The story of this group begins with an internally hereditary claim: The Best Youngsters of Indonesia. It derived from the success in entering the university which was the most favorable one nationwide. As a settled university in science and engineering, many of its alumni professionally succeed their careers; economical national development fundamentally needed so many scientists and engineers, as well. No wonder if one applicant had to set about fifteen others aside which was considered as the toughest competition to enter a university at that time.
At the first year, accommodated in four areas of study i.e. Science, Industrial Technology, Civil Engineering and Planning, and Arts, the new students attended matriculation class for one semester. Next, they followed two semesters of common first year.
In accordance with wide range of highschool quality, their academic progress were also widely various. The crowds enthusiastically paced their efforts to get good grades which governed the acceptance to a department for next study. In contrary, there were some students still in euphoria and crazy about the claim so that rather than about study they care more about non-academic activities and ITB trivia’s. Social and economical problems also influenced the success of each 76er.
Their achievement started to differ at the second year. Many successfully continued to expected department, some had to redo the first level and compete again at the following year. Like other generations at that era, the 76ers finished their study between two extreme situations: excellently early and unfortunately had to leave the campus by various cases after a time limit. It is very sorry that few passed away.
By the time, many things happened. Most of 76ers have been succeeding their careers or profession and have been developing themselves through formal education or professional trainings. They outspread around the country and overseas and are playing important roles; might be as an academician, professor, professional engineer, bureaucrat, banker, business person, politician, etc. Hopefully there is no idler or just a regular housewife since every single student was indirectly subsidized by government.
In 2006, the 76ers celebrated three decades of the generation. It had been well prepared by many activists of the group at least one year before. Tirelessly, data of the members were collected door to door so that a networking was also developed. The members responded the celebration by attending its agenda with own family respectively.
We don’t know either efforts to strengthen professionalism or simply brotherhood and some nostalgic backgrounds have been driving the networking still effective until now. Anyway, more than 1000 out of 1275 members had already registered and it is also recorded that 49 or about 3.8 percents members had passed away.