The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay), celebrated its annual Alumni Day today. The function started with a warm welcome by Prof. Ravi Sinha, Dean (Alumni & Corporate Relations), IIT Bombay. Prof. Devang Khakhar, Director, 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 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 Intitute. 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 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. This year, the award was conferred on Mr. Milind Mhaiskar and Mr. Saket Gadia.
The first batch of 1962 completed their 55 years of graduation and were felicitated by the Director on the occasion.
The Silver Jubilee Batch (class of 1992) has pledged a sum of Rs 9.4 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 1992 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.
Ms. Ashwin Rathod from the Decennial Batch (Class of 2007) also spoke during the Alumni Day function. Several fun-filled activities were also held during the alumni meet which included start talks, departmental tours, hostel visits, cultural performances, student-alumni interactions, musical evenings and so on. A large number of alumni members and their family members participated in the Alumni Day celebrations this year.