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IIT Bombay commences enhancement of one of its oldest student hostels

28 Jun 2021

Mumbai: The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) which is consistently ranked as one of India’s leading universities is pleased to announce the groundbreaking for enhancement of Hostel Number 5 (H-5).

The Institute was founded in 1958 in Powai, Mumbai. Since its establishment, it has physically expanded its infrastructure manifold. Over the next few months, the alumni of H-5 will build enhancements that will improve the quality of life in the hostel.

The project is a joint initiative between the Institute and IIT Bombay Alumni Association. It has been made possible by a robust fund-raising exercise by the H-5 alumni of the Institute across batches. The eldest donor alumnus is from the Class of 1964 and the youngest from the Class of 2019. The project execution team is also entirely comprised of alumni from H-5.

The groundbreaking was done on June 21 by the Director Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri and several H5 alumni including Mr. Dhananjay Saheba, Mr. Suhas Mehta, Mr. Ajit Jawle, Mr.Nandkumar Nemade, Mr. Nitin Doshi, Mr. Raja Deshpande and IITB Alumni Association Chairman Mr. Girish Nayak.

The project is led by Dhananjay Saheba, a 1977 alumnus from Electrical Engineering Department at IIT Bombay. Speaking about the initiative, Mr. Saheba said, “Hostel life played a critical role in our education and development. It’s where we formed some of the deepest and most meaningful friendships of our lives. We have come together from around the world and across batches to do something meaningful for the future generations of our hostel mates. The support extended to us by the Institute has been exemplary”.

Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri, Director, IIT Bombay said, “It is my privilege and great pleasure to have launched a truly-pioneering project to build enhancements at Hostel Number 5 (H-5).Current H-5 students have expressed keen interest in these enhancements, as they will significantly improve quality of hostel life. The infrastructure enhancement will go a long way to further the wellbeing of the brightest young minds in the country. It is true to the Institute’s mission to create an ambience in which new ideas, research and scholarship flourish and from which the leaders and innovators of tomorrow emerge”.