The alumni association is rich in diversity in terms of its students representing sectors ranging from manufacturing to services and not-for-profit enterprises. Nine hundred members spread across different regions make up the association. Besides, the EDIAA is steadily adding more members with each passing event and activity. The alumni, who are the ambassadors of the Institute, share their experiences through various programmes, such as;
- Entre-Plexus: It is an annual EDI Alumni meet, wherein the effervescent minds meet to discuss their progress as successful entrepreneurs.
- Networking Summit: A networking event for the EDI Alumni, the summit aims at generating a forum where the alumni can network with each other by way of sharing their current and future business/career plans.
- EDIAA Premier League: A night cricket tournament organised by and for EDI alumni. It brings the members together in a non-formal fashion and promotes healthy, informal interaction.
Entre-Plexus and Other Events Organized by EDI Alumni Associations
The EDI Alumni Association (EDIAA) was formed on 20th May 2007, is working towards a future where EDI alumni take pride in their entrepreneurial experience and pass that enthusiasm on to their peers, prospective students, families, and community. The Association aims to nurture the spirit of entrepreneurship among its members and community at large. EDIAA also shares EDI's vision to make the institute among the top ranked entrepreneurship education institutes in the world. The EDI Alumni Association pledged to make EDI Alumni – the Future of Growth.
It is with this motive of refreshing the minds of PGP alumni, EDIAA organizes ENTRE-PLEXUS – the annual EDI Alumni meet. Discussions, debates, Interactions, Networking opportunity all of these are provided to equip the dynamic alumni with an unending urge for progress.
The first EDI PGP alumni meet, christened "Entre-Plexus" was successfully organized during May 19-20, 2007 by the IX batch students under the leadership of Mr. Abhinav Daga. The dignity of the event was increased by the healthy attendance of around 150 Alumni. EDI invited Mr. Sushil Handa, Chairman and Managing Director, Claris Life Sciences Limited, Ahmedabad as the Chief Guest at 'Entre-Plexus 2007'. EDI also arranged guest lectures by Mr. Sunil Parekh. Ex-Director, CII, Gujarat and Mr. Gagan Sethi, Janvikas, who spoke on Entrepreneurship & Modern Technologies and NGO Governance respectively to EM & MN alumni.
The second Entre-Plexus held during 4-5 January 2008 and the theme was How Successful People Become Even More Successful. During this event it was disclosed that the one year PGP program that EDI has been hosting for the last ten years will hence forth be a two year encapsulated program recognized by the AICTE. The Chief Guest was Mr. Devang Nanavati who delivered keynote address on A better India by the way of Enterprise creation and unveiled the first EDIAA newsletter. Dr. Urmish Chudgar, MD, Intas Biopharmaceuticals and Mr. Munish Patell, Director, Kennsville Golf and Country Club delivered lectures. Mr. Vikas Kumar, EDI Alumnus made presentation on 'Microfinance Focus-India's First Microfinance Online Monthly Magazine'.
During 26-27 December 2008, with a theme of Responsible Entrepreneurship the third Entre-Plexus has been organized. The chief guest Mr. Natwar Lal Patel, MD, Meghmani Organics Limited delivered keynote address on 'Fostering Responsible Entrepreneurship in Today's Global Scenario'. During this event EDI Alumni Association interactive website was launched. Mr. Chandrakant Prakash Mohata, a IX batch alumni's book entitled Mehfil at EDI was released. Mr. Aalap Gandhi won the "Drashtant" a case study presentation on responsible entrepreneurship. 'Manthan', panel discussion on Responsible Entrepreneurship was participated by Mr. Piruz Khambatta, CMD of Rasna Pvt. Ltd. & Chairman CII National Committee on food processing; Mrs. Anar Patel, Founding Trustee of Gramshree Trust; Mr. Arun Baid, MD Aura Herbal Wear; Mr. Prasad Chacko, social worker and former regional manager, Action Aid India; and Dr. Dinesh Awasthi, Director, EDI. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Rasananda Panda, economist and visiting faculty at EDI.
The fourth Entre-Plexus was held during 11-12 December 2009 with the theme T Dimension – Inventing Businesses of Tomorrow. The Key note Speaker of this event was Mr. Mukesh Bhandari Chairman & Chief Technical Officer Electrotherm India Ltd and he addressed on Enterprise Sustenance Through Technology Intervention. The speakers of this event includes: Mr. Rajiv Bhatt, Senior Manager, Deloitte, Mr. Malav Mehta, MD Infinium Ltd., Mr. Pulkit Gaur (Technopreneur), Prof. Subrat Sahu (Strategy professor from IPMG), Mr. Rajiv Bhatt (Senior Manager, Deloitte), Mrs. Shriya Damani (Technology Transfer Consultant) and Mr. Kunal De (NID, Gandhinagar), Prof. Rasananda Panda visiting faculty at EDI, Dr. Anil Kane, President (World Wind Energy Association, Bonne, Germany), Dr. Arjun Mehta, Director-Gujarat Life Sciences and Mr. Nirav I Jamnapara from Plasma Research Centre.
During this event EDIAA has initiated the launch of EDIAA – GCCI Youth Wing with an objective to conduct workshops on entrepreneurship development. Also in December 2009, EDIAA formally got registered as TRUST.
The fifth Entre-Plexus was organized on 22nd January, 2011 where in all the alumni are invited on campus for academic and social interactions. As part of this event a Networking session was organized wherein each participant spoke briefly about his/her current and future business plans.
In addition to the Entre-Plexus, EDIAA conducts various events all through the year to bring the alumni together to generate networking opportunities.
EDIAA Premier League (EPL) night cricket tournament was organized by EDIAA Ahmedabad Chapter on 17th May 2009.
EDIAA successfully conducted EDIAA Networking Summit on 26th July 2009 with the theme A Forum to Share, Exchange and Network in which around 54 alumni where each one shared their current as well as future enterprise plans.
An entrepreneurship development workshop for evolving entrepreneurs, name Utkranti was organized jointly by EDIAA and GCCI Youth Wing on 28th February 2010 in which 16 participants were benefitted.
To promote networking among Ahmedabad based alumni / members, EDIAA Ahmedabad Chapter organized social and cultural events regularly. The Ahmedabad based alumni along with their spouses had brunch at Ellisbridge Gymkhana in April, 2010, Dinner at The Village restaurant at July, 2010, Dinner at 'Agashiye' Restaurant on 17th February 2012, Movie program at Cinemax, SG Highway and Coffee Meetings at Rajpath Club.
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