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Bridges to the Future and BITS Connect 2.0 Fundraising

Sunday, April 22, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: BITSAA Communications
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The Bridges to the Future Campaign was formally launched on Dec 6, 2011 and is in full swing. TheBITSConnect 2.0 team is particularly thrilled at the response received so far. Well, it is fitting because the project is THE biggest Unified Telepresence and Communications Solution that any Indian University has adopted. All of us are excited that BITS will be adding a whole new dimension to its teaching capabilities and students and faculty are excited for the new opportunities.


After an amazing runup to the launch for AtmaNirbhara – the BITSConnect2.0 team met and exceeded the fundraising targets by 100% for this fund. 100+ BITSians attended the recent BITSAA SVC Meet where BITSConnect2.0 was showcased and also adopted by Sevathon ( initiative and will promote BITSConnect2.0 actively as well as during the very popular walk in mid-July in SVC. And more exciting - an anonymous donor pledged to donate USD 25K to match donations from other BITSians for BITSConnect2.0 - this generated another 20 pledges/donations from SVC Meet alone. Hyderabad and Mumbai teams had sessions at 2 companies (Invensys and Dr. Reddy’s labs) to raise awareness and also conduct fundraising. Bangalore, Pune, Delhi, Chennai chapters are planning to conduct coffee meets, information sessions at companies, golf outings and various other meetups.

Just prior to compres kicking off, simultaneous sessions were conducted by Campus Relations teams and Students Union teams across all 4 campuses to raise awareness about BitsConnect2.0 among students. Students are very excited at what’s coming down the pike when they come back to the campuses next semester.  Over 20 new student volunteers from each campus (40 from Dubai alone) signed up to volunteer over the summer.

The total amount that was raised, as of July 07, 2012, through BridgesToTheFuture campaign (including the amount pledged by various donors) stands at USD 585,000 which is about 55% of our target. The 1976 batch leads with donations worth USD 252,000 – Old is gold! The amount raised for BITSConnect2.0 initiative stands at about USD 396,000 which represents almost 63% of our target. Well done, alumni!

We need to raise the remaining USD 203,000 for BITSConnect 2.0. No contribution is too small and the alumni community seeks your help in accomplishing this successfully - Let us achieve this together!

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