Professor K. N. Tiwari, Department of Agricultural & Food Engineering has been selected by the Indian Water Resources Society for "Eminent Water Resources Scientist Award" for the year 2016.
15th Annual Alumni Meet, IIT Kharagpur
12-14 January, 2018
We live our day to day lives oblivious to the beauty that surrounds us and by the time we do realise what exactly it is that we've been blessed with, it's generally too late. However, when the good old days call yet again, nostalgia surrounds us as we walk the hallowed boulevards of our youth. The Annual Alumni Meet brings to our alumni a chance to reconnect with their Alma Mater. It lets them relive the carefree days of their college lives as they get a chance to visit all the locations they once frequented.
The 14th Annual Alumni Meet was organised from 13th to 15th January 2017 at our Institute campus. This year the Golden Jubilee batch of 1967, the Ruby Jubilee batch of 1977 and the Silver Jubilee batch of 1992 were the special guests of honour. The Meet is now a major event anticipated by both the alumni and the students. As the years pass by and winds of change keep blowing, the Alumni Meet too shall keep evolving with the pace of time, hoping to bring to the alumni an experience that they may cherish all their lives.
Prof. Swagata Dasgupta, Professor, Department of Chemistry has been elected for the Fellowship of the Indian Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Mahitosh Mandal, Associate Professor, School of Medical Science & Technology has been elected for the Fellowship of the Indian Academy of Sciences.
Prof. Suman Chakraborty, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Associate Dean (SRIC) and Head, School of Medical Science and Technology has been conferred with the Fellowship of The Royal Society of Chemistry, United Kingdom.
Dr. Saptarshi Ghosh, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering has been selected for the "IEI Young Engineers Award 2017-2018" in Computer Engineering by the Institution of Engineers (India).
Prof. Sirshendu De, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering has been conferred with Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellowship by the Indian National Academy of Engineering for three years starting January 2018.
The “Train 10,000 Teachers” (T10KT) project implemented jointly by IIT Bombay and IIT Kharagpur has been awarded the “Digital India Excellence Award 2017” in the category "Education” by the Pan-IIM World Management Conference. Padmashree Prof. D. B. Phatak, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, is the Professor In-Charge from IIT Bombay and Prof. Raja Datta, Department of Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering is the PI from IIT Kharagpur of this MHRD-funded project. This project will positively impact the education sector in the country.
The award will be presented by the Hon'ble Minister for Human Resource Development at a function scheduled to be held on 16 December at IIM Lucknow.
Monjoy Saha, currently a Ph.D student (DST Inspire Fellow) at the School of Medical Science and Technology, IIT Kharagpur, has won the prestigious Newton-Bhaba Award, awarded jointly by the British Council and the DST, for undertaking short term research internship at the Unversity of Warwick. Monjoy is currently being supervised by Dr. Chandan Chakraborty, and is associated with the Biomedical Imaging & Informatics Lab of the SMST.
Dr. Abhijit Das, Assistant Professor, School of Bioscience is selected for the Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship 2016-17 by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.
The Department of Heavy Industries under the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Govt. of India, launched the Center of Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing Technologies at IIT Kharagpur.
IIT Kharagpur has taken a giant step towards promotion of sports activities among its students. The Institute has allocated an amount of Rs. 10 crore for upgrading and renovating sports activities to host the Inter IIT 2019. This is in addition to the annual sports budget of Rs 1.5 crore allocated by the Institute.
IIT Kharagpur will be building two synthetic courts each for tennis, basketball and volleyball, one synthetic athletic track, an indoor stadium with food court. In addition to the centralised indoor facilities, the Institute already has a stadium for athletics, ground for cricket and soccer, several outdoor courts for tennis, basketball and volleyball and a swimming pool.
“The enhanced focus in sports activities would strengthen the wellness initiatives as well. Sports tend to inculcate qualities like resonance, leadership, discipline, decision-making, facing challenges etc. We have observed that students who enrol for NSO Sports, Inter-IIT and Inter-Hall Sports General Championships at IIT Kharagpur, exhibit these qualities at a deep level and are much more resistant to negative thought process,” said Prof. William Mohanty, President of Technology Students’ Gymkhana, the nerve centre of students’ activities at IIT Kharagpur.
Among the others, Tennis has recently received a major thrust with US-based alumnus and entrepreneur Vinod Gupta facilitating training program and sports kit upgradation. He has roped in US-based Tennis professional T J Hyman, erstwhile coach of ace Tennis player Leander Paes, to start a training program for Tennis enthusiasts at IIT Kharagpur. Hyman has earlier coached in the Britannia Amritraj Tennis program where Paes trained under him. He will be assisted by Warren Rhomfeld from the U.S. Professional Tennis Association.
“I love tennis as a game and exercise. I want IITKgp team to be the best that’s why I have asked T J Hyman, coach of Leander Paes to train IIT Kgp team. He is one of the finest Tennis coaches. There are endless opportunities to give back as an alum and this time sports is on my agenda to promote wellness among the students,” said Vinod Gupta who funded the management and law schools at IIT Kharagpur.
The Institute also has an inhouse coach. More than 200 IIT students enrol for Tennis training each year. An Annual Tennis Camp is also conducted for campus children. The Tennis club at IIT Kharagpur, as an affiliate of Bengal Tennis Association, has also been organizing Kharagpur Open’ Tennis championship as an annual event and this attract tennis talents from across the state of West Bengal and from other states as well.
“We won the Inter-District Tennis League BTA Championship, held annually at Kolkata, for the last two consecutive years, and Gold at the last Inter-IIT Staff Tennis Tournament, and our students were semi-finalist at the Inter-IIT Students Tennis Tournament. We are hopeful for the upcoming tournament in December at IIT Madras,” said Prof. Rajendra Singh, captain of the Staff Tennis team at IIT Kharagpur who is coordinating the training program along with Dr. R. Prabhakaran, Sports Officer at IIT Kharagpur.
The 2017 Inter-IIT Sports Meet for students and staff is scheduled in December in Chennai. 23 IITs will be participating in the event in 13 categories. Preparation and practice for the annual meet is in full swing now.
The Thinkers50 has ranked quality guru Subir Chowdhury among world's top 50 thinkers for the year 2017.
The Thinkers50 global ranking of management thinkers is published every two years and is the essential guide to which thinkers and which ideas matter now.
One of the world’s pre-eminent experts on quality and process improvements, Subir Chowdhury is the #1 international bestselling author on SIX SIGMA philosophy, often hailed as a “leading Quality expert,” and by Business Week as “the Quality Prophet”.
Subir Chowdhury is an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur and is currently the Chairman and CEO of ASI Consulting Group, LLC. He is the author of 15 books. His latest book THE DIFFERENCE: When Good Enough Isn’t Enough (Crown Business, 2017) made it to the USA Today Bestseller list as well as National Bestseller in India.
Through the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Foundation, he founded the Subir Chowdhury School of Quality and Reliability at IIT Kharagpur, the first of its kind in Asia, for all IIT students who desire academic training in the concepts of quality assurance. Modules on quality and reliability are designed for engineering processes and their impact on environment and life in general.
To help promote understanding of how quality affects all levels of business function and public policy, Chowdhury has launched an app “Subir Chowdhury: Quality is Everyone’s Business” available o Android and iOS platforms.
In the recently concluded international workshop jointly held by UNESCO and the National Digital Library of India (NDLI) under the leadership of IIT Kharagpur, NDLI announced to go global through international collaborations with the world’s top digital libraries keeping up to its motto of ‘Open and Inclusive’.
The Workshop deliberated on the state-of-the-art technology, practices, and policies as internationally accepted and available for digital library design. About 200 domain experts from India and abroad participated in the Workshop including representatives from Microsoft Research, Google and Taylor & Francis.
UNESCO, the event co-organizer collaborated with NDLI to promote the digital libraries as a very effective avenue to realize universal open access of the learning contents. It has promised to co-ordinate digital library development, resource sharing activities of the SAARC countries. Integration of UNESCO South Asia publications has been taken up as the first step towards that.
“While getting international content is one aspect of NDLI, the other focus for NDLI is being inclusive & open. Inclusive in terms of every level of education, all kinds of students and learners, all kind of languages & disciplines. It is open in every respect whether data, technology or content.” said Prof. P P Das who is the in-charge of NDLI.
NDLI is mulling over possibilities of collaborations with Trove and DigitalNZ in terms of sharing of resources and software components. NDLI is already collaborating with Europeana Foundation. Individual experts in user data analytics, knowledge graph mining, linked data have shown keen interest in imbing best research practices into NDLI development. Some of the other digital libraries which expressed interest in collaboration with NDLI are Tainacan Project (Brazil), National Library of The Netherlands, National Library of South Africa, and National Library of Nepal.
Under the NDLI project, IIT Kharagpur has also initiated discussion with Microsoft Academic on sharing scholarly publishing knowledge graph.
“NDLI research and development team will soon focus on implementing technical outcomes of the workshop in terms of data aggregation framework, indexing infrastructure and service based models for data sharing. The developments in academic search engines like Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic also provide cues to efficiently organize scholarly publication in NDLI,” said Prof. Plaban Kumar Bhowmick, Program Co-Chair of the workshop.
Shri K K Sharma, Secretary, MHRD and R. Subrahmanyam, Additional Secretary, MHRD who were present on the occasion opined that by 2030 the union ministry is targeting to increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education to 30 per cent from the present 24 per cent. To achieve this goal, a combination of digital technology with the educational resources is the ideal pathway to ensure that all of India can learn, share and grow.
The MHRD funded NDLI project which has become a leading digital repository of India with approximately 1.26 crore content resources is bringing a significant change in the domain of online content search for both academics and general readership. The portal (https://ndl.iitkgp.ac.in/) went live about a year back and currently hosts more than 12 million contents in more than 100 languages, sourced from about 150 institutes / publishers. The mobile App of NDLI (on Android and iOS) has been well received with close to 7 Lakh downloads.
It is indeed great pleasure to inform that Avijit Saha (Roll No. 13AE30025) has been awarded the prestigious ASME IGTI Student Scholarship of USD 2000 for the academic year 2017-18.
ASME International Gas Turbine Institute has contributed over a million dollars in scholarships since initiating this service in 1986. Funds for the scholarship program are derived from revenue generated at their international conferences and expositions. The Review Committee received several excellent applications for this award.
Hearty Congratulations to Avijit Saha!
IIT Kharagpur has joined hands with Pepperdine University of USA to boost the initiatives of institution-led incubation and entrepreneurship at IIT Kharagpur. Pepperdine, which is globally known for its VC-backed entrepreneurial ventures, will collaborate for technological knowledge exchange with IIT Kharagpur.
Referring to the latest PitchBook Report on top Universities producing VC-backed entrepreneurs, Dr. P K Dan, workshop faculty and coordinator of the programme, mentioned that “Pepperdine MBA ranks as 25th where Universities like Harvard, MIT, Stanford, INSEAD or Carnegie Mellon are also listed andnaturally such collaborative initiatives will benefit our students”.
Prof. Larry Cox, faculty at Pepperdine who visited the Institute recently, conducted a workshop on Entrepreneurship Promotion along with his associates at Entrepreneur Institute Inc. where he is the Chief Education Officer. They imparted training on increasing creative capacity and the creative problem solving process.The workshop was jointly held with the Rajendra Mishra School of Engineering Entrepreneurship (RMSoEE) at IIT Kharagpur and upcoming Research Park of IIT Kharagpur at Kolkata. It focused on product engineering, reverse-forward engineering and rapid prototyping.
The US based team is also mulling on an association with the upcoming Research Park of IIT Kharagpur at Kolkata to take innovation and entrepreneurship endeavour forward.
According to Prof. Partha Pratim Das, who also leads the Research Park project, said “These workshops are the precursor to the future activities of the research park”.
Several budding entrepreneurs from IITKharagpur start-ups namely, Alive Home, mbreath, Beatrix and Culinosh and product development groups on the campus, namely, Prodex (Product Design), KRSSG (KharagpurRobosoccer Student’s Group), TeamKART, and Entrepreneurship Cell, participated in the workshop.
In the words of Prof. Larry Cox “Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management is very pleased to be collaborating with RMSoEE, IITKharagpur to strengthen both of our educational offerings with regard to technology entrepreneurship. We believe that the Graziadio School's unique approach to entrepreneurship as creative problem solving‘ in combination with the RMSoEE's world class technical expertise will produce powerful and disruptive student-based businesses at both institutions. As a first step, the Graziadio School is planning to host 10 RMSoEE students at its Malibu Campus for a week of entrepreneurship training in the summer of 2018, followed by 7-week internship”.
Prof. Partha Pratim Chakrabarti, Director, IIT Kharagpur met the US based team along with members of engineering entrepreneurship school and advised the group to prepare a roadmap for continued collaborative activities.
IIT Kharagpur recently witnessed the feat of young minds coming up with solutions to solve some of the most relevant challenges in economic, social and scientific domains of our time. The first edition of the Young Innovators Program was successful in gathering students from different parts of the country to innovate, learn and inspire.
“YIP was conceptualized in the lines of proposing solutions for global warming, climate change and resource crisis and other challenges which have been constantly bothering the progress of a country like India. The challenge was thrown open to students from Class 8, 9 and 10 to assess the creative ability in attempting such solutions and discover their potential as the future innovators of India,” said 3rd year student Piyush Nanda from the organizing student body of Branding and Relations Cell.
YIP invited innovations in the diversified themes of Environment, Energy, Agriculture, Biotechnology and Hardware modeling.
Prof. Baidurya Bhattacharya, Associate Dean of Alumni Affairs & International Relations, who inspired the concept of this event emphasized in his inaugural speech, on importance of innovation in the advancement of civilization giving examples of innovations which are all around us in mathematics, music, avionics, transportation, computing, knowledge economy.
The students came up with ideas ranging from utilizing Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to solve some of the most crucial problems bothering the society to come up with energy generation and utilization systems that can help us reduce the carbon footprints and increase efficiency parallely.
Researchers at IIT Kharagpur have invented a smart polymeric material which can be healed or self-repaired by heating if there are micro-cracks or scratches. The research team at the Institute’s Centre for Rubber Technology under the leadership of Prof. Nikhil Singha has developed acrylic polymers having specific functional groups. The product is created through a single step reaction with the post-polymerization process taking less than a minute. Organic compounds required for the product are also readily available at economical prices.
This material can be used as a coating on glass or metal adds an ultrafast self-healing capacity without the use of any external reagent. This could be of significant use in industrial products and consumer products which are painted as finished products and are damage prone such as vehicles, glass exteriors etc.
This process of self-healing or intrinsic healing is achieved only through the application of temperature at about 130-degree Celsius. The repairing process is completed in less than an hour. The properties of the material will not be changed even after self-repairing.
So the removal of a scratch on your new car may not need a fresh paint anymore but only heating, if coated with this material while production. This will also bring down repairing cost as external reagents are not required.
This material will have applications in self-repairing coatings and paintings in the respective industries, as commented by Prof. Singha who has recently been awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK. The research has recently been featured in the ChemComm published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, London.
“This is relatively a new area research with the first research paper being published in Nature Chemistry only in 2014. However, the novelty of the research by the IIT Kharagpur team is the self-healing quality and non-requirement of external reagent unlike previous research which makes repairs faster and capable of sustaining multiple repairs” said researcher Prantik Mondal.
“We are also working to make this anti-fouling, anti-bacterial etc,” added Prof. Singha.
In fact, Prof. Singha’s research group is working in the development of self-healing polymeric material based on controlled polymerization and Diels-Alder ‘click’ reaction during last several years. One of their works was featured in Editor’s spotlight article in Materials Views published by Wiley in 2013. However, this present self-healing system is much faster than earlier one.
Prof. Manoj Kumar Tiwari, Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering has been selected as the first recipient of the Prof. P. C. Mahalanobis Distinguished Educator Award for Management in the year 2017 by the Operational Research Society of India.
Prof. Anupam Basu, Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering and currently the Head, Center for Education Technology has been appointed as Director, National Institute of Technology Durgapur.
Prof. Subhasish Dey, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering is elected as Fellow, Indian National Science Academy.
Prof. S. K. Ghosh, Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering has been selected for National Geospatial Chair Professorship, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
Best Oral Presentation Award – Mr. Alok Anand Patra (15CH10004)
It is indeed great pleasure to inform you all that Mr. Alok Anand Patra (15CH10004) has been awarded “Best Oral Presentation” award in SCHEMCOM 2017 at NIT Rourkela for his paper “Effect of Residual Stress on Dewetted Morphology on spin-coated Polymer thin films” in the category “Advanced Materials”.
Hearty Congratulations to Alok Anand Patra and his supervisor – Prof. Rabibrata Mukherjee.
Proud Moments! Award of IIM-Vidya Bharathi Prize for Mr. Bharat Khurana (Roll No. 13MT30029)
It is indeed great pleasure to inform that Mr. Bharat Khurana (Roll No. 13MT30029) has been awarded the IIM-Vidya Bharathi Prize by the Indian Institute of Metals. This prize is given to the student scoring the highest marks or CGPA among those completing B.Tech (Hons.) or equivalent in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering throughout the country. He has been invited to the 55th National Metallurgists' Day celebration on 14th November, 2017 to be held at BITS Pilani, Goa to receive this award.
Hearty Congratulations to Bharat Khurana.
Professor Swagata Dasgupta, Professor, Department of Chemistry has been selected as the editorial board member of The Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics (Elsevier) for 3 years.
Prof. Nilmoni Sarkar, Professor, Department of Chemistry has been nominated as Member, Editorial Advisory Board of Journal of Physical Chemistry (American Chemical Society publication) for January 2018 - December 2020.
Prof. Pratim Chattaraj, Professor, Department of Chemistry has been nominated as Member, Editorial Advisory Board of Journal of Physical Chemistry (American Chemical Society publication) for January 2018 - December 2020.
Prof. Suman Chakraborty, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Head, School of Medical Science & Technology and Associate Dean, Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy has been elected as Fellow of
the American Physical Society.
Prof. Indranil Manna, Professor, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering and currently Director, IIT Kanpur has been honored with "IIM – Honorary Membership" by the Indian Institute of Metals.
Prof. Siddhartha Das, Professor, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering has been selected for the "IIM - Distinguished Educator Award" by the Indian Institute of Metals.
Professor Samit K. Ray, Professor, Department of Physics and currently the Director, S. N. Bose National Center for Basic Sciences, Kolkata has been elected Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India for the year 2017.
Dr. Sudip Misra, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering has been elected as Fellow of The National Academy of Sciences India, 2017.
Researchers from the Dept. of Electronics and Electrical Communications at IIT Kharagpur, have developed a visual technology for removal of effects of rain from videos in real-time and display it on the windscreen of vehicles to increase the clarity of the view.
On the occasion of the 67th Foundation Day of IIT Kharagpur, the Institute organized an outreach event for students from grades IX-XII. One 150 students from 5 schools participated in this event along with their teachers. Several programs were organized during this daylong event at the IIT Kharagpur campus on August 18, 2017. While St. Lawrence High School and RK Mission Vidyalaya participated from Kolkata, three schools participated from Kharagpur, viz. Kendriya Vidyalaya and DAV Model School from the IIT Kharagpur campus and St. Agnes from Kharagpur town.
Students received hands-on training of registration for the National Digital Library, India’s largest electronic repository, which has now more one crore resources including thousands of books indexed for school students both academics and fiction. The students attended a live demonstration at the Product Analytics and Modelling Lab (PAM Lab) at the Rajendra Mishra School of Engineering Entrepreneurship. The activity elicited interest as they observed how to reverse engineer a part, make improvements through design modifications, re-engineer and generate a prototype that can be used to test the new design. The students also visited the Science and Technology Museum and Exploration Centre and the Centre for Research Facility at IIT Kharagpur.
IIT Kharagpur bags 200+ PPOs for the first time in top MNCs including several foreign offers. Offers have been pouring for final year students as an outcome of internships which the students went for during the Summer Recess.
Companies like Goldman Sachs, Samsung, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Adobe Systems, Wipro have offered more than ten PPOs each. The Placement season will begin on December 01, 2017.
"This is an encouraging sign for us that companies recognize our students’ hard work and motivation during the internship" said Prof. Debasis Deb, Professor in-charge of the Career Development Centre at IIT Kharagpur.
Several factors influenced this excellence in the employability of students at IIT Kharagpur such as the versatility and wide choices in course curriculum available through flexible academic programmes, dedicated and experienced faculty strength and a strong presence of the alumni across most of recruiting organizations.
"The diverse pool of students at the Institute, who, due to the distance from the nearest city, gets wide opportunities to be creative and motivated in their own ways which leads them to develop dynamic skill sets and sharpen their strengths. Also the balanced academic and extracurricular environment of the IIT Kharagpur campus adds value to their overall development" added Prof. Deb.
IITKGP has also received 200+ Internship offers for the pre-final year students for the summer of 2018. The Institute authorities expect to cross the tallies of yesteryears in Internship offers for the academic year 2017-18.
Professor Amiya R. Mohanty, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering has been elected as Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering.
Dr. Aritra Hazra, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering has been selected for the INAE Young Engineer Award 2017 and consequently has been admitted as Young Associate of Indian National Academy of Engineering.