Creation of the Jadavpur University Alumni Association UK Chapter
During the period of 1991 a number of enthusiastic ex-students of Jadavpur University, to name a few late Parimal Bhattacharya, Anil Mitra, Mani Nandy, Jiben Bhattacharya, Bimal Biswaschoudhury, Diptikumar Ghosh, Sm. Sabitri Ray etc. living mostly in and around London, gathered together to form an Association of Jadavpurian group in UK, to meet socially amongst themselves and to keep the spirit of Jadavpur University alive in this country. Following that meeting an ad hoc committee was formed, coordinated by Mani Nandy to organize a Reunion for the ex-student of Jadavpur University, every year residing in the UK. The association was formally named as Jadavpur University Alumni Association-UK Chapter.
The First Annual Reunion was organized on September 1992. A formal committee was formed headed by Mani Nandy as secretary and with the blessings of revered late Dr. T. Sen, founder of JU and the then Vice-Chancellor of JU. Since then it continued to grow until 1995 when the momentum was at its peak.
On May 1997 a meeting was arranged at the residence of Neil Sarkar in Weybridge, Surrey with a view to discussing the problems and the possibility to regain the momentum of the Association. Members present discussed the problems and agreed the actions needed for continuation of the association.
An ad-hoc committee was formed again to draft a formal constitution and entrusted with the responsibility to approve the constitution by the registered members in annual general meeting. The constitution was passed in the year 1997/98. Accordingly the registered members attending the AGM will elect the executive committee every year comprising Chair Person, General Secretary, Jt Secretary, Treasurer, Cultural Secretary, with a provision of six committee members. From the year 1997 till now the members are celebrating their annual reunion and holding annual general meeting successfully.
Achievements to Date
Since formation of the Association; the UK Chapter was involved in various activities apart from holding Annual Reunion, Bar-B-Q, visiting places of interests etc. every year. The association raised a trusted fund to help the needy students of the university, and was financially involved in the Dr. T.Sen memorial fund, construction of the Auditorium etc. Apart from that the association also donated some charitable organizations in the UK and India from time to time. To name few are the Lyons in Surrey, Eye Hospital in Midnapur etc. To date the number of registered members stands around hundred.
The Mission and Objectives
To act as a forum for the ex-students of any faculties of Jadavpur University, gather and exchange views and thoughts outside their working environments.
To keep in touch with the parent alumni association at Jadavpur University, Kolkata with a view to keep intercommunicating for any special events and achievements.
The association is a non-religion, non-political organization and only be involved with the activities to promote mutual co-operation and inter-relationship with the members. The Association will be responsible for creating an atmosphere where exchange of thoughts (social, cultural and technical) will be appreciated and encouraged.
Maintain a friendly relationship amongst members and to extend helping hands to other members and the parent association when help is needed.
Invite and register as many alumni as possible from the contacts and other sources residing in the UK and encourage any new arrival to enlist their names and contribute towards the social and cultural expertise.
Last but not the least that members are to make every effort to uphold the reputation of the Jadavpur University in this part of the World.