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specialfeature   Special Feature - Coverage of IIT BHU Global Alumni Meet 



4th Annual IIT BHU Global Alumni Meet

Sheraton Lisle Hotel, 3000 Warrenville Road, Lisle, IL, 60532, USA

Saturday, September 13, 2014




                                                                                                                                            Press Contact:

                                                                                                                                              Dr. Manu Vora

                                                                                                                                                      IIT BHU Meet Chair





Hon. Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Railways at the 4th IIT BHU Alumni Meet, Lisle, IL


NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS, September 22, 2014 - The IIT BHU Global Alumni Association recently held its fourth Global Alumni Meet at the Sheraton Lisle Hotel in Lisle, Illinois. Theme for the Meet was "The IIT BHU Journey of Excellence Continues...". Over 200 people attended the Meet. At the opening, a lamp lighting ceremony was held with the portrait of Mahamana Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, the founder of BHU. An inspiring video sharing his amazing life story memorized the audience.


Prof. Rajeev Sangal, Director of IIT BHU and Acting Vice-Chancellor of BHU was the Chief Guest.      Hon. Shri Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Railways and IIT BHU Alumnus gave a Keynote Address.          Dr. Sarvajna Dwivedi, Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Pearl Therapeutics, Inc., an IIT BHU Alumnus was also a Keynote Speaker. Video messages from former BHU Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Panjab Singh, and Campus Diaries were shared.


Two panels on "Excellence in Education" and "Excellence in Entrepreneurship" discussed lot of interesting ideas to propel the IIT BHU to new heights. There were lighter moments with "Fond Memories of BHU" and "Tribute to Teachers". The Meet concluded with an entertainment program after the dinner.


At the Meet, alumni deliberated on ways to give back to alma mater and raised over $21,000 to support various projects at IIT BHU including student scholarships. Hon. Manoj Sinha and Prof. S. N. Upadhyay were conferred 2014 IIT BHU Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, Nine alumni were conferred the 2014 IIT BHU Distinguished Alumnus Award.


The 5th IIT BHU Global Meet will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2016.



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.


Lamp Lighting Ceremony

Vish Narayanan, Dr. Rajeev Sangal, Raj Narang, Atul Kumar, and Dr. Manu Vora


Dr. Manu Vora, Mrs. Farha Sayeed, Dr. Rajeev Sangal, Hon. Manoj Sinha, and CG Dr.Ausaf Sayeed


IIT BHU Lifetime Achievement Award Presented by Dr. Rajeev Sangal to Hon. Shri Manoj Sinha


Chief Guest Dr. Rajeev Sangal and Dr. Manu Vora



Keynoter Dr. Sarvajna Dwivedi and Vish Narayanan


alumninewsIIT Alumni News


Mathematics wizard is an IIT-Bombay alumnus


One of the important contributions made by Fields Medal winner Manjul Bhargava is the generalisation of the 'composition law' of binary quadratics (polynomial expressions of the form ax2 + bxy + cy2) discovered 200 years ago by Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855), to higher degree polynomials using an ingenious geometric technique that he discovered.

The awards were announced at the inaugural of the nine-day International Congress of Mathematicians that began in Seoul on Wednesday.

The awards, presented at the quadrennial ICM event, include the Fields Medal, the highest award in mathematics; the Rolf Nevanlinna Prize and the Carl Friedrich Gauss Prize. At the last ICM held in Hyderabad, the Chern Medal and the Leelavati Prize were added.

The Fields Medal is awarded "to recognise outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement". "Manjul Bhargava has developed powerful new methods in the geometry of numbers and applied them to count rings of small rank and to bound the average rank of elliptic curves," said the medal citation. 


Born in Ichalkaranji in Maharashtra, Dr. Khot (36) an IIT Bombay alumnus, won the silver medal in the International Mathematics Olympiad in 1994 and 1995 and stood first in the IIT Joint Entrance Examination in 1995. His area of research is Computational Complexity Theory.



Read full article at The Hindu.




campusnews  Campuses News


IIT-B collects Rs 2 lakh, 2,500kg clothes for flood victims

Yogita Rao,TNN | Oct 3, 2014, 11.38 PM IST

MUMBAI: IIT-B students have collected around 2,500kg clothes and around Rs 2.15 lakh for the welfare of J&K flood victims. Accounts of the victims plight from a few Kashmiri students at the institute prompted the NSS unit to launch a week-long drive that ended on Tuesday.
While cash donation was deducted from students' mess account, for collection of clothes, volunteers conducted a door-to-door campaign at all the 15 hostels on the campus. It will be donated to the PM's relief fund.
Read full article at Times of India.
IIT-K students develop a 'bi-ped robot' which can perform many tasks
Abhinav Malhotra,TNN | Aug 11, 2014, 10.42 AM IST

KANPUR: Students of Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT-Kanpur) have developed a humaniod robot having two legs named 'Bi-ped'. The unique feature of this humanoid is that it has legs by which it manages to balance itself instead of earlier robots that were supported with wheels.
The star attractions of this robot being that it can detect a wall in front and take a turn, can stand up after falling down and can even kick a ball. Also, it can work at the locations where human lives are at risk, like in cases of fire mishaps, detecting and diffusing a bomb and can do a number of other jobs like fetching files in the office and taking care of a child at home.
Utsav Gupta and Vivek Verma, the B.Tech students, along with their peers Shivam Soni, Varun Verma and Deepak Pawar had exhibited the robot 'Bi-ped' at the first ever student research convention organised by Hall IV (hostel) at the campus of IIT-Kanpur.
Read full artciel at Times of India.

Harvard professor collaborates with IIT-Gandhinagar for affordable healthcare
Parth Shastri, TNN | Aug 25, 2014, 12.29AM IST
AHMEDABAD: The general profile of the most deadly diseases in India is changing fast with a change in lifestyle and population profile. While today India battles with communicable diseases such as malaria and TB, the experts believe that in the next two decades, cancer and trauma will be bigger killers than communicable diseases. India already has more cancer patients than the US.
At the moment, the treatment for diseases such as cancer is beyond the reach of common man and thus, a team led by a Harvard professor is working on developing affordable medicine. Professor Shiladitya Sengupta, associated with Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is collaborating with Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, (IIT-Gn) for the purpose. They are mapping the diseases that will emerge in future . A research is going on to develop devices that will help patients recover faster from trauma and brain injuries.
Read full article at Times of India.
Insights  Insights


The Future of IT: A Discussion with Padmasree Warrior
IIT Women Alumni have formed a community to provide an exclusive 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.
The following video is shared by IIT Women Alumni Group. Padmasree Warrior is CTO of Cisco Systems and one of our most inspiring IIT Alumni. The following provides her insights on the future of Information Technology.
Connect with IIT Women Alumni Group at Linkedin.

Nostalgia  Nostalgia - Illumination @IIT KGP

 "We work for this festival, 1500 square feet, about 20 feet high, more than 20,000 diyas, more than 800 people working together in a hall for a few minutes of glory."
Life at IIT Kharagpur is dotted with events throughout the year. Most of these spark and fizzle off at the individual level itself. However, there are a handful of events which require the participation of practically all residents of a particular hall. Illumination is one such event where 'the hall' takes precedence over the individual and showmanship over victory. Diwali at IIT Kharagpur, fondly refered to as Illumination, is undoubtedly a festival like none other. Every year, every hall of residence comes up with their own show of lights and colours, which takes weeks of effort and countless man-hours. The scale and complexity of Illumination is perhaps second to none. Using thousands of diyas, larger than life figures are made with the sole purpose of giving the audience an experience of a lifetime. Undoubtedly, Illumination is the brightest manifestation of hard work, team play and creativity on campus.

"Illumination is something that brings us together, unites us as we work together to light up diyas that will go off but leave behind memories, which we craft."

The legacy that Illumination brings with it is over three decades old. It all started in 1981 when Azad Hall of Residence decided to turn an otherwise mundane Diwali celebration on campus into a competition of sorts commanding hall participation like never before. Azad's neighbour Nehru came out with the design for the Illumination Cup which was christened as the Bigyan Sinha Memorial Cup.

Another major event that goes hand in hand with Illumination is 'Rangoli', which involves rendering beauty to life merely using coloured dust. Unlike Illu, it is not dominated by a single hall. The last decade saw RP, RK, Nehru and LLR taste gold with other halls popping up bearing second and third prizes.  RP's 2010 Rangoli not only landed them a silver but also a mention in 'Ripley's Believe It Or Not'. A couple of years back, in their attempt to take it to the next level, they apparently landed on the wrong side of the judges' liking. Their only solace lay in the comment made by the Dean Students' Affairs, 'With this year's display, RP has raised the bar', referring to RP's rangoli which used a convex mirror to transform what looked like a nonsensical mix of colours on the ground into a portrait of the celebrated Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.

Illumination/Rangoli pictures from IIT KGP:


ChapternewsChapters News


The IITDEF Startup - IIT Delhi's Alumni Association in North America Reboots!


Indian Americans, particularly the IIT Delhi Alumni, are among the best educated, highest paid, and top placed community in the US. They are also a very tightly knit community. For a community that seems to have it all, how should an Alumni association add value?

The IITDEF Startup is our new take on the Alumni association. We want to double down on success. We want to build programs to help IIT Delhi Alumni achieve pinnacles of professional success. And, we intend to run this like a startup - rolling out 'minimum viable programs', iterating and experimenting, and doing more of what shows promise. We will use existing networks - LinkedIn and Facebook - to bootstrap the community. We will use cutting-edge technology, befitting our technical backgrounds.

As any self-respecting startup, based in the Silicon Valley, clear metrics will define our success or failure. Every year, we will survey the Alumni to ask if (a) we have helped them grow professionally, and (b) if so, what programs helped. These will help us course correct.

Our mission: Help create 5 new IIT Delhi entrepreneurs, in the next 5 years, that add $500 million to the world economy.

Want to join us? Send us email at

iitdef-team@googlegroups.com, and remember to join the 9,000 strong IIT Delhi LinkedIn group - http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=23

For more information, please visit http://iitdef.com/the-iitdef-startup

Amit Kumar

President, IIT Delhi Excellence Foundation



upcomingeventsChapters Upcoming Events


IIT SINE 2014 Diwali Party
Saturday October 18, 2013, 6:00 - 10:30 PM
All Saints' Episcopal Church, 10 Billerica Rd, Chelmsford, MA 01824
A social event for members, families and guests, sumptuous Indian Dinner, Cultural Program, Games and DJ Dancing
To perform, contact ASAP: Deeya01@gmail.com or Leenam.Dalal@gmail.com or 978-758-4970


Tickets at www.iitsine.org or from Exec Members below
$25 individual, $50 couple, $20 student, $10 child (under 15)
Add $5 per person, if purchased after October 12 (but may SELL OUT earlier)


Bollywood Style Fun Dhamaka
 Dress up as one of your favorite Bollywood Star - all the way from 60s to Current era and win an award for: 'Ms. Bollywood' & 'Mr. Bollywood'. Even if you do not wish to participate in the contest, feel free to dress-up in your favorite Diwali Outfit and just come in for lot of fun and enjoyable evening of Dance and Masti.
Diwali Dhamaka in the Bay Area


The Annual IIT Diwali Dhamaka in the Bay Area will be on November 1, 2014 at the Heritage Theater in Campbell, CA from 4:30pm till 10:00pm. This event attracts over 800 attendees from all IIT campuses in the Bay Area.


Watch your email for announcements and a registration link soon!
IIT Career Fair

IITBHF is proud to announce a Career Fair on October 4, 2014 (9:30 AM - 1:30 PM) at Santa Clara, CA. The morning's events include a panel discussion on career guidance and trends besides a career fair. Click here to register. Similar Career Fairs will also take place at New York (Oct 16th) and Dallas (Oct 25th).



Paniitusanews PanIIT USA News

Video Recording from IIT 2013 Global Conference in Houston


The next IIT Global Conference in the US will be in Santa Clara, CA on July 24-26, 2015.  Until then, and especially if you missed the IIT 2013 Global Conference in Houston, here is a way for you to see what it was all about.  Fortunately we have 22+ hours of content on video.  Unfortunately, you won't get to experience the camaraderie and fun that only comes from being there in person.  For that, mark your calendar for 2015.

Meanwhile, grab some popcorn, sit back, and click on this link to see the following highlights from the Houston Conference:

-          Welcome Address by Houston Leaders and Andrew Gould, Chairman of BG Group

-          Talk with Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen

-          Discussion with Vicente Fox, Former President of Mexico

-          Future of Technology with Blake Irving, CEO of GoDaddy.com

-          Healthcare Plenary on The Future of Healthcare and the Affordable Care Act
-          Education Plenary on MOOCs - one of the latest innovations in Education 
-          Energy Plenary on The Future of Fracking

-          Gene Kranz, NASA Flight Director of Apollo 13, on "Failure is Not an Option"

-          Creating Mega-Impact with Social Enterprises by Desh Deshpande

-          Breakout Sessions on Sustainability Energy, Education, Life Sciences, and Innovation

-          Interviews with many of the speakers
-          And finally, a conversation with Miss America, Nina Davuluri






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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
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Hyderabadwww.iith.ac.in. https://www.facebook.com/iithyderabad 
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