Kanpur

A few photos of Kanpur, India.

Not much to say about Kanpur; I just passed through.  I enjoyed IIT Kanpur [location], and found its campus beautiful and its academics impressive.  The city, though, had little to inspire.

I took some photos while driving through, which show an interesting slice of life.

Streets of Kanpur.

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IIT Kanpur

IIT Kanpur is one of the five original campuses of the Indian Institutes of Technology. I visited the Computer Science and Engineering department to give a talk.

I visited IIT Kanpur’s Computer Science and Engineering department, as part of my goal to visit the major universities of India.  I arrived [location] on Monday, spent the night in the Guest house, and spent Tuesday meeting with faculty and students before delivering a talk about my research.  The campus is beautiful, and the CS department’s building (about 10 years old) is fantastic.  I was impressed by the people I met, and am grateful to them for hosting my visit.

India. Kanpur. IIT Kanpur.

I had some time to walk about campus, and took some photos.  All of the faculty and students live on campus, with their families, and when I was out early in the morning I saw many, many children on their way to school.  Everyone bikes there, since the campus is large and the academic core is generally off-limits to cars.  The grounds are well-tended, and I saw many wild peafowl (peacocks), the national bird of India. 

Beautiful place. See the photo gallery.

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Lucknow to Kanpur, and return

A road trip to reach Kanpur.

After landing in Lucknow airport, I took a taxi to IIT Kanpur [location], about 75km and about two hours.  A fascinating visual experience.

On the way back, I experienced traffic gridlock surrounding the visit of the President of India.

The taxi ride was visually fascinating.  After living in the bustling city of Bangalore, it was different to drive through a rural, agricultural area.  Unfortunately, my camera jammed after taking the photo below, so I’ll try to capture some of the highlights in words.

On the way back, however, I snapped a lot of photos of Kanpur before the light faded. I saw many things I could not photograph; read on!

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