Two alumni join us in supporting the IIT-K School of Medical Research

The Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur announced the signing of memoranda of understanding with two of its distinguished alumni, Dr Dev Joneja and Hemant Jalan, to support the establishment of the School of Medical Research and Technology (SMRT) at the ‘IIT Kanpur.

Dr Dev Joneja and his wife Terri Musson donated $ 2.5 million in the form of ‘Gift from Terri Musson and Dev Joneja’, while Hemant Jalan donated ??18 crore to support the development of the school’s infrastructure. The two distinguished alumni will now join the SMRT Advisory Board as founding donors.

The Director of IIT Kanpur, Prof. Abhay Karandikar, said: “We are very proud of our alumni and their work. They are our pillars of strength and glory. I would like to express my gratitude to Dr Dev Joneja, Hemant Jalan and their families for their generous and selfless contribution to SMRT and be a part of this noble journey towards revolutionizing medical education in India.

The School of Medical Research and Technology (SMRT) is a unique initiative of IIT Kanpur which aims to revolutionize medical education in India by bridging the gap between medical and technological disciplines. The first phase of the project would include the establishment of various centers of excellence (CoE) oriented towards cutting-edge medical research and innovation as well as a super-specialized hospital with 500 beds.

CoEs are expected to work in confluence with the main clinical departments of the hospital and the biomedical expertise of various engineering departments at IIT Kanpur. The school will offer postgraduate medical degrees in various fields of medical science and technology.

The outcome of SMRT at IIT Kanpur is expected to contribute to the overall improvement of health infrastructure in the state of Uttar Pradesh and lead to a large number of MedTech inventions and innovations.

“The SMRT initiative is an excellent combination of IIT’s established core strength in technology with new direction in medical research, education and innovation. My wife Terri and I are confident that the Institute and its leadership will carry out this ambitious project and are very happy to be able to support this effort, ”said Dr Dev Joneja.

Hemant Jalan added, “Most IITK alumni attribute their success in life to the years they spent at IIT, Kanpur, and that applies to me a lot. I have always wanted to give back to the Institute in a meaningful way, and the concept of SMRT has appealed to me enormously. I hope that the SMRT initiative will elevate IITK’s stature within the scientific community, and I am very happy to be associated with this project as a founder.

“I hope that many more alumni will come forward to donate generously to this project, which is an innovative venture of IIT, Kanpur. I have no doubts that SMRT will generate cutting-edge interdisciplinary research between the field of medical sciences and various engineering schools, which is sorely lacking in India today, ”said Jalan.

Dr Dev Joneja received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1984 from IIT Kanpur. He is currently Chief Risk Officer at Exodus Point Capital Management.

Hemant Jalan received his BS in Chemical Engineering from IIT, Kanpur, in 1977. He founded Indigo Paints in 2000, which has grown in number over the years, culminating in a successful IPO of the company early in 2021.

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