Shri. Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India, Visits IIT Bombay Campus

Shri. Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India, graced Alankar, the Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management’s Global Leadership Summit at IIT Bombay. He interacted with the students and faculty and urged them to address societal issues in their research projects. 

During his visit to IIT Bombay, Shri Gadkari also visited the R&D stalls on campus and interacted with faculty and students at the Institute. The stalls exhibited projects on Indigenous & Reliable Motors & Power Electronics; Manufacturing, Ergonomics and Stability; Battery Technology: Safety & Sustainability; Transportation planning and Grid Integration; Green Hydrogen and Devices & Electronics.

IIT Bombay hosts Conclave on Procurement for All IITs

IIT Bombay organised a first-of-its-kind two-day Procurement Conclave for officers handling procurement of all IITs at the Institute campus on November 18 and 19, 2022. Officers from 15 IITs took part in the conclave along with officials from the Ministry of Finance and Government e-Marketplace (GeM) as guest speakers.

IIT Bombay hosts alumnus Amit Dixit, Head of Asia Private Equity and Blackstone

IIT Bombay was pleased to host its alumnus, Mr. Amit Dixit (B.Tech., Civil Engineering, 1995), Head of Asia Private Equity at Blackstone, whose generous contribution led to the establishment of the first woman faculty chair at the Institute. The Chair named the “Shobha Dixit Chair Professorship” in honour of Mr. Dixit’s mother was set up to recognise and provide opportunities to outstanding women faculty members.

During his visit, Mr. Dixit was introduced to Prof. Chandra Venkataraman, Department of Chemical Engineering, and founding convener of the Interdisciplinary Programme in Climate Studies (IDPCS), at IIT Bombay. Prof. Venkataraman was appointed to this prestigious woman faculty chair and has been leveraging her expertise in Chemical Engineering to contribute to the advancement of Climate Studies at the Institute. Mr. Dixit, along with his colleagues from Blackstone who are also IITB alums, interacted with Prof. Venkataraman and learned about her exceptional research work over the past year. He also met and interacted with Prof. Ravindra Gudi, Dean, Alumni and Corporate Relations, as they engaged in a spirited and insightful discussion about the unique ways in which IIT Bombay can continue to create societal impact and contribute towards nation-building.

Mr. Dixit concluded his visit to the campus with a meet-and-greet with Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri, Director, IIT Bombay, and Prof. S. Sudarshan, Deputy Director (Academic and Infrastructural Affairs). 

IIT Bombay Commemorates Birth Anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel by Observing National Unity Day (Rashtriya Ekta Diwas)

IIT Bombay commemorated the birth anniversary of the Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, by observing National Unity Day (Rashtriya Ekta Diwas) on October 31, 2022. An exhibition depicting the life and activities of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was organised at the same venue.

As part of the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas celebrations, the Institute also organised a Vigilance Awareness Week from October 31-November 06, 2022. This year’s theme was “Corruption-Free India for a Developed Nation.” IIT Bombay’s staff undertook a pledge to promote integrity in public life and achieve a corruption-free society. They pledged to foster a culture of honesty and integrity and to remain committed to good corporate governance-based transparency, accountability, and fairness. The ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Pledge’ and ‘Integrity Pledge’ was administered to employees of IIT Bombay in Hindi by Mr. C.P. Joglekar, Deputy Registrar (Human Resources-I) and in English by Dr. K.V. Reghuthaman, Joint Registrar-Human Resources, HR-2 (HCM) Section, IIT Bombay, at the ground floor foyer of IIT Bombay’s Main Building.

The Vigilance Cell of IIT Bombay also organised an essay-writing competition for the campus community on the topic “Corruption Free India: Steps Ahead for Developed India”.

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As part of the celebrations, the Institute conducted a ‘Unity Run’ on October 31, 2022, on the Institute campus. Enthusiastic students, staff & faculty participated in the event and made it a huge success.

Team Nimbus from IIT Bombay from the Department of Energy Science & Engineering Place First in the International Switch Energy Case Competition 2022

“Nimbus 2.0” – a team from the Department of Energy Science & Engineering secured the first prize and received $10,000 in the International Switch Energy Case Competition 2022. The competition was organized by Switch Energy Alliance, a Texas-based nonprofit organization, with support from Sempra and the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin (PGE).

Over 140 teams from 15 countries participated in the competition and were tasked with developing a 30-year plan for improving energy access and reliability in countries like Colombia, Ghana, and Myanmar. IIT Bombay’s team comprising Ph.D. students Mr. Shivam Kumar and Ms. Roopmati Meena and DD students, Ms. Srushti Bhamare and Ms. Shruti Prajapati, worked on energy poverty issues in Ghana and won the finale where the top 5 teams presented their projects to a live audience and a 3-member jury.

IIT Bombay hosts the Golden Jubilee Reunion for the class of 1972

The Golden Jubilee Reunion of the Class of 1972 was held on campus on Nov 11, 2022. The reunion was organized by IITBAA and over 175 alumni from all over the globe participated in the event. The week leading up to the reunion day was spirited and filled with activities. Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri, Director, IIT Bombay welcomed alumni on November 8, 2022, during a celebratory event held in their honour and provided the Class of 1972 with a brief overview of their alma mater’s progress over the years. This was followed by a gala dinner as alumni members reconnected and networked with one another and reminisced about their student days.

Over the next few days, alumni took a trip down memory lane through a tour of the campus and had a glimpse of the several infrastructural developments that have taken place at the Institute in recent decades. They also visited their respective departments and interacted with the faculty. They witnessed unique research projects being pursued by IIT Bombay’s students and some of the Institute’s Centres of Excellence and Innovation Labs. During an informal event, alumni members interacted with popular Indian film director, Mr. Subhash Ghai, as he regaled them about his personal and professional journey. 

One of the highlights of this Golden Jubilee reunion occurred when the Class of 1972 made a generous and substantial pledge towards the advancement of their alma mater. This contribution is part of the class’s Legacy Project, an initiative started by IIT Bombay that sees its legacy batches supporting and implementing critical projects at the Institute. 

The reunion concluded with the Class of 1972 enjoying a trip to the Yeoor Hills in Thane. The Institute is delighted with the continued support shown by its alumni and for inspiring the present and future generations at the Institute.

The Department of Chemical Engineering at IIT Bombay hosts the latest edition of the panel discussion series ‘Changing Role of Chemical Engineers’

The Department of Chemical Engineering at IIT Bombay held the latest edition of the panel discussion series, ‘Changing Role of Chemical Engineers’ (a series of online panel discussions organised by the Chemical Engineering alumni of IIT Bombay in collaboration with the Department) on November 05, 2022. The discussion focused on the Circular Economy of Materials and explored the current trends and future directions of important science and technology-driven industries.

The panel comprised Dr. Vijay Mhetar (CTO of DL Chemicals/Kraton Corporation, IIT Bombay, ’94); Dr. Sameer Ralhan (SVP and CFO of The Chemours Company, IITB, ’95); Dr. Srinivasan Rajagopalan (Manager-Materials at ExxonMobil, Tech & Engg, IITB, ’94) and Mr. Rajeev Pandia (Past President, ICC, IITB, ’71), and was moderated by Prof. Guruswamy Kumaraswamy (Chem Engg, IITB, ’94). The panellists highlighted issues related to materials waste and approaches to tackling this critical problem.
 
The other topics covered in the discussion included a review of the awareness of the state of knowledge at a global and national level on the issue of sustainability, circularity, and recycling of materials; the current trends and future direction for new technologies to extend the service life of materials and polymers; the role played by chemical engineers in developing and deploying relevant technologies or informing policy, and the mantle of IIT Bombay and other institutions in India to develop better policies, practices, and implementations for improving efficiency in the recycling of waste. 

IIT Bombay Observes National Constitution Day

As a part of National Constitution Day (Samvidhan Diwas), IIT Bombay organised a workshop titled “How to Achieve Success in Various Competitive Examinations?” on November 26, 2022. Mr. Ganesh Bhorkade, Registrar, IIT Bombay, conducted the workshop where he shared several practical tips on how to succeed in competitive examinations. The workshop was well-attended by the staff and residents of IIT Bombay.

IIT Bombay Professors Earn Accolades

Following are highlights of the many accolades and awards received by IITB’s faculty members over the past month.

Prof. Dipendra Prasad, (Department of Mathematics) has been elected to the very prestigious TWAS Fellowship

Prof. Soumyo Mukherji, (Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering) has been elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI)

Prof. Rohit Srivastava, (Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering) has been elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences (India)

Prof. Riddhi Singh, (Department of Civil Engineering) has been invited to serve as a Co-Editor for the Hydrological Sciences Journal

Prof. Sauvik Banerjee, (Department of Civil Engineering) has been invited to join the editorial board of the journal, Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation, Taylor and Francis, as a Subject Editor

Prof. Gulab Singh, (Centre of Studies in Resources Engineering) has been conferred the “National Geospatial Award for Excellence 2021” by the Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS)

Prof. Parinda Vasa, (Department of Physics) has been selected for the Indian Physics Association Hema Ramachandran Lectureship Award for Experimental Physics 2022

Prof. Ashish Juneja, (Department of Civil Engineering) has published a paper titled “A New Subtraction-Type Miniature Cone Penetrometer” in the Indian Geotechnical Journal. The paper was adjudged as the best paper on “Instrumentation” by the Indian Geotechnical Society and has won the IGS-AIMIL Biennial Award – 2022

IIT Bombay Celebrates National Education Day IRCC Research Awards – 2021 Presented

IIT Bombay celebrated National Education Day on November 11, 2022. Mr. Amit Sharma, Managing Director & CEO, Tata Consulting Engineers Limited was the Chief Guest on the occasion.  

National Education Day is observed on 11th November annually in India to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first education minister of independent India.

The IRCC Research Awards 2021 was conferred on select faculty during the programme. These awards were instituted as a way to recognise the R&D efforts of faculty members at the Institute and are given to faculty from various departments. The awards are selected based on a call for nomination every year and following a selection process by a committee constituted for the same.

Research Publication Award:

  • Prof. Sudarshan Kumar, Department of Aerospace Engineering
  • Prof. Rajdip Bandyopadhyaya, Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Prof. Chandra M. R. Volla, Department of Chemistry
  • Prof. Anil Kottantharayil, Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Prof. Atul Srivastava, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research Dissemination Award:

  • Prof. Debabrata Maiti, Department of Chemistry
  • Prof. Rajneesh Bhardwaj and Prof. Amit Agrawal, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research Publication Award:

  • Prof. Debabrata Maiti, Department of Chemistry
  • Prof. Santanu Banerjee, Department of Earth Sciences

Early Research Achiever Award:

  • Prof. Rahul Maitra, Department of Chemistry
  • Prof. Swatantra P. Singh, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering
  • Prof. Dipanshu Bansal, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Prof. Rohan Chinchwadkar, Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management

Each award consisted of a citation and a cash prize of Rs. 50,000. In addition, the awardees were invited to submit a research proposal to IRCC for possible funding of up to Rs. 5,00,000.