Rajeev Motwani Building

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Rajeev Motwani Building (Courtesy: Ashudeep Singh)
Rajeev Motwani

The Rajeev Motwani Building is a newly constructed building of Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The Institute received a donation of $1.5 million by Mrs. Asha Jadeja Motwani, wife of Late Professor Rajeev Motwani, and their daughters on the occasion of the 49th birth anniversary of Rajeev on March 24th, 2011. The donation was towards the construction of the Rajeev Motwani Building at IIT Kanpur; the Building will house activities of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and will also house activities for nurturing entrepreneurship and innovation in the areas influenced by Rajeev's work. The donation also marks the start of a collaboration between the Rajeev Motwani Foundation and IIT Kanpur to help student and faculty entrepreneurs collaborate on transforming innovative ideas and technologies into successful enterprises. 


The project was initiated and construction work started in early May 2011.

The Motwani Building is a six-story building with a floor area of 3,650 square meters and having a 200 seat classroom, 22 faculty offices and 17 labs. It is designed by architects Messrs Kanvinde, Rai and Chowdhury (New Delhi). The foundation stone laying ceremony was completed successfully on the 28th of May 2011.

The building encases the following :

1. Class Room of capacity for 175 to 200

2. Meeting Room for 40 people

3. Faculty Office 200 sqft – 20 nos.

4. Large Labs: 15 Labs Large: 15-20 seats – 5 nos.

5. Small Labs including Ph.D. rooms: 10 seats – 15 nos.

6. Interactive Waiting Space.

7. Room for printer/ UPS/ lab staff at each floor

8. Server Room – 500 ft sq

9. Store

10. Rest Rooms

11. Cycle Stand for 150 cycles

The building is designed for the possibility of vertical future expansion. Orient the development to minimize heat gain and create an energy efficient facility.

The building encases the following design features :

1. Use of stilted areas providing visual linkage and relief.

2. Congregational spaces such as seminar and meeting rooms provided with independent access and connectivity to the existing classrooms

3. Provision of indoor/ outdoor informal interaction spaces.

4. Large span structure facilitating flexibility of use.

5. Use of earth air tunnel reducing the air-conditioning load.

6. Providing insulated glass to reduce heat gain.

7. Optimize glazing in work areas with sufficient daylight.

About Rajeev Motwani

Rajeev Motwani(March 26, 1962 – June 5, 2009) did his BTech in Computer Science and Engineering in 1983 from IIT Kanpur, after which he went to the University of California, Berkeley for his PhD which he completed in 1988 under the supervision of Professor Richard Karp. Rajeev then joined the faculty of the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University. He passed away on June 5, 2009 at the age of 47.

Rajeev was a brilliant researcher who made fundamental contributions to many areas: randomized algorithms, computational complexity, approximation algorithms, data mining, mathematical modeling of the WorldWideWeb etc. Rajeev was one of the group of five researchers who gave the world the PCP theorem, one of the most stunningly beautiful and deep results of the modern era. It is this contribution for which Rajeev was awarded the prestigious Godel Prize in 2001. He was awarded the IITK Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2006. He 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 adviser to Sequoia Capital.


  • CSE Canteen
  • Air Conditioned Rooms
  • Super Computing Labs
  • 100 Mbps LAN
  • Multiple Blackboards
  • Meeting Rooms & Lounges
  • Full Wi-fi connectivity
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