Vagisha Kaushik|Oct 19, 2021
IIT Delhi alumni endow Chair in artificial intelligence
IIT Delhi alumni have endowed Indu Shrivastava and Serla Singh Chair in artificial intelligence.
NEW DELHI: Indian Institute of Technology Delhi’s alumni, Rupam Shrivastava and Ajay Singh, have endowed the Indu Shrivastava and Serla Singh Chair Professor in artificial intelligence at IIT Delhi. The alumni belong to the 2003 batch of the BTech programme. The chair will support research in the field of artificial intelligence, said a statement from IIT Delhi.
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Currently, Singh and Shrivastava co-head Frontiers Capital, an investment firm, focused on technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, quantum computing, life sciences, blockchain technologies and others.
Shrivastava and Singh have dedicated the chair to their mothers, Indu Shrivastava and Serla. Rupam’s mother, Indu Shrivastava learnt responsibility from a young age as the eldest sibling in a large family. She taught Shrivastava to be responsible, independent, and inspired him to develop multiple interests and expertise. She told Rupam to "keep learning so you never have to say - I can't do this”, said a statement from IIT Delhi.
Singh’s mother, Serla Singh had no choice but to give up on school at age nine due to the lack of financial means. She needed to support her family. Singh recalled her saying, “I want you to achieve what I couldn’t, and education is the key for that,” added the statement from IIT Delhi.
In their joint statement, the alumni said: “This Chair is our way to honor our alma mater IIT Delhi, which laid the foundation of our careers. We hope this Chair catalyzes innovation and research in artificial intelligence and adds a new dimension to IIT Delhi faculty.”
Recently, IIT Delhi endowed “Manish Singhal Chair” to promote teaching and research in smart textiles.
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