An SMS Alumni Association?
“Is there an SMS Alumni Association? Can I join?”
Yes and no, depending on how you look at it and where you live. There
are now two types of AA that complement each other. You already belong
to one (virtual), and may join the other too if you choose.
By way of background, here are the discussion
points that were circulated on the matter in 1997.
The Bombay AA formally registered with the government in 1998.
It has a constitution, office (headquartered in Bandra of course), Rs 1000
(USD 25) lifetime membership fee, newsletters, etc, but its legal reach
(i.e. whether you get tax deductions on contributions) is restricted to
India — just as any other AA would be legally confined to its base country.
Anyone may choose to belong to the Bombay AA: download the membership
application form [PDF], and contact Aloysius
D'Souza for further details.
Those outside India need to be legally organized in their individual countries,
and nobody's had the stomach for that yet. Instead we have the next
best thing, a Virtual Association of Alumni of which all alumni
are already life members (no membership procedures involved, but you're
encouraged to register contact details in your class
directory). The VAA has a virtual constitution.
If you wish to hold political office, there's a chance to do that too:
join the Bee Hive list of regional ambassadors.
The more, the merrier.