives in Brazil, Managing Director Kamal Sharma said in an interview in Mumbai. Read More






Gunjan Bagla, receives 2013 Community Service Award from South Asian Studies Association


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Los Angeles, CA March 21, 2013

The South Asian Studies Association (SASA www.www.sasia2.org)presented its 2013 Community Service Award to Gunjan Bagla, Managing Director of Amritt for his role in promoting US-India relations and supporting the cause of SASA.

SASA President Dr. Bill Vanderbok presented the award which reads "For his steadfast counsel, guidance, support and generosity to SASA and all of our activities reaching back to the very first conference at Loyola Marymount University in 2007 and continuing forward to this day and into the future."

The Award was presented at the March meeting of The Indus Entrepreneur, in Cerritos, California. SASA Board Member Dr. Deepak Shimkhada and  previous awardees Dr. Dhiren Mehta and Mr. Navneet Chugh were in attendance as was the His Excellency the Consul-General of India, Ambassador N. Parthasarthi.






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Rabiz Foda, an alumnus of IIT Bombay spearheads in raising the profile of  IITs in Canada




TORONTO (NEWS): Canada may have just over 1,500 IITians - a tiny fraction of the 60,000-plus settled in the US, but they have made a huge contribution to this country. Read more



Forget glasses, the smartphone of the future will be your earphones! 


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By Yash Mahendra


The smartphone is arguably the greatest innovation of our times. Its versatile 'form' (mobile bar phone with a touchscreen) has created a proliferation of 'functions' that has and continues to shock and surprise us. This causality between form and function is motivating designers to further enhance the smartphone's form in an attempt to enable even more functionality.

A good example of an attempt in this direction is Google's Glass project whose primary aim is to make the smartphone a completely hands-free experience. A much better example of such an attempt, however, is a work-in-progress project called the 'aural smartphone'.

The aural smartphone goes beyond making the smartphone a hands-free experience. It embaks on the much more ambitious project of making the smartphone an 'eye-free experience'. In other words, it tries to tackle the biggest impediment to smartphone utility - constant visual engagement.

Step out into your typical busy downtown street and you can experience the familiar sight of individuals walking to offices, buying the newspaper or ordering coffee all while being constantly fixated on their smartphone screens. This constant visual engagement is undesirable in many ways.

It makes smartphone usage relatively unsafe outdoors. There have been innumerable slips, trips and falls due to smartphones. At construction sites, manufacturing plants and logistics yards, these have led to accidents causing loss of several personnel hours.

It brings down smartphone utility at many places where it's needed most. Driving through an unfamiliar area, you might want to navigate, discover traffic conditions ahead, find a gas station or a good caf� to ward off highway slumber. Needless to say that smartphone usage during driving is one of the riskiest behaviors one can indulge in.

It degrades the quality of casual social encounters. The walk to the break room in the days of yore was accompanied by several 'Hi's and 'Hello's to colleagues. The accumulation of many such interactions would lead to better camaraderie at the workplace, would often start a friendship or even spark a romance! Our smartphone addiction has sadly put an end to these desirable outcomes.

To address these challenges, interaction designers are conceptualizing the 'aural smartphone'. This smartphone will replace visual engagement with aural engagement. The concept leverages the cognitive ability of human beings to better multitask while being aurally engaged. (In fact some kinds of aural engagement, like listening to Mozart, is said to enhance concentration on the task at hand.)

Now, the aural smartphone is not be confused with a hyper sensitive Siri (or its android equivalent). There is no doubt that the voice recognition capabilities of an 'aural smartphone' will be very advanced but its capabilities go way beyond the domain of voice and into the domain of sound. The aural smartphone will leverage unique human attributes regarding the perception of sound to enable us to do aurally, what we think we can do only visually.

Consider an example. You are driving through the unfamiliar streets of a Boston suburb at night. Your navigation app asks you to 'turn right in 100 ft'. You can see two right turns in quick succession. You do not know how much 100 ft exactly is. You look at the two turns, then look back into the navigation app, perhaps you try to look for the name of the street or try to trace the green itinerary on the map view of your app. So much visual distraction! In the aural world, the navigator starts beeping softly as you get close to your designated turn and increases the pitch of the beeping as you get closer to the turn. When you're right next to your turn the beeping hits a high and you know exactly where to turn. In time, you learn to sync your turns with the steady rise in frequency.

As another example, the aural smartphone leverages the Doppler's effect in sound, to communicate the speed of moving objects. So you 'hear' when you've crossed the speed limit without checking your speed constantly at the speedometer against the speed limit display on your navigation app or on signs on the road.

Similarly, many everyday smartphone applications like communicating the urgency of a to-do item or the immediacy of a meeting starting in the next five minutes can be done aurally without any difficulty.

These applications are just the tip of the iceberg. Advanced applications including leveraging the sense of motion created by switching sound between the ears, using gestures like head movements and shakes as well as ear-popping are being explored as we speak.

An analogy might help draw out the contrast here. If you look at the smartphone as your constant tech buddy, its visual avatar is like a persistently nagging companion always vying for more attention. Its aural avatar, however, is a supportive friend who's always there to whisper comforting words in your ear!



Nostalgic Campus Recipes Ready For Topo-Ing 

The Chedi Management School - A lesson in customer involvement aka How to make a Jassi Burger




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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 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 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 12-16 kababs)

1/2 cup Chana dal (Yellow Split Peas)

1 medium potato

1 1/2 cup water

Cooking Oil

1/2 onion finely chopped

8 oz Morningstar Veggie Crumbles (or cooked real minced meat)

1 tsp minced ginger

1/2 tsp minced garlic

1/2 Tbsp Shan Shami Kabab Mix (go easy on this stuff, it is STRONG)

Salt to taste


1. Pressure cook the Chana Dal, 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. Chop the onion, garlic and ginger.

3. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a frying pan.

4. Add onion to hot oil till it was transparent. I used moderate heat because I did not want caramelized onions.

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

6. Add ginger and garlic and mix it together

7. Add the Shan Shami Kabab mix.

8. Add the potato/dal mix and mix everything together. 9. Add a little water and cover the pan.

10. Let the mix cook for about 6-7 minutes.

11. Let it cool and adjust the seasoning.

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

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


 IIT 2013 Global Conference



We are pleased to announce the confirmed dignitaries for the conference

IIT 2013 conference, to be held in Houston December 6-8, 2013, has announced the initial list of confirmed dignitaries - Annise Parker, Blake Irving, Mark Warner, Jeet Bindra and Naveen Jain. The conference has sent out invitations and is following up with Elon Musk, Melinda Gates, Amitabh Bachchan, and Ratan Tata. IIT 2013 had a great kickoff with the PanIIT leadership team and based on their feedback, we look forward to hosting a successful event.


Conference registration is off to a huge start with 425+ registrations to date.  We have 75 remaining spots at our Early Bird II rates available for the first 500 registrants. Please register at http://iit2013.org/register-now/


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IIT Events


Capital IIT presents: 
Entrepreneurship Council at the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce.

When:Friday, April 12, 2013, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM Where: Wolf Trap Center for Education, 1645 Trap Road. Vienna, Virginia 22182



PanIIT USA applauds Senator Warner (D, VA) and Senator Moran (R, KS) on passing of the bipartisan bill called 'Startup Act 3.0"


PanIIT USA, representing over 60,000 IIT alumni in the USA, hails the bipartisan bill whose goal is to facilitate visas to foreign-born founders who raise $100,000 for new ventures that hire at least two employees within a year and at least five in the following three years.


PanIIT USA President, Mr. Sid Chowdhary, states - "IIT graduates has been honored by the US House of Representatives (HR 227) for our contributions to economic growth and innovations in the US, and this bill allows our Alumni, who may not be residents or citizens of the US, to also contribute to our economic growth. Additionally, the new STEM visa which allows IIT alumni, who graduate with a master's or Ph.D. from an US University, to receive a green card can have a huge impact in allowing them to stay in the US and using their talent and ideas can fuel growth and create American jobs."


Chowdhary is helping launch an Entrepreneurship Council at the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce.  This is  a newly formed council to showcase, promote and encourage entrepreneurship in one of the fastest growing counties in the United States with among the highest per capita incomes. This county along with the surrounding National Capital Region has over 1000+ IIT alumni many of whom are entrepreneurs, academicians or Senior executives/CXOs in  government and private industry. The council has one of strongest business advocacy programs in the US. Senator Warner will provide the Keynote to launch this initiative on April 12, 2013 and talk about the impact of the Startup Act 3.0.


The event being organized by Sid for the Chamber will be promoted by Capital IIT in a reciprocal arrangement. Suresh Shenoy, PanIIT USA Board Member said, "With Chowdhary  as an exemplary IIT alumnus, President of PanIIT and community leader and having Sen. Warner keynoting the kick-off event, will undoubtedly add luster to the IIT alumni brand!  This is precisely the type of programming that helps our organization to establish a thought leadership". "


This is a free event and we would like to see a strong representation from CapIIT to show our support for Sen Warner and also to reflect that Indian-American contributions to Northern Virginia's economy....


Press Release for this event:  http://www.fairfaxchamber.org/index.php?src=news&refno=660&category=Chamber+Press+Release&prid=660


Link to register: http://www.cvent.com/events/nova-entrepreneurs-3-0/event-summary-883ae2c0d24b461a8e8e57b96edbca29.aspx


For our alumni who live outside of the DC region and cannot attend the Entrepreneurship Kick-Off in April, they will get the chance to hear from Senator Warner at our 2013 Global Conference to be held in Houston on December 6-8, 2013.




IIT Alumni - Join us on LinkedIn


IIT Alumni Linkedin Group has emerged as a very vibrant resource for our community. We are now 21400+ 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.

Recently, the whole IIT community came together to support IIT Bombay Heritage Fund for a noble goal of securing donation worth $10K from Chase Community Giving contest, where engaging fellow IITians through Linkedin played a key role.  Congratulations IIT Bombay Heritage FundThank you all who should IIT Tempo and voted.  


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