The Panjab University Alumni Association has initiated a move to set up help desks in various departments to increase awareness about the alumni cell among students. The move is aimed at increasing the varsitys alumni base and to build up strong ties with former students. At present,the varsity has over 5,250 alumni who are associated with it and participate in various activities.
The association believes that the majority of the students are not aware of the fact that they can become members of this association and can also contribute to the varsity when they complete their studies.
The association also has its third central alumni meet in the month of October,though the date is yet to be decided.
The association will set up a information desk for two days in each department so that students can get to know how they can enroll themselves with it.
The association has already set up desks at the Centre for Emerging Areas of Social Sciences and the University Institute of Applied Management Sciences.
Talking to Newsline,Dean,Alumni Relations,Prof Neelam Grover said that in order to get more alumni as member of this association,they had started an awareness drive. Already at two departments we have set up an information desk just to inform students about how they can become a member of this association once they complete their degrees.
This exercise has halted,as there are examinations going on and the varsity will be having its summer break after a few days. It will be expedited once a new session begins, she added.
A new building with facilities is also under construction at the varsitys south campus located in Sector 25.
We are revitalizing the alumni cell. Though it was established in 1972,the cell became more active in 2011 when for the first time we organised central alumni meet, Grover said.
Congress leader of Haryana,Kumari Selja,former Air Marshal O P Mehra,and politicians like Pawan Bansal,Satpal Jain,and industrialist Suhash Chander Kholi are members of this this association.
On rotational basis,the association provides 66 scholarships to department toppers worth Rs 6,500 and a life time membership and stipend to nine students on the discretion of sponsor (alumni). Prof Grover said that the stipend is paid from that money,which this cell gets as interest on the endowment fund.