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Obama Appoints IIT Bombay Alumnus Wadhwani to Key Administration Post  

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The White House announced the appointment of Romesh Wadhwani, a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Bombay, as a General Trustee of the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 

In a communique announcing the appointment of Wadhwani and nine others, including Caroline Kennedy, President Barack Obama said, "These dedicated men and women bring a wealth of experience and talent to their new roles and I am proud to have them serve in this Administration. I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come."  

Wadhwani is actively involved in Kennedy Center initiatives, having served as Co-Chair of the Maximum India Festival in 2011 and as a supporter of the 2010 Honors Gala.  

Wadhwani is the founder, Chairman, and CEO of Symphony Technology Group and was previously the founder, Chairman, and CEO of several software and IT companies, including Aspect Development, Inc. Read More.   

Senate Candidate Kaine Taps into IIT Talent for Ways to Strengthen US Economy


Former Virginia governor Tim Kaine, a Democratic candidate for the US Senate race, recently attended a morning economic roundtable discussion with Indian American business leaders in Northern Virginia as part of his campaign and stressed the need to develop the world's most talented workforce through smart investments and reforms in education, workforce training, and immigration. 

Commenting on the meeting with Kaine, Suresh Shenoy, a member of the Capital IIT leadership team and Executive Vice President of IMC in Reston, Virginia, said, "It was most encouraging to see Governor Kaine reach out to the Indian community represented by members of the Capital IIT Alumni Association, TiE-DC, Indian American Political Forum and others." Read More.

Cockrell School Names New Director for Center for Transportation  
Chandra Bhat has been named director of the Center for Transportation Research (CTR) at The University of Texas at Austin. 


Bhat, a professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering, assumed the role of director on Sept.1. He is the fourth director in the history of the center, which was founded in 1963.


CTR is a nationally recognized research organization focusing on transportation research, education, workforce development and technology commercialization. The center brings in approximately $15 million in research funding annually, develops numerous safety innovations, and influences transportation policy on the state and national level. Read More.       
Guru Funda

A PanIIT Exclusive

Five things I have learned at IIT Kharagpur

By Arjun Malhotra

ABOUT ARJUN MALHOTRA: A pioneer of the Indian IT industry, Arjun Malhotra has over 42 years of experience in the Technology and IT space with both Private and Public companies. Arjun was most recently Chairman and CEO of Headstrong where he led the turnaround and rejuvenation of that business. Under Arjun's leadership, Headstrong became the leader in consulting to the financial markets and was sold in 2011 to Genpact for over $500m.

Before Headstrong, Arjun was a co-Founder and Vice Chairman of the HCL group for 23 years where he looked after their operations and new initiatives. He and the founding team grew this business from a six person "garage operation" to one of India's largest Information Technology corporations that today has over 90,000 employees and a market cap of over $8b. 

Arjun started his career as a Senior Management Trainee at DCM in Delhi, India and was a key member of DCM Data Products that pioneered the digital electronics business in India. He studied at the Doon School, Dehradun, and at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur. He graduated from IIT with a Bachelor of Technology (Honors) in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering and received the Dr. B C Roy Gold Medal. IIT Kharagpur conferred on him a Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) in September 2012. 
  1. The first thing I learnt at IIT was how to work and survive with people who are smarter than me. I think everyone who comes to IIT suddenly discovers he or she is among a group of people who have topped from their schools around the country. It is a shock and you have to get used to a different level of academic competition. I think surviving and working with some of these brilliant folks was my first and biggest learning at IIT.  
  2. Work smart and work hard. I learnt to work hard. Without that I was not going to survive at IIT. But just working hard was never going to be enough. I learnt to work smart. Sometimes to do the minimum that was needed to get through a test or a practical and sometimes learning as much as I could about a subject so that you were a minor "guru" in that.
  3. How to be friends and work together at the same time. Friends at IIT are for life. Even through the competitive environment I was able to make real friends. Friends who are with you for life. Friends for whom I would never change no matter what my or their circumstances. As I say times change friends do not. When you are in IIT you compete with these friends and you stay friends at the same time. That is a lesson I learnt and use every day in my working life. My work colleagues are my friends but we do have a structure and a hierarchy and we are happy to work together. One of the great lessons from my days at IIT Kharagpur.    
  4. Look at the big picture. While we all solve problems and equations at IIT ( and any engineering college), I found that talking to friends and especially IITians from other engineering and science disciplines in my hall 9 or outside) you got to see the problem in a more  holistic way. Fellow hostelers talked about Theology, about Politics, about psychology, about the environment. They quoted Kant, Freud, Marx, Ayn Rand and more. Suddenly you saw your problem in a more complete way or maybe you saw the whole problem? Whatever you saw it was a bigger picture and that has helped me look at solutions to these problems in a more holistic way.
  5. PJs and humor handle most tough interpersonal situations. At IIT we have a number of occasions where misunderstandings and/or words spoken in anger can create some pretty difficult situations. I learnt there that a little humor often breaks the ice and allows a dialogue that addresses the issues and clears up the misunderstandings. I use that every day in my personal and working life and I cannot tell you how effective it has been in allowing me to minimize the stress of living with interpersonal issues that all of us face every day. 
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Aditi Mukherji wins first Norman Borlaug Award for field research and application

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 Dr. Aditi Mukherji is the first recipient of the new Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, Endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation. The annual award will recognize researchers under 40 in the early stages of their work who emulate the scientific innovation and dedication demonstrated by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug. 

A young Indian social scientist whose research on groundwater resources in agriculture led to major policy changes benefiting thousands of farmers in West Bengal was named the first recipient of the "Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, Endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation."


At the request of the World Food Prize Foundation, the announcement was made during the prestigious Stockholm World Water Week in Sweden that Dr. Aditi Mukherji, a senior researcher at the International Water Management Institute's New Delhi office, has been named the winner of the new award. Read more.




Visually challenged student bags top honours at IIT Kharagpur

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He could not solve a mathematical problem on a piece of paper because of his visual impairment. 

But, this did not dampen Pratish Datta's love for mathematics, or his zeal for pursuing a career in mathematical research. Not only was he able to do complex mathematical calculations but he scored the highest grade among all M.Sc. students this year. 


Mr. Datta was awarded the Professor Jagadish Chandra Bose Memorial Gold Medal for the best academic performance among the outgoing students for the two-year post graduate course in science at the 58th convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur. Read More.



IIT Bombay Heritage Fund won $10,000 through a crowd-sourced philanthropy programme   

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A total of $5 million was awarded to charities through online voting as part of the fourth edition of the Chase Community Giving contest,  run by global financial services firm JP Morgan Chase. When the results were announced on Thursday, it emerged that the IIT Fund was one of 196 charities from around the world to be awarded donations, from among a total of 30,000 nominees. This is the first time the Fund participated in the challenge. 

"As a relatively young charity restricted to IIT-B, we didn't even think we had a chance," said Bakul Desai, chairman of the IITB Alumni Association. "It was through viral networking of our alumni as well as support from other IIT alumni groups that we did well." Read more.



IIT-Kanpur barred from taking foreign donations 


The union ministry of home affairs (MHA) has barred Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Kanpur from accepting foreign donations, citing the premier institute's laid-back attitude in submitting documents supporting the usage of foreign funds, an official said. 

The institute has been barred under the provisions of Foreign Contribution Registration Act (FCRA), 2010, with immediate effect, informed sources said.

The prime objective of the act is to "regulate the acceptance and utilisation of foreign contribution and foreign hospitality by persons and associations working in the important areas of national life". Read More.  




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IIT Chapters

Siddharta Chowdhary    


PanIIT USA President Chowdhary Charts Vision for Development    


Kolkata, The City of Joy on the Eastern Indian shore, is expected to host more than 3,000 IIT delegates December 7-9 during the 2012 PanIIT Conference, where IIT alumni from all over the world will interact, network, listen and learn from great iconic leaders, and determine how they will participate in India's nation-building efforts.

Siddhartha Chowdhary, the President of PanIIT USA and the CEO of Credence Management Solutions, spoke to India America Today in detail about the history, activity, and vision of PanIIT, as PanIIT USA prepares to participate with a sizeable contingent in the 2012 global meet and conference, to be held for the first time in India's eastern region at the Science City Auditorium in Kolkata. Read more

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Business Plan Competition

       PanIIT Global Conference

December 7-9, Science city Auditorium, Kolkata, India

Welcome to the PanIIT Alumni Global Conference 2012 in Kolkata
, for three days of knowledge sharing, networking, entertainment, meeting old buddies and taking back nostalgic memories. Combine that with an excellent opportunity for business  connection  and a showcase for technologies, and products at the Exposition at the same location.

WHEELS is happy to announce a Business Plan Competition, open to IIT Alumni , children and family of Alumni and IIT students. A cash prize of Rs 50,000 will be awarded in each of six tracks of WHEELS ( Water, Health, Education, Lifestyles and Security ) with one of these prizes upgraded to a Grand Prize of Rs1,00,000, if grand prize criteria is met. Entries will be judged by a panel of expert judges and winners will get the added benefit of being introduced to a mentor and venture capital sources.
To obtain the criteria for entries and a format for submission, please write to: Rohit Koshy @ rohitk@clearlyso.in  OR Gulab Bhavnani @ gbhavnani@aol.com

At the conference in December, Dr. Hiten Ghosh and Mr. Suresh Shenoy will host a plenary session  on WHEELS, with a panel of experts who will focus on Nation Building through social entrepreneurship. By attending the conference, you can find out how you can participate and help  build a better India.
Allumni Services

Welcome to Taj InnerCircle - The award winning loyalty program from Taj Group

The Taj Group is one of Asia's largest and finest group of hotels, comprising of 88 hotels in 55 locations across India with an additional
16 international hotels   in the Maldives, Malaysia, Australia, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East. From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Grand Palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality and modern luxury. Our brands include The Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, Vivanta by Taj, The Gateway Hotels.

To make your Taj experience even more rewarding, we'd like to invite you to the elite Silver tier of the Taj InnerCircle . As a Silver member, besides a host of privileges such as 30% off on Taj Club Rooms, 10% off
on Taj Holidays and Best Available Rate plan, you will earn points
when you stay or dine at the participating Taj Hotels. You can redeem
your points for free room nights, great dining experiences
and gifts from a special selection.

Please Click here to enroll and please update the special promotion code - IITUSA2012
IIT Events


IIT Mentoring/Networking Event   


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Date:  Thursday, September 27, 2012 

Time: 6:30 pm onwards 

Venue: Due Mari
78-80 Albany Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

http://www.duemarinj.com (732-296-1600)  


Focus: Entrepreneurship and Technology   


REGISTER NOW: https://www2.iitbombay.org/events/gny2012/

Registration Fee: $20
Walk-ins: $25 (Capacity Constrained)


Hear what our guests have accomplished and find out how you can make a difference in someone's life. Meet other professionals, quiz the experts, swap business stories and career opportunities, or just relax and socialize with fellow IITians...


Click here for more details.       

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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