NIT-T Director's appeal to alumni "I'm basking in the reflected glory of my students' endeavours"
TIRUCHI: "Long time. Man, you have turned handsome." "You still look the same, the timid back-bencher."
No prizes for guessing.
It was the alumni get-together and felicitation for the `distinguished alumni award winners' of National Institute of Technology-Tiruchi (NIT-T) that celebrated the first Alumni Day on Saturday.
Alma mater and
Amid the buoyant old pals was their alma mater's first Principal P. S. Manisundaram making the guy-next-door remarks and surprising everyone with his sharp recollections.
Mr. Manisundaram felicitated the awardees with memento, alongside witty recollections of their college days.
"I'm basking in the reflected glory of my students' endeavours," he said, addressing the felicitating function with a touch of nostalgia.
A former vice-chancellor of the Bharathidasan University, Mr. Manisundaram was a popular academician at the helm of Regional Engineering College, Tiruchi, that transformed into NIT-T a couple of years ago.
What sets aside National Institutes of Technology from other nationally acclaimed institutions for technical studies was the seat reservation for every State, including those in the North-East, he noted.
With every memento he gave away, Mr. Manisundaram had an instance to reminisce.
"It has been a collective work in grooming it right from scratch," he said, as an emotionally charged alumnus owed their achievements to him.
In his keynote address prior to felicitations, he expressed surprise over the hype about IT-related courses, which, he said, could serve as an allied subject for engineering, and not an exclusive engineering programme.
"Information Technology is just a tool for engineering. But the boom in software firms made people deem it as a prime engineering subject."
The event prompted the Institute Director M. Chidambaram to observe that alumni participation would rectify shortcomings in certain areas.
"Alumni working as administrators and academicians across the globe can provide valuable suggestions to strengthen the newly introduced postgraduate courses," he said, listing out educational institutions where NIT alumni served as faculties.