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IIT Madras alumni help India fight COVID-19, contribute USD 2 million for relief efforts

New Delhi: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has announced that its alumni in India and abroad have donated more than USD 2 million (nearly Rs 14.56 crore) to the country’s COVID-19 relief efforts.

The fundraising campaign was coordinated by the IIT Madras office of Alumni and Corporate Relations (ACR), in collaboration with the IIT Madras Alumni Association of North America and the IITM Foundation in the United States.

In support of this effort, Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director of IIT Madras, and other officials handed over 200 oxygen concentrators with a capacity of 10 litres each to the Chennai Civic body.

In addition, representatives from the institute recently handed over 74 BiPAP machines to Chennai Corporation officials. IIT Madras alumni have also given the Telangana government 200 oxygen concentrators with a capacity of 5 litres each.

Anand Rajaraman, an IIT alumnus and partner at a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm, stated that it was the Indian diaspora’s responsibility to assist the country during its darkest hours.

According to the institute, IIT Madras alumni who work as senior executives for reputable multinational corporations were actively involved in evaluating and finalising the options available at various stages throughout the process. IIT Madras will continue to contribute to Covid relief efforts in the coming months, as social responsibility has always been a top priority for the Institute.

“It has been an incredible experience to work on this campaign with fellow IIT Madras alumni. So many people volunteered to find equipment, raise funds, and ensure delivery of the equipment.” It’s gratifying to know that we can make a difference during such a difficult time in India, said Kamal Duggirala, Chairman of the IITM Foundation-US.

Aside from these efforts to assist the government, IIT Madras has established the Covid Relief Fund to assist students and faculty who are suffering from pandemic-related medical issues. IIT Madras raised Rs. 96 lakh in the previous fiscal year to meet the Covid relief needs of IIT Madras students and employees.

There is also a proposal to upgrade the campus’s medical infrastructure. This is intended to meet any potential needs that may arise when the campus reopens and students return once the lockdown restrictions are lifted.

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