Still, I feel ashamed to be called an alumnus of this premiere institute. You may wonder why? Simply because we - the so called reputed Alumni are basically well... very reputed.
We are too reputed to look back at our college and contribute in its development. Barring a mere 100 or so alumni ( and please note there would have been lakhs of them by now) we never think about the college. We are not bothered about its current state!
Yeah we may all be sharing pics and may be a couple blog-posts about our lives at BIT Mesra but we never ever contribute to its cause. I pity BIT Mesra and its fate - its a institute which has failed to impart basic education to its students. All the pass-outs care about is - now good or bad their life was at BIT Mesra. Hardly anyone contributes anything once they have left the institute.
I remember in my times in BIT Mesra; in the friend circle everybody talked about how BIT Mesra is not good enough for them. How nobody helped them to achieve their dreams. Everyone wanted to get funding from the Alumni and pledged that they would be a better alumni given the chance.
And today I see the same people in very Big companies like Samsung, Microsoft, Google, CISCO, Amazon, Hyundai, Tata Steel, Tata Motors and what not - and what is our contribution - Zip Zilch Nada!
What happened to all those claims? What happened to all those thoughts? Now everybody seems to me like the same people they used to complain about. Talk about Hypocrisy... we BITians are the best examples.
I am trying my bit... I am not sure if that's enough. But I believe I have a duty towards BIT Mesra. I can not ignore it. I will NOT ignore it. I am NOT a hypocrite. Instead of wasting my Sunday in posting stupid stuff on facebook or writing hate messages on Quora - I am going to utilize my time constructively.
I will follow my heart. I will follow the path I have chosen. I will follow the words of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi - "Be the change you wish to see in the world."
I know many people will label this blog-post as a Egotist Post for Self-Publicity; but at the same time... the SANE people will understand that it's required to open the eyes of the people. It's necessary to wake them up. It's necessary to bring about a change.
And I am proud to say that I, Vishal Gupta, feel good that I have done my bit for BIT Mesra. I had:
- Donated books worth 10000.00 in final year (after all exams were over) to the library.
- I never charged any fee for any workshop or session I conducted.
- I donated lots of my stuff and cycle and other things to a local family in BIT Mesra - a family of a clerk.
- I established Paritraan with the help of some of the best people in BIT Mesra; and I continue to fulfill my duties for Paritraan irrespective of the fact whether the rest of them do or do not do.
- I recently contributed 22000.00 to Team Srijan for them to participate in their competition.
- I recently contributed 15000.00 to Team Gurutva for them to participate in a NASA competition.
- I recently contributed 10000.00 to Shubham Agrawal so that he could carry on his research in Durhum University.
But most important of all... I could inspire Abhinav Omar (my room-mate from 1st year) to do the same. He has contributed 2000.00 to each - Team Srijan; Team Gurutva and Shubham Agrawal. And he doesn't work for any Big Company. Its just that HE HAS A BIGGER HEART. A heart of GOLD!
Lots of respect for you my friend. I am proud to have a friend like you. You have proved once again... that it doesn't need more than intention and willingness to do something for somebody.
And I thank you God - for its because of you and only you - that today I can contribute in others' dreams. I thank you God for giving me a position where I can help people. Thank you for not letting me turn just like any other BIT Mesra Alumni...Thank you very much!