To professionalize engagement with our alumni and other stakeholders, the Institute has established IITK Development Foundation (IITK DF), with Mr. Kapil Kaul as CEO, in June 2020. IITK DF, a section-8 company, is an extended arm of the DoRA office that engages with alumni, corporates, foundations, philanthropists and other well-wishers to raise funds.
We conduct year-round outreach activities such as reunions, Foundation Day, campaigns, alumni day, and much more. These activities enable us to connect with our alumni across globe and bring them closer to their alma mater. After graduating from IIT Kanpur, our alumni continue to leave their mark at many international platforms in the fields of academia, industry, entrepreneurship, and government services. Their professional success and philanthropic approach continue to inspire our young students at IIT Kanpur. Over the years, we have established more than 230 scholarships, 52 Faculty Chairs, and 29 Young Faculty Research Fellowships, and 21 Distinguished Lecture Series; our infrastructure has expanded exponentially, and we have created new departments and centres. Still, IIT Kanpur ka tempo high hai!
With multitude of new ventures of incepting new departments of: (i) Sustainable Energy Engineering, (ii) Cognitive Science, (iii) Design, and (iv) Space Sciences & Astronomy, and academic initiative of Gangwal School of Medical Technology, IIT Kanpur continues to seek support and patronage of our alumni and persist walking the path of excellence. Over the years, we have seen a remarkable rise in the number of donations, and our ambition is to reach Rs. 750 cr+ (US$ 100M+) in the next three years (Apr. 2022- Mar. 2025) to support the cause. We are ever grateful to our alumni for encouraging us to set challenging targets and reach newer heights. We look forward to staying connected with you. Let us march forward together to ideate, innovate, develop, and expand. We always look forward to seeking your unfettered support, creative ideas, and constructive feedback. After all, all our hearts beat for IIT Kanpur.
Prof. Kantesh Balani