It gives me immense pleasure to reach to you by way of this appeal. The Alumni are imperative stakeholders in Shivaji University and when harnessed aptly can play a vital role in the execution of the mandate of our University. As the Vice-Chancellor, I am in quest of strong relations with the Alumni because I am aware that the Alumni are the potential resource to lend a hand to our University to deal with various challenges. Therefore, I have proposed to widen Shivaji University Alumni Association to arouse alumni involvement and contribution in a bigger scale for the Institutional progress.
As you are all aware, the Shivaji University, Kolhapur, named after the Great Maratha Warrior and founder of the Maratha Empire Chhatrapati Shivaji was established in 1962. It was inaugurated on 18th November, 1962 by Dr. Radhakrishnan, the then President of India. One of the major objectives behind foundation of this University was to cater to the regional needs of South Maharashtra.
In a span of around fifty years, thanks to the zeal and discipline of its students, a sense of commitment and dedication of its teachers, the dynamic leadership of its Vice Chancellors and administrators and an immense support by the State Government and apex funding bodies such as UGC, DST etc. Shivaji University has come to be known as a major seat of higher education in India.
In the Month of November 2011, the Shivaji University is entering into yet another milestone i.e. Golden Jubilee. The University is all set to celebrate this event with great zeal. At the end of its first fifty years, the University will take stock of its achievements and plan its forward journey to a still brighter future. The objectives of the golden jubilee celebrations are to support and promote qualitative academic research, establish links with national and international academic institutions; commend high achievers, extend the existing services offered by the University, and enrich the teaching and research standards. The celebration will run from 18th November 2011 to 18th November 2012.
As a member of the Shivaji University alumni community, you have a role to play in making sure that your experience is available to current and future generations of students as it’s your bequest. I hereby request you to come forward to contribute generously to strengthen one of the novel schemes ‘Earn While Learn’ of the Shivaji University. Many of you might be beneficiary of this scheme. Through this scheme we are exploiting the enormous potential of students as a valuable human resource and engage them in management and improvement of the institution. This scheme also imparts hands on experience to the students and widens their horizon as well as inculcates the culture of dignity of Labor. Many beneficiary students of this scheme are now serving our nation at higher positions and with wholehearted gratitude they appreciate this scheme which enabled them to earn a reasonable amount every month to meet their expenses.
Though the boys in this scheme are supported by Hostel facility, the most deserving girl students are still in dire need of Hostel Facility. Therefore, in the Golden Jubilee Year, we propose to build hostel for them and extend the scope of this scheme to girl students of the university. The whole scheme tentatively costs around Rs. 12 Crores, for construction of hostel and corpus money. Your contributions will be utilized for this scheme.
You can respond at any level because every paisa counts, however it is your participation that we really need. We thank you in anticipation and shall remain deeply beholden to you for your kind contribution. Apart from financial contributions, we welcome your ideas, valuable suggestions and involvement in enriching the Alumni Association activities. The donations are exempted for Income tax under sec. 80G.
Should you wish to have any more information about our campaign, please feel free to contact us in person, by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by telephone (0231-2609066).
It’s high time for staying connected, making a difference and giving back to your Alma matter.
Prof.(Dr.) N. J. Pawar
Vice-Chancellor, Shivaji University, Kolhapur