Whose responsibility is it ???

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

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

Lets Talk Technology

April 30th, 2010

My chance to talk geeky stuff, finally! :-) Ever since the inception of this idea(around September ’09) when me and Sharique brainstormed for endless nights on what all to include in the portal, I have silently worked on use cases for the various components.

This March we found Ankit. Or rather he found us. In essence two teams with the same motto got together to do what is the first for any engineering college across India! The team now boasts of 4 permanently posted guys i.e. me, Ankit, Deep and Sharique.(Will have the team page up soon for you guys to know more about us!)

So what is the plan? We are still working out the finer details but let me take this opportunity and brief you about the three primary components we have in the works. Also adding a brief paragraph on what all goals we plan to achieve with them.

The Main Faculty Website

JMI FET’s existence is limited to a few pages on the internet which is housed on the main JMI website. These pages are handled by FTK CIT, JMI. Technically speaking, we as FET guys are the guys who should be doing it. We are the ones who possess the technical competence as engineers to build our website(s). Handling a website being run by the faculty itself is a lot easier. Regular updates is what I mean by that.

JMI FET attracts a humungous number of applications from across India. FYI the number of forms sold by this faculty alone is 32.000+! And in today’s age of thriving virtual medium(s) of information it is our duty to portray our true self to our target audience. We have arguably the best faculty in the whole of Delhi Region(after IITD IMHO) and some amazing infrastructure(which gains a different dimension when you pay heed to the fact that unlike other competing colleges we are a part of an autonomous Central University). In short we are much much more than we are able to market.

The site will include exhaustive information about faculty members, admission procedure, infrastructure capabilities, course information, examination schedule and a lot more! Working on a comprehensive list which i will be publishing soon.

Community Portal

The first of the sub-domains. Shariq and Ankit’s words of ‘A college is just as good as its alumni and its alumni are as good as its alumni network’ are ringing in my head as I write this part of the article.

It will be a highly customizable social networking site. Personalized so that each and every one of you feels totally at home. The hope is to extensively network FET alumni using this portal.

Job Portal

Placements is the one place where we have not performed upto our potential to date. Umpteen reasons can be given for the same but that isn’t the intent of this blog post.

The portal hopes to list job openings for JMI applicants. To add value to their resumes, JMI students can pick up handsome internships, again listed by their alumni!

All in all, we have set off on a pretty exciting journey here. Its not going to be easy and we would want each and everyone of you to put you best foot forward and help us in our efforts. Its just as much your faculty and your college as it is ours. Let us all get together and make this college achieve its righteous position. Lets make JMI proud of us!

Take care until next time!
Imran Ali

its Home Coming !!!!

April 26th, 2010

It has been almost two years that I left JMI but the sense of belonging never left me.  The faculty, photocopy shop, library, Scada lab has a certain charm which cannot be expressed in words. During our college days we all dream of doing something big for the college and the moment we step into the corporate world things change, priorities change and people are no more the same. But then there is something that brings us back to roots and that is how we would like to introduce JMI FET – An initiative to bring back all Jamia FET  (Faculty of Engineering and Technology) - Alumni back home.

During my stint in the corporate world there was one question that always used to bug me. Why  IIT, DCE, NSIT is the first preference of any company and post graduation institute .But after  seeing efforts of Rajat Gupta (Partner – Mckinsey, an IIT Delhi Alumni) and other renowned IIT alumni. I got the answer   ”A college is as good as its alumni” and the time has come to show the world what Jamia is made off.

The story of JMI growth from a small institution in the pre-independence India to a central university located in New Delhi—offering integrated education from nursery to research in specialized areas—is a saga of dedication, conviction and vision of a people who worked against all odds and saw it growing step by step. With eminent professors and excellent faculty we have all the ingredients to become a world class educational institution. We just need strong alumni to support the university in various initiatives.

With JMIFET.org the idea is not only to connect Jamia Alumni spread across geographies but to help and guide our fellow juniors in finding the right jobs/ internships and succeed in various spheres of life.

Therefore I personally request all my fellow alumni to blog on JMIFET portal to show our solidarity and commitment towards Jamia success.

Regards
Ankit Talwar (E&C Batch 2008)
Associate Consultant, Ernst & Young

Ready set go!

March 24th, 2010

Yes! That’s how I would sum today’s updates. After months of planning between me and Shariq(Rahul and Adnan had their cameos as well), we finally seem to have a team which will take on this tedious job. Ankit and Sameet are officially a part of the big league of passionate JMI FET students and alumni that are trying to turn a dream into reality.

Here’s a quick pic of us in ultra happy decision making mode. ;-)

The mood is definitely upbeat. The prospects that this project holds is good enough to motivate us all which is pretty evident from the pic above. We will soon be publishing details of how we go about doing our job. Regular status updates shall follow. :-)