Prof. Pradipta Banerji is the new Director of IIT Roorkee
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On October 14th, Professor Pradipta Banerji joined IIT Roorkee, India as Director. app2us.com is the first media organization to carry his interview as Director. He talks at length about his plans for the future of IIT Roorkee, research at IITs and his experiences as a student in the USA. Prof Banerji has completed his MS and PhD from University of California, Berkeley. He worked at IIT Bombay from 1988 till 2011 as Professor of Civil Engineering and has been the Dean of Alumni and International Relations at IIT Bombay.
As we understand, the interview has created a lot of buzz worldwide. Here are some interesting feedback we got from some students and alumni of IIT Roorkee: Rajat Gupta, a student of B Tech Electrical Engineering 3rd year, and president of IEEE student chapter at IIT Roorkee said,”Hope he brings about some real and visible changes, as promised in the interview.” Digendra Singh Rathor, a student of B. Tech. 3rd year Mechanical Engineering, and Marketing Head of IIT Roorkee Motorsports, said, “He can transform IIT Roorkee to the IIT Roorkee of my dreams. He has the vision and potential to bring IIT Roorkee among the top 3 IITs within next couple of years.” Sharad Gupta, Industrial Engineering graduate of 1998 and currently Vice president of strategy at OCBC Bank in Singapore and Mckinsey Alumnus said, “Looks like a great choice for the Director position, I especially liked his pragmatic outlook”. Arvind Panwar who graduated in 1995 and the President of IIT Roorkee Alumni Association of Bay Area chapter said,”It is good to know the vision of Professor Banerji for IIT Roorkee, there is a lot of excitement among the alumni about his ideas and plans. We wish him great success.”
What can an applicant to US University learn from the thoughts of Professor Banerji? Professor Banerji, in his exclusive interview to app2us.com said, “Study in the USA, if you get a scholarship or can afford the high cost of education. Although the standards are showing a dip because of many years of reduced funding from state and federal sources, it is currently still the best education system in the world. Study there and imbibe the best from that system. Then return to your country and try to apply in an innovative manner some of the things that you have taken away from the US system.” The full interview is here.