Alumnus Mohit Aron gifts USD 1 million to the Computer Science and Engineering department at IIT Delhi

Mohit Aron, BTech CSE 1995, has gifted a million dollars to the Computer Science and Engineering department at IIT Delhi. The Mohit Aron Endowment will be used to help Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Delhi establish itself as a world-leading Computer Science department. The funds will be used to support the faculty’s research activities and to ensure that the undergraduate, Masters and PhD students of the department can attend conferences, workshops and competitive events in India and abroad.

Commonly referred to as the “Father of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure” Mohit Aron is an entrepreneur and businessman with more than 15 years of experience in building scalable, high-performance distribution systems. He co-founded Nutanix in 2009 and founded Cohesity Inc. in 2013. Both companies went on to become unicorns. In 2018, Dr Aron received the “Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award” from Rice University where he completed his PhD in 2000. He also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from IIT Delhi in 2019.

Speaking of the reasons behind making the award, Mohit Aron said, “My education from the Computer Science department at IIT Delhi has been a foundational pillar of my career, and I am what I am today in large part due to that. This gift is my way of giving some back to the department that has given me so much. “

Welcoming the gift Prof Prem Kalra, Head Computer Science and Engineering said “The CSE department has added many new members to the faculty in the last 2 years. This together with Mohit’s generous gift will propel us further towards our goal of being amongst the top 50 CS departments worldwide by 2025 and within the top 30 by 2030”.

Prof V. Ramgopal Rao, Director IIT Delhi, thanked Mohit Aron for his generous gift and added “Alumni contributions, such as those of Mohit’s, are an important resource to enhance the Institute’s competitiveness in attracting both students and faculty. With the recent launch of the School of AI, IITD has become an exciting and vibrant destination for research and training in CS, AI, Data Science and allied areas”.

More information about research and faculty profiles can be found at https://www.cse.iitd.ac.in/ (CSE) and https://scai.iitd.ac.in/ (ScAI).

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