IITAV Newsletter
  December 2014                                                                                         Issue No. 11

Message from the IITAV President

Dear IITAV colleagues and friends,

Welcome to our newsletter. It includes reports on three recent events which cover some of our professional, social and networking activities during a busy period for our Committee. My thanks to the whole team for the success of these events through your hard effort and commitment and the enthusiastic support of our members.

I am happy to report that our membership has grown to nearly seventy and the participation rate in our activities is showing a healthy growth. The Diwali cruise on the Yarra had more than 100 attendees, yet another first for our young organisation.

Our association relies entirely on voluntary effort and we welcome our members’ inputs always. The Committee is reviewing IITAV’s membership policies to make membership even more attractive and our operations easier to manage.

Meanwhile, the euphoria surrounding Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s impressive visit to Australia in November continues. We were happy to be a Participating Organisation for the community event in Sydney which helped interested members obtain tickets for the hugely oversubscribed event. Several IITians also attended other high profile events in Melbourne and Sydney.

As we approach the end of another eventful year, please attend our “My IIT Reminiscences event” on Wednesday, 10th December 6-8pm. It will be great to have you share your IIT memories. Details of the event are included in this Newsletter.

With my best wishes for the approaching festive season and a Happy and Prosperous New Year,

Raj Rajakumar

Dr. Raj Rajakumar
Mob: 0432 474 385


 Discover the Path to Business Growth - An Interactive Workshop 

A buzzing event with lots of networking was organised on 30th September 2014 at Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn. Steve Woods, Director of Roaring Success, and our IITAV members Abaran Deep, Partner – Business Strategy & Optimisation, PCI Group and Sanjiv Bhasin, Director, Bestech Australia, participated in this session.


The goal of the event was to develop strategies that would help the respective businesses of our IITAVians, with assistance from Steve and the audience. More than 20 IITAV Members and non-members were present at the event.

Steve Woods started the session with a presentation of 9-sided growth cube, which covered several business strategies, product innovation and market penetration. Abaran and Sanjiv provided an overview of their respective businesses and presented one of their organisation's goals that they sought advice on.


The audience brainstormed these two goals to provide several, wide-ranging solutions. Given the problem and possible solutions, Steve, with the help of his tools, dissected these in a methodical manner to provide a few options that Abaran and Sanjiv could use to achieve their goals.


The feedback from the audience was very positive and the event provided a good networking opportunity. Many thanks to Swinburne University, IITAV Corporate member for providing us the venue.

Informal Networking Event

You may remember that in our August newsletter, we mentioned the successful informal event organised by IITAV in the Melbourne CBD. Following the interest, Nikhil Kumar organised another informal catchup at The Elephant and Wheelbarrow, Melbourne on 19th August 2014. It was even better with a number of new members attending the event and a few alumni joined IITAV on that day.


After a brief networking session, IITAV President Raj Rajakumar welcomed all new members. The new members were given an opportunity to share their ideas for development of IITAV and they floated several interesting ideas.


 The event provided a relaxed atmosphere at the end of a busy day and it was heart-warming to see so many turning up to meet fellow Alumni.


 IIT Delhi has signed an MoU with the Mauritius Research Council (MRC) to facilitate setting up a research academy in Electrical, Electronics and Computer Science Engineering at Mauritius. MRC aims to develop this academy to a world class research platform by attracting talents from around the world. (More )

IIT Delhi's industrial arm, "Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer" and IISc Bengaluru had signed agreements with French defence major, Safran, to collaborate on the research and development of the next generation aerospace technologies. (More )

  Entrepreneurs from IITs  are attracting more Venture Capitalists to provide financial support for their novelty and innovation. IITs have ranked 4-th in the list of top 50 universities whose entrepreneurs are backed by Ventrure Capitalists. This list was compiled by PitchBook, a global private equity and venture capital data research firm. It can be noted that IITs were ranked 10-th in last year's compilation. (More )

We welcome Devindra Weerasooriya, Manjit Lekhi,  Suresh Banaswadi, Uday Dubey, Vipin Gaindhar and Vishal Aggarwal into our family of IITAV Members. We also  take this opportunity to thank all Members for their continued participation in IITAV activities.

  Raj Rajakumar(President)
  Ravi Singh (Vice-President)
  Dilip Desai (Secretary)
  Rachana Kaudinya(Treasurer)
  Nikhil Kumar
  Abaran Deep
  Kapil Talwar
  Rakesh Saraf
  Sridhar Karuppasami

More information on the Committee members can be found here

We take this opportunity to thank everyone for their contributions. Special thanks to our Committee Members, Kapil Talwar, Dilip Desai and Raj Rajakumar for their efforts in producing this newsletter.

To help us improve the newsletter, please send your feedback and contributions (news, views and memories) for the next issue to mail@iitav.org.au or Contact Sridhar (Mob: 0423 587 163, kprsridhar@yahoo.com). Previous editions of the newsletter are available here .

Members are also requested to update their profiles at our website.

Thank you.

Sridhar  Karuppasami
(On behalf of the IITAV Committee)


Informal Networking Event Invitation, 10th December 2014

Let’s celebrate the end of year by remembering our good old (golden) IIT experiences – memories which could be happy, sad, funny, stressful …….. unique to growing up at your IIT.
Please come prepared to share one memory from your IIT experience.    

Snacks and non-alcoholic drinks would be available for purchase at Juliana’s Café. A special snack plate with a drink (tea, coffee or a soft drink can) would be available at a low price… thanks to IITAV member Sunny Chandra.

                                              Reminiscences  Where: Juliana’s Café, 1 Sydney Road (Cnr Moreland Road), Coburg
When:  Wednesday, 10th December 2014.  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Contact:  Nikhil Kumar (0417 103 795) and Dr Raj Rajakumar (0432 474 385)
by email to mail@iitav.org.au

Travel Directions:
Train (Recommended) - Upfield Line, Moreland Station. (Juliana's Cafe is only 150 metres along Moreland Road)
Trams - #19 (Stop 28) and #8(Stop 132)
Car Parking - There is enough car parking on side streets around the cafe. Parking is not allowed on Sydney Rd or Moreland Rd from before 6PM.




   To celebrate Diwali this year, and with IITAV's desire to host events that are universally enjoyed, the Association's    Committee members decided to experiment with something very different. On Sunday, 19 October, IITAV hosted a four hour evening cruise on the Yarra river.

The event was in the making for months, drawing on the gifted planning and organisational skills,and hard work, of families of Committee members Rakesh Saraf and Ravi Singh and their lovely wives, respectively, Pallavi Saraf and Sangeeta Singh. Thanks to them, the cruise company, dance and music arrangements, cultural programming, catering and decorations were greatly enjoyed by about 105 attendees. The event was booked out well before the deadline. 


    The boat, Yarra Queen,  started at Federation Wharf and cruised up river, passing the Botanical Gardens and sporting stadiums. Accompanying was a beautiful sunset, balmy weather, Bollywood music and dance, friends, delicious food and a spontaneous birthday party of Sameer Babbar, who brought a large, delicious cake.


The event started with a short welcome speech by IITAV President Raj Rajakumar. The MCs, Sangeeta Singh and  Pallavi Saraf excelled and the evening was a continuous flow of festivities.  A melange of spontaneous performers filled the evening. Aditi Ghumman, Ramona Bhattacharya, Nishka Kesarwani, Chaitanya Arora, Kokil Gupta, Radhey Shyam Gupta, B P Suresh, Eshan Gaindhar and Prachi Gaindhar entertained the crowd with their melodies and dance tunes. You couldn't resist moving your feet to the beat of these talented performers in our midst. It's probably a good idea for IITAV to organise a musical festival/competition.


There was also considerable enjoyment from playing Bingo and Raffles; with Gold Class Tickets as prizes. Overall, the event was unanimously considered a success, and the Committee is already excited about organising the next major social events. More photos from Diwali Dinner can be found here.  


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