Sunday, 16 February 2014

Pilani 40th Reunion Part 3

______________ 1973 Batch Reunion Part-3 ________________ 

Hi Buddy,
We don't wish to bore you further with any story. Hope you have browsed Parts 1 and 2. If not here are the links:

Part-1: BITS Returns to Campus
Part-2: The 40th Year Reunion at Pilani

Gana Bajana
Here comes the 'Gana Bajana' on 8th Nov. You can see some of the 'impromptu' performers in VFAST dining hall as it became pretty cold in the lawns outside. Let the pictures speak.

Ashok Suri with KT Ramesh on the guitar:
 Dayal Dass: Don't miss the stainless steel tumbler in his hand!
 Abha Mittal:
 Asha Somani:

Audience-- waiting for some more!

Interaction with Students
This session had intense interaction with selected students who headed various curricular and co-curricular clubs in the campus. See it in action:
Anoop Singh
Shankar Narayanan and Kapil Tikku 

Vijay Chopra and Madhukar Bangia

Clockwise L-R: KT Ramesh, RK Dhadha, Shyam Somani and Vinod Dhanuka

Connecting Across All Campuses
A special session had been organised by BITS on 9th Nov to connect with the Directors of other BITS campuses at Goa, Dubai and Hyderabad. The Director of Dubai campus was already with us being a batch mate! The technology for cross-campus lectures has been made possible with alumni funding and support in a project named BITS Connect 2.0 spearheaded by our batchmate Prem Jain.
Even though a Saturday, willing participation by senior leadership of BITS to connect with alumni was praiseworthy. Pictures:

Prof Arya Kumar welcoming all of us, the alumni, with all three campus Directors on-line!
 The audience which sat in a lecture hall as students 45 years ago! 
Dr BN Jain, the Vice Chancellor 

Dr G Raghurama, Director BITS Pilani campus

BITS senior leadership interacting with 1973 batch...

 Alumni in rapt attention...

It was time to present a customised souvenir to the dignitaries. Designer caps with name of each individual was embroidered. Similar caps were presented to the VC, Diro and Dean Alumni Affairs at the Dinner. Sample cap below.

Reunion Dinner
We hosted a dinner at VFAST for VC, Diro, all Deans, Unit Heads and Student Union President, G-Sec and Volunteers. Glimpses:

And the dinner is served...

That brings the curtain down on the Reunion.
There are some more pictures of Pilani- what has changed and what has not! But you will have to wait for it a bit!

Till then, take care
   - Gumakkad Harsh/ 16th Feb 2014

Postscript: Two years later in Sept 2015, we celebrated the 42nd Year Reunion at Kodaikanal. Click here for the picture story which had 1000 page views in a single day!

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