On 27 July 2007, I became an Alumnus of IIT Madras. The 44th convocation took place in the Student Activities Centre amidst much fanfare. The chief guest Mr.R Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India presided over the function. It was wonderful to meet many of classmates and buddies. The long walk to the podium, the bow to my HOD and the chief guest, the walk back to the prize winners' area, the walk up again to receive the prize and the chat with the Chief Guest on receiving it was an experience that will remain etched in my mind. Smiling faces and proud parents and relatives greeting and congratulating each other made it memorable.
My return next day to the department of management studies made me realize the emotional attachment I had with the classrooms, the faculty, my fellow students and juniors and everything that was associated with DoMS. 2 years have whizzed past and I have become an alumnus so fast. With a nice interaction with our juniors and the new incoming batch, followed by the trademark leg-pulling session and a delicious lunch, the alumni reunion is one I pray to be part of in the coming years too, God willing. DoMS has been my second home. It is where I have not just gained academic knowledge but also life's lessons and valuable experiences to enrich myself as a person. I have gained terrific friends who display enough quality to unconditionally admire them. No doubt those days at DoMS are eternal memories.
(Topper, MBA Batch of 2007)