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PROF. SURYA PRATAP MEHROTRA has the unique distinction of enjoying the longest continuous formal association with IIT Kanpur-for almost forty-nine years-starting July 1963, when he joined the institute as a BTech student until June 2012, when he superannuated as professor. Since July 2012, Prof. Mehrotra has been a visiting professor at IIT Gandhinagar, where he also serves as the professor-in-charge (R&D), and professor-in-charge (external relations).
DR PRAJAPATI PRASAD SAH is a well-known linguist in literary and academic circles. After obtaining his PhD from the University of York in 1970, he joined IIT Kanpur as assistant professor, and taught a course on the English language and linguistics until his retirement in 2001.