Students of the inaugural batch at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) still remember beginning their college lives in 1958 in a Worli building before the campus was built in Powai.
That first batch, which joined in 1958 and passed out in 1962, will gather together this week at IITB for their golden jubilee reunion starting on Friday.
IITB was the second IIT to be set up. Around 100 students joined in the first batch, and 32 will be attending the three-day meet from around the world.
The batch will also release a coffee-table book, The Pioneers: The Story of the First Batch of IIT Bombay, this weekend, featuring anecdotes, photographs and contributions from 1962 graduates.
“I still remember Pandit Nehru laying the foundation stone,” said Sudhir Sharma, 72, a member of the batch, and the book's editor.
“Back then we had no idea after graduating what would be our reception in the world.” Sharma is coming from New York for the reunion. Of the 73 students who graduated in the first convocation in 1962, 14 have passed away. The entire class of 1962 was male.
“It was very exciting (to be in the first batch), and the bug of being in the pioneer batch has stuck to most of us,” said Jugal Tandon, 72, who finished with a BTech in metallurgical engineering.
“This will perhaps be our last meeting together officially so I think it will be a lot of fun, frolic, memories as well as serious thought on how can we continue to contribute to development of the institute and the students.”
Both Tandon and Sharma were involved in the steel industry. The institute will also be felicitating them on Alumni Day, on Sunday.