Alumni in the News

AK Gupta takes over as MD and CEO of ONGC Videsh

The Hindu Businessline

AK Gupta, the new Managing Director and CEO of ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL) took charge on Monday. Before this, Gupta was the Director (Operations) of the company.

What's behind lending startup MoneyTap's exponential growth?

Forbes India

MoneyTap, a digital consumer lending startup, has seen immense growth by offering flexible credit options over the last five years. Can it maintain its pace?

Social e-commerce platform CityMall pulls in seed funding

CityMall, a social e-commerce platform, said Tuesday it has raised $3 million (Rs 22.15 crore) in its seed funding round led by multi-stage venture capital firm Elevation Capital.

A subscription model fills gaps in healthcare

Live Mint

Government welfare schemes such as Ayushman Bharat offer free healthcare to the bottom of the pyramid—around 500 million people in India. The top 50 million have access to insurance and premium healthcare either directly or through their employers. That leaves around 600 million people who are the most vulnerable if they fall ill!

Not Google, This Woman Introduced India To Digital Maps


Girls get things done. Hands down! How else would you explain with the incredible story of Rashmi Verma, who introduced digital maps to India, much before Google? Rashmi, a non-believer in glass ceilings, is executive director and co-founder of MapmyIndia, her brainchild that changed the way we see India, quite literally!

With her algorithm, Indian professor in Australia fights misogyny online

Times of India

NEW DELHI: Richi Nayak, a computer science professor and machine learning expert, has developed a new algorithm that can automatically spot and report misogynistic posts on social media platforms. 

Startup@77: Ashok Soota scores in 2nd innings


It’s uncommon for entrepreneurs to succeed a second time. To do this in their 70s — virtually by no means. Ashok Soota, 77, is a type of distinctive ones. The Rs 700-crore preliminary public provides (IPO) of his IT companies firm Happiest Minds, which concluded on Wednesday, has been oversubscribed 150 occasions.

Suneel Grover retires as MD HP SLDC


SHIMLA: Suneel Grover retired as Managing Director, HP State Load DespatchCentre after 37 years of service in HPSEB. Sukh Ram Chaudhary Power Minister Himachal Pradesh specially came to join his farewell party and
conveyed his best wishes.

RIL appoints former Indian Oil chairman Sanjiv Singh as group president

live mint

Singh's appointment at RIL has raised eyebrows as according to the Department of Public Enterprises guidelines, a public sector official retiring at the rank of chairman or director, is expected to follow a six-month cooling-off period before joining any other organization

IIT Roorkee’s startup partners with Incredible India campaign to offer VR experiences


Atravel-Tech startup established by alumni of IIT Roorkee has partnered with Union Ministry of Tourism’s Incredible India campaign, to offer interactive virtual reality experiences of touristic destinations to the users. OutsiteVR was founded in 2016 by Amit Singh and Mayur Karodia, from the Department of Architecture and Planning (2010-15), IIT Roorkee. OutsiteVR is innovating reality with Immersive Technology in the Travel & Hospitality Industry.

Growing 20x in just a year, Plix is helping millennials stay healthy with its plant-based protein food


Plix is a plant-based protein brand founded by Rishubh Satiya in March 2019. The company recently launched its ‘Immunity Boosting Supergreens’ powder, a product that contains 45 superfoods.

City man develops file sharing Apps for android devices


Raghu RaajShekhar, An alumni of IIT Roorkee,has developed a file sharing App called Super Share. TheApp also comes at a time when popular Chinese Apps like Shareit and Xender have been banned across the country.Launched on July 19, the App is available on Google PlayStore and so far it has got close to 500 users.

[Matrix Moments] From starting at IIT and hacking their way ahead: the journey of Razorpay founders


In this episode of Matrix Moments, Vikram Vaidyanath, Managing Director, Matrix Partners India, speaks to Harshil Mathur and Shashank Kumar, the Co-founders of fintech startup Razorpay, about their journey and fundraising process.

IIT Roorkee alumnus bags prestigious award- Zinnov Award 2020


The award is given in recognition of the contribution of individuals as well as organisations that have enabled business continuity-driven innovation along with diversity, it said.

An Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee alumnus has won the prestigious Zinnov Award 2020 for his contribution to the field of artificial intelligence and data analytics, an IIT release said.

Razorpay and NPCI Launch UPI AutoPay, Recurring Payment Solution for Indian Businesses

Business world

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], July 23 (ANI/NewsVoir): With an intent to provide a major boost to UPI transactions and deliver an easy and secure way for consumers to make recurring payments online, Razorpay launched support for UPI AutoPay in association with NPCI at the Global Fintech Fest.

The Telecom Equipment Manufacturers' Association (TEMA) has appointed Ravi Sharma as its Chairman

Voice Data

A distinguished alumnus of IIT Roorkee, Ravi Sharma is the former Chief Executive Officer of Alcatel South Asia and had also worked with Videocon Telecom and Adani Power. 

“This will be a good opportunity to motivate Indian manufacturers to create ‘Make in India’ brands not only in products but technology too and to work for all-out support for ‘vocal for local’ in policies and practices,” Sharma said “I believe that 5G and Internet of Things are real opportunities to capture this sentiment,” he added.

Uable scores seed financing in a round led by 3one4 Capital

The Economic Times

Bengaluru-based Uable was founded by IIT Roorkee alum Saurabh Saxena, who had previously co-founded and exited two well-known education companies - IIT, engineering, and medical entrance teaching institute Lakshya Forum, which was sold to MT Educare in 2013, and Vedantu, one of the country’s most prominent ed-tech companies.

"FamPay" A mobile-based banking service for teenagers

New Indian Express

Founded by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee Graduates, Kush Taneja, and Sambhav Jain, FamPay is “India’s first mobile-based banking services for teenagers that bring cashless convenience and much more to millions of teens and their parents.” It allows minors to finally make online (UPI & P2P) and offline payments without the need to set up a bank account.

Former bureaucrat, ex-SAIL chief on Vedanta's advisory board

New Indian Express

Former Chairman and MD of SAIL Prakash Kumar Singh has joined Vedanta's Electrosteel Steels Ltd (ESL) as president growth projects. A metallurgical engineer from IIT, Roorkee, Singh will be an integral part of ESL's management committee and will play a key role in driving marketing, policy, and growth.

Buccino Leadership Institute Welcomes New Associate Director

Seton Hall University

Seton Hall University and its prestigious Buccino Leadership Institute are pleased to announce the arrival of Ruchin Kansal as its newest member of the team. Kansal became the new associate director in the Stillman School of Business on July 1. Ruchin Kansal is a 1994 Graduate with B.Arch. from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT Roorkee).

Raebareli DM Develops App to Contain COVID-19 Spread by Tracking & Centralising Data


A bureaucrat from Uttar Pradesh with a degree in paper technology from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee has come up with a software application that can help contain the spread of the coronavirus by tracking and centralizing data. The single-window one-touch app developed by Raebareli District Magistatre Shubhra Saxena can break the chain of COVID-19 infections. It is already being used by the Raebareli district administration in its fight against the spread of the virus.

Melt: My Experiments with Leadership and Teamwork

Notion Press

A small-town man from Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh, Samul has been purely known as a technical person. This is his first time writing a book on such a subject, which compiles his learnings through different situations in his career.

Samul obtained his engineering degrees (B.E. and M.E.) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. He is also a Chartered Engineer registered with the Engineering Council and is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, UK.


Going the Green Mile: This Delhi Startup Provides Electric Cabs at Minimal Rates

The Better India

Blu Smart Mobility, a startup based out of Delhi was founded in January 2019 by Punit Goyal, Anmol Jaggi, and Puneet Jaggi. The ride-sharing platform gives a green spin to their cab services through the operation of electric cars.

One of the founders, Puneet, has a BTech in Chemical Engineering from IIT-Roorkee.


Micron names Anand Ramamoorthy as managing director India


Micron Technology, a global leader in memory and storage solutions, on Wednesday announced the appointment of Anand Ramamoorthy(IIT Roorkee Alumnus) as managing director for its India operations. Ramamoorthy will lead and drive a growing team composed of research and development personnel, design engineers and support functions across all Micron sites in India.


Rai Bahadur Sir Ganga Ram CIE MVO (22 April 1851 – 10 July 1927)


Rai Bahadur Sir Ganga Ram CIE MVO (22 April 1851 – 10 July 1927) was an Indian civil engineer and architect. His extensive contributions to the urban fabric of Lahore, in modern Pakistan, caused Khaled Ahmed to describe him as "the father of modern Lahore".In 1871, he obtained a scholarship to the Thomason Civil Engineering College at Roorkee ( now Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee) . He passed the final lower subordinate examination with the gold medal in 1873. He was appointed assistant engineer and called to Delhi to help in the building of the Imperial Assemblage.


Pradeep Kumar takes over as Member (Signal & Telecom), Railway Board


Shri Pradeep Kumar has taken over as Member (Signal & Telecom), Railway Board and ex-officio Principal Secretary to Govt. of India on 11th October 2019. Prior to this, Shri Pradeep Kumar worked as Director General, NAIR. Shri Pradeep Kumar is an Officer of the Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineer (IRSSE) of 1981 batch


Father of modern Punjabi prose

The Tribune

Gurbakhsh Singh was studying for F.Sc at Sialkot but had to abandon studies due to financial constraints. He worked as a clerk for some time before joining Thomson Engineering College (now IIT), Roorkee, to get a diploma in civil engineering in 1917. He then joined the army and was deployed in Baghdad. Two years later he resigned and moved to the US to earn a B.Sc in civil engineering from Michigan in 1922. His magazine was an instrument of socio-literary revolution, demolishing irrational beliefs and superstitions


CORE gets a new GM.

Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE)

Shri Y.P.Singh has assumed charge of the new General Manager of Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE) Allahabad on 19.09.2019. He is an officer of 1982 batch of Indian Railway Services of Signal Engineers (IRSSE). Shri Singh is B.E. in Electronics and Communication Engineering from IIT Roorkee.


Rajiv Kumar named MD of Microsoft India R&D

The Hindu BusinessLine

Microsoft has appointed Rajiv Kumar as the new Managing Director of Microsoft India (R&D) Private Limited (MIRPL), replacing Anil Bhansali, who held this role for six years. An IIT Roorkee alumnus and a master’s in Computer Science from the University of Texas (the US), Rajiv joined Microsoft in Redmond in 1992 as a campus-hire.


A K Gupta takes over as ONGC Videsh Director (Operations)


AK Gupta has taken over as the Director (Operations) in the Board of ONGC Videsh, the international petroleum company of India. He brings over three decades of experience in various capacities in domestic and overseas operations. He was most recently the Asset Manager Designate of Assam and prior to that Asset Manager Silchar, ONGC. Earlier, as Head of Business Development in ONGC Videsh, he managed the global business development activity of the company. In his first stint with ONGC Videsh, he managed ONGC Videsh assets in diverse geographies.


Kumar Keshav, The man behind the success of Lucknow Metro.


An Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer and a gold medallist engineer from IIT-Kanpur (M. Tech.) and IIT-Roorkee (B.E.), Kumar Keshav took over as LMRC Managing Director on August 18, 2014, and has not taken even a single leave since then. The whole project work so far has been completed under the astute leadership of the incumbent Managing Director in the last above four and a half years.


Chandra Mohan Trikha from Bracknell collected the MBE from Windsor Castle

The Gazette

Order of the British Empire on 29 December 2018

THE QUEEN has been graciously pleased to give orders for the promotions in, and appointments to, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire: M.B.E.
Chandra Mohan Trikha
Lately Director of Distribution Performance, SSE For services to the Energy Industry.


Raja Deen Dayal, the Unsung Legend Behind Some of India’s Oldest & Rarest Photos

The Better India

The doyen of Indian Photographers, Lala Deen Dayal was born in 1844 at Sardhana in Meerut in United Provinces. He received technical education at Thomason Civil Engineering College in Roorkee after which he joined as head estimator and draftsmen in the Public Works Department at Indore. The ruler of Indore, Maharaja Tukoji II, encouraged him to set up his studio there. Sir Henry Daly the Agent to the Governor-General encouraged him. According to his Memoirs, he was thus able to obtain the patronage of Lord North Brook the Governor-General of India in 1874.


Giving wheels to the differently-abled and wings to their dreams

YourStory Media

Harish Kumar decided to take a break from work. Armed with an M.Sc from IIT Roorkee and an M.Tech from IIT Delhi, by 2012, he’d almost spent two decades in the telecom space. What did he want to do in his year-long break? He followed his passion – driving. He took up the All India Driving Expedition, creating a new national record in the Limca Book of Records.


IIT alumni establish a digital library at Jhajjar village

Tribune India

A group of IIT alumni from New Delhi, Roorkee and Kharagpur has established a digital library at Government Senior Secondary School in the district’s Palra village.

It has access to the digital library of IIT-Kharagpur, where more than 1.5 crore books on several subjects are available in 16 languages.


CBDT Chairman Sushil Chandra appointed as the new Election Commissioner 

The Economic Times

Sushil Chandra, an IIT Roorkee graduate (BE Civil, 1977, UoR), Chairperson of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), has been appointed as the new Election Commissioner of India. Chandra is a 1980 batch officer of the Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax cadre).


Meet this IIT Roorkee alumnus, the brain behind 'Trainman'


Over the decades, Indian Railways has come a long way in terms of connectivity, ticketing services, and passenger amenities. The system, that carries 2.3 crore passengers daily, is evidently complex. There are many apps which a frequent traveler uses, but Trainman stands out. Its USP is predicting the chances of ticket confirmation, with high accuracy. We spoke to Vineet Chirania, an IIT Roorkee alumnus, and the brain behind Trainman.


70-YO Indore Man Sets Green Example, Grows His Own Food In His Terrace Garden!

The Better India

Indore-based Arun Anand graduated with an engineering degree from IIT-Roorkee back in 1971.

The engineer worked for over 15 years in Russia, Egypt, and Georgia.

But post-retirement, when he decided to settle down in Indore, where he owns a home, things panned out differently.


From the Depths of Poverty to the Moon! The Story of Naveen Jain.


There are two kinds of people in this world – Those who wait for the miracle to happen and those who make it happen. Naveen Jain easily falls under the second category. Otherwise, a boy who came from an impoverished Indian family would never write his success story in the US as one of the most innovative entrepreneurs in the world.


How this nanotech start-up by IIT-Roorkee alumnus is fighting pollution.


At such crucial times, technological innovation often holds the key to transformation, and IITian Akshay Singhal is attempting to bring in widespread change through his nanotechnology start-up, Log 9 Materials.


UAP Pro VC made Country Committee Chair of AUAP

Eduvista Desk

Prof Dr. M.R. Kabir (B.E. Civil, University of Roorkee, India, 1980), Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Asia Pacific (UAP) has been appointed as the Country Chapter Committee Chair of Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP).


Hackathon startup HackerEarth enters US, aims for profit in 2019


HackerEarth Technologies Pvt. Ltd., a tech startup that provides online skill evaluation and innovation management services, has expanded operations to the US and is eyeing profitability in 2019. HackerEarth aims to grow by three times by the end of next year.


IIT Roorkee and CSIR-NCL researchers jointly develop organic dyes


Researchers from IIT Roorkee have developed organic dyes in collaboration with CSIR-NCL Pune that can increase the efficiency of Dye-Sensitised Solar Cells (DSSC). The team of researchers led by Dr. M. Sankar, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, IIT Roorkee, have worked to improve the photovoltaic conversion efficiencies of an organic dye called porphyrin for DSSC applications. Their latest research results have been published in a journal of the American Chemical Society (ACS) called ACS Applied Energy Materials.


IIT Gold-Medalist Quits a Cushy Job To Transform School Kids Into Changemakers!

The Better India

In August 2018, a group of 13-year-olds—Aarushi, Divyanshi, Yashika, Fatima, and Ritwika—from Study Hall School in Lucknow, observed that many parents would drop their children off to school in the morning in their motorcycles or scooters without wearing helmets.


Punit Misra, CEO of the Domestic Broadcast Business of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited


Punit Misra, CEO of the Domestic Broadcast Business of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited talks about his focus on accelerating its growth trajectory with content, talent and building repeatable models for consistent performance


Log 9 Material: This nano-tech startup produces graphene-based filtration products

Financial Express

Log9 is a start-up founded by two IIT Roorkee alumni Kartik Hajela and Akshay Singh. It is focused on developing nanotechnology-driven products for B2B and B2C sectors. They have successfully flourished graphene-based products such as non-electric water purification systems, air filtration, and purification products. Log 9 currently holds three patents in graphene synthesis and graphene products. With the ever-progressive research in the uses of graphene, Log9 promises to be a trend-setter in the near future!


Exclusive: German publishing firm, others back media startup NewsBytes

NewsBytes was a startup by Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad and Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee graduate Sumedh Chaudhry in 2013 along with Cornell University alumnus Shikha Chaudhry and IIT-Guwahati graduate Romesh Khaddar with a clear goal- to reduce information overload in your everyday news consumption. Our generation faces many distractions and struggles to find relevant information in the least possible time. Add to that, the way news is being delivered is not the way the human mind works. The human mind is a story processor and not a logic processor and since the traditional media houses don’t provide the users with the background, it doesn’t appeal to them. The solution to this problem is NewsBytes. NewsBytes claims “We answer the first 5 questions that come to the users' mind on reading a news headline.”


Razorpay Recognised Among India's Most Sought-After Startups: LinkedIn

Business Wire India (press release)

Founded by alumni of IIT Roorkee, Shashank Kumar & Harshil Mathur, Razorpay is the second Indian company to be a part of Silicon Valley's largest ...


Vardhan confers prestigious HJ Bhabha Memorial Award to Prakash Chand Jain

United News of India

Dr Jain, an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology (IITRoorkee, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, BOYSCAST (DST) Fellow from The Pennsylvania State University ... I am extremely thankful to my mentors at DRDO, my alma mater IIT Roorkee, IIT Bombay and my colleagues at DRDL who …


Classplus, a teaching assistant on call

Hindu Business Line

Classplus, launched in December, is co-founded by Mukul Rustagi, an IIT-Roorkee alumnus, and his friend Bhaswat Agarwal from Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology. Both Rustagi and Agarwal were studying at the same coaching center, which was shut 10 months before the JEE exam, and this ...


The Creator Of IIT Roorkee Tower Passes Away

Dr. Aditya Kumar Kamal, who created the 15-story communication tower in the Electronics and Communication Engineering Department of the University of Roorkee(now known as IIT Roorkee) passed away on 19th April 2018 at the age of 92 in the USA... more