By Neil Pundit, pundit@ieee.orgQ. Why should the overseas alumni unite, form an organization (called Chapter), and join the worldwide alumni movement for uplifting BIT Sindri?Answer. Beyond the appeal of motherhood and nostalgia, one or more of the following:1. Distant Voice Matters More: Although the vast majority of alumni are in India, their concerns have been ignored. It is the North American Chapter that took the bull by the horns, and demanded uplifting. Much headway has been made: Master plan of Rs 150+ crores for campus wide renovation of the buildings, new construction, faculty appointments, advertising for Director, .. are all happening. Siemens proposal to update the Labs at the cost of Rs 400 crores has been approved in which the Jharkhand Govt pays 20%. However, the enabling IAS officers can be transferred, and the prevailing environment may change. It is the overseas alumni whose united voice matters the most.2. Finding Alumni Leaders Abroad: The State Govt leaders often travel to foreign countries and want to meet the local alumni. Recently we have provided such lists for US, Canada, Japan, Singapore, and Korea. Where there is a large number we are asked for those who are Distinguished. We need your help.3. Networking: Alumni network can be a rich resource in seeking jobs, relocation, and travel. Young alumni traveling abroad for higher education, attending a conference in a foreign country, settling in a new location, and similar causes are helped a great deal by a local resource.4. Awards & Recognition: Many established Chapters have a process and criteria for Distinguished Awards. Recently a new category of Promising Star is being added. The Association International is working toward such awards and recognition available to all alumni worldwide on a uniform basis.5. Good Deeds: One of our rich alumni has an outstanding offer for Public Toilets in which his Foundation pays 50% of the construction cost and 2 years of maintenance. Over 50 toilets have been built in rural areas, and the next phase of additional 60 toilets is underway.6. Alumni Children Scholarship: A proposal is under consideration in North America whereby children of alumni can compete for higher education fund.7. Novel Uses: A web-savvy alum has a Google Map enabled utility telling you the location and navigation to alumni en route. We or our children may surprise us by unimagined innovations.

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