Kozhikode: The Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode, has contributed close to Rs 1 Crore in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. An amount of Rs 32.09 Lakhs (approx.), will be donated to the Prime Minister’s PM Cares fund out of which Rs 7.09 Lakhs (approx.) has been raised through voluntary contribution of a day’s salary by the Director, Staff and faculty of the Institute. The Institute will also be contributing Rs 25 lakhs to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) as part of this initiative. Another significant contribution of close to Rs 40 Lakhs is also being raised by the IIMK Alumni Association, which will come to the aid for various COVID-19 related rescue efforts at the community level.
Announcing the contribution, Prof. Debashis Chatterjee, Director IIM Kozhikode, said “A humanitarian challenge as enormous as this requires every citizen to rise to the occasion and dutifully play their part. The Director, Staff and Faculty members have also contributed a day’s salary to augment the substantial efforts being undertaken by the Central and the State Government to overcome this challenge. We are also proud of our Alumni Network who have adopted COVID-19 fundraising as a mission and continue to contribute significantly to this cause. We, as a nation are in this together and together we will emerge out of this even stronger.”
On the social impact front, IIMK has always led from the front and had similarly contributed towards Flood relief activities when the state of Kerala faced two back to back floods in 2018 & 19. Recent COVID-19 relief work from IIMK community also involved distribution of family hygiene kits to Kunnamangalam Police personnel and monetary contribution towards the Kozhikode Medical College’s Disaster Relief, as part of its native community strengthening initiatives.