A tea party hosted by the Sir JJ College of Architecture on Thursday is going to bring together alumni across batches. They will gather to form a formal alumni association.
The college had an informal alumni association but it was not very active and it was forgotten over the past decade. The college is hoping to revive the association in a manner similar to the Indian Institutes of Technology, where alumni play a major role in the growth of the institute.
“We are expecting more than 100 alumni on Thursday. Former students from the UK and US are coming. We want our alumni to play a major role in the development of our college,” said Rajiv Mishra, principal of the college. The school’s alumni include Ravi Sarangan and Ratan Batliboi, who will be present on Thursday.
The government-run college has produced architects such as Achyut Kanvinde, considered as one of forefathers of modern Indian architecture and the man behind the National Science Centre in Delhi and Anant Raje whose works include the Forest Management Institute in Bhopal. Over the years, the government has neglected the institute and its potential, said college officials.
The origin of the college can be traced to the founding of a Draftsman’s Class started to produce men “with knowledge fit to be employed in an architect’s office attached to the Sir JJ School of Arts” in 1896. “The association will be not just be individual batches meeting up,” said Paresh Kapadia, coordinator for the association and a visiting faculty at the college.