CAMPUS: NRI entrepreneur Mohit Aron gifts $1 million to fund IIT Delhi’s research activities

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(October 20, 2021) Indian American entrepreneur Mohit Aron has gifted $1 million to his alma mater IIT Delhi to help fund the institute’s computer science and engineering department. The fund will be used to support the faculty’s research activities and ensure that students of the department can attend conferences, workshops and competitive events in India and abroad.  

Talking about his contribution, Aron said, “My education from the Department of Computer Science at IIT Delhi has been a foundational pillar of my career, and I am what I am today in large part due to that. This gift is my way of giving something back to the department that has given me so much.” 

Aron, who’d graduated from IIT-D’s batch of 1995 is an entrepreneur with more than 15 years’ experience in building scalable, high-performance distribution systems. He founded Nutanix in the US in 2009 and then Cohesity Inc in 2013. Both startups went on to become unicorns.  He moved to the US for his masters from Rice University and initially worked with corporates such as Google before branching out on his own. Aron has been attributed as the father of hyper-converged infrastructure and was recognized by CRN as one of the Top 25 Innovators in 2012. 

In 2018, he received the Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award from Rice University and in 2019 IIT-D conferred the Distinguished Alumni Award upon him. IIT Delhi, which recently launched the School of Artificial Intelligence (ScAI) to conduct research and training in computer science, artificial intelligence, and data science will use the funds to help propel it towards its goal of being amongst the top 50 CS departments worldwide by 2025 and within the top 30 by 2030. 

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