Distinguished Alumnus

Distinguished Alumnus Award Announced for 2020

Distinguished Alumnus Award Announced for 2020

IIT Kharagpur has announced the Distinguished Alumnus Award for the year 2020. Twenty-one alumni from across the world have been named this year for this much-coveted annual award. The awardees include alumni with outstanding achievements in the spheres of academia, industry, public service and social welfare. Lauding the awardees on social media Director Prof. Virendra K Tewari wrote, "The Distinguished Alumnus Award is conferred to appreciate outstanding achievements, leadership, contribution to society, and peer recognition of our alumni who are a source of pride and inspiration to all of us. Congratulations to all the awardees on joining the hallowed DAA…
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Book Review: The Telecom Man

Book Review: The Telecom Man

Much to the surprise of friends and family, in 1991, Brijendra K. Syngal resigned from a plush, tax-free job with Inmarsat in London to head Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited, an old-style, stodgy public sector company. Over the next seven years, Syngal transformed VSNL into a nimble new-generation telecom behemoth. By connecting India to the world through high-speed digital links, he was instrumental in the emergence of the Indian software sector as a global player. And in a move that would revolutionize the country and all our lives, he brought the internet to India in 1995. On Syngal’s watch, VSNL also…
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Dream Catcher

Dream Catcher

“Farrokh’s passion is to have fun in providing an opportunity for highly motivated and talented people to learn how to define and achieve their dreams.” That is how University of Oklahoma’s Gallogly College of Engineering, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, introduces the incumbent of its L.A. Comp Chair - Professor Farrokh Mistree. When I ask him about this rather unusual passion during his recent visit to IIT Kharagpur, Professor Mistree (1967/BTech/NA/AZ) tells me his life story. That is, his journey from being a student of naval architecture at IIT Kharagpur to holding the prestigious L.A. Comp Chair at the University of…
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