Jun 222016

We are happy to announce the 2nd annual bridge tournament held annually in memory of Late Prof M S Kamath, who as many of us would remember was a great bridge enthusiast himself. This is a PAN-IIT Bridge Championship Tournament for alumni members of all IITs and their friends/relatives. This event is sponsored by GS Lab.

This tournament is a pairs/trios (2-3 participants per team) event and atleast one participant in the team must from an IIT (any IIT, not just IIT Bombay) or related to an IIT alumnus (spouses, parents, children). It will be held over 2 sessions. Complimentary Lunch and tea/coffee will be served.

The following prizes will be awarded to the winning teams. A team can claim the prize in only one category.

  • Pan IIT category – 3 prizes: Rs. 2500 / 1500 / 500
  • Open category – 5 prizes: Rs. 2500 / 2000 / 1500 / 1000 / 500
PYC Gymkhana
Off Bhandarkar Road
Deccan Gymkhana
When: Sunday, 24 July, 10am-5pm
Cost: Rs 300/- per pair, Rs 450/- per trio

This is a PAN IIT event. Spouses & other family interested are welcome.

May 032016

In our endeavour to get interesting speakers, the IITBAA Pune Chapter invited Navin Kabra to talk on 16th April 2016.

In his words…
Modern life is quite different from the world our parents grew up in; and a lot of what we do in our lives and careers has no parallels in what they did. So it appears that we’re on our own as far as navigating this new world is concerned. I take timeless advice from the Gita and show how, with appropriate mappings to modern concepts, the advice is surprisingly effective. And I show how it parallels advice from modern gurus like Marc Andreessen, Paul Graham, and Scott Adams. I also try to provide empirical/scientific backing from the work of researchers in the areas of psychology, sociology, and game theory.

This is not about ancient-India-was-great, but practical, useful tips to bring order to the chaos of the internet-enabled life. We’ve all grown up hearing quotes from the Gita (including Karmanye vaadhikaraste). Some years ago, I decided to seriously read the Gita and then see what parts of it could actually be applied to modern life, and whether any of it appeals to my (modern/western/atheistic) sensibilities.

In the talk, I’ll pick out selected passages from the Gita (there’s a lot I rejected as not being relevant to this talk, and to my sensibilities as a materialistic atheist). For each one of those, I will give examples of situations from entrepreneurship, or professional/family relationships, or even simply social media management, and who how the Gita’s wisdom is a useful framework to evaluate alternative courses of action. For each, there will also be examples of advice from modern gurus, or scientists/researchers that is roughly equivalent.

Mar 072016

In an attempt to improve interaction between alumni of IITB & also amongst other IIT’s in Pune we will be having a function every quarter. The purpose is Facilitating serendipity.
Serendipity is the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.
You will be able to Network with other IITans. Be it helping with your career, business or leisure, alumni can help each other much more than anyone else because of the common roots they share.
There are about 1,900 alumni of IITB in Pune. We do not have figures for alumni from other IIT’s. Could be about 200+ from each.

The first function is planned for 12th March 2016 at GS Lab terrace at 5.30pm. We are expecting a lot of participation from younger alumni.

There will initially be a Q & A session with Vinayak Joglekar (C1977, Mech. IITB; C1981 IIMC) Founder & CTO, Synerzip (http://synerzip.com/) on his experience in building a software product development company.
The session will cover issues such as
What was his motivation for starting an enterprise?
How did he come up with a business idea?
What was his experience when starting up, specifically around building the team and the MVP?
How did he raise the required capital?
How did he reach out/market the product/service to customers?
Were there any moments of doubt?
What advice would he like to give to entrepreneurs who want to start a venture ?

Registration is neccesary. The function is open for alumni from all IIT’s. Every alumnus can also bring one other person who is interested in networking but not an IIT alumnus.
The damages are Rs 200 per head including a light dinner. Beer will be available for purchase at the venue.
A list of alumni who have registered will be available on the registration page so please register early.

Venue: GS Lab Terrace, 9th Floor, Amar Arma Genesis, Above Food Bazaar. Baner Road.
Date and time: Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 5.30pm

Please register here: iitbaapune.in/networking.

Feb 262016

The IITBAA Pune Chapter had invited Dr Aniruddha Joshi to talk on digitising Nadi Parikshan. (www.atreyaonline.com)

Aniruddha is a PhD in CS from IITB in 2011. His specialization is data analysis and biomedical signal processing. He received a CSIR fellowship during his PhD, and a further grant to a develop a prototype from his thesis concept to digitize the wrist Pulse. He has formed a company to develop a new-age wearable technology by combining ancient personalized medical science with modern approaches. He has two patents and more than 15 papers in international journals and conferences.

Aniruddha shared the motivation and technology behind the development of healthcare gadget for lifestyle disorders and wellness indications. How the concept was taken shape into the current form, salient features of the gadget and its future scope.