IIT-K alumni to celebrate golden jubilee

 Bangalore and IIT-Kanpur do share many linkages. Captains of some of the most reputed companies and institutes of scientific research in Bangalore are alumni of IIT-Kanpur - Infosys mentor N R Narayan Murthy, IISc Director P Balaram, National Centre for Biological Sciences Director K Vijayaraghavan, to name a few.

“Bangalore and Kanpur may be separated by geographical distance, but not when it comes to intellectual distance. So we decided to select Bangalore as the venue for our golden jubilee conference,” said IIT-Kanpur Director Prof Sanjay Govind Dhande, in an interaction with Deccan Herald in Bangalore on Saturday. The conference, to be hosted by the IIT Kanpur Alumni Association, has been scheduled to be held on June 19 and 20.

Dhande said the convention will provide a platform for introspection and planning, and discussing the challenges likely to be faced by IITs in the coming decades. “We will also look at all option to further our link and presence in Bangalore”, he added. For details log-on to www.iitk-50-bangalore.com

A nano-satellite developed by students of IIT-Kanpur will be launched by ISRO sometime in August this year. The satellite, designed and fabricated by a group of students of the institute, was handed over to ISRO recently, IIT Kanpur Director Prof S G Dhande said. The three-kg satellite, christened Jugnu, built at a cost of Rs two crore is expected to provide real-time data on drought, flood, vegetation and natural resources.

Dhande said a tracking station will be set up at the institute campus to gather the real-time data sent by the nano-satellite. The nano-satellite will be launched piggyback on a larger platform.

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