SIP Friends Welfare Trust

The Old Gold Good
SIP Friends' Family Meet
~ Covai ~

The Third Meet At Covai on 21-02-2016


It was a wonderful moment and experience that SIP Friends gathered
on Sunday, the 21st February, 2016, after a long gap of five years
for ‘The Old Gold Good SIP Friends Meet’, organized by ‘SIP Friends Welfare Trust’
at Jubilee Hall, St. Fathima Church campus, 4th Street Extension, Coimbatore- 12.

From 4.00 pm onwards SIP Friends from various cities entered in the Jubilee Hall and
occupied their seats and voluntarily introduced themselves with each other and
intermingled with love and joy.

The glittering of the Meet was the participants of elderly SIP Friends…
Mr. V. Ranganathan '62, Mr. M. G. Krishnamoorthi '64, Mr. S. S. Sundaran '66,
Mr. K. R. Natarajan '67, Mr. R. Rajagopalan '67 (Chennai), Mr. N. Ramamurthy '68 (Chennai),
Mr. R. Meenakshi Sundaram '77 and Mr. V. Sankaran '78.

Mr. V. Ranganathan ’62, the Retd. Lecturer of Mechanical Department,
took part in the Meet with much enthusiasm.


About 60 participants, including 36 SIP Friends took part in the Meet and
jointly enjoyed the ‘Fragrance of Friendship’.

The day's events were started by Mr. Jegarajan ’79, from Chennai,
with the warm welcoming address,
appreciating the lovable participation of one and all in the gathering.

Mr.  M. G. Krishnamoorthy ’64, Mech, a retired Engineer from BHEL Trichy,
in spite of his poor health condition attended the meet with much anxiety.
He recalled ever green memories of his life in polytechnic and
shared his working experience in BHEL.


Mr. Ranganathan ‘62
revealed about his student life and
his experience in the polytechnic as faculty
as well.

He articulated his pleasure for attending the meet
as he met his old friends and Alumni of SIP.

He whole heartedly blessed the SIP Friends
to be prosperous in their lives.

Mr. Rajagopalan ’67,
from Chennai,
detailed his struggle for higher study
at polytechnic after schooling and
remembered his friend Mr. Ramamurthy’s father
who helped him for getting educational loan
at that time.

He also insisted everyone to love nature and environment.


Mr. K. R. Natarajan ’67,
expressed about the pride of SIP and his habit of preserving
the old text books
he had studied during his education at SIP, till now.

He exclaimed that
even in the new era,
old text books are having
the everlasting value.

Mr. Sundaram ’67,
from Trichy,
an ex- employee of BHEL shared
about his representation for the
'Tirunelveli District Cricket Team' during his polytechnic days.

He also revealed that
he resigned his job in 1978
to start his own industry at Trichy
which he ran up to 2013.

Mr. Govindan ’85, quoted
about the importance of education in SIP.
He went to Singapore in 1985 and
started his career as an ISO Auditor and
performed more than 1000 ISO Audits so far.
He comes to Covai  every month
from Singapore for a week.
He communicates with his
1985 batch classmates through whatsApp.
He promised to support the
’SIP Friends Welfare Trust’
activities for any cause.

Mr. John Ponnudurai ’81,
shared his experience at
ELGI Rubber Products Ltd., Coimbatore for
about 32 years and
has recently setup
his new venture
along with his friends
for developing  tyre
retreading  machineries.

Mr. Michaelraj ’81,
who is presently working
as an Associate Professor at
Kumaraguru College of Technology
shared present trends
in Engineering College atmosphere
and the Education Systems.

He admired every faculty of SIP
for their contribution
towards the growth of
their students.

Mr. Bhaskar ’88,
shared his
own experiences
during SIP period and
detailed about his
own company
‘Speed Spark’
at Coimbatore.

Mr. Meenakshi Sundaram ’77, who served in EB
for 32 years and
elevated up to
Divisional Engineer,
remembered and praised
his professor
Mr. Ramasamy
for his intrest in
the field of Electronics.

Mr. Venkatesh ’89,
working as
General Manager in
HVK Systems &
Marketing (P) Ltd.,
at Coimbatore
remembered his
college days.


Mr. Babooraj ’86,
shared the
he faced while
his own
‘Baboo Construction’,
in Coimbatore.

Mr. Ramamurthy '68, from Chennai, recalled his participation
in Polytechnic Cricket and
Badminton Teams.
Now he is sponsoring 'Cash Awards'
for the 'Outgoing Academically
Top Students', in the name of
his father Late. Narasimhan,
who was the
Office Superintendent of SIP
from its inception…

Mr. Kailasam ’79,
briefed about his career
at Industries and
at present he is having
his own hard core Mechanical Industry
with heavy duty
Plano Milling Machines
with higher capacity
which is unique of its kind
in Coimbatore.


Mr. Swaminathan ’80, proudly declared that he had developed
Single Phase Small Lift for House utilisation
which is first of its kind in its segment.

He started his career in M/s. Best and Crompton Ltd., and
got trained in England for Kone Elevators.

He got an award from the then Chief Minister M.G.Ramachandran
for the Lift Project in Thillayadi Valliammai Maligai,
located at Chennai.
He also offered to impart Training to the SIP students in future.

Mr. Govindaraj ’86,
an Entrepreneur,
presently running
‘Bharath Packagings’ at
Hosur and Tuticorin,
came all the way from
Tuticorin for the
'Covai Meet' with
the wish to meet and
converse with
his friends.

Mr. Vijayakumar ’12
expressed his inability
and difficulty in getting
a suitable job.
But, the participants
gave assurance
to help him
to get a good job.

(Later he got a better job
with better salary)

Mr. Selvakannan 2000,
who is presently directing a movie
called ‘நெடுநல்வாடை’
with the support of his class mates,
shared his expectation of
SIP Friends support
for his new project.

He had also shown
the glimpses of video presentation
of his upcoming Dubut Film.

With brief sharing of experiences and the ever green memories of
olden days, all SIP Friends and their family members interacted with
each other and had a delicious dinner which was brought from
the traditional 'Geetha Café' of Coimbatore.

Arrangements for the Meet was made nicely with the hard efforts of
Mr. Prabakaran, well-wisher of SIP Friends.

With sweet memories and tear full eyes every one left the Hall
with wish to meet every year at Coimbatore like this…

Report by Mr. Michaelraj  ’81 | Photos by Mr. Selvakannan 2000