October 9th, 2012

A Second Major Gift from Rajen Kilachand

Industrialist Rajen Kilachand (GSM’74) has made a second record-breaking gift to BU, for $10 million. The gift was announced during the launch of the Campaign for Boston University.

Kilachand’s first gift, for $25 million, was made in 2011 to support the University’s Honors College, renamed the Arvind and Chandan Nandlal Kilachand Honors College in honor of Kilachand’s parents. It was the largest single private gift in BU’s history.

The University will rename Shelton Hall—the location of the Honors College—in Kilachand’s honor.

A history of involvement

Kilachand is a member of the BU Board of Trustees. He is chair and president of the Dodsal Group, a multibillion dollar diversified company with 25,000 employees in countries around the globe.

He supports health care and education initiatives in India, the United Arab Emirates, the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He is also a committed philanthropist whose social initiatives span a spectrum of giving—from sponsoring music and art festivals to funding community theaters and AIDS awareness programs in Africa and Papua New Guinea. He supports annual kite festivals in Gujarat, India, and is the only international sponsor of the New Orleans Jazz Festival.

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