Alumni comes forward to help IIT-Bombay bridge digital divide

Alumni comes forward  to help IIT-Bombay bridge digital divide

Written by Abha Goradia
| Mumbai |

Printed: July 4, 2020 2:56:44 am


The institute additionally introduced that it’s going to conduct the autumn semester totally within the digital mode. (File)

Over per week after IIT-Bombay Director Dr Subhasis Chaudhuri requested the alumni to donate funds in order that the institute might purchase on-line studying tools for underprivileged college students by means of a Fb submit, IIT Bombay Heritage Basis (IITBHF) – the alumni arm of the institute – has donated a sum of Rs 2.35 crore.

This fund can be used to buy 500 laptops and broadband help for 500 needy undergraduate college students, mentioned Raj Mashruwala, chairman of IITBHF. The muse was capable of acquire the cash by means of an prolonged fundraising drive amongst its US-based alumni. It has requested different India-based alumni and IIT-Bombay’s company sponsors to offer matching funds to satisfy the wants of one other 500 college students. In his Fb submit on June 24, the director had acknowledged the institute wants an estimated Rs 5 crore to assist needy college students. The institute additionally introduced that it’s going to conduct the autumn semester totally within the digital mode.

IIT-Bombay will finalise the factors for the distribution of the funds among the many college students. “At this urgent time, when a lot of our present college students need assistance, we’re grateful to the alumni for opening up their hearts in supporting their alma mater’s kids. Since we’re nonetheless on the 50 per cent of this particular fund elevating drive, we hope many more will now come ahead to assist us equip our college students with IT instruments in order that they will attend the net courses subsequent semester,” Chaudhuri mentioned.

IITBHF president D C Agarwal mentioned grant was obtained from almost 200 US-based donors, together with those that got here ahead to offer Covid-19 help and those who had donated in 2019 for serving to college students and the institute. “For elevating funds, IITBHF had despatched requests by emails, newsletters and posts on social media platforms,” he added.

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