A meeting of Deans of all IITs who are responsible for external and alumni relations was held on March 17-18, 2017 at IIT Kharagpur. Deans of the older IITs welcomed the newest “old” IIT, the IIT-BHU to the external relations network. The meetings are held once or twice a year, and is intended to share best practices, explore collaboration opportunities and brainstorm on common problems.
This two day event was inaugurated by Prof. Sriman Kumar Bhattacharyya, Deputy Director, IIT Kharagpur who was the acting director on the day. Throughout the two days meet, Deans of various IITs like IIT BHU, IIT Bhubaneswar, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Dhanbad, IIT Guwahati, IIT Madras, IIT Roorkee and IIT Kharagpur shared their experiences. In addition to the deans, a number of senior officials and student leaders from the participating institutions were also present.
IIT Kharagpur alumnus Satinder Singh Rekhi, Managing Director of R Systems International Limited explained the concept behind his financial support to IIT Kharagpur to establish the Rekhi Centre of Excellence for the Science of Happiness. He also articulated his views on the importance of pursuit of happiness for long-term professional and personal success.