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32 IIM-A alumni at WTC safe Saturday, September 15, 2001
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Many a hearts skipped a beat at the city's Indian Institute of Management when the two passenger planes slammed into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre at New York's Manhattan.
Some of the top brains from the institute were employed in at least three firms which had offices at the nerve centre of the US economy with links around the globe. However, by late Wednesday morning, the officials were breathing easy with the knowledge that their entire alumni was safe.
"We know of at least 32 former students employed at Lehman Brothers, J P Morgan Stanley and Salomon Brothers," says student Kapil Dahiya of the institute's placement cell. About 25 of them were at Lehman Brothers alone. After the initial panic, we now know that all of them are safe."
One of the top management school's worries were compounded by the fact that Lehman Brothers have their offices on three floors of the WTC _ from the 38th floor to the 40th in the North Tower.
Well-known investment bankers Morgan Stanley, on the other hand, had their offices in the South Tower with offices from the 43rd to the 46th floor, 56th floor and from the 59th to the 74th floor.
Not wanting to disclose names, Dahiya confirmed that at least one alumni from 1980 was in the WTC when the first plane crashed in. He got out before the two towers came crumbling down.
Not being able to get through to the New York offices after the attacks as all telephone lines were clogged, the students tried the next best thing. They got in touch with their Asian headquarters at Tokyo and Singapore which gave them the confirmation that no one was hurt.
By early morning on Wednesday, with the telephone lines back on line, the students had managed to contact all their alumni.
"We did have a fear for at least two students who did not get in touch for about 15 hours", Dahiya said.
"But they too are fine", he added. Institute director Jahar Saha added that he spoke to officials of the three firms and confirmed that none of the alumni were missing after the attacks.
News Source : Times News Network [India's best Newspaper]