An Evening with Rakesh Basant
Though on a private visit,Rakesh Basant created time for an informal interaction with about thirty
Chennai-based alumni on the 7th of October, 2016 at Presidency Club. Rakesh was expected to formally
assume the office of Dean AER on November 1. He complemented Arvind Sahay, the former Dean AER in
streamlining the alumni relationship and formalizing the apex governance mechanism.
He used the Chennai interaction to think loudly about deepening the relationship between the alumni
and the Institute, and sought suggestions from the audience. The key challenge, according to the
incoming Dean AER, was to align institutional needs with the expectations and preferences of the Alumni.
The responsibilities of Dean AER have been enhanced. It now includes all external relations of IIMA,
ranging from community outreach to linkages with corporates, besides alumni chapters and other entities.
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A Family Tour of Satish Dhavan Space Center - Sriharikota High Altitude Range
The Indian MARS mission catapulted the country onto the scientific world stage. India joined a select club of deep-space explorers. The Mangalayaan was launched from Satish Dhavan Space Centre Sriharikota High Altitude Range [SDSC-SHAR] on the 5th of November, 2013. Located closer to the equator, the SDSC-SHAR is the secondbest located spaceport in the world, next to the Kennedy Space Center in the USA. Sriharikota is 105 km north of Chennai.
A group of thirty one IIMA alumni and family from the Chennai Chapter witnessed the full dress rehearsal of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle [PSLV-C35] on the 23rd of September, 2016 at Satish Dhavan Space Center- Sriharikota High Altitude Range [SDSC-SHAR]. This was definitely a once-in-lifetime experience.