Students of the IITs, as well as IIT alumni of the twin cities - all of whom make up the PanIIT community of Hyderabad - are getting together this month, for a bout of social and professional networking. The event will be held at the ISB auditorium, on the 20th of September, and will start at 2pm.
The event will feature keynote speeches by Prashant Shukla (COO, CMC), Jayaprakash Narayanan (MLA, Lok Satta) and U B Desai (Director, IIT-Hyderabad).
There will be a panel discussion on the topic "How can IITs increase their social relevance in today's India?" led by Prashant Shukla (COO, CMC Ltd.). Also on the schedule is a lecture on how IITians can contribute to Indian society today, by Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan (MLA, Kukatpally).
Prashant Shukla is currently the Chief Operating Officer at CMC Ltd. Prior to this, he held the position of Product Unit Manager and Group Manager at Microsoft Corporation, and Product Manager at Novell. He holds a B.Tech Degree from IIT Kanpur, and an MBA degree from Brigham Young University.
Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan, widely known as JP, is currently an MLA from the Kukatpally constituency in Andhra Pradesh, and the president of a political party, Lok Satta. He is also a former Indian public administrator, social reformer and columnist. He is known for his role in bringing electoral reforms, and for his columns on democracy in leading Indian daily newspapers.
Professor Uday B Desai, earlier from the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT Bombay, is now the first Director of IIT Hyderabad. From 1979 to 1984, Dr. Desai was an Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at Washington State University, and an Associate Professor at the same place from 1984 to 1987. Since 1987, he has been a Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. He was Dean of Students at IIT Bombay from August 2000 to July 2002. From July 2002 to June 2004, he was the Director of HP-IITM, R & D Laboratory at IIT Madras.
The PanIIT organization was formed as an umbrella organization covering alumni of all 7 IITs, to evolve a brand that would provide a strong fraternity among IIT alumni. In 2002, some like-minded alumni belonging to all IITs came together and formed a PanIIT Board. PanIIT Hyderabad is a local chapter of this global organization, and its objective is to connect all local alumni in the Hyderabad-Secunderabad-Cyberabad area. V Ramesh is the President of the PanIIT Hyderabad Chapter.
Welcome snacks will be provided, followed by dinner in the evening, along with a souvenir (a T-shirt) for everyone. Games are also being organized, with quite a few prizes up for grabs. Families are invited, too. You can register here
, and registration fees are as follows:
Single alumnus - Rs. 300 (excluding online charges of Rs. 20)
Alumnus with spouse - Rs. 500 (excluding online charges of Rs. 20)
Children above 15 years - Rs. 300 (excluding online charges of Rs. 20)
Children below 15 years - Free
Other guests - Rs. 300 (excluding online charges of Rs. 20)
The event is being sponsored by Applabs Technologies, CMC Limited and ISB Hyderabad.
Please contact Sanjay Gadhalay at 98494-54569 / Rajat Gupta at 96666-48688 / Aniket Baheti at 96764-88787 / Gaurav Nema at 96762-77340 / Mahek Shah at 99666-53434 for further details.