From the Dean's Desk May-2024

Prof. Ravindra D. Gudi

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

Dear Alumnus/Alumna,

 

The warm breeze and blooming flowers all around Mumbai mean that spring season is officially upon us. Springtime is also mango time! The air is filled with palpable excitement as Mumbaikars eagerly await the chance to savor the luscious, juicy mangoes that are synonymous with this time of year. It’s a season of renewal and pleasure, and a fitting metaphor mirroring the continuous evolution happening here at IIT Bombay.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR

Leadership Transition at IIT Bombay as Prof. Shireesh Kedare Takes the Helm as Director

IIT Bombay is proud to announce Prof. Shireesh Kedare as its new Director, following the successful tenure of Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri. Prof. Kedare, an IITB alumnus himself, has been a distinguished member of the Department of Energy Science and Engineering at IIT Bombay and took charge from May 6, 2024.

With an outstanding track record in academia and research, Prof. Kedare is expected to lead the Institute towards new heights of academic excellence and innovation. His deep understanding of the Institute’s mission and values promises a continued focus on advancing IIT Bombay’s stature both nationally and globally.

The transition marks an exciting phase of leadership and growth for IIT Bombay. The Institute looks forward to achieving further milestones under Prof. Kedare’s guidance, enhancing its contributions to education, research, and societal development..

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LEGACY OF EXCELLENCE

IIT Bombay Rises in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024



IIT Bombay has done it once again!

The Institute achieved a significant milestone by ranking 45th globally in Engineering and Technology, with an overall score of 79.1 out of 100, in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject for 2024. The QS World University Rankings by Subject evaluates the world's leading universities in 55 disciplines as of 2024.

IIT Bombay moved up two places in Engineering and Technology from its position in 2023.

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SPECIAL REPORT

A Night of Celebrations: IIT Bombay Honours the Class of 2024

The iconic Convocation Hall at IIT Bombay was filled with excitement and nostalgia as the Institute Valedictory Function celebrated the remarkable achievements of the Class of 2024.

The event showcased a lineup of illustrious speakers, each sharing their unique insights and professional experiences.

Prof. Ravi Gudi, Dean ACR, opened the evening, expressing both joy and a touch of sadness at the evening’s festivities. "Congratulations on your graduation! What an incredible milestone moment this is in your lives," he said, marking the bittersweet nature of the occasion as the Institute bid farewell to its graduates but also rejoiced in their promising lives and futures beyond the campus.

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FACULTY MILESTONE



IITB’s Prof. Subimal Ghosh Receives the Esteemed Alexander Von Humboldt Medal

IIT Bombay’s Prof. Subimal Ghosh has been awarded the prestigious Alexander Von Humboldt Medal by the European Geophysical Union for his contributions to the field of climate studies and civil engineering. Prof. Ghosh’s accolade places him among the luminaries of environmental science, making him only the second Indian to receive this honour, following in the footsteps of his mentor, Prof. PP Mujumdar.

Professor Subimal Ghosh, a distinguished faculty member at IIT Bombay has been a pivotal figure in climate research at the Institute.

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RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT

Blood Proteins to Detect Brain Tumours

The following article was originally published here.

Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) is the most aggressive of all grades of a type of brain tumour known as glioma, with less than one year of life expectancy. Detection of brain tumours at the early stages of the disease is a challenge and may improve treatment outcomes. A recent research finds that it is possible to detect GBM by analysis of proteins in the blood serum.

Glioma brain tumours are caused due to an uncontrolled increase in certain cells known as ‘glial cells’. Gliomas form 80% of all brain and central nervous system tumours and 30% of malignant brain tumours. GBM (Glioblastoma Multiforme) is the fourth and final stage of Glioma. It is particularly aggressive and with presently available treatments, it is difficult to eradicate the uncontrolled growth of tumour cells, hence leading to early death.

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In Memoriam
Suresh Shankar Gurjar



It is with great sadness that the IIT Bombay community mourns the passing of Mr. Suresh Shankar Gurjar on March 30, 2024, at the age of 79. His memory will be cherished by his wife of 52 years, Charlotte "Sherry" Gurjar, their children Rishi, Ritu, and Jaya, as well as their respective partners and his beloved grandchildren Anika, Kiran, and Hana.

Suresh Gurjar was a distinguished civil engineer, graduating with first-class honors from IIT Bombay. He continued his education with a Master’s in Civil Engineering from Dalhousie University and an MBA from the University of Alberta, equipping him with a comprehensive skill set that would prove instrumental in his career.

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IITB MERCHANDISE 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 TRAILBLAZER



Amreen Khan: Setting Benchmarks in Biomaterials Science at IIT Bombay

We are thrilled to celebrate the continued achievements of one of IIT Bombay’s brightest minds, Amreen Khan, who has recently been honoured with the 2024 Student Award for Outstanding Research from the Society For Biomaterials. This prestigious accolade is awarded to graduate students or PhD candidates who demonstrate exceptional accomplishments in the field of biomaterials research.

Amreen's latest recognition stems from her groundbreaking work under the supervision of Prof. Rohit Shrivastava, Prof. Jayesh Bellare, and Dr. Mayuri Gandhi.

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STUDENT SUCCESS STORY

Accelerating Excellence: IIT Bombay Racing Triumphs at Formula Bharat 2024

The racing world witnessed an extraordinary triumph as the IIT Bombay Racing team emerged victorious at Formula Bharat 2024, held in Coimbatore early this year. This win in the Electric Vehicle category not only underscores their unwavering commitment to engineering excellence but also highlights their significant contributions to the evolution of electric vehicle technology.

Since its inception in 2008, IIT Bombay Racing has set itself apart in the arena of Formula Student competitions. They became the first Indian team to transition to an electric car in 2012, embodying their long-term vision to revolutionize electric mobility in India. The team is dedicated to fostering sustainable technologies and innovations while offering a platform for aspiring engineers to realize their passion and develop into exceptional professionals.

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Upcoming Events

IIT Bombay to Host Annual CSR in June

IIT Bombay will host the third edition of its annual CSR Conclave, in June 2024. This pivotal event will bring together industry leaders, scholars, and practitioners in corporate social responsibility from across the nation and beyond. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in insightful discussions, participate in workshops, and network with peers, all focused […]

Day & Date: June 14, 2024
Time: 5:00 pm
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From the Dean's Desk May-2024

Dear Alumnus/Alumna,

 

The warm breeze and blooming flowers all around Mumbai mean that spring season is officially upon us. Springtime is also mango time! The air is filled with palpable excitement as Mumbaikars eagerly await the chance to savor the luscious, juicy mangoes that are synonymous with this time of year. It’s a season of renewal and pleasure, and a fitting metaphor mirroring the continuous evolution happening here at IIT Bombay.

 

While spring has infused new life into our surroundings here at IIT Bombay, it also brought with it some amazing news for the Institute!

 

In the spirit of renewal and fresh beginnings that spring embodies, IIT Bombay is also embracing a significant leadership transition. I want to express my profound gratitude to Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri for his visionary stewardship as Director. His tenure has greatly enriched our community, fostering growth and innovation. As we bid him farewell, we are delighted to welcome Prof. Shireesh Kedare from the Department of Energy Science and Engineering as the new Director of our Institute. Prof. Kedare has assumed his new responsibilities on May 6, 2024. I am excited to support him as he leads IIT Bombay into a promising future filled with new challenges and opportunities. Please join me in congratulating both Prof. Chaudhuri on his impactful tenure and Prof. Kedare on his new appointment.

 

I am delighted to share that the Institute has once again marked its presence on the global academic stage! IIT Bombay has climbed up two spots from 2023 to rank 45th globally in Engineering and Technology in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject for 2024. Look for more details in the Legacy of Excellence section of the newsletter.

 

As always, April 2024 was an extremely busy month for the Dean ACR office.

 

In our commitment to fostering innovative solutions that bridge the gap between academia and industry, IIT Bombay recently achieved two significant milestones. We are proud to announce the inauguration of the state-of-the-art 10X GMP Facility, designed to enhance real-world healthcare solutions, and the Gogri Hub for Membranes Research, a pioneering centre that focuses on water and wastewater treatment, biomedical applications, alternate energy, and gas separation. Please look for detailed Special Reports on both of these groundbreaking facilities in the newsletter.

 

IIT Bombay has partnered with Blockchain for Impact (BFI) to tackle India’s pressing healthcare challenges. This strategic collaboration combines our strengths in research and development with BFI’s focus on improving healthcare accessibility. More details on this transformative partnership are available in the Corporate Collaboration section of the newsletter.

 

I find myself reflecting on the poignant ebbs and flows of life within our IIT Bombay community. It is with a heavy heart that I share the sad news of the passing of our esteemed alumnus, Mr. Suresh Shankar Gurjar. Let us hold his family in our thoughts. Please look for more on Mr. Gurjar’s life in the In Memoriam section.

 

But alongside this extraordinarily sad news, there are also moments of celebration. I am pleased to commend our alumnus, Prof. Mayuresh V. Kothare, who was recently elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Additionally, we celebrate our alumnus, Mr. Anil Chandhok, who has been honoured with the prestigious Cruz de Oficial de Orden del Mérito (Officer’s Golden Cross – Civil Merit Medal) by the Spanish government, recognizing his significant contributions to strengthening cultural ties between Spain and India. Please look for writeups on Prof. Kothare and Mr. Chandhok in the Alumni Accolades section of the newsletter.

 

These moments—both joyful and sorrowful—remind me of the deep bonds and shared legacy that connects all of us at IIT Bombay.

 

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 we continue to navigate through both challenges and triumphs, our shared experiences and enduring connections remind us of the strength and resilience of the IIT Bombay community. Whether we are celebrating achievements or supporting each other through loss, our collective spirit ensures that we not only endure but thrive. Thank you for staying engaged and connected. Your involvement enriches our community, inspires our current students, and shapes the future of our beloved Institute.

 

Until we meet again next month, let’s continue to inspire and uplift each other, and keep the legacy of IIT Bombay vibrant and strong.

 

Warmly,

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