The alumni meet of the class of 1989 at IIT-Kharagpur would have been a regular get-together of old friends going down memory lane but for Arvind Kejriwal,the new chief minister of Delhi,who has been invited to the meet. Kejriwal graduated from this institute in mechanical engineering in 1989.
While it is yet not known if Kejriwal will attend the meet or not,his hostel mates at Nehru Hall,where he stayed for five years,from 1985 to 1989,have written to him to drop in at least for a few hours. The three-day alumni meet starts January 17.
Given his busy schedule we dont know whether he will be able to make it or not. We have requested him to come over and spend some time with us. The meet will be a great moment for us as one of our friends has become the chief minister of Delhi, said Rajeev Sharaf of the department of civil engineering,who stayed at Nehru Hall with Kejriwal and is his good friend.
Saikat Sarkar,another former hostelmate of Kejriwal and friend,said: We will be very happy if he comes to his alma mater. We will celebrate anyway but If Arvind comes,it will give us more reasons to be happy, Sarkar,who stays in Kolkata,said.
The last time Kejriwal came to Kharagpur was in 2009 when he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the institute.
Sharaf,who runs a business and is now in Delhi,said eight inmates of Nehru Hall from the class of 1989 have confirmed their visit to Kharagpur. About 100 alumni of that year are coming,Sharaf added. The alumni meet will have students who have completed 25 years,40 years and 50 years.