About the Alumni Industry Interaction Center
Alumni of the IITs represent a large spectrum of intellectual disciplines and professional endeavours. The Alumni Industry Interaction Center aims to provide opportunities for alumni and faculty from the IITs to connect with one another and with industry, academia, research scientists, policy makers, legal/finance/technical specialists, and venture capitalists. Members will have opportunities to Connect with one another, Engage in the various activities and Give Back to the younger generations and the industry.
The Alumni Industry Interaction Center has among its current members, a diverse and vibrant network of alumni from the IITs across India. The IIT alumni and faculty have shared interests embodied with the values and knowledge learned at the IITs. Through the Alumni Industry Interaction Center, the alumni, industry representative and professionals will combine their time, talent and outreach efforts to transform, inspire, and add value to education and industry in the Chennai area.
The Center seeks to build upon the talents of its individual members, institutional members, resident corporates of the IIT Madras Research Park and professionals to develop a vibrant community that is engaged and committed to contributing through networking, research partherships, mentor-mentee relationships, entrepreneurial ideas, etc.
The Center will have world class facilities to enable value creation through meaningful networking among the individual members; research assistants and faculty of IIT Madras; professionals from fields of art and technology and leaders from the corporate world.
Membership of the Center is open to alumni and faculty from all the IITs across India; and by invitation to corporates and professionals from different fields.
It was over 15 years ago that the idea of setting up a social club for IITians was first mooted by a group of Madras alumni. However, it took the Pan IIT 2008 Global Conference to set things in motion.
At the Conference, over 2500 alumni from all the IITs and the world over got together for three days of brain-storming, socializing and networking. The thumping success of the event got a group of Pan IITians wondering why they have to wait another 15 years for an alumni event of this magnitude to come to Chennai. And that's when the idea of the IIT Alumni Club finally came to life.
A core group of IITians from several IITs came together and the first flyer inviting membership was sent out. Within the first month, over 150 membership applications (along with payments) were received. The Managing Committee and various support Committees were formed as well.
Phase I involved leasing premises in East Abhiramapuram. The City Club opend on 17th October 2010 and has since been a hub of activity with various events and workshops. In the 3 and a half years of its existence there have been many events held at the City Club - art exhibitions, workshops on art and culture, bridge tournaments, etc.
Phase II will see action shifting to the Hub - a 40,000 sqft. area in the IITM Research Park within the IIT campus. The premises has been taken on long lease and the proposed facilities that are coming up will match the best worldwide. With the active support of the members, Phase II will be fully functional in 2017.