Parents and Freshers ‘Walk with the Director’2 min read
Manipal: Gopalakrishna Prabhu, Director, MIT expressed his joy over the ‘unexpected’ response to ‘Walk with the Director’, an ice-breaking event for first year students and parents, here in the MIT campus on Sunday. The event also marked the announcement of new infrastructural and academic developments.
The walk, being the first of its kind by any college in Manipal, was the brainchild of Prof. Balakrishna Maddodi. It started and ended at Kamath Circle, during the course of which, students and parents were briefed about the various facilities, academic buildings and hostels.
“What we wanted was to break the ice. Parents were anxious and students were also worried and I wanted to have an informal meeting with them, so that they get their own friends and parents can feel comfortable and confident while leaving this place. Initially, we weren’t sure of how it would be accepted but now, I am happy and excited, seeing the good response”, GK Prabhu explained.
Saplings were planted near the lawns behind the Department of Chemical Engineering during the walk. The director also announced upcoming projects like the MIT Tech Shop, Student Plaza and Center of Excellence for the Department of Civil Engineering. He also added that the teacher-guardian system has been revamped this year to ensure that the subject teachers serve as the mentors as well, at least for the upcoming semester. The teacher-guardian will be in touch with their wards for at least 3-4 days in a week.
The walk was attended by first year students and parents.“We had a tour of the campus. The director is very ‘cool’ and made us familiar with the conditions and processes here”, stated Chetan, a first year student of MIT from New Delhi. The parents present were also supportive of the idea. “I really liked the event and how parents were taken around and briefed about the various facilities in the campus” said Yogitha, a parent.
The event brought together parents and first-year students together in a common forum. “One interesting thing that happened today was connecting to a few parents, who are in high positions in their corporates. They came forward and said that they would help me get in touch with industries, labs for placement and internships. Our idea wasn’t that but today, this volunteering was unexpected”, added GK Prabhu.
Also present during the walk were BHV Pai, Joint Director of MIT, Colonel Kalakoti, Chief Warden of MIT Hostels and Annamalai, Superintendent of Police, Udupi district.
Edited by Prajwal Bhat