Welcome to North Coast IIT Alumni Network serving all the wizards from Indian Institutes of Technology.

Upcoming Events:
Wednesday, June 7, 2006 6:00 PM - IIT Alumni Meeting at Columbus, Ohio with Prof. Madhusudan Chakraborty, Dean of Alumni Affairs and International Relations, IIT, Kharagpur

Thursday, June 8, 2006 6:00 PM - IIT Alumni Meeting at Twinsburg, Ohio with Prof. Madhusudan Chakraborty, Dean of Alumni Affairs and International Relations, IIT, Kharagpur

Faculty Openings at IIT Kharagpur

IIT Kharagpur is interested in attracting bright Indian scholars working in USA for faculty positions in the Institute.

The available departments where faculty is sought can be found here. You can also get more details about the qualifications etc. from the IIT Kharagpur website http://www.iitkgp.ac.in/

When Prof. M. Chakraborty, Dean of Alumni Affairs and International Relations visits Ohio in June, you can discuss these opportunities in person with him. If you are interested in meeting the Dean privately, please contact Jacob at jacob @ icbs.com or 330-342-0030 so that arrangements can be made.

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Alumni are Strongly Urged to Donate to IIT Kharagpur this Holiday Season
IIT Kharagpur needs your help. There are several worthwhile programs that needs funding from alumni before becoming a reality. (We will announce those program details later.) Roy DaSilva and Shailu Verma of IIT Foundation has been spearheading the efforts to encourage alumni to give something back to their alumni this holiday season (and get a tax break also.) They have formed a core team to support this efforts. Dr. Jacob Mathew (KGP-71) is the member of this core team responsible for OH, MI, Western PA, Western NY, Northern KY and SE IL.

We are not asking you to make big donations like those made by Vinod Gupta (although they are welcome!). The important thing is to give something even if it is $25. Let us try to have 100% participation that will send a strong message to our alma mater. Together, we can accomplish great things. If you would like to serve in the local fund raising team, please contact Jacob (jacob @ icbs.com)

More details on Vision 2020

New Leadership Team for IIT (Kharagpur) Foundation

Roy DaSilva (1974 EE RK) is the new President of IIT Foundation. Joe Srestha, Secretary and Shailu Verma, Treasurer will complete the roster of IIT Foundation Officers. The Officers’ term is through July 31, 2006.

Roy has been the President of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter for approximately two years and has been active in the alumni network for several years. He has been a driving force in leading several new chapter events. As the President of the SF Bay Area chapter he is also member of the Vision 2020 Fundraising Team, IIT Foundation.

Roy DaSilva is Executive Director, Corporate Services for Epson Electronics America Inc. He received his Masters in Management Studies (MMS) Degree from the University of Bombay, in 1976 and a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering (B.Tech. Hons.) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He represented RK Hall in Hockey, Water Polo, & Drama and held elected offices to the Hall Council.

We welcome Roy and wish the new team all success in their endeavor.

More details at: http://www.iitfoundation.org/?p=55#more-55

Reception for IIT Kanpur Team

On Saturday, May 15, 2004 IIT alumni gave a reception for Dr. Sanjay G. Dhande, the Director of IIT-Kanpur and Dr. G. K. Lal, Director of Alumni Relations of IIT-K. Details.

IIT-Humor - Humor only IITians can enjoy!
IIT-2005: A Smashing Success

Indian University Alumni Share a Global Success - Washington Post Article

A point of view on IIT's by P. Balaram, a distinguished alumnus of IITK and editor of Current Science on the occasion of IIT 50

The Architecture of Brand IIT
Looking at the Branding Principles That Can be Applied to India's Premier Training Institute By R Gopalakrishnan

IIT Foundation kicks off Vision 2020 to raise $200 million by 2020

Giving back to the IITs By Kanwal Rekhi

IIT Kharagpur to enhance alumni interaction - Media Report


Other Contemporary Issues That Are of Interest to IIT Alumni
What We Must Learn From the West
"It’s high time we became more professional, and respected society," says N. R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman of Infosystems. A must read article.

Perceptions of Today's India in America By Arindam Banerji

Comments By Ram Narayanan, US India Friendship

Another View By Ramboaus from Australia

Indian scholar (IIT KGP alumnus) Challenges Newton's law

What India Means To Me by Robert D Blackwill, US Ambassador to India
Thank you India for every single thing that I have discovered here. Mother India has changed my life - forever.

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalaam's speech in Hyderabad
I have three visions for India. In 3000 years of our history, people from all over the world have come and invaded us, captured our lands, conquered our minds. Yet we have not done this to any other nation. We have not conquered anyone. We have not grabbed their land, their culture, their history and tried to enforce our way of life on them. 
A great thought-provoking speech.

Before the whining drowns it out, listen to the new India
Twenty to twenty-five years ago, even 10 years ago, few of us had heard of Information Technology. Today, exports from this industry are worth $10 billion — that is, over Rs 45,000 crore a year. That figure is 20 per cent of our total exports. But there is the other side—equally telling. Why is it that so few among us know even the elementary facts about these successes? Why is it that so much of public, specifically political, discourse, when it is not whining is just wailing?

India 5th emerging retail economy: Knight Frank
The global real-estate consulting group Knight Frank has ranked India fifth in the list of 30 emerging retail markets and predicted an impressive 20 per cent growth rate for the organized retail segment by 2010.

North vs South
India has changed in two very different ways over the last 15 years. On the one hand, the South has captured the world's imagination and has had the sense and/or the good fortune to focus on such areas as IT where India has the potential to be a global leader. 
On the other hand, the North seems sometimes to have lost the plot. After the end of the Rajiv Gandhi government, North Indian politics seems to be less and less about the things that matter. The twin legacies of Mandal and Mandir have ensured the seemingly permanent backwardness of the North.

Professor Teaches Change in His Indian Village
Bill Clinton once suggested that if every nonresident Indian adopted an Indian village, it could transform the country. Professor Shukla's own experience shows the truth and fallacy of that statement.

On Words
Double entendre and errors in English!!!!
Have a good laugh!!

What Should We Be Remembered For?
Let us for a moment pause to reflect what it is that for which we would like to be remembered by the future generations. Will we be remembered for how many churches our generation has added, will we be remembered for how many mosques our generation has added, will we be remembered for how many temples our generation has added or will we be remembered for how many gurudwaras our generation has added? No, not at all. We will be remembered only if we give to our younger generation a prosperous and safe India resulting out of economic prosperity coupled with our civilizational heritage.

News You can Use

IIT-Kharagpur Unveils Global Alumni Website With Lifetime Alumni Email ID

On August 18, 2003, IIT-Kharagpur has launched the Global Alumni Website. You can access it at: http://www.alumni.iitkgp.ernet.in

IIT-KGP will also provide a lifelong email address. It looks like nameid@iitian.iitkgp.ernet.in. This will be for all students and all alumni. One has to access this through http://www.alumni.iitkgp.ernet.in

IIT-Kanpur is providing a permanent alumni e-mail ID

IIT-Kanpur is providing a permanent alumni e-mail id!
Apply for it at http://alumni.iitk.ac.in

ASEI National Convention in Cleveland Features Star IITans

The ASEI National Convention that was held in Cleveland OH for the first time during labor day weekend (August 30-Sep1, 2003) had a very different look compared to the stale, old look of this convention in the previous years thanks to the energy and leadership of many of our own alumni. Two key members of the leadership team were Dr. Jacob Mathew, a 1971 alumnus of IIT Kharagpur and Paramjit Singh, a 50s alumnus of IIT-Kharagpur. Dr Mathew, in his capacity as the VP, Webmaster, and Program Chair for the convention wanted to demonstrate what can be done in organizing and presenting a themed convention. The theme of the conference was,

Entrepreneurship for a Waking Giant - Indians in the USA

Dr. Mathew, ignoring the usual stale practice of collecting names and putting them in order for the conference, started designing the technical conference from bottom up. Key areas to be presented was identified, and then a search was made to discover who will be the most qualifies to present the message in a professional way. All the submissions that does not conform to the theme were rejected. The result was an integrated, conference, with the various speakers presenting various parts of the story, in a very interesting, and informative fashion. Was it surprising that 70% of the speakers and session chairs were our elite IIT alums? Another first for this organization.

Param Singh, in his capacity as conference co-chair, and public relations chair, designed and produced a professional logo, souvenir, and other marketing material for the conference. Again for the first time, the conference was promoted through mainstream media like Ohio Business Magazine and Inside Business Magazine that increased the awareness of the conference tremendously.

Another example of our fellow alumns leading by thinking outside the box or as Param calls it developing TOMA - Top of Mind Awareness.

Alumni Picnic With Dean of IIT-KGP a smashing success

On Sunday, June 22, 2003, we had our first family picnic. It was held at the Middleton Park in Hudson. The main attraction was the newly appointed Dean of alumni affairs of IIT-KGP, Prof. Madhusudan Chakraborty. We had a good attendance considering the fact that on that weekend, there were several weddings and many alumni were on vacation. But we also had participation by alumni from Pittsburgh and officials from the Ohio chapter of ASEI.

There was ample opportunities for networking. A sumptuous catered lunch was served. After that the Dean spoke about the challenges faced by the IITs. He pointed out that there is a need to strengthen the REC system as they act as feeders for IIT graduate programs since many undergraduate alumni from IIT go abroad for higher studies.

Dean was very happy with the reception he got in Cleveland. He also had meetings with the officials of City of Cleveland; several corporate leaders in Cleveland area, and a tour and meetings with officials at Cleveland Clinic. Thank you all for your help and support.

New Alumni Chapter formed in Detroit, MI

On Monday, June 23 at 7 PM nearly 70 alumni and their spouses met at India Kitchen Restaurant in West Bloomfield, MI to greet the newly appointed Dean of Alumni Affairs of IIT Kharagpur, Prof. Madhusudan Chakraborty and to network with fellow IITians as well as to establish new friendships. By 11 PM, when the meeting was finally over, most of the attendees were very glad they came and agreed that they had a great time. Everyone had a chance to speak about themselves introducing themselves to others. For the first time, the spouses felt that they were part of the group and slowly warmed up to the meeting. The Dean made a great presentation talking about the exciting future of IITs. We also formed a chapter. A committee of 4 were appointed to lead the infant organization to the next steps. They are already talking about a picnic this summer.

CBS News 60 Minutes To Rebroadcast The Segment on IITs on June 22

Read the Details.

IIT Midwest Alumni 2nd Annual Conference, July 26, 2003, Chicago: "Extending the IIT experience - Building a Lifetime Network"

IIT Midwest had its 2nd Annual Alumni Conference, a daylong event of keynote speeches, professional affinity sessions, and networking.

For Third Year In a Row, IIT-Kharagpur Has Been Named the Best Engineering School in India

In the June 2, 2003 issue of the India Today, IIT Kharagpur has been named as the Number 1 Engineering school in India. This is the third year in a row that KGP has captured this distinction. More Information.

IITB Director Reception at India House (Chicago - Schaumburg) on June 4th

Chicago area IITB-alumni are organizing a reception for IITB-Director Dr. Misra for which all Pan IIT alumni are invited. Dr. Misra will speak about current developments at IIT B, the faculty alumni network to draw new faculty and research to IITB, and so on. As a Member of the Board of Directors of the Pan-IIT Organization, he can talk about the new coalition being forged at the pan-IIT level and the energy of interaction between alumni and administration in India and US. More Info

The Newly Appointed Dean of Alumni Affairs of IIT- KGP Will Be Visiting Ohio in June

IIT Foundation is sponsoring Dean of Alumni Affairs visit to US in early half of June. Dean of Alumni Affairs is a recently created Dean position at IIT Kharagpur. Prof Madhusudan Chakraborty, head of Dept of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, is holding this position currently.

As Dean of Alumni Affairs Prof. Chakraborty’s would act as the single point of contact for KGP-Alumni worldwide. He would be driving alumni relations, nurturing alumni local chapters around the world and helping the alumni as well IIT KGP become a leader in Global Networking Platform. His visit hence, is quite symbolic and of historical significance.

As part of his visit, Houston chapter is organizing a special Vision 2020 event to kick-off Alumni fund-raising activities on June 7th/8th.

D. Chakraborty will be visiting Ohio from June 22-25, 2003. Separate receptions in Cleveland and Detroit area are planned.

A Great IIT- Get Together Organized By VT and Shama

When it is time to organize grand parties, IITians cannot be beat. This vital truth was quite evident on Friday, May 9, 2003. when more than 60 alumni/family/friends converged at the residence of VT and Shama Abraham in Solon.

Everyone had a great time and are looking forward to the next event that will be organized by Prof. Jain in Mayfield Village and then by Dr. Rao in Hudson.

ASEI Annual Convention in Cleveland

This year's ASEI-National Convention will he hosted by the Engineers in Ohio and surrounding areas. American Society for Engineers of Indian Origin is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. It is well established with several chapters in various parts of the US and India. Several IIT-alumni are in the local chapter leadership team as well as in the National Committee. We strongly recommend that you play an active role in this organization. The annual convention will be held on the labor day weekend. It will kick off with a golf outing segregated by your alma mater.

More details about ASEI and its Convention can be obtained from www.icbs.com/ASEI/

 If you are interested in presenting a paper in the ASEI National Convention, please contact Jacob Mathew, Program Chairman. You can get details at www.icbs.com/ASEI/

Prof. Dube Appointed New Director of IIT-Kharagpur

In case you haven't heard, Prof. Dube is the new director of IIT-Kharagpur replacing Prof. Ghosh. Prof. Dube is from IIT-Delhi. Initial reactions about him from KGP are very positive. Let us hope that he can take KGP to the next level.

Pan IIT Meetings in Chicago and Washington, DC

Several IIT alumni from NE Ohio attended the Pan IIT midwest meeting held in Chicago on July 13.

Please register so that we can get in touch with you.

Sign our guestbook and/or participate in the discussion group to talk about what we should do on our first get together.