IIT Bombay Alumni (1991 Batch) To Arrange Rs. 8 Cr For Its Students’ Welfare

Pramod Chaudhari, Executive Chairman of Praj Industries with Ravi Sinha and Devang Khakhar during the announcemnt

Praj Industries Announces To Donate Rs 2.5 Cr To IIT Bombay Centre For Learning And Teaching

The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) celebrated its annual Alumni, recently. The day started with a warm welcome by Prof. Ravi Sinha, Dean (Alumni & Corporate Relations). Prof. Devang Khakhar, Director of IIT Bombay gave the visiting IIT Bombay alumni an overview of the Institute and its growth over the years.

The alumni of 1991 batch, the silver jubilee alumni batch for the year 2016, has pledged a sum of Rs 8 crore towards the Legacy Project of the institute. A Legacy Project is a project adopted by the batch celebrating its silver jubilee anniversary for the betterment of the Institute and of the people associated with it, as a way of giving back to the alma mater and to leave behind a lasting legacy and remembrance of their silver jubilee reunion.

IIT Bombay Alumni 1991 Batch
IIT Bombay Alumni 1991 Batch

The batch of 1991 has also raised a record amount of pledge for the Legacy Project. They would be looking at deploying these funds in a number of projects largely related to the broad theme of student well-being. These would include self-sustaining scholarship programs for deserving students, upgradation of study facilities across the hostels, supporting the ongoing Institute efforts for student counselling amongst other things. Apart from this, they wish to also look at supporting certain existing Legacy Projects like the Retired Faculty Wellness Program.

Also, IIT Bombay bestowed Distinguished Service Awards on six alumni members this year who, besides being achievers in their own chosen domains, have contributed in a notable and sustained manner to the progress of the Institute. The award, instituted in the year 1999, consists of a certificate, memento and an uttaria (scarf). This year, the award was conferred on Pradip Nadkarni, Raj Nair, Avinash Sankholkar, Dinkar Natraj, Suneet Chitale and Anuradha Narasimhan.

During the function, Pramod Chaudhari, Executive Chairman of global process solutions company Praj Industries announced a donation of Rs. 2.5 crores to the Institute to set up a Centre for Learning and Teaching. The Centre will promote and support advanced technical education system in the nation. It will also provide support to instructors at all levels, from new faculty members to experts. Besides, it will work with doctoral students, teaching assistants for under-graduate and post-graduate courses, as well as students of the Institute. Notably, Pramod Chaudhari is an alumnus of IIT Bombay himself.

After signing an MoU with IIT Bombay during the function, Chaudhari, shared:“IIT Bombay is largely responsible for what I am today and what I have achieved. I have learned my early lessons of engineering and entrepreneurship at IITB. I am happy to collaborate with my alma mater to set-up this Learning and Teaching Centre that is aimed at fostering innovation, evidence-based practices and collaboration among students.”