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On December 17th, 2011, Vadivazhagu had organized a group conference call of people living in the US East Coast mainly to discuss and agree on a convenient date to meet for a family get together.
The following joined the call:
Saravanan and Rajeshwar joined the call from India.
The audio recording is available below:
The call was just over an hour. Here is a summary of the key points as summarised by Vadivazhagu:
Apart from being able to briefly introduce ourselves, we were able to come up with couple of key outcomes.
1. We have decided the date for family get-together in the East Coast area to be April 7th & 8th and the location is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Got acknowledgement that most of us could make it for that day and location. As a next step, I will coordinate further with Srini and others to come up with detailed plan and discuss with all of you to finalize.
2. Had good discussion on what and how each of us can contribute to give back to our college – the Alma matter – as part of our Silver Jubilee Celebrations in August 2012. Got voluntary initial commitments from many of the participants. As a next step, Rajeshwar and VP Saravanan to follow up and keep the team updated of the plans and suggestions.
3. Got commitments from most of the participants to be able to plan for the trip to Karaikudi during the Aug 11th and 12th Silver Jubilee reunion.
We had a nice meeting at Trichy. Most of us met there after 24 years. The person who has 28 years of bonding with our college Sivananda Raja came from Karaikudi. Noordheen of Mech. who is doing business in Pudukotai made the meet lively.
Dr.Maheshwaran – Principal of Sivanthi Adithanar College
Dr.Kannan – Principal
Mr. Lakshmanababu – Prof.
Mr. TamilSelvan – Prof.
Prof. Viswanathan – Prof. & HOD
Dr. Nagaraj Mepco – Prof. & HOD
Many are doing their own business.
Few Govt. employees
Sridhar EEE – AD EB
Sudharson – AD EB
Ragavan C K
M.Anbu Manager in a Chemical company
ULA. Ilancheral – GM
Murugan – PM Velammal Educations
Saravanan – PM Zoho
It was really enjoying moment, recollecting our old memories (in hostel SCH, ETH and Ezhil).
Everyone introduced our self and Sivanandaraja explained about how the Silver Jubilee is organized by various batches. Next year is not only silver jubilee for our batch, it is a diamond jubilee year for our college.
Krishnasami, Mahesh, Raju, uday and Badmanabhan are not able to make due to last minute engagements. We missed them.
If you have any college photos, please scan and send it to me.
24 years hence 23 members of the 1983-87 batch got together once again at Trichy:
Boby Thomas N
Noordheen P S
Rajeshwar A S
We made a good beginning to our Silver Jubilee year with a meeting of 23 batchmates on August 26. We are planning our next get together in December which I hope will be bigger than the last. With advance notice we can have more people attending. Hopefully we can have people from all over India and hopefully the ones visiting around Christmas time for the next get together.
I am proposing December 17 (Saturday). We want to have as many people as possible and will consider alternate suggestions for scheduling the event.
Kicking off our Silver Jubilee year, twenty three batchmates made it to the get together on Friday, 26th August 2011 in Chennai. Here is a group photo taken at the end of the event.
Many of us have been talking to each other over the phone for a while and it was good to recalibrate our memory and update the image maps in our brains; not many faces have changed, or have they? Try and identify them and post a reply.
Bandha Radha left below the group photo was taken. But you can spot him in some of the pictures posted here.
It was an informal gathering with no formal agenda. After the initial banter and small group conversations, we sat down as a group to brief the rest of the group of oneself with each person condensing 24 years of ones life to 2 minutes. To sum up:
– all present are married and have upto three kids (officially) with Joseph Saharaj and Venkatesan topping the list with three
– all are doing well professionally – a few CEOs, several entrepreneurs and all the rest in senior positions
– every one was very happy to be part of the gathering and wanted to make the next meeting a bigger one
You would be aware that our Silver Jubilee celebrations are scheduled for the 11th/12th August 2012 in Karaikudi. The first initiative for the celebration is to update the database of our batch so that we have the current contact information of all our batchmates. We now have the contacts for around 80 and the total batch strength was 197. Leaving out a few that left us permanently, we still have to get updated contacts for 110 members. Our goal is to get the updated contacts to 150 by November 30, 2011. We all need to make an effort to achieve this.
As you can see, we have a new website accet87.net to communicate, collaborate and consolidate our network. Our basketball champ, Saravanan (a.k.a. VP) is driving the website initiative and has set this up. He has uploaded the database of each department separately and added a form to update the database. Please click your name/photo in the list and update your contact information. If you can, please also add contacts of others that you are in touch with if you believe that they may not be aware of this group yet. Dont worry about duplication of data, VP has taken care of that. Feel free to update contact information of as many as you can. The updated database is not publicly viewable. We will work out access for each of you so that you can log in and get that and also communicate with others.
You can click through the links below to view the list/photos and fill the form:
CIVIL – Click the photo and fill the form ECE – Click the photo and fill the form EEE – Click the face on the group photo and fill the form. (Group photo was provided by Vilva) MECH – Click the name and fill the form
We need the final year group photos for Civil, EEE, and Mech. If you have a copy, please scan and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next get together is planned in December and most probably around the 16th or 17th. We will finalise and announce the dates at least 2 months in advance so that people not in Chennai can try and take part.
Here are some more pictures from the get together. More to follow soon.
Please pass the link to this website to as many of our batchmates as possible.
Feel free to comment & share your suggestions and ideas.
Updated Dec 31, 2011 – I am posting the full album here: