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Scheduled for April 22, the Army Institute of Law’s alumni meet was supposed to be a chance for graduates and students to meet one more time. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned.
For the two weeks preceding the Alumni Meet, the fifth years were given the assurance that they would be allowed to attend the Alumni Meet at the expense of a token money of Rs. 200/student. Pursuant to which, a total of 38 students from the fifth year had agreed to attend the Alumni Meet. Accordingly, a total booking of 110 people (including the fifth years) was made at the venue.
D-Day (April 22, 2016) (All time references are estimates):*
The Blue Pencil Analysis:
The way we see it, the authorities (as always) acted extremely impulsively without considering the long-term consequences of such an action. The students acted extremely ineffectively when they failed to take any action to revoke the cancellation or mitigate the circumstances.
So who exactly lost this battle?
Well, AIL did. It’s a settled position that the alumni are the core of any institution. This becomes an even stronger proposition in the face of the fact that AIL is a law school.
As many of you may be aware, the Alumni is currently in the process of sending emails to the authorities expressing their disappointment with the entire fiasco. However, in all honesty, we feel that this would only culminate into one thing: further blame-game. The authorities would try to easily shirk off the responsibility onto the students that apparently “defied” them. We agree that it might budge the authorities a little, but it’s highly possible that the e-mail might hit all the wrong chords.
We believe that the Alumni Meet should be an event that’s absolutely independent of the authorities. There should exist an Alumni Board, that would be responsible for overlooking the funding and the dates of the Alumni Meet, while the current students of the college (or the Alumni Cell) would work directly with the Alumni Board in order to successfully organise the event.
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