Subramonian Shankar donated 1.51 million US dollars for the expansion
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras added a new three-storey structure to its Department of Computer Science and Engineering with funding support from an alumnus.
Subramonian Shankar, IIT Madras distinguished alumnus and founder-president of AmZetta Technologies, contributed 1.51 million US dollars for the expansion.
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Madras, offers BTech, dual-degree BTech/MTech, MTech. MS and PhD degree programmes. A Dual-Degree BTech/ MTech programme in Data Science, open to all BTech students of IIT Madras, is being offered since January 2018.
“My congratulations to IIT (Madras) for having completed the Computer Science Building in spite of the pandemic... It is IIT (Madras) that gave me the basic educational foundation that helped me to build up my career. IIT was extremely generous. IIT gave me a generous scholarship, paid for my room and for my tuition. IIT had alleviated the financial burden on my family, which was a great relief to me. I resolved then that I would try and see what I can do when I was in a position to do that,” said Shankar, BTech 1971 batch.
Shankar also contributed to the 1971 Batch Golden Reunion Fund, which supports a merit-cum-means scholarship to supports the cost of tuition fees for a student.
“IIT Madras was among the first to have a computer science department when the field became very promising. It was started in Building Sciences Block. As they grew, they used an adjacent building called Lecture Hall Complex. In the past 10 years, there has been a lot of infrastructure building, supported by the government,” Ramamurthi said.
“I am very happy and proud that Shankar has been instrumental in supporting this new infrastructure. He has made enormous contributions to the field of computer engineering. It is but appropriate that he should support this initiative. I want to thank the engineering unit and their contractors as this building was constructed entirely during the pandemic,” he said.
Mahesh Panchagnula, dean (Alumni and Corporate Relations), IIT Madras, expressed his gratitude to Shankar. “Our aim to provide continued solutions to social problems on a global scale is realised through the sustained support of well-wishers such as you. We thank you for your contribution as we inaugurate this building.”