Bengaluru, May 30 (PTI) Alumni of IIM-Bangalore have launched the 'donate a vaccine' fund raising initiative to donate one lakh vaccines for the countrys urban and rural poor, as part of their recovery, rehabilitation and prevention plans for COVID-19.
Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Dr Devi Shetty, Chair, IIM-B Board of Governors, jointly launched the initiative virtually on Saturday, to vaccinate people from the underprivileged sections of society,IIM-B said in a statement.
'This initiative (Donate a Vaccine) comes at the right time and such an effort from the alumni of IIM Bangalore is worth emulating; something that every institution in India can learn from,' Sitharaman was quoted as saying in her address.
The Minister also drew attention to the myriad COVID-19 response initiatives that the union government has been planning on a war footing for improvement and sustainability of healthcare infrastructure, not just in the metro cities, but also in small towns and rural areas.
'We must all join together to deliver a three-pronged approach of 'rebooting, reimagining and reconnecting' India, and that technology will play a bigger role, now more than ever, for us to realise these ambitions across all sectors, be it healthcare, education, agriculture or finance,' she added.
IIM-B Director Rishikesha Krishnan, Dr Devi Shetty, Chair, IIMB Board of Governors and Founder Narayana Health and Harish Mittal, President of IIMB Alumini Association, also spoke on the occasion. PTI GMS APR ADMINISTRATOR APR ADMINISTRATOR