Jul 292017
 

The Pune Chapter had a Networking function on 29th July 2017 from 5pm-8pm at Persistent Auditorium. The purpose was to foster interactions between alumni of IITB & also amongst other IIT’s & IIM’s in Pune auditorium. The purpose was to foster interactions between alumni of IITB & also amongst other IIT’s & IIM’s in Pune.Persistent auditorium. The purpose was to foster interactions between alumni of IITB & also amongst other IIT’s & IIM’s in Pune.

1) There was a discussion with Radha Shelat & Raghu Iyer (C’81) from Nevis Networks about the company conducted by Nandkumar Kulkarni (C’74). Nevis Networks is the only Indian player in the NAC (network access control) space – competing with Cisco, HP (Aruba), Forescout, Pulse Secure (Juniper).

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Nevis was founded in 2002 to revolutionise network security by offering security for free with every switch port. It focused on insider threats and internal LAN security. It was among the earliest adopters of the model where fundraising and business development were in the Silicon Valley and Engineering was located in Pune. Ajit Shelat (C 1977, IITB) was the founder from Pune. The company accomplished quite a few technological feats. It built its own Network Processor ASIC, motherboards, and embedded switching and security software together with large management software. The company changed its product definition after Cisco coined the term NAC – Network Access Control – with its acquisition of Perfigo. NAC personified LAN security albeit in a limited sense. Nevis had NAC+.

The company went thru a turbulent phase when the US operations were shut down in 2008-09 and the VCs did not fund $10M more, after funding $75M. Nevis focused on enhancing, promoting and selling its NAC products to large enterprises in APAC/MEA. The company managed to secure marquee customers from the largest private sector banks and financial and education institutes – purely on the founder’s charisma and the merits of the product. The company had a major setback when Ajit Shelat passed away in 2010. With a large staff of highly skilled engineers on its rolls and sales yet to pick up, the pressure was extremely high to get the company funded and keep cash-flows positive and employee morale high. Running a product company in India with Hi-tech products targeted at large enterprises costing big bucks, fighting Indian mindsets and prejudices and keeping employee and investor morale high is what the story was all about.

2) There was an introduction to the Venture Center by Dr. Premnath The venture center is India’s leading science business incubator.

There were about 80 attendees consisting of alumni from IIT’s & IIM’s.

Jul 012017
 

A Student Alumni Meet was organised by the Pune Chapter of Alumni Association and Student Alumni Relations Cell (SARC) under the guidance of the Dean ACR Office, IIT Bombay on 1st of July at Revolution Mall, Kothrud followed by open networking over high tea.

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The event started off with IITBAA COO Ms. Namita Lobo giving the students an insight into the work done by the alumni association.

The alumni representative Mr. Shekhar and student representative Karan Mantri shared their views about the life in IITs.

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Mr. Dulal Panda, who is a faculty at IIT Bombay , shared his insight on how to maintain a good academic record alongside the various activities that students can pursue during their stay in college.

Mr. Suneet Chitale from Pune Chapter also informed the students about the happenings of Pune Chapter. This was followed by an open Q&A session where the incoming freshmen and their parents cleared their various doubts publicly. The event concluded with a networking session over high tea.

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The main motive of the event was to form stronger student alumni relations and clear away the various doubts that the incoming freshmen had.

We saw more than 15 alumni and above 45 students (both current and the to be freshmen) and parents.

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Mar 252017
 

Arvind talks about new research findings about Lifestyle diseases such as Diabetes, Obesity, Lipid Disorder, Cardio Vascular Disease where Insulin Resistance is possibly the root cause for all of them.

Lifestyle diseases have become biggest threat to health. Understanding science behind these disorders in an unbiased manner can remove many misconceptions and give leads on what to do, especially how to prevent these disorders. He tries to explain generally unknown but very important scientific facts about these disorders with an underlying theme that it is the insulin resistance (IR), which is the root cause for all these diseases, which are all clubbed under what is called metabolic syndrome.

He talks about Diabetes 2 in detail and explain how our body gives us a warning about possible diabetes nearly 15 years BEFORE we actually become diabetic. He discusses how diabetes 2 develops and how its origin is in excess and not deficit in Insulin production.

Dec 272016
 

IITBAA Pune Chapter has organized a Classic Rock Music program in Pune on 8th Jan, 2017 from 6pm onwards. The evening includes music, dinner & drinks. We are thankful to Enpro India who’ve partially sponsored this event.

The program shall have Shrikant Awalegaonkar -Ouch (C’79, H5) play the music of bands like Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Cream, CCR, Dire Straits, Led Zeplin, Rolling Stones, ELP, Santana, Doors, Beatles, Steely Dan and many more! Ouch has been entertaining audiences all through his days at IITB and has never stopped since. Alongside his career in IT, he continues to perform regularly with his band in the US, swinging by at his alma mater to get back to his roots and touch base with where it all began.

Ouch has put a number of songs on You tube – 206 videos.

  1. Locomotive Breath- Jethro Tull- at IITB Golden Jubilee celebrations in New York in 2008
  2. Smoke on the water- Deep Purple in 2008
Where: 3rd floor, Hotel Sadanand, Baner Road
When: Sunday, 08 Jan 2017 @ 6pm
Cost: Rs 1500/- per person

This is a PAN IIT event. Spouses & other family interested are welcome. Let us have a rocking time together!


Dec 272016
 

The Y-Point Orchestra will have its next performance in Pune on 7th January 2017. The YPO has been going from strength to strength. In addition to the 3 shows they have had in Pune they have also performed in Delhi in Sept 15 & Goa in Oct 15.

Where:
Bal Shikshan Mandir English Medium School, Mayur Colony, Karve Road
When: Saturday, January 07 @ 5:30pm. Registration starts at 5pm
Cost: Rs 200/- per person

So get ready to enjoy your favourite Old Hindi Songs rendered by some amazingly talented IIT Alumni on the saxophone, accordion, keyboard, guitar etc., accompanying our very own Kishor Kumars, Rafis, Latas and Ashas. The main performance will last for about two hours. Snacks & Tea will be served. IITB Alumni are welcome to invite their families and friends to join the fun evening.

This will be in support of the GREAT Foundation an NGO started by Viney Kirpal a long time teacher at IITB. GREAT Foundation has aimed at providing quality education to the children of low income families attending government schools. They are currently focusing on setting up activity-based Science labs in government schools.

Tickets can be purchased at following locations (10am-6pm)

As the response will probably be more than the seats available please get your tickets as soon as possible.

Jyoti Pardeshi
Great Software Laboratory Private Limited
7th Floor, Amar Arma Genesis,
Baner Road, Baner (Opp Domino’s Pizza)
Pune – 411007
Tel: +91 20 4671 1000

Namrata, Vinod
Sprye Solutions,
Flat #4, Neeti Apartment,
Moreshwar Housing Society,
Baner Road, Pune
Tel: 020-65263999

Vilas Kulkarni’s Studio
Plot No 40 B, Swastishree Society
Chinmay Mission Lane, Near Cosmos Bank
Karvenagar, Pune 411051
Ph: 94220-16005

Ashish Belagali
Acism Software Private Limited,
Dnyanavatsal Commercial Complex (Synerzip building),
Opp. Vanadevi Mandir, Karve road
Karve Nagar, Pune – 411052
Ph: 98900-56365

GREAT Foundation’s appeal for donations

GREAT Foundation Pune, a registered Trust(E/3501) was founded in 2002 by Dr. Viney Kirpal to strengthen the core concepts in Science, Math, and English in less privileged children. A lean organization, it has already worked with 78 schools and over 40,000 students across Maharashtra, Karnataka and Delhi-NCR through its Projects ‘Science is Fun’, ‘Teach to Reach’ and its new flagship program’ Project Udaan’.

Project Udaan, started in May 2016 has 40 less privileged students on board, selected out of 200 who took the entrance test. The project aims to coach bright Std 9 students from government and low fee civic schools in the basic concepts of Physics, Chemistry, Math and Logical Reasoning for 4 years and prepare them for competitive exams such as the JEE.

You will meet the beneficiaries at the event with their parents. A 3-4 minute video will also be screened to help YPO event attendees understand the program better.