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.
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