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Knowledge Tree: November 2018

Dear Friend,

Greetings from IIT Bombay!!!

I am very delighted to present the November issue of our newsletter. The month of October offered a welcome respite from academia after the conclusion of the mid-semester examinations and the Institute immersed into the festive ambiance of the Navratri season, witnessing a bunch of cultural and social activities. As we journey ahead into the month of November, it pleases me to share a brief account of our Institute’s events and happenings. With immense pleasure, I would like to inform that IIT Bombay has been rated rank one Institute in India and has secured the 9th spot amongst the BRICS universities by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) University ranking system. Furthermore, the Institute has also observed a marked improvement amongst the Asian universities and was placed at 33rd rank. This has been a consequence of the institute’s relentless efforts and high determination for achieving global excellence and I am confident that we will keep progressing even further. On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, IIT Bombay entered its name into the Guinness World Records as more than 5000 solar lamps with LED lights made by school students were lit up simultaneously, under the Student Solar Ambassador program, under the Solar Urja through Localization for Sustainability (SoULS) initiative which was organized by Techfest in association with the ‘Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’. These endeavors of the Institute are instrumental in raising awareness at the grassroot level for using clean and renewable energy sources.

The weekend of 6th and 7th October witnessed the glory of the flagship fest of Student Alumni Relations Cell, ‘Alumination'. Being IIT-B's largest platform of bilateral exchange between students and alumni, the impact of Alumination lies across a spectrum spanning Career guidance, Life learning, Corporate exposure, and Motivational talks. Multitudes of events like Mock Interviews, Group Discussions, Life Mentoring, Workshops in non-core sectors and unconventional career paths had students and alumni thoroughly engaged for the weekend. A ‘Cyclathon’, organized by the Techfest committee, was held in the Institute premises on the 7th October morning as a health awareness campaign and witnessed a participation of over 1000 people spanning all age groups. A lecture delivered by the renowned Nobel Laureate Professor Anthony James Leggett on the topic ‘What can we do with Quantum Liquid?’ was also conducted as a pre-event fest on October 23rd, 2018. The distinguished leadership lecture series named ‘Alankar’ was conducted by SJMSOM under its business festival, ‘Avenues’, that invited highly eminent and distinguished personalities like Dr.Subramanian Swamy, Hon’ble member of Rajya Sabha, Sudhir Mungantiwar, Hon’ble Cabinet Minister for finance and planning in the Government of Maharashtra and a host of management and entrepreneurial leaders to discuss a spectrum of topics ranging from ethical leadership to the Indian economy. Tinkerers' Laboratory and Institute Technical Council in collaboration with Discovery Channel and TeamIndus, organized a documentary screening and Live interactive session with members of Team Indus on Friday, 26th October 2018. Team happens to be the solo Indian team to reach the finals of the Google Lunar Xprize challenge for building the world’s first private mission to the moon. I also heartily congratulate Prof. Vikram Vishal, Assistant Professor at the Department of Earth Sciences, who was recently awarded the prestigious NASI Young Scientist Award for his exemplary research on reducing carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere by injecting it underground (geologic sequestration). I hope he continues to show excellent promise in his research field. All of us know, blockchain has revolutionized trust management due to which a spectrum of applications ranging from payment systems (Fintech applications) to security of IoT are being experimented worldwide.

Ripple corporation has established ‘Centre of Excellence for Blockchain Research’ at IIT Bombay. Here is the link for the center https://isrdc.iitb.ac.in/blockchain/coe/ Commemorating the milestone of achieving its 60th anniversary, IIT Bombay is celebrating the diamond jubilee by hosting various events in different cities focusing on sharing the future roadmap of the Institute as well as reconnect the alumni and cherish the Institute’s evolution over the years. The events include, FAN meeting at Stanford University, DJ Alumni meeting at San Francisco, Chicago and New York which was attended by more than 1000 alumni. Continuing the celebration in India, DJ alumni meeting were held at Bangalore and Hyderabad which was attended by more than 700 alumni. Only with constant perseverance and tenacity, can we make a mark in the world as an Institute of eminence. Generous contributions received from our alumni, corporate entities, and other friends of the Institute are key to bolstering our endeavors to pursue global excellence. 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.

Suhas Joshi, Dean,

Alumni and Corporate Relations

Alumni and Corporate Relations Office

First Floor, Main Building Tel: +91-22-2576-7023, E-Mail: dean.acr.office@iitb.ac.in


News From IITB

Diamond Jubilee Cultural Task Force of IIT Bombay held a concert by the band, Indian Ocean

The concert was organized on the evening of 24th November, Saturday in Open Air Theatre (OAT) of old SAC( Student Activity Centre).

Center of Excellence for Blockchain Technologies

The partnership between Ripple and IIT Bombay aims to foster widespread adoption and innovation  of Blockchain technology for a spectrum of applications ranging from infrastructures/ FinTech to crypto currencies.

Avenues 2K18

Avenues is the International Business festival of IIT Bombay organized by Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay.

Industrial Learning Program

Industrial Learning Program is an initiative of Student Alumni Relations Cell to provide students with opportunities to use their academic expertise in solving real-life problems.

Alumni Sports Day

Student Alumni Relations Cell (SARC) organised for all our alumni, Alumni Sports Day, which was held on 27th October, Saturday

Alumination 2K18

The 'Piece de Resistance' of SARC, Alumination is IIT Bombay's largest platform for bilateral exchange between the IITB alumni and students on a spectrum spanning Career Guidance, Corporate Exposure, Life Learning and Motivational Talks.

Documentary Screening: MoonBound and live interaction session with TeamIndus

Tinkerers' Laboratory and Institute Technical Council in collaboration with Discovery Channel and TeamIndus organized a documentary screening and Live interactive session with members of Team Indus on Friday, 26th October 2018.

Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

As we all are heartily aware that this is our institute's Diamond Jubilee year, a number of celebrations were cherished throughout the world in the name of this momentous milestone. Multitudes of host cities sparkled under the lights of IIT-B Diamond Jubilee festivities.

Physics Nobel Laureate Lecture

Techfest has always amazed its audience with its breathtaking Lectures lineup and has hosted Late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Dr. Rakesh Sharma, Mr. Vint Cerf and many more delegates in its previous editions.

Indira Foundation's Distinguished lecture by Prof. Billie Spencer

The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay organised Indira Foundation's Distinguished lecture on Monday, October 29, 2018 on "Advances in Computer Vision-based Civil Infrastructure Inspection and Monitoring". Prof. Billie F. Spencer Jr.(Nathan M. and Anne M.

Upcoming Events

National Conference on Chemical Process Simulation 2018

The Department of Chemical Engineering and the FOSSE team will be organizing a National Conference on Chemical Process Simulation-2018 at Victor Menezes Convention Centre (VMCC) IIT Bombay.

Institute Lecture Series

Institute Lecture Series by Prof. Viral Acharya

The Department of Humanities & Social Science had organised a Distinguished Alumni Lecture on October 12, 2018 as a part of Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of the Institute.

Memorandum of Understanding

Memorandum of Understanding between Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and Cracow University of Technology, Kraków, Poland

The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India and Cracow University of Technology, Kraków, Poland signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 23/08/2018 to bolster cooperation between faculty and supporting staff on various fronts.

Memorandum of Understanding between Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and Amirkabir University, Tehran, Iran

The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India and Amirkabir University, Tehran, Iran signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 04/07/2018 to bolster cooperation between their faculty and supporting staff on various technical and scientific fronts.

New Faculty Introduction

New Faculty Introduction

We are delighted to welcome Professor Ramkumar Rajendran to the IIT Bombay family.