IIT-BHU alumnus gifts $1mn to set up entrepreneurship center


Varanasi: An alumnus of IIT-BHU Jay Chaudhry, CEO and founder of a cloud-based information security company, has donated $1 million to the IIT-BHU Foundation. The donation will fund IIT-BHU’s Entrepreneurship Center with a focus on student, teacher and entrepreneurship development. Chaudhry graduated from IIT-BHU in 1980 with a BTech in Electronics Engineering.

According to the IIT-BHU spokesperson, the donation will establish a Software Innovation Center that will provide a platform for students to learn and innovate in software development, quantum computing, cybersecurity, IoT and data analytics.

In partnership with IIT-BHU, Deep Jariwala will help identify a faculty member to fill the role of ‘Jay Chaudhry Professor of Software Innovation’, who will oversee and manage the Software Innovation Center. In addition to a professorship and an innovation center, Chaudhry’s donation will fund a series of lectures on software innovation and a software technology startup fund. Both initiatives are managed by Vish Narayanan on behalf of the IIT-BHU foundation.

“The education I received at IIT-BHU played a vital role in preparing me for the business world,” says Chaudhry, adding: “This Entrepreneurship Center will help young students navigate their careers and develop practical skills. learning so that they can be more competitive in the world of cybersecurity.I hope the Entrepreneurship Center will give students with big dreams and ambitions the same opportunities as I have experienced.”

President of the IIT-BHU Foundation Arun Tripathi said Chaudhry is an inspiration to the students. “With this gift, we have secured funding that will aid student development, faculty development and entrepreneurship development at IIT-BHU. As alumni, we all have a strong desire to rejuvenate our institution, further its mission, and cement its reputation as a world-class technical university. Jay’s gift helps us achieve all that and more.”

IIT-BHU director Prof. dr. Pramod Kumar Jain and the Board of Directors also expressed their gratitude and acknowledged the importance of the $1 million endowment. “The Entrepreneurship Center will go a long way in improving student education and development, retaining the world’s best talent in our faculties, and promising young entrepreneurs on our campus,” said Dr. jain.

He added: “It is this support from current alumni for future alumni that keeps IIT-BHU at the forefront. We couldn’t be prouder to use this amazing donation for so many of our students to follow in Jay’s inspiring footsteps.”

Dean (Resource & Alumni) Prof. dr. Rajeev Srivastava also expressed his gratitude and shared that the DoRA office plays an important role in collaborating with the IIT-BHU Foundation and alumni around the world for the overall development of the Institute’s brotherhood.

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