A day in the year of 1965. The candidates- India’s brightest and best -were nervous, expectant and excited. After all, why wouldn’t they be? They had been accepted into the hallowed portals of the prestigious IIT Kanpur , A group of 100 candidates from every nook and corner of India, handpicked from the 1000 candidates who had applied.
A day in the year of 2015.The Pioneer batch comes together again, after a gap of fifty years. Confident, proud and with lots of experiences and anecdotes to be shared.
It was a pleasure to chronicle the stories of the class of 1965. Their excellent narration and reminiscences makes you revisit one of the most exciting times in the history of India- the dawn of Quality education and the rise of some of the greatest Engineers from India.
In the words of Dr P.K.Kelkar,the charismatic founder-director of IIT-K, “There was no looking back. History took hold of me and generated in me a compulsive feeling to push forward ‘Project IIT Kanpur’ for all it was worth, as though it was a historical necessity. From that time onwards I went about taking a number of unusual steps to move ahead in the interest of the project, as a man possessed.”
Dr.Kelkar’s passion for ‘Project IIT Kanpur’ has now led to one of the premier educational institutions in India, long recognised as a hallmark of quality and excellence.Watch this video to get a glimpse of what IIT Kanpur was, 50 years ago.