Alumni of IIT-Kanpur, settled abroad, will be joining in large numbers for the golden jubilee celebrations of the premier institute on Saturday.

“A large number of former students of the institute will be here for the celebrations which will be inaugurated by President Pratibha Patil on March 6,” IIT-K Registrar Sanjeev Kasalkar told PTI.

On the occasion, a satellite ‘Jugnu’ developed by the institute’s students will be unveiled by the President.

The satellite will be handed over to scientists of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), who after testing it will launch it from Sriharikota.

The satellite will help in gathering prior information regarding flood, drought and disaster management.

To mark the 50 glorious years of its history, IIT-Kanpur has built a ‘time capsule’ which will also be inaugurated by the President.

The three-foot-long time capsule is made of a special kind of copper. “This is a special type of time capsule made of copper and it will preserve the data stored inside for thousands of years,” the registrar said.

The time capsule would store the details of all the research activities, academic tie-ups and other achievements of the premier institute. It will also record merits and contributions made by the institute’s professors and directors.

The capsule would also contain information about the alumni of the engineering institute.