The Bangalore chapter meet was held at IRIS Hotel, Brigade Road on 18 Feb, 2017. The event commenced at about 6:30 PM. About 30 Alumni attended the meeting. Few had come with family members. Dr. Jagadish Shettigar and Prof. Shylaja Iyengar attended the meeting on behalf of BIMTECH.
The meeting commenced with the Convener - Nitika Singhal briefing the alumni with the activities being taken up by the institution for building the Alumni network. Prof. Shylaja encouraged the Bangalore chapter alumni to take on the onus of making the Association an Alumni initiative instead of an institute initiative as then there would be ownership. BIMTECH would back the alumni in their efforts. The floor was then thrown open to suggestions from the alumni for strengthening the association and on how the Alumni network can add value to the Alma Mater.
Below are the suggestions that were discussed:
1. Alumni as Mentor for fresher’s into the campus: An online platform could be created where the alumni can interact with current students. Linked In can also be used as one such platform. Here the current students should be able to choose their mentor (from the available alumni). preferably after 3 months of their joining.
2.. The platform mentioned in point above can also be used by current students for connecting with the alumni in the cities where the students are going for an internship, job. The alumni can guide them for looking for accommodation, transport, food etc.
3. The platform can also be used as by the alumni for posting short term projects, internships, jobs, etc..
4. The institution can plan to make alumni connect as a part of the curriculum. It can be an activity which runs round the year.
5. Alumni themselves should connect informally more often - as small and large groups for talks, sports activities like cycling, parties, etc. for better bonding amongst the members.
The Bangalore alumni were very enthusiastic over the suggestions shared. Some of them have shared their interests and the initiatives that they would like to take up. Attached please find a few as expressed by the Alumni. The meeting ended with a desire to meet more often than just once a year. Even monthly meetings in smaller groups sponsored by the Alumni themselves, was welcomed by the gathering.
The discussion was followed by dinner.
Resident Representative – South India