26 Jul 2021 17:26 IST

IIMB alumni dedicate a classroom to Prof PN Thirunarayana

Prof Rishikesha T Krishnan, Director, IIMB, at the dedication ceremony of classroom L-11.

The institute aims to raise ₹500 crore by 2023 to support its growth plans

The IIM Bangalore (IIMB) alumni raise ₹2 crore to name a classroom on campus after the professor of marketing Late PN Thirunarayana (PNT). IIMB will celebrate its golden jubilee year in 2023 and aims to raise ₹500 crore to support its growth plans, said a press release from the institute.

Prof PNT was associated with IIMB for over 33 years. He retired in 2005, after teaching several batches since 1977. Prof PNT’s father was a famous Kannada playwright and poet, Padma Shri awardee PT Narasimhachar, popularly called PuTiNa.

‘Marketing legend’

IIMB’s alumni have availed the naming rights of a classroom that allows the school to use the untied funds for purposes that it deems fit. The PGP batch of 1986, PGP batch of 1993, Sandeep Runwal of the PGP 1993 batch and many other alumni, made contributions to support this cause.

The online classroom naming event saw participation from alumni, faculty, retired faculty, students, and members of the family of Prof PNT. On this occasion, Prof Rishikesha T Krishnan, Director of IIMB, said, “Professor PNT was a legend in the marketing area and generations of students benefited immensely from his teaching. I hope more alumni will participate in similar initiatives to acknowledge the great faculty of this institute.”

Token of gratitude

Adding to this sentiment, Prof K Kumar, Dean, Alumni Relations and Development, said, “The trend of alumni getting together to show their gratitude to their teachers and giving back is a great tradition that is getting set up at IIMB.”

The donors were delighted that their alma mater was honouring Prof PNT by naming a classroom. Purushottam, on behalf of the PGP 1986 batch, said, “We are fortunate that we received Prof PNT’s infinite wisdom in our formative years and we are eternally grateful.” Sandeep Runwal from PGP 1993 batch and the largest individual contributor, added, “We are dedicating this classroom in his memory to leave a legacy at IIMB.”