The Faculty Alumni Network (FAN) India Symposium and the Distinguished Alumni (DA) India Meet were held on 6th and 7th April 2019 at Taj Exotica Resort in Goa. The Faculty Alumni Network (FAN) is a community of IIT Bombay faculty and alumni with backgrounds as researchers, university faculty, students, and administrators. FAN’s goals are to assist IIT Bombay in its efforts to become a word class research and teaching center. become a word class research and teaching center.
The theme of the FAN India Symposium2019 was New & Advanced MaterialsandSustainable Chemical Sciences. In accord with the theme, conveners Prof. Jayesh Bellare from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Prof. R Murugavel from the Department of Chemistry were selected to lead the Symposium as conveners. The Symposium was divided into two sessions with New & Advanced Materials as the morning session and Sustainable Chemical Sciences as the afternoon session with over 45 participants for both sessions.
The morning session was chaired by Prof. Srikant Sastry from the Theoretical Sciences Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) which saw participation from IITB alumni across academia and industry. The afternoon session was chaired by Prof. Alisagar Contractor who has retired from the Department of Chemistry, IIT Bombay. This session too saw a healthy mix of participants from academia and industry consisting of alumni from IITB and subject matter experts (SMEs).
The Distinguished Alumni India Meet 2019 was held on 7th April 2019. It is a select gathering of IIT Bombay’s most illustrious alumni who meet annually to discuss the Institute’s priorities and plans and also give their opinions and suggestions on the course of action going forward. This year, IIT Bombay is primarily focussing on four priorities including a) enhancing the students’ experience b) strengthening faculty and research c) building a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship d) creating a world-class campus.