M S Ramaiah College of Arts, Science and Commerce (MSRCASC) recently organised an alumni meet on their campus. The 19th alumni association of the college gathered in the college auditorium in a great celebratory mood.
Old students from up to the 1992 batch made their presence felt as they revisited their college days. There were stage performances by the former and current students and experience-sharing sessions. Apart from making contributions to the institution, they also discussed the proposed agenda for the registration of the alumni association.
The atmosphere vibrated with enthusiasm as everyone had come to have a good time at their alma mater. “It has been an honour and a privilege to have studied in this institute. It has prepared me for the future, taught me to nurture values and given me friends for life,” says C T Siddalinga Swamy of PUC Science (1992-1994 batch).
They were especially appreciative of the staff who had guided them when they were college students and took this opportunity to express their gratitude towards them.
“It’s a trip down memory lane six years after I left college. However, the teachers remain the same. It was lovely to meet them all,” says Sanjay S, who studied BSc Biotechnology from 2004 to 2007.
As many as 350 alumni members showed up, many of whom brought their family to show them their roots. “When I first joined MSRCASC in 1994 for the BBM course, little did I realise that my association with the institution would continue till date. The three years spent here were memorable since there was a unique connection between students, faculty and staff. After my graduation, I enrolled for the MBA programme of MSRIT and today, I work as a faculty for the MBA department at the degree college. As an alumni and faculty of the college, I feel really happy and proud to be a part of this institution,” shares Reena Shyam from batch 1994-1997.
Organising an event of this scale is no easy task. Alumni coordinator Ramnarian Ramakrishna of BSc Biotechnology (2006-2009 batch), shares his perspective.
He explains, “The first step was to inform our old students about the meet. I personally called and messaged every old student apart from actively engaging with alumni across India and abroad on Facebook on a daily basis.”
“Another major task was to get people in other countries to send in their wishes through video messages and write-ups. This way, I thought we could make their presence felt even if they weren’t physically present. I also had a very enthusiastic set of friends, alumni and current students who put in great effort to organise this,” he adds.
It was a beautiful walk down memory lane and an unforgettable one too.