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Alumni shares vision beyond IIT campus

Look beyond the campus and give it back to the society — former IITians came up with this mantra at the second alumni meet of IIT-Patna on Wednesday.

At a function held at the campus and attended by IITians working in different government and private sector companies in Patna, the former students of the premier tech cradle shared their views with the present bunch of young brains.

Chanchal Kumar, the 1992 batch IIT-Kanpur graduate now posted as secretary, building construction department along with additional charge of art, culture and sports, said: “IITians are considered as the cream of society but their knowledge and acumen should not confine to just working in multinational companies. They should come forward in giving back to the society.”

Chanchal added: “It has almost been 22 years that I left working with tools and designing programmes but now I’m having direct interaction with the people. Look beyond the campus, you can help the society, the people, around you not only by monetary assistance but even with ideas.”

Apart from Chanchal, Patna Municipal Corporation commissioner Kuldeep Narayan, an IIT-Kanpur graduate, was also present. Though Narayan did not speak at the function, his presence was quite a boost to the present students. A government official and IIT-Kharagpur graduate who did not want to disclose his identity said: “It has been rightly said by Chanchal that IITians should pay back to society. Had Narayan not joined the IAS and not taken up reforms in the PMC he would have not been known in the society.”

The IIT-Patna students also interacted with their former batches through video-conferencing. Anandghan Waghmare, an IIT-Patna alumnus (2009-13) who is working as software engineer at Cisco System, Bangalore, talked to his teachers and friends through video chat. Waghmare came up with the idea of building a smart phone for the visually challenged. Bangalore-based Gagandeep Singh, the President of India Gold Medallist of his batch (2008-12), shared his views on the life he had spent at IIT-Patna’s computer science and engineering department.

IIT-Patna director A.K. Bhowmick said: “I have seen different phases of the institute from an infant baby to adolescent but we have set a target that by 2022, the IIT Patna would grow to its full capacity.”

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