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Virtual Celebration of Foundation Day

posted Nov 29, 2020, 9:35 PM by IITRAANA Admin   [ updated Nov 29, 2020, 11:42 PM ]

On Nov 25th 2020, virtual celebration of IIT Roorkee's Foundation Day was held to commemorate the day when Thomason College of Engineering was established in 1847. The celebration included distinguished alumnus awards and prominent addresses.

Click here to watch the video of the event.

IIT Roorkee Foundation Day 2020

Prominent Addresses
In his address, Director Prof A. K. Chaturvedi shared his thoughts on the importance of Foundation Day and how the current situation with the pandemic impacted its celebration.

He spoke about how on this day in 1847, Thomason College of Engineering was founded by James Thomason and on the same day in 1948, it was established as University of Roorkee. Each year on this day there are other celebrations also held like this year would have been the Golden Jubilee for the 1970 batch, which had to be postponed to be next year due to pandemic.

He congratulated the Distinguished Alumni for 2020 (please see below) and acknowledged previous distinguished alumni.

He talked about the importance of improving external perceptions of the institute and the efforts focused on it like external assistance to disseminate information about research of faculty and students as well as schemes for alumni to streamline alumni support and improving Alumni database.
Since government efforts are not adequate to sustain excellence at institutes like IIT Roorkee, alumni initiatives are needed like some that he mentioned were Drone Research Institute by 1994 batch, IIT Roorkee Foundation setup in USA, and online alumni mentorship portal by Kiran Panesar in USA.

He mentioned that there are many ways for alumni and supporters participate in these schemes, some that are used to memorialize with named awards or chairs as well.

Shri R. S. Pawar (Chairman NIIT Limited) spoke about "Century of the mind". He spoke about how the industrial revolution transformed into the information with the invention of transistor in 1950s. This change from machine being the center of the system to "mind" becoming the center in information age was facilitated by the change from atoms to information stored in atoms (bits). He explained how this impacts the training, its measurement and the opportunities that can be leveraged by the faculty and students in this "Century of the mind".

Shri B. V. R. Reddy, Chairman Board of Governors, spoke about how technology through digital transformation is changing education.

Distinguished Alumni Awards
In their acceptance for Distinguished Young Alumnus Awards of 2020, the recipients Aarti Gill, Rahul Sharma, and Sachin Gupta shared their experience of how IIT Roorkee shaped them as the leaders exceling in their fields as well as lessons to the students, who would soon be walking in their footsteps.

It was interesting how the experience of Roorkee was thought to be filled with trees of lychees and apples on road side. However, it was all about an exceptional place with a holistic experience to build the foundation to pursue the dreams.

They shared how the experience outside the class with different clubs and other organizational opportunities in technical and cultural events helped them establish the foundation for entrepreneurship. It also gave them and their ventures a network of peers, alumni and mentors from Roorkee network.

Please click here to see details of Distinguished Young Alumnus Awards of 2020 on IIT Roorkee's site. 

In his acceptance for Distinguished Alumnus Awards of 2020, Prof. S. C. Handa talked about the importance of associating with and supporting social programs like the Roorkee School of Deaf, now called Anushruti. Through the school founded by him, education to deaf boys and girls has improved their career and family life through better jobs, businesses and marriages. He talked about the many difficulties and how the support from institute, faculty and students helped address these. This program has expanded with spin-offs, and programs with MHRD. He expressed his thanks to Prof N.C.Mathur for agreeing to proposal for the Roorkee school for the Deaf, and many other friends, professors at Roorkee, esp his wife, Kiran for her support all through this project. 

Mr. Raja Ram Singh Yadav, Mr. Naveen Jain, Mr. Prakash Kumar Singh, Prof. Ajay K. Agrawal, Prof. Pankaj Agarwal, and Mr. R. Mukundan talked about their pursuit of excellence in their respective areas, the influence that the institute had on them and shared their perspective on how the faculty members or students could obtain more value from their experience at Roorkee.

Please click here to see details of Distinguished Alumnus Awards of 2020 on IIT Roorkee's site.

The event concluded with the vote of thanks by Prof. Manoranjan Parida, Deputy Director, IIT Roorkee.

First Global Musinar - Aug 15th 2020

posted Aug 10, 2020, 10:44 PM by Anoop Verma   [ updated Sep 6, 2020, 9:15 PM by IITRAANA Admin ]

NEW: Click here to watch the video of the fantastic performances in the event.

IIT Roorkee First Global Music Event Aut 15 2020

First Global Musinar (Virtual Music Event) was held under the aegis of Prof Harpreet Singh by IIT-RAANA. It was a music filled program honored by Director Ajit Chaturvedi, Mrs. Chaturvedi, Prof Prem Krishna, Mrs Lata Krishna, esteemed alumni and friends performing in a virtual setting. As always with our events, the event attracted alumni with over 50 years of graduation dates. Prof. Singh rejuvenated the audiences with his memories of Roorkee,

 Roorkee mein beeta hua saara zamana yaad hai
Hasna gaana yaad hai - gaana bajana yaad hai
 रुड़की में बीता हुआ सारा जमाना याद है
हॅंसना गाना याद है - गाना बाजना याद है

Director Ajit Chaturvedi wished everyone a happy Independence Day and shared pictures of the celebration at Roorkee maintaining the safeguards needed for COVID-19.

It was exciting to to have esteemed Director Ajit Chaturvedi, Mrs Chaturvedi, Professor Prem Krishna, Mrs Lata Krishna and alumnus leading Artificial Intelligence participate in the musinar.

Prof Harpreet Singh, Prof. Ajit Chaturvedi, Mrs Charu Chaturvedi, Mrs Lata Krishna (and Prof. Prem Krishna), Mr. Arun Srivastava, Mrs. Mridula Chakraborty, Mrs. Revati Natesan, Mr. Atul Varshneya, Mr. Harjinder Sekhon, Mrs. Manju Aggarwal, Mr. Vijay Sharma, Mrs. Anita Sharma, Mrs. Davinder Kaur(guest)
Kulgeet - All

Director Ajit Chaturvedi and Mrs Charu Chaturvedi
 Mrs. Charu Chaturvedi

Mrs Charu Chaturvedi, wife of Director Ajit Chaturvedi is the first lady of IIT Roorkee. Her interest of music and participation in the event with the patriotic song highlighted the event on Aug 15th, India's Independence Day.
A photograph of 1990, showing Mrs. Lata Krishna, Prof. Prem Krishna and parents, Dr. & Mrs. Jai Krishna (ex-VC Roorkee and Thomasonian)
Courtesy: Prof Prem Krishna
 Mrs. Lata Krishna

Mrs. Lata Krishna was closely associated with the University of Roorkee/IIT Roorkee, besides generally with the life in the town and often in the BEG &C, through her social activity, teaching in the schools, and, more so through participation in musical and cultural programmes, for almost 50 years from 1965 to 2016.  She is the wife of Prof. Prem Krishna and daughter-in-law of Prof. Jai Krishna, whose iconic association with Thomason College/ University of Roorkee spanned 60 years from 1939-1999.

Abha Singh with KP Singh BE Roorkee Mechanical 1962
Courtesy: Prof Harpreet Singh
 Mrs Abha Singh

After graduating from Roorkee in 61, my husband Karan Pal Singh spent couple of yrs in Bombay at Atomic Energy. After which he came to US. A degree in hand from North Carolina, he joined Ford Motor Co. in Michigan. Retired 36 yrs later, now enjoys golf and globe trotting. We married 67 dec. and there has not been a dull moment since!!

Abha Singh
MR. Arun K. Srivastava
Lecturer in Maths, Univ of Roorkee (1976-79).

Moved to BHU, Varanasi, thereafter, retiring in 2016, having served there also as Professor/Head (Maths Deptt) and Dean/Director (Institute of Science).

Wife: MRS. REKHA SRIVASTAVA, presently, Professor of Maths, IIT (BHU), Varanasi
   Mrs Mridula Chakraborty 
  • Over 30 years of professional experience as a chartered engineer and business consultant, involved in a wide variety of project management roles including collaborative R&D and Innovation programmes for UK Government and Industry.
  • On behalf of Innovate UK, I have worked on 88 projects as a Monitoring Officer(MO) in the following areas:
Digital Construction, Creative Industries, Smart Competitions, Open Competition, Power Electronics, Information Security, Electronics & Photonics, Sensor and Imaging, Infrastructure Rounds, High Value Manufacturing, Metadata Systems
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  • (now BEIS).
  • BSc (Hons) Physics 
  • BEng, Electrical, Electronics & Communications Engineering
  • MSc, Power Systems Engineering
  • PhD, Robotics, Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management
  • PRINCE2 Foundation
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Mrs. Revati Natesan

Mrs Revati Natesan, BE (E&C)

Performing for Pt Lal Bahadur Shastri at Roorkee (seen on the left with white cap)
Mr Atul Varshneya

Mr Atul Varshneya, BE ‘83 (E&C)

Leading Artificial Intelligence Expert, residing in California
 Mr. Harjinder Sekhon
Mrs. Manju Aggarwal

Mrs Manju Jain Aggarwal, B.Arch. Class of 1974, residing in USA since 1977

With spouse Mr Vinay (IIT Delhi) and daughter Divya
 Mr. Vijay Sharma

Mr Vijay Sharma and Mrs Anita Sharma
   Mrs. Anita Sharma

Mr Vijay Sharma and Mrs Anita Sharma
 Mrs. Davinder Kaur(guest)
Prof Harpreet Singh's family with his only son and grandson
 ... last but not the least
Prof Harpreet Singh
   ... and the volunteers

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Prof S. K. Joshi's Memorial Held on June 6th by IITRAANA

posted Jun 7, 2020, 6:08 PM by IITRAANA Admin   [ updated Jun 21, 2020, 2:42 PM ]

Virtual Memorial

View of some of the virtual memorial attendees
Jun 6th 2020. This date was marked special by a memorial for Prof S. K. Joshi, (Head and Professor, 
Department of Physics 1969 - 86). On behalf of all IITRAANA members, we extend our special thanks to Prof Joshi’s son, Mr. Sanjay Joshi. We greatly appreciate Prof Ajit Chaturvedi, Director IIT Roorkee for joining IIT Roorkee alumni in celebrating Prof Joshi's memories and accomplishments.

The memorial event was held under the guidance of Mr Ray Mehra, Chairman IITRAANA Board, and Prof Atma Sahu, Past-President of IITRAANA and President of IIT Roorkee Foundation, with support from Mr Niraj Gupta and Mr Manish Saraf.

Prof. Joshi's colleagues and students from his Roorkee days as faculty and administrator participated including Prof Harpreet Singh, Dr Anand Prakash, Dean of Resources and Alumni Affairs Prof Gurjar, Mr Ashutosh Malaviya, Mr Shivajee Samdarshi, Mr. Niraj Gupta and Mr Manish Saraf.

Among too many to list personal and professional achievements of Prof Joshi, he was remembered for his world-class research, pursuit for scientific knowledge, commitment to teaching excellence, hard work and humility. His students and others during his time spoke about his positivity, brilliance, true nature to help others, how he cared for his students not just as a teacher but also helped them adjust to university life. Being with him made one feel in "presence of greatness".

Vice Chancellor of Vice Chancellors

Dr S K Joshi - Vice Chancellor of Vice Chancellors
(Left to Right: Prof S. K. Joshi, Dr Jai Krishna, Dr Jagdish Narain)
Two Vice-chancellors and "Vice-chancellor of Vice-chancellors" at Prof Harpreet Singh's wedding reception on Jun 8th 1981)
(Photo Courtesy: Prof Harpreet Singh)

In Prof Chaturvedi’s words, Prof Joshi was "institution builder at the national level", "remarkable teacher, able leader and very accomplished researcher". People at Roorkee felt proud of multiple things that he achieved at Roorkee. At the institute level, Department of Physics felt deeply indebted to him. Prof Chaturvedi mentioned initiatives in works to recognize Prof Joshi's contributions need to be recognized to befit the memory of someone as high as the stature of Prof Joshi. More information will be shared with the alumni, when available.

In a thoughtful and touching tribute, Mr Sanjay Joshi shared his father's journey from Aparna, a small village in Uttarakhand, to a national leader, an eminent physicist, teacher, advisor to Prime Minister, and recipient of national awards - Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. He shared many inspiring events from Prof Joshi's formative years and how his hard work and diligence earned him the respect of President APJ Kalam and well known luminaries like Dr Raja Ramanna, Dr A.S. Arya, Dr D.V. Singh and Dr V.K. Gaur.

Prof Gurjar, Dean of Resources and Alumni Affairs, in his tribute mentioned establishing a chair in Prof Joshi's memory to carry on his values through education, science, technology and physics.

Prof Sahu remembered him as a bridge builder between national labs and being at Roorkee. He mentioned Prof Joshi being instrumental in converting University to Roorkee to IIT and he was the first chairman of the board of governors of IIT Roorkee. Prof Sahu also mentioned IIT Roorkee Foundation Inc. for contributions to support these efforts from alumni.

Mr Ray Mehra thanked all the dignitaries and closed the meeting noting the exemplary legacy of a great man, Prof. Joshi. Mr Mehra mentioned it as a tremendous loss at not having met Dr Joshi - "great teacher and elevated soul" for not just IIT Roorkee but to all whose life he touched for better,

We all are blessed to have the honor of walking the same halls and lawns as Prof S. K. Joshi, and benefit from his knowledge.

Let's all be inspired by Dr. S. K. Joshi's drive for perfection, punctuality and humility and make IIT Roorkee known for its Alumni's accomplishments globally.

Padma Shri and Padma Bhusha Prof S. K. Joshi (1935 - 2020), Eminent Physicist and Professor, IIT Roorkee (1967 - 1986)

posted May 23, 2020, 9:42 PM by IITRAANA Admin   [ updated Sep 6, 2020, 8:33 PM ]

Prof S. K. Joshi (1935 - 2020), Eminent Physicist and Professor, IIT Roorkee (1967 - 1986)

Many of us in Roorkee alumni community have been touched by Prof. S. K. Joshi. A tribute is being planned on June 6th 2020 for his Roorkee family and friends with IIT-R officials and other prominent alumni to share memories and offer prayers.
If you would like to participate and share your memories of him then please send an email to iitraanasa@gmail.com.

Eminent Physicist and Professor, IIT Roorkee (1967 - 1986), Prof Sri Krishna Joshi passed away on May 15th 2020 at his residence in Gurugram, India. An Indian physicist, Prof. Joshi was Professor of Physics at the Indian Institute of Technology, RoorkeProf S K Joshie from 1967 to 1986. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hema Joshi, his brother, Dr. Jagdish Chandra Joshi, son Sanjay, daughter-in-law, Mita and two grandchildren, Suchita and Parmarth. 

Prof. Joshi was born on 6th June 1935 in the village of Anpara in Kumaon, Uttarakhand, India. His early life was difficult. His father passed away when he was 11 years old. However, he continued excelling in academics while shouldering the responsibility of supporting his family.

A well renowned Physicist, Prof. Joshi served the nation both as an academician and as an institution builder. He was Professor of Physics at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee from 1967 to 1986.  In this role, he supervised the Ph.D. theses of twenty scholars and published more than 190 research papers. Many of his students have served as Professors of Physics across major research universities in India.

He served as the fifth Director of the National Physical Laboratory from 1986 to 1991. While directing NPL, he continued his research and guided PhD students. In 1991, he was appointed the Director General of the Indian Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. After retiring in 1995, he was awarded the Sarabhai Research Professorship in Physics and worked on condensed matter theory at the National Physical Laboratory in New Delhi.

As a science administrator, he also played a crucial role in establishing new institutes of higher learning – IISER, NISER, new IITs as well as research institutions, such as, ARIES Observatory, Indigo (India’s LIGO).. He also served the nation by working on various committees, such as, the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister of India and advising institutions, such as, DRDO, Department of Atomic Energy. 

Related to IIT Roorkee, he chaired the committee that recommended the conversion of University of Roorkee into an IIT. He also served as the first Chairman of the Board of Directors of IIT Roorkee.

Prof Joshi’s work was bestowed with prestigious awards - Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Watumull Memorial Prize, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Physical Sciences, CSIR
Three generations of Prof Joshi's Family (Right to Left)
Dr. J. C. Joshi, Prof S. K. Joshi's younger brother, who retired from IIT Delhi and lives in Gurgaon; Parmarth, grandson (Sanjay's son); Mita, daughter-in-law (Sanjay's wife), formerly Assistant Professor at Lucknow University; Suchita - granddaughter (Sanjay's daughter), currently, undergraduate student at U. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Computer Science & Statistics); Son (Sanjay), himself a Roorkee alumni and currently employed at Google, Inc.; Jeetendra, nephew (Dr. J.C. Joshi's son); Prof. S.K. Joshi; Mrs. Hema Joshi, Prof. Joshi's wife
Courtesy: Mr. Sanjay Joshi

Prof Joshi's son, Sanjay, who himself is a Thomasonian, graciously shared, "When I look back at his life, it involved a lot of struggle and setbacks (including loosing my brother twenty years ago). However,  I never ever heard him complaining. He always looked for other positive role models around him and for opportunities to improve himself and those around him. His hard work, dedication and helpfulness sets a good example for all of us."

Silver Jubilee Award, Meghnad Saha Award for Research in Theoretical Sciences, Dr. K.S. Krishnan Memorial Lectureship of INSA, FICCI Award in Physical Sciences, Dr. Mahendra Lal Sircar Prize by IACS Calcutta, Goyal Prize in Physics by Goyal Foundation, and CV Raman Medal of INSA.

He was awarded as D.Sc. honoris causa from Kumaon University in 1994, from Kanpur University in 1995, Banaras Hindu University in 1996, and the University of Burdwan in 2005.

Shri Krishna Joshi served science and he truly helped build the nation for all of us and the number of generations to come.

Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan Shri Krishna Joshi stood for, served in his whole life and he truly builds the nation for all of us and number of generations to come.

Important Professional Memberships/Positions
Fellow, Indian National Science Academy(1974 -)
Secretary, Indian National Science Academy (1983 - 1986)
Foreign Secretary, Indian National Science Academy (1989 - 1992)
President, Indian National Science Academy (Elected in1993
President, Indian Physics Association (1989 - 1990)

Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (1967 - 1986)
Director, National Physical Laboratory (1986 - 1991)
Director General, Indian Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (1991 - 1995)
Sarabhai Research Professorship, National Physical Laboratory (1995 -)

Awards / Honours
Padma Shri (1991)
Padma Bhushan (2003).
Watumull Memorial Prize (1965)
Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Physical Sciences (1972)
CSIR Silver Jubilee Award in (1973)
Meghnad Saha Award for Research in Theoretical Sciences (1974)
Dr. K.S. Krishnan Memorial Lectureship of INSA (1987)
FICCI Award in Physical Sciences (1990)
Dr. Mahendra Lal Sircar Prize by IACS Calcutta for 1989 (in 1994)
Goyal Prize in Physics by Goyal Foundation (1993)
CV Raman Medal of INSA (1999)

Additional Information

Prof Alvord (1919-2018) Visiting Prof to Univ Roorkee 1961-63

posted Jun 11, 2018, 8:38 PM by IITRAANA Admin   [ updated Jun 11, 2018, 8:44 PM ]

Dear fellow alumni: 

I have been informed by Dr. Anand Agarwal that Prof. H.H. Alvord of the University of Michigan passed away on May 8, 2018. He was 98.

Prof. Alvord spent 3 years at the University of Roorkee as a visiting professor from 1961-63. During the formative years of the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering Dept. he helped modernize several laboratories, and the M.E. course curriculums for undergraduate and masters degree programs to bring them at par with the best US universities. Recognizing his contributions, the University of Michigan awarded numerous hard to come by teaching and research assistantships to the graduating students from Roorkee. The Alvords made Roorkee their second home and returned to visit Roorkee several times.

I'll bring a sympathy card to our next get-to-gether for you to sign, but if you wish to send a personal note to Mrs. Alvord, in the meantime, her address is 3955 Lancaster Ct., Ypsilanti, MI 48197.

The link to his obituary;


With Regards,

Gurinder Singh

- Message from Mr Gurinder Singh, President IITRAANA, Detroit

Other Links
University of Michigan Faculty History Project Memoir Herbert H. Alvord

ALUMNI DAY FUNCTION at IIT Roorkee and 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Awards

posted Nov 25, 2016, 9:27 AM by IITRAANA Admin

On Friday Nov 26th 2016, the Alumni Day was celebrated in the Main Building (now called James Thomason Building) Lawns which coincided with the Diamond and Golden Jubilee Alumni Function. Prof. Pradipta Banerji, who was till recently Director of IIT Roorkee, was the Chief Guest.

Mr. Mohinder Nayyar (1966 Batch Mechanical), Mr. Ashoke Kumar Mukherjee (1966 Batch Electronics), Air Marshal Pramod V. Athawale (1972 Batch Electrical), and Mr. Mangu Singh (1979 Batch Civil) were honored with the prestigious Distinguished Alumnus Award - 2016.

1. Mr. Mohinder Nayyar (1966 Batch Mechanical) - Based in the US, he is an internationally recognised specialist in the area of piping, valves, materials, the codes and standards developed by him and books and handbooks authored by him.
2. Mr. Ashoke Kumar Mukherjee (1966 Batch Electronics) - He started Sonodyne in 1970 which became a household name in high quality consumer audio. He continues to make a world wide presence of Sonodyne with updated technology.
3. Air Marshal Pramod V. Athawale (1972 Batch Electrical) - He made a career in Electronics stream of Aeronautical Engineering branch of Indian Air Force. In recognition of his distinguished service to the Nation, he was awarded Presidential awards of Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and Param Vishisht Sewa Medal.
4. Mr. Mangu Singh (1979 Batch Civil) - As Managing Director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, he has made many technological innovations in construction of complex Metro Rail tunnels and has won world recognition for environmental sustainability in urban rail system.

Full message from Prof S P Gupta is attached below:

Esteemed member of IITR Alumni family


Today the Alumni Day was celebrated in the Main Building (now called James Thomasan Building) Lawns which coincided with the Diamond and Golden Jubilee Alumni Function. 


Prof. Pradipta Banerji, who was till recently Director of IIT Roorkee, was the Chief Guest. Following Alumni were honoured with the prestigious Distinguished Alumnus Award - 2016:


1. Shri Mohinder Nayyar (1966 Batch Mechanical) - Based in the US, he is an internationally recognised specialist in the area of piping, valves, materials, the codes and standards developed by him and books and handbooks authored by him.


2. Sri Ashoke Kumar Mukherjee (1966 Batch Electronics) - He started Sonodyne in 1970 which became a household name in high quality consumer audio. He continues to make a world wide presence of Sonodyne with updated technology.


3. Air Marshal Pramod V. Athawale (1972 Batch Electrical) - He made a career in Electronics stream of Aeronautical Engineering branch of Indian Air Force. In recognition of his distinguished service to the Nation, he was awarded Presidential awards of Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and Param Vishisht Sewa Medal.


4. Sri Mangu Singh (1979 Batch Civil) - As Managing Director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, he has made many technological innovations in construction of complex Metro Rail tunnels and has won world recognition for environmental sustainability in urban rail system.


I am sharing with you some pictures of the occasion. More details with more pictures will follow. 


warm regards,


SP Gupta




Dr. SP Gupta

Emeritus Fellow

Electrical Engineering Department,

(former Deputy Director)

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

Roorkee 247 667

Phone: 01332-285597(Office), 01332-285038(Home), 09837074284(Mobile)

email: spgfee@gmail.com, spgfee@iitr.ac.in

LinkedIn Profile:  https://in.linkedin.com/in/dr-satya-p-gupta-78b0b71a

Congratulations Kartik Chandran (B.S. '95), MacArthur Fellows 2015

posted Sep 29, 2015, 7:03 PM by IITRAANA Admin

Dr. Kartik Chandran, an environmental engineer and associate professor at Columbia University’s Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, is among the 24 individuals named as 2015 MacArthur Fellows.

Recognized as exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement and the potential for significant contributions in the future, the Foundation Fellows will each receive a no-strings-attached stipend of $625,000, allowing recipients maximum freedom to follow their own creative visions.

GLOBAL SINGING OF KULGEET IIT ROORKEE at Detroit AUG 1 2015. Video by Gursharan Mathur

posted Aug 24, 2015, 9:20 PM by IITRAANA Admin

On August 1, 2015, the first ever Global Kulgeet Teleconference was arranged. The event was highly successful. IIT Roorkee Alumni sang Kulgeet together all over the Globe. The singing was participated by Dr S. P Gupta, Rajendra Agrawal, A. K Pant, Purnima Gupta and a number of other participants from India, England and USA. A total of about 100 participants took part including about 50 from Detroit where IIT R Alumni were celebrating the annual picnic. Kulgeet singing was followed by Bhajan, songs and patriotic songs by a number of legendary singers. The planned program included singing by Mrs Prem Krishna from Bangalore, Dr Arun Srivastava from Varanasi, Mridula Srivastava from UK, Manju Aggarwal from Boston, Nitu Kohli from California, Krishan Kumar and Revati Natesan from Chicago, Anita Sharma , Abha Singh and Master Harbans Lal from Detroit. The program was hosted by Harpreet Singh.
It can be watched by all IIT Alumni at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TFJXpm5JlA

Message from Prof Prem Krishna (BE '59 Civil), Global President, IITR Alumni Association

posted Jun 19, 2014, 12:18 PM by IITRAANA Admin   [ updated Jun 19, 2014, 12:28 PM ]

We are privileged to share our alma mater with esteemed professionals like Prof Prem Krishna. He is a BE ’59 Civil Engineering graduate of University of Roorkee. Credited with many firsts in his field, Prof Krishan was awarded the Distinguished Alumni award in 2012. (Read full bio after his message..)

He is the Global President of our alumni association and we thank him for taking the time for this message to our alumni family in North America.

A Message from President, IIT Roorkee Alumni Association
Addressed to the IITRAA North America

Dear Alumni Friends,

A new Executive Committee of the IITRAA for the year 2014-15 started its tenure recently. I am thankful to have been asked to write this message, and through it, to have the pleasure of sending you my greetings , and to share some of my thoughts and information.

Although we are well aware of our great alma mater, it is just as well to be reminded that the IITRAA consists of alumni of an Institution of Technical education, with the richest heritage (167 years) in India, and even universally. I believe that the education and training we received at the portals of this institution and the traditions of discipline, commitment, diligence, humanism and civility to which we were exposed, followed by our continued interaction directly or indirectly, helped to built the foundation, over which we stand so strongly today, and progress in different stages of our careers.

In the early 1960’s, a few of our alumni took the courage to leave the comfort zone of their homes and families to go ‘Global’, particularly preferring the USA. The number of alumni there built up gradually, and today it constitutes a substantial presence amongst the engineering fraternity of that country. It need not be stated how effectively the name and reputation of the alma mater and the country has been upheld by our alumni in North America.

I am sure the IITRAA has tremendous potential. We can set our goals , in a spirit of service for the betterment of our alma mater and the profession, consistent with our potential, but our efforts will have a better chance of yielding the desired results only, if these are chosen prudently, and are not too many at a time. Furthermore. we will need to work together ,wherever we may be ,and, in tandem with our alma mater, which indeed is our fountainhead.

In the first couple of months of the tenure of this EC, effort has been to enhance connectivity. The IITRAA website ,www.iitraa.in ,is being earnestly updated. Effort is also being made to resume a 3-monthly e-News Letter. As in previous years, the major event in the coming months is the celebration of the Silver, Ruby(being formally re-started this year for batches with 40 years of graduation),Golden and Diamond Jubilees .

I seek your support to make our association more vibrant and effective, while working through the system, and will welcome advice and suggestions through our mailing address iitraa@gmail.com .

With warm good wishes , 

Yours sincerely,

Prem Krishna
(1959 Alumnus in Civil Engg.)
President IITRAA 2014-15

Prof Prem Krishna

In an engineering career commencing in 1959, and, spanning approximately 55 years to date, he has had a unique opportunity of studying and teaching at Civil Engineering Departments of the highest quality and reputation, our alma mater, the University of Roorkee (Now Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee), the University of Illinois, Urbana, USA, and the Imperial College of London, UK. In addition to being a committed teacher, he has been keenly active in R&D and maintained close interaction with industry in the areas of structural engineering , wind engineering & disaster mitigation.  

Born March 1938, he obtained his early degrees from the University of Roorkee - BE(Civil) in 1959, ME(Structures) in 1961. He obtained his Doctorate from Imperial College, London in 1964. 

He joined the faculty in Civil Engineering at the University of Roorkee in 1965 and retired from there in 1998. He however maintained contact with the institution in adjunct positions till 2007. 

At Roorkee, he held positions of Head of Civil Engineering Department and the Dean. 

He is also the son of another celebrated alumni, Prof Jai Krishna, who was the Vice Chancellor from 1971 to 1977. 

Important Professional Memberships/Positions
Fellow and Vice – President (2008), Indian National Academy of Engineering
Founder President, Indian Society of Wind Engineering (1993-2000)
President, International Association for Wind Engineering (1991-95)
2010 - Chairman, Research Council, CBRI, Roorkee

Pioneering Work
Always keen to look for new vistas, Prof.Prem Krishna can be credited with many “firsts”: 
First book on Cable Suspended Roofs – McGraw-Hill, New York, 1978
Design of the first cable stayed foot bridge in India, over the canal at Roorkee, 1982
Design of the first cable stayed road bridge in India, over the canal at Haridwar, 1988
First Major Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel in India at University of Roorkee, 1982
Help in designing Large (45m dia.) Radio Wave Antenna Dishes for setting up an Array at Khodad (near Pune), replacing for the first time anywhere, ‘bluff’ tubes by cables, to reduce wind loads and reducing cost by over 10%.
First and only Indian (so far) to become President, of the International Association of Wind Engineering, 1991    

Awards / Honours 
Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2012, IIT Roorkee.
Commemorative Volume released in honor, at the National Conference on Wind Engineering, Nagpur, February 2004. 
Outstanding Engineer Award by the IIT Roorkee – Institution of Engineers Roorkee Centre, Engineer’s Day, Sept. 2004.
Arthur Cotton Memorial Gold Medal, Institution of Engineers (India), 1986.
Jai Krishna Award of the Indian Society of Earthquake Technology for the best Society publication during the period 1974-1978.

Naveen Jain on Life, the Universe and Everything (with apologies to Douglas Adams) (PAN IIT Newsletter Feb 2014)

posted May 29, 2014, 12:33 PM by IITRAANA Admin   [ updated May 29, 2014, 12:35 PM ]

[Article 3 of 3 from PAN IIT Newsletter Feb 2014 - Highlight on IIT Roorkee / Contributed by Sanjiv Sinha BE '98 EC]
As published in PAN IIT Newsletter Feb 2014
Featured IIT Roorkee Alumni
This month we focus on IIT-Roorkee. We highlight two alumni - Roopa Gir and Naveen Jain. Roopa, as a woman IIT alum has experienced first hand, the changing role of women in Technical Institutes and the workforce. She was one of the first women to enter the Geophysics department at IIT Roorkee in the 1970s. She had Naveen needs little introduction. He is a tech entrepreneur based in Seattle who blazed the trail for countless others that have since followed.

- IIT-R BE '79 alumni, MBA from XLRI
- Started two highly successful companies (Infospace and Inome)
- Ventured into Space Exploration (Moon Express)
- Co-Chairman at the X Prize Foundation
- Trustee of the board of Singularity University
- Philanthropic activities.
- Blogs at forbes.com
- Personal website is naveenjain.com.
Naveen Jain is a busy man. An IIT-R '79 alumni, he got his MBA from XLRI . So far, he has started two highly successful companies (Infospace and Inome) and ventured into Space Exploration (Moon Express). If that wasn't enough, he is also the Co-Chairman of "Education and Global Development" at the X Prize Foundation where he is focused on finding entrepreneurial solutions to address the global challenges in education, poverty, agriculture, health, and clean water. In addition, Mr. Jain is a trustee of the board of Singularity University an interdisciplinary university whose mission is to educate and inspire leaders to address humanity's grand challenges through innovative technologies. And when he is done doing all that, he also finds time for his philanthropic activities.

His love of entrepreneurship thrives in his three children (23, 19, 16) all of who are engaged in their own entrepreneurial pursuits. He regularly blogs at forbes.com and his personal website is naveenjain.com.

He took time with us to talk about some of the topics that are important to him.

On Education
Our education system is not broken, it has just become obsolete.

When I think of all the tremendous, seemingly impossible feats made possible by entrepreneurs, I am amazed that more has not been done to reinvent our education system. I want all entrepreneurs to take note that this is a multi-hundred billion dollar opportunity that's ripe for disruption. We conveniently place the blame on problems that stem from budget cuts, teacher layoffs, inadequate technology in our schools and our education policies. We need to recognize the fact that our education system continues to address needs of a bygone era. It simply does not cater to the present or future needs. 

Our education system was developed for an industrial era where we could teach certain skills to our children and they were able to use these skills for the rest of their lives working productively in an industry. We are now living in a fast paced technological era where every skill that we teach our children becomes obsolete in the 10 to 15 years due to exponentially growing technological advances. We need a new way of thinking about equipping our kids with the tools to succeed in this new age.

On Success
How do we measure success? Success, of course, is very personal; there is no universal way of measuring success. What do successful people like Bill Gates and Mother Teresa have in common? On the surface it's hard to find anything they share-and yet both are successful. I personally believe the real metric of success isn't the size of your bank account. It's the number of lives where you might be able to make a positive difference. This is the measure of success we need to apply while we are on our journey to success.

On Innovation
The 10,000 hour hypothesis doesn't work for innovation any more.

I believe that people who will come up with creative solutions to solve the world's biggest problems - ecological devastation, global warming, the global debt crisis and distribution of dwindling natural resources, to name a few - will NOT be experts in their fields. The real disruptorswill be those individuals who are not steeped in one industry of choice, with those coveted 10,000 hours of experience, but instead, individuals who approach challenges with a clean lens, bringing together diverse experiences, knowledge and opportunities.

On Children
Being a father has been, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride and inspiration. Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of giving back and taught me how to be a better person.

Children are like sponges. They absorb everything that they see around them. Like it or not, they mimic the good and bad things about you. One of the biggest challenges for many of us in the Pan IIT community is how to instill good work ethics and values in our children, who are by any objective metric, privileged. 

The only way in my opinion that works is to be as good a model as you can. If working hard is an important value to you, then you need to constantly work hard and make sure your kids see that. If creating opportunities for others is important to you, then you need to be creating opportunities for others. 

Editor's Note: Entrepreneurship is a passion of Naveen. A passion that he seems to have passed on to his children. But as they say, the proof of the pudding is in eating it. You can see the validation of his approach with fatherhood in a blog post by his daughter Priyanka on The Huffington Post (you can read it here). With four entrepreneurs in his family, clearly something in Naveen's approach to fatherhood seems to be working.

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