Bengaluru: IIT Kanpur continued its Diamond Jubilee celebrations with an event in Bengaluru hosted by IIT Kanpur Alumni Association, Bangalore Chapter. The symposium on ‘Transforming India: The Next Innovation Powerhouse’ was the first of a series of events that are being organized by the Alumni Association of IIT Kanpur across the country and abroad.
IIT Kanpur completed of 60 years of its founding on 2 November, when Union Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD) Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ was the Guest of Honour at the special event held to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee.
The all-day event with the theme ‘Connect, Collaborate and Celebrate’ was scheduled with in-depth panel discussions covering academia, industry and entrepreneurial innovations. Discussions on topics such as scientific research and development and Mission Nobel Prize through building a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship saw impressive participation from the audience.
Industry-specific roundtables saw deliberations on how IIT Kanpur and its alumni could shape the future of India, along with a session on the inception of IIT Kanpur and a trivia quiz.
Pradeep Bhargava, President, Alumni Association, IIT Kanpur said, “The idea behind organizing such conferences across the country and overseas is to get the alumni under one roof and deliberate over various important issues that are critical to the growth of India’s economy.”
“The conference in Bengaluru focused on conversations and debates around making India a global R&D hub, an examination of the challenges and ways to address these with the involvement of academia. With so many thinking minds putting their heads together, we are sure to generate innovative ideas to ensure India stays ahead in business and science,” added Bhargava.
During the event, the IIT reportedly signed MoUs for research collaborations with various R&D centres in Bangalore. Adding to that, SIIC (Incubation Centre) and Technopark from IIT Kanpur showcased various startups being incubated at the Institute.
The event saw the participation of more than 800 alumni along with industry leaders, and more such events are planned to be held across Delhi, Mumbai, and Pune in India, and abroad in San Francisco, New York, Ottawa, and Zurich to reach out to the over 10,000 alumni of the Institute and bring about productive interaction with ideas for India’s growth, said IIT Kanpur in a Press communication.
The themes identified include India as a Global R&D hub, transforming India through technology and innovation; touching the grassroots and building a $5 trillion economy; powering the future with AI & IOT; engagement with government departments and building Centres of Excellence; methods to attract world-class faculty; growth with manufacturing and SMEs’ and innovation and funding for growth and collaboration with Universities and Industry.
The event saw eminent IIT Kanpur alumni and other luminaries from various fields participating, including Koppillil Radhakrishnan, Chairperson, Board of Governors, IIT Kanpur, and Honorary Distinguished Advisor in the Department of Space (ISRO); Prof Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur; and Umesh C Joshi, Co-Founder Hush, President IITK Alumni Association Bangalore.