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Want to take an offbeat career? Pick an IITian as a guide

education Updated: Jul 30, 2012 20:25 IST
Vanita Srivastava

Want to hone your entrepreneurship skill? Or how about getting some tips on taking up an offbeat career like becoming a musician?

Take help from a pool of talented IITians who have made a mark for themselves in their careers.

The only clause being—you have to be an IIT student, an IIT alumni, IIT faculty or a family member of an IITian.

IITians helping IITians—this is the tagline of the IITMentors, Delhi chapter which will be launched on August 1 by Delhi IIT alumni and founder chairman NIIT Rajendra Singh Pawar.

The initiative was mooted by PANIIT and its first chapter was launched in Bangalore and Bay area last year.

"This is a kind of a platform where an established IITian can be like a guide in your career. We will first take details of the mentees, their needs and then start their offline match making process with their respective mentors,” says Damnish, one of the coordinators of the launch in Delhi.

Atleast 30 mentors will be identified on the basis of their field in which they are working, he said adding," We would fundamentally want one mentor for three persons. There would be both offline and online interaction between the two. We will however not exceed our mentoring strength beyond 100 in this launch event.”

While the Bangalore chapter had six tracks of mentoring including entrepreneurship, corporate career, academics, government and public sector and graduating students, the Delhi Chapter will have one more sector that of an offbeat career.

"Delhi has one of the most vibrant communities of IIT alumni. With this as our backbone, we visualize the launch as just the beginning of the mentoring process. The mentees will have access to a wealth of valuable experience which can benefit them both professionally and personally, says Rakesh Mishra, adding," We have already witnessed the success of this mentoring in Bangalore and Bay Area.”

Details about the programme can be found at iitmentors.org or delhi-ncr@iitmentors.org