(Our Bureau, June 11) IIT Madras alumni from India and abroad have donated more than $2 million towards battling the country’s deadly second wave. The funding was coordinated by the Office of Alumni and Corporate Relations, IIT Madras Alumni Association of North America, and IIT Madras Foundation in the United States of America. The relief work is being handled in a phased manner for maximum impact and the alumni have already handed over 200 oxygen concentrators to the Greater Chennai Corporation, multiple media publications report. IIT Madras, one of the country’s oldest premier technical institutes, counts Fairfax Financial’s Prem Watsa, Infosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan, and Rocketship.vc founder Anand Rajaraman, and several other luminaries as alumni.
The institute has also formed a COVID-19 Relief Fund to support students and faculty and raised ₹96 lakh in the last financial year. One of their projects is Medicab, an indigenously developed portable hospital unit, that can be installed at any place within a few hours.
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