The tale and vision behind IIT-KGP's Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya Chair Professorship
Update: IIT Kharagpur has selected Professor Surjya K Pal to lead the efforts of the new manufacturing professorship.
"When one great is inspired by another"
KGP Chronicle (July 30, 2019)
Can industry and academia work together to promote the overall competitiveness of a sector through exchange of ideas and innovation, through synthesis of organizational and academic practice and discipline? The jury may be out on that one, yet there is one example that not only tilts the scale heavily towards the potential of success of a collaborative engagement such as this, but also serves as a model par excellence on account of the precedence that it has set: The Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) founded by illustrious British-Indian engineer, academic, manufacturing expert and leading consultant for industry and governments--late Lord Sushanta Kumar Bhattacharyya.
Now, almost four decades later, inspired by Lord Bhattacharyya's accomplishment in driving innovation through the WMG, one of UK's leading research centres, his alma mater IIT Kharagpur seeks to create a similar impact in Indian manufacturing through the institution of a Chair Professorship in his name. (Read More)
Prof. Surjya Pal Donor Prof. Tapan Bagchi