Connect ,Collaborate ,Contribute :NITK 8th Global Alumni Meet

Connect ,Collaborate ,Contribute :NITK 8th Global Alumni Meet

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By P. Ramachandra
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Dubai, 27 Jan 2013: His Highness Sheik Nahayan bin Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister, Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research and Chancellor of The Higher Colleges of Technology, United Arab Emirates while joining in the festivities of the NITK 8th Global Alumni Convention held at Atlantis, The Palm Dubai on Friday, 25 January 2013 reflected on the significance of being an alumnus from any institution of higher education and mesmerized the NITK Alumni members through following 3 important messages.


First, being an alumnus declares that you were admitted and that you studied successfully at your institution. Second, being an alumnus also suggests that you share a particular educational experience with fellow alumni and third, being an alumnus means that your reputation is, to a certain extent, defined by the record of all alumni together.


Elaborating further His Highness Sheik Nahayan bin Mabarak Al Nahayan expressed that when a school such as NITK is known to have high entrance standards and to demand high levels of academic performance, being an alumnus indicates a high level of intelligence and achievement Indeed NITK took you in and cared for you.  It attended to far more than the mastery of your academic subject.  It changed your life.



Quoting the example of the impressive, well-known record of Kundapur Vaman Kamath which has provoked great global admiration for NITK alumni His Highness Sheik Nahayan bin Mabarak Al Nahayan informed that outstanding success achieved by only one alumnus can raise the reputation of all alumni.


Further, as NITK alumni are professing knowledge and preparing the next generations to carry on their work in the future His Highness Sheik Nahayan bin Mabarak Al Nahayan urged NITK Alumni to take that role seriously.


With the Quote of famous Swedish botanist Linnaeus “A professor can never better distinguish himself in his work than by encouraging a clever pupil, for the true discoverers are among them, as comets among the stars.” His Highness Sheik Nahayan bin Mabarak Al Nahayan stated that In our country His Highness the President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahayan, likewise noted that the future depends on today’s teaching and learning when he said that (and I quote) “educating the individual is this country’s most valuable investment. It represents the foundation for progress and development.”  Supported steadfastly by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, and by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahayan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Commander of the Armed Forces, that belief has powered the phenomenal progress of the United Arab Emirates.


8th NITK Alumni Association Global Convention Souvenir “TAWASUL” was released by His Highness Sheik Nahayan bin Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research during the occasion.


The Post Lunch Session of NITK 8th Global Alumni Meet commenced with National Anthems of UAE and India followed by the welcome address by B.S. Salehittil, President , NITK Alumni Association,UAE Chapter.


Five distinguished alumni P P Upadhya, Managing Director, Mangalore Refineries & Petrochemicals, Mangalore, B Narayan, Group President, Reliance Industries Ltd, Dr Srivatsa Sheshadri, MBA Director, University of Nebraska Kearney, Rahm Shastry, Chief Executive Officer, President & Director, Nascentric Inc and Neeraj Gupta, GKB Hitech Lenses were personally presented with Distinguished Alumni Awards.


Distinguished Alumni Award for Ganesh G S (Posthumous) was presented Ms. Jayashri Ganesh and Distinguished Alumni Award for Aravind Melligeri, Quest Global was received by Nagabhooshana Junjappa on behalf of Aravind Melligeri.


NITK Faculty Members of yesteryears Dr M N Channabasappa ( Former HOD, Mathematics Dept) , Dr G Ranganna ( Former Professor & Dean ) , Dr N R Shetty ( Former Principal ) and Kasim Saheb ( Ex-Superintendent –Exam section) were felicitated  during the post lunch session of NITK 8th Global Alumni Convention .


On behalf of QuEST, Nagabhooshan Junjappa formally launched “QuEST Global Young Entrepreneur of The Year” Award.


Prof. Swapan Bhattacharya, Director, National Institute of Technology Karntaka, Surathkal and Bhupala Gopal, President of  NITK Alumni Association (Global) were addressed the gathering.


Umesh Rao, Convener, NITK 8th Global Alumni Convention proposed the Vote of Thanks.


The post lunch session of 8th NITK Alumni Association Global Meet was followed by Entertainment Program by Alumni members, their spouse and children.


The morning session of 8th NITK Alumni Association Global Meet commenced with presentation on Doing Business in the UAE and UAE Free Trade Zones by Sudhir Kumar, Morrison and Menon Group followed with Humorous speech on Stand up-Speak up- Shut up by Chendil Kumar, presentation on Logical Perspective by Krishna Prasad and presentation on Health & Personal Management by Sanjeev Krishnan.


A presentation on NITK Racing Engineering Project, which provides a platform to develop the skills required for solving the real time problems of necessary in the racing world, was demonstrated by Anudeep Kondepady, NITK Alumni of 2011 batch during the morning session.


NITK alumni from 1965 batch to 2012 batch from various parts of India, UAE, Qatar, USA, Singapore and Australia attended the first Global Convention of NITK Alumni held outside India at Dubai-United Arab Emirates.




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