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IITaV Newsletter

October 2021 Issue No. 20

President's Message

Dear IIT Alumni, IITaV Members and Corporate Members,

Welcome to this edition of our newsletter that reports on our professional and social events held since the new IITaV committee took over in February 2021. I hope in this difficult period of COVOD-19, everyone is staying safe, and your family and friends are keeping well. We believe that you are also coping well with your work and business arrangements by either working from home or by occasionally attending office. We look forward to the vaccination targets that will enable the government in easing the lockdown restrictions.

First, thanks to members and old corporate members (Swinburne University of Technology, Envision IT and the University of Melbourne) for their continued support. Despite the restrictions and limitation posed by COVID throughout this year, the new committee was able to organise one social event (Holi celebration - keeping up the spirit the IITAV way) and organise a few discussions sessions.

We are pleased to announce that Monash University is our new corporate member.

I sincerely appeal to our members to renew their membership, possibly for 5 years, that enables them to get a significant discount.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank current and preceding committee members and their families for their great contribution and commitment, enabling organisation of professional and social events regularly. My special thanks to the alumni spouses' and the IIT juniors’ group for their efforts and support in the organisation of the events.

I request you all to block your calendar for the Diwali event to be held on November 27th.

Looking forward to your continued support.

Professor Raman Singh
Ph: 03 9905 3671

Holi celebration - keeping up the spirit the IITAV way

21st March 2021

  The traditional IITaV Holi event “Holi Hungama” was our first in person event after a long break due to COVID-19. With a mix of good fortune (relaxation of the lockdown conditions) and planning, IITaV members celebrated Holi this year in the picturesque (see picture below) surroundings of Karkarook Park! The outdoor setting for the event meant we could actually play Holi!

Holi photo 1

Holi photo 2

The chance to meet everyone after a long gap was a welcome break for all who attended. The music with traditional (Rang Barse Bheege Chunarwaali) and new (Balam Pichkaari Jo Tune Mujhe Maari) songs and the tasty South Indian lunch made on the spot added to the enjoyable occasion.

Hopefully our next in-person event is possible later this year and we don’t have to wait for the next Holi Hungama to see each other face to face.

Holi photo 3

Talk - Why is my world upside down and how to take control

Dr Ajay Kapoor
8th July 2021
IITaV organized an philosophical and thought provoking session by Dr. Ajay Kapoor on July 8th over Zoom online.

Dr Ajay Kapoor is a world renowned researcher and has produced over 325 papers/ reports, 3 books, several patents and a university spin-off company. His research work has won many prizes in the UK and Australia, and he is on the editorial board of IMechE Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit. Recently, Prof. Ajay Kapoor was rated within the top 2% of researchers in the world in his subject area. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and the Cambridge Commonwealth Society. He has served as Pro Vice Chancellor at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia and significantly expanded Swinburne’s international research engagement through Joint Research Centres in India, China and Malaysia.

Words of wisdom and insight are always welcome, even more so in the current times. Through a fortunate series of co-incidences, we were lucky to have a talk in early July by Professor Ajay Kapoor, on how to cope with uncertainty and turmoil. Professor Ajay Kapoor is the Vice Chancellor at Chinmaya Vishwa Vidhyapeeth (Kerala, India) and has previously been the Pro Vice Chancellor at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia. His talk was based on the idea that while we all have achieved much success, yet there are times when we feel that this is not enough. This is amplified by the circumstances of the current pandemic which has created yet more uncertainty in our world.

In his talk, Professor Kapoor drew on lessons from the past pandemics to show that this too shall pass! Ideas from eastern spirituality and western philosophy were covered and strategies to achieve success both materially (comfortable life) and mentally (peaceful mind) were examined. There were practical ideas on how to cope with the current turmoil, how to take control and manage ourselves. The best part of the talk was the Q&A section where attendees were able to share their world views as well and share other perspectives on common problems and mentally (peaceful mind).

This event was well attended by over 40 people involving academics, entrepreneurs and people in corporate roles. IITaV President Dr Raman Singh, thanked Dr Ajay Kapoor. IITaV thanks Abaran Deep for arranging the session and being zoom master of the day.

Monash University, New Corporate Member

Monash University with IITAV
   IITaV committee is delighted to welcome Monash University as our new corporate members. Monash University joins our other two Melbourne-based universities (Swinburne University of Technology and The University of Melbourne) as a corporate member. A sincere thanks to the earlier IITAV teams and members who liaised for getting Monash University on-board. Monash University is the youngest among all universities to figure in the top 100 universities of the world. Monash is the home for higher education for the highest number of students among all Australian Universities. Monash has a strong research link with IIT Bombay through the joint program of IITB-Monash Research Academy that generally has nearly 200 PhD students, each of them must have a supervisor each from IIT Bombay and Monash, and each student must spend at least one year at Monash Australia. Each of the Monash Engineering disciplines rank very high among Australian universities and worldwide. IITaV thanks Monash Engineering Dean, Professor Elizabeth Croft and Deputy Dean (External Engagement), Professor Chris Davies, for their appreciation of the corporate membership, and will explore opportunities of mutual benefits.

Upcoming Events - IITAV Academia MeetUp

Monash University with IITAV
   IITaV committee is working out to organize an open event (in-person or online, depending on the COVID restrictions) with the corporate member universities (Melbourne, Monash and Swinburne). The purpose of this event is: (a) for IITaV to provide their perspective of opportunities with academia, and (b) hear from Deans and Deputy Deans about their perspectives

IITAV Branding - Contribution to Victoria - Internships and Innovation ideas


   The branding committee under the leadership of Dr. Murali Sastri is finalising two activities. The aim of these events is to contribute to the Victorian economy.
  • Inspired by our long time member, Mr. Sunny Chandra who has expressed an interest to sponsor a prizes for innovative design in renewable energy sector. IITAV MC felt that similar innovation ideas and designs should be encouraged. We are seeking our members to come up with such concepts for which they would sponsor prizes.
  • The other item is internships to the graduates. As the academic year is ending, we are requesting our members to see if they can accommodate interns in their respective orgganisations during summer.
We are about to conduct a survey inviting the members who would be interested in offering internships to the graduates or sponsor the innovation ideas & prizes to support.

Upcoming Events - Diwali

   IITaV committee is planning to conduct the annual social event of Diwali on November 27th. The planning is in progress to conduct the event in an opern air venue. Please block your calendars to have much awaited fun and entertainment in a safe manner. Please note that this event will be conducted as per the Victorian government norms e.g. fully vaccinated people are allowed.

Diwali announcement 2021

IITaV Gold Corporate Members

Swinburne University Logo
Swinburne 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 Ajay Kapoor, said.

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.

Envision IT Logo Established in 2002 in Melbourne, Envision 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 technology vendors.

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.

 University of Melbourne LogoThe 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 across Victoria.

 Monash University Logo Monash University is the youngest among all universities to figure in the top 100 universities of the world. Monash is the home for higher education for the highest number of students among all Australian Universities. Monash has a strong research link with IIT Bombay through the joint program of IITB-Monash Research Academy that generally has nearly 200 PhD students, each of them must have a supervisor each from IIT Bombay and Monash, and each student must spend at least one year at Monash Australia. Each of the Monash Engineering disciplines rank very high among Australian universities and worldwide.

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Thank you.
IITaV Management Committee

Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) are the premier institutes of engineering education in India.

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