IITians Association of Australia (IITAA) is a non-profit organisation for Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) alumni in Australia and New Zealand. IITAA in Sydney is part of a global network called Pan IIT that links alumni of the IITs worldwide. It provides unique professional and networking opportunities to IITians to maximise their contribution to society. IITAA was formed in Sydney in 2003, and a sister organisation called IIT Alumni of Victoria was formed in Melbourne a few years later.
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IIT alumni are executives, CEOs, hold senior positions in corporations and universities across the US. IIT alumni have also contributed to innovations in science and technology, and have also pursued careers in politics. IITians have founded companies that have created thousands of jobs and spawned new industries and markets.
Some of the prominent IITians include:
A list of prominent IITians is available here. (source: http://www.sanjeevsinha.com/media/Prominent_IITians.pdf)
CBS 60 Minutes: Introduction to IITians
A CBS 60 Minutes program provides an interesting primer on IITians and their role in the US business and tech landscapes. It describes IITians as the "… smartest, most successful, most influential …" immigrants from India.
Soon after India achieved independence, IITs were established as “institutes of national importance”. They were set up as autonomous centres of excellence in the field of engineering and technology education. Today, IITs offer undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral degrees in over 25 different engineering, technology and business management disciplines.
The first IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) was formed in 1950 in Kharagpur, West Bengal. Four other campuses were subsequently founded at Bombay (1958), Madras (1959), Kanpur (1960) and Delhi (1961). In 1995, a sixth campus at Guwahati was added; and in 2001, a seventh campus was established by upgrading Roorkee University, one of India's oldest engineering institutions, into an IIT.
The Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 2011 added nine new institutes to the list. Of these, eight are new institutes, IIT Ropar (2008), IIT Bhubaneswar (2008), IIT Gandhinagar (2008), IIT Hyderabad (2008), IIT Patna (2008), IIT Rajasthan (2008), IIT Mandi (2009) and IIT Indore (2009). The ninth is Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU), which was a faculty under the administration of Banaras Hindu University, and is now named Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University) Varanasi, abbreviated IIT (BHU) Varanasi. The bill was approved by the Rajya Sabha on 30 April 2012.
The competition to enrol as a student in IIT is fierce. Only the top one percent or so of candidates at a national Joint Entrance Examination gain admission. As students, IITians live together in dormitories on campus for 4 or 5 years, developing an extraordinary sense of collaboration and camaraderie.
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