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IIT-B’s in-house mag Raintree wins C’wealth varsity prize

Posted on: March 8, 2011

By Times of India
MUMBAI: Raintree-Notes from the Campus, the bi-monthly magazine of the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, has won the Association of Commonwealth Universities’ PR, Marketing and Communications Award, 2010.

Launched in April 2009, the magazine has been a common link for the IIT community, both present and past. From a note on the fauna in the lawns to a story on barbers who cut hair of the likes of ex-Infosys head Nandan Nilekani, Raintreegoes beyond complex computer programs and mathematical problems that are discussed in the classrooms.

While the institute brings out a host of technical and research magazines, Raintree captures the vibrant life on the 550-acre campus, said Damayanti Bhattacharya, CEO of IIT-B Alumni Association. Bhattacharya had written the first draft of the concept note for Raintree.

Raintree has carved a niche for itself; old boys, too, don’t miss to pick up a copy.

Jaya Joshi, the institute’s PRO who went to collect the award in Australia, said, “The best moment was when the international audience that reviewed Raintree regarded it as a practice that should be adopted by other universities as well. The aim was to create a publication that would reflect the evolving stature of the institute…”

Mohit Sharma, a civil engineering student, said, “Raintree promotes dialogue on campus. It makes you reflect and look beyond the absolute immediate. IIT-B is a contrived society-people come here from all over and spend a short life cycle. This place has its peculiarities and Raintree chronicles that mish-mash.”

Eighty one publications from 43 universities across 15 countries competed for the award. Alumni across the world rooted for the magazine. “We all started writing anecdotes of our life on campus for Raintree and realized that we had a lot to tell. It was then that we decided to come out with a book,” said Bakul Desai, an alumni and contributor. Desai is referring to the recently released work, Madhouse: True stories of the Inmates of Hostel 4.

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