In a bid to promote nation-building, communal harmony and fraternity among college alumni, the newly-registered St. Stephen's College Alumni Association was launched on Saturday. The Association has been envisaged as a think-tank.

Member Ashish Joshi said at a press conference: “The focus will be on nation building and aims to provide a forum for Stephanians, who have contributed to different walks of life, to provide their suggestions on various issues which will be submitted to the Government. The Association will also be working as a pressure group.” It will provide a platform to Stephanians who have contributed nationally and internationally in the cultural space, public administration, finance, sports, media, theatre, films and literature to give suggestions to the Government, international organisations and institutions in formulating policies, strategies and plans.

It will promote and encourage cultural activities including music, dance, theatre and arts by organising seminars, workshops and performances. The Association will also grant scholarships or provide financial aid to deserving students in the college and establish prizes for excellence in the field of social services, human rights, scientific achievements and promoting peace. It also plans to take up issues of national interest, publish and distribute relevant books and render financial assistance for research.

The founding members include cultural consultant Sanjeev Bhargava, Vijay Shukla, Civil Services officials Nuzhat Hassan, Nirmal Andrews (retired) and Ashish Joshi; Member of Parliament Sandeep Dikshit and legal consultant Asim Abbas.

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