Monday, November 23, 2009
Posted by: BITSAA Newsletter
Irrespective of whatever degree they earned at Pilani, wherever they came from and whatever their life journey had taken them to, there was one thing they all shared in common – their passion for the alma mater which brought them back after long years.
Silver Jubilee Reunion of 1979-84 batch alumni
From the 79-84 batch, over 90 BITSians from all over the world which included over a dozen from foreign countries such as USA, Singapore and Australia assembled at Pilani on October 2, 2009 evening for celebrating their Silver Jubilee Reunion. The alumni gathering indeed looked like a stellar constellation of Chairmen, Managing Directors, COOs, CEOs, CTOs, CIOs, Scientists, Presidents and Vice Presidents, Techies, Entrepreneurs, Media Moguls, Realtors, Academicians, Vice Chancellors, Professors as well as Consultants.
A colorful function was held in the auditorium of the Institute, where they remembered and honored the professors who were their friends and guides during their stay at Pilani. The nostalgic evening function also included performance by the Music Club of BITS Pilani who took the alumni and audience to peaks of nostalgia by picking songs from the yesteryear hit movies Brahmachari, Teesri Manzil, Karz, Hare Rama Hare Krishna etc apart from Born to be Wild from 1968 release Steppenwolf.
Coral Jubilee reunion of 1970-75 batch alumni
Around 69 BITSians from various parts of the world gathered at Pilani on October 24, 2009 for celebrating their Coral Jubilee reunion. They included professionals from all walks of life. The next day, they went around the campus to visit the Sharda Peeth Saraswati Temple, Birla Science Museum, Student Activities Centre (SAC), various hostels, laboratories, Central Library etc. Prof Natarajan Vice President BITSAA took a nostalgic lecture for them in the Lecture Theatre Complex and gave an overview of BITS covering the happenings over the past 35 years.
A vibrant event, titled YAADEIN – A Musical Trip Down Memory Lane was held in the auditorium of the Institute, where they remembered and honored Prof B D Deshpande who had cared, inspired, encouraged and challenged them during their student years. Apart from being Professor of Biological Sciences Group at BITS Pilani, Prof Deshpande had been warden, chief warden and later Dean Student Welfare Division. The 81 year old emotion-choked Prof Deshpande in his speech said that BITSians are undoubtedly a class apart and he had cherished every moment of his stay at Pilani. A few from the alumni which included Dinesh Sharma, Azhar Kazmi, Dinesh Maheshwari, Prafulla R Deo and others took over the stage with their performance.
Anmol Jubilee Reunion of 1966-71 batch alumni
From the 66-71 batch, 53 BITSians from all over the country as well as abroad met at Pilani on November 19, 2009 evening for celebrating their half way from Silver to half way to Gold in a way rare aptly termed as Anmol Jubilee Reunion. They spent a day at the surajgarh fort. The following day they went around the campus.
In the evening, there was a grand music show organized to thank this batch of alumni for their gesture to replace the entire sound system of the auditorium with digital mixers and state of the art speakers. After a performance by the music club, the alumni took over the stage and had the audience spell bound. Mr BC Jain on behalf of the batch shared nostalgia of the yesteryear student days and said that it was his batch which gave birth to OASIS which stands today as a jewel in the crown of all college festivals. It’s a matter of pride that Mr S K Roongta Chairman of Steel Major SAIL and Mr Yogesh Agarwal Chairman IDBI are from this batch of alumni of BITS Pilani.
In their address to the students, the common message they reiterated was that it was the broad based integrated and interdisciplinary approach of education at BITS, Pilani which gave each one of them ample opportunities. These batch like the others have indeed enhanced the reputation and raised the profile of BITS Pilani both nationally and internationally through their successes, contributions and support.