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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 Jun 7, 2020, 3:47 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
https://nabl-india.org/prof-s-k-joshi/
https://spsti.org/prof-s-k-joshi-journey-from-a-small-village-to-director-general-csir-new-delhi/
https://www.aries.res.in/images/Prof_S_K_Joshi_1935_2020.pdf
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shri_Krishna_Joshi
https://wiki2.org/en/Shri_Krishna_Joshi

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;

http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/annarbor/obituary.aspx?n=herbert-h-alvord&pid=188976773 

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

 

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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.

Roopa Gir - breaking molds and blazing trails (PAN IIT Newsletter Feb 2014)

posted May 29, 2014, 12:15 PM by IITRAANA Admin   [ updated May 29, 2014, 12:18 PM ]

[Article 2 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.


- First woman student in M Tech Geophysics, Gold Medal 1974
- President iEducateUSA
- First female Scientific Adviser within Schlumberger
- United Nations' Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues
- Board - AICAPD, TiE Houston, IAPAC, UNA, Samscriti and iEducateUSA
- Past President of the IIT Alumni of Greater Houston (IITAGH)
- Past Vice President and Secretary of PanIIT USA
Roopa Gir is the president of iEducateUSA, a non-profit organization that is revolutionizing math and science education in underserved and underperforming schools. iEducateUSA was showcased at the recent IIT 2013 conference, where she served as the conference advisor, and was instrumental in bringing the conference to Houston. In her professional career she has served over31 years in the Oil & Gas Industry, with roles ranging from engineering, to marketing, to corporate& business development. Almost 16 of those years were spent overseas across Southeast Asia and Europe. As Director of Corporate Technology Watch and Scientific Advisor to Schlumberger, her last 5 years were focused on evaluating technologies relating to shale gas extraction. She continues her involvement in the industry as advisor to various existing and early-stage oilfield companies.

Roopa grew up in a family where education and arts were both given importance. In addition to her studies, she learned two classical forms of dancing (Bharatnatyam and Odissi), and continued to give performances until the late 1970s. Her passion for the arts remains today, with her serving as Vice President of Samscriti, an organization that promotes Indian art and culture in Houston.

Pioneers and explorers have always paved the way for those who follow, and their experience is a roadmap of success or failure to be followed or discarded. Roopa was the first female to seek admission in geophysics at IIT Roorkee. She was initially refused admission because of "concern for her safety"on long geological field trips. Not giving up, she overcame the university's concerns and became the first woman student in geophysics, continuing on to graduate with a gold medal in 1974 for standing first amongst all students in her year.

After a brief stint as assistant professor at Delhi University, Roopa was awarded the French government scholarship in 1974 (only one awarded per year in Geophysics) to pursue a PhD degree in Applied Geophysics. She obtained her PhD from L'Institut de Physique du Globe, Université Louis Pasteur, France with "mention très honoree." She subsequently began her career in Schlumberger as a Senior Development Engineer in Houston, Texas.

Roopa eventually became the first female Scientific Adviser within Schlumberger. She has also been recognized with the "Performed by Schlumberger" awards and a special "Never Give Up" award. The chairman Andrew Gould quoted her example as one of the successful women in science and technology in his keynote speech at a conference in Berlin, Germany. Among other honors, she was one of only 15 women from around the world to be invited by the United Nations' Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women, to give a speech, at a UN Expert Group Meeting. She presented a joint paper with Andrew Gould as a key note address at a joint SEG/SPE conference in Jakarta, Indonesia on "Maximizing the Economic Performance of Oil and Gas Fields through Technology and Teamwork: Key elements for Creating Growth." She was recently invited to give a commencement speech at the University of Strasbourg.

There were many challenges along the way, especially working in the oilfield where women were extremely rare. Balancing work and family life was another challenge. At one point, she chose the technical ladder instead of the executive ladder which allowed more time with her son during his early years. Roopa believes that certain qualities drive success, including strong communication, tenacious zeal, an affinity for taking risks, and above all being a dreamer.

Roopa has always believed that the greatest satisfaction in life comes from giving back to the community. As a result, Roopa is on the board of several charitable & mentoring organizations, including AICAPD, TiE Houston, IAPAC, UNA, Samscriti and iEducateUSA. AICAPD is a unique pilot of 3 schools for children of migrant laborers in Bhonsi village, Gurgaon, where the school moves with the kids, hence the name "Innovation mobile School". Seed is another project in Haridwar district that was initiated by Roopa and supported by Pan IIT India and IIT Roorkee. She is also actively involved with the IIT alumni, having served as president of the IIT Alumni of Greater Houston (IITAGH), and Vice President and Secretary of PanIIT USA. During her tenure, the PanIIT chapter development was launched. She chaired the first large scale national meet for IITR in Las Vegas. Finally, she is actively involved as an editor of PiTech Magazine, the Pan IIT flagship publication showcasing technologies of the IITs and people of Indian origin.

Some facts about IIT-R that you probably didn't know (PAN IIT Newsletter Feb 2014)

posted May 29, 2014, 11:40 AM by IITRAANA Admin   [ updated May 29, 2014, 11:59 AM ]

[Article 1 of 3 from PAN IIT Newsletter Feb 2014 - Highlight on IIT Roorkee / Contributed by Sanjiv Sinha BE '98 EC]
Some facts about IIT-R that you probably didn't know / Compiled by Sanjay Keswani (IITR -'87)
  1. IIT Roorkee is the oldest engineering college in India; it started in 1847 and was named Thomason College of College of Civil Engineering in 1853 after the founder Sir James Thomason(College of Engineering, Guindy is older but it did not become a college till 1859).
  2. The institute has a history of being a family affair with many generations having attended it. In fact, having the grandfather, father and the son(daughter) celebrating their 75th, 50th and 25th graduation anniversary is not unheard of.
  3. The India Army Corps of Engineers received training at Roorkee between 1934 and 1943 before relocating to its current location as School of Military Engineering in Dapodi near Pune.
  4. Student dining messes had butlers till the early 1990s - they were referred to as "Butlet-Ji".
  5. As part of student initiation a.k.a ragging, proper dining etiquette was imparted including the ability to put the bowl into a plate with a fork!!
  6. Roorkee students were familiar with Lattes and Cappuccinos much before it was the fad - coffee paste (Nescafe with Sugar) with milk was served in every breakfast.
  7. The Beatles have stayed off-campus twice (at Motel Polaris - 1970 and 1972) on their way to Hardwar.
  8. The Convocation Hall was a Second World War Hangar.
  9. The Main Building has been in at least two Bollywood movies - Satyakam - where it was supposedly the Medical College Dharmendra's character went to, and more recently Paan Singh Tomar, where it was supposed to be the Army command of the contingent Paan Singh was a part of.
  10. On clear days you can see the snow-capped Himalayas from the campus.
  11. Only campus that offers rowing (in the Ganga canal) as an extra-curricular activity.
  12. It has over 13 Billiards tables on campus (part of the British heritage).
  13. A copy of the First Folio of Shakespeare's plays printed in 1623 of which there were only 250 copies made, was discovered in the IITR library by its chief librarian M.S. Rana.
  14. Vinita Gupta, a 1974 University of Roorkee alum, is one of the woman Distinguished Alumni (DS) among all IITs.

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