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 and is expected to get completed by the end of this year.

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.

About Rajeev Motwani

Rajeev Motwani received his BTech in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1983, 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 was awarded the IIT-K Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2006. Rajeev, who was also one of the founder member of "Google", (Internet Search Engine) had worked with major IT companies like Mimosa, Weblay and Ster Delta. He passed away on June 5, 2009 at the age of 47.


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