Indian-American entrepreneur couple donate $1 million to University of Houston

Houston, October 19: A prominent Indian-American business couple donated $1 million to fund manufacturing lab equipment at the University of Houston.

University alumnus Brij Agrawal and his wife Sunita fund the fabrication of laboratory equipment at the University of Houston (UH) College of Technology building in Sugar Land, a suburb of Greater Houston. Tirupati Balaji temple announces donation of Rs 100 Crore for Ram Mandir in Ayodhya? Here is a fact check.

The entrepreneurial couple are helping fund college manufacturing lab equipment, including the latest 3D printers, machine tools and measurement test equipment, and establishing a state-of-the-art manufacturing design center focused on small and medium industry. Indian-American researchers are developing a durable coating that kills the COVID-19 virus.

“I wouldn’t have graduated from college without the UH system. That’s why I’m so passionate about supporting UH,” Agrawal said. ‘UH on the Sugar Land campus,’ he said.

The total impact of the Agrawals could reach $3.5 million after matching donations from the George Foundation, which will match $1 million, and the Texas Research Incentive Program, the university said in a statement.

The university will name the auditorium on the ground floor of the building, the Brij and Sunita Agrawal Auditorium, in honor of the couples. Originally from Lakhanpur in India (Punjab), Agrawal moved to Houston at age 17 and took night school at UH while working full time.

He credits his college experience for providing him with the foundation to launch and sustain a successful career as CEO and Chairman of the VKC Group.

This is not the first time the Agrawals have invested their money in the school. The couple were financially involved in the construction of UH in the early days of Sugar Land. They also created a Presidential Endowment to fund scholarships for UH engineering students.

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