The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur honoured its alumni and former faculty as the institute observed the 63rd Foundation Day on November 2, 2022.
This year, Ms. Neha Verma, Director, Ministry of Steel, Govt of India, was honoured with the prestigious Satyendra K. Dubey Memorial Award at the Foundation Day for their highest display of professional integrity in their domain. Padma Shree H.C. Verma, Retd. Professor, Dept of Physics; and Prof S.C Srivastava, Retd. Professor, Dept of Electrical Engineering, IIT Kanpur, were recognized with the Institute Fellows award for their significant contributions to the institute’s growth.
The Distinguished Alumnus Awards were given to 11 alumni including Dr. Smita Agarwal Hashim, Vice president, Microsoft Inc., USA; Prof. Deepak Dhar, Emeritus Professor, Department of Physics, IISER Pune, India; Dr. Ruchir Puri, Chief Scientist, IBM Research, NY, USA; and Mr. Aloke Bajpai, Co-Founder & Group CEO of ixigo, among others.
The other Distinguished Alumnus Awardees include Prof. Sanjay Ranka, Distinguished professor, Dept of Computer Information Science & Engineering, University of Florida; Prof. Vivek Sarkar, Chair, School of Computer Science Chair, Stephen Flemming, Telecommunications, College of Computing Georgia Institute of Technology, USA; Prof. Ratnesh Kumar, Palmer Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept., Iowa State University; Mr. Ranodeb Roy, Co-founder, CEO, and Chief Investment Officer, RV Capital Management, Singapore; Mr. Rajendra Prasad Bhattarai, President, Water Utility’s Environmental & Regulatory Services Division, University of Texas, Austin, U.S.A; Mr. Deepak Dev Raj, Managing Director, Rush Brook Partners, and Founder & Managing Director, New Jersey-based private investment firm Raj Associates; and Dr. Anil Kumar Rajvanshi, Director, Trustee and Hon. Secretary, Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute, India.
The Distinguished Services awards were presented to Mr. Srikant Sastri, Chaiman, IIM Calcutta Innovation Park, Chairman, I3G Advisory Network, and Co-Founder & Director, Crayon Data, Singapore; and Mr. Rajiv Swarup, Founding President (Retd.), Shiv Nadar University, recognizing their contribution in raising the institute’s stature in the global arena. Dr. Mohit Kumar Jolly, Assistant Professor, Center for Biosystems Science and Engineering, IISc Bengaluru, India; and Prof. Deepak Pathak, Assistant Professor, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, USA, received the Young Alumnus Awards this year.
The event was presided over by Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, former Chairman of ISRO and presently, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Kanpur. Subramanian Ramadorai, Chairperson Karmayogi Bharat, and Chairperson Board of Governors, TISS graced as the Chief Guest for the event.
Subramanian Ramadorai, said, “In India’s holistic growth across sectors, the IITs have been contributing significantly with research and innovation. Being one of the oldest IITs, IIT Kanpur has been taking pioneering efforts not only in education, but across all sectors. The Foundation Day marks an auspicious occasion to celebrate the journey of this great institution and the contributions of all who have been a part of it. I feel honoured to be here at IIT Kanpur for the 63rd Foundation Day and I trust that the institute will continue to carry the baton to take the nation to the zenith of progress across sectors.”