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In case you missed our memorable Diwali Dhamaka 2016

Diwali Dhamaka 2016

It is with great pleasure we would like to share that IITBGNY Chapter held its annual Diwali/Holiday Dhamaka Party on Nov 19th, 2016. It was attended by alumni from IIT Bombay, other IITs, and their extended families. It was an evening full of fun and entertainment.

We are grateful to the sporting spirit of all attendees who enthusiastically participated and cheered performances. We had the presentation of the Youth Achievement Award to two children of alumni who won the essay writing competition.
This was followed by a spectacular show of little kids dressed up as Avatars. One had to be there to admire their enthusiasm – regaling us with their stories and place in the cosmos. Cheers of all adults including those from different faiths, outright atheists and even confused atheists was remarkable.

In the karaoke event the audience was regaled by songs, ghazals of various genres including a fantastic western performance by the daughter of one of our IIT Madras alum. It is heartening to see the talent alive, well, ready and able to perform at short notice. It gives us ideas for future holiday events.

Dancing to Bollywood music put the young and old back into the Mood Indigo spirit. There was a near unanimous participation. Dandiya is always a hit. Many got to learn it the first time. I did get hit on my knuckles by my teenager who I still feel did it on purpose. It was still worth it though.

The food was free flowing and so were the drinks for anyone interested. Appetizers and main course was followed by excellent sweet dishes – gulab jamuns and kulfi. Hot chai at the end was nice to top it off. The event was an effort of volunteers and spouses who enthusiastically gave their time. It took months of planning, meetings in various homes to put it all together. We are grateful to them.

Special shout out goes to Sushil Bhatia who selflessly took photos and family portraits for the sake of history. We also know when Sushil is happy. It is when he puts a drink on his head and slow dances much better than a peacock. We did see him perform and are happy for it.

Thank you all for a memorable evening.

2016 Annual Reunion on Oct 23: “Leadership, Achievements, Success – Learning from Our Own”

Dear IITB Alum,

You’re invited to IIT Bombay Alumni Association – Greater New York Chapter’s 2016 Annual Reunion at:

Hyatt Regency, Jersey City, NJ
Sunday October 23, 2016

Get tickets here!


9:30   am Registration – Coffee / Tea / Light Snacks


10:00 am Introduction

DC Agrawal ‘69- President IITBAA – GNY Chapter


10:15 am “Eight Dollars and a Dream”

Raj Gupta ‘67- Chairman, Delphi Automotive PLC; Ex-Chairman, Rohm & Haas; Board Member: Vanguard, HP, and others.


11:00am Perspectives / Experiences of our Women Graduates

Radhika Venkatraman ‘93- SVP/CIO Verizon

Archana Sondhi ‘02- Director, Bristol Myers Squibb

Bina Nabh Kanagat  ‘80, Director, Oracle Technologies

Moderator – Tarana Gupta ‘09– Founder/CEO, Connected Dreams



1:30 pm Conversation with Bharat Desai

Bharat Desai ’75 – Chairman Syntel, Inc and Chairman, IITB Heritage Foundation

Moderator – Parasvil Patel ’09 – Associate, KKR Capstone


2:15 pm IIT Bombay Update

Devang Khakhar – Director

Ravi Sinha – Dean, Alumni and Corporate Relations  


3:00 pm Closing Remarks

Kicha Ganapathy ‘67– Vice President, IITBAA – GNY Chapter


Program Sponsors include: UBS; P&DI; Bel Air Investment Advisors; Ujala Foundation; Hubspire; and Kubair Advisors

Book Reading:”Eight Dollars and A Dream: My American Journey” by Raj Gupta on Oct 18th, 2016

The American India Foundation in partnership with Johnson at Cornell University presents a book reading with corporate icon Raj Gupta Former Chairman/CEO of Rohm and Haas, Lead Independent Director of the Board of Hewlett Packard.

Moderated by Soumitra Dutta Founding Dean of the College of Business at Cornell University

Eight Dollars and A Dream: My American Journey

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2016 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm Cocktail Reception 6:45 pm – 8:00 pm Book Reading and Signing

Location: 153 East 53rd Street, 14th Floor (Corner of 53rd & Lexington Ave) Side Entrance New York, NY 10021


IIT Association of Greater New England ( IIT-AGNE) Conference

IIT Association of Greater New England ( IIT-AGNE) is pleased to announce that the 2016 Conference will be held on August 12-14, 2016 at Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI. Please SAVE THE DATE, and help spread the word to your colleagues, friends and classmates. Visit for further details.

Help Organize, Send Ideas, Spread the Word
Make It Your Event!

Please note that this event is open to everyone, not just IITians. You can help spread the word by forwarding this email to your hostel-mates, classmates, department-mates, schoolmates – essentially everyone you know.

Job Posting

NIIT Technologies is a leading global IT solutions provider serving customers in America, Europe, Asia and Australia.  It has a significant IIT imprint with founders Raji Pawar (IIT,1972) and Vijay Thadani (IIT 1972),  CEO Arvind Thakur (IIT, 1976), Lalit Dhingra (IIT, 1985)- President of NIIT Americas, Bhaskar Chavli (IIT, 1982) Chief Delivery Officer and Sriram Padmanabhan (IIT, 1993)- SVP – NIIT – Americas.

We recently received a request for IIT candidates from NIIT Technologies. They are looking for four IIT graduates for an important assignment in CT for an insurance client.

NIIT Technologies will provide a $2500 referral fee to the GNY Alumni Chapter for every candidate placed.

Considering this is a win-win for all, we are posting this offer. Please forward this request to anyone who may be looking.

This is an excellent and positive way to help our fellow alumni. We will be happy to circulate other such openings.

Job details can be found here

Neel Nadkarni’s Music Video

A big shout-out goes to an incredibly talented singer Neel Nadkarni for his terrific video for Nepal victims.

Checkout this talent at

The musical score for this video was made by Pratik. Neel is the son of a proud dad, Shirish Nadkarni (IITB-Chem Engg B.Tech, 1983 Hexalite,H6).

Neel and Pratik recently performed at another fund raiser for widows and orphans of India’s Shahid Jawans (soldiers who died in action) under the auspices of an organization called Shraddha (ie Devotion).

Neel graduated from Carnegie Mellon Univ (Tepper Bus School); BS, Business; 2014

Lunch with Prof. Sudhir Jain, Director IIT Gandhinagar on May 16th, 2015

IIT Bombay Alumni Association GNY Chapter and IIT Gandhinagar Foundation

cordially invite you to a luncheon and presentation on
IIT Gandhinagar: Raising the Bar on Indian Education
Prof. Sudhir Jain, Director IIT Gandhinagar

When – May 16, 2015 – Saturday
11.00am – 2:00pm

Where – Akbar Restaurant
21 Cortland St, Edison, NJ 08837

The luncheon is free of cost, but registration is required

Registration Link:

Launched in 2008, IIT Gandhinagar seeks to establish itself as a center of excellence in research, teaching, and community engagement. The talk will cover some of the exciting initiatives undertaken by IIT Gandhinagar in its quest to become a globally recognized institution. It will also discuss the Institute’s international partnerships and globalization strategy, including its latest initiative with USAID to develop collaborations with US universities and industries.

Prof Sudhir Jain, an internationally renowned scholar of earthquake engineering, is director of IIT Gandhinagar. Under his leadership, the Institute has experimented with numerous innovations in curriculum, student affairs, faculty recruitment and faculty management and has become a vibrant and active place for teaching, learning and research. He holds a bachelor’s of engineering from the University of Roorkee, and master’s and doctoral degrees from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena. He has been on the faculty of IIT Kanpur since 1984. His research interests include study of damaging earthquakes, reinforced concrete buildings, bridges, and seismic codes. He was instrumental in the development of several important seismic codes in India and in setting up the National Information Centre of Earthquake Engineering (NICEE) at IIT Kanpur, and the National Programme on Earthquake Engineering Education (NPEEE). He has published more than 150 scholarly papers. He is president of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering, was elected fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering in 2003, and conferred life membership by the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) in 2013.

Annual Family Picnic at the Scenic Liberty State Park on June 6th, 2015

 IIT Bombay Alumni Association GNY Chapter

cordially invites you to our

Annual Family Picnic on June 6th, 2015 –

From 11.30am – 6.30pm at the picturesque

Liberty State Park, Freedom Field Pavilion B

20 Theodore Conrad Drive (GPS Location)

Jersey City, NJ 07305

Registration: FREE!


What to expect Fly a Kite, Bingo, mind bending puzzles, volleyball, soccer, soap bubbles and painting, perhaps a tug-of-war.

*Mingle with your fellow IIT mates * Relax with family * More Activities for Kids *Antakshari * Cricket* C’mon you are just not there for  food !!

What to Bring –  * Grub with little extra to share * Lots of Enthu

* We provide BBQ tools, cutlery, paper goods, junk food, soft drinks  & water @ No charge,

Pre-Registration requested for proper planning.

Registration link:






International YOGA Day on June 21, 2015

Some of our members will be celebrating International YOGA Day on June 21, 2015.  The event is organized by OVBI.  According to their website- “We are creating a platform for several organizations and Yoga ambassadors to come together to celebrate the first, historical International Day of Yoga in US and in other cities globally”.

Further details can be found here.

SEF’s first mega event – a show by Shaan – Saturday May 16

Sankara Eye Foundation (SEF) is excited to present the spectacular singing star Shaan, Live in Concert, with Lil Champs and Ambili Menon on Saturday, May 16 at NJPAC, Newark, NJ.SEF is known for bringing power packed concerts and with these magnificent singers the Shaan Concert will be a sold-out show and definitely be the talk of the town. Don’t miss out! Get your tickets today at

About SEF:

Established in the Bay Area, SEF, USA is a non-profit organization that has been driven by a truly inspirational mission of “Vision 20/20 by the year 2020”. In partnership with SEF, India, it has been working towards eradicating curable blindness throughout India. By far the most unique and remarkable characteristic of SEF is that it provides free eye care for those unable to afford it – the rural poor. Today, SEF is the largest free eye care provider in the world with 9 community hospitals performing around 150,000 free eye surgeries each year. The tireless efforts by the Sankara team since inception, has enabled close to 1.3 million eyes to receive the gift of vision, utterly free of cost. SEF will focus its fundraising activities for 2 new projects, Focus Madhya Pradesh and Focus Telangana. Become a Founding Donor and leave a legacy – get your name on the Wall of Founders. Join our cause and share in the joy of bringing light to someone’s eyes. Please visit our website at for more details about the cause as well as the tickets for the concert.

A brief video on SEF –

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