Twenty-five years after they passed out of the Coimbatore Institute of Technology (CIT), over 100 engineers on Sunday attended a session on energy management.

Talking to them on the Silver Jubilee reunion of the 1981-1985 batch was cricketer Krishnamachari Srikkanth. He said it was important to create positive energy, especially at home. Successful persons always had a positive energy and approach to life. And they had enormous self-belief. Their energy was contagious and brought out a positive outlook to those around them, Srikkanth said.

Take for example Virender Sehwag. His positive energy always had the opposition rattled. So was the case with Vivian Richards. When the two great batsmen were at the crease, the other team's aim would be only to contain the runs and not get them out, the chairman of the cricket selection board said.

Mr. Srikkanth suggested that people transform negative energy into positive energy to be successful in life, a trait that was seen in those who wanted to succeed in life. One instance of positive energy being spread at the alumni meet was K. Venkatesan, chairman and managing trustee, Vaastu Foundation, who donated Rs. 2.5 lakh to set up the Smt. and Shri. Rajalakshmi Karthikeyan Annual Memorial Awards to reward meritorious students. The interest accrued annually from this corpus, would be given to the first two rank holders, picked by the CIT administration in association with the faculty. The first rank holder would get 60 per cent of the interest and the second rank holder the rest. Following Mr. Venkatesan's example, a few other alumni also volunteered to contribute money to the 85 batch's foundation, which would help deserving students from economically weaker sections.

S.R.K. Prasad, Correspondent, CIT, said over the past decade, the institution had made great strides in academics and research.

In keeping with the founder P.R. Ramakrishnan's aim of making CIT grow like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, CIT had embarked on research, he said and added that faculty and students were working on tapping solar energy with nano materials, development of artificial limbs and other projects.

The alumni then felicitated the CIT faculty.