Alumination, the annual alumni meet of the Institute was organized on 7th and 8th October. The events were aimed to bring the alumni and student communities together and achieve a greater good. The Institute saw a turnout of over 100 alumni and more than 500 students in the two days.
Day 1 started with the leadership talk given by Mr Rajat Garg, an alumnus of IIT Bombay. This was followed by speed mentoring sessions for the students on a one-to-one basis. Quoting Mr Garg, ‘It’s always great to be back on campus and helping students.’ Simultaneously, mock interviews and group discussions guided by alumni were arranged for the final year students to help them get an edge at their preparation for the upcoming placement season.
The Alumni Student Mentorship Program had also organized a ‘Mentor-mentee meetup’ presided by Ms Shivani Manchanda, Wellness Centre, IIT Bombay, to provide a platform for open discussion about the challenges and solutions of the program. This was followed by open networking, where the alumni and students interacted over lunch.
Apart from this, a Tech and Rnd exposition was also organized where the students put up their projects and research on display for the alumni. This received a huge response and there were some great projects at the expo.
The evening of the first day ended with an interactive session with Distinguished Alumnus, Mr Shailesh Gandhi, who is a renowned RTI activist and was the former Central Information Commissioner. He got candid in his talk with the students, where he shared some memories of his professional life and how he believes that it is imperative to each and every one of us to own up to doing something to improve our country.
The next day, we had Mr Ashish Chauhan, CEO, Bombay Stock Exchange, and a Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Bombay with us. His talk enthused the students as he shared anecdotes from his institute life as well as his hugely diverse professional life. In all humility he said, ‘Success is many a time a matter of chance. But, the onus is upon us to excel at whatever job we are assigned and this is what makes you grow as a person.’
There was a sense of nostalgia among alumni who were revisiting the campus after many years and a sense of satisfaction among the students who walked back with a new experience and learned from someone else’s.