ENARADA, Bengaluru, October 4, 2015
It was a special Sunday in Bengaluru with 300 people celebrating ‘home coming’ as they got a chance to recreate campus ambience by meeting up old friends and reminiscing college years.
With this, the Bhubaneswar-based Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) university, has now joined the league of IITs and IIMs to have a pan-India alumni network.
Most of the students who had successfully passed out of KIIT recently had turned up for the alumni meet as successful entrepreneurs. The alumni meet was not just sharing old memories but also looking at how the Kalinga campus had empowered them to stand on their feet and create a name for themselves in Bengaluru, India’s Silicon Valley of India.
The alumni meet held at Novatel Hotel on Sunday, is the sixth such meet in Bengaluru.
Dr.Achyuta Samanta, Founder KIIT & KISS, delivers motivational speech to former students of his institution.Bandita Sahoo, Co-ordinator, KIIT Alumni Meet, Venkat Sastry, Director, Corporate Relations, KIIT University and and Dr.Sucheta Priyabadini, Director, Student Services, KIIT University,looks on. Photo by WWW.ENARADA.COM
The highlight of the alumni meet was a number of ex-students deliberating on the start-up eco system in Bengaluru and how they had ventured in newer areas as start-up CEOs.
For example, one of the alumni had started a start-up (cabdekho.com) which focused on helping users find nearest and cheapest cabs. Currently serving in 38 cities and rapidly expanding reach.
Another alumnus had started ‘Dream diaries’ where in one doesn’t necessarily have to pose and smile for the camera all the while. Instead, the app can capture one’s best moments in the wedding when one barely notices and are totally unaware of the candid shots being clicked. From smiles to tears; hugs to stolen glances and the joyful ambiances, all the cherished moments that make one’s wedding unforgettable and enjoyable by everyone, the start-up makes sure that one don’t miss even a glimpse of any.
AdSCloud.in: A leading online advertisements and classifieds portal among start-ups in India. It provides a platform to its users to connect with each other to buy/sell products and services.
Indofash.com: An e-commerce brand in women ethnic wear. It brands unorganized natural fabric arts under one platform. Indofash.com is synonymous with authentic regional specialties and is one stop shop to buy bagru prints, tassar and eri silk, kanjivaram silk, paithani and many more. And in the process give due credit to the artisans!
Linguavista: Linguavista is a language and business services provider that help businesses to expand in regional and international markets, connect with their audience better and enhance its brand image. It focuses in the area of translation services, transcription, interpretation, video dubbing, multilingual social media management, subtitling, proofreading, content development and linguistic consultancy.
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Maverick Gifting Solutions Pvt. Ltd-A Gifting Company focusing on time bound delivery of emotions that has expanded its footprint to two cities now.
Indianhospitalreviews.com- A social enterprise that focuses on reviews of hospitals to assist interstate patients.
Pratilipi: A site that allows readers to read the Indian classic novels for free
Appknox: A scanner product that scans and detects vulnerabilities in your app
Alumni is gold
Taking time out of his busy schedule, KIIT founder Achyuta Samanta had specially flown from Bhubaneswar to be amidst his student crowd. He said he has been travelling across the country meeting his alumni and feels thrilled as to how the students passing out of Bhubaneswar campus were making it big not only in India but also overseas. He said that KIIT was always behind the alumni network and would support all its ventures. His motivational speech inspired one and all.
The students thanked Mr Samanta for organising the alumni meet in such a grand manner as it helped them to connect old friends. “Though we all stay in Bengaluru, we hardly get time to meet each other. In fact, KIIT alumni meet has become a yearly ritual for all of us to see faces at least once in a year. I thank KIIT for their support,” said an alumni Rishi Verma. Mr Samanta said, alumni meets were all about going back to the circle of absolute comfort, where the shadow of growing older falls away from one’s countenance.
The alumni meet was sort of time machine for the students as they felt teleported to their college days. The innovative games like-‘Bring Back Nostalgia’ had the audience at the edge of their seat. The students had to recall their memory when they were asked what was the motive to attend a fresher party for juniors or what should be the entry time for girls’ hostels. To pep up the show, there were other innovative shows like know your college and Samanta quiz.
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