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Message From PanIIT USA President about upcoming elections

Dear fellow alumni,


As the term of the current Executive Committee for PanIIT USA is coming to an end, we are getting ready for nominations and elections for the 2014-15 Executive Committee.  Here are key dates for the election.


July  26:  Nomination closes

August : Candidate review and interviews by the selection committee

September  3: Presenting the nominations to be PanIIT Board and Elections

September 4: Announcing new Executive Committee to PanIIT members

October/November - Transition of the EC team

December 7: New EC team takes over at the Houston Conference (and presents their plan).



PanIIT USA is your organization, run by volunteers and is focused on adding value to IIT Alumni in North America.  With more campuses opening, our Alumni body is growing fast and it is critical we have high energy volunteers fill each of the roles.  So please consider volunteering for the role that you are interested in.  Also NOMINATE an alumni you know who will be perfect for a role.  PanIIT USA needs your involvement I am personally counting on each of you to help me to make this election process a success.



Here are the Executive Committee  positions for which we are seeking nominations.  


The new EC term will start at the 2013 Houston Global Conference, so the elections will be held in late Summer to allow sufficient time for a hand-off.


Elected EC (Board Members):

  • President - Leads the effort of the PanIIT USA Executive Committee
  • VP/Secretary - Coordinates the activities of the PanIIT USA Board and Executive Committee
  • Chapter Liaison - Represents the PanIIT chapters on the PanIIT USA Board and provides support to chapters


Nominated EC Members:

  • CFO - Manages the PanIIT USA finances and all required federal and state reporting requirements
  • Treasurer - Maintains the PanIIT USA financial accounts, files taxes, and maintains State of California incorporation status
  • Manager, Electronic Media - Coordinates the activities related to PanIIT USA electronic media
  • Manager, Website - Manages the IIT.org website
  • Manager, Social Media - Manages the PanIIT USA LinkedIn account
  • Manager, Newsletter - Manages the PanIIT USA newsletter
  • Manager, Branding - Leads the PanIIT USA branding initiatives
  • Manager, Alumni Services - Leads the PanIIT USA Alumni Services
  • Manager, Chapter Services - Coordinates the services and communications with the PanIIT USA chapters


The positions are open to all IIT Alumni residing in USA.  If you are interested in any of the positions or want to nominate anyone, please email me at newsletter@iit.org or President@iit.org.




Sid Chowdhary

President, PanIIT USA

Please send your interest to newsletter@iit.org or President@iit.org.
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IITian quits Hollywood to design lab in suitcase 


PTI May 12, 2013, 02.07PM IST

NEW DELHI: Village folk may soon have access to accurate medical diagnosis at their doorstep with a miniaturised pathological laboratory packed into a suitcase capable of conducting tests which could lead to early identification of many diseases.

Amit Bhatnagar, an alumnus of IIT-Roorkee who quit a plush job in Hollywood's famed Universal Studios, has designed a portable biochemistry laboraotry, which comes packed in a suitcase and can perform 23 crucial medical tests including for kidney, liver, heart, anaemia, diabetes and arthritis.

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IIT M Graduate featured in "Away from home: A journey through academia"


Every Wednesday, our 'Away from home' blog series features one Indian postdoc working in a foreign lab recounting his/her experience of working there, the triumphs and challenges, the cultural differences, what they miss about India, as well as some top tips for postdocs headed abroad. You can join in the online conversation using the #postdochat hashtag.

Today we feature Akhilesh Gaharwar. Akhilesh is currently a postdoctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University, and will be joining Texas A&M University, USA as an assistant professor a couple of months later. He tells us about his fascinating academic journey from an undergraduate student in India to a faculty in a leading US University. Akhilesh exemplifies two things - that hard work has no alternative and that you can never go wrong if you follow your heart.

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7 Most Successful Enterprises By IIT Graduates


Dhiraj Kacker and his business partner, Peeyush Rai, are passionate shutterbugs and so is their business venture, a tried and tested route from their hobby. Canvera.com, an online photography company provides mass customized products and e-commerce solutions for professionals. Both Rai and Kacker were together at IIT Bombay (1989-93)


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IIT Campuses

IIT Gandhinagar Director Highlights Social Contribution of IITs

The Indian Institutes of Technology play a vital role in India's social and economic development, IIT Gandhinagar Director Sudhir Jain said in a speech at the Consulate General of India in New York on May 15, 2013.

In a speech titled "Top to Bottom: The Role of IITs in Meeting India's Societal Needs," Prof Jain highlighted the many contributions of the IITs, including social activism and the philanthropic contributions of its successful alumni, as well as research projects implemented by rural development centers at IIT Kanpur, Delhi and Kharagpur that serve the economically underprivileged.

Prof Jain said: "IITs are among India's most elite institutions. Every year, nearly a half million of the country's best and brightest students vie for their 10,000 undergraduate seats. Thousands of IIT alums now occupy the highest rungs of the corporate ladders in India and abroad. But the IITs also play a critical role in India's social and economic development."

He pointed to several projects developed by IIT Gandhinagar students, such as an electronic cane and mobile apps for the blind, and an agarbatti machine to reduce workload and improve productivity of slum women.

Prof Jain, who is an internationally renowned expert on earthquake engineering and president elect of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering, also discussed the role his academic group at IIT Kanpur in the development of better design, construction methodologies and seismic codes for multistory buildings and training of thousands of structural engineers in the country. These practices have been widely adopted by construction engineers throughout India, which, he estimated, will save thousands of lives during earthquakes.

IIT Gandhinagar, he said, places special emphasis on developing social responsibility and awareness among its students and has implemented a novel curriculum, including a five-week immersion program, which among other areas also emphasizes values, ethics and social awareness. IIT Gandhinagar students mentor young girl students at a neighboring private school in Ahmedabad to motivate women to study engineering and IIT students, faculty and staff have developed educational programs for the children of construction workers. The institute has created a medical emergency fund for injured construction workers and offers educational grants to their children.

The institute has created a safety center to promote safety in the country, as nearly 150,000 people are killed and many more injured in accidents every year. It is also establishing an archaeology center and Sanskrit studies program to popularize traditional knowledge and the country's rich cultural heritage.

Prof. Jain said, "A social ethos undergrads IIT Gandhinagar's vision, mission, and values and imbues our many curricula, extra-curricula, research and policy initiatives."


IIT Delhi alumni write to PM against common entrance exam


The alumni association of the IIT or Indian Institute of Technology Delhi has written to the Prime Minister, attacking Education Minister Kapil Sibal over his one-nation one-exam policy. The association writes that "IITs are being destroyed by mindless tampering by people in the HRD (Human Resources Development ministry)." It also warns that decisions like forcing a common entrance exam for all engineering colleges not only affect the autonomy of IITs but its world-renowned brand as well.



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Bitten by the tourism bug - what happens when three enterprising travel enthusiasts join forces? Tourism gets simplified. Sanjay Goel  (alumnus of IIT Delhi), Vikas Rana and Karan Nahata got together and set up www.mustseeindia.com, a free trip-planning and travel-sharing application that makes it easy to travel across India, be it through research, planning, coordination or sharing. www.mustseeindia.com.




By Bibek Debroy  

Thursday May 16, 2013

Every year, the Time Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings are published. In the 2012-13 rankings, no Indian university figures in the top-200, though universities from developing countries (including China) figure in that category. With university interpreted in a broad sense, IIT-Kharagpur is at ranks 226-250, IIT-Bombay is at ranks 251-275 and IIT-Roorkee is at ranks 351-400. 


Read rest of article in Economic Times.  




By PTI | 15 May, 2013


NEW DELHI: Sixty leading scientists have voiced concern over safety of the 
Kudankulam nuclear power project and sought "renewed study" of safety issues by an independent panel of experts.  

In letters to Chief Ministers of Tamil Naduand Kerala, the 60 scientists--most of them serving in state-run institutions--have expressed doubts, "particularly with reference to possible sub-standard components" used in the plant. 

Copies of the letters have also been marked to the Prime Minister's Office and Secretary,Department of Atomic Energy. 

Read rest of article in  Economic Times.  





We are pleased to inform you that our senior alumnus H.R.Mohan (1976-BTME) who is currently Associate Vice President, Systems at The Hindll has been elected as Vice President cum President Elect of the Computer Society of India (CSI) for the year 2013-14.

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Recipes from IIT ready for Topo-ing

In honor of Waldy's


By Sanjiv Sinha

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.


Every campus has their favorite place to celebrate. This is where seniors would treat juniors, where the fortunate few would go on dates, and where job/schol/b-school entrance parties would happen.  IIT Madras had Waldorf aka Waldy's: a Chinese restaurant by the main gate. I remember it being spectacularly good from my visits. I am sure my IITM friends feel the same way. That view, is of course, is colored by nostalgia. Regardless of how good it really is, it has great memories associated with it. So with nostalgia in my back pocket and a wok in front of me, I give to you a quick and easy veggie noodle dish. This recipe, which is frequently my lunch is pretty easy to make.


A bit of history about this recipe first. I went to boarding school as a kid and a school run by Franciscans at that. Saint Francis of Assisi, whose code these folks live by, was an Italian mendicant saint who lived frugally and helped mankind. Unfortunately for us poor students, this philosophy made its way to the food that was served in our dining hall as well. It really was pretty bad. Tasteless and sometimes undercooked, it needed all the help it could get from condiments that we could throw at it (think pickles and jams) to make it somewhat palatable. NOTE: I am told by reliable sources that went to boarding schools in other parts of the world that food is uniformly bad at such places and that Franciscan boarding schools cannot claim exclusivity for providing such privilege.


Well, once a week, we would get a break from the routine and we could leave the school to go to local market to buy school supplies, books, whatever else we needed and yes, to eat. Now, you have to understand that this school was in Lucknow, one of the major foodie centers in India (the place where the Dum Pukht style of cooking was invented), so the options available to us were amazing. There were kababs and biryani, chaat and dosa, and of course, Indian Chinese. One of my fondest memories is eating Chow Mein, as the noodle dish was called. Chicken Chow Mein cost five rupees at that time (about $0.10) so it was well within the reach of our pocket money. And it was good.


The recipe is approximate since I end up using whatever I can lay my hands on. So experiment and enjoy.



1 tsp cooking oil

1/4 onion - sliced

1 tsp minced garlic

4 oz hard tofu cut into small half inch cubes

1 yellow zucchini - diced into small half inch pieces

1/4 broccoli head - cut into small bite sized pieces

1 medium carrot - peeled and diced into small half inch pieces

1 Tbsp rice vinegar

1 Tbsp soy sauce

1 1/2 Tbsp Hoisin sauce

1 tsp of Sriracha aka Rooster Sauce - because it makes everything better

Black pepper

Five spice powder


1 "square" of egg noodles -cooked according to instructions (you would use the same amount of noodles as a single serving of Ramen noodles)

1/4 cup roasted peanuts


NOTE: The key to cooking this is what is key to any kind of wok cooking - high heat and frequent stirring. You want the veggies to sear, but remain crunchy.

1. On high heat, heat the oil in a wok.

2. Add the onion and garlic and cook till the onion starts to brown.

3. Add the tofu and the veggies and cook till they sear. Make sure you are moving stuff around otherwise it will burn.

4. Add the vinegar, soy, Hoisin and Rooster sauce. Add mix it up. TIP: The sauces should be added last and not left in the cooking for very long. Prolonged cooking with the sauces will make the veggies soft.

5. Add a bit of the pepper, five spice powder and salt to taste.

6. Add the noodles and peanuts and mix well. Cook till they are heated through.

7. Serve immediately.


 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 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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