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The  James Webb Space Telescope launch and IITKGP

The James Webb Space Telescope launch and IITKGP

On 25th December 2021, thousands around the world enthusiastically watched the Ariane 5 heavy-lift space launch vehicle carry the  James Webb Space Telescope (JWST or Webb) to its orbit. However, not many are aware that this launch from the European Space Agency (ESA) spaceport in French Guiana had a unique KGP connection.   Alumnus Dr. Ranbir Sinha (B.Tech/Aero/1981) worked on the structural design and simulation of the Ariane 5 nose-cone and Payload Fairing (PLF), which protected the Webb during the launch.  Launching The Webb The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the next great space science observatory that will take up…
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SIMULATING COVID-19 TRANSMISSION ON THE PARAMSHAKTI SUPERCOMPUTER

SIMULATING COVID-19 TRANSMISSION ON THE PARAMSHAKTI SUPERCOMPUTER

How do airborne diseases spread? What happens when two people in close proximity talk? How exactly does the air exchange take place? To answer all these questions and many more on the spread of the COVID-19 pathogen,  Prof. Sandeep Saha of Aerospace Engineering, his students at the institute, and collaborators in CNRS, France, Imperial College, London, UK, and Princeton University, USA  have performed a high-end simulation to study the transmission patterns of the COVID-19 pathogen by using the Paramshaakti Supercomputer. The Simulation The study, which has now been published in The Journal Of Fluid Mechanics, observed airflow and exchange between…
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The CEO of romance from IIT Kharagpur

The CEO of romance from IIT Kharagpur

It's not every day that you come across a Metallurgical Engineer leading the world’s largest dating app conglomerate.  Sharmistha (Shar) Dubey ( B. Tech/ Metallurgy/1993)  was raised in Jamshedpur. She graduated in 1993 along with classmate Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet. With grit and determination she overcame all the challenges of being one of the handful female students on campus and finished her studies. After completing her studies she went back to Jamshedpur and worked in a steel company for a short while. She pursued a Masters from Ohio State University, USA and worked in several companies before joining Match…
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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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HOW THE ASSAM RIFLES CYCLE RALLY INSPIRED THE IIT KHARAGPUR COMMUNITY?

HOW THE ASSAM RIFLES CYCLE RALLY INSPIRED THE IIT KHARAGPUR COMMUNITY?

A team of jawans from the Assam Rifles visited IIT Kharagpur en route to New Delhi on their 3000 km long cycle rally from Shillong to the national capital. Championing the bad weather, the jawans paid tribute to the freedom fighters and martyrs of the freedom movement at the Hijli Shaheed Bhavan in a small yet impassioned ceremony. Having halted overnight on the campus, the contingent of a few dozen cyclists (mostly jawans) arrived at the Hijli Shaheed Bhavan after rallying through the prominent landmarks of the campus. During the ceremony, felicitations and mementos were exchanged between the Assam Rifles and…
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Humans of KGP

Humans of KGP

From being a typical JEE aspirant to being a typical ‘job-material’ IITian. This summarizes my first three and a half years in Kharagpur. Luckily, while being a dual degree student, I got a PPO from one of the most sought-after employers in my 4th year. As Baldev Singh tells Simran in DDLJ, I told my heart, “Ja jee le apni zindagi”. And so, I went on the Jagriti Yatra, a 14-day train journey around India. For the first time, I noticed non-IITians and non-engineers, working on nation-building with the kind of passion I could only dream of being infected with.…
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The Greenery and the Glory

The Greenery and the Glory

Pavel Karmanov, a Russian M.Sc. student of Geology and Geophysics at IIT Kharagpur, says that he wanders around among the campus greenery whenever he has time. He crosses his heart to swear how amazed he is by the verdure surrounding him. Given that Pavel hails from East Siberia, it is perhaps not surprising that he is quite taken in by IIT Kharagpur’s lush green surroundings. But Pavel is not alone. On even the most ordinary of days, it is impossible to be completely oblivious of the thick canopy over your head. If nothing else, you are thankful that it does…
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