Meet the Distinguished Alumnus Awardees 2019

Shankar_Subramaniam-L (1)

Prof. Shankar Subramaniam

(PhD/CHM/1982)

(Chair and Professor of Bioengineering, University of California, San Diego)
(Academic Excellence)

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Nitash Balsara

Prof. Nitash P. Balsara

(BT/CHE/1982)

(Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The Charles W. Tobias Professor in Electrochemistry, Berkeley College of Chemistry, University of California at Berkeley)
(Academic Excellence)

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Ajeet Rohatgi

Prof. Ajeet Rohatgi

(BT/EE/1971)

(Regents' Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology)
(Academic Excellence)

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Rajesh Gopakumar

Prof. Rajesh Gopakumar

(MSc/PHY/1992)

(Centre Director, ICTS-TIFR)
(Academic Excellence)

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Dr. Krishnamurthy V Subramanian

Dr. Krishnamurthy V. Subramanian

(BT/EE/1994)

(Chief Economic Advisor, Government of India)
(Professional Excellence)

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Dr Ajay Kumar

Dr. Ajay Kumar

(BT/EE/1984)

(Defence Secretary, Government of India)
(Professional Excellence)

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Dr Arvind Krishna

Dr. Arvind Krishna

(BT/EE/1985)

(Senior Vice President, Cloud and Cognitive Software IBM, New York)
(Professional Excellence)

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dinesh-kumar-jain

Mr. Dinesh Kumar Jain

(BT/MT/ME/1981/1983)

(Member, Lokpal of India)
(Professional Excellence)

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ravindra dhariwal

Mr. Ravindra Kumar Dhariwal

(BT/CHE/1975)

(Co-founder and Chairman of Sagacito Technologies)
(Professional Excellence)

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Ajeet Singh

Mr. Ajeet Singh

(BT/CHE/1997)

(Co-founder and Executive Chairman Thoughtspot)
(Entrepreneurship Excellence)

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Arun Seth

Mr. Arun Seth

(BT/EE/1973)

(Chairman and Co-founder, Global Groupware Solutions, Former Chairman British Telecom and Former Chairman Nasscom Foundation)
(Entrepreneurship Excellence)

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pravin-bhagat

Mr. Pravin Bhagwat

(BT/CSE/1990)

(Founder and CTO Mojo Networks)
(Entrepreneurship Excellence)

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About the Award

The Distinguished Alumnus Award (DAA) is the highest award given by IIT Kanpur to its alumni in recognition of their outstanding achievements. Every year, the institute works with its alumni to honour individuals who have made a mark in their respective fields of expertise. They are selected for the award based on specific meritorious services on behalf of the quality and advancement of IITK, distinguished accomplishments in business and professional life and/or distinguished human service in community affairs.

Nominations can be made for outstanding achievements in various pursuits under the following categories:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Professional Excellence
  • Entrepreneurship and Management
  • Any other activity pertaining to the service of Humanity at large.

Evaluation Committee

The evaluation committee for the award, as approved by the board of governors of IIT Kanpur, comprises of:

  • Director IITK as Chairman
  • One Past Distinguished Alumnus Awardee (Entrepreneurship Excellence) as Member
  • One Past Distinguished Alumnus Awardee (Management Excellence) as Member
  • One Past Distinguished Alumnus Awardee (Professional Excellence) as Member
  • One Past Distinguished Alumnus Awardee (Academic Excellence) as Member
  • Dean of Students Affairs as Member
  • Dean of Resources and Alumni as Member
  • One (non-alumnus) Faculty Member of the IIT Kanpur
  • Secretary, Alumni Association as Member Secretary

Past Awardees



vijay-dhir

Prof. Vijay K. Dhir

(MT/ME/68)

(Professor, UCLA)
(Academic Excellence)

Ashvin

Prof. Ashvin Vishwanath

(MSc5/PHY/96)

(Professor, Harvard University)
(Academic Excellence)

G-Ravindra-kumar

Prof. G. Ravindra Kumar

(PhD/PHY/90)

(Professor, TIFR)
(Academic Excellence)

utpal-banerjee

Prof. Utpal Banerjee

(MSc2/CHM/79)

(Professor, UCLA)
(Academic Excellence)

Sanjiv-puri

Mr. Sanjiv Puri

(BT/ME/85)

(Managing Director, ITC Ltd.)
(Professional Excellence)

Amit-Agarwal

Mr. Amit Agarwal

(BT/CSE/95)

(Country Head, Amazon India)
(Professional Excellence)

Avnish

Mr. Avnish Bajaj

(BT/CSE/92)

(Co-Founder, Matrix Partners)
(Entrepreneurship & Management Excellence)

pavan-nigam

Mr. Pavan Nigam

(BT/EE/80)

(Founding Partner, Inspovation Ventures)
(Entrepreneurship & Management Excellence)

pramath

Dr. Pramath Raj Sinha

(BT/MME/86)

(Founder, Ashoka University)
(Service of the society at large)

navtej

Mr. Tej Kohli

(BT/EE/80)

(Chairman, Kohli Ventures)
(Service of the society at large)

rajeev-alur

Prof. Rajeev Alur

(BT/CSE/87)

(Professor, Penn University)
(Academic Excellence)

rahul-gautam

Mr. Rahul Gautam

(BT/CHE/75)

(MD, Sheela Foam)
(Entrepreneurial Excellence)

Prof. Sangram Mudali

(BT/ME/85)

(Director, NIST)
(Service of the society at large)

anjali-joshi

Ms. Anjali Joshi

(BT/EE/81)

(Vice President, Google)
(Professional & Management Excellence)

Prof. Anil K. Jain

(BT/EE/69)

(Professor, Michigan University)
(Academic Excellence)

Mr. Arvind Pradhan

(BT/ME/74)

(CEO, Camaco LLC)
(Entrepreneurial Excellence)

Prof. Anurag Kumar

(BT/EE/77)

(Director, IISc)
(Academic Excellence)

Mr. Prabhat Singh

(BT/CE/80)

(CEO & MD, Petronet LNG)
(Professional Excellence)

Mr. R. S. Sharma

(MSC/MTH/77)

(Secretary, Deity)
(Management Excellence)

Prof. S. K. Lele

(BT/ME/80)

(Professor, Stanford University)
(Academic Excellence)

Mr. V. Agarwal

(BT/EE/66)

(Founder & CMD, TA Ltd.)
(Entrepreneurial Excellence)

Prof. U. B. Desai

(BT/EE/74)

(Director, IIT Hyderabad)
(Academic Excellence)

Mr. Dheeraj Pandey

(BT/CSE/97)

(CEO, Nutanix)
(Entrepreneurial Excellence)

Prof. Shiraz N. Minwalla

(MSC/PHY/95)

(Professor, TIFR)
(Academic Excellence)

Prof. T. Venkatesan

(MSC/PHY/71)

(Director, NUSNNI)
(Academic Excellence)

Prof. Veena Sahajwalla

(BT/MME/86)

(Scientia Professor, UNSW)
(Academic Excellence)

Mr. Yadupati Singhania

(BT/CE/77)

(MD, J. K. Cement ltd.)
(Entrepreneurial Excellence)

Mr. Sudhir Prasad

(BT/ME/79)

(IAS, Jharkhand Govt.)
(Management excellence)

Prof. D. D. Sarma (MSC/PHY/77)

(Founder-Chairman, IACS) (Academic Excellence)

Prof. Jayadev Misra (BT/EE/69)

(Professor, University of Texas) (Academic Excellence)

Prof. Vijay Kumar (BT/ME/83)

(Dean, SEAC - Penn Uni.) (Academic Excellence)

Mr. Abhay Singhal (BT/EE/01)

(Co-founder, InMobi Inc.)
(Entrepreneurial Excellence)

Mr. Amit Gupta (BT/EE/00)

(VP, InMobi Inc.)
(Entrepreneurial Excellence)

Mr. B. K. Shah (BT/MME/74)

(Exec. Director, AIA)
(Entrepreneurial Excellence)

Dr. K. K. Sharma (BT/CHE/69)

(MD, Lupin Limited)
(Management Excellence)

Prof. Keshav Pingali (BT/EE/78)

(Professor, Uni. of Texas)
(Academic Excellence)

Prof. S. Nigam (MSC/PHY/78)

(Professor, Uni. of Maryland)
(Academic Excellence)

Mr. Naveen Tewari (BT/ME/00)

(Co-founder, InMobi Inc.)
(Entrepreneurial Excellence)

Prof. Jayathi Y. Murthy (BT/ME/79)

(Dean, UCLA Engineering) (Academic Excellence)

Prof. R. Agarwal (BT/CHE/75)

(Professor, Purdue University) (Academic Excellence)

Mr. Sunil Singhal (BT/CHE/71)

(President, CST Pvt. Ltd. ) (Management Excellence)

Mr. V. Chanchlani (MT/IME/76)

(Co-founder, Sigma Group) (Entrepreneurial Excellence)

Mr. Gaurav Gupta (BT/EE/87)

(MD, KSRTC)
(Management Excellence)

Dr. Mahesh Gupta (BT/ME/75)

(Chairman, Kent)
(Entrepreneurial Excellence)

Mr. BVR M. Reddy (MT/ME/74)

(Founder, Cyient Ltd.)
(Entrepreneurial and Managerial Excellence)

Dr. S. P. S. Chauhan (BT/CHE/68)

(Senior Program Director, BMI)
(Management Excellence)

Prof. Y. K. Joshi (BT/ME/79)

(Professor, Georgia Tech)
(Academic Excellence)

Prof. S. P. Trivedi (MSC/PHY/85)

(Professor, TIFR.)
(AcademicExcellence)

Mr. A. K. Chopra (BT/CHE/76)

(Chairman, PetroTel Inc.)
(Entrepreneurial Excellence)

Mr. Anupam Khanna (BT/EE/74)

(CE & DG, NASSCOM)
(Management Excellence)

Prof. A. K. Ghosh (MSC/CHM/81)

(Professor, Purdue University)
(Academic Excellence)

Mr. Rathin Datta (BT/CHE/70)

(Co-founder, Vertec Biosolvents)
(Professional Excellence)

Mr. Sudhakar Kesavan (BT/CHE/76)

(CEO, ICF International)
(Entrepreneurial Excellence)

Neera Tandon (BT/CHE/81)

(Co-Owner, Telcom Ventures)
(Entrepreneurial Excellence)

Mr. Sudhir Vyas (BT/EE/75)

(Ex. Indian Ambassador)
(Professional Excellence)

Prof. V. P. Aneja (BT/CHE/71)

(NC State University)
(Academic Excellence)

Mr. Vishnu Varshney (BT/EE/69)

(MD & CEO, GVFL Ltd)
(Entrepreneurial Excellence)

Mr. Muktesh Pant (BT/CHE/76)

(CEO of Yum!)
(Management Excellence)

Prof. Jainendra K. Jain (MSC/PHY/81)

(Professor, Penn State)
(Academic Excellence)

Mr. David B.K. Thomas (BT/ME/77)

(Activist)
(Service of humanity at large)

Mr. Devendra Shukla (BT/CE/67)

(Founder, Innovative Tech. Solution)
(Entrepreneurial Excellence)

Prof. S. Jadhav (BT/PhD/CSE/89/95)

(Professor, RKMV University)
(Service of humanity at large)

Dr. D. Subbarao (MSC2/PHY/72)

(Ex. Governer, RBI)
(Management Excellence)

Mr. S. Srivastava (BT/ME/77)

(MD & CEO, Ishan International)
(Entrepreneurial Excellence)

Prof. Arun Shukla (BT/ME/76)

(Professor, Univ. of Rhode Island)
(Academic Excellence)

Dr. Udai P. Singh (BT/CE/72)

(Principal, US Environmental Services)
(Academic Excellence)

Mr. Manoj P. Singh (BT/EE/74)

(Global Managing Partner, Deloitte)
(Management Excellence)

Prof. Ashok Misra (BT/CHE/68)

(Chairman, Intellectual Ventures)
(Academic excellence)

Dr. Ravi Sethi (BT/ME/68)

(Professor, University of Arizona)
(Management excellence)

Dr. Jitendra Malik (BT/EE/80)

(Professor, University of California)
(Academic Excellence)

Dr. A. K. Chakraborty (BT/CHE/83)

(Professor, MIT)
(Academic Excellence)

Mr. Harsh Manglik (BT/ME/70)

(Professor, Carnegie Mellon University)
(Entrepreneurial Excellence)

Mr. Ashok Sinha (BT/EE/73)

(Independent Director, TCS Ltd.)
(Management excellence)

Prof. A. Sharma (BT/CHE/82)

(Secretary, Science & Tech.)
(Academic Excellence)

Mr. Rajeev Chawla (BT/EE/84)

(Secretary, Horticulture Department)
(Entrepreneurial Excellence)

Dr. Rajiv Desai (BT/ME/82)

(CEO, 3Di)
(Academic excellence)

Mr. N. K. Harihar Kale (MT/CSE/76)

(Founder, Kale Logistics)
(Entrepreneurial Excellence)

Mr. Ravi Akhouri (BT/EE/68)

(CEO, MacKay Shields)
(Management excellence)

Prof. Umesh Mishra (BT/EE/79)

(Professor, University of California)
(Academic excellence)

Mr. A. K. Bhushan (BT/EE/65)

(Chairman, Asquare)
(Entrepreneurial Excellence)

Mr. Pawan Kumar (BT/CE/69)

(Mentor & Advisor, Angel Investor)
(Entrepreneurial Excellence)

Prof. Vijay Mahajan (BT/CHE/70)

(Professor, University of Texas)
(Management excellence)

Mr. Ambuj Goyal (BT/EE/78)

(CEO, Magine TV)
(Management excellence)

Late Prof. Rajiv Motwani (BT/CSE/83)

(Professor, Stanford University)
(Academic excellence)

Mr. Pradeep Jotwani (BT/ME/75)

(Board Member, Stanford University)
(Management excellence)

Dr. P. K. Goenka (BT/ME/1975)

(MD, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.)
(Academic excellence)

Dr. Ajay Kumar (PHD/AE/1974)

(DRA, NASA Langley Research Center)
(Academic excellence)

Mr. Suresh Pandey (BT/MME/1965)

(Former Director, Bokaro Steel Plant)
(Management excellence)

Mr. A. Srivastava (BT/EE/1979)

(President, EMC Corporation)
(Service of humanity at large)

Late Mr. S. K. Dubey (BT/CE/1994)

(Former Dy. GM, NHAI)
(Service of humanity at large)

Dr. Nitin Saxena (BT/CSE/2002)

(Associate professor, IIT Kanpur)
(Academic excellence)

Dr. Neeraj Kayal (BT/CSE/2002)

(Researcher, MSR)
(Academic excellence)

Mr. M. A. Tambe (BT/EE/1980)

(MD, Innomedia Tech.)
(Academic excellence)

Prof. M. Agrawal (BT/CSE/1986)

(Professor, IIT Kanpur)
(Academic excellence)

Dr. Sandip Tiwari (BT/EE/1976)

(Professor, Cornell University)
(Academic excellence)

Prof. K. VijayRaghavan (BT/CHE/1975)

(Principal Scientific Adviser, GoI)
(Academic excellence)

Mr. M. B. Lal (BT/CHE/1969)

(Technical Member, P&NG)
(Management excellence)

Dr. Mriganka Sur (BT/EE/1974)

(Director, Simons Center)
(Academic excellence)

Mr. Lalit K. Jalan (BT/EE/1979)

(Group Director, Reliance)
(Management excellence)

Dr. Ajoy K. Bose (BT/EE/1971)

(President, Atrenta Inc.)
(Academic excellence)

Mr. Deepak Bhagat (BT/EE/1973)

(Senior Director, SAP)
(Management excellence)

Mr. J. S. Bindra (BT/CHE/1969)

(MD & CEO, Caltex Australia Ltd.)
(Management excellence)

Prof. Sartaj K. Sahani (BT/EE/1970)

(Professor, University of Florida)
(Academic excellence)

Dr. Rajendra Singh (BT/EE/1975)

(Chairman, Telcom ventures)
(Management excellence)

Mr. Arvind K. Gupta (BT/EE/1975)

(Toymaker & Science educator)
(Service of humanity at large)

Dr. Pradeep S. Sindhu (BT/EE/1974)

(Co-founder, Juniper Network)
(Management excellence)

Mr. Rakesh Gangwal (BT/ME/1975)

(Co-founder, Indigo)
(Management excellence)

Mr. Som Mittal (BT/MME/1973)

(Former Chairman, NASSCOM)
(Management excellence)

Prof. A. Jhunjhunwala (BT/EE/1975)

(Professor, IIT Madras)
(Academic excellence)

Prof. P. Balaram (MSC2/CHM/1969)

(Professor, IISc)
(Academic excellence)

Prof. Ashoke Sen (MSC2/PHY/1978)

(Professor, Harish Chandra Research Institute)
(Academic excellence)

Mr. S. Srivastava (BT/ME/1968)

(Chairman, Computer Associates)
(Entrepreneurial Excellence)

Dr. Prabhakar Goel (BT/EE/1970)

(Founder & CEO, Gateway Automation Software)
(Entrepreneurial Excellence)

Prof. Arvind (BT/EE/1969)

(Professor, MIT)
(Academic excellence)

Prof. S. Sivaram (MSC2/CHM/1967)

(Professor, IISER)
(Academic excellence)

Mr. N. R. Narayana Murthy (MT/EE/1969)

(Co-founder, Infosys)
(Entrepreneurial Excellence)

Prof. Jagdish Narayan (BT/MME/1969)

(Professor, Carolina State University)
(Academic excellence)

Mr. Umang Gupta (BT/CHE/1971)

(Chairman, Keynote Systems)
(Entrepreneurial Excellence)

Dr. Ashok K. Chandra (BT/EE/1969)

(Former Director, IBM Almaden Research Center)
(Academic excellence)

Prof. Rakesh K. Jain (BT/CHE/1972)

(Professor, Harvard Medical School)
(Academic excellence)

Dr. Uday Narayan Sinha

(Scientist, CSIR NAL)
(Academic excellence)

Late Mr. Anil Agrawal (BT/ME/1970)

(Former Director, Centre for Science & Environment)
(Service of Humanity at Large)

Mr. S. K. Kaura (BT/EE/1966)

(Founder, Samtel Group)
(Entrepreneurial Excellence)