Alumni of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Gandhinagar created an international record of sorts at the end of the Financial Year (FY) 2021-22 by their large-hearted gesture of giving approximately Rs 50 lakh for student and community welfare initiatives of the Institute.
According to sources, such massive involvement by IITGN’s youthful graduates is unprecedented. No other Indian educational institution has ever achieved such a high percentage of alumni participation. It is also an international record.
A total of 1375 alumni, or 50% of the total alumni strength, donated close to Rs 47.50 lakh for various welfare activities of the Institute, bringing the average contribution to Rs 3453. In the previous two years (2020-21 and 2021-22), the average proportion of IITGN alumni who participated in the “Annual Alumni Giving” programme was 52.5 percent. It is also worth noting that unlike other parts of the country and the world, undergraduate and postgraduate have contributed equally. Of the 1375 donor alumni, 700 are postgraduates this year.
The generous philanthropic patronage of IITGN’s young alumni and well-wishers across the globe has enabled the Institute support many current students and community members in multiple ways. These include providing laptop grants, scholarships, travel grants, emergency medical assistance and children’s education for support staff and construction workers of the institute.
Professor Jaison Manjaly, Jasubhai Memorial Chair Professor and Professor-in-Charge, Alumni Relations, IITGN, thanked all IITGN alumni. He said, “Such devotion from our youthful alumni is gratifying. Year after year, they set new highs in alumni contributions. Many more IIT alumni have been inspired to make major donations to IITGN as a result of their enthusiastic involvement with the Institute. We thank all our alumni for their dedication and for making us proud. It demonstrates how IIT Gandhinagar has influenced their lives.”
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