Flashback 50 at BIT-Sindri

NOSTALGIA: BIT alumni cut a cake to mark the golden jubilee celebrations of the 1968-73 batch on the Sindri campus in Dhanbad on Sunday. Picture by Gautam Dey

Dhanbad: A well-known bulding consultant in Dubai, Md Imtiaz Hasan felt 50 years roll off from him as he strolled on BIT-Sindri campus and met his hostel roommate Pritpal Singh of the same batch, 1968-73.

Hasan and Singh were among the 85 alumni of the tech college who gathered on campus from across the world, many with wives and siblings in tow, to celebrate the golden jubilee of their batch on Sunday. All pushing 70, the minute the batch mates met each other, some after decades, they hugged and spoke like young boys they had been once on the same campus.

Talking to this paper, Hasan, who studied mechanical engineering here, said it was amazing to be here for the daylong Alumni Meet, which started with an introduction session at Deshpande Auditorium.

Asked about changes, he smiled. "Yes, there are a lot of developments at the institute and several new buildings. But the aura of the campus is the same as it was during our time."

Agreed Hasan's batch mate Arvind Gupta, retired from IT consultancy major Deloitte and settled in Atlanta, US. "Five people in my family, my elder brother, me and our nephews, studied in BIT-Sindri. Visiting the campus after a gap of some decades was like walking down memory lane," said Gupta, who came with his wife Asha.

On what could be done to improve BIT-Sindri, Hasan said he suggested more emphasis on maintaining the building. "We will contribute Rs 1 lakh from our (alumni) end that can be used in any way the institute management deems fit," he said.

Gupta said BIT-Sindri was on the right track. "We plan to develop the institute as an IT hub," he said.

Fellow batch mate Krishna Kumar, originally a Sindri boy now settled in Ghaziabad, said he had come to the campus in the recent past too. "But, this is a special occasion, as I'm meeting so many people with whom I shared my golden years," said the engineer who retired as additional GM of Projects and Development India Limited (PDIL), Noida.

Vinod Kumar Tulsyan, a chemical engineering alumnus and a well-known Dhanbad industrialist who played a big part in organising the event, added, "Our institute was the best in the region during our student days. It is again on path of progress. We met on Sunday to extend every support towards the progress of our alma mater."


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