IIT Bombay celebrated its 64th Foundation Day on March 10, 2023, by honouring the contributions of its faculty members as well as alumni who have left their mark in their chosen fields of profession.
The Foundation Day ceremony started with a welcome address by Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri, Director, IIT Bombay who highlighted the key milestones achieved by the Institute in the past 64 years. He said, “The strong foundation that IIT Bombay builds among its students helps create an alumni base that provides leadership roles, no matter what career profession they select in their life.”
The Chief Guest of the function Mr. Sajjan Jindal, Chairman, JSW Group of Companies, in his address said, “The future belongs to those who dream big and work tirelessly to achieve their goals. It is important to remember that success is not just about personal achievements but also about making a positive impact on the world around us. IIT Bombay can be the catalyst in the development of our great nation. As an alumnus of IIT Bombay, you have a duty to give back to the institution and the nation that gave you so much. Whether through financial support or by sharing our knowledge and expertise with current students, we can help ensure that the future generations of IIT Bombay graduates continue to be among the best and brightest in the world.”
Next, the event conferred several awards to faculty members of the Institute.
IIT Bombay conferred the Prof. S.C. Sahasrabudhe Lifetime Achievement Award (2022-2023) on Prof. Devang V. Khakhar, Former Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering (2002–04) and Director of IIT Bombay from 2009 – 2019, in recognition of his outstanding contributions as a teacher, researcher, and an administrator. The IIT Bombay Prof. S.C. Sahasrabudhe Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes outstanding individuals whose pioneering spirit and demonstrated inventiveness throughout their careers that have had a tangible societal impact even as they have been inspirational to others.
The Institute also honoured its faculty for their research achievements.
The ‘Prof. S.C. Bhattacharya Award for Excellence in Research in Pure Sciences (2022)’ was conferred on Prof. Samir Maji, Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, for his outstanding contributions in the area of Protein aggregation, Biochemistry, and Biophysics; and Prof. Debabrata Maiti, Department of Chemistry, for his outstanding contributions in the area of Bio-inspired catalysis, Green Synthesis, C-H activation, and Photocatalysis.
The ‘Prof. H.H. Mathur Award for Excellence in Research in Applied Sciences’ was conferred on Prof. V.S. Raja, Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, for his outstanding contributions in the area of Corrosion Mechanisms and Materials Development.
The Institute then recognised select alumni of IIT Bombay, who have excelled in their field of work and made the Institute proud, by conferring them with the Distinguished Alumnus Awards (DAA).