Patna: Former students of National Institute of Technology, Patna (NITP) and the erstwhile Bihar College of Engineering (BCE) walked down the memory lane at a joint alumni meet held on Sunday.
While some of the alumni participated in a friendly cricket match and remembered their young days, others chatted and caught up with their batchmates over a luncheon and gathered new cherished memories of their alma mater.
At a formal event held for the interaction of former and present students, Bihar rural works minister Bhim Singh stressed the importance of alumni remaining in touch with their alma mater. A PowerPoint presentation on the same theme was also made on the occasion. CM Nitish Kumar was also expected at the event but was unable to make it due to other engagements.
Welcoming the guests, NITP director Asok De said, “Initially, we were unable to devise any proper mechanism for maintaining contacts with graduating students, but now I hope we would be able to make it a close-knit family.”
Many former students shared their college days’ experience as most of them said it was difficult to maintain contacts due to time constraints.
The toppers of the 2009-13 batch were also felicitated on the occasion. Among those felicitated were Bhawna Shweta (electronics and communication), Manish Kumar (mechanical), Rahul Roy (electrical), Vivek (civil), Shahna Shamim (architecture), Mayank Shukla (computer science engineering) and Pankhuri (information technology).
The alumni also shook their legs on popular tracks played by a live orchestra and participate in several fun events. Not even the winter chill could mar the spirit of the old pupils who laughed at old jokes, teased each other and relished the good old times. The present students of NITP also put up a colourful cultural programme to entertain the alumni who shared many words of wisdom with them.