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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.

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.

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 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.

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

[If you do not want a particular image to be online, please email your objections to newyork [at] iitbombay.org and we will do our best to accommodate your request]

The event was also covered by TV Asia.

11-year old Mira Modi is selling truly-random passwords over the internet!

Mira Modi, daughter of IIT Bombay alum and Columbia University professor Vijay Modi, and ProPublica journalist Julia Angwin, recent made news for her little venture. Mira, 11, sells truly random passwords chosen by handrolled dice, over a e-commerce website that she has set up. You can get one too for $2!

http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/10/this-11-year-old-is-selling-cryptographically-secure-passwords-for-2-each/

Inviting articles and other contributions for our Annual Magazine

We invite you to contribute to our Annual GNY-Point magazine. This magazine is scheduled to be distributed to all the attendees of our Annual Reunion on the 4th of October. A few past copies of the magazine can be accessed online at https://www.iitbgnychapter.org/home/gny-point/

Deadline: 19th September 2015

Please send your contribution by email to nivvedan [at] iitbombay [dot] org before the deadline.

You may write about anything that you believe would be interest to our alumni. Contributions from your spouse and children are also most welcome.​ Our editor will work with you to fine-tune the final draft.

We look forward to reading them!

Shiv Nadkarni’s Rang Manch Pravesh

Shiv Nadkarni, younger son of fellow IITB alum Shirish Nadkarni (BTech 1983 ChE – H6) and Nutan Nadkarni, MD put on a fabulous and inspiring Kathak performance at his recent Rang Manch Pravesh on 8-8-15 in New Jersey. His stellar performance under the tutelage of his Guru Archana Joglekar and a team of world class Indian musicians was admired and applauded by an enthusiastic gathering of well over 350 attendees.

The event was attended by fellow alums Vikas Tipnis, Vinay Karle and Ron Mehta accompanied by their wives Nancy, Jeanne and Monica.

IITBAA-GNY seeks applications for Alumni Youth Award Program

2015 Alumni Youth 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 others in the IIT family to know? 

Your IIT Bombay Alumni Association – Greater New York Chapter has initiated a new program to recognize the achievements of IIT Alumni High-School children. In addition to monetary awards of $250 for first prize and $100 for the second prize for each of the two groups (one for Grade 9-10 and another for Grades 11-12), the prize winners and selected entrants will be recognized and may be requested to make a presentation at the IITBAA Annual Reunion event on October 4, 2015.

We are looking for those 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 area.

Who is Eligible?

Children of IIT Alumni – all IITs, not just IIT Bombay – who will be High School students starting Fall 2015 in the GNY region are eligible. Entries from grades 9 and 10 will be considered in one group, with those from grades 11 and 12 in another.

How Do I Apply?

Eligible entrants must sign and submit this Entry Form [Word] [PDF] along with any supporting information such as documents, certifications, etc. describing and detailing their achievements. [Short Audio/video for performing art achievements can also be submitted; however, they will not be returned.]
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 Saturday September 19, 2015.

Applications may be either (1) emailed to: YouthAchievementAwards@iitbombay.org or (2) sent by regular mail to President, IITBAA‐GNY, 8 Glenview Drive, Watchung, NJ 07060.

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?

Depends on the number of entries we get, but don’t assume that everyone will indeed apply, or that we are looking only for famous achievers! We know of the many diamonds in the rough out there and who knows one of the ones who is recognized and wins an award may be yours! You won’t know unless you send in an entry! We hope you will, and perhaps see your child publicly talk about his/her achievement.

Executive Committee

IIT Bombay Alumni Association – GNY Chapter

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

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7glwenBEOQ

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