Despite Shut Campuses, IITs lend a helping hand
The Economic Times (August 4, 2020)
IITKGP has just started the third phase of distribution for all workers, that will provide support through the end of September. We will share more photos and videos of the distributions as they become available. Thank you to all the generous donors that have already given back to this effort! If you'd like to donate to this initiative, click here.
Mumbai|New Delhi: Around mid-March, when IIT-Delhi shut its campus amid rising coronavirus infections in the country, a group of students started an initiative to collect funds to help over a dozen rickshaw-pullers, who ferried them around the campus every day and were out of a livelihood.
This initiative by Divyanshu Saxena, a final year computer science student, and a few of his friends later took the shape of a larger corpus put in place by IIT-Delhi, to help the entire pool of informal workforce such as dhobis, barbers, cobblers and tea sellers, who had a thriving business catering to the on-campus community of about 14,000 people comprising students, faculty, staff and their families. (Read More)