The silver jubilee alumni meet of 1989 batch of IIT Kharagpur which begins from January 17 will have a strong presence of the new ‘political star’ of this batch — Arvind Kejriwal. Kejriwal has a degree in mechanical engineering.
Nearly 100 of Kejriwal’s batchmates, some from outside India, would be reaching Kharagpur, to attend the meet. Besides the 1989 batch, the institute is also hosting the golden jubilee and ruby jubilee of different batches at the same time. In all there would be 250 IIT Kharagpur alumni at the meet.
Although a formal invitation has been extended to Kejriwal, he is yet to confirm his participation. But even if he is not able to participate because of political commitments, his success story is bound to dominate the meet. The meet will also help the batchmates garner more support for him and his party.
“Yes we can have an informal discussion which will enable us to identify people who can volunteer full-time or part-time. The support could be in any form — volunteering, raising funds, creating an awareness on the philosophies of AAP, organisational support by working full time with ground teams or even adopting a constituency,” Rajeev Saraf, a batchmate of Kejriwal, said.
Dittos Aditi Sharma, General Secretary, Students Alumni Cell. “It will be a huge platform for Kejriwal to network with his batchmates and take AAP forward. Even his batchmates are keen to meet him and lend their support.”
Sujit Bhattacharjyya, another of Kejriwal’s batchmate adds: “It would be great if he comes since he has many fans among the students. But even if he does not come, for some reason, we could have some informal discussion on how to strengthen his support base.”