Basant Bahaar 2015 – a musical evening

On the evening of Saturday, the 26th of September 2015, IITians and their families came together to celebrate spring with a musical event, Basant Bahaar. The event took place at the Le Beach Hut Restaurant at Dolls Point.

The attendees were enthralled with a variety of performances including instrumental, poetry, songs and dance. Performers included Lakshmi Abhishek, Uma Ayyar, Sunil Sharma, Anil Verma, Meena Kumar, Dipankar, Shailaja Chandra, Akanksha Srivastava, Abhishek Guru, Ashok Manglick. We thank all the participants for joining and supporting IITAA.

After three hours of exhilarating musical performances and great food, the evening drew to a close with a dance session.

July 2015 Newsletter

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Welcome to the July issue of the IITAA Newsletter for the year 2015. The first event of the year was the annual picnic, which was well attended by long time members. An excellent spot and filled with many fun activities, the event was very well organised by Vishal Verma, ably supported by Sukesh and others.

The year progressed well with Fireside Bytes – an informative event conceptualised by Amit, Ramesh and Satish. We have had an excellent attendance during the opening event that was on ‘3D printing’. Two more events have taken place since then, both well received by members. More details on the events are in the newsletter.

Consistently good turnout to these events is very encouraging, and feedback from members has been exciting. The events have been able to attract non-member IITians as well. We are aspiring to increase the attendance.

More fireside byte events are on the horizon. And of course, our annual musical event is shaping well too. Details to follow.

On the membership front – the average age of membership is coming down with the increase in membership. Personally, it is encouraging to see more and more younger members in the association.

Googlegroups has settled into a great platform for member interaction. If you are not on it, I encourage you to join the group and contribute. IITAA is all about bringing great minds closer to share inspiring ideas and google group is shaping up well for this exchange.

Thanks to Neha for her great efforts in putting together the newsletter and the website. Amit Alampally’s background support to EC in shaping professional events has been phenomenal. Thanks to Vinay for connecting with Anand Deshpande who shared his brilliant experiences and insights at one of the very well attended Fireside Bytes event. Ankit has been getting us new members and fresh ideas about events. Thanks to a great EC. I feel privileged to be part of this EC group and the IITAA itself.

I look forward to continue to serve you. Any ideas or suggestion are most welcome.

Kind Regards,

Samit Chandra
President, IITAA

EVENT UPDATES

All of us face increasing stress in our everyday lives, be it at work or on the home front. It may be as mundane as getting through the day’s to-do lists or more profound as dealing with emergencies, or with disability, long term illness or even loss of family members and friends; we all deal with stress differently. The objective of this event was to give more holistic and philosophical approach to managing stress with both mind and body. Continue reading...

By any measure, Fireside Bytes #3 in early June was a resounding success! 26 IITians and guests participated in an engaging and insightful round-table discussion with Anand Deshpande, CEO of Persistent Systems Inc., a $1 billion company. Continue reading...


UPCOMING EVENTS

The EC is in the midst of organising the following events, and will get in touch with you soon with further details.:

  • Fireside Bytes, Episode 4
  • Annual Musical Event

BLOG UPDATES

  • Seven things you did not know about the IBM Mainframe Computer
    The mainframe was originally designed for multiple users and with multiple levels of security. In comparison, the Windows and UNIX systems were designed for the personal computer, for one man use, and did not have any security as part of the original design. If they had followed similar mainframe security concepts, the current multi- billion dollar computer virus industry would not have existed. Continue reading..

MEMBER ACHIEVEMENTS

Assoc Prof Sri Bandyopadhyay, Materials Sci & Eng UNSW, recently published a research article in the International Journal of Mineral Processing. His work describes the application of dynamic Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) in the identification of fly ash minerals in an epoxy matrix.  The abstract is available here:

doi:10.1016/j.minpro.2015.04.025


Executive Committee

Samit Chandra, President
Satish Chandar, Vice-President
Akanksha Srivastava, Secretary
Ankush Rehan, Treasurer
Ramesh Karnani, Member
Sukesh Ned, Member
Vishal Verma, Member
Ankit Agarwal, Member
Neha Bahl, Member

Our mailing address is:

IITians Association of Australia
12 Waterloo Road
North Epping
Sydney, NSW 2121
Australia

Email: ec@iitaa.org.au

Connect with us:

             Continue reading July 2015 Newsletter

Fireside Bytes, Episode 3 – Cracking the code on successful entrepreneurism, with Anand Deshpande (IIT-KGP)

By any measure, Fireside Bytes #3 in early June was a resounding success! 26 IITians and guests participated in an engaging and insightful round-table discussion with Anand Deshpande, CEO of Persistent Systems Inc., a $1 billion company, and this was accompanied by a delicious dinner served by The Malabar Restaurant in Crows Nest.  We thank Anand for spending his evening with us, and Vinay Singh for the introduction to Anand.

Surprising to some, there was no mention of technology or technical talk during the evening.  Instead, the focus of the discussion was on what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.  Anand was clear that IITians need to further develop selling skills, and he believes such skills can be taught.  When asked whether he preferred to hire IITians, he was candid in saying that IITians upon graduation were too expensive for his firm because of the high salaries paid by firms such as Google and Facebook, but he found them attractive after a few years of experience.

Anand also talked about an ambitious non-profit project designed to create entrepreneurs that he has founded and is leading.  We encourage you to visit his website www.deasra.in and provide Anand with your feedback.

We welcome your ideas and suggestions for future Fireside Byte sessions. Please send them to us at ec@iitaa.org.au.

Thank you

Ramesh Karnani and Satish Chandar.

An engaging and fun evening with Anand Deshpande
(please click on photos to view larger image)

Fireside Bytes, Episode 2 – Managing Stress for Success, with HH Bhakti Rasamrta Swami

Event Background

All of us face increasing stress in our everyday lives, be it at work or on the home front. It may be as mundane as getting through the day’s to-do lists or more profound as dealing with emergencies, or with disability, long term illness or even loss of family members and friends; we all deal with stress differently. The objective of this event was to give more holistic and philosophical approach to managing stress with both mind and body.

The guest speaker for the evening was HH Bhakti Rasamrta Swami, who brought long association with and dedication to the ISKCON movement.

The event was organised by Dr. Ankit Agarwal, and was in continuation of the series launched by Mr. Ramesh Karnani and Mr. Satish Chandra along with the invaluable help from Mr. Amit Alampally on behalf of EC under the banner of “Fireside Bytes”.

The event took place on 20th of April, 2015 at University of Technology (UTS) in the city. Despite powerful storm and heavy rain, nearly 25 IITians and family members got together and enthusiastically participated in the talk and discussion. It is worth mentioning about the sumptuous Vegan Chinese dinner with desert that was loved by all [Virginia Woolf quoted “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well”].

 Key Highlights

  1. The event kick started with a wonderful singing by Ms. Lakshmi, who sang “Kasturi Tilakam” from “Krishna Karnamrutham”. Her singing was appreciated by Swamiji, and all other guests present.
  2. Ankit introduced Swamiji and shared his experience about his association with Swamiji, which dates back to IIT Kanpur days.
  3. Swamiji then gave a comprehensive talk on the topic, starting with the basics of Karma, and moved up and up to the philosophy behind vegetarianism and different modes of nature (goodness, passion, and ignorance). At every stage, he made a link between these philosophies and success that can be achieved without stress.
  4. Discussion and Q&A followed Swamiji’s talk, and went up to 45 minutes as compared to 15 minutes planned earlier. One can imagine the level of inquisitiveness among people present over there.
  5. Satish concluded the session by highlighting the major achievements of IITAA, and appealed all the IITians non-members to join the association.
  6. A sumptuous Vegan Chinese dinner was served after the event, which gave enough time for hanging out with IIT mates.

It was a great evening altogether.

Please click below to watch the talk:

Seven things you did not know about the IBM Mainframe Computer

  1. The mainframe is 100% immune to all computer viruses. The mainframe was originally designed for multiple users and with multiple levels of security. In comparison, the Windows and UNIX systems were designed for the personal computer, for one man use, and did not have any security as part of the original design. If they had followed similar mainframe security concepts, the current multi- billion dollar computer virus industry would not have existed.
  2. Programs written for the first generation mainframe 50 years back will still run on the latest 13th generation mainframe the z13. IBM has been maintaining downward compatibility for every new release of hardware and software.
  3. More than 80% of the world’s corporate data resides on the mainframe. When you buy something in a supermarket, use a mobile phone, make an online payment, attend an entertainment event, the chances are that the transaction is processed on a mainframe
  4. The mean time between failures of IBM mainframes is around 30 years. The z in front of the Hardware name (z10, zEC2, z13) and mainframe operating system (z/OS) stands for ‘zero downtime’. The systems are designed with several layers of redundancies and backups built in. If a component fails, it can be swapped out without affecting the availability of the system.
  5. UNIX runs as an integral part of the z/OS operating system. The mainframe supports all “modern” technologies like web services, SOA, SOAP, Java, JVMs, EJBs, C/C++, SSL and XML.
  6. The mainframe accounts for as much of 35% of the IBM’s operating profit
  7. The latest 13th generation of the mainframe, the z13, uses the most powerful processor on the planet according to IBM. The z13 supports up to 8000 Linux images simultaneously for cloud computing. For the mobile economy the z13 does real-time encryption and can process 2.5 billion transactions per day. The z13 is capable of analysing transactions in “real time” and will be able to help prevent fraud as it is occurring. For the z13, IBM spent over 1 billion dollars and five years of development and with more than 500 new patents.

Some IT pundits have been predicting the death of the mainframe for the past more than 25 years, but it is still alive and well.

About the Author:

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Rama Ayyar is an IIT Kanpur alumni (1974 Batch M.Tech Computer Science). He is an IT Consultant based in Sydney, Australia. Rama has co-authored 11 IBM Redbooks on different IBM Mainframe topics. He is one of the founding members of HCL India.

April 2015 Newsletter

Dear IIT Alumni,

Welcome to the April issue of the IITAA Newsletter for the year 2015. IITAA kicked off the events for 2015 with the inaugural edition of ‘Fireside Bytes’ – a series of ‘theme-based’ networking events and workshops. This was followed by a family picnic on Sunday March 15, 2015 at Lake Parramatta Reserve. The events were a great success with attendees including members, families and friends. Detailed reports of these events are included in the newsletter.

We welcome new members who have recently joined IITAA:

Mr. Sai Chand – IIT Roorkee 2014
Mr. Neeraj Saxena – IIT Bombay, 2013
Mr. Harshad Ranadive – IIT Bombay, 2008

We invite and encourage all members to contribute and share ideas to make IITAA more successful. Please lookout for updates on our website and blog. We encourage you to subscribe to the blog so that you do not miss out any updates. 
 
Kind Regards,
IITAA Executive Committee


EVENT UPDATES

IITAA event calendar had a fantastic start to the year with the inaugural edition of ‘Fireside Bytes’ – a series of ‘theme-based’ networking events and workshops. Continue reading..

  • Annual Picnic 2015
    IITAA event calendar had a fantastic start to the year with the inaugural edition of ‘Fireside Bytes’ – a series of ‘theme-based’ networking events and workshops. Continue reading..

UPCOMING EVENTS

Fireside Bytes, Episode 2: The Stress Menace – Managing Stress for Success

Have you ever thought of taking a more holistic or philosophical approach to managing stress with both mind and body? Please join us over dinner, for our second in the series of exclusive ‘Fireside Bytes’ event to be held on Monday 20 April. This event is coordinated by our very own Dr. Ankit Agarwal and our guest speaker for the evening will be His Holiness Bhakti Rasamitra Swamy. Continue reading..


BLOG UPDATES

  • So What, If…………..?
    We are IITians, the icons of meritocracy. Thanks to the media – national and international, the hype is enormous. The IITs are great success stories; everyone ought to be proud. Continue reading..

IITAA FINANCIAL MEMBERS

The financial members of IITAA are now listed at the website. If you have not yet renewed your membership, please do so here.


Executive Committee

Samit Chandra, President
Satish Chandar, Vice-President
Akanksha Srivastava, Secretary
Ankush Rehan, Treasurer
Ramesh Karnani, Member
Sukesh Ned, Member
Vishal Verma, Member
Ankit Agarwal, Member
Neha Bahl, Member

Our mailing address is:

IITians Association of Australia
12 Waterloo Road
North Epping
Sydney, NSW 2121
Australia

Email: ec@iitaa.org.au

Connect with us:

            

Fireside Bytes, Episode 2: The Stress Menace – Managing Stress for Success

All of us face increasing stress in our everyday lives, be it at work or on the home front. It may be as mundane as getting through the day’s to-do lists or more profound as dealing with emergencies, or with disability, long term illness or even loss of family members and friends; we all deal with stress differently.

 Have you ever thought of taking a more holistic or philosophical approach to managing stress with both mind and body?

 Please join us over dinner, for our second in the series of exclusive ‘Fireside Bytes‘ event to be held on Monday 20 April. This event is coordinated by our very own Dr. Ankit Agarwal and our guest speaker for the evening will be His Holiness Bhakti Rasamitra Swamy.

 His Holiness brings a long association with and dedication to the ISKCON Movement (see the link on the flyer for more background information). This exclusive presentation for IITAA members and guests focuses more on the philosophical aspects, looking at ways to incorporate simple things in our day to day, that will go a long way in addressing stress. Do share the attached flyer with other IITians and friends.

 “byte-sized” details:

Date: Monday 20th April 2015 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm start
Location: UTS Ultimo (room details will be sent closer to the day)
Registration: $15 for IITAA Members and Guests (to cover costs of catering)
RSVP by Thursday 16th April (for catering purposes): Satish.Chandar@bsolve.com.au

Payment please direct debit to IITAA Bank Account:
IITians Association of Australia, BSB: 062-336, Account # 10131881
Do include in transaction detail: ” FB2+”your name” (for example, “FB2 SChandar”).
Please also forward the bank receipt to the above email to help us track the payment.

FB02

As Ramesh and I, along with invaluable help from Amit Alampally on behalf of EC, launch these series of events under the banner of  “Fireside Bytes”, we continue to look for ideas that would excite you to attend these sessions; also, any volunteer assistance is most welcome. Separately we are in the process of sending out a survey to all of you to gather more inputs. We can be reached at EC@iitaa.org.au or directly at ramesh@karnani.org or satish.chandar@bsolve.com.au.

We are anticipating a terrific turn-out, and we hope to see many of you at this exciting event!

Stop Stressing, Start Living….

With Kind Regards on behalf of EC
Satish Chandar and Ramesh Karnani