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Letter from Prabha Sinha

Letter from Prabha Sinha

Prabha Sinha
Dear Friends,

We all have wondered at some point or other, “Why give back to IIT Kharagpur?” or perhaps, “How to give back to IIT Kharagpur?” I would like to share my recent experiences that affirmed the value of alumni funding in strengthening our alma mater and that led me to commit $2 million to set up a Center for BioEnergy IIT Kharagpur.

I believe that this funding will spur innovation and entrepreneurship amongst faculty and students, draw world-class researchers to join as faculty, win more research grants, attract talented B.Tech students to pursue PhD at IIT Kharagpur, and make a significant tangible impact in alternative energy, climate change and rural development in India.

As you consider making your annual year-end donations, I am writing to urge you to make a contribution at a level that is comfortable to you. I would like you to consider giving to the IIT Kharagpur - UC Berkeley collaboration.

It is this collaboration that catalyzed a series of discussions and meetings that led to my gift to IIT Kharagpur. I believe that your gift will make a difference in a collaboration that is already making an impact, all in the past two years (see note below)

As you may know, UC Berkeley is a premier world-class research university with unmatched breadth and depth of expertise. I am convinced that IIT Kharagpur will benefit from a stronger collaboration with UC Berkeley. And your gift will enable student summer research programs, faculty visits and graduate fellowships. [To give now please visit http://www.iitfoundation.org/donate ]

I appreciate your consideration. Seasons greetings!


Prabha Kant Sinha
Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, ZS Associates
1970 ME PH

Note: Some of the highlights of the UC Berkeley – IIT Kharagpur collaboration:

  • Over 25 IIT Kharagpur B.Tech students have benefited from 8-weeks summer research at UC Berkeley. They have had transformative experiences working with world-class researchers in strategic areas such as alternative energy and healthcare. I wish I had such an opportunity while at IIT Kharagpur!
  • Seven IIT faculty members have visited UC Berkeley and have benefited from an exchange of ideas with over 25 UC Berkeley faculty members and researchers.
  • Seven UC Berkeley/Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) faculty are visiting IIT Kharagpur in January 2010 for a joint research symposium.
  • Arjun Malhotra (1970 ECE RP), a batch-mate and friend, has joined the external advisory board of the Henry Wheeler Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases at UC Berkeley.
  • Chris Somerville, Director, EBI has joined the external advisory board for the Centre for BioEnergy at IIT Kharagpur.

For more information on the UC Berkeley — IIT Kharagpur collaboration, please visit:
or contact Shail Kumar (1987 ME RK), Past-President, IIT Foundation and currently Senior Director at UC Berkeley.

Posted by: Joyjit Nath @ Dec 7, 2009, 8:48 pm PST    Filed under: Fund-raising    


  1. This is Madhu,one of the members of Entrepreneurship Cell(Headed by Dean SRIC to promote Entrepreneurship).
    I would like to share with you one more good way of funding your successors and the program is named “Fund a KGPian”.By this program you will fund startups from kgp.you can have a share of it or can give ur money as a grant for their development.For more details please visit http://www.ecell-iitkgp.org/fund-a-kgpian/

    Comment by Madhu — December 19, 2009 @ 3:16 am PST

  2. We always talk of contribution of cash. But those of us who are blessed with intellectual capital can offer to share their rights or promise to pay a share, and IIT/KGP and other KGPians can work together to commercialize and earn lot more for the IIT in right royal way, through intellectual capital. Our basic strength is intellect. To start with I offer gravity powered transportation systems, ( www.atrilab.com) . We all can come together and promote in the world to save 40% of fuel burn on the planet , while being financially viable. The right solution for today’s concerns. IIT KGP than will have a top place in the world order of honours for their intellectual capital. May be UC Berkeley and IIT KGP can kick start the process by first taking up the case for examination and wider exposure affirming the basic principles which does not cost money but some time of ours to discuss.

    Comment by RAJARAM BOJJI — December 20, 2009 @ 11:57 pm PST

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