IIT Madras to get donation of Rs 5 crore from alumnus

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Updated on Jan 20, 2020 16:01 IST

Since 2018, the rooms have been transformed into double-occupancy rooms to provide lodgings to around 750 students. Two more hostels are to be marked by the institute for a makeover.

The Indian Institute of Technology Madras is to get a donation of Rs 5 crore from one of its alumni Krishna Chivukula. He would donate the sum for a makeover of campus hostels and to enhance maintenance facilities. To revamp the Cauvery Hostel, an initial amount of Rs 2.5 crore has already been bestowed to the institute. Cauvery Hostel was the first-ever hostel to be built on the campus. On January 8, 2020, Professor Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras accepted the cheque presented by Dr. Krishna Chivukula in the presence of Professor Mahesh Panchagnula, Dean (International and Alumni Relations), IIT Madras.

It is worth mentioning that hostels at IIT Madras are named after rivers. With a size of accommodating 216 students in single occupancy, Cauvery Hostel was built in 1961. To accommodate another 171 students, the hostel was expanded in the year 2002. Since 2018, the rooms have been transformed to double-occupancy rooms to provide lodgings to around 750 students.

Despite being almost six decades old, the hostel building is still architecturally sound to yield the present requirements of students. Nonetheless, due to getting old, it is essential to upgrade the prevailing amenities in the hostel surroundings. These funds are supposed to be utilised for the purpose of revamping all amenities parallel to the aesthetics to offer a student-friendly healthy environment. Two more hostels are to be marked by the institute for a makeover.

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