Rajeev Motwani Building

The Rajeev Motwani building at IIT Kanpur is dedicated to the loving memory of one of the institute’s most respectable and eminent alumni Late Prof. Rajeev Motwani. Built with the help of generous donations made by Prof. Motwani’s family on his 49th birth anniversary, the six-storied fully air-conditioned building houses research and development activities of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. With a floor area of 3,650 square meters, it has a 200-seat classroom, 22 faculty offices, and 17 computer labs. In addition, it also supports several facilities including supercomputing labs, 100 Mbps LAN, multiple blackboards, meeting rooms and lounges and a canteen as well. It has been designed by architects Messrs. Kanvinde, Rai and Chowdhury (New Delhi).

The Benefactor - Late Prof. Rajiv Motwani (1962-2009)

Inaugurated on 19th December 2014, the generous gift made by Ms. Asha Jadeja and her two daughters marks the start of a collaboration between the Rajeev Motwani Foundation and IIT Kanpur wherein the former would extend support to student and faculty entrepreneurs to collaborate and transform their innovative ideas and technologies into successful enterprises. The top floor of the building houses the Motwani Incubator and Accelerator (MIA) to promote entrepreneurship amongst students at IIT Kanpur. It is a soft facility in the domain of embedded systems, platforms, algorithms and IT-related ideas. The sole purpose of the accelerator is to facilitate and nurture groundbreaking and innovative ideas primarily sourced from B.Tech. and M.Tech. projects and Ph.D. dissertations. It is also planning to link up with other prominent accelerators in India like Indian Angel Network Incubator, Microsoft Accelerator, Khosla Labs, The Hatch, Villgro, The Startup Village etc. The institute is also in the process of creating two venture funds as a part of this accelerator namely Rajeev Motwani Impact Fund and Rajeev Motwani Venture Fund.

About Prof. Rajeev Motwani

Late Prof. Rajeev Motwani was one of the most illustrious alumni of our institute. An expert in algorithms and mathematical theory underlying computer science, Prof. Motwani served as a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University and mentored several young entrepreneurs at the University including the founders of Google. In 2006, he was conferred with the Distinguished Alumnus Award by IIT Kanpur for leaving an indelible mark in the field of theoretical computer science. Read More..


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