The holiday season is upon us, and in the I& AR Office, our thoughts turn lightly to a year-end fund-raising campaign. And this time, we have the worthiest of causes to present— getting the IITM sports facilities up to par for the 2015 Inter-IIT Sports Meet on campus in December 2015. As I’m sure each one of you knows, IITM has a glorious history of success in the Inter-IIT, 18 wins thus far, more than any other IIT. We all know that the only times IITM did not win was when all other IITs conspired to deny us the glory.
Inter-IIT was held for the first time in the year 1961, with five IITs competing in five sports. At present, there are 16 IITs and 13 different sports. IIT Madras has hosted the event 7 times earlier, and will be hosting the 51stInter-IIT Sports Meet next year. We need to get ready to host the mother of all Inter-IITs. There are 3 aspects where more work is needed: We need a synthetic track in the Stadium, we need a renovation of the stadium pavilion, and we need synthetic courts for basketball and volleyball. No other IIT has a synthetic track, and this will enable IITM to host international track events. Along with our world-class swimming pool, and the Chemplast/ Sanmar cricket ground (which has previously hosted a women’s ODI), this will seriously raise our profile in the international athletic circles.
Our Engineering Unit has estimated the collective cost of these upgrades atRs. 5 crores, and we’d like our alumni to step up and be counted. Please donate towards the “Inter-IIT 2015” project; no amount is too small or (of course) too large. Anyone who donates Rs. 10,000 or more will receive a complimentary copy of the IITM Coffee Table Book, “Campaschimes”. All donors will have their names inscribed on a plaque that will stand in a place of honor near the sports facilities. We will make sure you feel appreciated!
As always, you can donate directly to “IIT Madras”, or to the IITM Alumni Chart Trust through our website: http://gjfund.iitm.ac.in. Let us come together & make this happen!