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August 13, 2017 3 min read



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MANIPAL: It was a trip down memory lane for the former students of School of Communication (SOC) as the college conducted an alumni meet in its premises on August 13. A mélange of cultural events and discussions, the event also commemorated 20 years of the institution.

The alumni penned down their experience at the Article-19 stall which was set up at the entrance. || Photograph Courtesy: Tanishqa Kotian

While on one hand, performances by the present students livened up the spirit of the meet, speeches by the guests of honour and faculty members stressed on relevant issues. Stalls by Article-19, the annual fest of the college and Chicken Sambar, a production house comprising past and present students of SOC were also set up.

Aaryan, 3rd-year BAMC student and Pranjal, 1st-year BAMC student performing a comic skit. || Photograph Courtesy: Tanishqa Kotian

Dr Leela Rao, the first director of SOC (then, Manipal Institute of Communication or MIC) and the chief guest for the evening traced the roots of the present form of journalism deliberating on the emergence of new media in her address. She reminisced, “In my generation, journalism was never considered as a profession where one needed to acquire any skill. It was considered a creative form, something you had and not something to be taught. We never had any ‘alumni’. This indicates how the discipline has grown over the years.”

The bookmark, a part of the gift bag presented to each alumnus served as a memoir for their time in Manipal.|| Photograph Courtesy: Tanishqa Kotian

Highlighting the recent changes, Dr Nandini Lakshmikantha, Director, SOC charted out the college’s growth over the two decades. Vanita Pai, a pupil from the foremost batch of the institution said, “In MIC, we were given room to discuss and arrive at our own opinion. The time spent here has been very critical in making us the individuals we are today.”

The faculty members pose for a picture with Vanita Pai and Dr Leela Rao.|| Photograph Courtesy: Tanishqa Kotian

Past pupils took to the stage to reminisce their tenure at SOC. They also congratulated the organising team and the faculty members.

Shreya, a student from the 2006 batch sharing her Manipal experience during the event. || Photograph Courtesy: Tanishqa Kotian

The event concluded with a video exploring the progress of the institution over the past few years, followed by a formal dinner.

Edited by Shivani Singh

Featured Image Courtesy: Tanishqa Kotian