On March 31st I shall cease to function as the President of OCA (India) and, at this juncture, it is only appropriate that I bid adieu to all the fellow members of the executive team and pen a few words for fellow OCs.

It was a steep learning curve to manage an organization without any authority to command compliance – to which I had earlier been familiar with. Nevertheless, some fellow members came forward to contribute time and effort and carried out work which many would find tiresome and mundane. Special mention in this behalf must be made of Neel Kamal Mehra and Ashwani Virk for their guidance and selfless work. Jaspal Sawhney was only a phone call away and credit is due to him too for helping us whenever we needed him. There were others who were critical and I thank them also as they kept us on our toes.

Such an Association’s primary object is to facilitate bonding and provide a platform for members to participate in furtherance of our objects but all this has to be on a voluntary basis. To this effect, an attempt has been made to update our data base of members with their latest coordinates and I sincerely hope that this exercise would be ongoing in the future. At the outset there was a feeling of exclusion among many younger members as they thought the OCA was a closed club. After much deliberation, the MOA was suitably amended for them to come on board as executive members of various chapters and the central body. Progress has been achieved in this behalf but I would appreciate it if even a larger number of later batches participate in these bodies. Even though an attempt has been made to put the Association on an even keel, much requires to be done at the Chapter level to involve members. We have a vast talent pool among our members and I urge them to step forward to attain our objects.

During our tenure we did take some initiatives such as extending monetary help to OCs in need to meet hospital bills or to undertake a climb of Mt. Everest (during the coming season). The celebrations of the Golden and Silver anniversaries of leaving school were formalized and I am glad that each of these classes made valuable additions to the school’s infrastructure. As a result we have a refurbished staff room, a visitor’s waiting room and the school swimming pool has a filter. A major project undertaken by the OCA last year was the installation of a Solar heating system for the main school and after its success a similar one has been ordered for the junior school. Besides providing a greener environment, it reduces drastically the school’s fuel bill. The ‘To do’ list is endless and I wish Sukhinder Singh and his team the very best in their task ahead.

Last but not the least I wish to thank D.C.Anand for his invaluable guidance and help to our Association and to the infrastructure placed at our disposal with the great assistance provided by Ms Gopa Seal of his company.

We shall prevail and

BM Singh

Old Cottonians Golf Tournament at Naldehra / 2015

Those present [alphabetically]:
Dinesh Sud / Ishwar Dev Bhandari / Narinder Chauhan / Prithvi Raj Singh / Pritinder Singh / Tej Partap Phoolka / Yatish Sud.

Selection of Vice President of OCA (India)

A meeting of the Selection Committee as per procedure laid down in the MOA took place on 23rd March 2015. The quorum comprised of the following:
Jaspal Singh, President Delhi Chapter, Sukhinder Singh Vice President OCA,  B. M. Singh President.

After due deliberations it was decided to select Justice (retd) R S Sodhi to the post of Vice President. He shall assume his functions witheffect from 1st April 2015.

This selection was endorsed at the Executive Committee meeting held on 24th March 2015.

B M Singh

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SPOTLIGHT: Inder Singh Dhillon

Today is a proud day for our community as Inder Singh’s name is plastered on every newspaper in Canada. Inder graduated from BCS, then went to Windsor and graduated with an MBA from York (Schulich). He was the president of his class. He got a job at E&Y and is now being posted to Dubai. Schulich has his picture and achievements in every newspaper in Canada. I saw his picture in the paper this morning on the train and called him to congratulate him. Inder I am going to miss your friendship and the time you were here and our tea chats. Sorry I missed your wedding but all the best.

Anyway see you guys on April 25th for cocktail and drinks. Take care

[Gerald Godinho]

QUOTED from  :

The son of a farmer, Inder Dhillon (MBA ’13) was raised in a remote village in India. Today, the recent Schulich MBA graduate is being called a “poster boy” for his professional and academic successes by India’s third largest newspaper, the Hindustan Times.

“It’s a privilege to be recognized in the local communities back in India,” said Inder in an email about being featured in the Times. “I hope the article touches many youngsters that are aspiring to study/work abroad, and hope they take something positive out of my experience.”

“Always a sharp student”, Inder first travelled to Canada to complete a degree in professional studies and business administration at the University of Windsor in 2006.

Upon graduation, he was “recruited by Wells Fargo Bank, amongst top 3 Banks in the US, and got promoted as the youngest Senior Credit Manager.”

Ranjan Uberoi [Gobey-ii] passed on

Sad news.

Ranjan Uberoi [Gobey-ii] of Lefroy house 1966 Batch.

Passed away at New Delhi today 18th March 2015 after bravely fighting cancer of the pancreas.

Cremation will take place tomorrow 19th March at the Lodhi Crematorium New Delhi at 4 PM.

We are waiting information about a prayer-meet / chautha from Vijay Singh [Kuttu] who was constantly at Gobey’s side in hospital. Please do look out on this page for further news….

EDIT 19/3/15:
Chautha will be on 20th March at Mata Ka Mandir in New Friends Colony from 2 to 3 pm.

Forthcoming EGM / OCA (India) Northern Chapter

Dear OCs,

In furtherance of the deliberations at the Annual Meet held on 7th December 2014 it has been decided to hold an EGM of the OCA(India)Northern Chapter to elect new members to the Managing Committee as per the amended MOA. The meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, 28th March 2015 at 3.30 pm at The CGA, Golf Range, Sector 6, Chandigarh.

All OC’s of the Northern Chapter are requested to attend. Those OC’s who have paid the subscription for 2014-15 shall be eligible to vote. Expression of interest was sought, from OC’s interested in coming on to the committee, at the 7th Dec 2014 Annual Meet. Response from several OC’s has since been received.

Hope to see you all at the EGM!

Warm Regards,

[Ajay Thiara]
OCA (India) Northern Chapter
C/O Jamboree
SCO 99-100 Top Floor
Sector 17-B
Chandigarh – 160017