the scenario that we now present to you.... You've had a successful
career and you are at its peak, and contemplating retirement or
semi-retirement. You have grown-up children and you are an empty
nester. You realize it's high time to give back – to society, to
the people who made you what you are. What do you do?
BITS batch of 1970-75 determined that they'd give back to the place
where it all started for them. BITS was where they met each other,
where they learned the skills of the trade and of life. And the
BITS-75 Trust was born.
BITS-75 Trust started with a noble mission of paying back the debt
(even partially) and expressing deep gratitude to their Gurus -
professors who taught them at BITS during 1970-75. Guru Dakshina,
after all, is the highest form of gratitude.
first Guru felicitated was Prof. (retd.) Dr. B. D. Deshpande at the
Coral Jubilee Reunion of BITS 70-75 alumni in Oct 2009 at Pilani.
Prof Deshpande, was the Chief Warden at the time that this batch was
at Pilani – the no-nonsense warden who everyone looked at in awe
and who elicited nothing more than whispers from those in his
vicinity. He was deeply touched by the gesture, and came to Pilani
from Baroda with his wife, son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren
to accept the felicitation plaque and Guru Dakshina at the ripe age
of 84. Around 150 families of the batch-mates had gathered for the
occasion. But word of Prof. Deshpande’s coming had spread, and
people from BITS, CEERI and Pilani town came to meet him in a candid
display of affection. Prof Deshpande passed away within 1.5 yrs of
this event – thankfully the gesture was extremely timely.
tradition continued with felicitations of Prof. (retd.) I. J.
Nagrath, Prof. (retd.) Dr. S. K. Sharma, and Prof. (retd.) Dr. R. Roy
at the BITSAA Global Meet in January 2011 in New Delhi. Guru
Dakshinas are typically Rs. 1 lakh for each professor along with a
plaque that is imprinted for posterity with thanks from the batch.
the same spirit, when the BITS-75 Trust realized that one of the
professors who taught the now-alumni group at Pilani needed urgent
financial help for medical care, the group immediately sprang into
action. Rapidly communicating via its Yahoo! group and making dozens
of phone calls, they raised close to Rs 2.5 lakh in a matter of two
weeks to assist Prof. Vaishwanar (mechanical engineering professor,
retired in Jaipur) for his heart treatment and urgent medical care.
BITS-75 Trust was formally registered in India in April 2008 after
conceptualization in October 2006. It acquired 80-G tax exemption
status in 2010. With relentless fund raising effort by the trustees
and its operational team members, the Trust has so far collected
approx. Rs. 35 lakh from over 50 members of the BITS 70-75 class that
will be used for Guru Dakshinas, supporting BITS students'
entrepreneurial efforts ,and many other
projects that will give back to BITS and make deep impact.
than anything else, the BITS-75 Trust effort is a model for all other
batches and groups to follow. We've forged some of our most
long-lasting relationships at BITS – why not solidify them in a
meaningful way? For information on how to form a trust or for ideas
on how you can give back as a batch, contact the Chief Trustee of the
BITS-75 Trust (see below).
Trustee) is currently working as Vice President at BOC India Ltd., a
member of The Linde Group and heading Project Engineering Business in
India. He received B.E. (Hons.) in Chemical Engineering from BITS,
Pilani in 1976. Hanuman is a founding member of the BITS-75
Charitable Trust. Jagdish
(Trustee) is currently working as Vice President at Truetzschler,
India in Ahmedabad, India. He received B.E. (Hons.) in Electronics
from BITS, Pilani in 1975, and MBA in Finance from Univ. of
(Trustee) is the CEO of Hydro Phi Technologies (www.hydrophi.com)
in Atlanta, GA, USA. The company replaces oil and gas with
water-based clean energy solutions through innovative and affordable
zero-carbon solutions. He received M.S. from University of Florida,
Gainesville, FL, USA. (1994), Management of Technology Courses with
British Aerospace, PLC, U.K. (1983), and BE (Hons.) in Mechanical
Engineering from BITS, Pilani, in 1975. Vijay
(Trustee) serves as Chairman & CEO of Strand Life Sciences at
Bangalore, and is the honorary president of ABLE, the apex body of
Indian biotechnology industry. He received PhD from MIT in 1983, MS
from UCLA in 1979, and B.E. (Hons.) in Electrical Engineering from
BITS, Pilani in 1975.