On August 18 2011, our alma mater, IIT Kharagpur will celebrate its 60th anniversary, and kick-start a year long ‘Diamond Jubilee’ celebration.
Many alums have asked the question: how can we contribute to making this once in a lifetime event a grand success?. In response, Prof. Damodar Acharya (Director) and Prof. Amit Patra (Dean, Alumni Affairs) visited alumni across the USA and shared the strategic vision and plans for expansion of IIT Kharagpur with over 200 of us. They asked us to “make a difference” by contributing our money, our contacts/connections, and our time, so that results of our efforts are visible by 2011/2012. More specifically, they asked us to:
- Support various Diamond Jubilee Programs curently being planned. ($5M)
- Publications (0.5 M$); Mementos (0.1 M$); Light & Sound (0.2 M$); Lecture Series (0.12 M$); Old Building Complex (4 M$)
- Help attract and retain teaching resources at IIT KGP ($100,000 endowment per chair)
- Build an endowment to create Chair Professorships in memory of revered professors. ($100,000 per endowment)
- Deliver short lecture courses / mentor students.
- Join as Faculty and/or help in locating one.
- Financially contribute to build/upgrade infrastructure ( $117 M) .
- International Medical Center ($100 Million)
- Convention Hall and Students’ Activity Center ($10 Million)
- Alumni and Visiting Faculty Home-Away from Home ($5 Million)
- Renovate the Open Air Theater ($2 Million).
I realize that this request is much larger than what our community has supported in the past, however challenges are what KGP-ians excel at, so I ask all alums to come together to :
- Personally contribute a minimum of $11 Million by 2011. ($2M in 2009, $4M in 2010, $5M in 2011). This can be achieved easily if all North American alums registered at IIT Foundation contribute just $2.00 per day and can be exceeded if you get your employer to make a matching contribution.
- Use your connections in industry, government, academia, etc. to close the funding gap, for infrastructure projects — especially for the creation of a $100M Medical Center, that will benefit the entire IIT Kharagpur campus community.
Please make your contributions immediately at http://www.iitfoundation.org/donate and maximize your US tax benefit for 2009. All contributions to the IIT Foundation are tax-deductible for U.S. federal taxpayers.
On behalf of IIT Foundation, I would like to wish you and yours a very happy, healthy and prosperous holiday season.
Roy daSilva, (1974 RK EE)
President IIT Foundation