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  1. 1. From the President, NAA NITIE is a name that needs no introduc on. Everyone who is a member of INDIA Inc. knows about the legacy of this place and this recogni on can be a ributed to the people who have come out of this in the course of 48 years of existence, giving the industry a lot to cheer about. Our alumni who are spread across the world, working for all great organiza ons and establishing some of their own, have been doing path-breaking work by employing their innova ve and entrepreneurial skills. Integrity and business ethics are the virtue of every student who has been a part of NITIE and these values are embraced for a life me. Once a NITIEan always a NITIEan. It’s true that a person keeps on learning during his life me but the knowledge acquired at the academic ins tu on is the light that guides one along the career path, ll the very end. We at NITIE maintain that our alumni are an integral part of the ins tu on in its pursuit for excellence. Not only do their ac ons in the corporate world inspires the next genera on leaders being groomed at NITIE, but so do their concern, care and communica on with the students. Sansmaran is our endeavour to express our gra on for our Alumni, a fraternity of bright minds, spirited souls and responsible ci zens who feel a sense of belongingness for their ‘Alma-Mater’. On behalf of NITIE, I extend a warm welcome to all the alumni for Sansmaran 2011, and hope that it would be a memorable event. Dr. Amitabha De President, NAA Director, NITIE 3
  2. 2. From the Chairman, NAA History holds many lessons for us but all of us want to learn from our own experiences and mistakes. The world forges ahead on creativity, competition and greed. People get used to new standards of comfort, convenience, mechaniza but not necessarily, sustainable solu ons and happiness. The envelope gets pushed over the brink every now and then. We have seen two quick successions of economic turmoil but li le correc ve ac on giving rise to the convic on that nobody is willing to undergo surgical pain for a more sustainable future. We are however, des ned to collec sooner rather than later. That sounds grim and it is. However, the opportuni es that this throws up are enormous. Those that are willing to heed the signals and work towards business models which are sustainable, risk balanced and focused towards the changes of the future will be surely rewarded. on of all that has gone by (history, as it were) and re-living those memories and re-crea ng a future based on the rich experiences oned in the earlier paragraph. The important learning is to be sensi ve, aware and alive to the past while we build a sustainable future. On this note, I welcome all the Alumni to Sansmaran 2011 and wish all of you a wonderful, enriching me. Dev Bhattacharya Chairman, NAA Group Executive President and Business Head Corporate Strategy & Business Development, Renewables Aditya Birla Group4
  3. 3. From the Hon. Secretary, NAA The literal transla ons of the words Alma Mater (nourishing mother) and Alumnus/Alumna (foster son/daughter or pupil) describe perfectly the rela onship between an ins tute and its graduates. Just as a nurturer’s pride is embodied in the way her ward grows and learns, in the same way an ins tute takes pride in the achievements that its Alumni bring forth. Our Alumni act as Ambassadors of Excellence, both of the college and of the respec ve organisa ons that they represent. They inspire future leaders and ins l ever-growing aspira ons in the managers of tomorrow. And for NITIE, our glory lies in the footsteps that our highly successful Alumni have le for genera ons to follow. NITIE’s rich Alumni base is a strong a ribute for its stellar success in the industry. Over the years our Alumni have supported our various ini a ves and spent me mentoring the young, and con nue to do so. Their contribu on to the ins tute is indeed commendable. NITIE Alumni Associa on’s primary objec ve is to serve as a common pla orm for the ins tute, its Alumni which are located all over the world, and the current students to come together to reinforce this symbio c rela onship. I take this opportunity to invite our illustrious Alumni to Sansmaran, the annual Alumni meet of NITIE which serves as a pla orm for present and past to interact and plan for the future. We hope that NITIE’s associa on with the Alumni con come. Prof Ashok K. Pundir Hon. Secretary, NAA Dean Students Affairs and Placement 5
  4. 4. About NAA Developing and maintaining a strong alumni associa on programme is essen al for the growth and progress of an ins tu on. Keeping this in mind, the NITIE Alumni Associa on (NAA) was ins tuted in the year 1976 with the vision of strengthening and perpetua ng the bond between the ins tute and its alumni. Times spent during the two years at college result in some of the most cherished memories one possesses. To rekindle these and to ensure that the alumni of NITIE remain closely knit, NAA organizes ‘Sansmaran’, the global annual alumni meet, at the picturesque NITIE campus. It is an occasion when c schedules and revisit the paths treaded years back. NAA also organizes regional alumni meets in ci es across the country which facilitates frequent interac on among the alumni. This year the regional meets were held in the Na onal Capital Region, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, USA and UK. In order to maintain the strong network established over the years, the NAA keeps the alumni updated about developments on campus and acts as a medium through which they can contribute back to the ins tute. 7
  5. 5. NAA Executive Committee 2010-11 PRESIDENT CHAIRMAN Dr. Amitabha De Mr. Dev Bha acharya Director, NITIE Group Execu ve President, Aditya Birla Group VICE CHAIRMAN (PGP) VICE CHAIRMAN (MDP) Mr. Govindarajan Srinivasan Dr. P.R. Kondekar HON. SECRETARY HON. TREASURER Prof. Ashok K. Pundir Mr. R. L. Samota Deputy Registrar (Accounts & Audits), NITIE Placement, NITIE Zonal Representa ves (PGP) Zonal Representa ves (MDP) : Mr. Ritwik Barman : Mr. N. P. Nirantar : Mr. Kaustubh Gokhale : Mr. Apurva Thakur : Mr. Anoop Rao Co- opted Members Mr. Faiz Pathan Mr. V. Subramanian Mr. Amit Shah Mr. Meer Abdulla Mr. Sabyasachi Ghosh Mr. Aseem Khanna Ms. Gauri Harne8
  6. 6. NAA ActivitiesDistinguished Alumnus AwardNITIE Alumni Associa on’s Dis nguished Alumnus Award was conferredupon Dr. Ganesh Natarajan, Vice Chairman and Global CEO of ZensarTechnologies and ex-chairman of NASSCOM,Hegde NITIE alumnus, Sharad at Sansmaran 2010 torecognize his services to the industry as well as NITIE.On 10th Nov 2011, the ‘Dis nguished Alumnus Award’ was presented toHonourable Dr. Ganesh Natarajan by our Honourable Director & President(NAA) Dr. Amitabha De during the Prerana Business Meet. Guest Lecture Series On 16th July, 2011, under the aegis of NAA, the students were delighted to have Mr. Amit Shah (PGDIM-12), presently the Execu ve Vice-President of Yes Bank, as a guest speaker who enlightened the students on ‘Banking, Financial Services and Insurance Industry’. the plethora of knowledge that our alumni possess. Regional Alumni Meet To ensure that the alumni of NITIE con nue to be closely knit, NAA organizes Regional Alumni Meets (RAMs) every year to facilitate be er nterac on amongst the alumni and strengthen their links with the ins tu on. This year the regional meets were held in 6 ci es in India - Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad and Chennai. RAMs were also held in US and UK by alumni se led there. families and reminiscing about their days at NITIE. Many light moments were shared along with serious discussions about leveraging the bond that NITIE shares with its alumni to keep driving NITIE to greater heights, and the role of NAA in these ac vi es. 9
  7. 7. How many me machine without doling out a fortunefor it? But some events do make it possible, at least metaphorically if not literally. The Annual Alumni Meet, Sans-maran 2010, was one such event that brought back fond memories. The event was held on 27th November 2010 at NITIE’s picturesque campus in Mumbai. There was nostalgiain the air as scores of alumni caught up on old mes, reminiscing about the years spent at their alma mater. Lastyear witnessed the felicita on of the 13th batch of the Post Graduate Programme (1983-1985) in honour of their25-year strong rela onship with the ins tute as proud alumni. But reminiscing wasn’t all the 25-year strong alumnibase had come for. They had come prepared with abundant advice for the students as to what to expect from thecorporate world in the next couple of years and more importantly, the steps the students would need to take to The program had awe-inspiring speeches from the Director of the ins tute, members of NITIE Alumni As-socia on, professors who taught the PGP-13 batch way back in the period 1983-85 and the alumni themselves.Prof. Ashok Pundir, Hon. Secretary, NAA, welcomed the alumni and all the guests. In his address, former DirectorDr. S.D. Awale men oned that NITIE owes its reputa on to the hard work put in over the years by the professors,alumni and all the stakeholders of the ins tute. One of the speeches by an alumnus, Mr. T. V. Sheshadri, broughtforth the need for resurgence of respect for the teaching profession. Quo ng from his speech, he said, ‘Our parentshelped us live but our teachers helped us live respec ully.’ He also talked about how indebted they all were to theirteachers and how their teachers’ undying commitment was unparalleled. All in all a bunch of speeches to cherishforever! The event further saw a display of talents by both the alumni and the current students. It was a momentwhere boundaries disappeared and all that ma ered was sheer talent and a joy of sharing. Melodious songs, im-peccable dances, entertaining poems and excellence with musical instruments were the order of the day. The SilverJubilee batch made the evening memorable by their enthusias c display of musical talent. The alumni who hadcome down from various parts of US, Australia, Europe, Middle East and India were amazed by the talent of thestudents. And the silver jubilee batch was so pleased with the cultural talent that they decided to present musicalinstruments to the ins tute to encourage and sustain the talent in NITIE. “SwarVihar” – the music room was thusestablished. Music lovers at NITIE are indebted to the en re PGP-13 batch for this generous gesture. ee of the ins tute worked on many new ini a vesfor a strong ins tute-alumni rela on of the alumni magazine AlumNi was proudly releasedby the former Director and President of NAA. The magazine is expected to play a crucial role in ge ng alumni in-volved with the ins tute through their intellectual inputs and also to keep them informed about the happenings inthe ins tute. NITIE’s website for its alumni, www.ni ealumni.org was re-launched with a bouquet of new featuresto make it more interac ve. The Dis nguished Alumnus Award was also established last year, which was fondly and proudly awarded toDr. Ganesh Natarajan of the 9th batch of the Post Graduate Programme. Sansmaran ‘10 was a resounding success underlining the wealth NITIE possesses in the form of its alumni.The alumni and the students look forward to yet another edi on of this enlightening event and can be rest assuredthat the tradi on would con nue in the years to come.10
  8. 8. PGDIE -14 SILVER JUBILEE BATCH
  9. 9. REMEMBRANCESREMEMBRANCES 15
  10. 10. EVENTS @ NITIE Prerana 2011, the annual management fes val and one of the biggest in the B-School circuit grew leaps and bounds in terms of the prize money, the social media coverage, the number of registra ons and the number of par cipants. The Prerana Business Meet saw Mr. A. Vaidheesh (CEO, J&J Medical), Dr. H.B. Joshipura (Chairman, GlaxoSmithKline), Dr. Ganesh Natarajan (Deputy Chairman & CEO, Zensar Technologies), Mr. Shyam Srinivasan (MD & CEO, Federal Bank), Mr. Vineet Kashyap (Director, Key Accounts/Strategy, UTC India - Commercial Companies) and Mr. Samir Gupte (President, Ogilvy Ac on) welcomed by Director Dr. Amitabha De and Convenor Prof. A.K. Pundir, sharing the stage and delibera ng on the topic of Lakshya, a unique endeavour of PGDIE, embodies the zeal, for industrial excellence. Lakshya specializes in crea ng an unforge able bespoke corporate experience for the students as well as corporate stalwarts. Lakshya Business Visionary Awardees this year were Shri Venu Srinivasan, Chairman and Managing Director, TVS Motor Company and Shri R. C. Bhargava, Chairman, Maru Suzuki In- dia Ltd. and CEO, RCB Consul ng and were greeted on the dais by Director Dr. Am- itabha De and Convenor Prof A.K. Pundir. Lakshya 2011 Entrepreneurship witnessed the premiere edi on of Power Talks where Shri Prakash Iye, Managing Director, Kimberly Clark Lever ignited the session with his pearls of wisdom . Empresario seeks to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship by providing a pla orm of interac on for budding entrepreneurs with industrial mentors, successful entrepreneurs and funding agencies. The event began with the Entrepreneurship Awards, which were bestowed upon Mr. Habil Khorakiwala, Chairman – Wockhardt Ltd and Mr. Deepak Puri, Chairman and MD – Moser Baer India Ltd. Entrepreneurs like Mr. Mohit Dubey, Founder-Carwale. com and Mr. Kailash Katkar – Founder of QuickHeal Technologies and Mr. Kunal Shah Founder of FreeCharge shared their stories with the student community. Litmus 2011, the annual IT conclave was held in campus on 19th Aug 2011. The eminent business personali es a ending the event were Mr. Kshi j Mulay, Head Asia Digital Marke ng P&G, Mr. Ramachandran Menon, Director IT Consul ng, Cognizant Business Consul ng, Mr. Suresh A Shan S, Head– Business IT Solu ons, MMFSL Group at Mahindra & Mahindra, Mr. Mukund Sathe, VP Technol- ogy, Core Projects & Technologies, Mr. Abhijit Talukdar, Founder, A ainix Consul ng, Mr. Milind Joshi , Sr. VP Essar Informa on Technology Ltd, and Mr. Vivek Naidu, Vice President at Newgen So ware Technologies Ltd.16
  11. 11. EVENTS @ NITIEEnVision 2011DISEM programme at NITIE was organized in August 2011. The event hadinforma ve discussions and exci ng compe ons, a corporate paneldiscussion, a live case study compe on, and an individual speaker session.Mrs. Aloka Majumdar, Senior Vice President, Corporate Sustainability, HSBCIndia, Sandeep Hasurkar , Vice president – IL&FS Renewable Energy, Sa shKarnik, Vice President Group Corporate Safety Health & Environment atAditya Birla Group, Rakesh Kumar, Director, NEERI were among thepanellists who par cipated in the discussion this year. The moderator of thediscussion was Arvind Sharma, Associate Director, KPMG.B-Gyan, a corporate interac on inita ve at NITIE organized a session onBehaviour Architecture by Mr.Biju Dominic (CEO at FinalMile Consul ng).Hehas previously worked as CEO at DMA Branding and Vice President at MudraCommunica ons, DDB India. He spoke about the emergence of Cogni veNeurology as a fundamental science to explain all aspects of human behaviourand how that acumen is being leveraged by his consulsolve a range of problems originaspoke about his long marke ng career and the experiences that shaped hisapproach towards sales and adver sement.MahaMandi 2011 was organized on 6th of August in Mumbai where around1500 students donning black MahaMandi t-shirts and carrying red bagscrisscrossed the crowded streets of Mumbai raising funds for the NGONavnirmi , and in the process, aiming to learn the basics of managementoutside their classrooms, in a unique ac on learning pedagogy – ‘learn-ing by doing’. Dr. Adi Govitrikar (former Mrs. World), business leaders Mr.Dev Bha acharya (Execu ve President- Aditya Birla Group), Mr. SurendraHiranandani (Founder and MD, Hiranandani Group) and Dr. Narasimhan (Ex-ecu ve Vice President, Kotak Mahindra Bank) graced the occasion.Samiksha, an inita ve to organize corporate panel discussion held a sessionon “Mergers and acquisi on: India on the prowl”. The panel consisted ofeminent personali es from the world of Finance including Mr. Keyoor Bak-shi, Ex-President ICSI, Mr. Vikram Naik, Director M&A Tax and Regulatory,KPMG India, Mr. T N Giridhar, CEO India and Managing Director , LincolnInterna onal, Mr. Sushil Bhagat, CFO, Coastal Projects and Dr. KVSS NarayanaRao, Professor- Finance, NITIE. The moderator of the event was Mr. Rajascom.At the XVI convoca on ceremony, 6 fellow students and 242 post graduatestudents comprising of 77 students from PGDIE, 136 from PGDIM, 12 fromPGDISEM and 17 from PGDITM, were felicitated by the Chief Guest PadmaBhushan Shri. K V Kamath, Chariman, Infosys Technologies Ltd. The eventwas also graced by the presence of other eminent dignitaries including ShriAdi Godrej, former Chairman, Board of Governors, NITIE and Dr. Subhash D.Awale, former Director, NITIE. 17
  12. 12. NITIE - THE YEAR GONE BY NITIE in RankingsAlumni ConnectAlumni WebsiteFeatures of the NITIE Alumni Website – www.ni ealumni.org1.Alumni Connect: An ini a ve to connect Alumni with the college ngs and job descrip ons3.Magazine World: The recent alumni magazines are uploaded here4.In-NITIE: All the inside happenings of NITIE are available here5.Gallery: A page to refresh the memories of NITIE6.Happy2Help: Any help needed by alumni with regard to the college can be posted here7.Alum-Search: A page to search informa on about other alumni8.Birthday Corner: A page to update birth date and convey warm wishes to friendsFeatures available in the coming days:1.Blog Zone: A portal dedicated to the web savvy Alumni for blogging2.Common Wall: A forum for all the recent happenings, gossips, queries or any sugges onsWe appreciate your me in u lizing the available networking opportuni es and at the same me helping the futureleaders through your knowledgeable words.You can connect with us through our Facebook and LinkedIn Groups : NITIE Alumni Associa on.AlumNi on of AlumNi , NITIE’s Alumni Magazine was launched during Sansmaran 2010 (27th Nov2010) by our former honourable Director and President (NAA), Dr. Subash D. Awale. The magazine aimed atchronicling the achievements and lives of our alumni and keeping them abreast of the happenings at NITIE. All in all, on lived up to its goal of strengthening the bond between our alumni and the alma mater.18
  13. 13. Alumni Speak - Rendezvous - Interview with Dr. Ganesh Natarajan (PGDIE-9) Dr. Ganesh Natarajan is the Vice Chairman and Global CEO of Zensar Technologies companies. He has been one of the most successful professionals in the Indian informa on technology industry, having earlier been part of two major success stories in IT training and consul ng - NIIT and APTECH. A Gold medallist in Mechanical Engineering from BIT Mesra and PGDIE from NITIE, Dr. Natarajan has completed his PhDin knowledge management from IIT Bombay followed by a s nt at Harvard Business School in Advanced Manag-ment. He is the author of three McGraw Hill books on business process reengineering and knowledge managementand is currently wri ng the book tled ‘Entrepreneurial Surplus,’ which talks about innova ve entrepreneurshipideas and how to go about it. He was honoured with the NAA Dis nguished Alumnus Award in Sansmaran 2010. Delighted to receive theaward, he said, “It was a great honour for me to receive this encouraging award. It is a good ini a ve by the NAA toacknowledge the alumni with such awards. It brings in a sense of responsibility and credibility. There are many morealumni who should be recognized with such awards.” He loved being back in campus a er a long me , mee ngProfessor Pundir and interacof students as compared to the me when he himself was a student. Sharing his views with us he said, “The youthtoday is very interacDirector and Professor Pundir. Industry too has a good opinion about the students of NITIE. NITIE has carved a nichefor itself in supply chain management, opera ons and IT. The ins tute builds the right managerial skills in students,serving the expecta ons of the industry. It should con nue to occupy the same posi on and grow over the years.”venture called Global Talent Track (GTT), headquartered in Pune, to raise employability in India. Besides leadingZensar as the CEO for almost ten years now, he is also a member of the Execu ve Council and Chairmen’s Council ofNASSCOM and associated with the Confedera on of Indian Industries (CII). When asked, he admi ed that he is goodat mul tasking and added, “I like connec ng with all kinds of people, wri ng, reading and travelling. I have a 5Fphilosophy in life; be fast (quick to adapt changes), be focussed (ambi ous), be friendly (the way I am), have fun (enjoy zing things in life, considering his family and ZensarTechnologies his prime priority. Zensar is a healthy and vibrant leader in the Indian IT market-place, having established a niche leadershipposi on in technology and process innovabusiness for volume growth. The industry has grown over 18% compared to last year. Going forward, I expect evenbe er growth. For future growth, we are crea ng a por olio of services. We are heading towards a good me asdemand is picking up and the customers are giving more business,” says Dr. Natarajan. The company is also engagedin several CSR ac vi es like Carbon foot-prin ng and believes in 3Es - Educa on, Environment and Employability. Recalling his golden memories spent at NITIE, he says, “NITIE gives you wide opportuni es to learn andthe spirit among students shoo ng up year a er year. NITIE for me was a plaprofessional grounding.” For the students of NITIE he has the following advice - “Enjoy your life, add value to the company you join.There is a long way to go, so learn the best and enjoy every moment as I have been doing since the last 15 years. “This interview was conducted by Nancy Khandelwal (PGDIE-41) 19
  14. 14. Alumni Speak- NITIE Lanes A Sneak Peak Into the Past ‘Friends are the family we choose’ – Well, a good play of words by whosoever quoted it and quite a prac cal one at that. on, is people who are with you at all milestones of life’s journey, looking a er you and praying to their guardian angels Descrip on. The miles cked in life’s tachometer so far have allowed us to come across so many faces, so many moments and so many memories that we sim- ply overlook the fact that we met those faces, had those moments and those memories because our life paths met, crossed, aligned and separated out of sheer coincidence. We have amongst our friends a handful few with whom a special bond is shared. And if you look back on where it clicked, it would turn out to be a casual ‘hi’ at a party, a friend-of-friend handshake, or a few steps climbed together on a staircase! Vivek Dhodia No ma er what the bond shared and the miles covered, every me in PGDIM-13 life you move on to the next college, the next job or the next city, the feeling is always a mix of relishing the mes you had, missing the moments gone and anxiety of a new chapter in life . It’s the same feeling of a pulling back on the highway a er a pit stop amidst a long road trip - you enjoyed the trip so far , you are refreshed from the break in the journey and you are pepped up to hit the road and at the same me anxious about the curve ahead. Some mes nostalgia, some mes déjà vu; a quick peek on the rear view mirror always brings a smile on our faces. And the heart calls out to take a U-turn and visit those familiar roads again - to meet those faces, relive those moments, refresh those memories – for the heck of it. Memories @ NITIE I opened my eyes; my cell phone displayed 09:03. It was a beau ful Sunday morning at the splendid NITIE campus. The sunlight s ll managed to penetrate through the window of my room. Working through a shortcut, I got ready in 5 minutes, ran and climbed the 96 steps in another 7 minutes. I am unable to recall the exact me when the lecture ended, but to my temporal understanding at that me, it should have been a few hundred hours. I recall that the last few minutes used to be very exci ng, and I started wrapping up, prepared to leave any mo- ment. Well, mes change. Corporate is interes resome. I long to sit in that lecture again, but I am afraid travelling back in me is not possible. I am not sure whether this is the case with everybody else, but we generally fail to realise the importance of things in hand, and only do so whilst looking back. The never ending lectures, long nights before exams, year on team Chintan Mathur work, prepara PGDIE-38 mornings on the banks of Vihar Lake- memories that shake my neurons to their nostalgic limits, making me want to incite it all. But again, let me be honest; Life at NITIE cannot be penned down. It can only be relived in memories.20
  15. 15. Alumni Speak- NITIE Lanes Nostalgia Two years is a very long me. But the 2 year long journey I started in the summer ll remember feeling awed at my classmates’ wit and intellect, the many academic debates they would candidly engage in and the several teachers who le a las ng impression on me about the subjects they taught in very cap va ng ways. I would some mes doubt my ability to survive in the s on. And then, as days went on I realized that the ugly side of compe on, the so called rat-race, that we o en in philosophy detest but eventually end up training ourselves to live in, barely manifested itself in the college spirit. NITIE was not judgmental. Not its students, nor the teachers. Yes, we did compete against each other, but we all valued each other for our individual abili es. And working in teams for assignments only made me appreciate this diversity in talents, even more. The months slipped past and there was always so much happening in NITIE. Prerana, Sansmaran, cultural celebra ons, impromptu quizzes, sport tournaments, Samiksha and so much more! The pulse of the college never felt Shru Koley sublime. And through those rain-washed autumns and moonlit summers, we gath- PGDIM-16 ty of those friendly es was that, even though we all knew we were in the race together, we never wanted anyone to be le behind. The roots of those rela ons ran deeper than that of ambi on. And through the many good and the not-so-good days it only grew stronger. I have only just graduated but many many years from now, when I am grey-haired and wrinkly, these memories would s ll be as fresh in my mind and transport me back to those splendid greens and canopied lanes of NITIE. NITIE.....An Experience In Itself NITIE was a great experience. It has been only six months since I le college but everyday I miss moments that I had spent at this li le heaven in Mumbai. During my stay at NITIE I learnt a lot of things along the way and today when I am in the corporate world I feel that it has enabled me to face challenges with ease. In 2 years of PGDIE, I met many people from every part of our country. I got to learn their way of life, their culture and tradi me.I improved in terms of public speaking, anchoring and organizing events. These two years of my life were fabulous. I got the chance to be taught by some great professors who had a great impact on me. I am really thankful to NITIE for this greatest gi . Experience that I got here is indelible and surreal. My internship was a turning point which gave me very good exposure and learning experience. I reallyAmit Katyar appreciate my boss who was also a strict teacher and taught us prac cal manage- PGDIE -39 ment lessons.This gave me more self belief and ability to stand on my decisions with ac ons. I miss people from my past. Miss night outs at marine drive , mee ngs at our sweet li le pond, stroll at PPO road, and of course special MAGGI at Nescafe. Time changes and life keeps on moving without a pause. People come and go…. We laugh we cry…. Some really low moments…Some really high…. Life is so beau ful in its own way…. I really owe to all my friends for making my stay at NITIE a memorableone .I just wish all my friends all the best for their future endeavours. God bless you… 21
  16. 16. Alumni Speak- Joie-de-vivre It’s Better to Wear Out…. The proverb says, “It is be er to wear out than to rust out”. We live in mes of industry. Hard work has never been more fashionable than now. Take the best students that pass out from our best ins tu ons. Where do they go? They go abroad, mostly to the Western countries, to put their me, have to work very hard for the same. Even the ones who stay back in India go to work for their employers with the same zeal and enthusiasm. For them, work is worship, and their cket to untold riches at the end of their career. What a contrast with the life of Bertram Wooster, the loveable character created by PG Wodehouse! All Ber e has to do in the name of industry is stretch his imagina on about how to avoid his aunts, how to take revenge on cousins, or how to avoid having to take care of young boys. He never seems to have to earn a living at all! As Wodehouse himself points out, “I believe there are two ways of wri ng novels. One is mine, making a sort of musical comedy without music and ignoring real life altogether; the other is going right deep down into life and not Vasu Ramanujam caring a damn.” Coming back to our proverb, is it really be er to wear out than to PGDIE-13 rust out? Does one have to work all one’s life? When do we get to enjoy the fruits of our labour? Let us look at where we spend what we earn. We spend on sports – be it watching sports on Television, or going to the Games physically. And we have teams that we support, by purchasing team merchandise at rates that are far higher than the material cost of making them. Is this a sign of “wearing out” or a sign of “rus ng out”? We spend on entertainment- malls, mul plexes, movies, theatre, concerts, exhibi ons, conven ons and the like. All excuses to “live it up”. Not to talk of fes vals. Do these experiences wear us out, or do they help us relax? Do we come back from our vaca ons a li le rusty? We spend on travel. We go all over the world to see the sights, experience local cuisine and hospitality, collect souvenirs and photographs, and earn the right to brag about the whole experience. With world travel becoming more and more of travel. Does all the travel we do, wear us out, or does it invigorate us? We spend on food. As a ma er of fact, this is probably the thing that we do all the me – while watching sports, while ge ng entertained, and while traveling. Does ea ng good food wear us out, or rust us out? You might say it depends on the kind of food we eat, and you may well be right. My humble submission is that wearing out and rus ng out are not mutually exclusive. We need elements of both to maintain life’s balance. We need to wear ourselves out to earn well, and then rust ourselves out by spending what we earned. That way, we become rich not only monetarily, but also in our under- standing of the world and the various cultures that form an integral part of it. Like Wodehouse’s novels, we should ignore real life altogether some mes.22
  17. 17. Alumni Speak- Joie-de-vivre Startup – A Love Story When my VC friend did not like the idea of my business plan, I was deeply on your Facebook page, from any of your 1000 friends. It was like receiving a regret le on when you want to look up to the night sky and say “those who were dancing were thought insane by those who couldn’t hear the music”. I told my father that I wanted to be an entrepreneur a er gradua on. He believed that the economy had not recovered then and that I needed some more me empt to make him happy by explaining him the fancy and I have exactly the same bank balance at the beginning of our entrepreneurial journey. Few friends at my prior job who were vegeta ng in large fat organiza ons congratulated me for taking the bold step and I suddenly felt the sense of freedom they never had. My old boss was happy that he no longer needed to manage a spoilt brat. Some of my friends, mainly the ones with underdeveloped listening skills, started avoiding me when I started sharing “my big idea” with them at groceries, restaurants, swimming pools and at bars. I did not care. My girlfriend asked me about my salary. I asked fearlessly whether she was asking my current salary or salary a er seven yearsMrinmoy Chakraborthy when we go public. Her confused face reminded me of the moment I proposed her PGDIM-9 me near her high school gate. However, I assured her that we need not defer our engagement Every me I got together with my other bold and equally naïve teammates (dream-mates), we had this strange feeling as if we were on a mission to moon. During our strategy session at Starbucks, others used to give us suspicious looks as if we were planning the next twin tower a ack. But we were lost in our own li le world. We believed that the future of the world rests in our hands. We wanted to make this world a be er place. We thought that if not us then nobody can. par es felt that we were made for each other. But the emo ons changed when we started the pricing nego a on and became a li le bi shipment by a few weeks. But we were married to each other by then and switching cost would have been more than a Brad Pi -Angelina Jolie divorce se lement. So we stayed with each other as a not-so-ideal married couple in their late for es. We are s ll smaller according to Google. Our company shows up in the third search page if you Google us. I s ll am a few billion dollars away from Steve Jobs. My kind wife has forgiven me for all the anniversary nights I did not spend with her mes why I could never a end his parents-teachers mee ng like other fathers religiously do. But when he grows up he will probably understand that his father made an honest a empt to change the world and in this process had to make tough choices. But I hope my son would never feel shy to take the path less travelled in the journey of his life and would have in my life, I lead a regret free life. Life is probably too short for regrets. Actually, the VCs and the angels do not give you enough ng my second business plan. I felt as if I fell in love, yet again… 23
  18. 18. Alumni Speak- Joie-de-vivre A Transition in My Life Why was I selected old and joined Mando India. When an internal no ce was put up for a post graduate programme in Industrial Engineering in NITIE, Mumbai, I was recommended by my department head as a reward to my performance over the years. The program deals with supply chain management which I was keen to study. I therea er passed an online ap tude test conducted by Anand Group, and an interview from NITIE through which I was selected for NITIE along with two other employees. The challenge: Doing a Post Graduate course is always good to go up the career ladder. One needs to upgrade his/her domain knowledge regularly and a PG course aptly helps one in doing so. I was working as a Senior Engineer (Technical Services) and to go up as a manager I needed to do a formal course. I beleived a course in such an elite ins tute would enlighten me with the most recent advancements and prac Study me: I was studying a er a gap of 3 years. Ini ally, it was tough to a end classes and listen to lectures. I had to mould myself to be a student and accept this changed lifestyle. We had exams every trimester for which I had to study all night. The mo va on was that my colleagues in the classroom were the best brains in India and I needed to work really hard to be one among them to jus fy Karthick Raju my selec on. Out of a class strength of 77 students, 7 of us formed a group and PGDIE-38 studied and spent me together. I had never been in a hostel during my school or me I was living away from home. It was a novel experience and I enjoyed it. My parents were very happy that I had got an opportunity to study at NITIE and that the course was fully sponsored. Not just that, the company gave me Rs 30,000 per month as salary for the two years that I studied at NITIE in addi on to my fees and hostel expenses. Family adjustments: to visit them. I missed my mother’s home-cooked food. I played cricket for Tamil Nadu Cricket Associa on 3rd division league and I had to miss certain matches due to my academic commitments. The learning: The course transformed me from an engineer to a manager and equipped me be er to face bigger challenges. On my return I got promoted as a manager, supply chain and logis cs. My job is now focused on supplier development and new vendor iden on. In this role, I have the responsibility of crea ng an ng what the team has to do and aligning this structure towards the company’s strategic goals.24
  19. 19. Alumni Speak- Joie-de-vivreLevel 10 Studios is a pioneer- 10 Comics - The Next Big Thing Leveling effort to create world-class,indigenous comic book con- content. Assembled from all walks of life, we are a diverse group of individuals withtent. Assembled from all walks varying backgrounds and voca ons, all united under a single passion and resilient desireof life, we are a diverse groupof individuals with varying on in Indian Comics.backgrounds and vocations, all So what have we been up to in our lives that has led us down this unusual path?united under a single passion surprisingly, we are the engineers and MBAs. Indeed, like most folks of our age, Quite we’ve been chasing the golden dream – a stable career, a car, a home, etc. But deep down inside, we have always harboured our own dreams of crea ng something unique, and of hopefully leaving a las our savings and pursue a long-standing desire; something that makes us truly happy, and not just us but several struggling- albeit talented ar sts and writers across the country. Plus, on further introspec on, we realised we didn’t want to be 35 and explain to our kids and wives why money would be sparse for the next few years because papa wanted to print comics. We are currently in the process of developing a world-class, contemporary, Indian comic magazine called ‘comic JUMP’ and making it accessible to the largest possible audi- ence. As the name suggests, the magazine is inspired from the highly successful Japanese manga anthology ‘Shonen Jump’. ‘JUMP’ will comprise of complex and intricate storylines that are infused with intrigue and adventure. Fic on as a genre in Indian comics is an unexplored territory. ‘JUMP’ looks to stretch the boundaries of tradi onal comic book Shreyas Srinivas ons and PGDIM-13 circumstances that we can iden fy with. Comics, as an independent en ty outside of any broader literary context, are at once worldly and whimsical. They are as much rooted in the abstract as they are in the on of culture and lifestyles. Despite all the diversity and cultural assortment inherent in India, comic companies are sa just crea ng varia ons of Hanuman and Karma. This has not only robbed writers of the opportunity to weave their own fables, but also nudged a genera on of talent towards anima on and outsourced artwork for small publishers in UK and America. There has never truly been a fan culture or movement in India. No comic conven ons, no costume plays, no ac bles market. As fans of comics and avid consumers of all forms of merchandise, we long to create the same obsessive “otaku” culture in India. We dream of a day when the Indian geek dresses up as his/her favorite character and socializes with fellow fans at a conven on hall, eagerly awai ng an audience with his/ her favourite writers and ar sts. To show what we are doing to the world and overcome the iden ty crisis, I par cipated in a business reality show ‘The Pitch’ on Bloomberg UTV, wherein a portunity to get mentored for a period of one year at IIM-C and hone my skills. Moreover, I was awarded a cash prize which could aid my business. choices and inevitable obstacles. We aspire to bring about a change; a change that will enable Indian ar sts and writers to showcase their talent to the world. A change where we refuse to accept mediocrity and stagna on in the kind of work we churn out; a change 25
  20. 20. Alumni Speak- Joie-de-vivre Building an Organization For a quick introduc on, I passed out of NITIE to take up a full me job at the business that I had started while I was at NITIE. During early 2009, recession came as an omen for me to take up the entrepreneurial journey, and I got my winter internship papers ready and moved out of campus without informing Prof. Pundir, our placement dean (frankly I did not have the courage to tell this to him). It’s been a wonderful experience since then, growing from a 100 sq . space and 2 employees to a recent brand new 2000 sq nt with the ty of an organiza on always came from the people it is represented by and the culture it holds. I felt, the reason for me to do business was not just making money and rendering my services, but also to build an organiza on. I did not want to be a freelancer delivering only out of my crea ve brain, but wanted to move ahead and get together a great team that would bring out and implement wonderful ideas. The quest of understanding how organiza ons are built began. I had to take up this challenge of building an organiza on. I started reading, discussing, observing, and experiencing how people and organiza ons behave, and here are few quick points that came as learning for me: ons for me – “What kind of organiza on I wanted to build? What would its values / culture be?” I wanted an organiza on made up of people who are passionate, highly mo vated, and do things for themselves. A place where people enjoy their work. In other words, a place full of ownership and responsibility. This was a challenge! Ownership and sense of responsibility needs freedom & Paresh Masade handle unbound freedom, many of the employees wanted to be monitored and looked into. PGDIE-37 reason why my partner decided to move out. I believed, it would take consistent and conscious er of me, and warranted an- other element called “mo va on” that brings in “responsibility”. It’s s ll a struggle for a new entrant and me to be cast out in the culture of the organiza on. Sharing a Story For an organiza on to work together, it needs a string that binds them - a reason. Few call it a vision, and I call it a story. Every person in the team needs to have a reason to be a part of that story. It took us about 5 failed a empts with various set of people to really get a team Dealing with ambiguity This is what I feel is one of the most important challenges for both people and organiza- ons. It is a paradox between having a clear set of instruc ons, expecta ons and deadlines versus being told everything, rou ne work & laxity. It’s always exci ng to maintain a balance between both the aspects. I realized people le my organiza on for I was not able to ambiguity. So, where are we today? We have a team of 15 people, fully mo vated and passionate, wan ng to work together and owning and building the organiza on. We have orm), started two more products, and by the me you read this ar cle we would have shi ed to our new of- on in Hyderabad. Kudos to all our team26
  21. 21. Alumni Speak-Gazing Into the Crystal Making your SCM more effective NITIE PGDIE Program (13th batch) has helped me gear up for the challenges of the real world and develop complex solu ons for SCM Customers worldwide. In this ar cle I have highlighted opportuni es in this area and how can we address these challenges. In a world that is ge ng increasingly dynamic and compe ve, the supply chain of a company is expected to deliver innova ve strategies to help the ators. The key to success lies in ces, and at the same me ate the company from compe tors. In supply chain, speed, visibility, control and collabora on have always been key goals of a company and in order to achieve that, companies worldwide are now seeking business technology solu ons for enterprise mobility, automa c iden on and data capture (AIDC) and mul -enterprise collabora on. Enterprise Mobility Solu ons Mobility solu ons help companies eliminate ‘waste me’ hidden in their business processes, and speed-up the en re supply chain. They remove latency of informa on and integrate product tracking and traceability into all manufacturing processes and distribu on touch-points – without disturbing opera ons. Few mobility solu ons available in the market are mobile sales and direct store delivery systems, and mobile warehouse management system.Govind Srinivasan ons PGDIE 13 Tradi onal business processes are human intensive and require mul ple touch- points. Every such touch-point adds to risk-of-error, and informa on latency. RFID tagging & barcodes are used to improve visibility, and to facilitate easy iden on of the loca on of tracked en es like assets, vehicles, pallets, etc. These solu ons therefore form the core of process automa on – touch-free automa on of business processes make cycle- mes shorter and resources more produc ve. Most AIDC solu ons use RFID and Barcode technologies. Few AIDC solu ons available in the market are asset management system, truck tracking system, document tracking system and pallet tracking system. Mul on are adop ng more strategic rela onships with suppliers and channel partners. A company streamlining the communica informa on on orders, customers, inventories, shipments and demand. Visibility driven promo ons are reaching the intended and evalua veness of the promo ons.Few enterprise collabora on solu ons available in the market are Demand Collabora on Systems, Supplier Management Systems, Distribu on Management System and Vendor Managed Inventory. All the above systems emphasize on data, as mely and accurate data of contact, without manual interven on or errors. These applica ons help any organiza ve manner. 27
  22. 22. Alumni Speak-Gazing Into the Crystal Ball Using Web 2.0 to Improve Student Learning Outcomes in Indian Higher Education Web 2.0 is all around us – Google Apps, Facebook, Twi er, LinkedIn and the list goes on. The younger genera on across the globe, comprising students mostly, have taken on. And therein is the opportunity to address some of the structural challenges faced by Indian Higher Educa Web 2.0 can make a profound impact. The social learning poten al of Web 2.0 lends to good pedagogy by default, s mula ng quality learning outcomes through increased stu- dent engagement and empowerment. In 2005, Tim O’Reilly coined the term Web 2.0 to describe the evolving and modern nature of the “Read-Write” web where everyone creates, collaborates and publishes rather than just a few so called experts as in Web 1.0. on of their characteris cs can be presented based on their usage. on: e-mail s ll exists and would con nue to. Owing to many tools now like Skype, go-to mee ngs and webinars, communica on mediums have become sophis cated involving text, voice, video, screen-sharing and combina on of these. orms and wikis coupled with their ergonomic usage has made it easy for every ci zen to not just create documents but also publish them with rela ve ease. This ac vity has been further enriched by audio C Rajagopalan and video tools that have manifested in podcasts and online video services like YouTube. PGDIM-6 on deluge on the internet is overwhelming. It is a common problem to organize favourite content on the internet. Social bookmarking servic- es like Diigo help. For educators, such tools hold immense poten al for knowledge sharing, collabora ve research and even reaching out to experts and their bookmarks. Some of these Web 2.0 tools have recognised their importance in an educa on se ng and have provided an exclusive educa on and Aggrega on: Feed readers can keep one updated with changing content on favourite websites, blogs, bookmarking pages using the RSS protocols. Using a single page. me Collabora on: Collabora on is a key ac vity in almost all areas – business, personal and social. The limita ons of internet tools relegated this important team ac vity to an asynchronous mode. The availability of collabora on tools like Google Apps has transformed collabora on. Google Apps also provide a free suite for Educa onal Ins tu ons. Collabora on has not only become synchronous, it is also systema sed owing to version control. Added to this, are numerous publishing op ons. problems and issues in the physical world, Web 2.0 tools like Facebook, Twi er and Google present the opportunity to reach out beyond our known network. This improved outreach to express, establish presence, learn and contribute is at the centre of social networking. Social networking is a powerful tool that aids informal learning. Learning is truly social. Applica on for class and non-class Ac vi es on for class and non-class teaching learning ac vi es. Planning the applica on of tools is important, as each of the tools have their28 own applica on poten al.
  23. 23. Alumni Speak-Gazing Into the Crystal Ball on strategies would ensure success. Since the very nature of Web 2.0 isevolving, a phased approach to implementa on star ng from the simple to the sophis cated is recommended.An overview of the class and non-class ac vi es that can be impacted by Web 2.0 is presented in the followingtable. Web 2.0 for Class and Non-Class Activities Activity Tools Lectures Online Video, Podcasts Repeats, Classroom Time for Que- ries. Faculty Time for Research and Consulting Assignments Wiki, Blogs, Knols Faculty Peer and Global Feedback, Record and Retrieval Group Work Google Apps Version-control, Real-Time Feed- back, Corporate Readiness Sharing Diigo Group Learning and Productivity Knowledge Management e-Portfolio Self-directed Lifelong LearningThere are a number of reasons why Web 2.0 has the power to impact posi vely the learning outcomes of students. Pre-exis ng Web 2.0 Skillspointed out that in India, of the 73 million internet users over 75% were in the age group of 15 – 34.Students are also using Web 2.0 tools increasingly, primarily for entertainment. Proper challenge in the educa onalcontext can nudge the students to begin using these tools for teaching & learning ac vi es. This situa on neverpresented itself in the educa onal context where in a student making an entry into the Higher Educa on systems hadskills that could be leveraged upon. Faculty and Ins tu ons can build on these pre-exis ng skills to deliver lessons. Social Learning using Web 2.0 is Pragma cSocial learning using Web 2.0 is all about doing unlike tradi onal learning that focuses on knowing andreproducing. Therefore, Web 2.0 pedagogy translates into good pedagogy through increased student engagement,con nuous faculty support and peer-based learning, all in an informal context. onCorporate jobs are dynamic and changing all the me. Business situa ons require graduates to work acrossmul -loca on teams, across func ons in a collabora ve manner in a synchronous and asynchronous set up, underdemanding melines. Web 2.0 tools simulate this environment right there at the college level, thereby facilita ng thetransi on for the student. This head start for the student helps the business to save me and money and holdpoten al for a successful career for new recruits. Life Skills Acquisi onStudents when they step into a professional career a er passing out, experience a shocking reality-check.Web 2.0 tools because of their universal nature can play an important role in sensi zing students in these areas.Using these tools, students can reach out to experts and contributors across the world to enlist informa on andcounsel in all these life skill areas. This would empower the students to become responsible societal ci zens as well. e-Por olioLearning records created through Web 2.0 can be retained and retrieved through a life me. This inculcates con nu-ous learning habits and learning can be passed from genera on to genera on.Web 2.0 is evolving con nuously and it is expected that Educa onal Instruc on would rise to the challenge and buildpedagogic frameworks that enable a ainment of learning outcomes through increased student engagement. Whilewe wait for such frameworks, nevertheless it is important to recognise and take advantage of the fact that Web 2.0can be leveraged to empower the student for her learning. This be er happen sooner than later. 29
  24. 24. Alumni Speak-Gazing Into the Crystal Ball Wind Power – A success story of Renewable Energy is manifested in the growth of world energy consump on by 1.3% annually, a ma- jor part of the demand from the power sector. Currently, around 65-70% of the de- mand is met through conven onal fossil fuel, like coal, natural gas and oil. However, under the prevalent circumstances of con nual environmental degrada on and climate change, renewable energy is in focus as a poten al alterna ve source of power which would meet around 20% of world energy need by 2035. Wind has emerged as a major source of renewable energy globally a er hydro-power. Presently 194 GW of wind power is installed across the globe and as per es mates, it has a poten al of reaching to 2342 GW by 2030, mee ng around 20% of world electricity demand under most favourable condi ons. So far, USA and European as the leader in wind energy with massive capacity addi on reaching 42.3 GW in 2010. Emerging economies, no ceably East Europe, India, Brazil, African and Middle East countries have shown strong signals of growth in wind energy. A er a brief lull in 2009, new investments in clean energy have picked up in 2010 recording USD 243 billion. Wind sector a racts a major part of the global new nues to be cost compe ve among exis ng renewable energy sources. With improved technology and increased investment the capital cost is also expected to go down in the long term. India ranks 5th in the world with an installed wind power capacity of 13.1 GW mostly in the windy southern part of the country. Favourable government policies toManabendra Mukherjee promote renewable energy have a racted private investments in this sector which PGDIM-14 have helped in the market development and technological advancements. Suzlon, the domes c wind equipment manufacturing giant, ranks as the 3rd largest company in the world by market share. India has almost 70% of the wind poten al unexploited as per government es mates. In addi on, China has emerged as the largest market for wind energy. India has been on the radar of becoming the leading low cost manufacturing hub for the interna onal market. These factors have resulted in a number of companies entering the sector mostly under technical collabora on/licensing agreement with domes c en es. Satura on of onshore wind energy and demand for a more sustainable power na ons have seized the ini a ve and begun inves30
  25. 25. Alumni Speak- Word’s Worth Dr. KVSSN Rao Professor, NITIE Rajan Singh PGDIE-7 PGDIE -39Twinkle, Twinkle Indias NITIE FarewellTwinkle, twinkle Indias NITIE Farewell – not just party; its emo onswith a place in Mumbai, dreams city For we share God’s exquisite crea on.Doctors join you with sagacity Its love; love foreverGraduates join you with curiosity For when we stand, we are all together.Companies approach you for opera ons Farewell – not just party; its emo onsproduc vity Cheers for your direc on and mo va on.You deliver solu ons with reliability Leaving no stone unturned for our nurture, spending me, fostering our future.duc vity on mal- these words go short to men on. No predilec on, always being fair everything upholds that you always care.Many principles and methods are in yourki y Farewell – not just party; its emo onsMo on economy an ability You are ready to play game of varia on.Mo on study a capability Transmute but atleast remember;Ergonomics a rou ne ac vity memories would force you to surrender. When your mobile will have pre y high recharges,Fa gue study a priority why there are no calls; only messages?Job evalua on a necessity Those who listened to you so much,Incen ves help produc vity though it might not be conspicuous as such. At mes whom you kept engaged in an ac vity which at last lead to no produc vity.Method study for removing waste and com- Don’t forget – there are many reasonsplexityValue study for product saleability Come and go – whichever season.OR for op mality Farewell – not just party; its emo ons Time for good wishes; me for expression I am not dismayed at good-byes.Layout study for easy transferability Why to be gloomy?Set up study for lean mentality Why whimper? Why cry?Sta s cal study for variability Go ahead and grab – its new opportunity. No commo on, no ambiguity. As you will know –Engineers NITIE while unveiling life’s curtain ve NITIE mee ng again for those who are friends is certain.Globally excellent NITIE With aspira ons that melts your sorrow and pain,Engineering management expert NITIE I bid farewell – my dearest Come soon again, come soon again! 31
  26. 26. Faculty Speak Vibrant NITIE I was the warden of Ladies Hostel in NITIE from 1998 to 2002. So many things have changed in the campus in the last one decade. I remember the me when there were just two girl students, one in the IE batch and one in the IM batch. Today we have more than 90 girl students in the campus. I have seen programs like Denovo and Sansmaran for the past several years. NITIE has always been known for the camaraderie that the seniors and juniors share here. NITIE is the place where I have learnt about various cul- tures. The campus is truly cosmopolitan. We have students and faculty from all parts of the country staying in the campus. There is some celebra on or the other throughout the year. Fes vals give an opportunity for display of budding talents of students, kids ful. It li s the spirit of every person in the campus. Professionally, it has been a hearty 17 years at NITIE. Students learn how toDr. Seema Unnikrishnan Dream and actualize their Dreams in this beau ful campus. For me, NITIE is a paradise Associate Professor on earth. Some Thoughts On Being A Faculty at NITIE Majority of NITIE’s faculty members have spent a lot of me with NITIE’s development ac vi ons on the profession are appropriate and s mulate some thoughts. Like most of the academicians, I have spent most of my life “Learning”. I started at the Karnatak University in 1999, majoring in opera ons management with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical engineering. A er comple ng my PhD in 2004, my career has taken me to various learning organiza ons like Central University of Hyderabad, Karnatak University and then to NITIE, Mumbai. Over the past 12 years of my career there have been a lot of changes in on of a successful academician. We all can name successful professors, mostly those who have impacted our lives directly. Produc vity and impact of programs on individuals and/or on. A balanced life must also be a reason for the sustainable produc vity of an academician. Societal changes also have an obvious impact. Our culture is more diverse and life moves at a faster pace these days. The amount of informa on we should devour, or at least acknowledge, is growing exponen ally. All the published informa ps, and this can be both good and bad news! Even when I’m wri ng this ar cle, I’m compelled to readDr. Sachin S. Kamble something or at least check my email, or surf through status messages on Facebook, orAssociate Professor LinkedIn. Expecta of that stress is imposed by the system and the rest is self imposed. The requirements for promo on and tenure at most of the ins tu ons have become greater and more ve. However, I think that the drive comes mostly from the loves in our professional life - the love of discovery; helping students, colleagues and industry personnel; seeing a project/consultancy assignment/training programs make a on. Note that most of these sources for32 our drive or elements of success involve human rela onships.
  27. 27. Allow me to reminisce to make a point about human rela onships in therela en asmul ple on and creaac es to buildrela 33

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