After IIT-Delhi’s poor status in the world rankings, the alumni of the institution were so worried that they have decided to hold first-ever alumni meeting on December 29. Themed, “Envisioning the Future. Together,” the event is expected to draw around 2,000 alumni.

“There have been concerns about the declining rank of IITs and we are worried about this. On this Alumni Day, we commit ourselves to alter this. Many top brains that have changed the contours of the world in many ways are expected to come up with a blueprint for the future and lend themselves to this task,” said alumni association secretary Ashok Kumar.

35,000 alumni

“In the past, alumni have contributed in a big way to their alma mater. They helped in establishing an Innovation Centre, Innovation Awards and various centres for advanced studies at IIT-Delhi in addition to numerous scholarship programs. This year, the alumni shall be sharing and contributing ideas on how to transform IIT-Delhi into one of the world’s top 20 research and technology institutions,” said alumni association president Pravin Purang, adding that the institute has more than 35,000 alumni spread across the globe. “These include many successful entrepreneurs, corporate czars and senior decision-makers in the government. The illustrious list includes the RBI Governor, Dr. Raghuram Rajan,” he said, while explaining that more than 2,000 alumni were expected to participate in the event.

Some of the areas that are likely to be discussed include strengthening the academia-industry linkage, infrastructure and research. The alumni and their families will meet, interact with each other and explore how the association can be made more vibrant and useful for the institute and the nation.