Endowments

As stewards of excess capital and various endowed funds (i.e funds that have been committed/ donated for a long-term initiative) for BITSAA International, the BITSAA Investment Committee (BIC) aims to generate proceeds, via investment income and capital appreciation, primarily to fulfill the obligations towards these endowed initiatives. The BIC endeavors to achieve its objectives via appropriate investments within a combined investment portfolio called theBITSAA Endowment Fund (BEF). 

The BIC team, led by Chief Investment Officer, Rajesh Chelapurath (’88) and supported by Koti Mylavarapu (’01), currently manages the BEF using a conservative value-based investment philosophy oriented towards long-term protection of principal and an emphasis on absolute rates of return. Keeping the liquidity needs of the various endowed initiatives in mind, the BEF is invested in an appropriate mix of globally diversified investment mix, comprising best of breed mutual funds and ETFs. 

The Investment Policy Statement (IPS) dictates the policies and standards that govern the management of the BEF. This document (please see the latest version below) also captures all aspects of the operations of the BIC and BEF and is updated/published on a semi-annual basis.  Incepted in April 2003 with a value of $10,000, the BEF has grown over the years, via a combination of investment returns and new contributions, net of initiative disbursements to approx. $129,344 as of December 31, 2013. During this period, the BEF has generated an annualized rate of return of 5.4% p.a.

BEF: Growth of Assets


The list of endowed initiatives that the BEF currently supports (as of December 31st, 2010) is as follows:

List of Endowed Initiatives


List of Endowed Initiatives: Managed by BITS, Administered by BITSAA

Name

Purpose

Instituted

Class of 1966-’71 Scholarship Initiatives

Rs. 20,000 MCN scholarship per semester for a female student

4 APOGEE awards each worth Rs. 10,000 for BITS students

6 grants(2 worth Rs. 10,000 for postgraduate and 4 worth Rs.5,000 for undergraduate students) for publishing papers in reputed journals

2010

For more information, please contact: Rajesh Chelapurath (‘88), Chief Investment Officer & Trustee (rc@bitsaa.org). The following documents also discuss the history, guidelines, policies, and operations of the BIC and the BEF in more detail.

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