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PC’s preference for professionals When Ratan Tata visited SRM Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! No Maha Koottani in TN... Quality silica from Neyveli L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… Intellectual of rare qualities A more liberated TN… Excel Generators provide the vital back-up Tatas moving out of urea production... CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... When online building permits work…. TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector Protest masters... L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles Increasing non co-operation of state leaders Making ‘my Amaravati’... Make standards certification mandatory... Welcome focus on core competence Sweet news for TN sugar mills Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model Don’t seem to feel the pulse… The why of tax incentives A think tank for Chennai Muffled voices for merit… Tribute – UCAL Selvan… Kudos to NDTV... Music happens A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Multi-faceted Venkat Kulandai was a giant Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL Wise Presidents EVM is tamper-proof Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel Valli, they are more marginalised Alexa – Talking Wikipedia The rise and fall of Annamalai University A glass full of corruption PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals TIAM turns a full cycle TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership Vibrant Gujarat Gas is the way forward Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School Why this malaise in medical education? Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked EEC at the National Media Centre Computation of GDP – conundrums continue Return to king coal for urea... Mu Sigma – is no more Delhi Chalo... A yen for wastage… Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform Align crops to agro climate endowments… Pharma – overdose of copying More tributes to GR Medical costs hit the roof... New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra This scant respect for Law China invests in India IPL - no surprise this scam Shanti and Sadhana through Music The nuclear option ONGC at KG Basin Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ Noble nonagenarians... Delhi is distant Funding the un-funded Contrarian cousins Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik A welcome initiative by the judiciary The rise and rise of KCP Sri Lanka votes for change The brown list of Venkitaramanan The Jan Dhan bonanza More heat than light Haul over the coal Lalu’s envy, India’s pride The Swadeshi Trump He continues the focus on social amelioration Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel Boy, can you beat these? Telangana in top gear… Recognition to role of NBFCs.... Gay abandon in pricing Sweeter prospects for sugar IAS invades NDDB... Streamlining mandatory third party cover Waning interest in public discussions… GM Technology at last! Marketing expert Balagopal is no more The balancing act Tough task taking states together Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Modi and the lady Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities A professional at the helm of IRDA... Banning booze... S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! Rahman at CIC Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V Airlines in India: cost and space Discoms deserve better… Towards speedy justice The sea- saw battle continues... The few handicaps... An inexplicable neglect Readers' Mail TGS- The king storyteller Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS WTO Meet: resolved to meet again Maximising the micro pricing … Another Indian music maestro at the UN Building loyalty through the stomach Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Robber barons everywhere Quality education through the PPP mode Editor's Notes Shale gas and its shallow future Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Why land prices zoom in TN? Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu Fortune for Indian Airlines More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Strengthen the base... Where is Rajaji? Plummeting profits of PSBs Paytm karo... Put expensive assets created to use... How Air-India loses customs... Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... Fuel for thought A rich pool of talent not utilised…. When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya Editor's Says Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami Silver Years of Madras Musings A friendly business group Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... TELANGANA at last…BUT Come elections, come advertisements... …and of a popular trade leader When the President was rendered homeless… The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu B H Kothari - a tribute SoA @ 80 Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... A proud Madrasi Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt IPL type auction for VCs? Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara Delhi is distant… Tribute CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. More Shakti to resource mobilisation... For whom the MIDS bell tolls? Adharma of opposition politics Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW Kinetic Karnataka Five star activism stalls development activity to the lack of interest on the part of these to focus on original research. This despite the much lower costs of such research in India. The industry which thrived on the protection of a closed economy and the advantage of a vast domestic market, has failed to organise its evolution on healthy lines Tatas moving out of urea production... Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna Solar thermal shines… MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways Nuclear power at the nucleus Convulsions in The Hindu An enemy’s enemy is a friend Secularism and anti-Hinduism F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated Moily’s bold thrust Revving up the manufacturing sector Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ Parliament in paralysis... He saved millions from starvation... Tax agriculture Fortune 500 review West Bengal: mindless malignancy No engine for this car The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more Mersal magnified Which side are you, Montek? Breaththrough in malaria control A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Preserving for the future Poor quality of university VCs When small is no larger beautiful.. Polls and promises When nations steal growth from one another… Road development slows down The power-full Hindujas Engineering seats go abegging Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... Demise of a media baron... Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! The star of Spencers is no more Small units prefers to remain small... No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal Cement prices continue to rise… Cutting the nose to spite the face Where a state respects its litterateurs… Of course, Gujarat is vibrant London, London Narayan Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! CII projects higher growth… Delhi returns to BJP Remembering Indira Sivasailam... Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks Solar, solar everywhere … Roaring Ro-Ro facility Tribute – M V Murugappan Revive development banks... R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital Modi storms Silicon Valley Should we change the official year? Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan Build close rapport with business leaders CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Russi Mody – a tribute For whom the bell tolls? Welcome GST GNS - 100: our first subscriber The Gulf aviation boom A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science Things happen by accident and not by design... Auto components surge… Shipping woes of Chennai companies
 
Multi-faceted Venkat

With regret we record the demise of Dr N S Venkataraman. He was multifaceted in the real sense of the word, a renowned teacher,  was ardently involved in social affairs and was unafraid of recording his views on sensitive issues. 

Venkat took his doctorate in engineering from the IISc-Bangalore, worked as a senior aeronautical engineer at HAL and for the next three decades worked at the Madras Institute of Technology and rose to the positions of Dean and Director. His extensive contacts were used to get sponsored research assignments for R&D at MIT. Venkat worked for six years at Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) under the Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi. With his close association with TIFAC Chairman Abdul Kalam, he spread knowledge on advanced composite materials technology. NSV had guided 40 scholars for their ME thesis and was a prestigious member of several industry associations like the Institution of Engineers, Aeronautical Society...

The highly caste-driven Tamil society denied Venkat the opportunity to serve as a vice chancellor of the Anna University. We do not have many persons of his attainments, stature and capabilities to adorn the VC’s post. 

His family is studded with brilliance. His wife Chellam is a post-graduate in economics, son Dr. Venkat Srinivas, Vice President – Product design and development at Mahindra & Mahindra, was chosen last year to be part of the first Mahindra Future Leaders Programme. His daughter Dr Sudha Nagaraj works as assistant professor at Baylor Medical University, Houston. Venkat was also deeply immersed in Tamil literature and blended these nicely in several of his humorous writings. 


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