The Scindia School aspires to cultivate a spirit of adventure and profound thinking, imbued with courage, conviction and confidence in every Scindian. Dr Gautam Barua’s life is an impressive timeline of these attributes spread across all endeavours of his life.
Gautam Barua was the School Captain in 1970 and received the President’s Gold Medal for his commendable performance in the School. After graduating from IIT Bombay with a BTech in 1976 and an M Tech in 1978 in Electrical Engineering, he obtained a PhD in Computer Engineering from the University of California. Following a brief stint as Visiting Lecturer at UCSB, he returned home and joined IIT Kanpur as a Faculty Member. Later as the Head of the Department, he contributed towards the modernization of IT facilities. He was awarded the ‘Distinguished Alumnus Award’ by IIT Mumbai this year i.e. 2015.
In 1995, Prof Barua joined IIT Guwahati and became the Director in 2003, and in 2013 was elevated as the Mentor Director of the Institute. During the same time, he also had additional charge as the Director of NIT Silchar and in 2008 was appointed the Mentor Director of IIT Patna when the Government of India decided to open six more IITs across India. His constant efforts have led to the development of Technical Education in the North East, especially in the sphere of Information Technology. He is committed to breakthrough advances in the field of Technical Education, a move towards single entrance exam scenario in engineering, and his resolute stand on the autonomy of educational institutions, especially the IITs.
Prof Barua is keenly interested in Operating Systems, Networks and Research. He is a passionate teacher and has more than 50 publications to his credit. He serves on the Board of several PSUs and government educational institutions. He is an independent Director of Indian Oil Corporation and is the IT consultant to the Government of Assam.
We are honoured and privileged to have amongst us Prof Gautam Barua, who is a stellar example of the ideals of scholarship, leadership, and true citizenry.
The Scindia School confers on Prof Gautam Barua the Madhav Award as an Old Boy of Eminence, for the year 2015.