- Along with their regular projects, the 1992 batch undertook several novel initiatives as part of their Legacy Project which focused on a wide variety of issues.
- Some of the fondest moments in any student’s life at IIT Bombay are the ones spent socializing with friends at the various cafes around the campus. More than their classwork, attending labs, or studying hard for their exams, students remember sharing Maggi noodles and chai with their friends at their favourite hangout spots. Keen to provide the same experience to the current group of students at IIT Bombay, the class of 1992 contributed to the building of Café 92 which is located close to IIT Bombay’s main building and is surrounded by lush green trees and nestles amidst a wonderfully scenic locale on campus. Already, Café 92 is a favourite hangout spot for students as they get together and unwind with their friends, sip on hot chai and coffee, munch their way through a scrumptious array of snacks and make long-lasting memories.
If getting into IIT Bombay is one of the toughest experiences a young student goes through, getting into the Institute and studying amidst a high-pressure environment takes its toll on their mental health. As ambitious and high-ranked students from all over India come together, the competition is ferocious, and the expectation to excel increases exponentially. This constant pressure leads to mental illnesses like depression and anxiety. The results of a survey conducted showed that more than 60% of students on campus suffered from mental ailments with no recourse. This prompted the class of 1992 to launch Project BANDHU which includes several initiatives like 24*7 online counselling, a self-help website, socio-emotional workshops, and more. Project BANDHU has more than 7.5k users now and over 12 workshops have been conducted so far with 100+ students. The program has proven to be a tremendous success and beneficial for students and the initiative will go a long way toward prioritising mental health and institutionalizing student well-being at IIT Bombay.
Hostel Study Rooms
Most of the students prefer to study in study rooms as opposed to their own personal hostel rooms which can be cramped and distracting. Until now, the only study room available for students were in the various departments or the library. It was extremely inconvenient for students given the long commute from their hostels to these study rooms. Not to mention – the number of study rooms available was proving to be insufficient given the increase in student capacity on campus. Therefore, the class of 1992 created air-conditioned study rooms for hostels 3, 9, and 11 which will be highly beneficial for the students in these hostels. As things stand, study rooms will become an inherent feature of all hostels in the future.
Student Travel Fund
The travel grant support extended by the class of 1992 helped 16 undergraduate students present their academic papers at international conferences.
“The conference was a major success in my professional life. It helped me gain confidence and enhanced my soft skills. I interacted with a lot of professionals, both from academia as well as industry, which helped me to improve my understanding of the Core Mechanics field. The travel grant really helped me finalize my career plans. I look forward to doing a Ph.D. in the future and will always be indebted to the selfless donation from the class of 1992.”
Hrushikesh Sahasrabuddhe, Metallurgical Engineering and Material Science Department
SINE Tech Incubator Funding
Thanks to the generous contribution made by the class of 1992, the tech incubator and accelerator of IIT Bombay, SINE, has incubated more than 190 startups and employs 5000+ people.
SINE was launched in 2004 and is one of the earliest incubators in academia with the potential to create startups focussing on economic growth, strategic value, and social relevance. It gives prototyping grants, provides incubation support to tech startups, and runs accelerator programs with corporate partnerships. SINE has been selected as a “Centre of Excellence” by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, with funding support to scale up its activities.
RISE- Student Rural Immersion Program:
One of the goals of IIT Bombay is to create talent that will solve societal problems and change society for the better. To be able to solve these problems, it is necessary that our students are exposed to them first so that they get an understanding and appreciation of the problems and issues faced by people.
With this in mind, the Student Rural Immersion Program (RISE) was started. As part of this program, UG students are embedded in rural areas so that they are exposed and sensitized to the problems being faced by rural India. Anchored by CTARA, this program has been widely popular and successful.
Unfortunately, due to the COVID pandemic outbreak, the activities of the program had to be stopped. But we hope that we are able to restart the program soon and continue to develop talent to solve the problems of rural India.