Blackstone’s Amit Dixit Gifts IIT Bombay With its First Woman Faculty Chair Position

Mumbai: The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Institute’s first woman faculty chair, sponsored by Amit Dixit, Blackstone’s Head of Asia for Private Equity. The chair, named “The Amit Dixit Chair,” has been created through Mr. Dixit’s generous contribution to support the Institute in its efforts to honor outstanding women faculty members. It is a critical step toward recognizing women leaders in academia who can serve as role models for aspiring students.

Mr. Dixit’s donation will also support the Student Mentorship Program’s recruiting initiatives to attract women applicants to IIT Bombay. Mr. Dixit is an alumnus of IIT Bombay’s Civil Engineering Department, Class of 1995. He graduated at the top of his program and received the Institute’s Silver Medal for outstanding work in his discipline.

Mr. Dixit said: “India has risen to global prominence for its strong talent pool particularly in the STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering, Mathematics) disciplines. IIT Bombay and its alumni have created a large impact on the global technology industry. It is
increasingly important to promote diversity and support women so they have the opportunity to secure global leadership positions.
At Blackstone, we firmly believe that a diverse and inclusive workforce builds better businesses. I hope this new position can
inspire faculty and students and widen the funnel to develop women leaders in technology. I’m thrilled to return to IIT Bombay
and help steer its diversity efforts.”

Mr. Dixit said: “India has risen to global prominence for its strong talent pool particularly in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) disciplines. IIT Bombay and its alumni have created a large impact on the global technology industry. It is increasingly
important to promote diversity and support women so they have the opportunity to secure global leadership positions. At Blackstone, we firmly believe that a diverse and inclusive workforce builds better businesses. I hope this new position can inspire faculty and
students and widen the funnel to develop women leaders in technology. I’m thrilled to
return to IIT Bombay and help steer its diversity efforts.
According to data published by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of
India, women comprised only 14% of India’s STEM workforce in research and
development in the 2017-18 period.

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