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Humble Beginnings—Honouring Shri Ranjeet Deshmukh and Shri Anupam Rao

Date: 03/04/2017 | Suruchi Narang (The MIT Post)

On the morning of 3rd April 2017, MIT’s illustrious alumni – Shri Ranjeet Deshmukh and Shri Anupam Rai – were honoured as part of the college’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.

The ceremony began with a welcome address by Dr GK Prabhu (Director, MIT and Pro Vice Chancellor of Technology and Management), followed by an introduction of the alumni by Mr T Ranga Pai (Adviser, Dr TMA Pai Polytechnic) wherein he briefed the audience about Shri Deshmukh and Shri Rai’s numerous and outstanding achievements.

Shri Ranjeet Deshmukh, has served as the agriculture minister in Maharashtra in the Vilasrao Deshmukh cabinet between 1999 and 2004. He was also the state unit president of the Congress party twice. He took this opportunity of returning to his alma mater to relive the old times, while also giving the audience an insightful view into how he build his way up to the highest platforms of governance.

Shri Anupam Rai took a more personal route, and remembered his days in Manipal – when only five hostel blocks existed as opposed to the current twenty-two. He drew a comparison based on Manipal’s transformation, by talking about how it is now populated with numerous fast food joints, when back in the mid-1960s, there were barely two places to visit for good food. He also pondered over the necessity of change in lifestyle and the rapid ascent of modern technology with the passing of time, drawing examples from an average student’s life in present day Manipal. They also discussed how their batch is one of the most integrated and well-connected batches that has graduated from MIT so far.

The citations prepared for the alumni were read out by Mr Prasanna Kailaje (Director, Alumni Relations) and Dr M Vijaya Kini (Associate Director, MIT Alumni Affairs) while they were presented with shawls by Dr HS Ballal (Pro Chancellor, Manipal University), who was the chief guest of the event. The alumni were also felicitated with garlands by Dr H Vinod Bhat (Vice Chancellor, Manipal University), and Mysore Petas by Dr GK Prabhu.

Dr BHV Pai (Joint Director, MIT) delivered the vote of thanks, and expressed his gratitude to the dignitaries for taking the time to visit Manipal.
The humble and unassuming men shared an unbreakable bond with their alma mater and each other. Their years of life after college and their respective journeys in the real world did not adulterate the pure, youthful joy and love that they associate with Manipal.

The distinguished gentlemen served as inspiration to the audience, as shining examples of two simple people with astounding achievements, who – despite having reached great heights – did not forget their humble beginnings and remained true to their roots.