The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Gandhinagar alumni have contributed nearly Rs 50 lakh for various students and community welfare initiatives of the institute at the closure of the 2021-22 financial year.
Out of a total of 2,749 alumni, 1,375 or 50% of the total alumni strength have collectively donated about Rs 47.50 lakh towards various welfare activities of the institute, taking the average contribution per alumnus to Rs 3,453.
The average percentage of participation by the IIT Gandhinagar alumni in the ‘Annual Alumni Giving’ activity during the last two years (2020-21 and 2021-22) has been 52.5%.
With philanthropic patronage by young alumni and various well-wishers of the institute across the globe, IIT Gandhinagar has been able to support many current students and the larger community of the institute in multiple ways — including providing laptop grants, scholarships, travel grants, financial assistance for medical/family emergencies, extending help for medical expenses, and children’s education of various support staff and construction workers of the institute, among others.
Over the last three years, IIT Gandhinagar alumni have instituted 21 endowed scholarships, which provide Rs 1 lakh per scholarship per year to students.
Jaison Manjaly, the Jasubhai Memorial chair professor and professor-in-charge of alumni relations at IIT Gandhinagar, said, “Such affection by our young alumni is heartening. They are creating records in alumni giving year after year. Their enthused engagement with the institute has also encouraged many other IIT Alumni to donate to IIT Gandhinagar in a significant way. We are grateful to all of our alumni for their commitment and for making us proud. It shows that IIT Gandhinagar has significantly impacted their life.”