Sangya Singh Varma
(VP running mate Deepak Goyal)
I am an inventor, innovator and educator. I
am a proud alumnus of Roorkee University, 1989 M.Sc. Chemistry. I have
visited Roorkee several times. The most enjoyable visit was with my three
children who walked the grounds of Roorkee, saw my room in Sarojini Bhawan
where I was once the CBC, and most memorably saw my name in the Main
Building. I excelled at Roorkee academically (Gold and Silver medals),
athletically (Best Athlete, new records) and socially (Thomso, life-long
friends). Roorkee paved the path for my successful completion of PhD in the
USA (honor societies) and patent awards (industry). Not only was I responsible for notable
scientific successes but also for converting them from concept to market. Currently, I am
the Associate director for Academic Affairs and Curricula Development at
Rutgers Professional Science Masters Program that offers Masters of Business
and Science (MBS) degree. I volunteer in the townships Commission on Women
activities, and as a basketball coach.
Past activities with IIT Roorkee
I am a life member
of IITR Alumni Association. I was VP of the Greater NY/NJ Chapter when Ayash
Basu was the President. In 2006 I was part of the core team that organized
the North American Alumni Meet in Las Vegas, which was attended by Dr. Saxena
and 110 alums. The segment on ‘Down Memory Lane’ was both nostalgic and
informative. I was one of the presenters. I had the opportunity to work
collaboratively with the stalwarts and the veterans of the alumni association
in North America from East to West coast. It was a pleasurable experience.
What would you like to do in your 2 year tenure?
One of the primary goals would be to create an infrastructure that is
all-inclusive. My effort would be to make it not only sustainable in the
future but also one that thrives by utilizing the myriad resources that alums
Along with the help of the executive board I would like to form a
steering committee and an advisory board. The steering committee would be
responsible for the constitution, its definition and by-laws, chapter
definitions with the possibility of combining regional chapters if membership
is below a certain number (TBD), develop a project check list and provide
reports/newsletters periodically. These would be available to all members.
The advisory board members would be stalwarts and veterans who would provide
a continuum through the passing of torches for future executive boards.
Regional meetings and an annual meet would be on the agenda.
I am involved in the creation of a truly Global Professional Science
Masters Program and I would like to facilitate the contribution of alums in
North America towards the Foreign Educational Institutions Bill of India to
be able to provide a means for higher education for the 150 million children
who make up the ‘demographic dividend’.
I would like to
work closely with the Pan IIT leadership. The motto would be ‘All-inclusive
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