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The Memoirs of a Trailblazer -The First Woman Chemical Engineer of IIT

The Memoirs of a Trailblazer -The First Woman Chemical Engineer of IIT

Madhu Panchmia Sengupta, ’68 ChE, SN Hall (1946 - 2022) Madhu’s passing is the end of an era. She, with her direct and practical nature, would never describe it that way. But she was a trailblazer, the first woman chemical engineering student at IIT Kharagpur, and was a part of the 13th batch of entering students in an institution which is now getting ready to celebrate its 75th anniversary. It was an era of aspiration, of national heroes, an era that inspired young students. Madhu grew up in Kolkata as the youngest of three sisters in a family of six…
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The Fallen Star…

The Fallen Star…

What's with a fallen star? Blazing past where loved ones are Close to earth, searching far... Closing eyes in heavenly prayer For flames burn out in the shallow air God lights the way where angels glow With streaking stars of love that flow Loved ones who completed your life Reminiscence your memories to survive God sends this message from a far Down to earth, close to where you are Worthy Warrior, fighting the battle for life Praise the fortitude with every extra mile Night stars will shine high Bright streak will stream through the night sky Good awaits you, for…
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In the Name of the Flower

In the Name of the Flower

Just like the flower she is named after, willowy and graceful, Nwe ni Kyaw walks in for her appointment with me on a bright November morning. I had requested a meeting with her to acquaint myself with this student from Myanmar who had just joined IIT Kharagpur as a doctoral research scholar in, ‘Image Processing and Machine Learning’ at the Dept. of Computer Science and Engg. So we get to chatting. Little had I known that the brief conversation would leave me in considerable appreciation of the spirit that was burning bright within a delicate exterior. Born in 1988 in…
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Welcome Dr. S. Mangani Mangalavalli, the first lady faculty of Dr. B.C Roy Multi Speciality Medical Research Centre

Welcome Dr. S. Mangani Mangalavalli, the first lady faculty of Dr. B.C Roy Multi Speciality Medical Research Centre

IITKGP welcomes Dr. S. Mangani Mangalavalli, joining in as the first lady faculty (Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology) of Dr. B.C Roy Multi Speciality Medical Research Centre, IITKGP. She is deployed as an. Dr. Mangalavalli has completed her M.B.B.S from the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research Centre (JIPMER), Pondicherry University in 2006 and her M.D in Physiology from Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital, Pondicherry University in 2016. She is also enrolled in a Fellowship in Diabetes Mellitus from IMA eVarsity. Dr. Mangalavalli has 14 years of clinical practice. Her thesis…
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Appointment of our new Deputy Director- Prof Amit Patra

Appointment of our new Deputy Director- Prof Amit Patra

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur welcomes its new Deputy Director, Professor Amit Patra from the Department of Electrical Engineering. Prof Patra has assumed the charge as Deputy Director from June 30, 2021. The IIT Kharagpur Director, Prof Virendra Kumar Tewari affirmed, “As a Deputy Director, Prof Patra will provide academic and administrative leadership to the Institute in our ambition to become a pioneering institution of higher education, setting new global standard  and academic benchmarks thus revolutionizing the education landscape in the country. I am sure, he will take the institute activities to newer heights”. Prof Amit Patra is an alumnus…
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IIT Kharagpur Professor Abhijit Mukherjee has been inducted as a Fellow of the Geological Society of America

IIT Kharagpur Professor Abhijit Mukherjee has been inducted as a Fellow of the Geological Society of America

“Proud moment for IIT Kharagpur, Prof Abhijit Mukherjee, Associate Professor of the Department of Geology & Geophysics and School of Environmental Science and Engineering, has been inducted as a Fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA) in the year 2021. I must mention that Prof Mukherjee is the first Indian who has got elected to the Fellowship of the prestigious GSA”, said Prof. Virendra Kumar Tewari, the Director of Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. “On behalf of the entire institute, I heartily congratulate Prof Mukherjee on his well-deserved achievements. Best wishes to bring more and more laurels for him…
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A fauji at heart

A fauji at heart

An account of Shib Sankar Das, Network Engineer (VC), Centre for Educational Technology, and one of the superstars leading the initiative of eLearning through online classroom at IIT KGP I had joined the Indian Air Force (IAF) on October 31, 1981, as an Airman after completing my high school. I underwent training in Belgaum and Bangalore before being posted to Chandigarh in April 1984 to serve as a Radio Fitter in the AN-12 Transport aircraft. During the training I was adjudged the Best in Education, Best in Trade and Best All Rounder, and passed out as Leading Aircraftsman (LAC). From…
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Digging Deeper: Parama’s Story

Digging Deeper: Parama’s Story

Parama Mukhopadhyay tries to answer why women lagging behind in the mining sector in India “What is your department?” “Mining Engineering” “Mining? Are girls even allowed in Mining Engineering? Will you get any job in mining after you finish your study? Why mining? Is it suitable for girls?” These questions – that come with raised eyebrows - are common for us while discussing our subject area with others. Us – the WOMEN in Mining in India! The above-mentioned questions are well-justified if we consider the number of women and job opportunities for them in the mining sector, not only in…
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Three decades and counting!

Three decades and counting!

“September 24th 1982. I joined IIT Kharagpur as a Lower Division Clerk, giving in to my parents repeated requests. Today, after spending more than two-thirds of my life here, I do not regret the decision of my parents. Rubber Technology Center had started the year before, in 1981. With no one to look into office work there, I was posted in that department as secretary to the HoD. My job profile consisted of mainly typing and maintaining office records. I stayed there from 1982 to 1987. With my promotion in 1987, I joined the Recruitment Section for a few days…
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I Came. I Saw. I Played.

I Came. I Saw. I Played.

“When I came here in July this year, I found a few students playing football at the Tata Steel Sports Complex. That intrigued me. I also wanted to play, since I come from a country where football is widely played. We won the FIFA World Cup last year, you see! I didn’t know who to approach or how to go about it. I have a friend who also works in the same Mechanical Engineering lab as mine. He was playing in the IIT Kharagpur football team. I told him of my desire to play for IIT Kharagpur. He told me…
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