Industrialist helps varsity set up liberal arts college

Rajen Kilachand, a leading UAE-based industrialist, has announced a donation of $25 million to set up a liberal arts college at Boston University in his family’s name.



The Kilachand College will work as a community of scholars, artists, scientists and professionals working together to innovate and redefine liberal arts education.

Rajen Kilachand, chairman and president of Dodsal Group, says people need to understand liberal arts to succeed in their work.

“People don’t want to go into liberal arts, but I think for people to be future leaders, you need a focused approach to humanities, the fine arts, so that you have a well-rounded personality. Now, I’m ready to do my little bit,” said Rajen.

“What is most original about Kilachand College is our approach to liberal education. It integrates the arts, sciences and professions, and breaks down the divides between ‘pure’ and ‘applied’ knowledge. Our central theme is how research, creation and invention take place in a variety of academic disciplines and human activities,” says Charles Dellheim, director of Kilachand College.

Robert A. Brown, president of Boston University, said, “Rajen Kilachand is a person of extraordinary foresight and rare generosity. I am deeply grateful for his vision and his commitment to our Honours College, which serves our highest achieving students. His magnificent gift will create an endowment for the Kilachand Honours College that will increase the quality of this innovative programme and the range of opportunities it offers for all future generations of Boston University students.”

With a personal commitment of over $50 million to core philanthropic initiatives that span healthcare, vocational training and education, including building libraries and teacher training institutions, Rajen Kilachand heads Dodsal Group which has diversified business interests, including trading and distribution, mining, exploration and production of hydrocarbons, casual dining restaurants and manufacturing of machinery and equipment for the energy sector.

muaz@khaleejtimes.com


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