The initiative will be named “Venky Harinarayan and Anand Rajaraman Visiting Chair Programme”. The Visiting Chairs will enhance teaching and research efforts in this area, and help attract outstanding young faculty, students, research scholars and postdoctoral to the CSE Department at IIT Madras.
Dr Anand Rajaraman announced the initiative in his keynote address at the international conference on very large data bases at New Delhi on Wednesday. He and Venky observed data-driven approaches transformed the world. The impact of data and algorithms is being felt in every field of human endeavour—industry, sciences, humanities, and government. It gives us great pleasure to enable IIT Madras to contribute to the research work in this field, and join the ranks of the select few institutions inventing the future,” they said.
The Head of the Department of CSE at IIT Madras, Prof. Krishna Sivalingam, welcomed the Endowment, as a measure that can strengthen their department and make them more competitive globally in data sciences, considering the excellent opportunities that it provides for interaction with renowned researchers worldwide. In order to ensure the Chairs are of high quality, an advisory committee had been constituted.