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Knowledge Tree: December 2018


Dear Friend,

Greetings from IIT Bombay!


I am very delighted to present the December issue of our newsletter. The onset of winter is here and with it an atmosphere of celebration too. The students of IIT-B have been through with their End Term examinations and even though the official term has ended, would be found tinkering throughout the campus, engaged in a multitude of technical and student activities. This goes on to show that our campus restricts its wholesome education neither by months nor syllabus.

I take immense pride in introducing a great new initiative by the Student Alumni Relations Cell (SARC) called ‘Know Your Alumni’, a video interview series, where the SARC body interacts with Alumni to gain an understanding about their achievements and the struggles that they overcame to earn their throne among the stars. The 1st video explored the world of Mr. Harish Badami, former Director at ACC Limited, former MD at Rohm and Haas company. You can watch the KYA video here

Our beloved alumnus, Mr. Hemant Kanakia, recently had one of his articles published in The Hindu, where he penned his mind on the future of Indian industries. He spoke on the ‘Make in India’ idea and implored to not blindly follow the capital intensive industries of USA or the labor intensive ones of China and rather look into disruptive technology intensive industries. “If ‘Make in India’ is to succeed, it needs to encompass ‘Make it the Indian Way’.”

The foundation stone laying ceremony of ‘Rahul Bajaj Technology Innovation Centre’ at IIT Bombay was held on 14th November. The Chief Guest, Mr Rahul Bajaj, Chairman of Bajaj Group, unveiled the plaque and 3D model of the ‘Rahul Bajaj Technology Innovation Centre’.

The Institute organized an Institute Distinguished Lecture in Chemical Engineering (in memory of Professor C.V. Seshadri) on 26th November. The speaker, Prof. Animangsu Ghatak, HOD of IIT Kanpur’s Department of Chemical Engineering, spoke on the topic of “Adhesion and Fracture of Soft Materials”.

The Diamond Jubilee Cultural Task Force of IIT Bombay held a concert by the famous Indian fusion band Indian Ocean on the evening of 24th November, Saturday in Open Air Theatre (OAT) of SAC. In addition to high-spirited and adrenaline-pumped students, the show was also attended by senior faculty, officials and staff of the Institute. Comprising of promising artists Nikhil Rao, Amit Kilam, Rahul Ram, Himanshu Joshi and Tuhin Chakraborty, this 28-year old band is widely known for their experimental nature and their unique style of seamlessly coupling Indo-rock fusion with jazz-spiced rhythms.

IIT Bombay hosts a number of Alumni reunions every year which mark a major milestone in the lives of our alumni and memories of our Institute. This is IIT Bombay's Diamond Jubilee year and that calls for a grander scale of jubilations. This December, a total of 10 Reunions would be orchestrated simultaneously, the schedule for which is as follows:

21 December - Batch of 1993

23 December - Batch of 1962

23 December - Batch of 1963

23 December - Batch of 1968

23 December - Batch of 1978

23 December - Batch of 1988

23 December - Batch of 1998

23 December - Batch of 2003

23 December - Batch of 2008

23 December - Batch of 2013

We implore all the respective batch alumni to join us in the revels along with their family and relive their campus days.

Only with constant perseverance and tenacity, we can 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

Country's 1st companion robot launched by a startup run by IIT Bombay students

With robots and IoT making inroads into manufacturing facilities and logistics, a Mumbai-based start-up has gone one step ahead. The start-up run by three engineers from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) — aims to introduce the concept of social robots in Indian homes.

Profectus: The social internship program

Abhyuday, IIT Bombay had organized Profectus 2018-19: The social internship (fellowship) programme.

Career Counselling Campaign by Abhyuday IIT Bombay

With this broad perspective, a Career Counselling Campaign (CCC) was organized which aims to mentor and guide school/college students from 7th to 12th standard.

Mr Hemant Kanakia throws light on the Manufacturing Revolution in India

Hemant Kanakia is an electrical engineer and high-technology investor. Through this article in The Hindu they have voiced their opinions about the scope of additive manufacturing in the Indian manufacturing ecosystem.

Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of Rahul Bajaj Technology Innovation Centre

The foundation stone laying ceremony of Rahul Bajaj Technology Innovation Centre at IIT Bombay was held on November 14, 2018.

Upcoming Events

Mood Indigo 2018

Mood Indigo, also known as MoodI or MI, is the cultural and signature festival of IIT Bombay. This year the glamorous festival will be held from 27-30 Dec,2018

Techfest 2018

Techfest is the annual science and technology festival of the institute. This year Techfest is to be held from 14th Dec - 16th Dec, 2018.

Reunions: Diamond Jubilee

IIT Bombay hosts a number of Alumni reunions every year like the Decennial (10th year), Silver Jubilee (25th year), 35th year reunion, Golden Jubilee (50th year) and others.

Institute Lecture Series

Institute Award Lectures by the IIT Bombay Research Award recipients

Institute Award Lecture Series is a series of talks given by the recipients of the IIT Bombay Research Awards.

Institute Distinguished Lecture in Chemical Engineering in memory of Prof. C.V. Seshadri

The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay had organized an Institute Distinguished Lecture in Chemical Engineering (in memory of Professor C.V. Seshadri) on November 26, titled “Adhesion and Fracture of Soft Materials”.

New Faculty Introduction

Introducing Professor Albert Thomas

We are delighted to welcome Professor Albert Thomas to the IIT Bombay family. He joined the Department of Civil Engineering of IIT-B this year.