It is indeed a positive move from the alumni which turned to be fruitful as the former students of VNIT collected funds and transformed the look of the institution into a new level. The alumni came together during the diamond jubilee function and made many positive changes through five projects. Significantly, they collected crores of rupees in a very short period.
In 2002, VRC became VNIT while the work of the alumni association is being conducted since 2012. It was decided to conduct 10 projects during the jubilee and works on five projects are nearly complete in the first stage. According to Uday Kamat, Treasurer, the association wants to achieve the target of Rs 6 crore by January 26. “The batches have competition among themselves about making contributions. We have planned 11 projects and put them on the website, of which five projects have been taken up by various batches of the alumni.
They include 10 feet statue of Sir Visvesvaraya, beautification of the main entrance, facelift of the Chandrama hotel, football ground and tennis court.
The cost was about 1.65 crore and ex-students from various batches collected the funds. Alumni association president Dr Shashikant Choudhary took the initiative.
VNIT Diamond jubilee function would be inaugurated at 9.30 AM on January 19. Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Union HRD Minister of state Sanjay Dhotre will be present. VRC was started in 1960 and its students established their names across the world.