An Amber Clad Carnival: NITRAA Golden Jubilee
The Golden Jubilee meet was the much awaited celebration of the 50-year anniversary of NITRAA, which was set up in 1965. It was held from 27th - 28th December, 2015, and saw alumni spanning from all batches since 1965. It had about 400 alumni members attending from all over the world. It would have been still higher but, the 1990 batch did not attend the Golden Jubilee meet since they had their Silver Jubilee meet the previous day. Team MM had a candid chat with Prof S.K. Patel, who was in charge of the organization of the event.
The program was divided into three parts. The first day had the curtain raiser, but before that there was a meeting presided over by the Director. The event was anchored by Dr. Bharatendu Pratap Deo, a 1985 graduate of Electrical Engineering discipline. The welcome address was given by Mr. Fakir Chandra Mohanty, a 1971 graduate of Chemical Engineering discipline and the organizer of NITRAA Golden Jubilee meet. Followed by that, Mr. Bharat Bhusan Mohanty, a 1969 batch alumnus of Electrical Engineering discipline, President of NITRAA; highlighted the objectives of NITRAA Golden Jubilee celebration. Mr. Ashim Kumar Sabat, 1989 batch alumnus of Metallurgy discipline read the article written by him entitled "Nostalgia- A Tribute to Our Alma Mater", which features in the Golden Jubilee souvenir. Followed by that was an address by the director of NIT-R, Prof. Sunil Ku. Sarangi. Prof. Ashok Mohanty, retired principal of REC-R was felicitated on the glorious occasion. All pioneer batch NITRAANs were also felicitated for creating the roots for NITRAA as we see it today. Prof. Shivaji Sarkar from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi delivered his key-note talk on the paradigm shift in jobs in India over decades. Mr. Pradeep Panda, 1985 batch alumnus of Mechanical Engineering addressed the alumni, imploring them to help improve placement and internship opportunities for students of their alma mater. With that, the proceedings for the curtain raiser came to a halt, with lunch being served at a food court set up in DTS, catered by Prince Caterers.
A cultural gala was organised by the NITRAA alumni for enlivening the fine winter eve of 27th December, with almost all performances done by them. The medley of performances included a take on ‘Geeta Govindam’ by Mr. Biswaranjan Samal, a 1989 alumnus of Mechanical Engineering and a saxophone solo by Mr. Lalit Das, a 1986 batch alumnus of Metallurgy. Padma Shree Dr. Hari Kota Narayana, father of light combat aircraft delivered the pilot Prof. B. Behera memorial lecture, a lecture series dedicated to the founder principal of REC-R. The highlight of the evening was a live concert by Snigdhajit Bhowmik, 1st runner up of Voice India. Everyone grooved to his tunes and it marked the conclusion of the fun evening.
The next day started off on an auspicious note with the NIT-R ‘Kulgeet’ being performed. This was composed by Prof. Satish Agarwal, of Chemical Engineering Dept. Following that, various notable alumni were felicitated. They received the Star Alumnus honour. Along with that, NITRAAns who made special contributions to their institute were felicitated as special ‘Friends of NITRAA’. With that, the curtain fell on the once in a lifetime event.
Many students expressed their desire to meet and communicate with the alumni, and wanted the event to be conducted sometime during their semesters. But, the winter vacations are a time when most of the alumni, along with their families have time off, especially ones staying abroad. Hence, it was convenient for the alumni to come during this time.
MM congratulates NITRAA on completing 50 years and hopes that their endeavours continue to augment the status of our institute.