Welcome to this edition of our newsletter.
First of all, thanks to members and corporate members
(Swinburne University of Technology, Envision IT and the
University of Melbourne) for your continued support and
entrusting confidence in the current committee.
We have until now organised 3 social events (Picnic at Jells
Park, Glen Waverley; Diwali at Lincoln of Toorak, Toorak;
Holi at Wilson Botanic Gardens, Berwick) and 2 professional
/ networking events (Visit to Wind Tunnel at Monash
University; Seminar by an eminent professor at CSIRO,
Clayton). Further details of these events are provided below
in this newsletter.
Our regular membership has been steady, however the
composition has changed with increase in our associate
(student) members. This has led to some changes to the
direction and priorities of the committee, with some of the
activities inclined to support our student members.
Considering this, the committee had organised a first-aid /
CPR training course for the members and students by Red
Cross. Further, the committee / members participated in the
professional development and student mentoring event
organised by IIT IISc Graduate (I2G) group of University of
Melbourne. Four committee members and an alumni member
delivered talks at this event on post-PhD opportunities
(entrepreneurship, industrial opportunities, post-doctoral
fellowships) and the visa process to settle in Australia.
This event was attended by around 65 people.
There is one more professional event organised for April
before the AGM, on “Scale up the Business with ease" by our
own alumni Sameer Babbar. I will encourage all our members
to attend this event.
The current committee has been exploring different ways of
building relationships with organisations like banks. It is
worth mentioning here that through the tireless efforts of
our committee members, a number of sponsorships were secured
with these organisations for the Diwali function that
substantially subsidised the costs to the members. We are
continuing to build on these established relationship with
I would encourage our active members to renew and
non-members to sign up for the membership. Now our members
can renew their membership for up to 5 years, with
significant discount offered for this option. I will
encourage our alumni to avail this facility.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank current and
past Committee members and their families for their great
contribution and commitment that allows us to organise these
professional and social events regularly. My special thanks
to the IIT spouses and the IIT juniors groups for their
efforts and support in the organisation of the big events
like Diwali and Holi.
The date for AGM 2019 will soon be announced and I look
forward to attendance from all members. This is a good
opportunity for members to exercise their rights, and
provide feedback on steering the alumni in the right
Look forward to your continued support.
With best regards
Dr Sarbjit Giddey
Present and Future
Rajendar Gupta, University of Alberta
15 Feb 2019
IITaV organised this
networking event on 15th February 2019 at CSIRO, Clayton
, Chemical and Materials Engineering
department, University of Alberta delivered the talk.
With Coal always being a hot topic in Australia, it was
great to have the topic discussed by an eminent
Prof. Gupta completed
his Bachelor’s degree from IIT Kharagpur and Masters
from IIT Delhi and obtained his PhD from the University
of Newcastle, NSW. He has led several research projects
on black Coal at the University of Newcastle and led
Clean Coal theme at the University of Alberta.
This event was attended
by around 30 people comprising of IITaV members, the
staff at CSIRO and Monash University, and students from
Monash University. The event was broadcast via webinar
to audience from other states. It was good to see
interest from the audience in a wide range of fossil
fuels to renewable based energy technologies, as
displayed by an intense debate in favour and against
these technologies from emissions and economics point of
Thanks to Divakar Prasad
for making arrangements with Prof. Gupta for this talk.
@ Jells Park
Its all fun at Jells Park!!! A great picnic
turnout of over 40 Members and their families
ensured everyone had their fair share of fun, food
and fitness. Mouth watering delicacies brought by
our guests filled everyone's plate with South and
North Indian varieties.
The day was
great, with sun up and shining!!! Jells park had
everyone entertained with Men playing a couple of
cricket matches, while Ladies went around for a
Sarbjit Giddey and Ravi Rajasekar for braving the
Sunday early morning sleep to book a nice Marquee
at 5.30AM and a hot cup of Masala Chai at 5.30PM
Dinner @ Lincoln of Toorak
November 11, 2018
Members, Families and Guests celebrated Diwali
festival in a traditional way on 11th
November 2018 at Lincoln
. Over 125 guests started to arrive
from 6.30pm for a pre-event networking, and had
their taste buds tempted by a range of Canapes. It
was charming smiles all around and the gorgeous
guests kept our photographer busy for the evening.
of Ceremonies, Shefali and Divyansh expertly
created a great atmosphere with well organized
events and funny riddles. Sunny Chandra started
the Celebrations by lighting the Diya and Janani
Sridhar followed it up praising their Lordships in
her melodious voice. Chaitanya Arora and Marshie
Rajakumar graced the occasion with their beautiful
dances. All guests had a chance to try their
dancing shoes with Marshie guiding them with her
innovative "anyone-can-dance" moves.
Abhishek performed the Standup comedy. And our
ever-green game hosts Rakesh and Pallavi Saraf
hosted a wonderful set of games for everyone to
participate in. Many thanks from the Committee for
providing a great entertainment to our guests.
A five course sit
down dinner went hand on hand with the cultural
events. IITaV President Dr Sarbjit Giddey thanked
the gathering, and addressed them with further
initiatives as well a summary of past events of
made the occasion grand through
their presence. We take this opportunity to thank
Prof Ajay Kapoor, Dr Steve Bungay and
Prof. Ashok Muthupandian for gracing the function
with their families.
Its been a
wonderful effort by the Committee to put together
this event which was liked by all. Special thanks
to Harvinder Giddey, Divakar Prasad and the whole
team for their tireless hard work without which
the function wouldn't have been a success.
University, Clayton Campus
3rd Oct 2018
is based around a large multi-purpose aerodynamic testing
facility within the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace
Engineering. The Platform supports research, consulting,
industry testing, post-graduate research and training, and
undergraduate teaching endeavours in the field of
aerodynamics and aero-acoustics. Current active areas of
research and industry engagement include ground vehicle
development, UAV and micro UAV, truck, train, building,
sports, yachting, wind engineering, wind energy and
various other fields of aerodynamics. The facility is
available for industry, research and student use (Brief
PhD Opportunities in Australia - Professional
Development of Associate Members
24th August 2018
Several of IITaV
Members participated in a Professional development event
organized by University of Melbourne on ‘Post PhD
Opportunities in Australia,’ for its students and shared
their insights and experiences of settling in Australia
after their IIT stints. Most of the Associate Members of
IITaV are currently studying in University of Melbourne.
Dr Bala Kumble and Dr
Yogendra Vashishtha shared their industrial experiences in
power sector and the scope of research work in electrical,
electronics and telecommunication industry in Australia.
Dr Sarbjit Giddey, Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO
re-emphasised the importance of publications. He briefly
outlined the bright research prospects in Australia and
provided details on how to apply at CSIRO. Dr Sunny
Chandra lent useful insight to the Visa application
process in Australia. The final speaker, Mr. Ravi
Rajasekhar motivated the audience to have a clear
foresight of the future and provided interesting advice on
Earlier in the event,
Prof. Dick Strugnell, the former Pro-Vice Chancellor
(Research and International) delivered the opening address
and Dr Meenakshi Arora provided a detailed guideline on
steps to survive PhD with ease. The event concluded with
vote of thanks from the I2G committee, followed by a
networking session over dinner. The event was attended by
Pulmonary Resuscitation Training Program with RedCross
8th September 2018
First-aid is an important
life-saving skill that everyone of us should have a basic
knowledge. IITaV organized a group training program on
Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation with Red Cross for the
benefit of our Members and their family. Around 20
IITaV Members attended this event.
has kindly agreed to provide 50%
discount for the first 10 STUDENT Members who register for
this program. Please note that this is only applicable to
the students, and not their family members. We will share
the email id of those students who have taken this
discount with Hemant Govekar Foundation for their water
IITaV Vice President Ashok
, Ted Gardner and Don Begbie have recently
edited a book on Approaches
to Water Sensitive Urban Design
Elsevier. It is a comprehensive reference book covering
almost every aspect of the water sensitive urban design
(WSUD) paradigm. The book is divided into ten
themes: history of wsud and wsud approaches;
stormwater quality; design guidelines and regulations;
potential for wsud; ecological health covering impacts and
benefits from wsud; economics and optimisation; urban heat
island and greening the city; capacity building and
community perception for wsud and wsud post implementation
assessment and case studies. These themes are covered in
27 chapters contributed by 67 authors from academia and
industry across the globe. It is anticipated that the book
will be a useful resource for university students,
researchers, engineers, water practitioners,
landscape architects and urban planners.
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sell online, in a physical store or a chain of stores, it
will give ideas and tools that will help you succeed. It
will provide you with insight on the interplay of online and
physical store. In today's age information is omnipresent
and almost freely available, however the practical
applications are far and few.
If you want your business to go upwards and onwards this
book is certainly for you.
Gold Corporate Members
University of Technology is an Australian public
university based in Melbourne, Victoria. Swinburne
operates five campuses in two countries and has an
enrolment of students across vocational,
undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Swinburne houses advanced labs such as Design for
Ageing, Smart Structure and Factory of Future labs.
“Being a corporate member of IITAV, we benefit from
collaborations and industry experts to create a new
forum for engineering students,” Professor
Swinburne has been ranked one of the world's top 400
universities by the prestigious 2015 Academic Ranking of
World Universities (ARWU). This result places
Swinburne among the top 3% of universities in the world.
Swinburne was named one of the world’s top 400
universities by the Times Higher Education University
World Rankings 2014–2015. In 2015, Swinburne was ranked
for the first time in the Times Higher Education Top 100
Under 50 Rankings, an index of the world’s top
universities under the age of 50.
Established in 2002 in
IT develops software products for global markets.
This includes Standalone, Cloud based SaaS, Enterprise,
Line of Business and mobile applications.
Envision IT products are known for their ease of use, high
productivity, efficiency and reliability. Typically, our
products offer an ROI under 3 months.
We are able to achieve this through decades of experience
in industry, developing 100+ innovative projects and
technology alliances (see below). This enables us deliver
products that are seamlessly integrated, diligently
automate tasks and streamline business processes.
Microsoft technologies and agile methodology provide a
base platform for all our projects. The projects however
invariably involve disparate software and hardware from
vendors such as Adobe, Autodesk, Cameras, CISCO, Devices,
Equipment, Hadoop, Hortonworks, IBM, MongoDB, Oracle, Pay
by Phone, RFID, SAP, SenSen Networks, Sensors etc. We
maintain alliances with all major and many niche
Envision IT products has consistently won awards right
from TravelSmart (2004) to Encarp for employee parking
management (FMA 2011 Runners up) to our new product –
Audispect that eases Audits and Inspections and saves
40-85% in routine workload. In addition, we develop
product for global and government organisations that run
their core business.
| The University of Melbourne has
had a long standing involvement with India. During its
formative years, The University of Melbourne received
high recognition when Lord Curzon, the Viceroy of India
(1899-1905), invited Professor Masson, Chair of
Chemistry at The University, to India to advise on the
establishment of the Indian Institute of Science,
Bangalore. Later, at the time of Indian Independence,
Professor David Derham, who was to become Vice
Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, was involved
in drafting the Indian constitution. Today The
University of Melbourne is engaged with the Indian
Institute of Science and the Indian Institutes of
Technology Kanpur, Madras and Kharagpur through the
Melbourne-India Postgraduate Program, which offers
graduate researchers the opportunity to work under joint
supervision with leading academics from The University
of Melbourne and one of the program’s Indian partners.
Currently, the University
of Melbourne has more than 40 IIT alumni either working
as academics or enrolled in PHD. IIT student
association@Melbourne has recently been established. The
University of Melbourne is pleased to join IITaV as a
Corporate member. This collaboration would provide IIT
alumni working/studying at the University of Melbourne
various opportunities to engage with IIT alumni living
IIT Student association @ Melbourne could be
contacted by email or phone:
Mr. Tushar Sikroria (President)
M/ +61 481 796 814
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