Gabon & Beyond!!

“Gabon  (pronounced /ɡəˈbɒn/; French pronunciation: [ɡabɔ̃]) is a country in west central Africa sharing borders with the Gulf of Guinea to the west, Equatorial Guinea to the northwest, and Cameroon to the north, with the Republic of the Congo curving around the east and south. Its size is almost 270,000 km² with an estimated population of 1,500,000. The capital and largest city is Libreville.”- Wikipedia.

I was always proud of my geography but I had to search about Gabon on Google Map & Wikipedia. It has been a week since we started the blog and we have statistics showing the mounting interest that the blog, and the website itself has created. We`ve had visitors from not only different corners of the country but from cities spread across the globe.

The number of visitors has gone down over the period of last 7 days but since the website/blog is a long term project, I am not really bothered by it. I believe that with increasing the functionality of the website the number will definitely increase. The main purpose here is not to have very high number of visitors but to have a sustained number and to fulfill the requirements the website is being developed for.

The idea of the website struck me sometime around August-September last year. I discussed it with Imran and we had thought about adding a lot of modules to the website. Now as we are up with it we are thinking about various new functionalities which we intended to expand the site over  and also those which we`ve been suggested. We also need to look out for a financial model which will ensure a regular inflow of money to keep the website up and running. We have discussed various models ranging from donations from the alumni to the google adds.  Now we are pondering over a few ideas and I would also like to invite suggestions for the same.

Lets talk about the modules/practices that I would love to have under this project:

  1. Social Networking Module : A module on the lines of Facebook. A platform where the members can form communities and can communicate with each other. Communities like may be JMI_FET_NYC or JMI_FET_2005 or JMI_FET_CIVIL_MIDDLE_EAST.  The idea here is not segregate the members but to integrate them under different banners and then finally integrating under the banner of JMI_FET.
  2. Job Portal : This has been the most important module ever since the idea of the website came up. We are discussing the feasibility of various models like Linked In or job portal sites like Naukri.com and Monster.com. This should cater to various requirements of the members. It should help the members in finding jobs/internships and it should also be an effective tool for recruiting an able candidate for an opening.
  3. Newsletter : Communication breaks all barriers. A post by a fellow alumnus mentions the feeling of being alien to the place. I feel this is because there is no communication. Once you passout of this place you rarely get back to the campus. There is nothing to remind you that you once belonged to this place.
  4. Alumni Database: An alumni database is also very important for a lot of different reasons. One of the main ideas behind the whole concept of this website was that once you know your alumni you can ask for thousand favors.

I don`t know how many of these are technically feasible. But I believe with this team nothing is impossible. The team has vision, passion, enthusiasm, skills and finally the will to make it a success. There are many other ideas which I believe can only be implemented at a later stage.

I request others to keep blogging and to keep giving feedbacks regarding the project. I`d also keep posting my ideas about how to take the project forward.

And yes I had to search for Gabon because we had visitors from Gabon as well.

Keep Blogging
Sharique Chishti
Enrolment Number : 2KI-1632

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