$30,000 Contribution By Friends of BITS for BITSConnect 2.0
BITSConnect 2.0 is being considered as such a game changing project by the Indian community in the bay area that we have received contributions of $30,000 from alumni of institutes like IIT and NIT Warangal. This phenomenal contribution emphasizes the significant role Non-BITSians have played to further several BITSian initiatives.Some of these ties go back to many years ago and have grown stronger over time.
Of the $30,000, a significant amount has been contributed by Kanval Rekhi. Kanval has supported many BITSAA initiatives in more ways than one. He has actively supported several new BITSAA initiatives over the years. His contribution is invaluable to the BITS community. He has set an example and started a new trend by inspiring many others to be involved in a variety of initiatives spearheaded by BITSAA international.
He encourages entrepreneurship and has delivered many motivational speeches to varied Bitsian audiences. He is involved in mentoring many startups and has supported many students financially.
He founded Excelan, a high tech company manufacturing Ethernet Cards. It was later acquired by Novell and he is currently on the board of directors of this company. Kanwal Rekhi is a past Chairman and trustee of TiE, The Indus Entrepreneurs, a nonprofit support network to provide advice, contacts, and funding to Indian Americans hoping to start businesses. Kanwal has helped energize TiE and as a philanthropist he has made major contributions to education, supporting universities on two continents. He is a prime benefactor of a foundation in India that identifies talented students without funds, and provides them with college tuition and living expenses.Kanwal is also on the board of Pan-IIT alumni organization
Srini Madala has contributed significantly this year. He has participated in many BITSAA activities. He is the CEO and Founder of SoftSol Technologies.
Together, their donation has helped sponsor a new conference room in Pilani. They have made a huge impact on the BITS community and BITSAA is extremely touched by their contributions.