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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

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: 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.


Venue: Deewan Banquet Hall, Piscataway, NJ


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:

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!


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


Notes from the first ever Chapter IITB Alumni Women High Tea

We held our first ever Chapter IITB Alumni Women High Tea Meet in Manhattan. The event was organized  by 3 IITB women alumni with attendance of 10 alums ranging from 1970’s graduation date to as recent as 2014’s. The mood was cheerful, food sumptuous and afternoon was spent networking and doing meaningful discussion on what IITB women can collectively do for society. After partaking of fabulous sweet and savory coupled with exotic menu of different teas, the alums spent considerable time reminiscing their hostel lives and discussing mentoring options for young girls in India. All of them exchanged contacts and vowed to do impromptu meet ups.

Group PhotoOn the table

IITBAA-GNY’s first ever Diwali Dhamaka

We held our first ever Chapter Diwali Dhamaka celebration that was organized entirely by 6 IITB spouses and 2 young IITB alumna. The sold out event was attended by almost 110 alums and their families and friends. The mood was festive, the music was rocking aided by a lively DJ and to top it off our very own Sankumani Sarma IITB-1990 wowed the audience with a masterful Gazal performance aided by a top notch tabla player and a Benjo artist

We had over 20 children ( ages 2 through 18) attending the function without getting bored as our able and talented organizers kept them entertained with games and scavenger hunt. Our popular Bingo game was enjoyed by all with the lucky winners bagging over 105 dollars in prize money. The IIT junta was regaled by some great jokes from our very own Subodh Batra IITB-1972.

After partaking of delicious appetizers and a fabulous buffet dinner, the crowd was on their feet rollicking to beat music, free form dancing and Dandiya. A professional photographer took portraits of interested families and friends.

A small token gift was given to our Event Organizers

Mita PatelSonurita Parmar, Vrinda Master, Sunaina Singh, Mala Ganapathy and Bindu Krishna (all spouses of IITB alums) and our dynamic young IITB alumna duo of Shweta Bhandari and Suhani Shorewala.

The success of this event has been an outpouring of support to have all our future social functions like this one, picnics and Holi be organized by our dedicated team of alumni spouses and alumna.

Volunteer group picture

 More photos here

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The event was also covered by TV Asia.

Diwali Dhamaka Party on Saturday, October 24

IITBGNY chapter would like the pleasure of your company at the Diwali Dhamaka Party on Saturday, October 24 from 6PM onwards with Food, Games and Non-Stop Music!

Venue: Deewan Banquet Hall, 560 Stelton Road, Piscataway Township, NJ

Time: 6PM  onwards

This is a family friendly event with lots of live music, Karaoke, dance, scrumptious desi food, stand up comedy and activities for all age groups.  Renowned ghazal singer Sankumani Sarma of All India Radio fame will be performing

Invite your friends to this Facebook event –

Enjoy this Diwali with friends and family! Limited seats, so expect not to last long!