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Motwani Bhavan to be built at IIT Kanpur

The wife of celebrated Stanford professor Rajeev Motwani has donated Rs 7 crore to his alma mater IIT-Kanpur which will use it to construct a six-storey building to house the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.



Kanpur: The wife of celebrated Stanford
professor Rajeev Motwani has donated Rs 7 crore to his alma
mater Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur which will use it
to construct a six-storey building to house the Department of
Computer Science and Engineering.

"Asha, wife of late Rajeev Motwani, yesterday donated
Rs seven crore (USD 1.5 million) to mark his 49th birth
anniversary. The Institute will build a six-storey building
with the donated sum," Sanjiv Kashalkar, Registrar of IIT-K,
said.

The new building will be named Rajiv Motwani Bhavan
and will house the Department of Computer Science and
Engineering, he said.

It will have an area of 3650 sq/m and will
accommodate 22 faculty offices and 17 laboratories, Kashalkar
said.

The donation will also help in transforming innovative
ideas and technologies into successful enterprises.

Rajeev did his B.Tech in Computer Science and
Engineering at IIT Kanpur in 1983. He later went to
University of California, Berkeley, and did his Ph.D in 1988.
Later, he joined as a faculty in the Department of Computer
Science at the Stanford University. He passed away on June 5,
2009.

He was awarded the IIT-K Distinguished Alumnus Award
in 2006.

Rajeev, who was also one of the founder member of
"Google", (Internet Search Engine) had worked with major IT
companies like Mimosa, Weblay and Ster Delta.

He died on June 5, 2009.

PTI

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