Meet the Distinguished Alumnus Awardees 2019



Prof. Shankar Subramaniam

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(PhD/CHM/1982)
(Chair and Professor of Bioengineering, University of California, San Diego)

(Academic Excellence)

 


Prof. Nitash P. Balsara

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(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)

 


Prof. Ajeet Rohatgi

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(BT/EE/1971)
(Regents' Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology)

(Academic Excellence)

 


Prof. Rajesh Gopakumar

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(MSc/PHY/1992)
(Centre Director, ICTS-TIFR)

(Academic Excellence)

 


Dr. Krishnamurthy V. Subramanian

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(BT/EE/1994)
(Chief Economic Advisor, Government of India)

(Professional Excellence)

 


Dr. Ajay Kumar

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(BT/EE/1984)
(Defence Secretary, Government of India)

(Professional Excellence)

 


Dr. Arvind Krishna

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(BT/EE/1985)
(Senior Vice President, Cloud and Cognitive Software IBM, New York)

(Professional Excellence)

 


Mr. Dinesh Kumar Jain

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(BT/MT/ME/1981/1983)
(Member, Lokpal of India)

(Professional Excellence)

 


Mr. Ravindra Kumar Dhariwal

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(BT/CHE/1975)
(Co-founder and Chairman of Sagacito Technologies)

(Professional Excellence)

 


Mr. Ajeet Singh

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(BT/CHE/1997)
(Co-founder and Executive Chairman Thoughtspot)

(Entrepreneurship Excellence)

 


Mr. Arun Seth

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(BT/EE/1973)
(Chairman and Co-founder, Global Groupware Solutions, Former Chairman British Telecom and Former Chairman Nasscom Foundation)

(Entrepreneurship Excellence)

 


Mr. Pravin Bhagwat

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(BT/CSE/1990)
(Founder and CTO Mojo Networks)

(Entrepreneurship Excellence)

 


Nominations open for the DAA 2019 award--- Apply now

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


2018



Prof. Vijay K. Dhir (MT/ME/68)


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(Professor, UCLA)

(Academic Excellence)

 


Prof. G. Ravindra Kumar (PhD/PHY/90)


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(Professor, TIFR)

(Academic Excellence)

 


Prof. Ashvin Vishwanath (MSc5/PHY/96)


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(Professor, Harvard University)

(Academic Excellence)

 


Prof. Utpal Banerjee (MSc2/CHM/79)


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(Professor, UCLA)

(Academic Excellence)

 


Mr. Sanjiv Puri (BT/ME/85)


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(Managing Director, ITC Ltd.)

(Professional Excellence)

 

         

Mr. Amit Agarwal (BT/CSE/95)


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(Country Head, Amazon India)

(Professional Excellence)

 


Mr. Avnish Bajaj (BT/CSE/92)


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(Co-Founder, Matrix Partners)

(Entrepreneurship & Management Excellence)

 


Mr. Pavan Nigam (BT/EE/80)


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(Founding Partner, Inspovation Ventures)

(Entrepreneurship & Management Excellence)

 


Dr. Pramath Raj Sinha (BT/MME/86)


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(Founder, Ashoka University)

(Service of the society at large)

 


Mr. Tej Kohli (BT/EE/80)


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(Chairman, Kohli Ventures)

(Service of the society at large)

 


2017



Prof. Rajeev Alur (BT/CSE/87)


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(Professor, Penn University)

(Academic Excellence)

 


Mr. Rahul Gautam (BT/CHE/75)


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(MD, Sheela Foam)

(Entrepreneurial Excellence)


Prof Sangram Mudali (BT/ME/85)


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(Director, NIST)

(Service of the society at large)


Ms. Anjali Joshi (BT/EE/81)


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(Vice President, Google)

(Professional & Management Excellence)


Prof. Anil K. Jain (BT/EE/69)


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(Professor, Michigan University)

(Academic Excellence)

 

         


2016


 

Mr. Arvind Pradhan (BT/ME/74)


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(CEO, Camaco LLC)

(Entrepreneurial Excellence)


Prof. Anurag Kumar (BT/EE/77)


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(Director, IISc)

(Academic Excellence)


Mr. Prabhat Singh (BT/CE/80)


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(CEO & MD, Petronet LNG)

(Professional Excellence)


Mr. R. S. Sharma (MSC/MTH/77)


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(Secretary, Deity)

(Management Excellence)

 
         
 

Prof. S. K. Lele (BT/ME/80)


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(Professor, Stanford University)

(Academic Excellence)


Mr. V. Agarwal (BT/EE/66)


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(Founder & CMD, TA Ltd.)

(Entrepreneurial Excellence)


Prof. U. B. Desai (BT/EE/74)


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(Director, IIT Hyderabad)

(Academic Excellence)

 


2015


 

Mr. Dheeraj Pandey (BT/CSE/77)


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(CEO, Nutanix)

(Entrepreneurial Excellence)


Prof. S.N. Minwalla(MSC/PHY/95)


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(Professor, TIFR)

(Academic Excellence)


Prof. T. Venkatesan (MSC/PHY/71)


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(Director, NUSNNI)

(Academic Excellence)


Prof. V. Sahajwalla (BT/MME/86)


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(Scientia Professor, UNSW)

(Academic Excellence)

 
         
 

Mr. Yadupati Singhania (BT/CE/77)


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(MD, J. K. Cement ltd.)

(Entrepreneurial Excellence)

 

Mr. Sudhir Prasad (BT/ME/79)


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(IAS, Jharkhand Govt.)

(Management excellence)

 

2014


 

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)


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

 

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