2017 IIT Alumni Youth [High School] Achievement Awards

Does you child have notable achievements – academic, extra-curricular, or other activities that make you proud? Wouldn’t you like them to be recognized and have the IIT “family” know of them? 

Program Details

In 2017, IIT Bombay Alumni Association – Greater New York Chapter continues its program to recognize the achievements of high-school going IIT Alumni children.

Award of $250 for the first prize will be given to the selected individual.  Other awards may also be given depending on the entries received. In making the selection, the Awards Committee will note the differences in achievements due to years of school experience, to the extent practicable. Its decision will be final and cannot be challenged. The prizewinners will be recognized and may be requested to make a presentation at the IITBAA family event on November 11, 2017.

We are looking for those students who, while doing well academically, have made notable achievements in one or more areas of performing and display arts, music, sports, public service, innovation, and/or other extra-curricular effort.  We are looking for the “best of the best” well rounded individuals at the high-school level within the IIT family residing in the Greater New York region.

Who is Eligible?

Children of IIT Alumni – all IITs, not just IIT Bombay – who will be High School students starting Fall 2017 in the GNY region are eligible.

How Do I Apply?

  1. Eligible entrants must sign and submit attached Entry Form [DOCX] [PDF] describing and detailing their achievements along with any supporting information such as documents, certifications, etc. [Short Audio/video for performing art achievements can also be submitted; however, they will not be returned.]
  2. Each entry must also submit an Essay (not more than 500 words) covering the following:
  • Describing the achievement and why one thinks it is important or noteworthy.
  • What the individual has learned from the experience of making the achievement.
  • Unique learning perspective, if any, being a child of an IIT graduate.
  • What advice would the person have for others based on their experiences.

All applications must be post-marked or emailed by October 31, 2017.   Applications may be either

(1) emailed to: YouthAchievementAwards [at] iitbombay.org or

(2) sent by regular mail to President, IITBAAGNY, 6 Morris Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Questions?

The program is self – explanatory. Even if you have a question, please first submit the entry. Only in case of a critical unanswered issue, you can write to YouthAchievementAwards [at] iitbombay.org. Please remember, we are all volunteers, so it may take some time to reply.

Will My Child Win?

You won’t know unless you and your child send an entry! We hope you will, and perhaps see your child publicly talk about his/her achievement.

President and Executive Committee

IITB Alumni Association – Greater New York Chapter.

Please share this post with your IIT friends who you know or believe may have high-school going children.

Aspiring entrepreneurs: TiECon discounted registration price for IITB Alums

TiE has offered a discounted rate of $249 to IITB alumni using discount code: TiEConNY17Partner

Normal registration price is $399. Registration and more details at  tieconny2017.com

TiE is happening on April 7, 2017 in New York City

About TiECon (From the website)

TiECon is a full day program celebrating and promoting entrepreneurship success stories and latest developments. We bring in keynote speakers from the venture, finance and start-up sectors and complement that with notable figures from local government, media and philanthropy.

Gear up for a full day deep-dive into the latest of technology and entrepreneurship – talks delivered by people who have started and exited companies, and successful corporate executives who are leading the next-gen of innovation.

The theme for this conference is Moonshot: Entrepreneurs Solving Our Greatest Problems. A number of multinational conglomerates have embarked on so-called “moonshot” initiatives that will position them for the next half a century or more. Many of these initiatives already have received tremendous internal traction. This conference will examine some of these initiatives as well as reviewing the startups that aspire to change the world; mainly focusing on artificial intelligence, the environment and healthcare. In addition, we will examine the ethical implications of automation and global impact. The conference also will feature PE/VC tracks.

TiE is a non-profit, global community welcoming entrepreneurs from all over the world. We believe in the power of ideas to change the face of entrepreneurship and growing business through our five pillars; mentoring, networking, education, incubating and funding. TiE was founded in 1992 by a group of successful entrepreneurs and is currently the world’s largest entrepreneurial organization. With a variety of programs and a strong member base of investors, entrepreneurs and corporate executives, we are reaching out and fostering the next generation of entrepreneurs.

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.

In case you missed it: the 2016 GNY Annual Reunion

IIT Bombay Alumni Association – Greater New York Chapter held its 2016 Annual Reunion on October 23rd at the Hyatt Jersey City, NJ. The theme ofthis year’s event was “Learning from Our Own – Leadership, Achievements, Success.” Over 100 GNY Chapter members and their guests came to hear and learn from our illustrious IIT Bombay alumni. Raj Gupta, ’67 talked about his experiences after graduating from IIT Bombay; going to Cornell to do his Masters through the IITB-Cornell connection, his career at Rohm & Haas where he served as Chairman/CEO and his experiences since then as a Board member of several large Fortune 100 companies like Delphi Automotive PLC, Vanguard Investments and others. In a fire-side chat, Bharat Desai ’75 Chairman IITB heritage Foundation and Chairman Syntel, Inc talked about his work as an entrepreneur in starting his own company and his work now in giving back to IIT Bombay and society in general.

The day’s program also included a session of IITB’s women alumni. Although women make up only 8% of IIT graduates, the few who have graduates have accomplished a lot. In a panel discussion, Bina Nabh Kanagat ’80 Director, Core Technology & Cloud Sales at Oracle Technologies; Radhika Venkatraman ’93 SVP/CIO at Verizon and Archana Sondhi ’02 Director, Bristol Myers Squibb talked about their experiences after graduating from IIT, the challenges in balancing work and family life, how they got to what they are doing today and lessons from their experiences for some of the younger alumni.

Prof Ravi Sinha, Dean, Alumni and Corporate Relations gave an update of the major research and academic successes of IIT students and faculty; the awards won by both in internationally recognized contests and the how proud we all are of their achievements. IIT Bombay was the first choice for 49 of the top 50 new students!

Continuing its long tradition, GNY Chapter also published its 2016 GNYPoint magazine, which has some great articles mostly written by the GNYChapter members. It is available for all to peruse at our website: https://www.iitbgnychapter.org/gNYpoints/gNYpoint-2016.pdf. At the event, Nivvedan S who recently was selected as the Volunteer of the Month for October 2016, was recognized with a plaque.

Announcing Diwali Dhamaka Saturday November 19, 2016

Dear Alum,

Its time to kick back, relax and enjoy Diwali and the Holidays with your IIT friends and family! Renew old friendships, make new ones.
IITBAA-GNY will celebrate its Diwali Party on Saturday, November 19th from 6PM onwards.

WE ARE PLANNING A DRESS-UP COMPETITION FOR KIDS. PLEASE REFER TO THE INCLUDED IMAGE (BELOW) FOR MORE DETAILS!

Venue: Deewan Banquet Hall, Piscataway, NJ

Attractions

Great Food; DJ with MC, Karaoke, Live music, dandiya dance, bingo, scavenger hunt for kids, scrumptious food and Professional Photographer. There is something for everyone!

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/diwali-dhamaka-saturday-november-19-2016-tickets-28557691825

Bring friends and family to spend time together!

Limited seats, so expect not to last long!

Kids Avatars Dress Up Event

 

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! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iitbaa-gny-2016-annual-reunion-tickets-27498732449

Program

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

12:15 LUNCH / NETWORKING

 

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

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iitbaa-gny-2016-annual-reunion-tickets-27498732449

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

rajguptabookreading-1

2016 IIT Alumni Youth [HS] Achievement Awards

Does you child have notable achievements – academic, extra-curricular, or other activities that make you proud? Wouldn’t you like them to be recognized and have the IIT “family” know of them? 

Program Details

In 2016, IIT Bombay Alumni Association – Greater New York Chapter continues its program to recognize the achievements of high-school going IIT Alumni children.

Awards of $250 for first prize, $100 for the second prize and $50 for third prize will be given. In making the selection, the Awards Committee will note the differences in achievements due to years of school experience, to the extent practicable. Its decision will be final and cannot be challenged. The prizewinners will be recognized and may be requested to make a presentation at the IITBAA family event on November 19, 2016.

We are looking for those students who, while doing well academically, have made notable achievements in one or more areas of performing and display arts, music, sports, public service, innovation, and/or other extra-curricular effort.  We are looking for the “best of the best” well rounded individuals at the high-school level within the IIT family residing in the Greater New York region.

Who is Eligible?

Children of IIT Alumni – all IITs, not just IIT Bombay – who will be High School students starting Fall 2016 in the GNY region are eligible.

How Do I Apply?

  1. Eligible entrants must sign and submit this Entry Form [Word] [PDF] describing and detailing their achievements along with any supporting information such as documents, certifications, etc. [Short Audio/video for performing art achievements can also be submitted; however, they will not be returned.]
  1. Each entry must also submit an Essay (not more than 500 words) covering the following:
  • Describing the achievement and why one thinks it is important or noteworthy
  • What the individual has learned from the experience of making the achievement
  • Unique learning perspective, if any, being a child of an IIT graduate.
  • What advice would the person have for others based on their experiences

All applications must be post-marked or emailed by October 31, 2016.  Applications may be either

(1) emailed to: YouthAchievementAwards@iitbombay.org or

(2) sent by regular mail to President, IITBAAGNY, 6 Morris Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Questions?

The program is self – explanatory. Even if you have a question, please first submit the entry. Only in case of a critical unanswered issue, you can write to YouthAchievementAwards@iitbombay.org. Please remember, we are all volunteers, so it may take some time to reply.

Will My Child Win?

You won’t know unless you and your child send an entry! We hope you will, and perhaps see your child publicly talk about his/her achievement.

President and Executive Committee

IITB Alumni Association – Greater New York Chapter.

Please share this link with your IIT friends who you know or believe may have high-school going children.

Innovative Ideas on Sustainable and Affordable Energy – from the Symposium

Innovative Ideas on Sustainable and Affordable Energy discussed at Symposium sponsored by IITBHF, IITBAA-GNY and Columbia University.

Recognizing IIT Bombay as one of the best engineering and technology universities in the world, award winning economist Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University asked IIT Bombay alumni to use their engineering skills and knowledge to come up with the solutions to reduce world-wide carbon emissions to make the energy transition to Climate Safety.

Prof. Sachs gave the keynote address at the May 8th symposium on “Sustainable and Affordable Energy Challenge for the World” sponsored by Columbia University Sustainable Engineering Lab; IIT Bombay Heritage Foundation and IIT Bombay Alumni Association Greater New York Chapter. Nearly 100 persons attended the all day symposium on “Mother Earth Day”.

From left to right : Ruyintan Mehta, IITB HF President; Nathan Blair, World Bank; Audrey Zibelman, Chair NYS Public Service Commission; Silvia Romero, World Bank ; Prof. Deepak Divan, Georgia Tech; Dr. Pramod Khargonekar, Assistant Director, National Science Foundation; Prof. Vijay Modi, Columbia University; DC Agrawal, IITBAA-GNY Chapter President
From left to right : Ruyintan Mehta, IITB HF President; Nathan Blair, World Bank; Audrey Zibelman, Chair NYS Public Service Commission; Silvia Romero, World Bank ; Prof. Deepak Divan, Georgia Tech;
Dr. Pramod Khargonekar, Assistant Director, National Science Foundation; Prof. Vijay Modi, Columbia University; DC Agrawal, IITBAA-GNY Chapter President

In his remarks, Prof Sachs stated that now that world leaders have agreed on the lower carbon emission targets at the Paris COP 21 meeting, it is now up to the engineers to come up with the required solutions to meet the de-carbonization goals while meeting the energy needs of the poor as well as the rich in India and the world.

Dr. Vijay Modi of Columbia University’s Earth Institute & Director of Sustainable Engineering Lab with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, a 1978 IIT Bombay graduate and an acknowledged expert in the field of sustainable and affordable energy presented his work on the new technologies now being developed to make renewable and affordable energy available to those who are off the energy grid in poor and emerging markets in Africa and India.

Dr. Pramod Khargonekar, Assistant Director of Engineering at US National Science Foundation and a 1977 IIT Bombay graduate gave his perspectives on the evolution of electric energy systems in both the developed and developing economies. Other speakers including Prof. Himadri Pakrasi of Washington University, Prof. Jacopo Buongiorno of MIT, and Prof. Deepak Divan of Georgia Tech talked about the latest developments in the fields of engineering bio-energy, nuclear energy, and integrating renewables into the power grid.

Ms. Audrey Zibelman, Chair of NY State Public Service Commission responsible for regulating the New York State electric utility industry talked about the potential regulatory changes required to better incorporate renewable energy in the commercial power systems.  Several speakers from the World Bank and Columbia University spoke about their ongoing work in this area.

From left to right : Dr Khargonekar, IITB ’77 Electrical Engg; Attendee at symposium;  Dr. Vijay Modi , IITB ’78 Mechanical Engg; Ron Mehta, IITB ’70 Chemical  Engg.
From left to right : Dr Khargonekar, IITB ’77 Electrical Engg; Attendee at symposium;
Dr. Vijay Modi , IITB ’78 Mechanical Engg;
Ron Mehta, IITB ’70 Chemical Engg.

In his remarks, Mr. Ruyintan Mehta, President IIT Bombay Heritage Foundation talked about this IITBHF initiative to highlight the work being done by IIT Bombay graduates and alumni in critical and important engineering, technology and policy areas.  Mr. D C Agrawal President IIT Bombay AA GNY Chapter thanked the speakers for enlightening us all on this important and potentially life changing subject and the many volunteers for making this symposium such a success.

IITBAA – GNY Chapter 2015-16 Executive Committee Reorganization

First let us all congratulate Ruyintan “Ron” Mehta, the current president of the IITBAA – GNY Chapter, who has been elected as President IITB – Heritage Foundation “HF” by the IITB-HF Board of Directors. His 3 year term became effective March 28, 2016. Ron has done an outstanding job as our President in organizing in 2015 the Financial Planning Seminar in New York, Summer Picnic at Liberty State Park, the Annual Reunion function in Jersey City, and the boisterous Diwali Dhamaka event. Please convey your congratulations and best wishes to him. Of course, as he has promised, he will still be active in the Greater New York Chapter events.
 
Given Ron’s new position, the Executive Committee has been reorganized for its current 2015-2016 duration. Executive Committee member, D. C. Agrawal who is a 1969 Mechanical Engineering graduate will be taking over as President for the balance of the current EC’s term. DC lives in Princeton, NJ and works as a Consultant in the passenger railroad and urban transportation industry.. Parasvil Patel, a 2009 Electrical Engineering graduate, will be joining the Executive Committee as a Trustee to fill DC’s position.  The members of the reorganized Executive Committee will be as follows. 
 
D. C. Agrawal, President
Kicha Ganapathy, Vice President
Raj Singh, Treasurer
Nivvedan Senthamilselvan, Trustee
Parasvil Patel, Trustee
Ram Chelluri, Immediate Past President
Subodh Batra, Immediate Past Treasurer.
 
Please feel free to contact DC in case you have any suggestions or questions.  If you or your spouse would like to volunteer for the different events, that would be even better.  He can be reached via email at dcagrawal [at] hotmail [dot] com.
Looking forward to your active participation in all the upcoming Chapter activities – May 8th Seminar on Sustainability at Columbia University, NY and theJune 12th Summer Picnic at Liberty state Park, Jersey City, NJ.”
 
Yours truly,
The Executive Committee

IITBAA – GNY