Dear Friend,

Greetings from IIT Bombay!

Let me begin by wishing you a very Happy New Year! I hope 2022 brings joy, happiness, and good health to you and your loved ones.

Despite the ongoing challenging times we face owing to the pandemic – our staff, faculty and students, as always, continue to make the best of these tough times. While the severity of the situation cannot be underplayed, here’s hoping that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Despite these challenges IIT Bombay had a highly productive and rewarding 2021. The Institute acted quickly and developed innovative ways to combat the myriad issues it faced because of COVID-19.

Faculty Interview

Prof. Amartya Mukhopadhyay

A Glimpse at the Journey of a Rising Eminent Young Scientist at IIT Bombay

It’s rare, yet fascinating, to witness the journey of young achievers as they accomplish significant benchmarks in their lives. IIT Bombay is home to many such young and diverse talents who have made a name for themselves, created change, and left their mark on society. Our own Prof. Amartya Mukhopadhyay, Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, was recently awarded the prestigious Swarnajayanti Fellowship, 2021, for his contribution to the field of Engineering Science. Read on to know more about how his research impacts the daily lives of regular people, as well as large-scale industries.


A sneak peak at Alumni Day 2021

News from IIT Bombay


Prof. Anshuman Kumar develops Hyperbolic Crystals

Climate change research, medical diagnostics, COVID-19, and security applications benefit from the infrared wavelength range. However, making inexpensive, tiny, and chip-scale infrared optical components is difficult since it usually necessitates sophisticated and costly fabrication methods.

Prof. Anshuman Kumar’s group at IIT Bombay (Laboratory of Optics of Quantum Materials) has solved the problem by growing and optimising a new type of ‘hyperbolic’ crystal. This ‘hyperbolic’ crystal demonstrates the highly efficient infrared optical components that stay robust even at high temperatures.


Upcoming Events

The Environmental Science and Engineering Department (ESED, formerly CESE), IIT Bombay, is organizing the ‘International Conference on Environmental Science and Engineering’ (ICESE-2022) to attract scholars and scientists from all over the world who are pursuing research in the fields of environmental science and engineering.

Republic Day Celebrations, 2022

Students, faculty members and alumni get together every year to mark the occasion of India’s Republic Day. Covid-19 protocols permitting – hoisting of the Indian flag hoisting and a speech given by IIT Bombay’s Director will take place as part of the celebrations.

51st Mood Indigo

Mood Indigo, the annual cultural fest of IIT Bombay, has been around for 50 glorious years. It’s a celebration of life and art. Students and artists come together, and share and celebrate all forms of art including music, writing, plays and more. Mood Indigo will conduct its 51st edition in a first-of-its-kind hybrid mode on the 29th and 30th January, 2022.

PCACEC starts registration for the first program on Climate Change: Services and Solutions from January 03, 2022. Through this programme, alumni can keep pace with technological advancements in engineering and science while understanding its implications to the world and specifically for their businesses.

A virtual panel discussion by eminent alumni from the Chemical Engineering department of IIT Bombay will focus on energy transition, present-day technology innovations, future trends, and the role of chemical engineers in this transition. This webinar series is an initiative of IIT Bombay’s Chemical Engineering alumni of the batch of 1990.


IIT Bombay collaborates with INOX and signs Three MoUs

IIT Bombay has an ongoing multi-dimensional engagement with Indian and multinational business corporates. Recently, IITB and INOX signed three MoUs on December 04, 2021 towards creating a cryogenics research facility, establishing an Inox Chair Professorship, and supporting the existing scholarship program at the Institute. IIT Bombay and INOX collaborated to create a state-of-the-art cryogenics research facility on campus. The facility will house modern precision equipment and support its maintenance – with the ultimate goal to accelerate high-end research in cryogenics. To recognize the contribution made by INOX, the laboratory will be named “INOX Cryogenics Research Laboratory.


Tribute to Prof. Surjya Kumar Maiti

We regret to inform you of the passing away of Prof. Surjya Kumar Maiti, former professor in Mechanical Engineering Dept, on December 02, 2021. Prof. Maiti had a very distinguished research career at IIT Bombay and was a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering.

He was known on campus as a friendly professor with a very pleasing personality.

Our deepest condolences go out to his family members. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Tribute to Prof. Leela Panchakarla

With deep sorrow we regret to inform you that we have lost a very young, and one of IIT Bombay’s most promising, faculty members on December 24, 2021.  Prof. Leela Panchakarla, Chemistry department, suffered a massive heart attack and collapsed in his office. Tragically, he breathed his last within moments of being admitted to Hiranandani hospital. He was only 39.  It is a profound loss to the IIT Bombay community. We’ve been rendered speechless ourselves and have no words to console his grieving family. May God give strength to his loved ones as they deal with this incredibly tragic loss. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

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