Every year IIT Delhi recognizes the achievement and contribution of its Alumni to various fields by conferring Distinguished Alumni Awards (DAA) and Distinguished Alumni Service Awards (DASA) every year. This year IIT Delhi has initiated the Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) award for recognizing the promise shown by young alumni early in their career. Announcing the awards Prof Naveen Garg, Dean Alumni Affairs said “The institute has over 52,000 alumni and many of them have done exceedingly well in their chosen professions and brought glory to the institute and the country. This year’s Distinguished Alumni awardees represent the rich tradition of entrepreneurship, Leadership and Teaching and Research that exists among IIT Delhi alumni. The institute celebrates the achievements of its alumni by giving these awards”.
The Distinguished Alumni Awards in Teaching and Research are awarded to Prof. H.V. Jagadish, B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering (1981), and Prof. Nemkumar Banthia, M.Tech. in Structural Engineering (1982). Prof Jagadish is Director of the Michigan Institute for Data Science and Bernard A Galler Collegiate Professor of Elec. Engg & Computer Science at the University of Michigan. Prof Banthia is Canada Research Chair and Professor of Civil engineering at the University of British Columbia. He is also the CEO and Scientific Director of IC-IMPACTS a Canada-India Research Center of Excellence.
The Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of outstanding Academic Leadership is awarded to Prof. Neville Pinto, B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering (1980). Prof Pinto is the 30th President of the University of Cincinnati and is the first UC president to rise from the ranks of UC’s faculty.
The Distinguished Alumni Awards in recognition of the Entrepreneurial excellence of our Alumni are presented to Mr. Yashish Dahiya, B.Tech. in Textile Technology (1994), and Mr. Deepinder Goyal, Integrated M.Tech. in Mathematics and Computing (2005). Mr. Dahiya is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of the insurance aggregator and global technology company, PolicyBazaar.com. Mr. Deepinder Goyal is the Founder and CEO of Zomato, the restaurant aggregator and food delivery start-up which is now a household name.
The Distinguished Alumni Service Award of 2020 is awarded to Mr. Vikram Gupta, B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering (1993), Founder and Managing Partner of IvyCap Ventures. Mr. Gupta is known for setting up India’s First Healthcare and Life Sciences Venture Capital Fund. The nostalgic song and video that Mr. Gupta recorded for IIT Delhi touched a chord with many of its alumni.
The maiden Graduates of Last Decade Award are awarded to Prof. Sanjam Garg, B.Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering (2008), and to Mr. Pankaj Chaddah, B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering (2007). Prof. Garg is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley and won the prestigious ACM Doctoral dissertation award in 2013 for his work on cryptographic obfuscation. Mr. Pankaj Chaddah is co-founder of Zomato and has recently co-founded Mindhouse, a mental wellness startup.
Heartiest congratulations to all the Distinguished Alumni Awardees, the Distinguished Alumni Service Awardee and the GOLD awardees of IIT Delhi for the year 2020!!