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IIT-IIM alumni donated 1,000 oxygen cylinders to Red Cross Society of India

‘Small group of people creates huge impact’

KUWAIT CITY, May 19: The Kuwait-based Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Alumni who call themselves a ‘small group of people’ has created a huge impact to ease the burden on the shoulders of the ‘white-men’ army which is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic which continues to batter India. So far, this group of IIT-IIM alumni has donated 1,000 oxygen cylinders to the Red Cross Society of India. One of the group members Vivek Pawar (IIT Delhi 2009 batch) who works in Kuwait recently contacted his friend Sandeep Nainwal in India. Vivek and Sandeep both NITIE Mumbai alumni in just a few days raised more than KD 50,000 dinars.

Indian ambassador with embassy officials and Peeyush Jain

The money was utilized to purchase 1,000 oxygen cylinders which then were donated to the Indian Embassy via IN COVID SUPPORT FZE LLC fund which has been set up in UAE. The cylinder requirement was fulfilled by refrigeration and oxygen company, a part of the Airtec Group based in Kuwait. The company also provided free oxygen filling support for all the cylinders. The Chief Operation Officer of AIRTEC group, Peeyush Jain incidentally also happens to be the president of IITIIM alumni association of Kuwait. Jain has expressed his gratitude to Pawar and Nainwal and for their great support. The duo says they will not leave any stone unturned for the benefit of the cause in any way possible. The oxygen cylinders were transported from Kuwait to India under operation Samudra Setu II aboard the Indian Navy ships, INS Kolkata, INS Trikand and INS Airavat.

Oxygen shipment to India

The supply reached various ports of India within 4 days and immediately sent to various locations. When asked about the initiative, Vivek said, “We are willing to provide all the necessary support for our country. It is the least we can do from a distant land for our loved ones back home. They called on every patriotic person to help India in this dire situation. In the coming few weeks, we will try to send more help to India in the form of oxygen supply.” Vivek emphasized “with the right intentions each one of us can make a huge impact. ‘If not now, then when’ is a question that has motivated the group to act quickly and support their motherland India. On behalf of the IIT-IIM association in Kuwait, Jain and Pawar met the Ambassador of India in Kuwait HE Sibi George and thanked him for his continuous support. The ambassador also expressed his gratitude to the IITIIM alumni association and offered his full and unconditional support for the noble cause that the association has undertaken.

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