IIT Bombay, celebrated its annual Alumni Day on December 28, 2014. The Class of 1989 celebrated their Silver Jubilee Reunion this year.
The Institute also felicitated its Distinguished Alumnus, Mr. Manohar Parrikar, Minister of Defence, Government of India, who graduated in Metallurgical Engineering from the Institute in 1978, “In recognition of his contribution to the Development of the Country,” on the Alumni Day. Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Parrikar said, “Institutions like IITs, where research can actually be converted into commercial application for national defence, have an important role to play. From my side, I will try to see that IITs are pulled into defence research as well.” He also shared interesting anecdotes from his college days at IIT Bombay during the function.
Earlier in the day, the visiting alumni were given a warm welcome by Prof. Ravi Sinha, Dean (Alumni & Corporate Relations), IIT Bombay. In his address Prof. Devang Khakhar, Director, IIT Bombay informed how the institute is growing from strength to strength. “Today, IIT Bombay is the preferred destination for IIT-JEE toppers. This year top 44 JEE rankers out of 50, chose IIT Bombay for their education... The Institute is focusing on research that makes a difference and has set up major research centres in areas like electronics, nanoscience and solar energy. We have recently established a virtual Tata Centre for Technology and Design, for which Sir Dorabji Tata Trust has agreed to grant Rs. 94 crores to IIT Bombay, over a period of 5 years,” he added. He also thanked the Alumni for their involvement in the activities of the Institute and for their invaluable contributions in term of their time, suggestions, financial aid etc.
As a part of the function, Distinguished Service Awards were bestowed on five alumni members this year, who besides being achievers in their own chosen domains, have contributed in a notable and sustained manner to the progress of the Institute. The award, instituted in the year 1999, consists of a certificate, memento and an Uttaria. This year, the award was conferred on Mr. Rajendra Laad, Mr. Shankar Narayan, Mr. Atul Narkhede, Mr. Saumil Majmudar and Mr. Abhishek Mangalick, by the Director.
The Silver Jubilee Batch has decided to fund three existing initiatives as a part of their Legacy Project and pledged a sum of Rs 3 crore towards it. The projects they have decided to fund include – Retired Faculty Wellness Fund; Financial Aid Program for Students; and Young Faculty Award. According to Mr. Ramesh Natarajan, a representative of the Silver Jubilee Batch, “The four years spent at IIT Bombay were truly magical. It was a phase where we grew from being boys to men and that too men who are worthy to society. We felt that it is important to support the retired faculty members, who have played a great role in shaping many careers, as well as to attract talented young minds to take up teaching at IIT Bombay. Hence, we have decided to contribute towards the existing projects that are supporting the same goal. Also, given the fact that the cost of education and living has increased substantially, we would like to offer more financial aid to the deserving and needy students at IIT Bombay.”
Mr. Avinash Sankholkar, representing the Ruby Jubilee Batch (Class of 1974) and Mr. Mitul Bid from the Decennial Batch Batch (Class of 2004) also spoke at the Alumni Day function. Several fun-filled activities were also held during the alumni meet which included departmental tours, hostel visits, cultural performances, student-alumni interactions, musical evenings and so on. A large number of alumni members from India and abroad participated in the Alumni Day celebrations this year.