Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, one of the first IITs and a globally acclaimed Institute of National Importance, will celebrate the successful completion of 60 years of its founding, on 2nd November 2019. Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ will be the Guest of Honour at the special event held to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of the institution.
IIT Kanpur, which has produced industry leaders like Infosys Founder Narayan Murthy, Satyendra Dubey, Ashoke Sen, Som Mittal, and Krishnamurthy Subramanian, among others, will also host an alumni and institute fellow award function as part of the celebrations. Distinguished Alumni & Institute Fellows will be felicitated at an award ceremony in acknowledgement of their achievements and contributions.
Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said, “The IITs were pioneers in the field of engineering education in the country and led to the development of a strong scientific and technological base of talent that, over the years, has contributed to the growth of our nation. I am sure that the future is brighter and IIT Kanpur will continue to contribute to the transformation of India through innovation and technology.”
Dr Koppillil Radhakrishnan, Chairperson, Board of Governors, IIT Kanpur, and Honorary Distinguished Advisor in the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said, “It is a moment of pride for each of us at IIT Kanpur as this eminent institute reaches this landmark. As one of the country’s first IITs, IIT Kanpur has set benchmarks in engineering education across disciplines, as well as conducting original research of the highest standard, and providing leadership in technological innovation. Global collaborations have allowed the institute to keep pace with the rapidly changing world of science and technology. Path-breaking innovations in both curriculum and research have kept our flag flying high across the world and we are proud of our alumni, students, and faculty, both past and present.”
Established in 1959, IIT Kanpur is the fourth IIT to be established, and consistently amongst the top-ranked Indian institutes. It was set up with a vision to “create, disseminate, and translate knowledge in science, engineering and allied disciplines that will best serve the society.”
At present, IIT Kanpur has over 6,000 students pursuing an education in various disciplines. The campus is spread across 1,055 acres with 108 buildings housing students and staff. Faculty members at IIT Kanpur have garnered several prestigious national awards including Padma Shri, Infosys Prize, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award, JC Bose National Fellowship, Humboldt Research Award, and the Swaranajayanti Fellowship, as well as international awards including the TWAS Prize, Fulkerson Prize, and Goedel Prize.