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        iit Alumni Newsletter October, 2013      







Top 3 reasons as to why you should be part of IIT 2013 Global Conference
(see details: http://iit2013.org/)
1. Its incredible, world-class program content (Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, President Vicente Fox of Mexico and 68 other speakers), or
2. Its Saturday entertainment line-up (Gene Kranz, Usha Uthup, Dan Nainan, Plated Dinner/$100 per person)
3. Meeting Miss America (Nina Davuluri) in person,
What are you waiting for? Over 48 hours of fun and funds with friends, over 70 speakers and thought-leaders, over 35 sponsors supporting the conference are some of the parameters defining this conferece. 
Please register now at: http://iit2013.org/register-now/  
See you in Houston and be part of an incredible three days of fun and funds with friends! 
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Over $208,000 raised at the 3rd IIT BHU Global Alumni Meet, Somerset, NJ 



Left to Right: Vish Narayanan, President IBGAA, Mrs. Rita Kapoor, and Prof. A. K. Kapoor lighting the lamp

The IIT BHU Global Alumni Association (IBGAA) held its third Global Alumni Meet at the DoubleTree Hotel in Somerset, New Jersey on September 21, 2013. Theme for the Meet was "A Journey of Excellence at IIT BHU".  Over 300 people attended the Meet.


1). http://eastcoast2013.iitbhuglobal.org/

2). http://eastcoast2013.iitbhuglobal.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2013/09/2013-IBGAA-Meet-Souvenir.pdf

3). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6zNZ3II39A


The 4th IIT BHU Global Meet is planned for the Chicago area on September 20, 2014.


About IBGAA:

The IIT BHU Global Alumni Association (IBGAA) was established in 2008. It is a 501 (c) (3) charitable and educational organization registered in New Jersey. Its mission is to act as a link between the Institute, alumni, students, faculty, and staff. The IBGAA raises funds to execute alumni projects to benefit the Institute, students, faculty, and staff. It also endeavors to enhance the IIT BHU brand globally.



Vish Narayanan                                                                         Dr. Manu Vora

President, IBGAA                                                                       Chair, IIT BHU Global Giving Campaign

2013 Meet Organizing Committee                                            Chair, 2014 Meet Organizing Committee

vish.narayanan@gmail.com                                                       manuvora@b-einc.com

248-318-3548                                                                          630-548-5531



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IIT-Kanpur opens office in New York

Kanpur: With an aim to hunt for qualified and capable faculty abroad, IIT-Kanpur has set up an office in New York with alumnus Sanjeev Khosla designated as the overseas brand ambassador of the institute.

The office will also try to amass funds through the alumni based there, IIT-Kanpur Director Indranil Manna said.
The office will help in connecting foreign faculty with IIT-K. More than a dozen teachers teaching in foreign institutions have expressed an interest in associating with IIT-K, Mr Manna said.
Also, ex-IITians posted at good positions in various American cities are willing to help IIT-K. They are also collecting funds to do the same, he said. They are also in talks with international level technical educational institutes and universities for research and other issues. A system to invite the students and faculty of foreign institutes to IIT-K is also being formulated, he added. Sanjeev Khosla has been associated with many educational institutions. His tenure is for three years, having commenced on September 1, 2013. He will act as a link between IIT-K, the alumni of the institute who are living abroad and foreign educational institutions, Mr Manna said.


The office on 62, William Street is on lease for five years, he said.


Read Full Article at http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/iit-kanpur-opens-office-in-new-york-422522


IIT Madras Builds Sustainable houses at Rs 6 lakh



The six- lakh home from IIT Madras


Chennai: Devdas Menon, Professor in Department of Civil Engineering - IIT Madras, explains how they came about building a flat that could create affordable housing for masses. 

India has a severe housing shortage problem, which is well known. In particular, there is a need to address the shelter needs of the lower income groups and their aspirations. The challenge is to make these aspirations a reality, by providing for an affordable solution. Ideally, the solution should be scalable - to reach the masses - and should be quickly built, and at the same time addresses issues of sustainability and quality. Clearly, we need a 'game changer' in the housing industry. (In pics: the six- lakh home from IIT Madras)  


Read Full Article at http://www.ndtv.com/article/south/blog-how-iit-madras-built-a-flat-for-6-5-lakhs-376763




 Hoobastank band mesmerised the crowd at IIT Delhi annual fest


Vocalist: Douglas Robb


The first day of the IIT Delhi annual fest was as grand as was promised, with people trying to enter even after the main performance had ended.

The amphitheatre was jam-packed with students climbing trees and scaling the boundary walls because, like they said here, 'This was an experience you couldn't afford to miss'. The crowd kept chanting for the band Hoobastank during the earlier performances also, but when asked about their favourite Hoobastank song, other than The Reason, everyone was clueless. A quiz that the emcees conducted during set-up also had to be stopped midway because, well, no one had the answers!


Read Full Article at http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-10-20/music-events/43200597_1_dan-estrin-hoobastank-iit-delhi





IIT-Bombay starts a new school for urban science



MUMBAI: A new Centre for Urban Science and Engineering (C-USE) was inaugurated on Monday by Prithviraj Chavan, chief minister of Maharashtra at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) campus. Speaking on the occasion, Chavan, remarked, "Rapid urbanization has lead to a plethora of challenges and problems. One of the issues faced by future urban cities would be how to design policies for urban planning taking into account science, technology, social, pscyhological, environmental, financial and other aspects into consideration. A Centre like C-USE can play a pivotal role in this regard."

Appreciating the establishment of this Centre at IIT Bombay, he also urged the brains behind C-USE to, "Create manpower and train people in modern town planning, devise a livable index and parameters of living and offer better technological solutions for solid waste management and waste water treatment, among others." 


Read full article at http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/education/news/IIT-Bombay-starts-a-new-school-for-urban-science/articleshow/23317467.cms  







Celebrating the success of IIT alumni extended family in Bollywood! 





Pallavi Sharda (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pallavi_Sharda) who is in the lead role against Ranbir Kapoor in the recently released bollywood movie Besharam is the daughter of 
Dr. Nalin Sharda (1974 batch, IIT Delhi) who is currently Associate Professor at Victoria University, Melbourne. 

Many congratulations to the Sharda family. 




IIT Campuses

 IIT-JEE 2013: Govt may modify admission norms


The government may modify the admission norms for IIT-JEE  and propose an alternative criterion of minimum 75% marks in the school-leaving examination.

According to official sources, the human resource development ministry reviewed the system on August 14 in the presence of officials from the IITs and CBSE.

It has now asked the IITs to take up the matter in the Joint Admission Board, the apex admissions body of the IITs.

According to the current eligibility, students should be in the top 20 percentile of their Class 12 boards in order to be admitted to an IIT.

It is tougher for CBSE students to be in the top 20 percentile.

 It is compulsory for candidates who have appeared in the 12th board exam in 2012 to have 60% marks (55% for SC/ST/PD candidates) to secure seats in IITs.

 Top 20 percentile rule will be applicable for those reappearing for the 2013 12th board exam (to improve their marks), if they use their 2013 exam results to apply for the JEE.

Students who plan to use their 2012 results will be selected only on basis of the 60% eligibility rule. This will be a one-time exception

For foreign students, the CBSE 20 percentile cut-off will be considered as the eligibility criteria.



IIT-Kharagpur whizkids in robo-cup
KOLKATA: You had heard of human soccer players participating in various leagues. Robot soccer players are not far behind. Students of IIT Kharagpur have been developing robot soccer players that are participating in FIRA - the world's most prestigious robo-soccer championship - inKuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The championship that started on August 21 will be on till August 29.
A team of 40 students from the institute - KGP Cubs - has gone to Kuala Lumpur to take part in the championship. Of the 36 robber soccer teams from tech schools across the world, the only two teams from India that have been selected to participate in the FIRA championship are IIT-Kgp and IIT Madras


An Invitation from India-IIT Ropar


IIT  Ropar is one of the eight new IITs set up by the Government of India. The Institute is committed to providing state of the art technical and scientific education. However, the efforts of the state need societal support. It is widely acknowledged that non resident Indians have facilitated the development of educational Institutes in India.  It is in this context, we seek your assistance and partnership in making IIT Ropar a world class Institute. Please come and visit us and assist us to become Punjab's premier institute. We are only 45 km from Chandigarh and 270 km from Delhi.



Please contact me to assist you plan your trip to IIT Ropar


Dr. Rajyashree KHushu-Lahiri

Convener, Corpus Fund Raising Committee

IIT Ropar, Punjab-140001




Email: rajyashree@iitrpr.ac.in or rajyashreek@gmail.com

Phone: 91-1881-242219

Mobile: 91-9878372606

Click on http://www.iitrpr.ac.in/Invitation.pdf to see full invite



IIT-Hyderabad tops in research among new institutes 


The Indian Institute of Technology here has taken the lead among the eight new IITs in quality of research.

Equipped with strong research facilities, IIT-H has been rated nine on the h-index along with IIT Ropar, while the other six IITs in Patna, Indore, Mandi, Jodhpur, Gandhinagar and Bhubaneshwar were rated in the band of two and five. This was revealed in a recent journal citation assessment commissioned by the new IITs.

The h-index, named after Argentine-American physicist Jorge E. Hirsch, measures the impact of a scientific research publication of an institution or an individual researcher based on the number of citations per publication.

The assessment revealed that research from IIT-H had been cited 535 times compared to 362 for IIT Ropar. The figures for most other new IITs are in just two digits.


Read full article at http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/iithyderabad-tops-in-research-among-new-institutes/article5278775.ece 


IIT-Gn hosts 'Amalthea 2013'
Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGn) hosted a two-day summit 'Amalthea 2013'. Dr Kazutaka Kurihara, who
invented a device called 'SpeechJammer,' which disrupts a person's speech from distance, presided over the final day of the
summit. During the event, chief scientist and research director at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),
Dr Kamlesh Lulla, advised the young engineers to think interdisciplinary to become an engineer.
Sweden India Nobel Quiz organised
The Sweden India Nobel Memorial Quiz was organised at PDPU Gandhinagar on Sunday, where the Ahmedabad round was
won by Kanika Agarwal. Quiz master Aditya Nath Mubayi hosted the regional round, where the participation was open for all
college teams. The team consisting of Kanika, Anshul Kharbanda and Vaibhav Kaushik will now compete for the national title
at the grand finale in New Delhi on November 16. The Inter-Collegiate quiz competition is organised every year as a part of the
Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week, which celebrates the spirit of the Swedish innovator, entrepreneur & philanthropist Alfred

Source: http://www.iitgn.ac.in




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Roorkee www.iitraana.net www.facebook.com/pages/IIT-Roorkee/110723692284452www.iitraana.net/newsletter
Varanasi  www.itbhuglobal.orgwww.facebook.com/IITBHUChroniclewww.itbhuglobal.org/chronicle/
Guwahati  iitgalumni.org www.facebook.com/groups/iitg.alumniconnect/www.iitg.ac.in/aa/Alumni_Newsletter.htm
Gandhinagar www.iitgn.ac.in www.facebook.com/pages/IIT-Gandhinagar/139092996158047 www.iitgn.ac.in/iit-newsletter.htm
Hyderabadwww.iith.ac.in. https://www.facebook.com/iithyderabad 

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IIT Chapters

Bombay delegation in Research Triangle in Carolina  

 On October 23rd, it was a pleasure to receive the Bombay delegation in Research Triangle. Thanks to Dr. Jagdish Narayan of IIT-K who hosted th

em at North Carolina State University.  

In Dr. Majumdar's words, "Both the technical presentation and interaction session and the visit to the John Hunt Library were very informative and enjoyable."

The presence of delegation stirred quite some interest in the Carolinas' community. Let us hope the momentum continues.

Purnima Gupta

IITR BArch 68

A committed alumna







Encl pic: From left to right: Dr Abhijit Rangnekar (IITG), ---, Purnima Gupta (IITR), Dr Srinivasa Rao Singamaneni, Prof Prasanna M Mujumdar (IITB), Sandhyarani Punugupati, Dr Sudhakar Nori (IITK), Prof Jagdish Narayan (IITK), ---, Prof Hari S Pandalai (IITB)


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IIT Events

International Conference on Emerging Materials and Applications at IIT Roorkee


Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Saharanpur Campus 
April 5th and 6th, 2014. 






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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