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IIT Kanpur Receives $250,000 Donation from Alumnus

Dr Rajeev Gautam, an alumni of the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, has donated a large gift of USD 250,000 to create three endowed programs in the Department of Chemical Engineering at IITK. The development is part of a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between IITK, IIT Kanpur Foundation, and Dr. Gautam.

The funds would be used to establish an Endowed Faculty Chair, a Faculty Fellowship, and a travel grant program for students. The gift would significantly enhance academic and research activity in Chemical Engineering at IITK. The endowments will help teachers and students thrive in all of their fields.

The endowed programs supported under the donation, namely Om Prakash Gautam Endowed Faculty Chair, the Rajeev and Joyce Gautam Faculty Fellowship, and the Rajeev and Joyce Gautam Travel Grant for students, reflect Dr. Gautam’s commitment to nurturing future leaders in the field of Chemical Engineering.

Dr Rajeev Gautam, commenting on the significance of the endowed programs, stated, “It brings me immense pride to be able to give back to my alma mater in whichever possible ways to promote research and academic excellence. The Department of Chemical Engineering provided me with resources to set a strong technical foundation for my professional journey and success. I hope that the endowed programs empower the next generation of changemakers in the field of Chemical Engineering.”

Dr. Rajeev Gautam, a Chemical Engineering graduate from IITK, has made a significant impact in the field by pioneering creative solutions for the refining, petrochemical, and gas processing sectors. He has introduced various catalytic and separation applications and retired as President Emeritus of Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies.

IIT Kanpur honored Dr. Gautam with the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2020. Professor Kantesh Balani, Dean of Resources and Alumni, expressed gratitude for Dr. Gautam’s vision and generosity in instituting endowed programs to strengthen IIT Kanpur’s research excellence in Chemical Engineering. Dr. Jayant K. Singh, Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering, expressed gratitude for Dr. Gautam’s contribution to chemical engineering at IIT Kanpur, stating that this support will enrich the department’s research ecosystem and learning environment, reaffirming the institution’s culture of excellence and benefiting faculty and students.

The MoU represents a significant milestone in IIT Kanpur’s academic excellence journey and commitment to cultivating a culture of innovation, scholarship, and global engagement in chemical engineering.

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