Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur is committed to excellence in teaching and in research. The quality of its graduates has been acknowledged throughout the world. Some of its Alumni have become leaders in their respective fields. Persons like Mr. Narayana Murthy have become icons of successful alumni of IIT Kanpur.

The faculty of IIT Kanpur have contributed a good deal to the growth of the Institute and have participated in the nation building in the last five decades. They have served as role models for the younger generation. Their immense contribution has yielded rich dividends in the form of quality graduates from IIT Kanpur, who stand shoulder to shoulder with the best in the world.

For the current year, based on a large number of nominations received, the Institute committee recommended that the Distinguished Teacher Award for the year 2014 be conferred upon Prof. Arun Kumar Sharma, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.

In a simple function held on September 5, 2014 in the Lecture Hall 16 at 1700 hrs, the awards were presented by the Director, Professor Indranil Manna. IIT Kanpur also honoured seven of its faculty colleagues, who have completed 25 years of distinguished service to the Institute through the presentation of a shawl and a citation to each by the Director. These faculties are Prof Sanjeev Saxena, Prof Surajit Sinha, Prof. Rakesh Kumar Bansal, Prof. Suresh Chandra Srivastava, Prof. DeshdeepSahdev, Prof. Aparna Dar, Prof. Renduchintala Raghavendra Kumar Sharma.