The flavor of the season, the talk of the blogroll, The Alumni Fund

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There have been a couple of posts in the past few days which have not only made clear what the alumni fund is all about but also convinced me to reconsider my decision. Why did I trust them? One’s a fellow Liverpool supporter and the other’s on his way to join an IIM institute, albeit with a fetish to use smileys :P, and both of them are (in their own words) “perhaps the two most vocal critics of the IIIT administration on both the campus and the blogosphere”.

However, before I promise I want to see some promises

a) People joining ECE/ECD shouldn’t be made aware of the fund’s existence. This way, at least a few may be saved from falling into a void. (I believe I don’t have the right to judge the capabilities of the faculty. I am merely parroting the opinions of some distinguished individuals who’d previously unwittingly become victims.)

b) The fund shouldn’t be as easy to exploit as the Prathiba scholarship. Care should be taken to see that the more needy get the first bite. The government can afford to be careless, money strapped alumni fund can’t. They don’t need me to tell them, right?

If the people concerned seriously want to see an increase in the contributions, then the transactions and dealings should be done by students, not by some ‘LPG’. Everyone’s well aware of the “trust deficit” I believe.

Lastly, not many know what the fund is all about. Before I came across the posts, I felt it was something that went directly into improving the college infrastructure or something. Not many read blogs, so I should write another post suggesting some techniques by which to spread the message?

The more sincere posts I was referring to:

http://rmshark.blogspot.com/2010/05/of-donating-to-iiit.html

http://halleysblog.wordpress.com/2010/05/14/on-alumni-funds/

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Author: rahul

I am a student . That's short and sour in itself.

5 thoughts on “The flavor of the season, the talk of the blogroll, The Alumni Fund”

  1. everything about the fund and how it was being managed was clearly spelt out in the mails sent by the alumni fund council .. which is made up of alumni btw …

    it’s just that no one reads the mails and assumes the wrong things .. thereby providing themselves with an excuse 😛

  2. I am glad that i am still able to give content for co-bloggers to blog about .. like the good old controversy days 😛 … coming to the points you rised ..

    ” a) People joining ECE/ECD shouldn’t be made aware of the fund’s existence. ”

    Yes , they are made aware of and the details are put on institute website as well. Under “financial assistance” as far as i know

    “b) The fund shouldn’t be as easy to exploit as the Prathiba scholarship. Care should be taken to see that the more needy get the first bite. The government can afford to be careless, money strapped alumni fund can’t. They don’t need me to tell them, right?”

    Yes, each loan request is discussed by about 20+ people in the alumni fund council by batches starting from 2002 … so care is taken that the needy get the first bite.

    So did you contribute then ? 😛

    If the people concerned seriously want to see an increase in the contributions, then the transactions and dealings should be done by students, not by some ‘LPG’. Everyone’s well aware of the “trust deficit” I believe.

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