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.