THE ALUMNI Cell at the Harcourt Butler Technological Institute (HBTI) could not achieve its target to unite the alumni spread all over the world within a period of one year. Despite best efforts of HBTI Director Dr RP Singh, no significant success could be made to strengthen the Cell by raising its membership.
However, the institute has decided to organise the second two-day alumni meet from November 25 this year. According to the Cell members, efforts would be made to invite two-year old alumni and if possible more than two years alumni would be invited. The main problem of the Cell members is to locate the address of senior students.
It is worth mentioning that a year ago the institute had held its first International Alumni Meet and a seminar on “The role of technical education” and a large number of alumni participated in the meet and also appreciated the idea of strengthening the Alumni Cell so that the institute could be benefited by their experiences and contributions.
At the end of the meet a nine-point recommendation charter was prepared with active assistance of the delegates. It was also decided that the charter would be presented before the members of the Board of Governors of the HBTI for approval.
A final draft of the recommendations was prepared under the supervision of senior professor Dr Onkar Singh .The draft envisaged that technological advances should be focused to the downtrodden people of the country and appropriate technologies should be developed so that a they could be benefited.
Monitoring of quality in technical education should be of the prime concern for all and the present standard of the education should be improved. Stress was also laid on the efforts for translating the technical terminology into language of common masses that could percolate to the bottom of the society.
It was also proposed that the engineering institutions should have a separate alumni cell to create bond between the alumni and the institute. The institute should be allowed to release newsletter and circulate them among the alumni. Besides, institutions should try to create faculty positions in the form of ‘Chairs’ in different departments and the institutes should take up the industrial problems with students and should make closer ties with industries.
Finally, it was also envisaged that the efforts should be made to attract alumni for their cooperation to the institute in every field.
All the proposals were reportedly discussed at the Board meeting and the board members cleared the proposals and allowed the Cell members to go ahead with the targeted mission.