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Knowledge Tree: Newsletter March 2017

Dear Friend,

Greetings from IIT Bombay.

February saw the campus abuzz with events and activities, including the semester mid-term examinations. The student gymkhana elections had the campus riveted with excitement and suspense.

The Institute will be celebrating our ‘58th Foundation Day’ on 10th March, 2017. On this occasion, we shall confer the Distinguished Alumnus Awards and the Young Alumnus Achiever Awards. The Prof. S. C. Bhattacharya Excellence Award in Pure Sciences and Prof. H. H. Mathur Excellence Award in Applied Sciences shall be also be conferred during the function. We cordially invite you to attend in the Foundation Day function and savour the achievements of the Institute and our alumni.

It brings me immense pleasure to inform you that Prof. Dinesh K. Sharma of Electrical Engineering Department was felicitated by the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee for his contributions to the design of new Electronic Voting machine. Please join me in congratulating Prof. Sharma for his achievements and the recognition from President. A highly distinguished faculty member, Prof. Sharma is also a recipient of the Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Institute held its 55th Interim Convocation on 25th February wherein a total of 179 degrees were awarded. The recipients included 27 graduates from the inaugural class of Executive Master in Business Administration (E-MBA), which is jointly offered by IIT Bombay and Washington University in St. Louis. The ceremony was presided by Mr. Dilip Shanghvi, Chairman of Board of Governors and Prof. Devang V. Khakhar, Director. For the joint E-MBA degrees, the degrees were conferred by Prof. Mark Taylor, Dean, Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis. We welcome them to the family of IIT Bombay alumni and look forward to their successes in life.

I am pleased to inform you that, in an important contribution to society, the research group of Prof. Narayan Rangaraj (Industrial Engineering and Operations Research) and Prof. Madhu Belur (Dept of Electrical Engineering) have developed an optimal rail scheduling software system for the Central Railways. The software system is expected to lower the time required for creating railway timetables to a degree that the suburban railway schedules can be created in as little as five minutes. The Central Railways plan to use this for the next annual revision of their timetable later this year. Please see the article below for further details.

This month, the Institute also hosted a number of lectures and workshops. We were honoured to host Prof. Tuula Teeri, President of Aalto University, Finland, who delivered a lecture on “Universities and Innovation-Driven Growth: The Case of Aalto University” on February 23. An important workshop on ‘Unmet Needs in Drug Delivery Technologies’ was organized as a part of N.R. Kamath Chair Professorship on 25th  February, 2017. The keynote speakers included Prof. Samir Mitragotri, NR Kamath Chair Professor, and Prof. Jonathan Dordick, Vice President of Research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA. The main objective of this workshop was to bring together academic and practitioner researchers on the same platform to identify the gaps and challenges in drug delivery technologies. 

The month has witnessed several high-profile visitors to our Institute. Our Institute had the honour of hosting the Pro Vice Chancellor of Swansea University, Prof. Iwan Davies who visited IIT Bombay to discuss the possibility of extending the existing collaboration with IITB’s Industrial Design Centre (IDC).

The Institute continues to attract outstanding talent as new faculty members. Several have joined IIT Bombay in the past. We are pleased to bring a short introduction of these new faculty members.

The generous contributions received from our alumni, corporate entities, and other friends of the Institute helps in making an important difference in our endeavour to pursue global excellence. The contributions towards Institute Development, Infrastructure Development, Young Faculty Awards, Chair Professorships, Hostel Development, Student Development, etc. are examples of utilization of these funds for the betterment of the Institute. We invite you to contribute to the Institute’s betterment to the best of your ability.

Ravi Sinha

Dean, Alumni and Corporate Relations