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February 24, 2021 Wednesday 11:10:24 AM IST

IIT-M Provides IT Hardware for Disadvantaged

Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai has raised nearly Rs 5 crore from 319 donors to fund the IT hardware needs of disadvantaged students of undergraduate courses in the institute. Subhasis Chaudhari, Director said that economically less privileged students were identified back in June 2020 at the height of the pandemic. The online classes could be smoothly conducted only if all students had the requisite hardware. The institute went on a fund raising drive and estimated that Rs 5 crore was required on the basis of Rs 40,000 per laptop and Rs 7000 for broadband connectivity support (5 GB per day@Rs 700/month) for over 10 months. "We do not want a single student to miss out on the learning experience for the lack of money."

The Corona warriors of the institute who worked during the lockdown and extended their helping hand to the needy during the pandemic were also appreciated during the Republic Day function,  Subhasis Chaudhari informed.