Alumni in the News

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 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'

NewsBytes

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.

EOIndia

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.

NewsBytes

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

Livemint

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 develops organic dyes

Eduadvice

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

Impact

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 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 centre, 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-storey communication tower in the Electronics and Communication Engineering Department of University of Roorkee(now known as IIT Roorkee) passed away on 19th April, 2018 at the age of 92 in USA... more