Alumni Day ‘17 was celebrated on the 13th of August, 2017, in the EEE Auditorium. The event was presided over by Chief Guest R. Chandrasekaran, Executive Vice Chairman, Cognizant India, our Director, Dr Mini Shaji Thomas, and the President of RECAL, Mr. M Krishna Sai. The proceedings were kicked off by the lighting of a lamp by the dignitaries on stage, and recipients of the Distinguished Alumni awards.
The day’s programme began with an address by Mr Krishna Sai, introducing the Chief Guest and the alumni being awarded. This was followed by Mr Chandrasekaran addressing the need for social awareness and initiatives among the younger generations. The introductory session was culminated by the Director addressing the gathering on the importance of strong alumni ties in the Institute.
The awards were presented to ten alumni under five categories. In the Excellence in Corporate/Industry category, to Dr. Jayant Ramakrishnan, 1981, Mr. Nagraj Murthy, 1981, and Ms. Srimathi Shivashankar, 1990. In the Excellence in Entrepreneurial Venture category, to Mr. A Vijayarajan, 1976, Mr. Prabhu G Kumar, 1988, and Mr. Vaibhav Lodha, 2007. In the Excellence in Public Administration category, to Mr Vishnu IAS, 2009. In the Excellence in Service to the Society at Large category, to Mr. Saibal Mitra, 1988, and Mr. R Vasudevan, 1976. In the Excellence in Academics/Research category, to Dr. Sridhar Mahadevan, 1981.
The award ceremony was followed by a speech given by each of the awardees, where they gave the audience an introduction to their work and their path post-college.
The event ended with a networking lunch, and a round table discussion for the members of RECAL.