From the Dean's Desk March-2024

Prof. Ravindra D. Gudi

Ph.D., FNAE and FIIChE
Dean – Alumni and Corporate Relations
Institute AI & ML Chair Professor

Dear Alumnus/Alumna,

 

As we say goodbye to the transformative month of February, I warmly welcome you to March, a month filled with promises of new discoveries and accomplishments. Your alma mater remains a hub of progress, seamlessly intertwining the past, present, and future.

 

In commemorating International Women’s Day, let’s take a moment to reflect on the crucial role that women students and professors play in shaping the landscape of our Institute. From contributing to fields like Semi-X, Quantum, CSE, and BSBE, to pioneering breakthroughs, our women scholars are integral to the innovation and progress at IIT Bombay. Their contributions not only exemplify excellence but also reinforce our commitment to fostering an inclusive environment where talent knows no gender. Let us collectively appreciate and support the diverse achievements of our women in STEM as we move forward toward creating a more equitable and empowered IIT Bombay.

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CHAI AUR SAMOSE PE CHARCHA

Nostalgia, Leadership, and Legacy with Mr. Dhananjay Saheba

Welcome to another delightful session of "Chai Aur Samose Pe Charcha," where we engage in candid conversations with distinguished alumni.

Today, we have the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Dhananjay Saheba, former Chairperson of the IITB Alumni Association, a very distinguished alumnus and eminent figure in the IIT Bombay community. In this engaging Q&A, we delve into the nostalgia of his student days, the amusing anecdotes of chai and samosas, and the unique experiences that shaped his journey at IIT Bombay. The conversation takes us through his leadership in Hostel 5's refurbishment, the inception of Project Evergreen, and the significance of philanthropy within the IITB network. Amidst our serious discussions, we also hear about several fun-filled memories from his time at his alma mater and his interests in the creative arts.

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IITB's LEGACY OF EXCELLENCE

Bridging the Past and the Future: Highlights from Pune Alumni Connect 2024

Alumni Gathering, Welcome Speech, and Insights about IIT Bombay

IIT Bombay welcomed its esteemed Pune alumni to the Pune Alumni Connect 2024, a gathering filled with laughter, cherished memories, and the joy of reconnecting with old friends.

The event kicked off with Mr. Advait Kurlekar, Chairperson of IIT Bombay Alumni Association and CEO of Upohan Management Consultants Pvt. Ltd. Mr. Kurlekar is a career management consultant working with clients globally on business strategy and its implementation using the Balanced Scorecard framework, process improvement studies and HR transformation.

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IITB MERECHANDISE E-STORE

IITB Merchandise - Where Memories Meet Fashion!

Relive precious campus memories
In these stylish hoodies and tees

Cherish the IITB connect
With these cool fridge magnets

Stroll around with swag
In these trendy caps

Not just merchandise
But symbols of our legacy

Flaunt it all with pride
Celebrate the spirit of IITB

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STUDENT SUCCESS STORY

Innovating the Future: Team Avlokan's Triumph at Smart India Hackathon 2023

In the dynamic landscape of technological innovation, where challenges spark creativity, one team from IIT Bombay stood out at the Smart India Hackathon 2023. Team Avlokan, comprised of bright minds from the Department of Aerospace Engineering and the Department of Electrical Engineering, secured a victory in addressing the Ministry of Defence's challenge – 'Drone-based Intelligent Magnetic Sensing System and Metallic Anomaly Detection.' Their groundbreaking solution, featuring a Quadplane VTOL aircraft and a magnetic anomaly detection suite, not only tackled a complex problem but also presented a robust and cost-effective method for enhancing national security through long-range maritime surveillance.

First of all, congratulations Yash, and to Team Avlokan, on your superb triumph at Smart India Hackathon 2023. To begin with, can you tell us about the problem statement your team addressed at the Smart India Hackathon 2023?
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Upcoming Events

Inauguration of 10X GMP Facility

The Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Facility, generously established by IITB Distinguished Alumnus, Mr. Raj Nair (Class of 1971) will be inaugurated on campus in April. This visionary contribution propels forward the translation of research findings into tangible healthcare solutions at IIT Bombay. This state-of-the-art GMP Facility, nestled within the Biosciences and Bioengineering (BSBE) Building, represents […]

Day & Date: April 24, 2024
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Gogri Hub for Membranes Research

The ‘Gogri Hub for Membranes Research,’ a pivotal unit housed within the Translational Research Centre for Chemicals and Materials, is scheduled to be inaugurated in April. Translational research epitomizes the forefront of innovation, acting as the vital bridge between academic breakthroughs and real-world applications. IIT Bombay is steadfastly dedicated to nurturing translational research endeavours that […]

Day & Date: April 23, 2024
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Institute Valedictory Function (Valfi)

IIT Bombay will celebrate its annual Institute Valedictory Function (Valfi) in May. As always, the Institute will invite an extraordinary alumnus to be the Chief Guest for one of its most popular and significant events. Graduating students will take the “Give One for IIT Bombay” pledge and promise to contribute a percentage of their future […]

Day & Date: May 4, 2024
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From the Dean's Desk March-2024

Dear Alumnus/Alumna,

 

As we say goodbye to the transformative month of February, I warmly welcome you to March, a month filled with promises of new discoveries and accomplishments. Your alma mater remains a hub of progress, seamlessly intertwining the past, present, and future.

 

In commemorating International Women’s Day, let’s take a moment to reflect on the crucial role that women students and professors play in shaping the landscape of our Institute. From contributing to fields like Semi-X, Quantum, CSE, and BSBE, to pioneering breakthroughs, our women scholars are integral to the innovation and progress at IIT Bombay. Their contributions not only exemplify excellence but also reinforce our commitment to fostering an inclusive environment where talent knows no gender. Let us collectively appreciate and support the diverse achievements of our women in STEM as we move forward toward creating a more equitable and empowered IIT Bombay.

 

I am delighted to share that our Hon’ble Prime Minister Modi recently inaugurated the IIT Bombay Research Park, marking a transformative milestone for our alma mater and reinforcing our commitment to innovation and excellence. This momentous event not only underscores our esteemed institution’s commitment to innovation but also signifies a transformative leap into a future where cutting-edge research and excellence thrive. Look for a Special Report on the event in the newsletter.

 

We kickstarted February with the inauguration of the cutting-edge C1973 Electric Vehicle Power Train Lab, the Class of 1973’s Legacy Project, on campus. The Lab is a testament to IIT Bombay’s commitment to pioneering advancements in electric vehicle research and is generously sponsored by the Class of 1973. IIT Bombay also presented the Faculty Awards for Research Excellence (FARE) for the first time, recognizing and incentivizing outstanding research contributions from our esteemed faculty. These awards were also established by the 1973 batch. Look out for a Special Report on the EV Lab in the newsletter.

 

An 18-member team from IIT Bombay visited Pune for our Pune Alumni Connect 2024. I am delighted that the event was a resounding success with a day filled with laughter, shared memories, and renewed connections, that showcased the vibrant spirit of our IIT Bombay alumni community. Look for more, including some fun images of the occasion, under the Legacy of Excellence section in the newsletter

 

IIT Bombay hosted its annual Foundation Day on March 7, 2024. As always we recognized some of our outstanding alumni through the presentation of our annual Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Awards (DAA) and Young Alumni Achiever Awards (YAAA) for 2024. We also hosted a networking dinner in the evening. The occasion offered our attendees an opportunity to connect with current and past award recipients, as well as notable alumni donors and dignitaries from the Institute. Please look for a detailed Special Report in our next month (April 2024) newsletter on the same.

 

As always, we have all of our other regular articles including Student Success Stories, Faculty Accolades, Institute News and Highlights, Upcoming Events, and more in this month’s newsletter.

As I look back on the achievements and milestones of February, I want to acknowledge the role that your continued support and involvement play in the growth and success progress of our alma mater. I hope that this connection continues to thrive and here’s to a future filled with innovation, collaboration, and shared accomplishments.

I wish you a wonderful March ahead and look forward to keeping you engaged in the unfolding chapters of our journey together.

 

Warmly,

Prof. Ravindra D. Gudi, Ph.D., FNAE and FIIChE
Dean – Alumni and Corporate Relations
Institute AI & ML Chair Professor