Keeping up with tradition, IIT Bombay celebrated the annual Alumni Day on the 25th of December (the last Sunday of the year) with a bang. The event started off with welcome by Prof. Ravi Sinha (Dean, Alumni & Corporate Relations). This was followed by Prof. Devang Khakhar’s (Director, IIT Bombay) opening address where he briefed the about the changes that are happening in the Institute. He also mentioned about the growing focus on research activities and how IIT Bombay has witnessed the growth in number of young minds taking up academics as their career. He mentioned the important landmarks of the Institute crossing 10,000 students for the first time ever. He also mentioned that, with over 620 full-time faculty members, IIT Bombay now has the largest number of faculty members among all IITs. He described the major initiatives taken by the Institute during the past year. He also invited the alumni to review and send their comments on the draft Institute Strategic Plan.
On this occasion, the ‘Distinguished Alumni Award’ was conferred to six alumni to recognise their contribution in a very notable and sustained manner to the progress of the Institute. This DSA were conferred on Mr. Pradip Nadkarni (B.Tech., 1970, Mechanical Engineering), Mr. Raj Nair (B.Tech., 1971, Metallurgical Engineering), Mr. Avinash Sankholkar (B.Tech. 1974, Chemical Engineering), Mr. Dinkar Natraj (B.Tech., 1982, Chemical Engineering), Mr. Suneet Chitale (B.Tech., 1984, Mechanical Engineering) and Ms. Anuradha Narasimhan (B.Tech., 1990, Civil Engineering). More details on the awardees can be found here.
During this event, the Class of 1991 presented their ‘Silver Jubilee Class Legacy Project’ as they pledged to contribute a record-breaking amount of Rs. 8 Crore to the Institute. The Legacy Project will support important initiatives at the Institute. Over 130 alumni from the class of 1991 attended the Silver Jubilee reunion and the Alumni Day events.
An important attraction of this eventful day was the contribution made by Distinguished Alumnus Pramod Chaudhari (B.Tech. 1971, Mechanical Engineering), Executive President of Praj Industries. Mr. Chaudhari made a huge contribution of Rs. 2.51 crores to the Institute towards establishing a Centre for Learning and Teaching, which will focus on promoting teaching and learning at IIT Bombay. Mr. Chaudhari is a receipient of Distinguished Alumnus Award as well as Distinguished Service Award from IIT Bombay. He has earlier contributed to establish two Chair Professorships and has also generously supported other important activities at the Institute.
The function was attended by over 300 alumni from various classes from around the world.