The IIT Roorkee has launched a global alumni network to create a wide range of databases of its former students. According to the institute, the network said that it shall contribute in keeping alive the heritage and legacy of Thomason College of Civil Engineering to University of Roorkee and now IIT Roorkee”, by blending “old and new generations of alumni of this unique institute with a glorious history since 1847″.
The institute also informed that there needs to be a simpler way to connect with the alumni as expressed by President Ram Nath Kovind in his convocation address last year.
This network will help the alumni members to reach out and communicate with the institutions through a single passage. There will a troupe of volunteers managing this network. The necessary provisions have also been built to ensure safety and security.
The release said that “The members will have the flexibility to subscribe and unsubscribe messages and services as per their wish. Special care will be taken to ensure security of the database.”
Prof. Ajit Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee said that “In this digital age, there is a paradigm shift in relation to social and professional networking. Information technology has raised expectations of alumni and students for a flat and efficient platform instead of a hierarchical and bureaucratic process. They want to connect seamlessly with each other and with the institute too.”
Professor Chaturvedi also added that “This will probably be the first network of its kind in the country. We believe it has the potential to be replicated in other academic institutions.”
The members in the network
All the members will receive a unique identity card and a free lifetime membership. This will lead them with opportunities in local and global levels. This will also help the people and their families who are in distress.
The statement said that “Members will have opportunities to participate and contribute to schemes such as student mentorship programs, internships, and other activities of the institute. Members will receive regular updates about alumni and alma mater through e-newsletters…facility of special discounts for products and services from various organizations will be explored for identity cardholders.”
It also added that “Members will have a single window for connecting to a Dean, a head of department or center, a faculty specialising in a particular area or an office in the institute.”
Further, “On request, members will be invited to the Foundation Day, Independence Day or Republic Day functions. Members may request for a campus tour on Sundays. The campus tour will include visits to James Thomason Building, Hanger, Institute Archives, Medlicott Museum, and Mahatma Gandhi Central Library. The request should be made at least a week in advance.”