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2015 PGM Winner - From Alum with Love - Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 20:47

By Amrita Roy Chowdhury - 2015CST

Lexically alma mater is the educational institution one has graduated from. My alma mater is BESU (now known by a glistering new moniker IIESTS).  But for me, alma mater is so much more than just my academic christening. As I peer through the dewy eyed kaleidoscope of my undergrad days, unfurling the moth eaten curtains once again to see the sanguine sun rays beaming down on the graveyards of the yore, I discern the etymological root of alma mater - “nourishing mother”. One’s allegiance to his/her alma mater is a venerable vow that needs no voice, its sanctity needs no vindication and its avidity stands tall against vicissitudes and vagaries of time. We are all compeers bustling our way into the tumble train whose wheels have chugged down the same endorphin-al undulations; we have ambled along the same misty lanes chuckling at age old chestnuts (albeit still oddly amusing) and warbling discordant yet salving tunes in our lips; we are like paper dolls cut out in catholic shapes but strung together, fluttering and flittering in cohorts. BESU is the place where we all have been mutated, molded and morphed; the seminary which has drilled us to fight off the Trojan horses and tame the Chimera.

Kudos to GAABESU, our alumni association, for doing a laudable job in attending to the wholesome weal of this extended milieu. Our alumni have always been known for their largesse catering to the amelioration of the institution, ranging from infrastructural overhaul to handsome academic scholarships. During my undergraduate years, I was awarded the Ashok Kumar Sarkar Undergraduate Research Fellowship in 2014-2015 and the Prof. Sankar Sebak Baral Memorial Fellowship in 2014-2015 and 2013-2014. Such recognitions are a huge impetus for whetting students towards scholastic excellence; after all the carrot in the end of the long haul doubly rewards for all the sticks braved hitherto. I have also interacted with the donors on a personal front, their geniality and munificence extends well beyond just the scholarships. My alliance with BESU is an insignia I wear with pride and as for the memory films of my days in BESU, just as the “Bard-of-Avon” once famously wrote,

"This is a gift that I have, simple, simple; a foolish extravagant spirit full of forms, figures, shapes, objects, ideas, apprehensions, motions, revolutions; these are begot in the ventricle of memory, nourished in the womb of pia mater, and delivered upon the mellowing of occasion.”

P.S. Amrita Roy Chowdhury is pursuing her PhD at U of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. She is the recipient of President of India Gold Medal for being the topper of the class of 2015 at IIEST Shibpur.

Comments by Readers
Comments by Kajal K. Gupta from United States on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 12:55 - IP Logged
Prof. Gerald Pickett taught us structural mechanics in the mid fifties.
The BEC has an unique Indo-Anglo-American heritage to be proud of.
Good luck, Amrita.
Comments by ARUNAVA LAHIRI from India on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 05:57 - IP Logged
23 August 16
Dear Amrita,
Kudos for your exemplary academic accomplishment. It is indeed heartening to note of your humility in recognizing the pride, prestige, and position of the "root", the most beloved BE College/BESU/IIEST to all of us. Am simply awed by your command over the English language - expecting a literary marvel from you soon.
Keep the GAABESU flag flying to greater heights. My Best Wishes will ALWAYS be with you.
Arunava Lahiri / Oonoashi MET
Comments by Jayanta Mazumdar from India on Monday, August 22, 2016 at 22:54 - IP Logged
Yes, in the sixties three visiting professors came from Wisconsin-Prof. Gerald Pickett, Prof. Van Fleet and it is a pity I can't remember the name of the third very popular Professor. Also there was Prof. Cordes from Argentina heading the Deptmnt of Architecture. Met 1963
Comments by Asim Deb from India on Monday, August 22, 2016 at 22:47 - IP Logged
Congratulations Amrita. Our best wishes for your future too. And it so nice to know that you recognize your root.
God bless you.
Asim Deb
1977 ETC.
Comments by Partha Sircar from United States on Monday, August 22, 2016 at 11:52 - IP Logged
Congrats Amrita:
Keep going and enjoy yourself at the same time. By the way, did you know that in the 1960s the then BE College had a collaboration with the University of Wisconsin. Several of our young professors went there for additional education and some professors came to teach in our college for a few years. The names of Prof. Pickett and Prof. By the way, in addition to your technical and academic skills, you seem to have quite a flair for writing.
Partha Sircar
Civil 1967
Comments by Susobhan Ghosh from United States on Monday, August 22, 2016 at 10:06 - IP Logged
Congratulations on your achievements. 'm very happy to see that you recognize the support of Alumni in shaping up the future and encouraging the students to achieve greater heights in their career. I will thus expect you not to forget to pay back your Alma mater (as "Guru Dakshina") when you are in a position to help.
Comments by ASIM SARKAR from India on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 23:49 - IP Logged
Congrats, Amrita.
Please exell in your class in the US but please come back to India to help our country which needs people like you.
Asim Sarkar
Mech 1965
Comments by Snehashish Basu from India on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 21:39 - IP Logged
Wish you more letters in future.


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