1 Foreword- Dr. P. J. Lavakare 1
2 Editor’s Note 2
3 The GE Foundation Scholarship 3
4 Preparation towards Workshop 4
5 05-06-2010 Day Zero 5
i The journey Begins 5
6 06-06-2010 Day One 6
i Getting Familiar 6
ii Talk with GE Mentors 7
iii Community Development Programme – Presentations 8
7 07-06-2010 Day Two 9
i GE Foundation Scholar Honours 9
ii Group Photo 10
ii Insight to JFWTC – Site Tour 11
iii GE Mentors 12
8 08-06-2010 Day Three 13
i Brain storming session 13
ii Bonding with Alumni 13
iii Having Fun- One minute games 13
iv Cultural extravaganza 15
v Most-Wanted Scholar at the Most-Sumptuous Dinner 17
9 09-06-2010 Day Four 18
i Time for Innovation 18
ii Walk through GE Foundation Scholar Leader Programme 22
10 Thank You Note! 23
11 Feedback Report 24
12 Annexure 25
i Itenary I
ii Team Wise List of Scholars 2009-2011 IV
iii Scholars’ resume V
Day One – Getting Familiar
The five day workshop on “Energizing leaders to Innovate” was scheduled from the 5th of June 2010
to 9th of June 2010, at Bangalore. Dr.Lavakare gave a grand start to the phenomenal and exhilarating
workshop by telling us the importance of team work in our lives and that we should always thrive to
innovate. The day began very early with all the scholars meeting over breakfast at the UTC. The
proceedings then moved to the meeting room, where the first session included a formal introduction of
all the scholars and team managers, and an insight of the history of this workshop from its inception and
a detailed explanation of the activities planned for the afternoon and the upcoming days. Also, the
planned visit to JFWTC was spelled out in detail.
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Talk with GE Mentors
After the introductory session, several
experts from various divisions of GE India
presented an overview of activities that GE has
undertaken under its Indian operations. Dr.
Abhinanda Sarkar, Manager & Coordinator,
JFWTC gave a brief introduction of the history of
GE in India and its current range of activities. His
insightful and witty accounts of experiences at GE
held every scholar at rapt attention. This was followed by presentations by Mr. Oswin Varghese (GE
Healthcare) who gave us an insight into the role of JFWTC as a hub for R&D activities and more
specifically, the path breaking research activities at GE Healthcare. Followed by him was Mr. Ramesh
Kauta, CIO & GE Volunteer program. The session with him left us with questioning our conscience and
moral responsibilities toward the society we live in and take so much from. Also, he told us how
dedicated the employees of JFWTC were towards community development. The talks concluded with an
interactive session. There was a break for lunch at this point, which allowed everyone time to
understand the myriad opportunities that were available at General Electric.
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Community Development Programme – Presentations
Lunch was followed by a summary of the Community Development Program wherein team
managers presented the various community development activities of their respective team members.
From building grain storage facilities in villages to donating books to the poor, the development
programme projects were diverse and unique. What was striking was how much each scholar learnt
from the session. Not only did it open our eyes to innumerable ways of helping the community, it also
served to improve each one of our own endeavours. Where there were obstacles, solutions opened up
and suggestions were made. The session left us ever enthused about our contribution to society. The
rest of the evening was free for socializing and networking. The scholars made the most out of this and
went out for dinner.
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Day Two – GE Foundation Scholar Honors
(Article contributed by Hemant Saggar, IIT-Roorkee)
The real gruel started on Monday, Day 2 with everyone rubbing their eyes in morning to wake
up before 7 and scramble for precious bathroom space. Eventually all came down to the dining hall
beaming their best smiles, proudly flaunting the GEFS dark blue T-shirt and sat down to enjoy a
delectable breakfast. With the atmosphere charged with excitement and everyone looking forward to
visit the nucleus of innovation and activity, we boarded the bus to JFWTC, of course not before the
customary photo session with Dr. Lavakare.
The JFWTC was one big campus to say
the least. With magnificent buildings and
exquisitely crafted lawns, it looked a different
world altogether. After getting our security
passes we reached the conference room
where were greeted by Vipul and Monica our
campus guides and our Single Point Of
Contacts or SPOC’s( a unique word that we
cheerfully added to our vocabulary).
Everyone was delighted when the Managing Director of
JFWTC, Mr. Sanjay Correa came up to the podium and warmly
welcomed us. He congratulated all the scholars and went on to
underline the power of innovation that drives GE and the panorama
of activities going behind the beautiful veneer we all were seeing.
Through with his cogent talk, which held each of us to our seats,
Sanjay culminated the session by the much awaited prize distribution
ceremony when each one of us had our moment of glory that only
emboldened our resolve to work tirelessly for personal excellence and social benefit. All the scholars
were overwhelmed with receiving the certificates from Dr.Sanjay Correa at N.D.Satyakanth (MP Room-2,
Odyssey A-wing).We were well dressed in GE T-shirts and all set to pose for the group photo. The group
photo was taken at the steps outside Odyssey cafeteria.
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Insight to JFWTC – Site Tour
One need not be perspicacious to realize the bloom and beauty of the John F Welch Technology
Centre. The charm is so becoming that one can easily mistake the location for sets of a Bollywood movie
or for a weekend picnic spot. But, the 545,000 square foot campus houses something more interesting
and intriguing than the shape and color of the Tabebuia trees spread across the campus – technology!
We, the scholars, were fortunate enough to have an inside look (although, it would be unfair to
call it just a look!) of the GE laboratories.
We were divided into two groups. Our SPOCs then led the way to the laboratories. First, was the
MPE laboratory. We were asked to wear safety glasses inside the labs; all of us enjoyed flaunting the
same, very much. My earliest remembrance of this lab is the Fe-C triple point diagrams which brought in
memories of the courses from year 2 of mechanical engineering. Here in MPE lab, the technocrats are
working towards establishing structure-property correlations that can be used when designing new
materials, while optimizing manufacturing processes and predicting key material behavior such as
fatigue, creep, corrosion and electronic performance for a variety of materials.
It was followed by the healthcare lab, where we were shown the various X-ray and CT scan
ranging from those costing $ 6000 (the cheapest!) to the more sophisticated ones costing around
$60000. During the candid conversation which followed demonstrations experts told us how GE is now
working towards tapping the potential of the market at grassroots and innovating towards more
affordable and economic healthcare solutions.
Next in line was the visit to fuel efficiency lab. The technocrats explained the techniques
involved as they try to optimize the gasification of coal to increase combustion efficiency in GE boilers.
The analysts determine the non-dimensional parameters on a scaled-down model, and then calculate
the exact values with the help of techniques such as model analysis.
Most interesting of all was the Green Lab, a research house for new and renewable technology.
The entire department is run on hybrid – primarily, solar and wind. The experts are working towards
how to make the technology more economically-viable and garner substantial returns on the
Two hours of the visit, abound with immense exposure and knowledge gave all of us enough
inspiration to research further on the latest technological advancements. The best part was that we
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were encouraged to interact with experts and discuss with them the nitty-gritty of the technologies
involved. The first hand information was a welcome change from the norm, where Google is the staple!
After the introductory tour of JFWTC and its state-of-the-art labs, the four teams were taken to
swanky conference rooms of the Odyssey wing, also called the Green Building which is the newest
addition to the GE brood. The rooms were decked up with everything a team might require to come up
with the next big innovation. With unlimited access to knowledge through the internet and an endless
supply of caffeine courtesy the pantries on every floor, each team got down to business. The teams
were introduced to their respective team mentors, and were given a briefing on how to go about with
the presentation. The mentors were experts across technologies and had to tread that thin line between
guiding us towards a definite direction and yet allowing us the freedom to make mistakes and innovate
We would like to take this opportunity to thank each of our mentors for helping the word
‘innovation’ take some definite shape: Subhrajit Dey, Veena Shenoy, Balaji Parthasarthy, Sanjay
Ankhindi and Partho Kayal.
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Day Three – WORK and PLAY
Having spent most of the previous night preparing hard for cultural events that were to be
performed the next day, the teams woke up groggy-eyed on Day Three. On arriving at the JFWTC, the
teams headed towards Odyssey and gathered into their respective conference rooms to brainstorm and
work upon innovations that had to be presented to a panel of esteemed GE experts and judges the very
The concept of ‘teamwork’ came into picture. Every team wanted its idea to be unique,
technologically innovative and most importantly, implementable. The true test, we realized lay in
coming up with the most technologically innovative idea yet making it an attractive and commercially
viable business opportunity with strong value proposition. With guidance from the likes of Dr.
Abhinanda Sarkar, and the GE mentors, the teams slowly but surely made their way toward concrete
Even in the midst of serious innovation, the teams had the cultural presentations at the back of their
minds – the anticipation of watching the other teams perform coupled with the anxiety of performing
our own parts well. It was a day that none of us would soon forget.
BONDING WITH ALUMNI
Soon, were asked to move to the hall where we were welcomed by our alumni. The GE foundation
scholars were divided into groups of three and were led by former GEFS Scholars. They took us around
the beautiful, sprawling JFWTC campus, interacting with us and sharing their GE experiences with us.
HAVING FUN-ONE MINUTE GAMES
The Alumni also organized some games for us. It was healthy competition with ample room for fun
and frolic. And this was ‘healthy’ in the literal sense – we had to gobble up bananas, guzzle butter milk ,
do push-ups and the best-make pony tails of each other’s hair! The alumni made sure that every one of
the scholars were able to participate and have fun at the same time.
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It was finally time for the cultural programmes. Team Zero enacted a play on the theme of growing
up and importance of parents. This was followed by a rendition of Michael Jackson’s ‘Heal the World’ by
team Penicillin. Team Transistor then enacted a humorous play titled ‘The Green Refrigerator’ that was
based upon a fictional story of a family with generations of GE Foundation Scholars. The icing on the
cake was a funny ‘tapori’ dance performance by team Gunpowder. We laughed till our stomachs hurt
and had great fun performing and watching others perform.
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But none of the performances were etched more deeply in our minds than the outstanding
recitation by Dr. P.J Lavakare himself. He recited to us a poem that went,
When I was a Boy at School*
When I was a youngster four feet high,
No happier soul in the world than I,
I love to think of the days gone by,
When I was a boy at school.
My exercises I recollect,
Were not invariably correct,
And sometimes I got what I didn’t expect,
When I was a boy at school.
I robbed an orchard one fine day,
And took whatever came in my way,
But none of the fruits did I take away,
When I was a boy at school.
The owner caught me - the nasty sneak!
Of the scene that followed, I need not speak,
I couldn’t sit down for at least one week,
When I was a boy at school.
I stuck a pin in the master’s chair,
And saw him jump up in the air,
I laughed like mad and heard him swear,
When I was a boy at school.
But the point of the joke I failed to see,
When yesterday, it was tried on me,
It isn’t so funny as it used to be,
When I was a boy at school.
I fell in love with a sweet little thing,
And gave her a brass engagement ring,
We promised to each other for life to cling,
When I was a boy at school.
I loved that girl for a week or two,
And then regretted it as most folks do,
But it didn’t matter for she cooled off too,
When I was a boy at school!
Lal lalla, lal lalla, lalla la…….
* A poem taught (and perhaps written) by Dr. H.J.Taylor, Physics Teacher of Dr. P.J.Lavakare
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Of the two judges, one was an accomplished singer and treated us to a melodious song. The results
of the cultural programmes were announced soon after and members of team Transistor were the
proud, beaming winners.
Most-Wanted Scholar at the Most-Sumptuous Dinner
On Day One, it was decided that by the end of the workshop, when all of us had gotten to know
each other, we would elect someone to uphold the title of ‘Most-Wanted Scholar’. Results of the voting
were announced that evening at the splendid buffet organized at the Odyssey cafeteria. The dinner was
indeed a lavish affair, complete with Tiramisu for dessert. We couldn’t have asked for more!!
Hemant Saggar, from IIT Roorkee who,
during the course of the workshop had put on
many hats - Technical Manager, team
Transistor, a vocal artist, and finally ‘Kittoo’ of
‘The Green Refrigerator’ won the title. The
overdose of work and play had left us drained
out and we made our way back to UTC.
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Day Four –Time for Innovation
The day started at UTC with scholars meeting for
breakfast at 8. As expected, the turnout was lower than
usual, as most scholars had only managed to get a couple of
hours of sleep in the course of fervent preparations for the
technical presentations. The discussions and rehearsals
continued throughout the ride to JFWTC. The technical
presentations ensured everyone was at their innovative and
technological best, even amidst all the fun.
Mr. Mano Manoharan, GM, GE Global Research judged
the presentations. The different ideas are compiled below:
Zero: All Terrain Vehicle
They proposed a real world engineering design model of an All-Terrain Vehicle that complied with
FSAE design criteria. The vehicle was designed using mathematical and CAD modelling and simulation
with features such as light weight, high strength, high durability for use in all terrains – ranging from
mountains to deserts and swamps.
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Gunpowder: Crop Management and Services
Gunpowder proposed a market led business model to enhance the competitiveness of agriculture
industry by providing crop management services. The technology takes into account the major factors
affecting cultivation i.e. nutrient content, soil type, moisture content, water consumption and climatic
conditions. The tool predicts the best crop type for the particular region while taking into consideration
the ‘critical’ factors with the help of piezoelectric sensors.
TEAM GUN POWDER
Transistor: Home Health monitoring and prognosis system using Bayesian networks
Transistor designed a reliable home health monitoring system that could predict the onset of
emergency for patients suffering from chronic illness. The system was low cost, portable and suitable to
rural markets. They demonstrated the design of their system specifically for the prognosis of cardio-
vascular diseases. Based on inputs from devices like portable ECG, blood pressure etc., a software
model indicated the patient’s health condition. The software model used was a dynamic Bayesian
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Penicillin: Credit Screen
Penicillin designed a credit screen which allowed access to multiple accounts with the help of a
digital device and a password to access each account. Unique barcode with an Automatic logout and
Simple UI – Touch/Regular were other features. The innovation lies in use of bank Silver Nano wires
coated on plastic substrate instead of glass, flexible LCD screen Polycarbonate for back panel Bar Code
Reader hence making it more versatile. A single card solution would be a replacement for carrying
multiple cards and improving on the security of the transactions.
Each team was grilled on the specifics of their proposed technology and the feasibility and
implementation of their ideas in the GE context. The innovation was a critical judging parameter. The
efforts put by each team evidently came across in the presentations. Dr Sanjay Correa, the Managing
Director attended a few portions of the event and appreciated all the ideas put forth by the teams.
This was followed by Mr Mano Manoharan’s talk on how he was able to appreciate each of our
efforts and ideas. He emphasized more on also concentrating towards rural India being a additional
point in two of the teams presentations and how important rural India is as we are more a part of urban
After a passionate, thought-provoking talk by Mr. Mano Manoharam the results were announced.
The team ‘Zero’ was declared the winner for technical presentation. Team ‘Transitor’ was the overall
winner of “fun games”.
Prizes!!!The winners of all events were awarded as Mr. Mano Manoharan distributed the prizes . All
the GE foundation scholars were given bags with the GE foundation logo and printout of the group
Towards the end of the workshop Hemant, on behalf of all
scholars thanked Dr.Sanjay Correa, GE Mentors, Alumni and all the
scholars present for making this workshop a success.
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Walk through GE Foundation Scholar Leader Programme
Ten Years of the GE Foundation Scholarship Programme – A review by Dr. P.J Lavakare
Dr. P.J. Lavakare addressed the GEFS, the alumni the
judges and Dr. Sanjay Correa about the GE foundation Scholar
Leader program since we were told that this year would be the
last program and tentative as to whether it was going to be
conducted in the coming years. He did stress on the fact that it
was the 10th year of the GE foundation Scholar Leader
Workshop. He gave a presentation on the program, beginning
with how students are selected across various institutions in
India, on what basis they are selected, the procedures of
teams being made and the team interactions prior to the
workshop. It also brought out the importance of this program
of not only the students getting the scholarship money but
also to highlight the scholarly, leadership, team building
aspects and to keep up team spirit which did persist among all of us during the workshop. The
community development project that was taken up by the foundation scholars was mentioned.
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Thank You Note!
True to its motto, the GEFS Workshop indeed energised us all to innovate! The team spirit,
impinging on new ideas, trip to JFWTC, the fun and laughter and the interaction with some of the best
minds, gives one all the right reasons to cherish this workshop as one of its kind.
On behalf of all scholars, I thank respective colleges for nominating us. We are grateful to the GE
Foundation for awarding us this scholarship and recognizing us as individuals who can make a
Thanks due to Dr. P.J. Lavakare and Institute of International Education who made scholarships
available to all scholars. We are grateful to Dr. Sanjay Correa; Managing Director of JFWTC, Dr.
Abinandan Sarkar, Co-ordinator GEFS 2010, Team Mentors, Bench of Judges, SPOCs, Alumni and the
entire organising team of the workshop who made this workshop a success.
Sincere thanks to Mr. S.R. Ram and his efforts towards ensuring scholars’ comfortable
accommodation reimbursements for providing the workshop T-shirts and caps and ofcourse, the Gulab
Finally, we would like to acknowledge the spirit of fellow scholars who undeniably played a principal
role in making the experience truly awesome.
Feedback Repot (compiled by Kaveri I Kariappa)
The Experience: It was the experience of a life-time’ was the unanimous verdict. Every scholar went
home with a lot more than what they came in with, in terms of intellectual perspective, cultural
confluence and innovation itself. A pot-pourri of activities spanning from technology to theatre,
getting inspired and interacting with mentors over the span of four days made it a very memorable
About the scholars: The scholars were from different parts of the country, with different cultural
backgrounds and from varied fields of study. Yet, the combination of this diversity brought out
wonderful results in both the cultural programs and the technological innovations. Most scholars
felt that their team mates were just as technically competent, if not more.
Interaction with GE experts: With the teams having to come up with a product or service that GE
could possibly consider, the infusion of ideas from each in each team led to temporary disarray. It
was the GE experts, who helped teams marshal their ideas, rate them and narrow them down into
the best possible solution. Interacting with them gave us an insight into what the term innovation
meant in a global, commercial, industrial sense.
Administrative aspects of the program: Administrative arrangements were mostly rated very highly.
All scholars having been given more than sufficient information before hand, the organizers left no
stone unturned in making the workshop a comfortable and enjoyable experience for the scholars.
Most exciting parts of the workshop: Many scholars felt that the cultural programs and the one
minute games were very exciting! The brain-storming sessions and the night-long discussions
leading up to the technical presentations were exciting as well.
Suggestions for future programs: Unlike the various batches before ours, our bunch did not seem to
find as many complaints with the food. There were suggestions of organizing inter-team activities so
that there was increased interaction between all scholars. There were also suggestions of allowing
greater time for the preparations of technical presentations as schedules were packed to the brim.
GE FOUNDATION SCHOLAR LEADER WORKSHOP 2010
DAY ZERO : SATURDAY - 05 JUNE 2010
Time Activity Venue
All the Scholars arrive and check in at
The United Theological College (UTC) -Meet UTC
Evening other scholars GUEST HOUSE
DINNER : Informal Meeting of Dr.Lavakare with Team
7:30 PM Managers UTC CANTEEN
END OF DAY ZERO
DAY ONE : SUNDAY - 06 JUNE 2010
Time Activity Venue
7:30 AM BREAKFAST UTC CANTEEN
Formal Meeting with Dr. P.J. Lavakare & Mr. Ram
8:30 AM (Introductions and Briefing Session- workshop kit etc.
10:30 AM TEA BREAK
Presentation Session by GE Experts
(20 minutes each followed by Q & A)
1. Dr. Abhinand Sarkar (Coordinator, JFWTC) Introduction
to GE, its work culture etc.
2. Oswin Varghese, GE Healtchare
11:00 AM- 12.45 PM 3. Mr. Ramesh Kauta, CIO & GE volunteer Program
"IIE Scholarship Program for Students" by Mr. Ajit UTC
12.45 PM Motwani, Director , IIE(Delhi) MEETING HALL
1:00 PM LUNCH (All Invited) UTC CANTEEN
Individual Team Managers summarize the
Community Development Activities of their
Team Members and present their overview- General UTC
2:00 PM Discussion on CDP activities MEETING HALL
Individual Team Managers discuss with their
Team Members and evolve a work plan, apointment of UTC GUEST HOUSE
3:30 PM Technical Managers, including Cultural presentations etc. ROOMS / LAWNS
EVENING FREE FOR SOCIALIZING ETC.
7:30 PM DINNER UTC CANTEEN
END OF DAY ONE
DAY TWO : MONDAY - 07 JUNE 2010
Time Activity Venue
Annexure I Page I
7:00 AM BREAKFAST UTC CANTEEN
Leave UTC by Bus for JFWTC
Respective Team Managers to ensure boarding of
all their Team Members latest by 7:50 AM
Everyone wears the Workshop T-Shirt, closed shoes
and semi-formal dress.
Please carry your student ID card.
Also please read instructions for visit to JFWTC again.
8:00 AM (Copy attached) UTC PARKING
Arrive at JFWTC JFWTC
9:00 AM Security clearance Odyssey Visitors Gate
(MP Room - 2)
Welcome address and distribution of certificates -
9:30 - 9:45 AM Dr. Sanjay Correa, Managing Director, JFWTC (Odyssey, A-wing)
(MP Room - 2)
10:15 AM Introducing tour guides; briefing on tours (Odyssey, A-wing)
10:30 AM Site Tour - I & II Respective Labs
11:30 AM Site Tour - II & I Respective Labs
12:45 PM LUNCH Odyssey Cafeteria
CON-A-01, 02, 03, 04
2:00 PM Session with Mentors (Odyssey Bldg, A-Wing)
6:30 PM Leave for UTC by bus
7:00 PM Dinner UTC CANTEEN
END OF DAY TWO
DAY THREE : TUESDAY - 08 JUNE 2010
Time Activity Venue
7:00 AM BREAKFAST UTC CANTEEN
8:00 AM Leave UTC
9:00 AM Arrive at JFWTC
Individual Project Groups meet with their Mentors Conference Rooms:
for Project Finalization and CON-A-01, 02, 03, 04
evolving Presentation Strategies (Odyssey Bldg, A-Wing)
12:30 PM LUNCH LAWNS
Annexure I Page II
Project Finalization and Presentation Strategies - CON-A-01, 02, 03, 04
1:15 PM Continued (Odyssey Bldg, A-Wing)
(MP Room - 2)
Interactive session with GEFS Alumni; (co-ordinator: Mr.
4:00 PM Vipul Patel GE Foundation Scholar-alumni) (Odyssey, A-wing)
(MP Room - 2)
Cultural Program by Scholars (Respective Team Managers to
5:30 PM orchastrate) (Odyssey, A-wing)
7:00 PM DINNER at JFWTC Odyssey Cafeteria
9.00 PM Leave for UTC by respective buses
END OF DAY THREE
DAY FOUR : WEDNESDAY - 9 JUNE 2009
Time Activity Venue
7:00 AM BREAKFAST UTC CANTEEN
MOST IMPORTANT All
the Scholars vacate their rooms, 'check out' and
hand over the keys to the Reception.
The baggages could be left in two specified rooms. UTC GUEST HOUSE
8:00 AM Leave UTC
Arrive at JFWTC N.D.Sathyakanth
(MP Room - 2)
9:00 AM to 9.45 AM Get set for individual Team Presentations (Odyssey, A-wing)
9:45 AM to 11.15 AM Project Presentations (15 minutes each + 5 minutes Q&A).
Address by Raj Raghavan, Human Resources Manager,
11.15 to 11.30 AM JFWTC (something like "What makes a technologist"")
Address by Mano Manoharan, General Manager, GE Global
Research, Bangalore (something like "What makes
11:30 to 11:50 technology?")
Announcement of results by Mano Manoharan, Lead
11.50 to 12:15 PM judge/evaluator.
"Ten Years of the GE Foundation Scholarship Program"
12.15 to 12.30 A Review by Dr. P.J.Lavakare
12.30 PM to 1.30 PM LUNCH AT JFWTC
1.30 pm Leave for UTC by bus
3:00 PM Scholars collect their baggage and depart
END OF DAY FOUR
END OF DAY FOUR - END OF WORKSHOP PROGRAM
Annexure I Page III
Team Wise List of Scholars 2009-2011
TEAM 1: "ZERO" TEAM 2: "GUNPOWDER" TEAM 3: "TRANSISTOR" TEAM 4: "PENICILLIN"
GE MENTOR: Mr. Balaji
GE MENTOR: Mr. Subhrajit Dey GE MENTOR: Ms. Veena Shenoy GE MENTOR: Mr. Partho Kayal
Arunabha Mohan Roy Garima Rana Kaveri I Kariappa Vibhu Dubey
(Manager) (Manager) (Manager) (Manager)
Deepanwita Ghosh Deepanshu Arora Akhilesh Bontala Sri Ranga Himank Shanker
Dheeraj Kumar Chandra Prakash Trivedi Prince Dhawan
Parul Chadha R. Veeramani Kandan Hemant Saggar Raghavendra N CH
Prashant Kumar Saket Mewara Kishor Kumar Ravindra Nanasaheb Kharde
Prashant Saxena Shauvik De Roopa Rajshekhar Nadgiri Siddhartha Patra
Roop Kumar Kota Shubha Prabhakar Siddhartha Patra Sonam Samat
Vignesh Ramnathan Sundara Rao Madiri Vaishali Ashok Phadatare
Annexure II Page IV
An M.Tech student of Aerospace Engineering, Arunabha is studying at IIT Kanpur
and expects to complete his degree in July 2011. He earlier completed his B.E. degree in
Civil Engineering from Jadavpur University in May, 2008. Arunabha’s research interests
are in the field of Fracture Mechanics, Aero elasticity, Morphing and Intelligent
structures, and Dynamics wave propagation. As part of his work experience, he worked
at the Development Consultant Private Limited: (Service tenure 12 months) where he
was exposed to steel and concrete design of different structural component of thermal
and nuclear power plant. As part of his Community Service work, he was a Member of
Tata steel rural development society (TSRDS); Member of ‘Shiksha Sopan’, a registered
Non-governmental organization (NGO) run by IIT Kanpur students and faculty members
ARUNABHA and Volunteer of The Thalassaemia Society Of India .
MOHAN ROY As part of his other extracurricular activities, he was a member of SCE (Society of
M. Tech- Aerospace civil Engineering in India); student convener of SRIJAN2008 - annual technology fest of
IIT Kanpur JU; the convener of annual technical fest SANSKRITI- 2008 of JU and the main convener
of EDIFICE2007, a departmental cultural reunion of civil engineering department ,JU
Deepanwita Ghosh is a student of Manipal Institute Of Technology (MIT). She is in
3rd year and is pursuing BE. Mechanical Engineering. She has been one of the Associate
Editors - Art Director of The Editorial Board of MIT and has contributed to the making of
the college magazine SRIJAN. She is presently The Lady Representative of the Class
Committee in her department. Deepanwita is an active member of The Leo Club, (which
is a youth organization of Lions Clubs International) and has taken initiative in
organizing ‘The Save Earth Campaign’ which had great participation and was a huge
success. Apart from this, she has organized ‘The Anti-Smoking Rally’ and ‘Seismic
Resistance’- an initiative against Global Warming. She takes keen interest in art, music
Deepanwita Ghosh and other cultural activities as well and has helped with the organizing of OCTAVE- a
BE- Mechanical cultural event in her college. She has also pursued training at TELCON (TELCO
MIT- Manipal Construction Equipment Co), Jamshedpur and completed a project on ‘The Assembly Of
Tata Friction Crane (TFC-75)’. At school level, Deepanwita has served her school as a
member of the Student Government as the House Captain. She has also been a
responsible, efficient and loyal Student Guide and has received a trophy for her all
round performance in academics and extracurricular activities.
Dheeraj Kumar is a student of Institute of technology, BHU. He is in 4th year and
pursuing dual degree course in B.Tech in Bioengineering with M.tech in Biomedical
Technology.Dheeraj’s research interest is in the field of Image processing, Control
system and biomedical instrumentation. He is interested in web development and
photo editing. With the help of Photoshop and Corel draw, he has designed various
posters and banners for several events held in college such as Opulence (management
fest), magnum Opus (Techno management fest), Spardha (Sports fest), etc. He did
training at Infogile technologies and helped in the development of several live
websites.As part of his Community Service work, he is a life time Member of
Vivekananda club which operates under the banner of Nehru Yuva Kendra (Under
M. tech- Biomedical
ministry of Youth affairs and sports,GOI). He was also member of Nehru Yuva Kendra.
Technology, BHU He was also a part of rojiroti seva sansthan from 15 April ‘05 to 26 Dec’ 05.
He is currently working for rojiroti seva sansthan under community development
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program. He is also member of Kashi utkarsh which is managed by group of IT-BHU
students who help poor children by giving them resources for studying. They also have
their own school at Lahurabir, Varanasi especially for poor and slum dwellers. He is also
part of kabaddi team of his college. He is a member of IEI. He won many medal for
various sports event held during his schooling. He was sports captain of shivalik house in
his school during class X.
Prashant Kumar is a student of Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He is
pursuing his fourth year of the five year dual degree program in Department of
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. He has done two research projects apart from
his coursework in the field of Carbon Nanotubes and Fuel Cells. He is presently doing a
research project on "Characterisation of dental implant interfaces" in Stockholm
University, Sweden. He has been the General Secretary of his hostel and was
responsible for organising different cultural events in the hostel. He has keen interest in
graphic designing and was selected as the Head of the design team of Amalgam
(Department technical festival). He likes playing Badminton and led his Hostel
PRASHANT KUMAR Badminton team during the interhostel events. During his freshmen year he was
Duel Degree, actively involved in the National Service Scheme (NSS).
Prashant is 4th year student at Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) -Pilani.
He is pursuing integrated course in B.E. (Hon) Computer Science with M.Sc.(Hon)
Economics. His interest areas are Parallel/Grid Computing, peer to peer networks, Ad-
Hoc networks & Computer Architecture. He was certified with “Best academic
Performance” award for exceptional performance in M.Sc. (Hon) Economics. During his
stay at BITS, He actively participated in activities of National Service Scheme (NSS), BITS-
Pilani. He held various positions, including Executive committee member, Coordinator
of NSS Informal School & Coordinator of Computer Literacy Programme. He is also an
PRASHANT SAXENA active member of Society of Automotive engineers.
Integrated BE- CS ,
Roop Kumar is a ME 1st year student of University college of Engineering, Osmania
University. He is pursuing his Master’s Degree in PRODUCTION ENGINEERING. He
completed his B. Tech in 2007 and had a full time experience of 26months in Industrial
sector. He worked as Operations Engineer and Leaded ERP implementation Project. His
major interests in Industrial Management and Industrial Automation.
Apart from his Professional studies, Roop is also an active participant in social
service activities. He is currently acting as the Founder President of MY GOOD FRIENDZ
SOCIETY, an NGO for orphan welfare, medical aid. He is also a member of Share A
Roop Kumar Kota
Service and Friends2support organizations. He is also worked for school and college NSS
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Garima Rana is currently pursuing her undergraduate course in
Mechanical Engineering from Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology,
GGSIP University, New Delhi, India. An aspiring social entrepreneur,
she is currently working on her venture – Vermpet, which has
developed efficient and easy-to-use decentralized models for
composting the kitchen waste; for individual households as well and
larger organizations. The same concept has won her laurels at various
international business plan competitions and conventions. She was
amongst the founding members of Leaders for Tomorrow, a youth
leadership forum. It now has chapters across all major colleges in New
Delhi. Garima Rana has been actively involved with Clinton Global Initiative University, where
she is currently leading a team of 40 students in the sector of waste management. She was the
convener of Xebec 2010, the annual technical festival of Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology.
The festival created active partnerships with international organizations and local NGOs such as
WWF, British Council, TERI, CSE, Kriti, amongst others to spread the idea of sustainability in
engineering. She has keen interest in the Vedanta philosophy and Marxism ideology.
Shauvik De is currently pursuing his post graduate in Chemical
Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India. He
has done his schooling from St. Xavier’s Kolkata and pursued his B.
Tech in Chemical Engineering from University of Calcutta. He is a
National talent search scholar and a gold medalist in his B. Tech
Chemical Engineering. Apart from study he has a keen interest in
event management and cultural activities. He was an organizing
committee member of CHEMCON – 2007 (Chemical congress) and
worked as a Design team manager in AZEOTROPY –
2009(Departmental fest of IIT Bombay). He is also a manager (Design
and Production group) of BIOSYNTH (Bio diesel production plant in IIT Bombay). He has also
interest in music, sports and debating. He is working as a part of a NGO named VIDYA in a
children empowerment program called ‘UMANG’. In this UMANG program students not only
get class room education but also gain knowledge through readings, debates, informal
discussions. They also get lessons about social skills, civic sense and responsibilities of life.
Deepanshu Arora is a fourth year undergraduate student of Electrical
Engineering from IIT Kanpur. He hails from Bareilly, U.P. At IIT Kanpur he has
been involved in a lot of things. He was the overall coordinator of Antaragni
2009, the annual cultural festival of IIT Kanpur. He was also associated with
the institute counseling service as a core team member. He also participated
in many dramatics events at the institute and inter-college level. He has also
been a volunteer for Prayas, an IIT Kanpur Students’ Gymkhana initiative,
and tutored children from around the IITK campus in basic mathematics,
geography and biology. For him there are two gods on this planet- Sachin
Tendulkar and Al Pacino.
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Deepak N.S is a dual degree student of Mechanical Engineering at IIT
Madras. He was born and brought up in Thrissur, Kerala where he did his
schooling at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir. He was core
member, Web and Mobile applications, for Saarang 2010, the annual
cultural festival of IIT Madras. In this capacity, he was instrumental in
enabling the Saarang festive area as a Bluetooth hotspot for the first time
ever. He is actively involved with NSS, IIT Madras where he participated in
the e-Learning and Teaching programs. Most of the free time, Deepak can
be seen browsing the web, reading a novel, watching a movie or simply
listening to music. His favourite authors include Chetan Bhagat, Shashi
Tharoor, J.K. Rowling and Dan Brown. He prefers listening to melodies. At
times, he catches up with his electric organ and Mridangam. Academically, his interests revolve around
Climate Modelling, Operations Research and Optimization. He likes travelling and visiting new places.
He is in team Gunpowder.
I Veeramanikandan R. currently pursuing ME-Product design
and commerce in PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore. I did
my undergraduate course in Mechanical engineering stream from
Sri Krishna College of Engineering and Techonolgy, Coimbatore.
I was part of Varcha engineering services (wafer deposition
machine design) for a year and actively involved in the design
process, which fetched many laurels to my organization during my
venture before the masters degree. My hobbies are reading
magazines, playing keyboard and surfing. I am currently involved
with ‘Families for children’, a Non-governmental organization for
helping them in providing education to the children. ‘Families for
children’ has its own place for accommodation for orphan children and has a school till 5th
grade. I am guiding them in education and helping financially for their expenses on books and
stationeries. I also have a plan to involve more in this service for children by expanding the
current school till 12th grade.
Shubha Prabhakar, a student of Manipal Centre for Information
Science. Having Studied MS in Medical Software for a year at Manipal
and is now working as an Intern at GE Healthcare. My interest on
technical grounds is Medical Imaging and Image Processing. Have
studied Engineering in Medical Electronics from Sri Krishna Institute
of technology, Bangalore. My Passion for being an English Teacher
since 7 years has motivated me to take up a community development
project to help people to communicate better. My interests are
camping, trekking, hiking, and participating in Jamboree. Have been a
Guide with the Bharath Scouts and Guides Organization since 13 years.
All through these years have involved in various activities and
community service projects like hospital service, first aid, blood donation camps, leprosy control,
world conservation, nutrition and health awareness and many more. I have received the Rasthrapati
Award (President’s Award) from the Bharath Scouts and Guides. My other interests would be to
involve in co-curricular activities like being an MC, conducting fests, participate in sports and
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Saket Mewara, a third year student is currently pursuing his
undergraduate course in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from
R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore, India. He is a part of the
college archery team and aspiring to become an entrepreneur is a core
member of the Entrepreneurship Cell of the college. He was the part
of the core team of VIDYUT’10 a national level techno-cultural
extravaganza and the technical head of the 8th mile’10 the annual
techno-cultural fest of R.V. College of Engineering.
He has presented two IEEE papers and participated in two National
level Conferences. His academic interest includes Electric machines,
Signal processing and Renewable Energy and is currently working on
a windmill project to harness wind energy. He is an active NCC cadet of the NCC wing of the
college and also an active member of the NSS unit. He likes to collect pens and coins and wants
to pursue a career that is in some way beneficial to the society.
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Vibhu Dubey is a student of 6th semester Mechanical Engineering at
Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT). He has a meritorious academic
record with a CGPA of 9.42 (on a scale of 10) and is the branch topper of
Mechanical branch. His keen interest lies in designing and modelling of
mechanical components and has pursued training at Hindustan Aeronautics
Limited (HAL) and Indian Railways. He is proficient in the use of mechanical
software like CATIA, SOLID EGDE ST and ANSYS and has won 1st prize in CAD
software competition in the technical fest of his college TechTatva’08. He
has also been the Event Head of TechTatva in the year 2009. He also leads
the MIT Hostel Council which oversees the working of 7 messes and 17
hostel blocks providing accommodation to over 7000 students. He has
been involved in several community service activities ranging from
organizing blood donation camps to helping NGO’S in traffic regulation and
VIBHU DUBEY often visits physically challenged children in Tamanna, school for special
children. His credentials in Classical music are established with a 1st prize
(3rd year) in Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Guwahati. He has been involved in
National Level Science Exhibition projects at school level with topics
ranging from “railway line projects“to “waste water management”. He
looks forward to a fruitful career with constructive contributions to the
Sonam Samat is a fourth year student from BITS Pilani, pursuing a double
major in Mechanical Engineering & Economics. Being a Senior Core
member at the Department of Sponsorship & Marketing she has played an
instrumental role in exploring various sponsorship avenues for her college
festivals. She also spearheads a workforce of 180 odd mess workers and
handles administrative issues pertaining to BITS Students messes. She is the
Co-Founder & Head of Corporate Governance at Parivartan Foundation, a
non-profit organization that takes up development activities in rural India
to bring about socio-economic change. She also heads the Knowledge &
Computer centre, run by Parivartan Foundation in rural Andhra Pradesh,
which aims to empower people with information & technology by training
them in basic internet usage & various computer languages and by
implementing e-commerce. On account of the community service work
displayed by her, she has been invited to attend the Clinton Global
Initiative University meeting 2010, at the University of Miami, Florida. Her
academic interests include microeconomics, arbitrage and economic cycles.
She is an enthusiastic photographer and enjoys swimming.
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Mr. Himank Shanker is a 4th year Mechanical Engineering student at IIT
Kharagpur enrolled in its 5 Year Dual Degree ( B.Tech + M.Tech ) Program
with Master’s Specialization in Thermal Science and Engineering. He has
held a variety of positions of responsibilities giving him a wide set of
experience – the Eco-Club President at Bal Bharati Public School (2003-04),
Prefect at Ahlcon Public School (2005-06), one of the organizing team
members of Silico Battles 2006 inter-school cyber symposium of Ahlcon
Public School, an organizing team member of Robotix 2007. He has also
been a part of Kshitij, one of Asia’s largest techno-management
symposiums organized by IIT Kharagpur and worked at different levels- as a
team member (2008), Media Relations Head (2009) and an Advisor (2010).
He has undertaken projects spanning wide areas of Mechanical Engineering
- on Vehicle Dynamics Simulator for DRDO at IIT Delhi, on HVAC (Heating,
Ventilation and Air Conditioning) Load Reduction at ITC Ltd. and Wear
HIMANK SHANKER Testing Of Materials for Bio-Medical Applications at IIT Kharagpur. He is
presently working on a project on Torpedoes (Indian Navy) at IIT
Kharagpur. He has academic interests in Design and Dynamics, HVAC,
Automobile, Bond Graphs, Finite Element, Controls and Computer
Programming. His other interests are in Technical and Social & Cultural
He is doing his M.E in Electrical Engineering at IISc,Banglaore. He has done
his B.Tech from NIT Calicut.His hometown is Raichur, Karnataka.An
outstanding academic record is what one would see in his resume. A state
topper in 10th examination, Gold medal holder in B.Tech. He was awarded
the medal from former president of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Presently
he is doing very well in his masters program and is the topper there too.
Apart from academics he takes a lot of interest in learning scripts and
languages. He can read most of the scripts of Indic languages like kannada,
tamil, malayalam, telugu, hindi, bengali etc. He understands French,
German and Italian.
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