A happy holiday season to you and your loved ones .
This year, I am writing to inform you that in September 2011 the Board of Governors of IIT Kharagpur chaired by Shiv Nadar (Founder, HCL) met and committed to make IIT Kharagpur one of the top 20 technical institutions in the world within the next 20 years. This decision brings unprecedented challenges to the faculty, administration, and students of IIT Kharagpur, however we believe we can achieve this with a quantum leap in the involvement of Alums and Industry from all over the world.
Dr Manilal Bhaumik, one of our distinguished alum has led the alumnus engagement program, and agreed to donate 15 acres of land for setting up a Research Park in Kolkata, and has also committed to raise $150 million. However, there are almost 50000 alums world wide who can participate at various levels, in the many initiatives described on IIT Foundation’s website:
This year, however I would like you to consider the following :
1) The IIT Foundation initiated “Professor G S Sanyal Award” to promote faculty excellence at IT KGP.
2) The Institutional Development (”ID”) Program to strengthen domestic and international stature of IIT Kharagpur by engaging alumni and corporate relations in forward looking key initiatives
3) The Rajendra Mishra School of Entreprenuership to prepare students for entreprenuership as India makes this industrial transition.
4) Donate just 1% (or a percentage you feel comfortable with) of your annual income to create an IIT Kharagpur Endowment which is very critical to providing sustainable future growth. Also consider lending your time to support various IIT Foundation Initiatives.
Please donate at : http://www.iitfoundation.org/donate
Lastly, I am pleased to invite you to Come back to your roots (Celebration at IIT Kharagpur, scheduled on December 10th 2012, just following the Pan-IIT conference in Kolkata) a year from now when I look forward to meeting you in person.
Thank you for your continued support and a happy and prosperous 2012
Professor Damodar Acharya, Alum and Director IIT Kharagpur