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PanIIT Inaugural Virtual Conference: Eminent Alumni Director Sudhir Jain joins Chancellor Khosla and Provost Hajela

posted Jun 21, 2020, 4:27 PM by IITRAANA Admin   [ updated Jun 21, 2020, 6:36 PM ]


Thursday, June 25, 2020
9:00-10:30am PDT /12:00pm-1:30pm EDT/ 09:30-11:00pm/ IST

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For any problem with the registration, please contact rongupta@aol.com or anoopverma1987@iitroorkeealumni.org 

Pan IIT Alumni USA announces the inaugural virtual conference series with two eminent alumni discussing the impact of COVID-19 on EDUCATION … what is the new Norm?

  • Pradeep Khosla, IIT Kharagpur graduate, is the Chancellor of the University of California, San Diego.
  • Sudhir Jain, IIT Roorkee graduate, is the Director of the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar
  • Prabhat Hajela, IIT Kanpur graduate, is the Provost of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York

Pan IIT Alumni USA: Ron (Ranbir) Gupta (Kharagpur), Anoop Verma (Roorkee), Animesh Pathak (BHU), Arun Jain (Guwahati), Witty Bindra (Delhi), Sanjiv Goyal (Delhi) and Sundy Srinivasan (Delhi).

  • Introduction to IIT Kharagpur, UC San Diego, and IIT Gandhinagar
  • New Education Paradigm
  • New Tools, Techniques and Expertise
  • New Educational Fields
  • New Workplace – preparing for it
  • New Opportunities for IIT’s and IITians
For any problem with the registration, please contact rongupta@aol.com or anoopverma1987@iitroorkeealumni.org


Professor Pradeep K. Khosla
Chancellor, University of California, San Diego

Professor Khosla, an internationally renowned electrical and computer engineer, is the eighth Chancellor of the University of California, San Diego. Khosla initiated and led UC San Diego’s first-ever Strategic Plan, and recently launched the public phase of the Campaign for UC San Diego—an ambitious and bold $2 billion endeavor—aimed at transforming the university, physically and intellectually. As UC San Diego’s chief executive officer, he leads a campus with more than 35,000 students, six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions, and five graduate and professional schools. Pradeep is a frequent keynote speaker at international conferences, and invited to participate in thought leadership forums organized by Fortune Magazine, AMD, the Milken Institute, the World Economic Forum, Techonomy, and the Blouin Foundation, amongst others.

Pradeep Khosla received a Bachelor’s degree in technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and a Masters and a PhD from the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU.) Prior to UCSD, Pradeep was the Dean of Engineering, and the Philip and Marsha Dowd Professor of Engineering and Robotics at CMU. He is also the Jury Chair for the Infosys Prize in Engineering and Computer Science.


Professor Sudhir K. Jain

Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, Gujrat, India

Professor Jain is an internationally reputed scholar of earthquake engineering and recognized as one of the most dynamic educators in India. He is currently serving his third 5-year term as director of the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, which he joined as founder director in June 2009. He was on the faculty of IIT Kanpur for 35 years from 1984-2019. IITGN debuted among the top 600 institutions in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2020.

The institute promotes critical thinking, interdisciplinarity, the liberal arts, project-oriented learning, diversity and globalization. Its five-week Foundation Program for all new in-coming students has been emulated widely by numerous colleges in India, including many IITs. Over 40% of IITGN students receive study abroad or other overseas opportunities during their academic career.

Prof Jain received a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee) and a Masters and a PhD from the California Institute of Technology. He served as President of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering during 2014 to 2018. He was elected Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering in 2003, and conferred Padma Shri by the President of India in 2020.


Prabhat Hajela

Provost, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York

Prabhat Hajela has been serving as the Provost at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) since 2012. Prabhat has held research assignments at NASA’s Langley and Glenn Research Centers, and at the US Air Force Armament Laboratory. In 2003, he served as a Congressional Fellow responsible for Science and Technology Policy in the Office of U.S. Senator Conrad Burns, where he worked on several legislative issues related to aerospace and telecommunications policy.

Prabhat received a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur; MS from Iowa State University; and a MS and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.