NITRAA 54th Annual General Meeting: A Visitor's Perspective
The National Institute of Technology Rourkela Alumni Association or NITRAA on 28th September had its 54th Annual General meeting at Rourkela Club where the NITRAA working body met up to discuss the events of last year along with the announcement of election results. At the AGM Dr. Shantanu K. Behera, general secretary NITRAA presented the 54th Annual Report of NIT Rourkela Alumni Association for the year ending in 31st March 2018.
NITRAA currently has over 15 alumni chapters spread all over the world built upon 53 years of graduating batches and boasts of a network of over 21000 alumni. The following list contains a brief overview of what transpired over the last year
NITRAA meet in December 2017 organized at Tech Mahindra Campus Pune was presented as the essential activity of the previous fiscal year. The focus remained on the overall growth of the institute and connected with its Alumni. Furthermore, NITRAA organised the 53rd Annual Home Coming, and Alumni Induction was organized in association with the Centre for Alumni Relations and Resources Generation, NIT Rourkela to welcome the graduating students to NITRAA.
NITRAA also gave the Shailata Memorial Award for Best Alumnus in Chemical Engineering, Asim Choudhury Memorial Award and Debasis Memorial Award for students. It also gave INR 35000 each to the Black Mamba Race Car team and the Road Runner team of NITR along with INR 1 Lakh to two students in the department of BioTech to support them
The association has remained relevant in the greater social context and assisted the webbing of people and organizations. Be it providing support to Birsamunda Vidyapith at Jagda to the tune of INR 30000 for the impending repairs in school infrastructure or helping their members with a monetary assistance of INR 300000 and 200000 to overcome Kidney ailment and Dengue respectively. NITRAA also sponsored a Chair Professorship of 15 lakhs in the honour and memory of late professor Ajay K Mohanty for a professor who has the potential of cutting-edge research in the field of electrical and electronics engineering.
The Audit Report and Elections
As per the officially adopted charter, the audits to the financial accounts are required to be passed in the Annual General Meeting. The auditing of the accounts for the fiscal year 2017-18 was done and presented to the NITRAA General Meeting by the Chartered Accountant A. K. Tiberwal. The balance sheet was shown and was passed unanimously by the general body, and the returns have been filed with the Taxman as per Indian law
This was followed by the election of the NITR Alumni Association Executive Council for the year 2018-19 and 2019-20. Throughout the two hour long discussions, many suggestions came in for the New Executive Council the principle of which was
The restructuring of the constitution to reduce the number of members in the executive council and turn increasing the role of local chapters as a vehicle to push the organization forward.
Increasing the visibility of the Association at the student level. (NITRAA is looking forward to having a formal introduction to the students during the institute orientation and convocation)
The Annual meet which is going to be held in Delhi next year envisions great outcome and productive discussion and is hopeful of a large and unforeseen gathering of alumni. In the wake of all this one of the Alumni proposed that the 2019 Global Alumni Meet be held either in Rourkela or Bhubaneswar. Since 2020 would be the Diamond Jubilee year for NITRAA, it is scheduled that the AGM be held in Rourkela itself. Venkat peri, now ex-president NITRAA reflected upon his tenure and highlighted his key agendas
Bringing in and connecting more and more Alumni into the association and their continuous engagement.
Engaging their distinguished alumni into the association
Generation of a corpus fund where the Alumni can directly contribute for a specific purpose.
On the problems he faced regarding fund generation he said
“We have not got much success in fund generation but we have learned what is going wrong and what needs to be done.”
The Road Ahead:
While taking pride in what they are doing, they acknowledge that a new dawn has arrived which calls for concerted efforts from NITRAA and NIT Rourkela to take institute to greater glory. The General Body Meeting elaborated on the scheme of “NITR Daan” which will ease out the process of contributing to the institute from India or Abroad from 100 Rs to 100000$. This portal is to be the full-fledged and one-stop portal for all financial transactions of NITRAA with all transparency and accountability. The association wants to work together with the institute through the alumni relations in all areas be it database management, website, upkeep, communication, merchandise, and resource generation. With the agenda of the night been done by now, the meeting was adjourned, and people proceeded for dinner.