IIT Madras Alumni celebrate Institute’s Diamond Jubilee across the World

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They have contributed over Rs. 225 core to the development of IIT Madras in recent years with the no. of donors crossing 4,800, which is 10% of total Alumni Strength

CHENNAI, 15th July 2019: Probably for the first time, an Indian Educational Institution’s Alumni organized celebrations of a historic milestone of their Alma Mater on a global scale.

With Indian Institute of Technology Madras crossing the historic milestone of 60 years, the Alumni organized celebrations simultaneously across 83 cities in the world, including several major Indian cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Pune, on the same day – 13th July 2019.

IIT Madras Alumni Association (IITMAA) in partnership with IIT Madras organized the celebrations in which more than 3,500 Alumni of IIT Madras participated in events held at various cities ranging from Seattle to Sydney, Toronto to Tokyo, Berlin to Bangalore, Helsinki to Hong Kong.

Mr. C.P. Madhusudhan, Secretary, IIT Madras Alumni Association, said, “The Diamond Jubilee was celebrated in a grand manner across the world with 10 per cent of our registered alumni base participating. We will leverage this powerful network for the Reimagining of India in 2030 which is the topic of Sangam 2019, our Annual Alumni Conclave to be held in Chennai later this year. The Reimagining will focus on Ecological Sustainability and Human Enablement by Technology & Business Leadership and nurturing a global entrepreneurship ecosystem.”

The Alumni are keen to give back to IIT Madras and play a role in the development of the Institute and contribute in numerous ways including in mentoring current students, providing them the industry connect, and in donations.

Speaking about the role of IIT Madras in developing the Institute, Prof Mahesh Panchagnula, Dean (International and Alumni Relations), IIT Madras, said, “Our Institute is fortunate to have a group of dedicated alumni who care about its growth. This global celebration is their expression of love towards their alma mater.”

The Cumulative funds received from alumni in recent years have crossed Rs. 225 crore. The total number of donors who have contributed to IIT Madras is around 4,800 which is approximately 10 per cent of the total alumni strength of around 48,000.

The Alumni also helped the Institute engage with corporates for CSR funding. Cumulatively, IIT Madras has received over Rs. 80 crore from corporate firms under CSR.

The Alumni have contributed extensively to the following causes:

Ø  Chair endowments

Ø  Students scholarship endowments

Ø  Research & Development

Ø  Innovation ecosystem

Ø  Infrastructure

Ø  Student travel for presenting papers and attending conferences, and

Ø  Student projects. among many other causes.

Mr. Manish Jain, Chair, Hyderabad Chapter, IIT Madras Alumni Association, said, “The celebrations where conducted on the same day across 83 cities globally. It was a great experience to connect and interact with alumni across so many cities. Interacting with such a wide diaspora of alumni was also eye-opening for me. IITM alumni have made and continue to make significant contributions to our great nation and beyond.”

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