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