Currently serving as the Chief Risk Officer at Exodus Point Capital Management in New York, Dr. Dev Joneja is one of the top benefactors of IIT Kanpur. Over the years, he has promoted the culture of giving back to the alma mater through his generous donations. His latest contribution of USD 1,75,000 (₹1.27 crore) has been towards the establishment of Pavitar Joneja Chair in the Humanities and Social Science department at IIT Kanpur.
Supporting excellence at IIT Kanpur
The Pavitar Joneja Chair, instituted by Dr Dev Joneja, is to be set up in honour of his mother in the HSS department which engages in the following disciplines- English, Fine Arts, Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology. This chair has been conceptualised to develop new learning paragons and training methodologies for the propagation of knowledge. It shall also promote excellence in research and leadership through innovative ways.
Other contributions by Dr. Joneja
Dr. Joneja has previously instituted Arjun Dev Joneja Faculty Chair in honour of his father at IIT Kanpur's Department of Civil Engineering. He has also donated towards the class of 1984 Chair, campus workers of IIT-K and also contributed towards the online education of underprivileged students at the institute, whose educational training was suffering due to the pandemic scenario.
About Dr. Joneja
Dr. Dev Joneja completed his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1984 and since 2009, he has been serving as the Chief Risk Officer at Exodus Point Capital Management. Prior to this, he has worked with Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital. Apart from these professional stints, Dr. Joneja has also served as a faculty member at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business.
Humanities and Social Sciences are often underappreciated by students pursuing a career in technical fields, however, this generous donation by Dr. Joneja highlights the importance of these subjects. Further, this generous and selfless contribution shall create a scholastic environment for students and faculty members, thereby, promoting and supporting academic excellence at IIT Kanpur.