Vidushi Shukla, Junior Editor of The Spirit of ICT reports on the ‘Change of Guards’ ceremony that took place at the KV Auditorium on 17th September 2014…
For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
– T. S. Eliot
They say autumn is a season of transition. Fitting then, that on the warm autumn evening of 17th September the outgoing Technological Association 2013-14 handed over the baton to the new TA 2014-15.
The evening started with an inspirational speech by our honorable Vice Chancellor and President of the TA, Prof. G. D. Yadav. It was truly fascinating to hear of his own days as a student body leader. He called upon everyone present to always stay loyal to the mother institute and to remember that they are all ambassadors of him as well as this institute. He asked the new TA to think beyond the scope of ordinary things and increased their morale by promising complete support in the execution of any idea they envision.
The stage was now set for the formal change of authority. Prof. G.D.Yadav felicitated the General Secretary, the Cultural Secretary and the Treasurer of the previous TA. They then pinned badges onto the sashes of their successors as a symbol of the transfer of charge.
The other professors present there – Prof. R.R. Deshmukh as the VP TA, Prof. J.M. Nagarkar, Prof. A.V. Patwardan, Prof. V.C Gaiker and Prof. V. H. Dalvi felicitated the rest of the ex-TA. They in turn officiated the new 23-member TA 2014-15.
It is not an easy thing to give a speech that is both solemn as well as warm and welcoming, but Prof. R.R. Deshmukh’s speech managed to achieve that balance. He spoke of the relevance of various factions of the TA and how positive action is always the need of the hour. He signed off with an inspiring point – whatever the TA undertakes, is first and foremost an ICT event.
Nidhi Pant (outgoing Cultural Secretary), Abhishek Hule (outgoing Treasurer), and Soham D’souza (outgoing General Secretary) thanked their team as well as everyone else who helped in some way or the other to make everything undertaken by the TA 2013-14 a success and also spoke of the highlights of their days in office. This was followed by the establishment of a new practice. All the core members of the 3 fests of ICT – Manzar, Sportsaga and Vortex, were given badges of their own.
The evening ended with Akshata Kulkarni (Cultural Secretary 2014-15) thanking the ex-TA and giving a run-through of all the events conducted so far in this academic year. In her own words, “Initiation is important for a chemical reaction, but so is the propagation,” and both will be driving forces for the new order of secretaries and their teams.
On this occasion, the Spirit of ICT spoke to Prof Deshmukh who said, “This is the second Change of Guards I am attending as Vice President of the TA and it is nice that some things stay constant. This ceremony is necessary and it went very well.”
Vikram Khanna, Vortex Secretary shared, “The ceremony was momentous. I personally felt very nice that the professors, especially our Vice Chancellor, took out their valuable time and made our day. Taking the post in front of everyone felt awesome as well as brought in a great sense of responsibility within me. The best moments were hearing our Vice Chancellor and witnessing his enthusiasm, and getting the badge from Ashish and Sunil sir.”
Mihir Bhagat, the UG Secretary of the Bombay Technologist said, “Today we were officially sworn in as TA members. It feels amazing to be part of the senior-most student body. We’ve been given a huge opportunity, but it’s up to us to make the most of it. There’s pride and fame, but greater are the responsibilities upon us. We hope to do justice to the post, the faculty, the students we represent and the institute. My favourite moment was Yadav sir’s motivational speech describing his days in the TA. It made me feel he was one amongst us.”
The outgoing Literary Secretary Kony Chatterjee said, “My year as the Literary Club Secretary was the best year of my life at this institute. The Literary Club is one where students were constantly encouraged to converse with each other and explore literature beyond the scope of a book or an essay and I enjoyed working as a part of the club. I owe a lot to Dr. Mohan Narayan sir who is supportive and loves literature more than anything else, and also Nidhi, Soham and Abhishek for always encouraging me. From my experience I’ve learnt how to lead, sometimes even if I was unsure about things I learnt that taking responsibility is the best way to learn something new.”
“The old order changeth, yielding place to new”
– Lord Alfred Tennyson
We, at The Spirit of ICT would like to congratulate each and every member of the Technological Association 2014-15 and wish you all the very best for all that follows.