Dr. Anand Rajaraman and Venky Harinarayanan, alumni of Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai donated $1 Million to give a boost to research work. The visiting chairs in CSE Department of the institute will be funded to conduct research on data-driven approaches to solving a critical problem. The announcement was made at the 42nd International Conference on 'Very Large Data Bases'. The conference was held in New Delhi.
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The primary objective of the visiting chairs is to focus on teaching and research and to attract young faculty, research scholars, students and postdocs to the CSE Department of the institute. The research programme will be named as “Venky Harinarayan and Anand Rajaraman Visiting Chair Program”.
The chair professors have to involve in teaching or co-teaching of graduate and undergraduate courses. They need to play a significant role in assisting the students. For example, if a chair professor offers a course for two weeks, it may be continued by the faculty of the institute in order to pursue the completion of the course.
An advisory committee consisting of Dr. Rajaraman, Prof. Jeff Ullman (Stanford) and Prof. Randy Katz (UC-Berkeley) has been constituted for the selection of the chair professors. They will also take care of the ongoing review and assessment process, when in charge.