Faculty Accolades

Strategic Partnership Unveiled: IIT Bombay and MILIT Join Forces for Advanced AI Initiatives

IIT Bombay signed an MoU with the Military Institute of Technology (MILIT) during the 12th Raising Day of MILIT. The MoU paves the way for joint training programs and collaborative projects and will help IITB’s Technocraft Centre for Applied Artificial Intelligence (TCA2I) fulfil its commitment to taking AI benefits to the defence sector.

N.R. Kamath Distinguished Talk Series: Prof. Kaushik Basu’s Insightful Discourse at IIT Bombay

IIT Bombay hosted the Prof. N. R. Kamath Distinguished Talk on Feb 1, 2024, from 3.30 p.m. at VMCC, IIT Bombay campus.

This talk is part of the webinar series conducted annually by the Institute in memory of the late Prof. N.R. Kamath, former Deputy Director of IIT Bombay and Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering. A highly respected educator and colleague, Prof. Kamath was widely credited for advancing the field of Chemical Engineering at the Institute as well as in India.

This year’s lecture was delivered by Prof. Kaushik Basu who is a Professor of Economics and Carl Marks Professor of International Studies at the Department of Economics and SC Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University, Ithaca and New York.

Prof. Basu spoke on Revisiting the Traveler’s Dilemma: Some Open Questions on Individual Rationality. The vibrant and engaging lecture touched upon many of the new writings on individual rationality from the perspective of economics, philosophy, and computer science. The lecture also explored and investigated newer questions and concepts in the field.

In hosting the Prof. N. R. Kamath Distinguished Talk, IIT Bombay not only paid tribute to the esteemed legacy of Prof. Kamath but also enriched its intellectual landscape. Distinguished talks by esteemed intellectuals like Prof. Kaushik Basu are paramount for an institute like IIT Bombay for fostering an environment where cutting-edge ideas converge, stimulate intellectual discourse, and fortify the Institute’s commitment to academic excellence and the pursuit of knowledge.

75 Years of Independence: IIT Bombay Celebrates Republic Day on Campus

IIT Bombay celebrated the 75th Republic Day on January 26, 2024, with a solemn ceremony at the Gymkhana grounds. Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri, Director, IIT Bombay, proudly unfurled the National Flag, extending heartfelt wishes to the entire community.

During this significant event, Prof. Chaudhuri presented certificates to the winners of an essay competition held during Vigilance Awareness Week 2023. The ceremony also acknowledged the commendable contributions of security officers, staff members, and NCC cadets, highlighting their dedication to the IIT Bombay community.

The celebration took an inspiring turn with the presentation of certificates to students who excelled in the “Words of Change” creative writing competition organized by the Gender Cell. This competition, held under the ‘Elimination of Violence Against Women Pakhwada 2023,’ aimed to amplify voices against injustice.

Adding a cultural flourish to the occasion, students from IIT Bombay, the Aman Day Care Centre, Campus School, and Kendriya Vidyalaya delivered captivating performances. Their diverse talents illuminated the celebration, creating a tapestry of unity and achievement.

The 75th Republic Day celebration at IIT Bombay encapsulates more than a ceremonial event; it symbolizes a profound connection to India’s values and collective aspirations. The day served as a poignant reminder of IIT Bombay’s role in contributing to the nation’s progress and innovation and underscored IITB’s commitment to excellence for a thriving India.

Neuroscience Unbound: Highlights from the SCAN Symposium 2024

The Sunita Sanghi Centre of Ageing and Neurodegenerative Diseases (SCAN) orchestrated the notable SCAN Annual Symposium 2024, bringing together a diverse assembly of experts, researchers, and professionals dedicated to the advancement of understanding and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. The symposium was held on January 9th and 10th, 2024, at the Victor Menezes Convention Centre (VMCC) on campus, and explored the latest research, findings, and innovations surrounding neurodegeneration—an urgent global issue impacting millions.

The core theme of the symposium was “Recent Trends in Neurodegeneration” and underscored its commitment to navigating the ever-evolving landscape of neurodegenerative diseases. Participants immersed themselves in dialogue with esteemed speakers and scientists, unravelling intricate cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying these complex disorders. Across the two-day event, attendees gained profound insights into the challenges posed by neurodegenerative disorders, discussing groundbreaking discoveries that could revolutionize approaches to diagnosis, treatment, and care.

The symposium culminated with a dynamic poster session that enveloped participants in an atmosphere of lively discourse and the exchange of knowledge. This interactive phase not only served as a platform for researchers to unveil their projects but also facilitated the dissemination of innovative findings and the receipt of invaluable feedback from fellow peers.

As the curtains were drawn on the SCAN Annual Symposium 2024, the echoes of impactful discussions and groundbreaking insights resonated within the corridors of neurodegenerative research. With each presentation and shared discovery, the symposium leaves an indelible mark on the trajectory of neurodegenerative studies, promising a future where collective efforts reshape the landscape of understanding and addressing these complex disorders.

A Summit of Excellence: IIT Bombay’s Storied Meeting with Indian President, Smt. Droupadi Murmu

It was a watershed moment for IIT Bombay, when Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri, Director, IIT Bombay, along with Prof. Rahul Purwar, met with the Hon’ble President of India, Smt. Droupadi Murmu, amplifying the Institute’s profound impact and influential role on the national stage.

The purpose of this meeting was to extend a formal invitation for her esteemed presence to IIT Bombay’s campus and to ceremoniously dedicate the groundbreaking CAR-T cell therapy, a pioneering development at IIT Bombay, designed for cancer treatment, to the nation.

This noteworthy meeting underscores the Institute’s commitment to advancing cutting-edge research and contributing significantly to the healthcare landscape of the nation.

With the continued dedication of IIT Bombay’s esteemed faculty and the support of its illustrious alumni, IIT Bombay looks forward to reaching new heights and making lasting contributions to education, research, and societal advancement.


A Majestic Start: IIT Bombay Launches 56th Inter-IIT Sports Meet

IIT Bombay (in collaboration with co-host IIT Gandhinagar) hosted the 56th Inter-IIT Sports Meet on campus. The meet kicked off with a spectacular opening ceremony. Cricket legend Venkatesh Prasad graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

The event began with the lighting of the torch and was followed by a majestic march-past by representatives from all 23 IITs, symbolizing unity, sportsmanship, and the spirit of healthy competition. It was a thrilling moment for the IIT Bombay as the hosts emerged victorious in the march-past. Against a backdrop of vibrant cultural performances, blending traditional and contemporary elements, the ceremony showcased India’s rich diversity.

Mr. Prasad addressed the spirited crowd and commended the dedication and passion of the IIT community. He underscored the pivotal role of sports in shaping character and fostering teamwork, motivating the participating athletes to strive for excellence.

As the regular sporting events kicked off, IIT Bombay determinedly etched out a memorable chapter for itself throughout the competition. The meet also saw participants and spectators enjoy a thrilling week of competition, exciting moments of triumph, sportsmanship, and camaraderie.

Forging a Greener Tomorrow: IIT Bombay and HSBC India Make a Commitment to Sustainability

IIT Bombay, in partnership with HSBC India, organized a full-day workshop focused on Green Hydrogen.

The event is a crucial component of the ongoing collaboration between the Institute and HSBC India, and aims at bolstering a robust, green hydrogen economy by enhancing its efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and scalability.

The workshop featured engaging breakout sessions covering significant and diverse topics including:

  • Hydrogen Storage
  • Hydrogen Utilization and Transport
  • Hydrogen Generation

Each of these aspects plays a pivotal role in realizing the full potential of green hydrogen.

Dr. Ashish Lele, Director of the National Chemical Laboratory, emphasized the importance of this initiative during his plenary talk, stating, “India imports 350 million tons of carbon in the form of fossil energy. We emit nearly 2.6 GT CO2 from this carbon energy. It is imperative to fuel our economic growth with clean energy and, at the same time, achieve energy security.”

IIT Bombay is immensely appreciative of HSBC India for their steadfast dedication to our collective vision of nurturing a future characterized by sustainability and resilience. Their unwavering commitment not only strengthens the existing collaboration but also underscores the profound impact that strategic partnerships can have in driving positive change.

Together, we stand poised to make lasting contributions to a greener and more sustainable world.

IIT Bombay Partners with the  Directorate of Technical Education  (DTE) on a 2-Day Workshop

IIT Bombay partnered with the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) on a 2-day workshop on May 12-13, 2023, at the Institute’s campus, to promote collaboration between faculty members from IIT Bombay and government-funded engineering institutes in Maharashtra.

About 60 faculty members from 15 engineering colleges attended this workshop. The workshop explored ways for IIT Bombay and DTE to work together that will benefit several faculty members and students of engineering colleges across the state.

Mr. Vikas Rastogi, Principal Secretary, Department of Higher and Technical Education, Government of Maharashtra; Dr. Vinod Mohitkar, Director, Directorate of Technical Education; Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri, Director, IIT Bombay; Prof. K P Kaliappan, Dean (Strategy), IIT Bombay; Prof. Milind Atrey, Dean (R&D), IIT Bombay; and Prof. Rajesh Zele, Convener of the DTE-IITB workshop, addressed the participants during the workshop.

During the course of the workshops, several faculty members made presentations on emerging topics. Subsequently, inputs were taken from various faculty members concerning possible modes of interaction with IIT Bombay professors.