IIT KGP launched its Alumni Chapter in the United Kingdom last week. The Chapter launch event on Friday, May 12, 2017, at an elegant London landmark, the historic Bentley Hotel, brought together scores of KGPians, from the class of 1958 to the class of 2016. More than 100 KGPians registered rapidly for the UK chapter. As a forum for KGPians that could only succeed through active engagement of the alumni, it was indeed a promising start.
While a lot of alumni changed their busy travel schedules to attend the event, several of them helped organize the event and some even volunteered to design an app for the UK Alumni Chapter. The Chapter nominated as President, Ratun Lahiri, who graduated from IITKGP in 1991 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. "The launch of the IIT Kharagpur UK Alumni Chapter heralds exciting tidings for KGPians in the UK. The association will help us stay connected to KGP, and to each other, wherever we are in our lives now” said Ratun, who works in Financial Services and was formerly Head of Global Development at the London Stock Exchange Group.
"As a theatre, the UK will become increasingly significant going forward. Outside of the United States, our strongest global engagement is with leading UK institutions featuring joint programs in manufacturing, geology, medicine and aerospace. We are exploring joint degree programs with leading UK institutions just as has been achieved with several universities in Australia, Japan and Germany" said Prof. Baidurya Bhattacharya, Associate Dean, Alumni Affairs & International Relations, IIT Kharagpur, who was present in the inauguration ceremony.
Prof. P P Chakrabarti, Director of IIT Kharagpur will visit the country by the end of June and take the agenda of the UK Alumni Chapter further.