IIT Kharagpur celebrated its 66th Foundation Day on August 18. It was on this day in the year 1951 the foundation stone of the IIT system was laid in a nondescript backyard of a railway colony in the small town called Kharagpur,carving the name in the academic map of the world.
"With the history of a political detention camp where freedom fighters, of the age of first year IIT students, gave their lives, the IIT system has become one of the finest brands that independent India offered to the world", said Prof. P P Chakrabarty, Director of IIT Kharagpur. He also remembered his school teacher on this occasion who was incarcerated in the Hijli Detention Camp for 15 years. "Building leaders is the aim that is fostered at the Institute now" added Chakrabarty.
Surajit Kar Purkayastha, IPS and Director General of West Bengal Police and an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur who was the Chief Guest of the programme said, t