The Initiation and the Times to Come

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

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2 Responses to “The Initiation and the Times to Come”

  1. ankit says:

    Dear Pratyush,

    Thank you very much for sharing your views. Your suggestions have been well appreciated by the team. We have been working on some of ideas suggested by you in the blog from quite some time and will ensure the alumni gets regular updates about the same.
    In your blog you raised a very valid observation that over a period of time alumni looses connect with the college and we have started a new blog thread to ensure the link between the alumni and the institution is not lost and everybody takes up the initiative for building the alumni network. For your reference please visit the following link:http://blog.jmifet.org/?cat=10

  2. Waseem Ahmad says:

    I will just add a few things to the ideas given by KP.

    We never hear anything from the university officially or unofficially. The relationship between the university and its alumni is like a conversation. Thankfully we have started the conversation. But to keep it going, we need to hear from the college also.

    I am not very hopeful that FET is going to do anything about this. They are already very busy with the college chores. What we need is a group of current students who can be the other part of conversation. Initially this group can post news letters about happenings in the college campus. These happenings can be anything. Recently I came to know that Rahul Gandhi and, in another event, prince of Saudi Arabia visited our campus. Some of us might like to know these things.

    I will also suggest how to chose the group. There are two very prestigious technical bodies in our college campus. The IEEE and the CSI. A separate body of a few students, lets say two, can be formed which can given the responsibility of connecting the college with its alumni.

    Frankly speaking the real magic will occur when any of the faculty member gets into the conversation. I suggest to invite a few faculty members to blog here for the initiation. Later on the think tank of jmifet.org can request them to connect with us in other different ways.

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