Bhubaneswar:16th April, 2019: The 2nd  Alumni Meet of IIT Bhubaneswar was hosted in its sprawling campus from 12th-14th April marking 10 years of IIT Bhubaneswar’s glorious inception. The campus was abuzz as the event witnessed active participation from alumni ranging across various batches from B.Tech, M.Tech and Ph.D from across the country. The Alumni diaspora in the US and the UK also connected over video conference to participate in this celebration. The 3-day long extravaganza started traditionally  with  the  lighting  of  lamp  by  Prof.  R.V.  Raja  Kumar,  Director  of  the Institute, Cdr. V.K Jaitly, Chief Guest of the Evening, Shri Swarup Kumar Mohapatra, Dean  of  Alumni  Affairs  and  International  Relations,  and  other  officials  from  the Alumni Affairs body of the college.

Prof.  R.V.Raja  Kumar,  Honorable  Director,  IIT  Bhubaneswar,  Chief  Guest  of  the Evening Cdr. V.K Jaitly, Prof. Swarup Kumar Mohapatra, Dean of Alumni Affairs and International Relations, IIT Bhubaneswar and Ms. Lipsa Bharati, President, Alumni Association welcomed the alumni and appreciated their zeal to assemble for the meet despite their busy schedule and called for greater participation of alumni for the development of the Institute as many hold positions of responsibility in various government organizations, PSUs, private sector, academic institutions and have also been recognised as emerging entrepreneurs in the global front, enabling creating of jobs.

Speaking at the occasion, Prof. R.V. Raja Kumar, Director, IIT Bhubaneswar, said, “We at IIT Bhubaneswar are keen that we provide all of our past students a platforms to stay connected amongst themselves and also stay committed to the Institute and students across different batches including the present students”On the occasion, Cdr. V.K. Jaitly, he too pledged help including connecting to IIT Kharagpur foundation and PAN IIT associations.

Shri Swarup Kumar Mohapatra, Dean of Alumni Affairs and International Relations, IIT Bhubaneswar said, “Through its diverse student body, IIT BBSR not only provides its students a holistic education but also instils in them a concern for the society and an appreciation of education as a tool for creating social change. 

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The evening was followed by student-organised immersive interactions of Alumni and students where they could relive their memories and connect with everything contemporary.  On the second day the program started with open house Ask Your Alumni in the US & UK sessions, Ask Your Alumni Live, followed by Panel Discussions with IIT Bhubaneswar’s Entrepreneur Alumni on building systems for fostering the spirit of entrepreneurship in campus and how Alumni can immensely contribute to it. Alumnus Mr. Sanka Aravind, the Co-Founder of bike taxi Rapido and enlisted under Forbes 30 U 30 committed to wholehearted support in mentoring students for this. The other panellists including Mr. Karthikeyan (Co-founder of Wa2cook), whose start- up  has  been  selected  in  Mass  Challenge,  a  top  global  accelerator,  Mr.  Pratik Pattnaik (Founder TorrDroid), Mr. Tushar Gautam (Founder of Vasitars’) which has received INR 3.5 Cr funding from GAIL recently and Mr. Ashwini Pandey(Founder Celllark). The last session of the day was a Panel Discussion on all the expectations that IIT Bhubaneswar has from its Alumni and vice versa. The objective was for IIT Bhubaneswar and its Alumni to collaborate and jointly work on research, academics and mentoring. The evening ended with a gala dinner hosted by the Director.

On the third day, a Pan-IIT Panel & Networking, AGM, farewell ceremony was organised followed by lunch. Everyone bid emotional farewell to each other and their beloved Alma Mater, IIT Bhubaneswar with a promise to meet again and with a conviction to contribute back to the Institute through regular webinars, research and academic partnerships.

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