Mumbai: The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) celebrated its annual Alumni Day on December 25, 2016. 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 alumni an overview of the Institute and its growth over the years.
In his address, Prof. Khakhar informed how the Institute is growing in stature.“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. 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 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 Mr. Pradip Nadkarni, Mr. Raj Nair, Mr. Avinash Sankholkar, Mr. Dinkar Natraj, Mr. Suneet Chitale and Ms. Anuradha Narasimhan.
During the function, Mr. 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 country. It will also provide support to instructors at all levels, from new faculty members to experts. It will also work with doctoral students, teaching assistants for under-graduate and post-graduate courses, as well as students of the Institute.
After signing an MoU with IIT Bombay during the function, Mr. Chaudhari said, “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”.
The Silver Jubilee Batch (class of 1991) has pledged a sum of Rs 8 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 1991 has 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 counseling amongst other things. Apart from this, they wish to also look at supporting certain existing Legacy Projects like the Retired Faculty Wellness Program.
Ms. Neha Khandelwal from the Decennial Batch (Class of 2006) also spoke during the Alumni Day function. Several fun-filled activities were held during the alumni meet which included departmental tours, hostel visits, cultural performances, student-alumni interactions, musical evenings and so on. A large number of alumni and their family members participated in the Alumni Day celebrations this year.
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