SVUCE’s first batch of students visit their alma mater after 50 years
The pressure to perform in a competitive environment augmented with vagaries of life often catches up with students as soon as they leave college. In the quest for success and mounting responsibilities, people rarely reminisce their college days where the life was filled with unadulterated fun.
To revisit these memories, the first batch (1959-1964) of Sri Venkateswara University’s College of Engineering (SVUCE) visited their alma mater after completing 50 years of graduation.
The room allotted for the two-day alumni meet on Wednesday was filled with laughter and delightful exchanges among the old students. Good-natured ribbing was rife as they recollected their days in the University. “The college has undergone a tremendous transformation in the past 50 years. Our rooms were a lot smaller and we had to do our subject practicals in Anantapur,” said M. Sivaram Reddy, former chief engineer of APTransco. “We are meeting some of our classmates, whom we could not see after receiving our degrees in 1963 i.e. just after the Sino-Indian War.”
Alumni members began the function by honouring their teachers and felicitating them with shawls and mementos. Speeches by some of the well-distinguished alumni struck the emotional chord with the audience.
Later, a souvenir, comprising old photographs of college and students, their profiles and family photos, was released at the function.
“The best memory I have is our survey camp at Tirumala hills. It was nice to watch young children following their Guru reciting Sanskrit…” went on a memoir in the section called ‘sweet memories’.
An interaction with the present batch of engineering students was also held, wherein the alumni related their experiences. Former GAIL chairman C.R. Prasad, who recently received a life time achievement award for his contribution in the field of Oil and Natural Gas Commission, was felicitated at the event.
SVU vice-chancellor W. Rajendra, SVUCE’s Hyderabad Alumni president Col. S.K. Rao, vice-president V. Prasada Rao, secretary Suresh Perugu, Tirupati alumnus P.V. Sesha Reddy and others took part.