IIT Delhi alumnus endows chairs in civil and electrical engineering

IIT Delhi alumnus has established chairs in microelectronics and VLSI design, geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering.

IIT Delhi alumnus endows chairs in civil and electrical engineering IIT Delhi (Source: Official Website)
Vagisha Kaushik | Aug 6, 2021 - 6:01 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: Indian Institute of Technology Delhi’s alumnus, Saurabh Mittal has endowed two chairs at the institute - G S Visweswaran chair and Manoj Datta chair in microelectronics and VLSI design and geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering, respectively.

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While Visweswaran is well-known for his work in analog and mixed-signal circuit design, memory design, and digital electronics, Datta is renowned for his work in geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering, a statement from IIT Delhi said.

Saurabh Mittal is the founder and chairman of Mission Holdings, which focuses on building strong operating platforms in technology, financial services, and media. He also co-founded IndiaBulls.

IIT Delhi establishes chairs

While receiving the honor, Manoj Datta, civil engineering department, IIT Delhi said, “I am deeply touched and humbled by the gesture of alumnus Saurabh in establishing the Chair. More so because I never taught him in a classroom during his 4 years on the campus. All our interactions took place at the Students’ Activity Center where extracurricular activities and student festivals were held.”

“His endowment reinforces the fact that on residential campuses, such as IITs, students recognise that learnings outside the classroom are as important as within them”, he added.

Speaking about the chairs, Saurabh Mittal said: “...Manoj Dutta and Visweswaran exemplify the best of IIT Delhi in terms of dedication, excellence, and selflessness. I certainly benefited immensely from their guidance during my years, and it is my honour to be able to endow Chairs in their names to support research excellence in their specific domain.”

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V Ramgopal Rao, director of IIT Delhi said: “...It's gratifying to see our alumni recognizing their teachers by instituting Chair Professor positions to honour their commitment to the profession...I am proud that our eminent alumnus Saurabh Mittal and a few other alumni have come forward and are setting an example”.

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