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IIT-K alumni face big challenge: Dhande

THE MANAGEMENT and the faculty of the IIT-K have many challenges to face in future to keep intact the prestige of the Institute. Addressing the inaugural session of the two-day meet of the Class of ?71, here on Monday, IIT-K director Sanjay G Dhande said the performance of distinguished alumni of the institute had earned a name for the IIT-K at the international level and now it had become the duty of each student, faculty member and members of the management to keep the ?prestige? of the institute intact.

india Updated: Jan 03, 2006 00:23 IST

THE MANAGEMENT and the faculty of the IIT-K have many challenges to face in future to keep intact the prestige of the Institute.

Addressing the inaugural session of the two-day meet of the Class of ’71, here on Monday, IIT-K director Sanjay G Dhande said the performance of distinguished alumni of the institute had earned a name for the IIT-K at the international level and now it had become the duty of each student, faculty member and members of the management to keep the ‘prestige’ of the institute intact.

He said many a reputed institute, after attaining glory, failed to maintain their record and educational standards faced a decline.

He said, “We are proud of our system of disseminating knowledge, but we still lack knowledge creation which requires huge funds and sophisticated infrastructure. Unless we step into the process of knowledge creation, we cannot be sure of preserving the present glory of the institute.”

Dr Dhande said the IIT-K had full academic autonomy but as far as funds was concerned, it did not enjoy any financial autonomy, which was badly needed for expanding the horizons of knowledge in every discipline.

Referring to foreign universities, he said while some had a $500 million budget, the IIT-K had annual budget of Rs 150 crore, which was too little to take up programmes for creating knowledge. He said the Institute must have a corpus of Rs 10,000 crore for implementing ambitious schemes, but this could not be created without the help of the alumni.

He said the future of the institute solely rested upon the shoulders of the alumni. Their close involvement with the institute in the field of providing new global technologies, creating endowment funds for engaging best faculties and helping the institute in becoming financially autonomous could only open vistas for a “safe future” of the institute. “Our own fund generation or the government assistance would not be adequate enough to attain higher goals,” he said.

Earlier, while welcoming the alumni, Alumni Association secretary Dr Ishwaran eulogised the role of the alumni and the media for making the Institute globally known for its high educational standards. About 35 alumni of the 1971 batch attended the meet with their family members and visited the institute campus, labs, faculties and other buildings.

At the felicitation ceremony, they were called by their old roll numbers. Many who forgot the roll numbers did not respond to the call. In fun, the classmates shouted ‘So Gaya Hai’, ‘Kal Key Hangover Mein Hai’, ‘Bunk Mar Gaya Hai’ and so on, which generated peals of laughter.