The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) celebrated its Alumni Day on December 22, 2019. On the day, the respective batches of alumni have pledged a total of Rs. 26.26 crore for the Institute.
The Silver Jubilee Batch (class of 1994) has pledged a sum of Rs. 12.14 crore towards the Legacy project. 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.
The batch of 1994 has raised a record amount of pledges for the Legacy project. They would be looking at deploying these funds in a number of projects largely related to student well being, including scholarship programs for deserving students, upgradation of study facilities across the hostels, supporting the ongoing institute efforts for student counselling, amongst other things.
Mr. Arun Joshi from Golden Jubilee Batch (Class of 1969) announced the Golden Jubilee Legacy gift to their Alma Mater. The Golden Jubilee Batch (Class of 1969) has pledged about Rs. 13.07 crores towards the legacy project.Mr. Rajan Wadhera from the Class of 1979 also spoke during the Alumni Day function. Mr. Parasvil Patel from the class of 2009-10 announced the Legacy Project Gift. The Decennial Batch (class of 2009-10) has pledged about Rs.1.05 cores.
On the occasion, Regular Giving Programme was also launched byProf. Subhasis Chaudhuri, Director, IIT Bombay.
The function started with a warm welcome by Prof. Suhas Joshi, Dean (Alumni & Corporate Relations), IIT Bombay.Prof. Chaudhurigave the visiting alumni an overview of the Institute and its growth over the years.
In his address, Prof. Chaudhuri informed how the Institute is growing from strength to strength.“Today, IIT Bombay is the leading academic Institution in the field of research and development. IIT Bombay alumni have made significant contributions towards the growth of the Institute. Our aspiration is to see IIT Bombay among the top ranks of technical universities in the world and we need continued support from our alumni to realize this dream, ” he said.
As a part of the function, Distinguished Service Awards were bestowed on two alumni 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 u ttaria . This year, the award was conferred on Mr. Aaloke Surie and Ms. Rekha Koita .
The Chapter Service Awards, instituted during the Diamond Jubilee year celebrations was conferred on Dr. Sushil Bhatia, Mr. Madhusudan Reddy M and Mr. Sanjay Dhall. The award is conferred on select alumni who have contributed in a very notable and sustained manner to the progress of the Chapter and also to the progress of the Institute. It consists of a certificate, memento and an uttaria.
A large number of alumni members and their family members participated in the Alumni Day celebrations this year.