IIT Kharagpur alumnus donates $90,000 to his alma mater

Vinod Gupta, an alumnus of the 1967 batch of the department of agriculture of IIT-Kharagpur, on the 50th year of his graduation, donated $90,000 as a gift to his alma mater.

IIT Kharagpur alumnus donates $90,000 to his alma mater

Vinod Gupta, an alumnus of the 1967 batch of the department of agriculture of IIT-Kharagpur, on the 50th year of his graduation, donated $90,000 as a gift to his alma mater.

This is not the first time Gupta, who has served as the CEO of a number of companies in the US, including infoGROUP, DatabaseUSA.com and Infofree.com, has donated such a whopping amount.

In 1993, Gupta stunned the academic world by donating $2 million to IIT-Kharagpur to start the first ever b-school inside any IIT. Thus, the

Vinod Gupta School of Management (VGSOM) was set up.

A few years later, Gupta felt that like top US campuses, IIT-Kharagpur should also have a law school of its own that would focus on intellectual property rights, which is globally emerging as a new zone for legal inquiries. Consequently, the Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law was established with $1 million donation from Gupta.

On Friday Gupta was honoured by his alma mater for his association with it while kickstarting the alumni meet that will be held over the weekend.

"I consider myself fortunate that I am being able to contribute a bit towards the growth of IIT-Kharagpur, which has made me who I am. Internationalisation rules the world of education today. A larger number of exchange programmes, more international students on campus and inbound international faculty will strengthen the institute on the global map," Gupta told TOI.

Gupta was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as a trustee of the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Gupta was also the US consul general to Bermuda and was nominated by the President to be the US ambassador to Fiji.