From the Dean's Desk November-2023

Prof. Ravindra D. Gudi

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

Dear Alumnus/Alumna,

“The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.”
                                                                — Charles Dickens

These sentiments flood my mind after every trip that I take to meet all of you in the fellow alumni community. Having just visited several of you in North America, I also feel that nothing has changed in your sense of belonging to the IITB ethos… the fun and frolic, the camaraderie and joy of being in each others midst. I feel particularly nostalgic when I see the hubbub of activity around campus – whether in the corridors of the Institute or in the buzzing cafeterias where dreams are nurtured over endless cups of chai and samosas. As I found out talking to many of you in the US in October, it was the same for all of us during our time on campus even as it is the same now for the younger generation – for IIT Bombay continues to be a melting pot of intellect and creativity.

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STUDENT SUCCESS STORY

#Unstoppable21: IIT Bombay's Mehul Borad Shines in The Times of India’s Youth Initiative

The #Unstoppable21 campaign by The Times of India is a celebration of India’s 76 years of Independence. Its increasing global influence remains a source of pride even as it is driven predominantly by its vibrant youth population. These ambitious and spirited youngsters fearlessly pursue their dreams, surmounting every obstacle in their path, and garnering recognition for themselves and the nation on the international stage. The Times of India has chosen to recognize, applaud, and celebrate 21 remarkable individuals, each aged 21 or younger, for the #Unstoppable21 initiative. These 21 youngsters represent the unstoppable spirit of India across various domains, including the Humanities, Science, Sports, Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Social Impact, and Entrepreneurship.

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CHAI AUR SAMOSE PE CHARCHA

Dear alumni – from this issue we are introducing a new series called Chai Aur Samose Pe Charcha. This series is our tribute to your heartwarming memories at IIT Bombay.

Amidst the bustling corridors and the hushed tones of academia, one ritual remains etched in the hearts of every IIT Bombay alumnus - the timeless bond formed over steaming cups of chai and the tantalizing aroma of freshly prepared samosas. As we launch our newest series, Chai Aur Samose Pe Charcha, we invite you to embark on a nostalgic journey, where cherished memories of midnight cravings, last-minute preparations, and heartfelt conversations come alive through the voices of our beloved alumni. Join us as we delve into the stories interwoven during numerous chai-samosa gatherings, celebrating the laughter, the camaraderie, and the enduring spirit that unites us all.

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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 November-2023

Dear Alumnus/Alumna,

“The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.”
— Charles Dickens

These sentiments flood my mind after every trip that I take to meet all of you in the fellow alumni community. Having just visited several of you in North America, I also feel that nothing has changed in your sense of belonging to the IITB ethos… the fun and frolic, the camaraderie and joy of being in each others midst. I feel particularly nostalgic when I see the hubbub of activity around campus – whether in the corridors of the Institute or in the buzzing cafeterias where dreams are nurtured over endless cups of chai and samosas. As I found out talking to many of you in the US in October, it was the same for all of us during our time on campus even as it is the same now for the younger generation – for IIT Bombay continues to be a melting pot of intellect and creativity.

 

Speaking of chai and samosas, join us on a nostalgic journey down memory lane with our newest series in the newsletter called, “Conversations over Chai and Samosa.” Each month we will let one of our alumni members relive the camaraderie, laughter, and magic of their life at IIT Bombay. I hope the series will bring back fond memories of your time at the Institute even as I encourage you to write to us about your own memories of having crispy samosas and cups of piping hot chai at your alma mater.

 

As always, October was a very hectic month for the Dean ACR office.

 

As I mentioned above, a team from the Institute travelled for our US Roadshow trip in October.
We rekindled our connections with our cherished alumni, and amidst shared laughter and nostalgic remembrances, we reflected on the transformative impact of IIT Bombay on all of our lives. As the Institute aspires to realize its ambitious 2030 vision of becoming a global academic leader in science and technology, your support is critical. We hope that the fond memories and enthusiasm kindled during these meetings will translate into tangible support for your beloved alma mater, propelling us toward our shared vision of excellence and innovation. Look for a detailed report on our visit in the December 2023 edition of the newsletter. My special words of appreciation are for all the HF board members and the chapters for their meticulous planning, enthusiastic support and welcome, and the countless hours of voluntary effort that they put into making these events so joyous for all of us.
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October also saw the signing of MoUs with Synopsys to set up the Synopsys Semiconductor Lab for Virtual Fab Solutions and Jindal Steel to set up a prestigious Chair Professorship at the Institute. We also launched the INOX Cryogenics Lab on campus. Look out for Special Reports and News stories on these events in the newsletter.

 

I’d like to take a quick moment and congratulate Prof. Chetan Solanki and our student, Amreen Khan. Both are repeat offenders! And by that, both have already brought accolades to the Institute but they continue to dream big and achieve even bigger. Look for their latest accomplishments in the section Continuing IITB’s Legacy of Excellence.

 

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.

 

I want to finish by saying that we deeply value the enduring bond between our alumni and the Institute. This synergy between our past and present is a testament to the strength of our community. Together, we can shape the future of our Institute, ensuring its growth, excellence, and continued impact. Your support, whether through your time, expertise, or resources, is instrumental in fostering positive change.

 

I eagerly look forward to the journey ahead, united by our shared commitment to the betterment of our beloved IIT Bombay. Please accept my greetings and best wishes to you and your family for a happy and joyous festival of lights. On this auspicious and sparkling festival of lights, may the glow of lamps illuminate your life and bring you lots of joy, peace, prosperity, togetherness, and happiness.

 

Sincerely,

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