Alumni meet: stoking old memories

NIT-Warangal alumni from across the world attend diamond jubilee celebrations

Who wouldn’t want to wallow in nostalgia, especially when one gets busy with everyday life and has no time to look back or revisit old memories. It is that time now for the alumni of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Warangal.

Scores of them arrived at the campus on Thursday from across the world to be part of the institute’s diamond jubilee celebrations. The three-day international alumni meet and national conference on ‘Transforming NIT-W as a World Class Technical Institute - Role of Alumni’ began at the campus on Thursday.

The inaugural witnessed a soulful performance by dancer Ranjith and team and a troop from Bhuwaneshwar, Odisha. C.S.R.K. Prasad, coordinator of the conference, welcomed the alumni and their families, former and current faculty members, directors and principals of the institute. On the occasion, he presented a summary of the events planned during the next two days and said that there would be six technical sessions with 28 paper presentations, a panel discussion along with movie screening, cultural performances, city tour, fun games and dinner.

Arvind Jauhari, president of NITW Alumni Association, talked about the contribution of the association to the institute and said it was working relentlessly to strengthen the alumni connections with the institute.

N.V. Ramana Rao, Director, NIT-Warangal, said the institute was going from strength to strength. He said that the institute’s Innovation Garage was named after an alumnus of the first batch, S.V. Sastry, who contributed generously for the development of the institute.

Focus on innovation

Chief guest of the event, K.K. Aggarwal, Chairman of National Board for Accreditation, said he was happy to attend the event and added that engineering education today, in the era of Industry 4.0, must focus on three I’s – Innovation, Inter-disciplinarity and Industry connect. He, in his own engaging and witty way, stated that technical education should foster creative and non-linear thinking among students. He expressed his desire to see NIT-Warangal as a world class technical institute with national focus.

Later, the first batch of alumni and the chief guest were felicitated by the Director of the institute.

Former principals/directors Y.V. Rao, Kishan Rao, Seetarama Rao, GRC Reddy, T. Srinivasa Rao, R.V. Chalam, D.K. Tripathi and 40 retired faculty members were felicitated. Also, twelve alumni of the 1959 batch were felicitated.

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