VJTI plans biggest alumni meet in Mumbai

Published on Nov 21, 2006 08:41 PM IST

The main intention behind the 45,000-plus alumni meet is its interaction with the industry, reports Sumitra Deb Roy.

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The 119-year-old Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) is organising its biggest alumni meet ever on December 24 with an aim to increase interaction between its students and the industry.   
After the Institute had gained autonomy in 1994, it would be the biggest ever meet for the 45000 odd alumni of the institute. Anil Kakodkar, Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission, State Finance Minister Jayant Patil and Renuka Ramnath, Managing Director and CEO, ICICI Venture are some of the luminaries of this institute who have consented to be a part of the meet. The alumni meet would eventually be transformed into an "annual event" in the years to come.
The institute is planning to build a "corpus to the tune of 100 crores" from alumni's contribution that would be utilized in development of the infrastructure.  "But, we would not go around asking for money from them," added Prof KG Narayankhedkar, Director, VJTI. This is one of the reasons why entry to the alumni meet would be free this year.  
"The prime motive behind organising the meet is to establish an emotional bonding between the institute and the alumni many of whom hold influential positions within Indian industry and abroad," said Narayankhedkar, while addressing the media.  
In order to make the curriculum of VJTI more responsive to the needs and demands of the industry, the institute has also decided to include their alumni into the panel, which frames the curriculum for different subjects.

"Alumni of VJTI who have already gained a foothold in the industry would know best its requirements," said Dr P Nambiar, Professor of Mechanical engineering "and we can very well use their expertise and train students the way market demands". 
The bond between the institute and the alumni might usher in more joint research and consultancy programmes, development of centres of excellence in emerging areas of technology, student mentoring and infrastructure development, added Nambair.

In fact, from the next academic year there would be no classes in VJTI on Thursday afternoon. "That time would be used exclusively to bring in industry people who would directly interact with students about markets trends," said Nambair.              
The VJTI Alumni association was formed on March 10, 1944 and was called 'The Old Boys' association but later it was renamed as 'VJTI Alumni Association'.       
Email Sumitra Deb: sumitra.roy@hindustantimes.com

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