Greetings from IIT Bombay!
Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous new year 2021!
It gives me immense pleasure to inform you that we celebrated E- Alumni Day on December 27. As a part of the event, Distinguished Service Awards 2020 were bestowed on two of our alumni this year, who have contributed in a notable and sustained manner to the progress of the Institute. Chapter Service Awards were also conferred upon six of our alumni who have contributed in a very notable and sustained manner to the progress of the Chapter and also to the progress of the Institute. The celebration witnessed personalized ‘avatars’ of awardees receiving awards from the personalized avatar of Director, Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri.
On December 26, class of 1995 celebrated its silver jubilee reunion virtually. On the Alumni day, the Batch (class of 1995) came together to pledge a sum of Rs. 20.3 Crores towards their legacy project, as a way of giving back to the alma mater and to leave behind a lasting legacy. The event also witnessed exchange of MoU with Mr. Ashank Desai, an IIT Bombay alumnus (Class of 1974) and Founder, Vice-Chairman and MD of Mastek/ Majesco for a substantive financial contribution of Rs. 15 Crores towards the ‘Center for Policy Studies’ at IIT Bombay. The Centre will contribute towards India’s need for talent, research and advisory to achieve holistic approach to policy making, particularly with emphasis on technology. Please see the link for Alumni Day-2020 Function which was held on December 27, 2020 https://www.cdeep.iitb.ac.in/events.php
30th Reunion of the Class of 1990, ‘Pearl Jammin’ was held online on Zoom, on December 12. It was the first large-scale virtual reunion of any IITB batch. It started off with nostalgia, an audio-visual of IITB from the late ’80s. Around 175 batchmates attended the reunion.
On December 20, Class of 1980 came together virtually to celebrate Ruby Reunion. They came out with the dazzling idea of fabricating a digital video album (yearbook) covering over one hundred batchmates narrating their lives. The yearbook of the class of 1980 can be viewed in https://youtu.be/Bhr8HbPqyCE. We had interesting fireside chats along with Prof. Chaudhuri with class of 1990 and class of 1980 during the reunions, where we discussed about IITB’s current standing, academic and research programs, entrepreneurial ecosystem, student life, and how alumni could contribute to IITB.
It is my gigantic contentment to draw your attention that this year the Institute has recorded the soaring recruiters in IIT Bombay Placements 2020. In Phase-I of IIT placement, 973 selections were made by 310 companies in the Institute.We have received 152 offers in pre-placement, 821 in campus placement, making it a total of 973. The highest number of offers was rolled out by the Engineering & Technology sector, determining IIT Bombay students’ technical excellence. Apart from this, the Institute received a total of 58 international offers from different countries like the USA, Japan, UAE, Singapore, Netherlands, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. This year, two PSUs also offered 5 jobs in Phase-I placement sessions to IIT B students. Moreover, the highest domestic CTC package has been Rs. 64 Lacs per annum, and the highest international CTC has been EURO 1.57 Lacs per annum.
We were designated as the prize winner of the Clarivate South and South East Asia Innovation Award 2020 in the Academic Institutions category. This award places IIT Bombay among the top academic innovators in India. The awards were announced at the Clarivate South & South East Asia Innovation Forum 2020 held on November 18-19, in the presence of Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog, and Prof. K Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India.
Alumination, the flagship event of SARC, sparkled brilliantly, intricately embedded on its tiara. The most opportune and the much-coveted two-day fest serves as a suitable medium for promoting conducive student-alumni interactions and providing deep foresight into your malleable future. The event witnessed Distinguished Alumni - Mr. Ashish Chauhan-MD and CEO Bombay Stock Exchange, Ms. Shalini Govil Pai- VP & GM. Android TV Google interact with the students. Moreover, students could get enlightened on a spectrum of topics spanning Career guidance, Corporate exposure, Life Learning, and Motivational Talks.
We would like to congratulate Prof. Chetan Solanki of the Energy Science and Engineering Department, on becoming the Brand Ambassador for Solar Energy Awareness Campaign by the Madhya Pradesh Government until Dec 2023. We also congratulate Professor Dulal Panda (BSBE) for being selected to receive “The Sun Pharma Research Award in Pharmaceutical Sciences” for the year 2020.
We hosted a lecture by His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the virtual Techfest on December 14. The lecture series also hosted other dignitaries like Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra, Nobel Prize winners Prof. William D Philips and Prof. Tasuku Honjo, Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar. It provided all the inquisitive minds to interact with and learn from some of the most ingenious luminaries worldwide.
50th edition of Mood Indigo, Asia’s largest college cultural festival, was organized from December 26-27 in online fashion. It was a melting pot of Indian and global culture, a launchpad for upcoming artists, a spectacular showcase of talent, an epitome of an incredible online experience.It is laudable to see the Mood Indigo and Techfest team working remotely to accomplish this feat of successfully coming up with an innovative alternative to the festival despite several challenges. Only with constant perseverance and tenacity we can make a mark in the world as an Institute of eminence.
It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that Prof. D.M. Dhamdhere, a great scholar , teacher and former professor of Computer Science and Engineering, passed away on November 28 . Prof. Dhamdhere did his B.Tech., M.Tech. and Ph..D. degrees from IIT Bombay. He was an expert on compiler design and had written several books in computer science. He was one of the early professors who helped architect the computer science department at IITB. It is a great loss to all of us. Our condolences to his family members, may his soul rest in peace.
Generous contributions from our alumni, corporate entities, and other friends of the Institute are key to bolstering our endeavours 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.
Dean, Alumni, and Corporate Relations
Every year Legacy batches have been contributing a part of their fund to the following purposes to support the Institute.
Retired Faculty Wellness Fund (Gurudakshina)
Simple Inquisitiveness and Persistence are the Basic Ingredients of a Good Research
Prof. G. Naresh Patwari (Department of chemistry)
Machine-learning-assisted space-transformation accelerates discovery of high thermal conductivity alloys
Name: Dhvaneel Visaria
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Program: B.Tech (4th year)
Name of supervisor: Prof. Ankit Jain
Cost-effective method for stamp fabrication used for protein patterning
Name: Akshada Jayant Khadpekar
Department: Chemical engineering
Program: Ph D. (6th year)
Name of supervisor: Prof Abhijit Majumder
Remarkable Decrease in Viscosity of Waxy Crude Oil under Electric Field
Name: Ankita Jain
Department: Chemical engineering
Program: Ph D. (4th year)
Name of supervisor: Prof. Jyoti R. Seth and Prof. Vinay A. Juvekar
Development of a Hydrocarbon Fuel based Micro Thermoelectric Power Generator
Name: Aravind B
Department: Aerospace Engineering
Program: Ph D. (5th year)
Name of supervisor: Prof.Sudarshan Kumar