I was humbled and exhilarated to receive the IIT-KGP Distinguished Alumnus Award during its superbly organized 61st annual convocation. It is a true honor to be recognized alongside the likes of outstanding achievers, such as Manoj Gandhi, Sundar Pichai, and Pradip Dutta. It was a privilege to address the students and faculty.

Special thanks to Chairman, Dr. Srikumar Banerjee, Director Dr. Partha Pratim Chakrabarti, Dean Dr. Siddhartha Mukhopadyay and their team and wonderful student volunteers, such as Akash Tulsani, for making this event memorable.

In the last several years, IIT-KGP has made tremendous strides, expanding the student body to about 10,000 (nearly five times the size when I was a student) and adding new departments and schools such as biotechnology, business, and law. The future of IIT-KGP is on the right path. It has ambitious plans of growing beyond being a top-notch engineering school to becoming an outstanding university, including a new medical school. The key to achieving this goal is to embrace and implement new ideas and diversity without compromising excellence. It would be my pleasure to be of assistance to IIT-KGP in its exciting journey forward. I also urge all IIT-KGP alumni to join me in helping their alma mater.  http://t.co/7Ld3eEud9q