Rockford University named its business school after its Indian alumni Sunil Puri
Rockford University has named its Business School after its 1982 alumnus Sunil Puri. Puri an Indian American tycoon in the real estate industry, had contributed $5 million to the University. In recognition of his generous offer, the University decided to name the school after him.
The business school built in 1993, has been remodeled with over 5000 sft of classroom-space added, to wherein business and economics and accounting classes could be conducted. The school has provisions to cater to both undergraduate and graduate levels.
Sunil Puri is the co-founder and president of First Rockford Group, a real estate development company employing over 200 people and having developed 10,000 sites in 30 years.
The school caters to students from every discipline interested in pursuing a course in business. This year the school saw an unusual increase of 878 students, registering under the full-time undergraduate courses. Though the nursing program has the highest number of enrolments, business and education courses too peaked in demand.
Born in Mumbai, Puri migrated to America in 1979, to pursue his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Rockford College, now known as Rockford University. Reminded of his shining ambition and determination, Senator Dick Durbin in his address to the media said, ‘In 1979, Sunil came to Rockford University with virtually no money or proper transcripts, but he did come with hope and tenacity. Rockford University gave him a chance and today on his birthday no less — he’s made it clear that he hasn’t forgotten the role the school played in his success,”.
Rockford University President Robert L Head remarked, ‘from the minute he stepped on this campus as an undergrad more than 35 years ago, a fire sparked inside him that still burns bright.”
The fire that burns in Sunil has lit many hopes and ambitions in those who would like to emulate him. There are many such Indian success stories that have made India proud and it is our endeavor to keep showing to the world, the bright and brilliant minds that have emerged from the subcontinent.
News Source: rrstar.com, Times of India
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