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More Shakti to resource mobilisation... F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing PC’s preference for professionals A yen for wastage… A friendly business group Intellectual of rare qualities Return to king coal for urea... The star of Spencers is no more Should we change the official year? Tatas moving out of urea production... Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... Where a state respects its litterateurs… Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad Computation of GDP – conundrums continue Shanti and Sadhana through Music Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more Modi and the lady Music happens Build close rapport with business leaders TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... Shipping woes of Chennai companies Increasing non co-operation of state leaders A welcome initiative by the judiciary When nations steal growth from one another… Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V Editor's Notes Editor's Says Noble nonagenarians... S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal No Maha Koottani in TN... The nuclear option Muffled voices for merit… When online building permits work…. Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy GNS - 100: our first subscriber New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Polls and promises Engineering seats go abegging The brown list of Venkitaramanan Tribute – UCAL Selvan… An enemy’s enemy is a friend A rich pool of talent not utilised…. Robber barons everywhere Plummeting profits of PSBs Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW When the President was rendered homeless… Discoms deserve better… Maximising the micro pricing … Of course, Gujarat is vibrant Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School The rise and rise of KCP When small is no larger beautiful.. CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Road development slows down A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Sweet news for TN sugar mills
 
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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