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By St. Anik On January - 4 - 2009 ADD COMMENTS

Education is not only the driving force for a leader to move ahead in life, but also the motivation to take an occasional pause and reflect back, connect with one’s alma mater and share the richness of one’s journey… The Alumni Meet of the Department of Electronics and Communication, University College of Engineering, Osmania University (A) was conducted on December 28th, 2008, Sunday at the ECE auditorium. The Meet was conducted as a part of the Department’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations. The Meet opened at 10:00 am with a great enthusiasm and a sense of nostalgia in the air as the batches of 40’s and 50’s were also seen. The Meet began with Prof. Alladi Prabhakaran, Senior Retired Professor and Former Head of the Department delivering his plenary address.

A series of engaging talks were delivered by the Alumni, consisting of experiences from their college days and most importantly, on reaching goals and projecting dreams. The student batches were only too happy to have gained a lot from the talks and finding new sources of inspiration from their seniors. The Alumni talked among other things,  about forming and strengthening the roots of the Alumni Association which could do a lot to the Department and its students. Since the members of the Alumni occupy leading positions in their respective fields, these are a testimony to  the high standards set by the Department. During his talk Maj. Gen. Bagga, an alumnus, said, ” Through the alumni we’ve got to nurture the next generation –alumni children — to make sure they do not lose their roots and there we’ve got to think about rendering the services to the community in we live and work. So this is not just thinking only about India. We should think about the community — how to serve them.”

Mr.Krishna Chaitanya, 2008 pass out, who was the youngest among the alumni present in the Meet, had a message to the student audience, that this College helped define us and helped us become what we are today. We first organized an alumni meet last year. Four Ex-students turned up but I’m truly happy to see the number increase to 50+. According to many Ex-students, the college has changed dramatically since many of its alumni studied here, and the Alumni Meet provided the perfect opportunity for all of them to revisit the campus and reminiscence their experiences. This nostalgic visit back to campus made the alumni feel at home and brought excitement into the interaction.

The student-alumni interaction session was followed by lunch at the Osmania University Guest House, after which the alumni gathered back to the ECE auditorium to discuss and form the Alumni Association. It was decided that the Association would have an Advisory and an Executive Committee. Many suggestions were tabled on ways to help the Department and it’s current students to help in their careers and to achieve their goals.

All-in-all, the day resulted in sharing of reminiscent times, new networks built, rich experiences shared and a lot of appreciation conveyed by the Alumni to the Department and its students for such an exemplary event management. Although time and tide and the vagaries of advancing years have dwindled the numbers and vigors of the Department, there was a splendid turnout. The all-pervasive feeling of the occasion is extracted in this quote by Albert Einstein- “Education is what survives, after you’ve forgotten what you memorized.”

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