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About the Donor

The Centre is being established with a grant of USD 1 million from Micky and Vinita Charitable Foundation. Our alumnus Mr. Muktesh(Micky) Pant (BT/CH/76) is setting up this Centre in the memory of his late mother Smt. Gaura Pant better known as Shivani. She is an institution in Hindi literature and is considered as one of the most popular Hindi writers of the 20th century. She was awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India for her contribution to Hindi literature in the year 1982.

Mr. Micky Pant Founder, Micky and Vinita Charitable Fund said “While knowledge of languages is always good, fluency in English should not be a factor in getting a top education in engineering. IIT Kanpur has always led the way in academic innovation and I hope that they can now lead the way to nurture Hindi and other Indian languages and prepare for a future where digital technology allows students to excel in engineering irrespective of their fluency in English. My mother, Shivani ji was fluent in Hindi, Bangla and Gujarati and I was always inspired by her grasp of cultural nuances and her rich vocabulary from multiple languages but she was always proud of Hindi. We are honored that IIT Kanpur is naming the centre after Shivani Ji, and my sisters Veena Joshi, Mrinal Pande and Ira Pande look forward to seeing the centre grow and prosper and fulfil the Institute's vision.”