Archive for May, 2010

My first thoughts

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

No doubt its a great initiative and kudos to the team for actually going ahead and taking a step forward. A series of such steps and that may transform into a successful journey. I wish it does.

Only a couple of points from me:-

1. About Jamia being reduced to a CV point for alums – it does if you get better CV points and if CV points is what you are looking for (no doubt that’s what most MBA programs train for) but I have always believed its at least as much, if not more, about what you can offer to the institution then what you can get out of it.

Had written about it 4 years ago and my opinion has not changed since so just copying the link for those who are interested (sparing agony to those who aren’t). Read here.

2. Need for free thinking and appreciating conflict of opinion – I see that the posts in this blog are being moderated, they should be submitted for review first. I believe that in order for any community to come up & grow, a flow of free thought process, healthy arguments and discussions are essential.

Regards
Gaurav Narang

Whose responsibility is it ???

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Hi Everyone,

Thank you very much for appreciating our efforts and logging onto the website on the first day of its release. Yesterday a blog from a fellow alumnus Kumar Pratyush (Batch 2008) kept me thinking on a very fundamental question: whose responsibility is to connect an institution’s alumni and why over a period of time alumni loose connect with the college. Is it the university administration responsible for the same? .I partly disagree. Though I agree that administration plays a very important role in ensuring the alumni gets regular updates about the college initiatives. But to connect alumni and make them feel at home after leaving college is the equal responsibility of alumni and students themselves.

To make my point more clear I would like to throw in some facts:

  1. All great alumni networks around the world were initially started by enthusiasts like you and me who felt the need to connect people for benefit of both the institution and individual.
  2. We as alumni are the face of the institution to the corporate world and it is our prime duty/ responsibility to ensure that companies understand the institution’s values and appreciate the same as we do. Institutes like IIT(s) and IIM(s) have got so much recognition in the corporate world because of strong integrated alumni network and alumni backing their institute from time to time.
  3. Also the students currently studying in the institution/ college play a very important role in inviting alumni from time to time on various institution’s events/ activities so that the alumni is always connected.

Thus it would be unfair to say that administration is responsible for the alumni connect. We as a responsible alumni/ student have to ensure that legacy of this great institute of national importance is maintained and we do not lose the touch with time.

In the last I would like to sum up my thoughts with a very famous Charles Darwin saying “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”

It is very essential that in upcoming challenging times we all adapt well and ensure each other’s success.

Regards

Ankit Talwar

Team JMIFET

The Initiation and the Times to Come

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Greetings Everyone

Perhaps, a quick introduction is in order at the outset.
My name is Kumar Pratyush, and I graduated from the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi in 2008.

Subsequently I went on to complete PGDBM (Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management) from the Management Development Institute (MDI) in 2010. I shall now take up a position with Axis Bank in the Marketing function this June. I read, I write, I talk and I do a lot of them.

Moving on to greater purposes in life, this evening I was the audience to an impassioned plea by a fellow alumnus to contribute something to the FET blog. Therefore, essentially, I absolve myself from responsibility for all the randomness that follows! :)

Let me take this chance to extend my heartiest congratulations for the effort put in by the Web-site team. I am told that this is the fruition of an effort that’s been going on since the September of 2009. I am glad that young blood at Jamia has the purpose, resolve and resourcefulness to come up with something so creative and hopefully useful.

A word about the alumni and ‘home-coming’ now. Yes indeed, the alumni network is extremely important and should be a critical thrust area for any institute to thrive. However, I shall be honest here. I no longer feel the same level of connect that an alumnus should. Perhaps the lackadaisical ways of the administration takes some blame. Two years after graduating from the hallowed portals of the college, I haven’t received a single communication from the powers that be, except for the Convocation invitation! To put things into perspective, I’ll give an example of how things work in prestigious universities abroad. I recently returned from ESCP-Europe, Paris after spending a term there as an Exchange student from MDI. Now, I don’t even have a degree from the University, and yet I receive at least two emails updating me on all that’s been happening with the place, it’s alumni and it’s faculty. This ensures that ESCP occupies a top of the mind recall for me, and if the time so comes, I’ll have a bias for action towards the college!

On the other hand, slowly, but surely, Jamia is just being reduced to a bullet point on my CV! Now, given this state of affairs, I am convinced that this blog (and the upcoming stages 2 & 3) are just the right initiation, the proverbial shot in the arm needed to establish the connect.

I enlist some suggestions here, that in my humble opinion can bring greater glory to your efforts. :-

  1. Build up an extensive Alumni Database complete with the Alumni’s current positions, contact details etcetera. The FET is over 20 years old now. Several of it’s graduates would now occupy prominent places in industry and academia. Reach out!
  2. Send out regular (and that doesn’t mean once a year!) feelers and updates to the Database. This could be in the form of a short newsletter.
  3. Enlist the active support of Faculty and Administration. Some words from your favorite professor can work like magic to an alumnus’ ears! Make this official and make this big.
  4. Get more people on board. I can see that with the impending expansion of scale and scope, you’ll need more manpower. These people should ideally be enthusiastic young current students. People like Ankit, Shariq and Deep are likely to get busy with their careers sooner than later.
  5. Establish a clearer raison de etre. Ask yourself: Why do you exist? The current 5 point vision is ambitious, but it isn’t exactly concise and clear. One could use the famous Porter’s ’5 whys’ technique here. Go on asking a why for your purpose until you arrive at a distilled and precise purpose. Then begin work on it.

With the right attitude, and the right people, I am convinced that you can take this far, and ensure that FET’s brand is strengthened to the position that you want to see it at.

I guess I have written more than my fair share here now. So, I’ll sign out and wish you great luck for the times to come! May the force be with you!

Best of most things
Pratyush