Recently bumped upon the web site of my alma mater, National College – Trichy. The site has been developed by one of the current students. As you could see, it hasn’t been very professionally designed but then, it is a good start. I was wondering why I didn’t take the effort in the first place to develop a website for my college. During our days at college, we had so many complaints about the college management about lot of things, but I have always been proud to be associated with the college for various reasons. I have sent a mail to the webmaster appreciating the start and offering my hand in redesigning the site hoping that he wouldn’t mind about my unsolicited feedback.
Ours is a decent Arts & Science college (only for men.. shucks!) standing for about 85 years and its alumni include former President R. Venkataraman, former RBI Governor C. Rangarajan etc. Though the college is not in par with St. Joseph’s & Bishop Heber in terms of infrastructre & ambience, it did have its share of glory not long ago. The college was started during the days when the freedom movement was at its peak and my dad, who too is an alumni of that college has said that there used to be a sense of nationalistic spirit even in late 1960s, perhaps due to the presence of some of the professors who had taken active part in the freedom struggle. Thinking about our college reminds me of a huge tree known as ‘Gandhi maram’ (Gandhi Tree). It was under that tree Mahatma Gandhi addressed the people when he visited Trichy. ‘Gandhi Maram’ is a small part of great history and I used to look upon it as a source of inspiration.
During my recent trip to India, I went past our college but Gandhi Maram couldn’t be seen from the road. A new building has come up in the ground where the tree used to be. For a moment, I thought of dropping in to find out whether the tree is behind the building or not. Then I backed out in the hope that it would be there as I didn’t have the heart to know that yet another piece of history has been ruthlessly destroyed by my very own alma mater.