Mar 10, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Joanna Hughes

Gratitude is alive and well among grads of India’s city colleges, according to a recent report from The Times of India. How are they showing their schools the love? Through financial support for buildings, projects and programs. Here’s a closer look.

A Magnanimous Movement

“As a symbol of love and respect for their alma mater, former students of some of the oldest city colleges are taking a lead to give complete makeover to their respective colleges. It doesn't matter if the alumni are living in California or Nagpur, they are all coming together to give an international edge to their institutions,” reveals the Times.

Making a Difference

While Alumni from all over the world speak to the impact their university studies have on their lives, India’s graduates are taking it one tangible step further. Said one administrator of a recent alumni initiative, “Our alumni association offered to build two podiums, equipped with state-of-the-art technology for modern teaching. Now the students will be able to use various electronic gadgets and do online research for their thesis work. This initiative will ensure that the standard of our college is on par with the best institutes in India and abroad."

And that’s just one example. From new auditoriums and furniture to laboratories and libraries, a growing number of Indian colleges are benefiting from the engagement and largesse of their alumni.

Beyond Infrastructure

This support is not limited to infrastructure. Said a college administrator in response to placement support for current students offered by the school’s alumni network, "The students who have graduated from our college are working in some of the biggest IT companies around the world and we are deeply touched by their gesture of offering current students a strong placement support. Our alumni will help the collegians get placed in the some of the topnotch IT companies and also offer them guidance."

Joanna worked in higher education administration for many years at a leading research institution before becoming a full-time freelance writer. She lives in the beautiful White Mountains region of New Hampshire with her family.

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