The Socially Relevant Projects program, which started in the year 2003, with an initial grant
of Rs. 10.0 lakhs from IIT Madras, is over the years being supported by funds received from
IIT Madras alumni. In 2011, in honour of Prof. M.S. Ananth who was retiring as Director that
year, the alumni of IIT Madras established the Prof. M.S. Ananth Endowment Fund. The
interest from this fund is being used to fund projects under the SRP scheme.