Welcome to IIT Alumni Centre Bengaluru (IITACB)

A Forum for Industry-IIT Interaction, Networking and a lot more

An IIT Alumni Centre Exclusive Event

Prof Balaram talks on ranking of IITs and other Indian institutions : November 15, 2014

Why your favourite IIT ranks so low? Or are you surprised how some IITs make it to these lists in the first place? Come listen to the secrets, straight from the horse's mouth!

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The IIT Alumni Centre, Bengaluru has been established to create a community that promotes fellowship among its members - Alumni, Faculty and Students connected with IITs - in their Quest for Excellence reflecting the spirit of the IITs and fostering the shared values committed to betterment of our society.

Membership on our website is Free and enables you to network with other alumni online and receive communications and updates on the events, networking opportunities and activities of the centre. We also plan to encourage regular online debates and discussions among alumni on topics close to our heart. We will also have programmes for spouses and children and would like the club and website to provide a wholesome family engagement.

Full membership of the centre is the next step and is open to all alumni and faculty from all the IITs including the new and planned ones, across all full-time programmes including Graduate, Post-Graduate and Research, across all years and departments.

Membership of the centre is based on several categories with an application fee and annual membership subscriptions. Our base category of membership which leads to ordinary membership of the centre is Rs 1,00,000. Details of membership and payment options are available and our committtee members can also be contacted for a personal discussion.

Letter from the President

Dear IIT Alumnus,

IIT Alumni have done their alma maters and their country proud in many different ways. In a landmark survey done in 2008 that sampled over 4,000 IIT alumni from across the globe, it was found that:
  1. The number of alumni from all the IITs (in 2008 the number of IITs was seven) exceeded 2,00,000. This number has now exceeded 220,000 alumni.
  2. 33% were engaged in engineering, 23 % in research and academics, 18% in services, 10% were entrepreneurs, 8% were engaged in social development while others constituted 8%.
  3. IIT alumni around the globe had budget responsibilities for nearly $ 900 billion and they were responsible for creating 20 million jobs.
This is a world-beating performance and we believe that we as IIT Alumni have the capacity to still do more for the growth of our nation.

Bengaluru, the capital city of Karnataka, is considered to be the Silicon City of the country. The city has over 7,00,000 engineers engaged in the technology, engineering, aerospace and biotech industries - every one of these industry segments promises huge growth potential. However, Bengaluru does not have an IIT campus. What it does have is a large alumni population numbering approx. 15,000. Several senior alumni are in key positions in the industry and every one of these industry segments is looking for ways and means to engage effectively and constructively with the IIT system.

It is with a view of facilitating this meaningful and necessary interaction that the IIT Alumni Centre Bangalore (IITACB) has been established. Today, the IITACB is a vibrant society with stalwarts like NR Narayana Murthy, Nandan Nilekeni, Manohar Parrikar, Kanwal Rekhi and Vijay Kirloskar and well-known scientists like Prof. CNR Rao, Prof. A. Ramachandran and Prof. MGK Menon as our distinguished members. The Directors of all IITs are honorary members. Several IIT Alumni in faculty positions and former IIT faculty are our members.

The specific goals are to create a community to promote social and professional networking among the members, act as a nodal agency for interaction between various IITs and local industry in Bangalore, interface with the local Government on behalf of the IITs on matters of interest, and provide a platform for partnering among industry leaders, IIT alumni, staff and students, and various departments of Government in furthering projects of local and national interest.

IITACB aims to bring together the participation of the IITs, as major stakeholders, and establish linkages with the Industry and the Government of Karnataka, thus making a difference in the growth of Karnataka. IITACB will facilitate activities such as short-term workshops and Continuing Education Programmes (CEP) especially designed for the needs of the local industry. In addition, it will facilitate enhanced interaction between the IITs and the Industry for mutual benefit thus making it a win-win for all. Such interactions are expected to lead to sponsored or consultancy projects from the industry to the IITs as well as produce a large number of innovations.

The IITs have a four-fold mission: teaching, research, consultancy and improving the state of technical education in the country. In each of the four activities the IITACB can play an important role through its Alumni with years of experience in the various professional fields. We have begun working with MHRD and the IITs to take our efforts forward and will keep you posted on the progress.

Apart from preserving the unique culture of the IITs, the IITACB will be the primary channel for professional and social networking for all IIT alumni. It will create a space where members can network with fellow-alum and will provide a continuous stream of intellectual stimulation in the form of talks, presentations and cultural activities on a regular basis. IITACB intends to build its own brick-and-mortar place in order to carry out the proposed activities. It will have space for holding meetings, conduct workshops and short-term courses, have a well equipped resource centre, have recreational activities, restaurant and guest rooms, similar to the India International Centre in Delhi.

Through the active programmes of the IITACB the IITs, we believe, would definitely like to have a presence in the vibrant city of Bengaluru. Some IITs have indicated that they would like to establish an extension office in the proposed IITACB premises, which will greatly add to the stature of the Centre. We strongly feel that the time is now ripe for this Centre to take shape in Bengaluru and are looking forward to support from all stakeholders from the IITs, Industry, Government and, of course, the Alumni. We wish to move towards the "Tryst with Excellence" for the entire IIT system and live up to the vision of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru:

"To provide scientists and technologists of the highest calibre who would engage in research, design and development to help building the nation towards self-reliance in her technological needs."

On behalf of the Executive Committee and the members of IITACB, I would seek your support for making our dreams into a reality and showcase that we can make a difference in the growth of the IITs and the country. I appeal to you to start with becoming a member and then contributing in anyway possible in our proposed programmes. The membership fee is a modest Rs. 1.00 lakh and the membership form is attached with payment and communication details.

To make such endeavors successful time is of essence so we request an early response from you. We are working towards this dream and will be able to move forward faster with enthusiastic membership. We need to grow our membership and further request you to please forward this letter to fellow IITians or send us their contacts so that I can write to them personally.

We look forward to your support in this project.

With best wishes,

Ashok Misra
President - IITACB
Former Director, IIT-Bombay and IIT Kanpur Alumnus
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