IIT Roorkee Heritage Foundation
(A non-profit 501(C)(3) US Organization)

Early 2023 Activities Update


IITRHF was founded on 07/07/2007, and is now in its 16th year of operations. Here is a summary of our programs and recent highlights:
Our programs:
  • Annual Heritage Excellence awards (~50 awards/ year)
  • Annual Business Plan competition awards (~5 awards/ year)
  • Facilitate academic internships at global universities
  • Facilitate work internships at US companies
  • Guide donor's funds to IITR for specific objectives 
Accomplishments to date:
Over 170 alumni donors have joined hands towards these milestones:
  • Establish a Faculty Chair in Soil Dynamics
  • Establish annual Best Faculty award for Rs 2 Lacs
  • Facilitate 1 year paid internships at Cisco US for 19+ students
  • Support 6 research internships (Purdue University, US; Concordia University, Canada; NTU Singapore; Univ. of Oslo, Norway; Gwangju Institute of Science & Tech, South Korea) 
  • Facilitate tax exempt group donations to IIT Roorkee with up to 100% matching by US corporations for Silver, Coral, and Golden jubilee attendees 
  • 15+ guest lectures at IITR campus
  • 30+ Pledge a dream grants
  • 50+ Business Plan competition awards 
  • 50+ travel grants for research paper presentations
  • 650+ Heritage excellence awards, personalized by donors in their family name
  • US $250,000+ in lab equipment donation to IITR
All this has been possible because of alumni contributions and volunteer efforts. Please spread the word to your fellow Roorkee alums to donate to IITRHF, and check with your employer (or ask us at [email protected] for matching contributions of up to 100% to 200% of your donation).

If you like to participate as a co-chair for any Program, or have idea for a new Program, please let us know. 


Please forward to your contacts who may not be receiving this newsletter!
Inspire! Inspire! Inspire!
A passionate alum Saransh Choudhury, (BE Metallurgical and Materials 2007) has been donating $25 monthly to IITRHF since September 2018. Drop by drop that amount has added to a decent sum of $1,425.

Here a a message from Saransh to share with all fellow alums:

IIT Roorkee and its alumni have had a tremendous impact on me and my family. Surrounded by extremely hard working fellow students, Roorkee inculcated a sense of confidence to take on challenges in future. Growing up in a remote small town in coastal Odisha, I had never dreamed to criss cross Atlantic and Pacific oceans and experience the beauty and diversity of the world. Roorkee was an event in my-life’s journey which transformed me and consequently my family. 

I give back a small amount to IIT Roorkee Heritage Foundation every month to remind myself of the role IIT Roorkee played in my life. I hope my small contribution benefits current students and also inspires other alumni to give back in whatever form possible. Forever grateful to my alma mater.
This program facilitates financial and logistics support for Cognizance, E-Cell, and NSS programs operating under Dean of Students Welfare.

Benefits for students: Fulfill their technical, cultural and social engagement dreams with support and participation from US and India based alums.

Benefits for IITRHF: Serve a large set of students on their march to shining path of career with infusion of technical, cultural and social services.

Chair: Lochan Alagh (MTech Env. Mgmt. 2013)

Cognizance 2023 is a 3 day inter-college annual tech-festival at IITR campus. IITRHF sponsored "EVORUSH" event under Robotics vertical. The objective was to build a small wireless remote-controlled IC engine-driven car capable of racing on both concrete and off-road tracks. For more details, read Track and cars.

We are very thankful to sponsorship manager Vanshika Singh (BTech student) for building an alliance with IITRHF and IITRAA, by providing regular updates and ensuring IITRHF and IITRAA branding is visible on campus at all major points during the festival.
IITRHF co-sponsored prizes for E-Summit '23 annual Business Plan competition held at IIT Roorkee campus. More details at E-Cell report 2023
Pledge a Dream is a pay forward program that facilitates up to $500 per student to cover funding gap in expenses for research internships and paper presentations at Tier 1 conference, provided the student pledges to donate to IITRHF in future.

Benefits for students: Fulfill their dreams, while making a pledge to donate funds in future to IITRHF, join the IITRHF donor circle, and feel rewarded of being philanthropic.

Benefits for IITRHF: Serve a larger set of students. Recycle the limited pool of funds of our donor community.
Chair: Devyani Varshney (MS Chem 2015)

About 30 students have been funded to date. 
For their research work and host universities visit

List of recipients:
These annual awards recognize students for outstanding academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular achievements.

The 2022 excellence awards ceremony was conducted in collaboration with IITRAA at campus recognizing 44 students with a certificate + Rs 10k on 18th Feb 2023
Awards presented by Lt. General Vishwambhar Singh (BArch '80) at Campus
For list of all Personalized Award donors, visit Personalized Awards. To set up a Personalized Award in your family name, please contact 

Chair: Aditya Gupta (BE Mech '74)

When one sets their eyes on a goal, the only obstacle to achieving it is self-doubt. Amit Singhal (BE Computer Science 1989) and his wife Shilpa refused to be held back by doubt when they dreamt of providing bright underprivileged children with world-class education.

Recognizing the transformative power of education, they knew that every child deserves the opportunity to flourish, regardless of their financial background and set up Sitare Foundation few years ago to fund education of bright students in grades 6-12

They realized that educating to 12th grade is good but building a university is even better, giving birth to Sitare University in 2022, a truly unique institution that empowers students with Computer Science courses and life skills for the real world. Currently running its pioneer batch, Sitare University has broken ground with its cutting-edge curriculum designed by academics from Stanford, Cornell and Northwestern as well as top professionals from industry.

Sitare is all set to become a full-fledged private state university with approvals from Madhya Pradesh government and the University Grants Commissions in coming years. For the inaugural batch of 2022-23, students are being hosted at a partner university campus with classes taught by international faculty.

Learn more at https://sitare.org/univ
Amit Singhal (center) with few staff and inaugural class of 2022-23 students

Seeking founders & mentors in US and India. Apply at iitstartups.org

IIT Startups, a non-profit accelerator started in US in Jan 2018 and later expanded to India, has mentored and graduated 120+ startups over 9 cohorts of which 9 have been acquired.

This accelerator is run by IIT alumni to help startups succeed and create wealth. A part of such wealth can be donated back to their parent campus repaying the taxpayers of India for the heavily subsidized education that IITians got. In other words, this helps IIT alums, the IITs and Government of India .

About IIT Startups:
  1. There are 45,000 IITians across US with more than 200 startups
  2. IITians are the 2nd largest Unicorns (billion dollar) startups group after Stanford. Our goal is to be #1 by 2025.
  3. IITians have in the past co-founded more than 300 companies like Sun Micro, Juniper Networks, Webex, Nutanix, App Dynamics, Megatrends, Cirrus Logic, Gupshup, Healtheon, Junglee, Map R, Palo Alto Networks, Poshmark, Rocket Fuel, Rubriks, Vxtel, Virident, Yodlee, Zscaler, Flipkart, Zomato, inMobi, Ola, Snapdeal, etc.
  4. IITians are technically among the very best as acknowledged by the Investor community. Please see CBS 60 Minutes program on the IITs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4Frq2SbvPY
  5. Our Board includes Arjun Malhotra (co-founder HCL), Pradeep Khosla (Chancellor Univ. of California at San Diego), Rajat Gupta (Emeritus Managing Director McKinsey), Saurabh Srivastava (Chairman India Angel network), Krishen Dhar (Chairman PanIIT India), Pradeep Gupta (Chairman Cyber Media group), and many more
  • Mentoring and Coaching. See website www.iitstartups.org Library section for videos of past workshops and Demo Days. Our mentors are successful serial entrepreneurs on a journey to give back
  • Provide connectivity to a large number of investors for fund raising (Angels, VCs, Corporate Venture Funds, etc.)
  • Connectivity with senior IITians in large corporations in the US and India

ex-President IIT Startups
Govt of India launches Rs175 commemorative coin to mark 175 years of our college

IITRHF has secured 150 coins for our patrons.

If you like to get one of the limited-edition coins, please contact our Treasurer Aditya Gupta (BE Mech '74) at [email protected]
IITRHF is a USA based 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.
All US donations are tax deductible to the extent permissible by law.

PS: Several employers will match (upto triple) donations to IITRHF.

All IITRHF programs are run by volunteers with no financial overhead. 
Contact [email protected] with feedback, or to volunteer -or- co-chair a program.

Alumni Give Back Opportunities

Please support IITRHF with "तन,मन,धन (time, evangelism, donations)"

Set up an Annual award in your family name
Donate $5000 and set up your Annual Family Award in the department of your choice

Join as Lion Donor
Donate $1000+ and join this distinguished list of Lion Donors

Join as Club Donor
Donate $100+ and join this list of Club Donors

Seema Gupta (BArch 1985)

Harish Goyal (Civil 1979) 
Distinguished Alumni 2009

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