The Indian Institute of Technology Madras’ (IIT Madras) Class of 1981 is donating a fleet of electric buses, the largest ever legacy gift to their alma mater. The class is having their 40th reunion in campus on 21st December 2022.
The Class of 1981 consists of about 600 students who graduated in 1981, including B.Tech, M.Tech and PhD students. The class is now widely dispersed over the globe, from Australia to the U.S. During the three-day reunion, the batch will explore the campus to learn about the vast changes over almost half a century since they graduated. They would also be discussing with Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, and Prof. Mahesh Panchagnula, Dean (Alumni and Corporate Relations), IIT Madras, the projects that the batch had initiated during their 25th reunion in 2006.
Addressing the reunion celebrations, Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, said, “I am very pleased and thankful that the Class has decided to donate a fleet of Electric Buses and Golf Carts to replace the existing diesel fleet. This will be a very good start towards our goal of a zero carbon campus by 2050 and will serve as a living reminder of our commitment to residents and visitors alike. I wish the batch a great reunion!”
The IIT Madras B. Tech Class of ’81 joined the IIT in July 1976 for what was then a 5-year B.Tech course, graduating in 1981 at a convocation where Shri. R. Venkatraman presided over and Director Prof. P.V. Indiresan handed over certificates. Many from the graduating batch went abroad to pursue higher education. Some settled there but a fair number returned to India.
Thanking the alumni for the pioneering donation to their alma mater, Prof. Mahesh Panchagnula, Dean (Alumni and Corporate Relations), IIT Madras, “The Class of ’81 has set a record by exceeding the quantum of funds contributed by any single class. Their commitment to making IITM a special place for our students has resulted in creating several institutional mechanisms for students to excel in their chosen pursuit. This gift to kick start our transition to a greener, more sustainable and carbon-neutral campus is both timely and crucial.”
The alumnus who championed Electric Mobility as a Legacy Gift, Mr. Krish Bhargavan, Class of 1981, IIT Madras, said, “IIT Madras has set itself on the road to carbon neutrality, to be fully achieved by 2050. This electrification of the IIT Madras campus’ public transport fleet will complement the institute’s two existing centers of excellence: CoE for Electric Mobility and CoE for Zero Emission Trucking. Several components of electric vehicles are imported and expensive. Any home-grown technology that reduces external dependence, will further India’s energy independence.”