Our beloved Chennai – We mourn!

Posted below is the email received from the President of the Alumni Association of the  Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, of which I am a member.



As you already know, our beloved Chennai has been hit by devastating and unprecedented floods with continuous rains for almost a month. The damage caused and the suffering has been truly of epic proportions and reports are still trickling in of rescue operations in parts of the city which appear to be isolated from other parts of the city.
While a substantial amount  of service and aid are pouring in for emergency relief , lot more needs  to be done and efforts are required on a long term basis for rehabilitation and well being of the victims in flood affected areas. We are aware that many of our alumni and their families are involved in various ways in diverse projects to help the flood victims and IITMAA would like to supplement their efforts by setting up the “IITMAA Flood Rehabilitation and Health Care Fund”.

We have already received commitment from a few alumni to contribute over a lakh of rupees to this fund and we appeal to our alumni community to contribute from their heart to this noble initiative. To ensure that fund collection, maintenance and deployment are done in the most professional and transparent manner, we have decided to route these funds through the IITM Alumni Charitable Trust (IITMACT) and a separate bucket under “IITMAA Flood Rehabilitation and Health Care Fund” will be maintained by IITMACT. Contributions to the fund are eligible for tax deduction under section 80G.  The bank details for transfer of such contributions are given below:

IIT Madras Alumni Charitable Bank account details as follows:

 Normal Savings Account (for transfer in Indian Rupees)

Account no:                       014010100864381


Name of the Bank      :       AXIS BANK LTD

Name of the Branch   :       T.Nagar

Address of the Bank   :      No.113, G N Chetty Road

T.Nagar, Chennai  600 017.

RTGS/IFSC Code        :      UTIB0000014

Foreign Contribution Account (For transfer from overseas for all areas except North America)

 Account no:                       014010100876452


Name of the Bank      :       AXIS BANK LTD

Name of the Branch   :       T.Nagar

Address of the Bank   :       No.113, G N Chetty Road

T.Nagar, Chennai  600 017.

SWIFT CODE              :      AXISINBB014

Kindly specify that the transfer is towards, “IITMAA Flood Rehabilitation and Health Care Fund”. Alumni donors sending us Cheques and drafts to the address given below are requested to draw the same in favour of “IIT Madras Alumni Charitable Trust” and specify that the same is towards “IITMAA Flood Rehabilitation and Health Care Fund” on the reverse of the Cheque / DD. They are also requested to provide their full address and PAN No so that a formal receipt can be sent to them on realization of the cheque. Alumni donors who remit money through electronic channels may kindly send a mail to alumni@iitm.ac.in providing the complete name, address and PAN NO to enable dispatch of receipt to their respective addresses.
ITTMAA will ensure that the funds are utilized effectively and ensure transparency in deployment of the same to appropriate agencies and persons rigorously identified with genuine needs. The funds will be kept under safe custody by the IITM Alumni Charitable Trust and the deployment of funds for worthwhile projects in rehabilitation and health care will be undertaken in consultation with the stake holders of IITMAA.  A strong governance mechanism will be built into the system.
All our alumni are kindly requested to donate generously and help us serve the socially deprived sections of society who are reeling under the onslaught of the floods. I would also like to thank the alumni who have initiated this process by donating lakh plus rupees spontaneously.


With warm Regards,


V.Ravi (1971-BTCE)


IIT Madras Alumni Association

Room # 109, Office of Hostel Management, Hostel Zone

IIT Madras, Chennai – 600 036       

Tel:044- 2257 8391


Website: http://www.iitmaa.org




25000 Syrian Refugees to be settled in Canada by end of 2015

The new incoming Primer Minister of Canada has pledged to bring 25000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of the year 2015. Please read Prime Minsters Trudeau’s statement below. If you read this news item in conjunction with my earlier post about Syrian Christians of Kerala supporting Syrian refugees, we have an action plan of providing private sponsorship. It is just an idea!

Wedding photos – Riyanka & Nigel 31-Jan-2015

Dear family and friends,

Hope all of you are keeping well. Here is a link to our wedding pictures. Nigel and I are so grateful that you could be a part of our special day, and we hope you enjoyed the occasion as much as we did! For those of you who were unable to be there with us, we thank you for your prayers and good wishes! We would specially like to thank each and every one of our loved ones who went out of their way to help with the arrangements and make sure our wedding went beautifully!Take care and God bless!


Click the link below to request access to the photos.

Wedding Photos

Inauguration April 26, 2015 at Mannuthy, Thrissur, India

Dear All,

Loving Greetings from Chathoth, Mannuthy,Thrissur.

It is indeed a happy occasion for us to realize that the Chathoth Family website has been released officially in the Cyberspace.

The construction of the website and its inauguration are the result the collective efforts of all the concerned, especially those took leads. Thanks be to our Lord and Saviour for all the succor and grace that enabled us to reach the fulfilment of our cherished desire.

I would sincerely thank HG Yuhanon Mar Melitius. Bishop of the Thrissur Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, who blessed us through  a vivifying message, to grace the occasion of the Inauguration of the website.

Mrs Annamma George w/o late CI George , the senior-most  member of our family, gave us an inspiring message and good wishes for the project and the family members. We all are glad to have her message

On this occasion, we are grateful to everyone concerned for their inputs, involvement, help and assistance rendered throughout the project execution. The guidance and contributions of the Executive members were quite valid and these are acknowledged The Working committee members, especially Abi Abraham, Reji Mathew and Joseph Abraham provided valuable inputs during the execution of the project. Thank you all.

Though the “Glimpses of the Chathoth Family History” was released way back in 2012, the spurt  of interest for creating the website on this basis arose ,when several of our people met on the sidelines of the wedding reception of Riyanka d/o Sheela and Mon at Bangalore on 31-01- 2015. It was Alex George who mooted the idea for a website. This was accepted by all and Alex George was nominated as the coordinator. With great dedication and zeal, he did the hard work of effective co -ordination and completed the work well in a short period of 75 days! The Directory compilation, Geni data updating and overseeing the work up to the Inauguration were his contributions! CONGRATULATIONS!

               It was Sheila d/o late CI Thomas who facilitated the get-together at Bangalore, which provided the forum for the creation of the website. Considerable impetus for the work came from George Thomas, s/o late CI Thomas through his offer for sponsoring the project.

               Alex Abraham did incisive research on the Family History of the formative years in the social milieu of yore and helped me to resolve some anomalies in genealogy. It was he who voluntarily designed the website elegantly with the History, Contacts, Gallery, Geni links and access to social media, at a time when we were planning to entrust the job to a professional Designer. CONGRATULATIONS for the timely interventions !


Dr. C.C. Abraham