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September 2020


Dear Friend,

Greetings from IIT Bombay !

Hope you are healthy and safe.

Another month passed amidst the time of the crisis with the hope of nationwide improvement. Meanwhile, the Institute commenced the new academic session with a wave of zeal and zest. The first-ever online semester, which was started from August 10, received an overwhelming response from all. The campus and classroom instructions have their aura but still, all faculty members are trying to give the best possible educational experience that IIT Bombay is known for. We welcomed all new PG entrants.

I would like to congratulate all the graduating students and wish them the very best for their future. With the immense efforts of our professors and students who have worked hard over the last two months, IIT Bombay organized first-ever virtual reality (VR) based convocation. The 58th Convocation of the Institute was held on August 23. Students were able to view their animated personalized avatar receiving awards, and degrees from the Chief Guest and the Director. We were privileged to have Mr. Stephen Schwarzman, founder and CEO of the Blackstone Group and a world-renowned investment banker as the guest of honor and Prof. Duncan Haldane, a 2016 Nobel Laureate in Physics and currently a professor at Princeton University, as the Chief Guest for the convocation. The entire event was broadcasted on DD Sahyadri and was also live-streamed on the Institute’s official YouTube Channel and social media pages. A virtual campus visit of hostels, departments, and other meeting points was also organized for graduates to meet and interact with friends, faculty, and club members.

I’m ecstatic to announce that the IITB Racing team has achieved tremendous success in challenging Formula Student UK 2020. The team secured 1st position in the Engineering Design Event and 4th position overall from among 73 teams participating from 21 countries. Furthermore, two UG students Kunal Deshmukh and Kritti Sharma, while working on a research project, discovered an SUV-sized asteroid that soared just 2950 km above the surface of Earth using data from the robotic Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) in California. It is the closest known asteroid to fly by Earth without impacting the planet.

IIT Bombay continued its legacy of constantly creating more opportunities for the students of India in GATE 2021 too. GATE 2021 would comprise two additional papers i.e., environmental sciences and humanities and social sciences (HSS). Furthermore, 3rd-year college students will also be allowed to appear in the GATE exams this time. Additionally, to help students of other universities in the country during the pandemic, 26 undergraduate courses of IITB are to be telecast via Swayamprabha Channels of DD.

Amidst this tough time, IITB is awarded the 2nd prize in innovation and entrepreneurship under ARIIA (Atal Rankings of Institutions on Innovation). This was announced in the august presence of Hon'ble Vice-President Mr. M. Venkaiah Naidu.

The Center for Machine Intelligence and Data Science(C-MInDS) at IIT Bombay which was set up in February 2020 to contribute towards the growing significance of the role of Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, and related areas in different application domains started offering its initial programs such as Minor and IDDDP for students.

To provide students an opportunity to network through the alumni, Student Alumni Relations Cell (SARC) organized ‘Phonathon’ that witnessed an appreciable response. Apart from that, sessions like “Prep-UP”SC and GMAT talks were held for the students to get through with the experience of exam clearers. In addition to this, SARC also launched its much-awaited initiative this month: The Alumni Student Mentorship Programme (ASMP). We wish all the alumni mentors a great mentorship experience ahead. 

This year Institute Technical Summer Projects were a great success with the completion of 64 projects despite the problems faced because of lockdown. Technical talk sessions and webinars like Watt-Hours were also conducted this month. Techfest, IIT Bombay continued their online webinars of Lectures and exhibition series.

On the occasion of World Entrepreneurs' Day, E-Cell, IIT Bombay conducted a Concord-Plinth For Innovation, a 3-day long entrepreneurial spectacle from August 28-30, where we host a line up of esteemed speakers. E-cell also organized a Virtual Stock Market competition.

To discuss what the future holds for our country in terms of the Economy and Politics, Institute Cultural Council conducted a star-studded talk series with Mr. Kapil Sibal, the former Union Minister, and Mr. Abhigyan Prakash, editor at ABP news. Apart from this, Fourthwall, the dramatics club stood first in first-ever virtual street play competition organized by CITF.

We were able to provide financial aid to over 500 needy students of the Institute towards obtaining the hardware and network resources through the generous monetary support we received from the alumni. I would like to thank you all for the bounteous help.

The generous contribution received from our alumni, corporate entities, and other friends of the Institute helps in making an important difference in our endeavor to pursue global excellence. The contribution towards Institute Development, Infrastructure Development, Young Faculty Awards, Chair Professorships, Hostel Development, Student Development, etc. are examples of the 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


E-Mail: dean.acr.office@iitb.ac.in

News From IITB

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 Clean Green Campus Program:  A Class of 1990 Initiative

IIT-B Racing Team won multiple awards at FSUK, which saw 73 teams participate from around the world
IIT Bombay Racing team wins at Formula Student UK

IIT-B Racing Team won multiple awards at FSUK, which saw 73 teams participate from around the world

Faculty Research at IIT Bombay

Ashwin Gumaste demonstrating indigenously developed router to the Indian Prime Minister on his visit to IIT Bombay
Building Sellable Products in Academic Labs: We embarked on a journey not often followed in India

Faculty Interview: Ashwin Gumaste, Institute Chair Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering

Student Research activities at IIT Bombay

Informal Work in India: A Tale of Two Definitions

Name: Rayees Ahmad Sheikh (Ph. D student)

Department: Shailesh J Mehta School of Management

Supervisors: Prof. Sarthak Gaurav & Prof Trupti Mishra

FairNet: Measurement Framework Traffic Differentiation Detection on the Internet

Name: Vinod Sarjerao Khandkar (Ph. D student)

Department: Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR)

Supervisor: Prof. Manjesh Kumar Hanawal

X-ray Data analysis

Name: Akshat Singhal (Post doc)

Department: Physics

Supervisor: Prof. Varun Bhalerao

Novel Deep Learning Algorithms and Architectures for Hyperspectral Image Processing

Name: Arun P V (Ph. D student)

Department: CSRE

Supervisors: Prof. B Krishna Mohan & Prof. Alok Porwal


Name: Shailesh Kumar Jain (M. Tech student)

Department: MEMS

Supervisor: Prof. Aswani Yella


Commuters' willingness to pay to reduce travel time: An application of discrete choice experiment

Name: Sujit Chauhan (M.Phil student)

Department: HSS

Supervisor: Prof. Haripriya Gundimeda

Study of Spatio-temporal Variability of Water Balance in Semi-arid Region of Southern-India: A case of Cascading Tanks in Madurai

Name: Aman Srivastava (M. Tech student)

Department: CTARA

Supervisor: Prof. Pennan Chinnasamy


Development of 3-D solid state neutron detector

Name: Gourav Kumar (Ph. D student)

Department: Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science

Name of supervisor: Prof. R. O. Dusane

Understanding the organisation of the spatially and compositionally exclusive lipids of the mycobacterial inner and outer membranes

Name: Aswin Srivatsav T (Ph. D student)

Department: Chemistry

Supervisor: Prof. Shobhna Kapoor


Making WEDM Industry-ready for Slicing Semiconductor Ingots for Solar PV Applications

Name: Makarand M. Kane (Ph. D student)

Department: Electrical Engineering

Supervisors: Prof. S. V. Kulkarni, Prof. Himanshu Bahirat, Prof. Suhas S. Joshi

Surface Enhanced Graphene Based Nano hybrids for Enhanced Energy Storage and a Device Thereof

Name: Sarigamala Karthik Kiran (Ph. D student)

Department: CRNTS

Supervisors: Prof. Sumit Saxena, Prof. Shobha Shukla

Novel Proof of Reserves Protocol with Shorter Proof Sizes

Name: Suyash Bagad (Dual Degree B. Tech + M. Tech. student)

Department: Physics

Supervisor: Prof. Saravanan Vijayakumaran