Greetings from IIT Bombay.
The month of March was one of surprises. Having completed half of the semester, all students were ready to dive deep into academics, indulge in grabbing the PORs they were eyeing and a lot of activity was expected. The sudden outbreak of the coronavirus in the country saw a turn of events. The institute had to be shut down mid of March and students were asked to go home to prevent the virus from spreading.
Firstly, I would like to take the opportunity to inform you that IIT Bombay has been ranked 1st in India and has moved significantly up from 53rd rank last year to 44th rank this year in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject 2020. This is a result of the utmost dedication of the faculty, staff and students and we hope to register better positions in the future with the excellent talent and enthusiasm that thrives in our institute.
IIT Bombay celebrated its Foundation Day, the 61st anniversary of its inception on March 11, 2020 by honouring the contributions of its faculty members as well as erstwhile students, who as alumni have left their indelible imprint on their chosen fields of profession. The event was held in Prof. B. Nag Auditorium, VMCC and honoured its select alumni and faculty for their achievements in diverse fields ranging from academics, research and entrepreneurship. The Distinguished Alumnus Awards and Young Alumnus Achiever Awards’ were given away.
We welcomed Blackstone Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder Mr. Stephen A. Schwarzman together with our very own alumni, UIDAI Founding Chairman and Chairman & Co-Founder of Infosys, Mr. Nandan Nilekani for an interactive chat session at the Convocation Hall on March 4, 2020. The event was attended by more than 1,500 students, professors, IIT Bombay alumni, and members of the business community. It talked about how Blackstone became one of the largest global investors and the firm’s focus on technology and IT investments.
The Institute organised an Institute Distinguished Lecture (in memory of Professor C. Khilar) on Thursday, March 12, 2020 on "Microbiomics: Role of Microbe-Microbe and Host-Microbe interaction in Shaping Microbial Communities". The distinguished speaker for the same was Dr. Janhavi Raut, who is currently Director, R&D at Unilever R&D centre at Bangalore. She obtained her B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from IIT Bombay and subsequently pursued her higher studies at Pennsylvania State University. For the last 21 years, she has worked on a myriad of projects across locations and teams at Unilever, thereby building very diverse skills.
IIT Bombay has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Alberta, Canada on January 31, 2020 to promote international cooperation in the fields of education, research and social services. The MoUs promotes the visit and exchange of faculty members, researchers, and students as a means to promote future institutional cooperation.
The outbreak of the Covid-19, which was soon declared as a pandemic, has brought everyone in the world to a halt. All the global, national and local bodies have shut their institutions to stay away from getting in touch with this outrageous virus. Since the country is in lockdown, all events previously scheduled to occur in May and April have been either cancelled or postponed to a further date. The Institute has advanced summer vacations and the current semester is likely to resume from June 1.
I strongly urge you to follow the preventive measures as directed by the government and your local health authorities, and encourage others to do the same so that we emerge out victorious from this global battle.
The generous contribution received from our alumni, corporate entities, and other friends of the Institute helps make an important difference in our endeavour to pursue global excellence. The contribution 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.
Dean of Alumni and Corporate Relations
Foundation Day Celebration
IIT Bombay celebrated its Foundation Day, the 61st anniversary of its inception, on March 11, 2020 in Prof. B. Nag Auditorium, VMCC.
Blackstone's Mr. Stephen A. Schwarzman and Infosys' Mr.Nandan Nilekani Speak at IIT Bombay
An interactive chat session with Blackstone Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder Stephen A.Schwarzman and UIDAI Founding Chairman and Chairman & Co-Founder of Infosys, Nandan Nilekani was held on March 4, 2020 at the Convocation Hall.
QS World University Rankings
IIT Bombay has been ranked 1st in India and 44th in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.
Adverse Effect of Covid-19 on the campus
The outbreak of Covid-19, which was soon declared as a pandemic, got all academic activities of the Institute, including research, effectively closed until any further notice.
Institute Lecture on Microbiomics by Dr. Janhavi Raut
IIT Bombay organised an institute lecture on March 12, 2020 by Dr. Janhavi Raut from the Unilever R&D centre at Bangalore.
Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Alberta, Canada
IIT Bombay signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Alberta, Canada on January 31, 2020.