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KGP Chronicle (April 22, 2020)

IIT Kharagpur Alumni to Support COVID Lockdown Affected Poor People Around the Campus

The alumni of IIT Kharagpur have come forward to support the needy people in and around the IIT Kharagpur campus for a period of 6 months. They are setting up a temporary fund for those who have been severely affected economically due to COVID-19. The short duration fund is exclusively meant for about 10,500 poor workers on-campus and people coming from villages near the campus who are dependent on IIT Kharagpur for livelihood and are now out of job/no work due to lockdown. The beneficiaries include daily wagers working in different eateries, halls as ward boys, dhobi, small culvert tea shops, rickshaw pullers, maid servants, workers in construction projects etc.

Taking stock of the situation and that of the people at the lower strata of the society around the world, eminent alumnus of IIT Kharagpur from the batch of 1967, Vinod Gupta, decided to come forward to help such people associated with his alma mater. Vinod is a US-based entrepreneur and philanthropist who apart from seed funding the management and law schools of IIT Kharagpur has supported many students, staff and faculty and community members on various occassions. (Read More)