IIT Kharagpur to host the Alumni awards on July 30 & 31

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. This age old adage by Aristotle will best be realized by the students of Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur soon on the enormous occasion of their 62nd Convocation Ceremony which has been scheduled to be held on July 30 & 31 this year. On this prestigious occasion, the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur will confer the Distinguished Alumnus Award to those who have shown ‘exceptional professional achievements in the industry, in the academia or as entrepreneur‘.

Name Course (B.Tech.) Batch Presently Employed as
Dr Anurag Acharya Computer Science and Engineering 1987 An Engineer with Google USA
Ajit Jain Mechanical Engineering 1972 president of Reinsurance Division, Berkshire Hathaway Insurance Group, USA
Dr Asoke Deysarkar Chemical Engineering 1971 CEO and Chairman, PfP Industries, USA
Prof Supriyo Bandopadhyay Electronics and Electrical Communications Engineering 1980 Commonwealth Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Name Course (Ph D.) Batch Presently Employed as
Prof. Gautam Biswas Mechanical Engineering 1985 Director, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
Prof Indranil Manna Metallurgical and Materials Engineering 1990 Director, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Name Course (B.Sc.) Batch Presently Employed as
Prof Venkatesan Thirumalai Physics 1969 Director, NUSNNI-NanoCore, National University of Singapore.

In brief about the alumnus:

Dr. Acharya is the key founder of Google Scholar which since its inception has become an indispensable service for the global academic and research community.

Moving towards Mr. Jain, he is presently employed in the investment sector and is a well known philanthropist and funds the Jain Foundation with the mission to cure muscular dystrophies.

Dr Deysarkar has blended his research with entrepreneurship in Chemical Engineering forming a billion dollar conglomerate of companies. The Deysarkar Family has helped establish the Trans-disciplinary Program in Petroleum Engineering at IIT KGP.

In the recent past, Prof, Bandopadhyay was named Virginia’s Outstanding Scientist and is famous across the globe for his interdisciplinary research. He directs the Quantum Device Laboratory in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering which has been frequently featured in national and international media for exemplary research in nanotechnology.

Prof Biswas has an illustrious academic career of 25 years having taught at IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kanpur and in various international universities. International Academic community has well recognised his fundamental research on heat transfer phenomena. He has also been the founder director of Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), New Delhi.

Prof Indranil Manna has been an exceptional academician and researcher having a long-standing association with IIT Kharagpur as faculty and thereafter leading the Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata and IIT Kanpur. His significant contributions in advanced material science and engineering have been well recognised by national and international bodies.

Prof. Venkatesan Thirumalai is famous for his pioneering research in laser technology. He was the founder of the PhD/MBA programme in NUS and the Surface Center at Rutgers University.

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