Publish Date: 2nd February 2021

IIT Delhi establishes ‘Prof Ishwar Chandra Goyal Chair’ for Advance Teaching and Research in Physics

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IIT Delhi has established "Prof Ishwar Chandra Goyal Chair" in the department of Physics. The Institute alumni Mr Deepak Goyal (Electrical Engineering, 1991) and Mr Alok Goyal (Computer Science, 1992) have endowed the chair established in the name of their father, Prof Ishwar Chandra Goyal, also a former IIT Delhi faculty.

Speaking of their decision to support the chair, they said, "IIT Delhi has played a seminal role in shaping our lives - we owe not only our education to the Institute, but also our childhood. We feel privileged to support the establishment of this chair in the memory of our father, Prof Ishwar Chandra Goyal, who has been the best teacher for us, and contribute to advance teaching and research in Physics at IIT Delhi".

Mr Deepak Goyal is Managing Director and Senior Partner at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), based out of New York. Since joining BCG in 2004, he has advised global clients on a range of issues, including strategy, operations and IT, organisation, and overall transformation. Before joining BCG, he worked for McKinsey in India, and for Schlumberger in France and India.

Mr Alok Goyal is a Partner at Stellaris Venture Partners, a Bangalore based, tech focused, early stage venture capital firm. Mr Alok was previously a Partner with Helion Venture Partners. He began his career with Cadence Design Systems, which was followed by stints in McKinsey, The McKenna Group, Siebel Systems and SAP.

Prof Ratnamala Chatterjee, HoD, Physics, IIT Delhi said, "On behalf of the Physics Department, I congratulate and thank Deepak and Alok for their support in establishing a Chair in the name of Prof Ishwar Chandra Goyal. Prof Goyal, a renowned and esteemed colleague in our department, was very well known as an outstanding and an extremely conscientious teacher. It is a matter of great pride and pleasure that Deepak and Alok have also honoured their alma mater by showing such a giving spirit."

Speaking of IIT Delhi Alumni’s contribution to the growth of the Institute, Prof Naveen Garg, Dean, Alumni Affairs and International Programmes, IIT Delhi, said "I am excited and grateful that so many of our alums are coming forward to support the establishment of chairs and contribute to research and teaching at the Institute. I have known Deepak and Alok since we were students at IIT Delhi and I have been taught by their father, Prof Ishwar Chandra Goyal. This is indeed a great way of honouring his memory."

IIT Delhi will appoint Professors to the Chairs, who would pursue research in the areas mandated. As for all other Chair positions, the appointment criteria will be excellence in teaching, and a strong record of research contributions to the field.

Chairs endowed by alumni, philanthropic and corporate donations support the Institute's ability to attract and retain high-quality academic talent.