M.S University of Baroda Alumni Foundation, Inc.

Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda Alumni Foundation, Inc.

To facilitate a giving back program, MSU Alumni in the U.S.A, created a non-profit 501 (c) 3 foundation called “Maharaja Sayajirao University of Alumni Foundation, Inc.” This organization is registered with the IRS. The foundation is working with the University Alumni Department. The Foundation's goal is to raise funds to make a real difference in the lives of disserving students enrolled at the University. Financial contributions are tax deductible.

OUR MISSION

The Maharaja Sayajirao university of Baroda (MSU) Alumni Association is an independent, non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote the welfare of the university by cultivating a mutually beneficial relationship between the university and the growing Alumni worldwide community.

The Alumni Association will support the needy students in the form of scholarship, facilitate communication with the university, the alumni and seeks to strengthen alumni relationship with the university by use of mutually beneficial programs.

The Alumni Association will facilitte networking among alumni and will encourage the alumni engagement with the university.

WHY

We the graduates have had the privileged to receive our college education at one of the India’s eminent universities. Over the years, after graduation we have used that education to achieve success in respective chosen professions and other disciplines, available at 17 different faculties at the University. We must recognize the tangible as well as intangible benefits brought to each one of us through our formal education. At this stage in our lives, perhaps it is time for us to share the fruits of our success by giving back.

HOW

After much thought and interaction with a number of alumni in the US and in India it was decided to create a foundation for the benefit of the university. It was created and briefly operated at the prompting of the then Pro Vice Chancellor Mistry, during her brief visit top the US in 1997. In 2017 the foundation was resurrected, and brought to life with a formal kick off on Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Houston Community College Westloop campus auditorium. It was attended by well over 100 guests, who contributed over $50,000 to the cause of the Alumni Foundation. We are on our way! The program was designed to bring back memories, identify student needs and methods of giving back were shared with those present, including short videos of conversations with Raj Mata and the University Vice Chancellor.  

For the foreseeable future the Foundation has created a scholarship program that supports cost of education and substance of deserving students, currently enrolled at the University and/or those wishing to enroll at MSU. In addition, the Foundation offers to be a vehicle to receive donations form specific groups and/or graduating class for specific purposes. In the future, as availability of resources increases the Foundation may look at other avenues and opportunities to fund activites at the university

History of MSU Alumni Foundation,Inc.

About 26 years ago while visiting Houston Pro then - Vice Chancellor, Dr. Veena Mistry and her husband Dr. Rumy Mistry who was a coordinator for Alumni students, seeking fund for equipment for Faculty of Communication and Journalism made a plea at a small gathering of MSU Alumni. That was the germination of the Idea to create the MSU Alumni Foundation. With active participation donations for the equipment were collected and that became the corpus for the Alumni Foundation. Once collected he donation were not sent to the university, as in the meantime a Japanese company in a gesture if goodwill donated the essential equipment. With this corpus of fund in hand and inspired by the noble gesture of a company that had little to do with the University or the faculty, we, the alumni choose to create the Foundation now known as Maharaja Sayajirao University Alumni Foundation, Inc. Its sole purpose, to help our university in as many different ways as possible. The idea to activate the Foundation was discussed a number of times, but never got traction. In the mean time the market favored investment assets, tripled in value. Finally, first event after reactivating the Foundation occurred in fall of 2017, with the same goal, to raise fund from the now relatively affluent MSU alumni, thus allowing the foundation to help in funding programs at the University. Before the event, extensive communication occurred between the University officials, i.e. the Chancellor, Rajmata Shubhangini Gaekwad, the Vice-Chacellor, Dr. Parimal Vyas and Dr. Sanskriti Majumdar, then Director of the Office of Aluumni Affairs. Encouraged by the initiative in the US video messages were recorded and forwarded to the foundation and played at the function. It was like old times, reminding us all of the functions we had at the Students Union Building as well as different halls of residence. Quite a pleasant and successful evening. Generous donations and promises for more over time the Foundation collected over $50,000. The successful event was followed by serious and productive ongoing communications with the university. Now the means are in place to help the needy students.

The first of the many donation check in the amount of $5000 was personally delivered, by two Foundation board members Jagat Kamdar and Manendra Vaishnav, earlier this year. This event established a working relationship between the parties and the funds will begin reaching the end user over time. The hope is that in 5 years, looking back, our collections need to rise and their use needs to be enhanced. The Foundation board hopes to make the Foundation self sufficient by being self-funding in the coming decade. Put in simple words, the foundation’s coffers need to reach an amount of $2 million. In the coming year by use of active recruiting effort the Foundation will seek and install board members who are University graduates, resident around the world.