The alumni house of BIT-Sindri that is being extended to make more room for former students. Picture by Gautam Dey
When it is the BIT-Sindri alumni meet, going down memory lane is also about giving back to the alma mater in bushels.
This year, BIT-Sindri has scheduled November 25 for its annual alumni meet. Bonding, nostalgia and some 50 felicitations apart, former students will also pledge funds and resources for intellectual and infrastructure development of their cradle on that day.
For example, the Class of 1970 has already raised Rs 4 lakh to build an open-air theatre, complete with a boundary wall and a fountain, on the vacant grounds of the mechanical engineering department. BIT-Sindri will chip in with the rest — around Rs 3 lakh.
“Our old students have planned to lay the foundation stone for the open-air theatre this year at the alumni meet. Its design was also prepared by former students,” beamed BIT-Sindri director S.K. Singh.
Former students also push the current lot to excel with tangible encouragement. “We have 50 alumni-sponsored scholarships. Of them, only BIT-Sindri North America chapter funds 22. This time, we expect more,” alumni association joint secretary Shweta Kumari said.
Shweta added the meet this year would see alumni from abroad such as Ashok Sharma (1982 batch), who now lives in Dubai and runs Haka Foundation, Rupesh Kumar (1990 batch) of Bahrain and Ramkrishna Gupta (1990 batch) of the US.
“Let’s see what pleasant surprises they and other achievers like them have in store for this generation of students,” she smiled.
But enrichment wasn’t only about money, Shweta stressed.
“Alumni contribution includes agreeing to come on campus for seminars, meets and guest lectures to help students pick up global industry trends, hone their intellect and personality. Current students gain immeasurably from interacting with highly-placed alumni,” she said.
Director Singh added that alumni fundraising picked up steam last year. On alumni day 2011 alone, Rs 1.5 lakh was raised as donations. Thereafter, cheques of various amounts for the alumni fund kept pouring in from all over the world.
“We are proud to say our alumni have been chipping in handsomely. Deshpande Auditorium has been recently renovated with funds provided by the alumni last year,” added the institute director.
On their part, the cradle is expanding the suite inside BIT-Sindri alumni house — currently boasting eight double-bed air-conditioned rooms, attached bathrooms, a large hall, dining and drawing spaces — aided by its Bilaspur chapter.
It’s perhaps to say, come home guys. There’s more room for everyone.
What have you done or plan to do for your alma mater?