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IIT Roorkee Heritage Foundation
(a non-profit 501(c)(3) US organization)

Summer 2019 Newsletter


IITRHF was founded on 07/07/2007, and is now  in its 12th 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 one year long work internships at US companies
  • Guide donors sending funds to IITR for specific objectives 
Accomplishments to date:
Over 165 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 2 summer research internships (Purdue University in US & Concordia University in Canada)
  • Support 4 short term research internships (NTU Singapore, Univ of Oslo, Gwangju Institute of Science & Tech in South Korea) 
  • Facilitate tax exempt group donations to IIT Roorkee with upto 100% matching by US corporations for Silver, Coral, and Golden jubilee attendees 
  • Arrange 15+ guest lectures at IITR campus
  • Give 45+ awards in Annual Business Plan competition 
  • Award 48+ travel grants for Research Paper Presentations
  • Distribute 500+ Heritage Excellence Awards - Majority of which are personalized awards by donors in their parents name, and
  • Coordinate lab equipment donation to IITR worth US $250K
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 for matching contributions of 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. 


Alum Corner - Share Your Passion and Inspire Fellow Alums 

Teaching Philosophy at IIT Gandhinagar
Prof. Sudhir K Jain (Civil,79)
Director, IIT Gandhinagar
The rapid pace of change in today's world requires constant learning and reinvention. I recall when I entered Roorkee in 1975, a mechanical device known as "slide rule" was the first thing we had to master. By the time we graduated four years later, none of us were using the slide rule, as we all had acquired electronic calculators. The technology and the society are changing much faster today than they did 40 years back, and the students of today will see far more rapid changes in their professional life than what I did. In fact, the only constant today is change, and to keep pace with it we must forever learn and relearn. Therefore, mastery of subject is no longer all that important; learning to learn is. The technical knowledge that our students acquire over say four years starts to become obsolete almost as soon as they step out of college. Today information is handily available to us at the click of a mouse or on our smartphones. To be effective in life and in any leadership responsibility, students must develop the discipline of curiosity and lifelong learning.
The curriculum at IIT Gandhinagar is designed around the proposition not of mastering content, but the process, so our students can develop ways of thinking and learning. We have determined that the soft skills of creativity, written and oral communication, teamwork, values and ethics are critical to professional growth and success and we have invested heavily in cultivating them in our student body. For this reason, the IITGN curriculum places a heavy emphasis on humanities courses and we have implemented a 5-week immersion Foundation Program for all incoming undergraduates centered around five themes: physical fitness, leadership and team work, creativity, values and ethics, and societal concerns and sensitivity. Our extra-curricular programs likewise underscore these skills. For example, in our Explorers Fellowship, we provide our students a sum of Rs 38,000 so as to travel the length and breadth of India over six weeks, that is, Rs 900 per day to cover their travels, their boarding and lodging, and their miscellaneous out-of-pocket expenses. They are not allowed to travel by aircrafts or by air-conditioned train coaches in the summer months and must not supplement the budget from their parents. The intent is for our students to develop a deeper appreciation of the diversity and reality of India by traveling and living like most Indians do.
IITGN graduated first batch of students in 2012 and our graduates have done exceedingly well in higher education, industry and entrepreneurship. Feedback from our alumni, formal and informal, clearly reaffirms our philosophy that " learning to learn " is really what matters to enable our graduates keep abreast of the state of the art in their field. And the soft skills in creativity, communication, leadership, values and ethics, will be the drivers of their professional growth.

New Program: IITRHF launched Pledge a Dream in 2019


This pay forward program facilitates up to US$500 per student for requests not covered by other IITRHF programs,  provided the student  pledges to donate to IITRHF in future.

Following students have been funded during 2019 to date:

Suvaansh Bhambri             Samarth Gubrele                Mohan Agarwal                 Harsh Patel  
            Elect Eng 2020                 Mech Eng 2020               Engg Physics 2019          Elect Eng 2020

For details of their research work and host universities, please visit Pledge a Dream

Testimonial from Samarth Gubrele:  
I was selected under the NTU India Connect Program for an internship at NTU Singapore under
 Prof. Xie Ming,   School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

My project "OSMind: An Analytical Tool for Robotics",  comprised of development of an analytical software for visualization, simulation, and image processing using the Robotics Operating System (ROS).

The experience was truly enlightening. I learned a lot about the software aspects of robotics, and was very happy to see the practical applications of my projects. My supervisor was very helpful, motivating, and inspired me to maximize my productivity and produce the best results. I along with my professor are planning to write a research paper soon.

I was fortunate to meet several IIT alums at the PAN IIT Alumni meet in Singapore. I was also lucky to meet Mr. Sanjeev Agarwal, IIT R 1981 batch and a major donor to IIT Roorkee Heritage Foundation. It is alum donors like him that are making dreams come true for students like me through the IITRHF platform.

Overall, this was my best internship experience till now, and I am thankful and indebted to IITRHF for their support.

For questions, you may reach out to the Program Chair:

Mr. Manoj Goel (Mech '81) at 

IITRHF Program: Annual Excellence Awards 

2018 Excellence Awards ceremony was held on 29th Mar 2019 at IITR campus: 

Out of 200+ student applicants for Annual Excellence Awards, 44 finalists were recognized with an IITRHF excellence award certificate and check for Rs. 10,000 each.

The ceremony which included award presentation to students and dinner for 120 people was successfully held at MAC Auditorium at IITR Campus.  Chief Guest Dr. Prem Krishna and Ex Deputy Director, S.P. Gupta attended the ceremony.

For a complete list of 2018 excellence Award recipients, visit

IITRHF Annual Excellence Awards (50+) are spread across all departments. Of these, 40+ are personalized by donors in their family members' names.

For a complete list of all personalized award donors, visit PersonalizedAwards page

To set up a personalized award in your family name, please reach out to 
Program Chair:    Aditya Gupta (Mechanical 1974) at

For progress to date, please visit  Heritage Excellence Awards

Giving Back to Alma Mater
IITRHF facilitates Group and Individual Tax-Exempt Donations
The  Class of 1983  and the  Class of 1993  organized group donations to IITR with the help of IITRHF.

Note - If you have a jubilee coming up and plan to donate to IITR as a group, please contact, for a tax efficient process (for US alums) and possible matching from your employer.

Vivek Verma organized the 1983 batch donation (at their Coral Jubilee) for "Professional Development & Innovation Awards Sponsored by the Class of 1983"  to recognize deserving IITR students, and to honor the memory of "Class of 1983 Departed Friends". 
The annual cash awards along with certificates will be given to innovative undergraduate engineering/ architecture projects under the "Professional Development & Innovation Awards" scheme.

Nikhil Jain organized the 1993 batch donation (at their Silver Jubilee) to provide financial   aid to IITR students facing financial hardships due to personal circumstances, and to support Students' Technical Projects that can compete at national and international level.

  In addition to above, IITRHF acknowledges additional contributions from following alums during 2019   

       Alok Daipuria                                                      Rachna Lal
   B.Tech CS 1994                                                   M.Arch 2003
Total to date: $3,500                                              Total to date: $3,500
IITRHF Program: Annual Business Plan Competition (BPC)

Idea Storm - B Plan Competition  (BPC) 2019

IITRHF partnered with the E-Summit organized by IITR's E-Cell in Feb '19 under Entrepreneurship Mentoring Program. 
IITRHF sponsored cash awards to top 3 IITR business plan entries for a total of INR 1 lac.
Idea Storm is the annual business model competition organized by Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Roorkee in its flagship event, the E-Summit. This year, IIT Roorkee spectacles over 25 Teams from IIT Roorkee, showcasing their business, vision, and novelty. Top 12 B-plans from IIT Roorkee that are judged as the best, got mentorship from our pool of partner mentors consisting various angel investors, venture capitalist, industry leaders etc.

For information on the winning teams, visit

IITRHF has been organizing Annual Business Plan Competitions since year 2009. 

For more information contact (+91 8872205522)  

WE THANK our Lion Donor, Venture Capitalist, and Serial Entrepreneur, 
Rajvir Singh (BE Electrical 1969) 
for sponsoring IITRHF Business Plan competition for past several years to encourage IITR entrepreneurs make such stories possible.

Program Chairs: 

Dr. Anurag Bhargava  at

IITRHF Program: Heritage Internship

Heritage Internship Program facilitates academic internships in US & Canadian universities.

Students conduct research with leading faculty and explore g raduate and doctoral programs.
Faculty finds talented students with a passion for research and s creen potential doctoral students.

If you are a University faculty and would like to offer internship to an IITR student (and potential PhD candidate) in partnership with IITRHF, please reach out to HIP Program Chair:

Rachna Lal (M.Arch. 2003) at 

2019 Recipient: 

Sakshi Priya,  B. Tech Biotech Engineering,  Class of 2020,  at  Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Worked on 
a novel algorithm for biological sequence compression that makes use of both statistical properties and repetition within sequences.

Sponsor: Prof. Alisa Piekny,
                    co-Director, Center for Microscopy, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

IITRHF Program: Academic Industry Collaboration
The Academic-Industry Collaboration  program was established several years ago as a long-term partnership between IITR and Cisco USA, that led to faculty and equipment grants for telephony and security lab at IITR campus, and several all expenses paid 1-year internships at Cisco USA.
For achievements to date, visit Academic Industry Collaboration page.

In addition to IITR students, IITRHF recently facilitated inclusion of students from IIT Gandhinagar and JP Institute of IT at Noida under this program. The current Directors of both institutes are IITR Alumni.

2019 Recipient:

Pratham Gupta, B.Tech student in Chemical Eng, is at Cisco HQ in San Jose, USA starting Aug 2019

If you want to explore a similar partnership with your company, please reach out to  Program Chair: 

Pradeep Kathail (Comp. Science 1995) at



IITRHF Board Member Dr. Kiran Panesar runs 
ENCORE Campus Awards 

The Class of 1989 setup Encore Awards at IITR in 2015 after their Silver Jubilee celebration. A record 107 students from Class of 1989 joined hands to raise over INR 43 Lakh, and set up scholarships to recognize all round excellence, encourage women in science and technology, and to help needy and meritorious students.
The Encore awards include (a) O verall excellence award for INR 50,000 (given to 2 or 3 students), and (b) A merit-cum-means award for INR 30,000 (given to 5 or 6 students).
Since these awards were established, they have become the most coveted awards at IITR campus. One of the reasons for the success of the award has been the rigorous, fair and transparent evaluation of applicants, including an in-person interview by Class of 1989 who travels to IITR specifically for this.

Applications are open for 2019 and can be viewed at   
Here are some stats:

3 Merit
4 Means
3 Merit
5 Means
3 All-round excellence
5 Merit-cum-means
2 All-round-excellence
6 Merit-cum-means
Girl Awardees
3 4

For more details and to find out about the winners, please visit the website:

Program Representative: 

About IIT Roorkee Heritage Foundation (IITRHF)


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 

match upto 200% of your donation

Please ask us on list of matching companies. All IITRHF programs are run by volunteers with no financial overhead. 

Contact with feedback, or to volunteer -or- co-chair a program.

Alumni Give B ack O pportunities

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


e-mail:                                                          website:

(MS Computer Science 1995 )
Harish Goyal (Civil 1979) 
Distinguished Alumni 2009
Outreach and Development