IITK Alumni Association

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IITK has a vast alumni network of more than 31000 people which includes personalities such as N.R. Narayana Murthy, co-founder of Infosys, Naveen Tiwari, founder and CEO of Inmobi and many more. IITK enjoys liberal financial support from the Government of India. However, in order to fulfill its aspirations to become a top school worldwide, the Institute needs private funding over and above the government grants. In order to achieve this, IITK has a program called Alumni Contact Program(ACP) which ensures that opportunities for growth, compassion, and understanding through Annual Gift Program continue to be available for future generations in the IITK. Annual Gift Programme was launched in October 2005, through which alumni and friends of the Institute can contribute any amount, small or large, annually. Right now the ACP team has more than 100+ students with a mission of:

  • Get Alumni connections globally
  • To act as a link between IIT Kanpur and its Alumni.
  • To make Alumni aware about the ongoing activities in the Institute.

Importance of Alumni Asscoiation

To a large extent what alumni do with their lives define the stature of an Institute. Whatever the institute provides to their students, whether it be good education from a dedicated faculty, or a strong value system of academic honesty, hard work, and professionalism, it is all reflected in its alumni.

  • For an Institute to be strong and protect itself from interference from outside, financial autonomy is essential.
  • The alumni with all the knowledge and experience they have, can help the current students in their professional career.
  • Involvement of alumni and their giving back to the university will help instil the same spirit of service in the next generation and that, as soon as they're able, they continue the tradition of supporting the institution that has given them so much.


The following activities are organised by the ACP team to keep the alumni in touch with the campus activities:

  • Reunions of the previous batches.
  • Seminars by alumni who have excelled in their respective fields to motivate the students.
  • Inviting alumni to various annual festivals of the Institute.

Notable Alumni

Taken from page: | IITK Campus Wiki: Topic Alumni

  • Lalit Jalan, is the Director of Corporate Strategy and Affairs from 7th July 2014 to steer future growth iniatives and was for about seven years the CEO of Reliance Infrastructure Ltd, part of the Reliance (Anil Ambani) Group, one of India’s largest corporate houses. He has also showcased as one of the 15 achievers from the IIT system at the 1st PAN IIT meet in California in January 2003.Jalan is a B. Tech from IIT – Kanpur in 1979. He did an MBA (Finance) from Wharton School and MS (Computer Science) from Moore School of Engineering, (where the first computer was built in 1945), University of Pennsylvania, 1982.
  • N.R. Narayana Murthy, known as the Bill Gates of India is an Indian IT industrialist and the co-founder of Infosys, a multinational corporation providing business consulting, technology, engineering, and outsourcing services. Murthy studied electrical engineering at the National Institute of Engineering, University of Mysore, and M. Tech at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.
  • Satyendra Dubey, was an Indian Engineering Service (IES) officer. He was the Project Director in the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) at Koderma. He was murdered in Gaya, India, Bihar after fighting corruption in the Golden Quadrilateral highway construction project. Satyendra was the topper of the state in 10th and 12th board exams. He got admission to the Civil Engineering Department of IIT Kanpur in 1990 and graduated in 1994. Subsequently, he did his M. Tech (Civil Engg.) from IIT Varanasi in 1996.
  • Jitendra Malik, Arthur J. Chick Professor of EECS University of California at Berkeley. He received the B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 1980 and the PhD degree in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1985. In January 1986, he joined the University of California, Berkeley, where he is currently the 'Arthur J. Chick Professor' in the Computer Science Division, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. He is also on the faculty of the department of Bioengineering, and the Cognitive Science and Vision Science groups. During 2002-2004 he served as the Chair of the Computer Science Division and during 2004-2006 as the Department Chair of EECS.
  • Ashok Jhunjhunwala, is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras at Chennai, India and has served as the departmental Chair. He received his B.Tech degree from IIT Kanpur, and his MS and Ph.D degrees from the University of Maine. From 1979 to 1981, he was with Washington State University as Assistant Professor. Since 1981, he has been teaching at IIT Madras.
  • Anil K. Rajvanshi, Director, Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute and winner of Jamnalal Bajaj Award 2001,
  • Ashoke Sen, Fellow of the Royal Society, Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, string theorist. After completing his schooling from the Sailendra Sirkar Vidyalaya in Kolkata, he earned his bachelor’s of science degree in 1975 from the Presidency College, Kolkata under the University of Calcutta, and his master’s three years later from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. He did his doctoral work in physics at Stony Brook University.
  • Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy, scientist in the area of NMR and biological membranes. He received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1990. He is graduated in Chemistry of 1984 batch from [[V.O.C. Arts & Science College, Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu.
  • Chandra Kintala, was a computer science researcher in New Jersey, United States and Bangalore, India from 2006–2009. He worked at Bell Labs in AT&T, Lucent and Avaya in New Jersey, where he and Dr. David Belanger invented a language and a software tool used in AT&T for data analytics on very large databases. With Dr. Yennun Huang, he worked on Software-implemented Fault Tolerance and Software Rejuvenation in the 1990s. He also worked in distributed systems and network software research at Bell Labs. Kintala has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Penn State University, M. Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and B.Tech. from National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India.
  • Duvvuri Subbarao, 22nd Governor of Reserve Bank of India. He received a M.Sc degree in Physics from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. Subbarao topped the Civil Services Examination in 1972 and was assigned the Andhra Pradesh cadre.
  • Jainendra K. Jain, is an Indian American physicist, who is the Erwin W. Mueller Professor of Physics at Pennsylvania State University. Jain is known for his theoretical work on many-body theory quantum many body systems, most notably for postulating Composite fermions. Jain was born in Rajasthan, India in 1960 and went to school in Sambhar, Rajasthan. He received his bachelor’s degree at Maharaja College, Jaipur and master’s degree at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. He completed his PhD in physics at the Stony Brook University in 1985. He worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Maryland and the Yale University and held faculty position at Stony Brook University, before joining Pennsylvania State University as the Erwin W. Mueller Professor of Physics.
  • K. VijayRaghavan (Director of National Centre for Biological Sciences), Padma Shri - 2003 IITK Distinguished Alumnus Award Winner. VijayRaghavan graduated with a Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 1975 and Masters in 1977. He completed his doctoral research in 1983 in the field of Molecular Biology and holds a Ph.D from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. During his post-doctoral work, from 1984 to 1985, he was a Research Fellow and then, from 1986 to 1988, a Senior Research Fellow at the California Institute of Technology.
  • Manindra Agrawal, Nitin Saxena, and Neeraj Kayal (proved with their AKS primality test) that primality testing has a polynomial time algorithm, a major result in (theoretical computer science). Clay Research Award, 2002, Godel Prize, 2006
  • Rajeev Motwani, was a professor of Computer Science at Stanford University whose research focused on theoretical computer science. He was an early advisor and supporter of companies including Google and PayPal, and a special advisor to Sequoia Capital. He was a winner of the Gödel Prize in 2001. Rajeev Motwani was born in Jammu (city) and grew up in New Delhi. His father was in the Indian Army. He has two brothers. As a child, inspired by luminaries like Gauss, he wanted to become a mathematician. Motwani went to St Columba's School (Delhi). He completed his B.Tech in Computer Science from theIndian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 1983 and got his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988 under the supervision of Richard M. Karp.
  • Spenta R. Wadia, is an Indian theoretical physicist working in string theory and quantum field theory. He is currently a Distinguished Professor at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research(TIFR), Mumbai and the first Director of the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS) Spenta Wadia did his bachelors from St.Xavier's College, Bombay and masters from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He obtained his Ph.D. from City College of City University of New York in 1978. He then worked at University of Chicago from 1978-82 first as a research fellow and then as a staff scientist. He finally moved to TIFR in 1982 and till date holds the position. He is also the Director of International Center for Theoretical Sciences of TIFR.
  • Rakesh Jain, is the Andrew Werk Cook Professor of Tumor Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Jain primarily researches tumor] pathophysiology. His work on cancer therapies led to discovery of an alternate use of Avastin, an anti-tumor cell pharmaceutical compound produced by Genentech, as an inhibitor for blood vessel growth necessary for tumor growth. Dr. Jain received his B.Tech. degree from the Indian Institutes of Technology in Chemical Engineering in 1972 and received his M.Ch.E. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 1974 and 1976, respectively. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the United States National Academy of Sciences|National Academy of Sciences.
  • Jagjeet (Jeet) S. Bindra, is a director of Edison International and one of the United States' largest electric utilities, Southern California Edison. His career has included several senior executive roles in refinery operations, refinery and upstream engineering, strategic planning, capital projects and engineering technology. After earning his Bachelor of Technology degree with distinction in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1969, he moved to the United States and earned his Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA in 1970. He is a "Distinguished Alumnus" of University of Washington, College of Engineering, as well as of Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.
  • Sirshendu De, is an Indian engineering scientist. He is a professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur. Sirshendu De's research interests include membrane separations, transport processes and flow through micro-channels. Sirshendu De obtained his Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur. He joined Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur in the year 1998. De has won almost every award in the field of Chemical Engineering from Amar Dye Chem award ( 2000) to Herdilia Award (2010). He has also won INAE Young Engineer award (2001),Young Engineer award, Department Of Science and Technology (2001), Sisir Kumar Mitra memorial award (2003), Department of Atomic Energy- SRC Outstanding Investigator award (2012) and Silver Jubilee Young Engineer award (2012) from the Indian National Academy of Engineering, New Delhi.
  • Dr. Padmanabhan Balaram,is an Indian biochemist and a former director of the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. Balaram received his Bachelors degree in Chemistry from Fergusson College, University of Pune followed by a Master's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Carnegie Mellon University with Aksel A. Bothner-By.
  • Pradeep Sindhu, is 'Indian American' entrepreneur who is the co-founder and Chief Technical Officer/Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Juniper Networks Inc. He was also the CEO of the company until 1996. Sindhu He is a technical visionary in the field of high performance and networked computing. Sindhu holds a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering (1974) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, M.S. in Electrical Engineering (1976) from the University of Hawaii, and a Ph.D (1982) in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University where he studied under Bob Sproul.
  • Naveen Tewari, is the founder and CEO of InMobi, the world’s largest independent mobile advertising network.. Naveen Tewari graduated from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT) in 2000 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. In November 2013 he was awarded a Distinguished Alumnus Award for an excellence in entrepreneurship.
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