CUPERTINO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--India’s Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Mr. Kapil Sibal, unveiled the inaugural plaque for the new Victor Menezes Convention Centre (VMCC) at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, on January 8. He also delivered a lecture on the “Role of technology, knowledge and innovation in transforming India.” IIT Bombay alumnus Victor Menezes (’70), retired Senior Vice Chairman of Citigroup and Senior Advisor, NSR Partners, contributed $3 million towards the construction of VMCC to the IIT Bombay Heritage Fund (IITBHF).
The Victor Menezes Convention Centre hosts an auditorium, lecture halls, a Conference Hall, and facilities that offer a world class venue for meetings, conferences and other events. The Manuel Menezes Centre (Civil Engineering Annex) will occupy the top two floors of the Centre. VMCC will help attract the best students, faculty, and researchers to IIT Bombay, and act as a stimulus to increase R&D initiatives and enhance collaboration with industry.
“The vision with which the state-of-the-art Convention Centre was planned has come to fruition. VMCC is already receiving many booking requests for conferences and workshops. We are proud of our alumni like Victor Menezes, whose achievements have enhanced the reputation of IIT Bombay. We are thankful to Victor and his family for the generous support of this excellent new facility, which will significantly benefit the institute in its path to excellence in research and education, ” said Prof. Devang Khakhar, Director, IIT Bombay.
“I received a priceless education from IIT Bombay and this is a small way to say thank you”, said Mr. Menezes. He added that “I hope the convention centre will help support the exchange of ideas and intellectual advancement at IIT Bombay.”
“Mr. Menezes has always been an inspiration to IIT Bombay alumni in leading the way in ‘giving back’ to their alma mater”, said Mr. Ram Kelkar, President of IITBHF. “His generous donation toward building the convention centre will help enhance IIT Bombay’s reputation as India’s leading educational institution.”
Alumni from Mr. Menezes’ Class of 1970, who were gathering for their 40th reunion, were present at the inauguration of the Convention Centre. Mr. Menezes has also been a generous supporter of the GO IITB (Giving Opportunities for IIT Bombay) campaign. GO IITB focuses on programs such as Young Faculty Award (YFA) to attract young faculty to IIT Bombay, Hostel Alumni Team Stewardship (HATS) for student dormitories, the Faculty Development Fund (FDF) and the Student Development Fund (SDF).
The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (http://www.iitb.ac.in) is recognized worldwide as a leader in the field of education and research. The IIT Bombay Heritage Fund (http://www.iitbombay.org) is a non-profit public benefit corporation set up to fund and promote education and research among faculty and students of IIT Bombay.