BITSAA NA Toronto Area Annual Meeting 2018
BITSAA NA Toronto Area members and their family gathered at The Host an upscale Indian Restaurant located in the heart of Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada for the Annual Meeting 2018. After registration, networking and refreshment the meeting was called to order. A total of 15 Alumni from graduation years spreading over 1961 (Dr. Raj Dubey) to 2016 (Simaab Amir) attended the meeting. Simaab, the youngest member lives in Montreal and came all the way from Montreal. A total of 37 people including spouses, children and special guests were in attendance. Dr. Neil Pandit, President Emeritus , BITSAANA and Dr. Sadhana Prasad (daughter of Late Dr Tribhuwan Prasad, past President of BITSAANA) were special guests on the occasion.
After a round of self-introductions Dr. Neil Pandit (1961 ECE) and Ashutosh Dutta (89 Prod) provided updates on campus, BITSAA International and BISAA NA. Members and their family became very impressed as well as nostalgic about the BIT days, seeing some of the pictures from the campus.
Mr. Ghazanafar (Ghaz) Khan (86 Civil) past Regional VP, gave a brief introduction of the keynote speaker Mr. Bidhu Shekhar Jha (1962 Mech). Mr Jha inspired the gathering with his talk based on his experiences as a Parliamentarian of Manitoba Legislative Assembly, his public life and some aspects of his business. Mr Jha also accepted the request to sing for the crowd the famous song from the film” Kabuliwala - Aai mere pyare watan ….” Mr. Pranav Nidhi (87 Elect) and Ghaz led the entertainment with some melodious old songs.
The group resolved to back Mr. Pranav Nidhi (1987 Elect) for the Regional VP for Canada, Toronto Chapter. Mr. Shree Prakash (86 ECE) gave a vote of thanks for the active participation of all Alumni, spouses and children. All the attendees received one packet of Milk Cake to take home, which was generously gifted by the senior Alumnus Satya Swarup Taneja (62 Civil), founder of Nanak Foods.