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When old friends meet again

Staff Reporter

It's a trip down memory lane for UVCE alumni at reunion in Bangalore

— Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Nostalgic:(From left) Former chairman of Atomic Energy Commission M.R. Srinivasan, Union Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily, former Scientific Adviser to Minister of Defence V.K. Atre, Vice-Chancellor of Bangalore University N. Prabhu Dev, scientist Roddam Narasimha and Additional Chief Secretary K. Jairaj at the UVCE alumni meet in Bangalore on Sunday.

Bangalore: “It is nice to converse with somebody in Kannada after a long time.” “Hey man, you seem to have lost a lot of hair!” “I am not comfortable with e-mail, give me your telephone number.”

The alumni of University of Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE) had a lot of catching up to do as old friends and batch-mates met after decades during the mega alumni reunion held on Palace Grounds here on Sunday.

“It is a happy moment. Such an event will help the institution in which we studied, while giving us an opportunity to keep in touch with our friends and the institution,” said Shantaram Kashyap, who passed out from UVCE in 1957. “My grandfather Karachi Krishna Rao and Sir M. Visvesvaraya studied together in Pune,” he recalled proudly. For Wg. Cmdr. Premanand Shanbhag (retd.) and his wife H.N. Uma, a retired chief engineer with the Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited, who had been classmates in the Electrical Department of UVCE during the mid 60s, the event was a trip down memory lane. Recalling their college-days with nostalgia, both of them hoped their alma mater would grow further to become a prestigious institution in the country.

The reunion gave Kannada actor H.G. Dattatreya an occasion to recall his early days as an actor on the stage set up between two 125-year-old trees in the UVCE quadrangle. “I entered the stage here during 1959-64 as the cultural secretary of the college.

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