New Delhi: The IIT Alumni Industry Interaction Center (AIIC), a pan IIT initiative (spread across all 16 IITs), recently held an inaugural puja (prayer) for its `Hub in the Sky` facility at the IIT Madras Research Park.
The event was conducted in the presence of Professor Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director IIT Madras, Professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Head, IITM Research Park and Dr R Nagarajan, Dean Alumni and International Affairs.
Faculty, invitees and other alumni also graced the occasion to support the IIC initiative. Suresh Kalpathi of Kalpathi Investments and the president of IIT AIIC thanked the governing council that includes Professor Ramamurthi, Mr Arjun Malhotra, Mr MS Ananth, Professor Jhunjhunwala, Mr Kris Gopalakrishnan and Dr R Nagarajan amongst others for their guidance and support.
As a step closer to achieving the Prime Minister`s seven-point focus Charter for IITs, a part of its vision to project India as a brand worldwide, the AIIC announced the collaboration between academia, apex corporate houses and business institutions on financial technology (FinTech) innovations. This comes as a part of a series of Industry Round Tables (IRT) through which IRT for automotives was successfully launched early this year.
Interacting with media, Kalpathi said, "With giants like Cognizant, TCS, Saint Gobain, L&T, Sundaram Finance, JK Fenner and Carborundum Universal Limited as our institutional members providing industrial expertise to technological innovations from the IIT eco system, AIIC will facilitate mutually beneficial dialogue between academia and industry".
Welcoming the AIIC to its new premises, Professor R Nagarajan, Dean, International and Alumni Relations, IIT Madras said, "IITs and their alumni share one common characteristic-innovation in all their endeavours. The AIIC is another example of that-a path-breaking effort to integrate academia/ alumni/ industry interaction into traditionally social setting. I`m sure the success of this initiative at IIT Madras Research Park will spur similar Centres at other IITs as well".
The Indian landscape is primed for entrepreneurs using technology to promote financial inclusion. With IITs being a hub of innovations and the Research Park having the facility of an incubation cell, AIIC will bring closer the industry requirements to novel ideas and solutions.
The `Hub in the Sky` facility is the first in a series of similar ventures planned across metros to foster discussions on technology, business and social networking amongst alumni & faculty of all IITs.
At this second facility, AIIC aims to take the vision of Alumni Center to a new level with world class facilities that will include a Member`s lounge, Fine dining, Banquet halls, Meeting rooms, Library, Business center, AV Room and Executive rooms.
Over and above the vision of Alumni Center, the objective of "HUB IN THE SKY" will be to supplement and complement the vision of IITMRP. It will provide world class ambience for meaningful and fruitful discussions and interaction between industry, academia, research scientists, policy makers, legal/finance/technical specialists and investment managers thus enabling value creation for a greater good through networking amongst its members.
The IITM Research Park, designed by Hafeez Contractor, will eventually add more than 1 million sq feet of well architected and environment friendly space.
AIIC corporate member Dr ES Sivashankar, Director - KKK-JAPAN & Director - CKIPL, Chennai said, "Being a member, could develop business contacts with reliability which could be useful mutually. In the long run, we can explore the possibilities of collaboration in areas of common interest between my Japanese company and a reputed institution like IIT. Being a part of the group will also help in exchange of ideas which are mutually beneficially. We also think that with help from IIT, KKK Japan lookout for ways to be of use to the community in Chennai and later for India."
Through this initiative, AIIC will systematically map and group IIT alumni to leverage on their collective experience in different sectors, identify innovation and serve as a platform that inspires path-breaking changes.
AIIC Patron Member, Mr Kris Gopalakrishnan, Co-Founder, Infosys congratulated the Center on the success of a pan IIT initiative of such magnitude and said over a video call, "I am glad that IIT Alumni Club is moving to the IIT Madras Research Park. With larger area, the activities of the club can increase and serve the IIT Alumni community better. I hope all IIT Alumni will join and take full advantage of the facilities."