Kharagpur: Ten alumni of the IIT-Kharagpur were honoured for their contribution to the institute for facilitating global networking and reach, leading collaborative projects and other activities at the 16th Annual Alumni Meet being held at the institute campus.
The recipients included Ratun Lahiri and Davender Jain who were from abroad. Lahiri is a finance expert from London, who had founded UK Chapter – a 330-member organisation having strategised events to attract participation from the alumni, an IIT KGP statement said Saturday.
Jain had spearheaded joint conference for all IIT directors including IIT KGP with Vice-chancellors of premier Australian universities to promote research, faculty exchange and the IIT brand in Australia. Among the recipients from India who were felicitated, there are alumni like Sabesh Subramaniam, former President of Chennai Chapter and who has been actively involved with CSR funding for the Sandhi (Science-Culture initiative) project.
Another such alumni was Prof Probir Gupta, former Dean of the Vinod Gupta School of Management and the founding Head of the Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law.
A key initiative during the Meet being held from January 11-13 was awarding of the Distinguished Service Award as each of these alumni contributes a significant amount of their time to work for alumni associations in various parts of the world, the statement said.
The IIT KGP’s ‘halls of residence’ (hostels) have been major beneficiaries this year, with seven ‘halls’ receiving more than Rs 1.5 crore from the alumni for development activities. “The 1969, 1979, 1994 and 1997 batches have collectively donated Rs. 3.6 crore in endowment on the occasion of the Annual Alumni Meet this year,” Dean Chattopadhyay said.