It’s always a joyous moment when the alumni visit their alma mater, even more so when they are the ones who not only make us but the entire nation proud and safe with their valor. 25 serving and retired alumni from the defence services visited BITS Pilani for the 1st BITS Defence Officers’ Reunion on 5-7 April, 2019. The two-day event saw alumni across batches renewing friendships and reliving their time on the campus, alongside conversations, interactions, and entertainment. The alumni also had some informative and engaging discussions with the students about their experiences, joys and challenges of defence as a career. The alumni inspired and guided the students on overcoming career challenges ahead.
Welcoming the alumni, Vice Chancellor Prof. Souvik Bhattacharyya said, “We are immensely proud of the great accomplishments of our alumni. These officers have not only made their institute but the entire nation proud with selfless and dedicated contributions. He also shared BITS future direction and how alumni can be a part of its journey towards excellence.” Prof. A K Sarkar, Director Pilani campus welcoming the Alumni said that their experience and talent is valuable for the institute growth as well as students.
Speaking at the event, Prof. Arya Kumar, Dean Alumni Relations, thanked the officers for their selfless contribution to the nation and called for more BITSians to join the armed forces, and contribute back to their alma mater in multiple ways. He also stressed on the importance of continuous engagement with the alumni for a meaningful exchange of expertise and contribution, for taking BITS to even greater heights.
Back on the campus after a long gap, the alumni seemed overjoyed with emotions. “It is great to come back to our campus and meet my old friends,” said Col. Gautam Banerjee. The campus now looks very different for Col PS Sangwan, who said, “Life was different at that time. The campus seems to have grown up.”. Rear Admiral Arun Saxena stated that BITS is the one institution that has contributed a lot to defence services and BITSian from defence services would be eager to contribute back in promoting research and other teaching initiatives in their Alma mater to lift it to great heights.
BITS Pilani is a deemed-to-be-university established in 1964 and was recently conferred the “Institute of Eminence” status by MHRD, Govt. of India. It has 15000 students across 4 campuses in Pilani, Goa, Hyderabad, and Dubai.