IIT Kanpur alumnus donates $ 1.75 lakh to set up Faculty Chair
KANPUR [Maha Media]: Dr Dev Joneja, an alumnus of IIT Kanpur, has donated USD 1,75,000 ( ?1.27 crore) towards the setting up of Pavitar Joneja Chair in the humanities and social science department at his alma mater. This Chair, to be set up in honour of his mother Pavitar Joneja, has been conceptualised to develop new learning paradigms and training methods for dissemination of knowledge by formulating training programs , and promote excellence in research and leadership.
The broad disciplines identified include English, fine arts, philosophy, psychology and sociology and would involve published research work in reputed national and international conferences, journals, articles, books, consultancy projects etc as well. Dr Joneja, who graduated in mechanical engineering from IIT-K in 1984, is one of the top benefactors of the institute over the years. He has already instituted Arjun Dev Joneja Faculty Chair in honour of his father at the department of civil engineering. Dr Joneja said, “The courses in humanities and social sciences I took at IIT played a much bigger role in my career than I appreciated at the time and I would like to support this part of every IIT student’s education.”