The Premier engineering and science institute BITS Pilani has announced that it received a $1 million pledge from a US-based alumni couple for its campus programmes, the largest individual donation ever received by the institution.
The Indian-origin US alumni couple Mr. Prashanth Palakurthi is the founder and CEO of US-based Reflexis Systems, and his wife Anuradha, the founder of Juju Productions, is a professional singer and radio personality in the United States. The couple made the announcement, during the ruby anniversary celebrations of Prashanth's 1978-83. Speaking at the gala event commemorating 40 years of his entry to BITS Pilani, Prashanth said, “We wanted to give back to our alma mater which gave us so much and where we started our journey”. Anuradha, who joined BITS in 1984, said the institute has needs in several areas, including infrastructure and research. "We hope our contribution is followed up by many more from the family of hugely successful alumni," she said.
According to Prof Souvik Bhattacharyya, Vice-Chancellor, BITS Pilani, "I believe Prashanth and Anuradha have started a brilliant endeavour to propel BITS Pilani to the next level; I understand they will continue to support and I invite other eminent Alumni to support us in our efforts".