As every year, Year 2020 started with ambitions and many expectations. However, we have seen an year, where global pandemic has impacted our alumni activities. During these unprecedented times, our alumni activities were mainly through virtual media. We have seen an year of generosity and tolerance which iş a great indication of Changes in the world . We realized the necessity of helping the society as a social being and we could undertake constructive acts of kindness and charity. We have undertaken constructive acts of kindness and charity. This year embarks that TKMCE UAE Alumni Chapter is capable to undertaking eventually of various nature.
Also we know that during the pandemic long time Lockdown situation in both home country and in UAE , most of our families are locked in flat or their homes with out any entertainment even few weeks no one could meet their relatives and no chances were to go to hospital. Situation was very terrific and a feel of uncertainty Even during these, extraordinary situation. We have accomplished remarkable event to bring our members/families through various entertainment session and throughout the year we could organize live and electrifying events online to all TKMCE alumni members out in the UAE even extended the participation globally with the support of TKMCE Global Alumni coordination.
On behalf of the TKMCE Alumni UAE Office Bearers 2020 as General Secretary Myself Arun Chandran , Secretary, Dubai & NE, Nizamudeen Musaliar we are pleased to provide a brief of the events conducted during this year and upcoming Annual Day celebration and other events. We started our operation with Oath Taking ceremony and had event calendar presented in the first Excom Meeting conducted on 4th January 2020, situation was as usual and we had many plan with creative ideas for arranging colorful events also launching various plat form for women ,Kids ,literature ,Sports activities etc. We could achieve most of our planned activities in additions to the regular Alumni programs even in the worst pandemic situation .Programs conducted in Year 2020 so far:
Throughout the year we have conducted 6 Executive Meeting, 8 Regional Executive Meeting, 2 Extra Ordinary Executive Meetings, Advisory Board Meeting, a General body and several sub-committee meeting that has helped to shape and drive these events and activities in 2020. We are thankful to all members and their families of the TKMCE Alumni UAE Fraternity for their participation, support, commitment and contribution through-out the year that has made it such a fun, educative and entertaining year so far.Thank you very much for your continued support to the TKMCE UAE Alumni.
The new officer bearers of the TKMCE Alumni Singapore led by Mr Shaji Philips (Civil 1991) took over the alumni works in December 2020. Singapore Alumni committee was formed in Nov 2016 and was led by Mr Jovi Jacob (Mechanical 1988) since then. With the prevailing pandemic situation, Singapore alumni members withdrew some of our planned as well as pre-arranged gatherings in 2020. Amidst these COVID times, we had pulled through and managed to interact with each other and arrange few online gatherings to keep our alumni bond intact. TKM alumni members made voluntary contributions to help out the people stranded in Singapore during the COVID period with special mention to TKMCE Alumni Singapore Chairman, Mr Shaji Philips who was actively involved in ensuring adequate food supplies to workers and in assisting Indian students to return home during the COVID pandemic. Mr Shaji was bestowed with Social Excellence Award by Pravasi Express Newspaper (which has coverage in India, Singapore, Malaysia and Middle East) for his valuable contributions to the society through various social work activities for many years. He was instrumental in facilitating financial aid for the medical treatment of workers and for the dependents of those workers who met with accidents in Singapore. Towards the end of the year, the alumni committee decided to participate in TISFF (TKMCE International Short Film Festival). The team spirit to represent Singapore Alumni in the TKM global committee led the team to create a short film even though none of the members had previous experiences. The filming was completed in one day following the guidelines for gatherings provided by Singapore government. The Singapore alumni ended the year with one more online gathering, hoping to meet in the new year.
US Alumni Executive committee has been meeting regularly to discuss chapter activities in light of the pandemic. US alumni led discussions with Alumni chapters from across the world on hosting Global Alumni Gathering. Initially planned for 2020, the gathering has been moved to Dec 2021 in Las Vegas. Envisioned as a summit for all TKM Alumni across the world to come together and strengthen the bonds for a global TKM community, the gathering will be a mix of social, cultural and academic events with a North American flavor. The chapter has also been progressing work on its website and membership drive.Much awaited Global Alumni meet is scheduled in December 2021 at Las Vegas, USA…
While COVID-19 pandemic has raised a lot of blockades, it has opened up new avenues of operations. We the Oman family was quick to adapt to the changes. The visible disadvantages were converted to advantages by conducting several Online events where in our close family members who left Oman and settled elsewhere also could join. That was an awesome change though we missed the physical interactions.
This has later triggered the thought of bringing the entire Global chapters into one programme which resulted in a Global Musical programme,a unique event in the history of TKMCE Alumni chapters across the Globe. The programme has acted as a catalyst in way forward to achieve the vision of College management for a Global networking involving all the chapters.
Here is the summary of various programmes we conducted in year 2020.
We extend our sincere thanks to the entire family of TKMCE Oman chapter as well as TKMCE Management from Kollam, especially to Principal Dr.Shahul Hameed and Dr. Sudheer. We also extend our thanks to all the Chapters across the globe who have been kind enough to work with us for the success of the first Global Programme of TKMCE chapters named Raganjali20.
We started off the year 2020 with our traditional new year program celebrations on Jan 8 2020. The event was a very grand one with many programs involving TKM family members.
The venue was a wonderful resort in Jahra, a very remote area in Kuwait. We had record attendance. The highlight of the program was a dance sequence with the participation of senior most member from batch 1963 to 2019 batch member.
During the pandemic, our excom team understood the emotional strain of our members and individually called and checked on their status and wellbeing. We released message and a musical video to show solidarity and raise hope within our members.. Excom organized a covid fund raising primarily aimed at supporting the TKM alumni member who may fall upon hard times during this pandemic. We joined hands with KEF (Kuwait Engineers Forum) an Umbrella body of all the Alumni associations of engineers in Kuwait, to meet the newly appointed Indian ambassador to Kuwait to raise our concerns and request support to resolve the issues faced by Indian engineers for the registration with Kuwait Society of Engineers which was a mandatory requirement for employment purposes.
TKMCE Alumni joined hands with Kuwait Engineers Forum and a charity organization named Indian Community Service Group (ICSG) driven by Indian Embassy and did several community services like volunteering in the distribution of food kits for the distressed, distribution of medicine,paying the school fees of the students who otherwise could not have continued with their education as their parents were unable to pay the fees. During this pandemic our gavel club, “The Sparkians”; Toast Masters Club for children, which we started in 2019 continued functioning online.
Our inter alumni volleyball tournament which was scheduled to happen in March as well as other planned/scheduled activities were cancelled due to the pandemic situation. The AGM could not be conducted and it was decided for the current committee to continue for one more year.
The gavel club which we started in 2019 continued functioning online during this period. The development of the gaveliers has been a joy to watch.Our members participated in the musical program Raganjali 20 conducted by Oman alumni.
Many of our members left Kuwait during this period, some for better prospects some back home for leading retired life. Online farewells were arranged and Ex.com members personally presented them with mementos for expressing love and gratitude on behalf of the alumni association.
Europe Alumni contains Alumnus from Europe main land and UK. Currently we have 53 members in the group. TKMCE Europe alumni has not officially formed a committee.
In the year 2020, Alumnus had two virtual get-togethers (Zoom meetings April 17th and October 24th 2020) and discussed about the COVID situation in the different EU countries and shared the work experiences in different fields. Alumnus shared their views on how we can work closely with the Alama matter and help the students who are interested to study in European universities by providing information and supporting each other in building business network.Europe chapter member John V Panicker participated in the TKM Global musical Gala conducted by the Oman chapter.Our member Shammi Rahim was in the committee representing Europe chapter in the TISFF short film festival.
We hope in this new year we will be able to form a committee officially, inaugurate the association and expand our community strength by including more Alumni’s in the Europe area. Thanks to the continuous support and encouragement form Alama matter in this case.