Gandhinagar: The fifth edition of the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar’s (IITGN) annual alumni reunion, ‘Homecoming’ took place on December 16-17, 2023. The event featured engaging sessions and activities that enabled interaction among alumni, faculty, and current students at IITGN. They also had insightful conversations with the Director, Prof Rajat Moona.
Addressing the alumni, Prof Jaison Manjaly, Professor-in-Charge of Alumni Relations, said, “We feel very happy and proud to see the rate of alumni engagement with the Institute over the years. Your progress and achievements are a testament to the educational exposure and opportunities you have received at IITGN. We are excited to see you crossing milestones in the years to come and your sustained engagement with IITGN for institution building.”
More than 80 alumni from various undergraduate and postgraduate batches attended the ‘Homecoming 2023’ to nurture old bonds, share experiences from their professional journeys, and relive their college-time memories at IITGN. Discipline-wise faculty, alumni, and student interactions and the networking dinner and lunch helped to strengthen their existing and new-found connections within the IITGN community. The event’s main highlights included the set-up of a Flea Market by the Art @ IITGN Team, attracting over 500 visitors, including students, residents, alumni, staff, and faculty members. Also, a campfire was set up, which blazed throughout the night.
The event also witnessed the Decennial Reunion of the Class of 2013.
Sharing her feelings, Monika Khatri, a graduate of MSc in Chemistry from the class of 2020, said, “Being here after three years of graduation is rejuvenating. We felt very happy to see the growth and extraordinary development of the campus. We had a gala time with our friends and faculty members.”
Chris Francis, who graduated from IITGN in 2022 and is currently pursuing his master’s in Computer Science at the University of California San Diego, said, “It was really nice to get to meet my professors and friends again, who I miss a lot. I also got to witness the 56th Inter IIT Sports Meet happening on campus this time and got to cheer my juniors. So it was a very good experience for me, and I am looking forward to more alumni meets in future.”