Alumni of the 1987 batch from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) have pledged Rs. 2 crores to three projects for the benefit of their alma mater. The batch of 1987, which had gathered at the institute on the occasion of Alumni Day on Sunday, is reuniting on the silver jubilee of its graduation.
The alumni will be contributing to setting up a technology and development consultancy cell as a centre for training engineers to deal with development issues and incorporate development as a research agenda.
The legacy project is an annual tradition at the institute where the silver jubilee batch announces a contribution meant as a token of appreciation and a way of helping the institute achieve its goals with additional funding.
“As development progresses, the design, analysis, monitoring and evaluation needs of society needs the services of professionals who are trained in both engineering and governance, policy and other inter-disciplinary skills,” said a release from the institute.
The programme will be geared towards training engineers in interdisciplinary design issues to tackle development problems, among other things.