Wednesday, Feb 08, 2012
College all geared for the king of alumni meets
Kochi: It's all set for the grand festival of nostalgia. If what the organisers claim are true, the largest alumni meet ever held in Asia. Maharajakeeyam will bring together former students of the Maharaja's College, right from the Forties to this year.
The Maharaja's College Old Students' Association has a membership of nearly 1.5 lakh and out this, thousands are expected to return to the college campus on Saturday. The association is planning to make the event a memorable one with the release of a souvenir featuring memoirs of select old students, honouring teachers and cultural programmes by former students, said K.R. Viswambharan, president of the association.
The gates to the campus will be opened at 9 a.m. on Saturday and students who come will be divided into five groups based on the period of study. These groups will be holding informal gatherings at different galleries or shades of trees in the campus. The programmes will start officially with the floral tribute at the memorial to be set up.
Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi will inaugurate the meeting at the stage to be set up at the western courtyard of the college. Deputy Mayor Bhadra B.; former minister K.R. Gowriamma; PSC chairman K.S. Radhakrishnan; renowned oncologist V.P. Gangadharan; and principal S. Valsala Kumari; will speak.
This will be followed by the honouring of teachers. Former judges K. Sukumaran, K. Hema and senior journalist T.V.R. Shenoy will be among the dignitaries present on the occasion. Mr. Ravi will present a memento to Prof. M.K. Sanoo at the function.
In the afternoon, Mr. Ravi, along with actor Mammootty, will release the souvenir. Edited by T.S. Joy, assistant director of Sarvavijnanakosam , the souvenir has candid memories of personalities like Union Minister A.K. Antony and Vayalar Ravi, former minister V. Viswanatha Menon, Mammootty and Dileep, filmmaker Amal Neerad and writer John Paul.
Courtesy: The Hindu