as-davis-endowmentIIT KGP Alumnus Honours Former Faculty

The Times of India (March 28, 2019)

KOLKATA: The golden boy of IIT Kharagpur, Vinod Gupta, the US-based entrepreneur and philanthropist, is back and this time to honour his famous faculty. Vinod Gupta made a contribution of $100,000 to his alma mater to set up a Chair Professorship endowment in the name of A.S. Davis who was his teacher for the courses of thermodynamics, air conditioning and refrigeration.

While gifting the check of $100,000 on March 25, to IIT Kharagpur director, Partha Pratim Chakrabarti, Vinod remarked on the teaching style of Prof. Davis which strengthened his analytical bent of mind, observation and decision-making skills throughout his life.

"Prof. Davis emphasized that the process was more important than the results. I was one among the hundreds of students and he personally saw to it that we learned our courses well through mentorship and socialization. He was a great communicator which added to his brilliance as a teacher along with his wit and practicality as a human being. I am confident that despite the increasing teacher-student ratio, there are teachers who innovate pedagogical methods to augment individual attention and mentorship," said Vinod in his usual way while remembering his golden moments of the 60s' at IIT Kharagpur. (Read More)