Kolkata, Dec 8 (IBNS): Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) alumni who have ventured into different fields of work – such as filmmaker Bedabrata Pain – on Saturday shared their experiences on 'Touching base with the society-IITians in literature, media, arts, entertainment and heritage' on the second day of the PanIIT Alumni Global Conference 2012 here.
"I studied in IIT Kharagpur for four years. IIT taught me to think differently," Bedabrata Pain said.
"You have to accept the challenges that come your way and solve it. That is how, I was able to leave NASA even after serving 15 years as a senior research scientist and enter the world of filmmaking," he said.
Speaking on the adaptation of technological advances in films, Pain said: "We need to constantly adapt and readapt to the changes."
Pain is the director of this year’s critically-acclaimed film 'Chittagong' based upon actual events of the Chittagong Uprising during the Indian Independence movement.
Speaking at the congregation, executive producer of animated film ‘Delhi Safari’, Aditya Jha said: "Everyone born in USA aspired to become the President. Similarly, everyone born in India, aspired to become a filmmaker. That is how I landed up in films."
Prof. Kiran Seth and engineer-turned-artist Sujata Tibrewala were also present at the event.
The PanIIT Alumni Global conference 2012 started in Kolkata on Friday and will continue till Dec 9.
The PanIIT Alumni Association was formed in 2002 to gather all graduating IITians from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) since 1955 under one umbrella and engage them in initiatives of common interest.
IIT Kharagpur - Officiating Registrar Mr. T K Ghosal who appeared for interview on Dec 05. 2012 for the Post of Registrar in IIT Kharagpur does not fulfil the minimum qualification prescribed for recruitment as per UGC / MHRD / Judgement of Supreme Court of India, i.e., 10+2+3+2 / 11+1+3+2 pattern, and has secured less than 50% marks in Master's Degree received by Distance Education. As per MHRD / UGC norm, the educational qualification for the post of Registrar must be as Under: "A Master's Degree with at least 55% of Marks or its equivalent grade of 'B' in the UGC Scale 7 point scale." Members of Screening Committee have shortlisted the name of Dr. T K Ghosal without following the above criteria and T K Ghosal's allegations. Prof B K Mathur who is one of member in the screening committee for shorlisting the candidates for the post of Registrar in IIT Kharagpur is under CBI scanner because of his involvement in fake institute scam in IIT-Kharagpur. B K Mathur, current chief vigilance officer, was a member of the board of governors of IEE (I) in 2001.