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Oldies rock in UIET's alumni meet

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, December 29, 2013
First Published: 17:47 IST(29/12/2013) | Last Updated: 17:49 IST(29/12/2013)

 University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) organised its alumni meet here on Saturday evening.

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This was the second meet organised by the city's premier engineering institute to connect with its former students in the year 2013.

UIET, alumni cell incharge, Rajesh Madan said that nearly 50 alumni participated in the meet with equal number of faculty members. "It was a fruitful meet at least for the students of UIET, two scholarships worth Rs. 25,000 each have been announced by the alumni for students of computer science and biotechnology,"Madan said, adding that it was second such effort of the institute to reach out to its former students.

UIET started in 2002 with merely 280 students have now more than 2,500 students.

"I was from the first batch of pass outs of the UIET. Then it was struggling with infrastructure. I am happy to see today that institute has more than 2,500 students,"said Indira Sharma, who now works with a private hospital in Ludhiana, and was a computer science student at the department.

Another student, Vishal Kohli, who was also from the first batch of UIET passouts in 2006 said, "The UIET made us to keep up with life whatever difficulties come in our ways.""We did not have proper classrooms then. We used to shuttle between the buildings to attend different classes. You would find one thing in common in our first batch. All are hardy,"added Kohli, a telecommunications student then, and now a Gurgaon-based filmmaker.

The institute had tried at different levels to reach out to its former students with video messages from director, Renu Vig, other faculty members and students. The videos messages from alumni were also shot and put online to reach out to those who were off shores and in other parts of country.

When asked about the low turnout, alumni faculty incharge, Rajesh Madan said, "It was not that satisfactory. But our institute is new and we are not disappointed with the low turnout. It is going to go up in future."

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