VITAA SALUTES THE LIVING LEGEND Dr. G.

Viswanathan, Chancellor for receiving the honorary doctorate from West Virginia University, USA (May 2009)

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FROM CHANCELLOR’S DESK Dear Alumni Members, There is no better way to start the New Year than by reflecting on what has taken place over the last year and that is by setting up new goals for the upcoming year. It is heartening to note that our Silver Jubilee year has indeed been a year of success with the series of International Conferences and the grand success of our maiden graVITas‘09 - an International knowledge carnival as well as the annual Riviera ‘09- an International cultural and sports fest to name just a few. The crowning glory can be said to be the prestigious ABET Accreditation that is yet another feather to our cap. Now, we must strive towards becoming on par with the top universities of the world. Our goal should be from VIT to IIT to MIT. Dr.G.Viswanathan I appreciate the strong ties that you have maintained with your Alma Mater and cherish the bond between you and VIT University. You are our brand ambassadors and you always extended your valuable support Chancellor to the university which we treasure immensely. I wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year. PRO - CHANCELLOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, This Silver Jubilee year was memorable in many ways with all the international conferences and the resounding success of our first graVITas -‘09. The Silver Jubilee celebrations gave us an added impetus to bond with each and every VITian. Looking back at these 25 years fills me with a sense of awe and nostalgia as well. You, as alumni, with your strong bonding have played a valuable role in this success of VIT University. I look forward to our annual get-together of VITAA. The rapport we have built is indeed heartwarming and ever-lasting and to put it in simple words, Once a VITian ........ Always a VITian Mr. Sekar Viswanathan See you soon at VIT... Pro-Chancellor

PRO - CHANCELLOR’S MESSAGE Dear Alumni, The Silver Jubilee year marks yet another milestone in the success story of VIT. But characteristically we, at VIT, never rest on our laurels, but set our bench marks higher and higher. It was Roosevelt who said that “Dreams are dime a dozen........ it is their execution that counts”. At VIT we not only dream but also strive hard to make our dreams come true. I wish all your dreams come true in this NEW YEAR 2010. Mr. G.V. Selvam Pro-Chancellor VICE CHANCELLOR’S MESSAGE Dear, You, The alumni, of VIT play a prominent role in the continuous success of VIT University. I would like to express my warm appreciation for the strong support you extend to your Alma Mater. Wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year. Dr. D.P.Kothari Vice Chancellor VITAA CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE This Silver Jubilee year has been a year marked with accolades for our Honorable Chancellor, VIT University and VITAA as well. VITAA chapters abroad have shown exemplary interest to execute several activities for the society at large. We need to replicate the best practices of those VITAA chapters in all the other chapters in India and abroad. VITAA is proud of you and in turn it becomes our duty to make VITAA proud. Let us all welcome 2010 and have yet another year of remarkable VITAA activities. Mr. P.Srikanth Chairman, VITAA

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VITAA ACTIVITIES S-JAM (SILVER JUBILEE ALUMNI MEET) S-JAM (Silver Jubilee Alumni Meet), the annual alumni gettogether celebration in the Silver Jubilee year of VIT University was a huge success with around 3000 alumni with their family members from abroad and from all parts of the country participating. This event was conducted on 25th & 26th Jan. 2009 at VIT.

Chancellor addressing the gathering

Photograph taken during the Reunion of 1988 batch

Our beloved Chancellor Dr.G.Viswanathan, Pro-Chancellors Mr.Sekar Viswanathan & Mr.G.V. Selvam and Core group members of VITAA were present and former VITAA Office bearers also participated.
VITAA former Presidents & the current Office Bearers of VITAA presenting a memento to Chancellor

VIT Students Cultural performance

Reunion of the 1st batch (1988 batch passed out), visit to Golden temple, stage show by Mr. S.Ve.Sheker and troupe were organized. VITAA Distinguished alumni awards and VITAA Scholarship awards were distributed. The former Principals, Registrars, Vice-Chancellors, senior faculty and staff members were honoured during the inaugural ceremony. This was followed by various cultural programs, lunch and dinner. A Souvenir kit was distributed to VITAA members who attended the celebration.

Stage show by S.Ve. Sheker & troupe
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A section of the audience

VITAA DAY - Every Year on January 26 at VIT. DON’T MISS IT !
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VITAA DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARDS VITAA Distinguished Alumni Awards are given to the most successful alumni of our University, every year. Alumni who have made significant contributions / achievements in the field of Entrepreneurship, Education & Research, Social Development and Corporate career are eligible for the award.Chancellor distributed the VITAA Distinguished Alumni Awards for the year 2008-09 on 26th Jan.2009 to the following successful alumni. Congrats ! - Distinguished Alumni - 2009

Entrepreneurship Mr. G. Srinivasan (1997 MBA), Managing Director, V.A.G Group of Companies, Vellore.

Every year the VIT Alumni Association provides scholarship awards to the students based on Merit-cum financial need. This year the award consisting of Rs.10,000 and a certificate each were distributed on 26th Jan. 2009 to the following final Corporate career year students: Mr. K.K. Giri (1989 ECE) - Ms. P. Kalaiselvi, M.Sc. General Manager- Semiconductor & Biotechnology - Mr. Santosh Kumar, System Solutions, Wipro B.Tech Chemical Engg. with Technologies, Bangalore. dual degree (IT) and - Mr. J. Mohan babu, MCA. VITAA BOOK BANK SCHEME Books were collected from the alumni members and students towards the VITAA Book Bank Scheme. Our Pro-Chancellors Mr.Sekar Viswanathan & Mr. G.V.Selvam handed over the books to the librarian. Around 1150 books were donated to the library on 9th June 2009.
Pro-Chancellors and VITAA Office bearers handing over the books to librarian

Social Development Mr.J.L. Eswarappan (2001 Mech), Municipal Chairman, Arcot, Vellore Dist.

Education & Research - Mr. S. Muthuchezhian (1988 Mech), Scientist / PSLV-C11 / Chandraayan, ISRO, Sriharikota. VITAA SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

FELICITATION TO HONOUR OUR BELOVED CHANCELLOR DR.G.VISWANATHAN BY VITAA VITAA organized a felicitation function on 27th June 2009 in Image Auditorium, Chennai to honour our beloved Chancellor Dr.G.Viswanathan for receiving a honorary doctorate from West Virginia University, USA. Around 1200 members comprising alumni, staff and their families and VIT students participated. Hon’ble Thiru.Vayalar Ravi, Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs launched the website on our Honourable Chancellor Dignitaries on stage during the (www.velloregv.com)
Felicitation function

VITAA former Presidents & the current Office Bearers of VITAA presenting a memento to Chancellor during the Felicitation function

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Hon’ble Shri. Vayalar Ravi, Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, Hon’ble Thiru. Arcot N. Veerasamy, Minister for Electricity, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, Hon’ble Thiru. Durai Murugan, Minister for PWD & Law, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, Thiru. N. Ram, Editor-inChief, “The Hindu” group of publications, Dr.V.Shanmugasundaram, First Vice Chancellor, Manonmaniyam Sundaranar University participated and felicitated our Chancellor.
Mr. Pugazhendi (1989 Mech) presenting a memento to Chancellor along with other VITAA members

VITAA Chennai Chapter members along with Chancellor Chancellor with VITAA Chennai chapter members A Section of the audience during the Felicitation function

VITAA AUTOCAD TRAINING PROGRAMME VITAA and School of Mechanical and Building Sciences jointly organized a 5 day AutoCAD training programme for Mechanical & Civil Engg. students from 17th to 21st Aug.2009 in CDMM lab, VIT Campus. 73 students had participated and Director (Admin.), Director- SMBS & VITAA Office Bearers benefited. along with the students who attended the Training Mr. Parthasarathy, certified Programme AutoCAD trainer conducted the training The classes were conducted in two batches. Both sessions on the “Basics of theory and hands-on training were provided. Certificates were distributed to the students on the AutoCAD”. successful completion of the training. “JOURNEY TO EXCELLENCE”, ONE DAY MOTIVATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMME

Trainer addressing the students

Prof.S. Narayanan, Director (Admin.) presenting the certificate to one of the students during the valedictory programme as Prof. A. Senthil Kumar Director- SMBS, Mr.P. Srikanth, Chairman, VITAA & Prof.V.G.Sridhar, Secretary-General, VITAA look on.

“Journey to Excellence”, a one - day motivational training programme for Govt. School teachers of Vellore district was organized on 6th Oct. 2009 in VIT to help them achieve 100% results in 10th & 12th standards. Chancellor Dr.G.Viswanathan inaugurated the programme. Chief Guest Dr. Periyar Dhasan (retd. Prof. Pachaiyappa‘s College, Chennai) addressed the gathering. Seven parallel sessions (subject-wise) were conducted in the afternoon with information about the best practices and best teaching methods shared by teachers who had achieved 100% results. Around 1300 teachers participated and benefited. 6

Chancellor addressing the gathering in the presence of dignitaries and VITAA Office Bearers

VITAA TROPHY - T-20 CRICKET MATCHES ( VITAA - VIT CHAPTER Vs VIT FACULTY & STAFF MEMBERS )
VITAA organized T-20 Cricket Matches for VITAA members (VIT Chapter) and VIT Faculty Staff members at VIT Stadium on 19th October 2009. Totally, four teams participated and the players had participated with full enthusiasm. Two league matches were conducted and the winners of the league matches met in the final.

Pro-Chancellor Mr.G.V.Selvam during the VITAA Trophy match

Pro-Chancellor presenting the Trophy to the winning team

The team led by Mr.Subaji was the winner while the team led by Mr.Samuel Rajkumar was the runner-up. The other two teams were led by Prof.Janardhan Reddy and Prof.Sudesh. Pro-Chancellor Mr.G.V. Selvam participated in the prize distribution ceremony and presented the VITAA rolling trophy to the winners. VITAA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING The VITAA Core group Office bearers and the Executive Committee members participated in the VITAA half yearly Executive Committee meeting held on 29th Nov. 2009 in the University Interview room. VITAA future activities, updation of VITAA website and planning towards the successful conduct of the VITAA Day 2010 were discussed. THREE DAYS WORKSHOP ON “BIOMEDICAL SIGNAL PROCESSING USING MATLAB” A three - day workshop on “ Biomedical Signal Processing using MATLAB ” was organized by the Biomedical Engineering Division of SBST & VITAA. It was conducted by Cardea Labs, a start up venture represented by Mr. Abhinav, a VIT Alumnus. A total of fifty students registered for the workshop which was held from 11th to 13th December, 2009. Three experts from Cardea Labs and a professor from IIT Delhi conducted the workshop. Dr. T. Lazar Mathew, Director, SBST & SR, inaugurated the workshop in the presence of Mr. Srikanth, Chairman-VITAA , Mr.V.G. Sridhar, Secretary General - VITAA, Mr. Aslam Sheriff, Core Committee Member - VITAA, Mr. Krishna Kumar, Alumni officer. The Guest of Honour Ms.D. Malathi (1990 batch ECE alumni), Director - Sai’s BioSciences ResearchInstitute Pvt. Ltd., Mr.Abhinav of Cardea Labs receives the certificate of appreciation from Dr. Lazar Mathew, Chennai sponsored Rs.10,000/- for the event. alongside are Prof. V. G. Sridhar & Dr. S. Sudesh of VITAA The workshop had six technical sessions and one interactive session. Dr. S. Sudesh, Assoc.Prof. SBST (VITAA - VIT Chapter Convener), the organizing secretary of the workshop, thanked SBST and VITAA for their cooperation in making the workshop a grand success. 7

REUNION OF 1989 BATCH ALUMNI Reflections 20: The Reunion of 1985-89 alumni with their family members was organized on 26 th & 27th Dec. ’09 in VIT University . Around 120 alumni and their families participated. The meeting started with the address of the Chancellor and Pro-Chancellors. The alumni recalled with gratitude the services of the faculty and staff who were part of the institution during 1985-89. This was followed by a tour of the VIT campus and a cultural programme. Sharing of memories happened all through the two -day event. Alumni members generously contributed to the VIT Corpus fund. Boarding and lodging was arranged by the Alumni Office within campus which the alums enjoyed.

Chancellor addressing the gathering

A section of audience

1989 batch alumni members with Chancellor and Vice Chancellor 8

VIT CORPUS FUND- AN INVITATION TO WATER THE ROOTS You are requested to donate generously to the VIT Corpus fund and support its initiative towards various social activities. Let us give back to the cradle that nurtured us, whatever we can, whenever we can. Please contact VITAA office for further details. VITAA thank the following (alumni) proud donors of VIT Corpus fund Donated Rs.1,00,000/- and above Mr. J.L. Eswarappan, 2001 Mech. Mr. P. Srikanth, 1990 ECE Mr. M. Pugazhendi, 1989 Mech. Mr. B. Chittibabu, 1990 Civil Mr. S. Sivaraman, 1990 Mech. Donated Rs.50,000/- and below Mr. D. Venkaatesh, 1990 Civil Mr. G. Balaji, 1988 Mech Mr. S. Ajay, 1996 MBA Mr. V.G. Sridhar, 1993 Mech Mr. K. Adhavan Prakash, 1990 ECE Mr. T. Sivachandran, 2001 Civil Mr. D. Vetrivel, 1997 Mech. Mr. R. Balaguru, 2006 B.Tech Biotech Mr. C. Mohan, 1990 Civil Mr. P. Kalaiselvan, 2001 Civil Ms. D. Malathi, 1990 ECE Donated Rs.50,000/- and below Mr. Umashankar, 1990 Mech Ms. Subashini, 2003 MBA Mr. Sathish Rajamani, 1996 Mech Mr. Gopi, 1990 Civil Mr. Ramkumar, 1990 ECE Donated Rs. 5,000/- and below Mr. K.K. Giri, 1989 ECE Mr. Kishore Babu. R, 1989 ECE Mr. J. Sridhar, 1990 Mech Mr. S.Velmurugan, 1992 Mech Ms. P. Valli, 1989 ECE Mr. J. Balaji, 2003 CSE Mr. R. Bakthavachalam, 2000 ME CAD Dr. D. Ashok, Associate Professor, VITBS Mr. Prakash. V, 2008 M.Tech Mr. V. Kumaran, 1988 Mech Mr. T.V. Karthik Rangarajan, 2004 ECE Mr. Uday Prashanth, 2007 ECE

GUEST LECTURES ORGANISED BY VITAA FOR SMBS FACULTY MEMBERS A guest lecture was jointly organised by VITAA and the School of Mechanical & Building Sciences for the SMBS faculty members on 3rd Aug.2009 in the Smart class room, CDMM. Around fifteen faculty members participated. Dr. Parivallal, a renowned trainer and Executive Director of The Training People India (Bangalore) delivered guest lecture on “Stretch Yourself” (Overcome Hurdles in Research - An Effective way of planning) guiding all the faculty members in the successful completion of their research.

Dr. Parivallal addressing the participants

BY RAJ BANERJEE (1997 MBA ALUMNI) Raj Banerjee (1997 batch MBA alumni & President - VITAA New Jersey & New York chapter) visited VIT on 18th Sept. 2009 and addressed students in two batches. The first session was conducted for the VIT Business School students and the second session was on “ Opportunities for Indian Students in USA” (Universities & Industries) & “How to prepare yourself” & “Do’s and Do not’s” (when you land in USA for the first time) for the other VIT students.
Mr. Raj Banerjee addressing the students

BY CHITRA DEVI (2002 CIVIL ALUMNI) & DR. BALAJI Chitra Devi (2002 Civil alumni & Marine Engineer, Sogreah Consultant, Dubai, UAE ) & Dr. Balaji (Senior Coastal Engineer, Sogreah Consultant, Dubai), UAE Chapter visited VIT on 7th Oct. 2009 and addressed the Civil Engg. students on “Coastal Engineering Today: A Civil Engineer’s Perspective”, around sixty students participated.
Dr. Balaji addressing the students

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BY VENKATESH BALASUBRAMANIAN (1999 CHEMICAL ALUMNI ) Venkatesh Balasubramanian (1999 Chemical, Treasurer VITAA New Jersey & New York Chapter) visited VIT on 7th Oct. 2009 and addressed students in three batches. The first session was on “Brand name positioning for specialty Biotech Pharmaceutical Companies in Corporate America.” for VIT Business School students. The second session was on “Graduate Education Opportunities in Biotech areas in the US - Current Trends” for SBST & Chemical Engg. students and the third was on “Application of Chemical Engineering Principles in Pharmaceutical Industry” exclusively for Chemical Engg. students.
Mr. Venkatesh Balasubramanian addressing the students

VITAA CHAPTER NEWS VITAA UAE CHAPTER MEETING

Mr.Sekar Viswanathan, Pro-Chancellor with VITAA UAE members

VITAA UAE members with Pro-Chancellor

Around fourty VITAA UAE alumni with their family members participated in the get-together of VITAA UAE Chapter held on 17th April 2009 at Malgudi restaurant, Seaview Hotel, Bur Dubai, Dubai.

Our Pro-Chancellor Mr. Sekar Viswanathan participated in the gathering and the future VITAA UAE chapter activities were discussed in detail.

CHANCELLOR FELICITATED BY VITAA WASHINGTON DC CHAPTER Our beloved Chancellor Dr. G.Viswanathan was felicitated for receiving the Doctorate from West Virginia University. Around 40 VITAA Washington alumni with their family members participated. Our Chancellor was honoured for his life time achievement and the event was jointly organized by VITAA Washington DC Chapter, Tamil Sangam of Greater Washington and Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America (FeTNA), held on 17th May 2009 in Washington DC, USA.
VITAA Washington DC members presenting a memento to Chancellor

Chancellor along with other dignitaries on dias

VITAA Washington DC members with Chancellor & Pro-Chancellors

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INAUGURATION OF VITAA GERMANY CHAPTER The VITAA Germany Chapter inauguration was held on 31st May 2009 in Steigenberger Hotel, Frankfurt, Germany. Around twenty chapter members participated along with Pro-Chancellor Mr.Sekar Viswanathan and Ms.Sandhya Pentareddy. VITAA Germany chapter was inaugurated to establish and strengthen our VITAA Chapter and to carryout VITAA activities in Germany by our VITAA members. The annual VITAA activities of the VITAA Germany chapter were planned to help the local society and to contribute towards the growth and development of the current VIT students.

Mr.Sekar Viswanathan, Pro-Chancellor addressing the gathering

VITAA Germany members with Mr.Sekar Viswanathan, Pro-Chancellor & Ms.Sandhya Pentareddy

Memento presented to Pro-Chancellor on behalf of VITAA Germany chapter

VITAA SINGAPORE CHAPTER GET-TOGETHER

VITAA Singapore Chapter get-together was held on 6th June 2009 at Pasiris park, Singapore. Around fourty VITAA members with their spouse and children participated. The future activities of VITAA Singapore chapter were discussed followed by a grand lunch.
VITAA Singapore members

VITAA ATLANTA CHAPTER GET-TOGETHER A get-together meeting of the VITAA Atlanta chapter members was held on 4th July 2009 in Georgia Tech Student Center Building, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA. Chancellor Dr.G.Viswanathan participated in the event which was attended by fifteen VITAA members with their spouse and children. The future activities of VITAA Atlanta Chapter were discussed.

Chancellor & VITAA Atlanta Chapter members

VITAA Atlanta members with Chancellor

VITAA Atlanta alumni & their family members with Chancellor

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VITAA NEW JERSEY & NEW YORK CHAPTER INAUGURATION The VITAA New Jersey & New York chapter inauguration and get-together was held on 9th July 2009 in Jewish Community Center, Edison NJ08820, USA. Chancellor and about 40 VITAA members with their spouse & children participated.

VITAA New Jersey & New York members presenting memento to Chancellor

Chancellor addressing the gathering

VITAA New Jersey & New York alumni & their family members with Chancellor

VITAA SYDNEY CHAPTER INAUGURATION The VITAA Sydney chapter inauguration was held on 23rd Sept.2009 in Zaafran Indian Restaurant - Sydney, Australia. Our Vice- Chancellor Dr.D.P.Kothari & 14 VITAA Sydney members with their family participated. The event was published in the Tamil Osai, an Australian Tamil magazine. Please visit: http://www.tamilosai.com.au/page22.php for details.

VITAA Sydney members with Vice Chancellor

Vice Chancellor addressing the gathering

VITAA Sydney members with Vice Chancellor

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VITAA MELBOURNE CHAPTER INAUGURATION The inauguration and get-together meeting of the VITAA Melbourne chapter was held on 24th Sept. 2009 in Moti Mahal, Melbourne, Australia. Our Vice-Chancellor Dr.D.P.Kothari & 10 VITAA Melbourne members with their family participated.

VITAA Melbourne members with Vice Chancellor

VITAA Melbourne members with Vice Chancellor

FALL ALUMNI MEET AND DIWALI GET-TOGETHER OF VITAA NEW JERSEY & NEW YORK CHAPTER

About 20 VITAA New Jersey & New York alumni along with their family members celebrated Diwali in Woodbridge Village Swim Club-club house, Avenel, New Jersey on Oct. 25th 2009. A DVD presentation about VIT University and a power point presentation on various developments of VIT campus since 2000 was screened with emphasis on recently constructed building, green campus initiative of our Chancellor and MoUs signed with foreign universities.
VITAA New Jersey & New York alumni with their family members

Steps towards contributing to the alma mater were discussed. A quiz program on VIT with pictures taken by Raj and Venkatesh during their VIT visit (in the month of Sept. & Oct.’09) was conducted and the members had to guess what place /building it was (in VIT). Prizes were distributed for the right answers. Members shared their most memorable experiences they had during their life in VEC / VIT. They also discussed the plans for the future VITAA NJ/NY meetings and decided to meet atleast twice a year and to conduct a picnic or cultural outing in New York Metropolitan area.

VITAA New Jersey & New York alumni members group photo

VITAA SINGAPORE CHAPTER MEETING Around 15 VITAA Singapore Chapter members participated in the Singapore Chapter meeting held on 14th Nov.’09 in Raj Restaurant, Singapore. The members discussed the future activities of the Singapore chapter and the steps to be taken to strengthen the VITAA activities in the region.
VITAA Singapore alumni members group photo

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VITAA BANGALORE CHAPTER MEETING Around 180 Bangalore based alumni members gathered for the VITAA Bangalore Chapter meeting on 22nd Nov. 2009 in The Capitol Hotel, Bangalore. Chancellor Dr.G.Viswanathan, Pro - Chancellor Mr. Sekar Viswanathan and VITAA Office bearers participated in the meeting and addressed the gathering. Entertainment and games were organized and prizes awarded to the winners.

Chancellor addressing the gathering

A section of VITAA members during meeting

VITAA Bangalore members with Chancellor, Pro-Chancellor & VITAA Office bearers

Mr. Ramkumar (1990 ECE) presenting a cheque of Rs.10,000/- to Chancellor towards VIT Corpus fund

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CONGRATULATIONS! - VIT ALUM FOR THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS Sandeep Joshi, 2007 B.Tech Bio-Tech currently working in Cognizant, Chennai created a National Record through his research on the Mathematical constant ‘Pi.’ in the Limca Book of Records. He has the ability to remember over 10,000 digits after the decimal of ‘Pi’. He has developed an algorithm, ‘The Pi Poem, ‘that facilitates easy recall of the value of Pi up to 132 digits after the decimal. VITian PART OF OSCAR WINNING TEAM G. Phaneendra, 2006 EEE, currently pursuing his M.S at Carnegie Mellon University (USA) was part of the 100-member Visual effects team that worked on the Hollywood movie, “The Curious case of Benjamin Button”. This movie bagged the Oscar award in 2009 for the Best Visual Effects.

Raj Banerjee, 1997 MBA, has been promoted as Vice President-Client Services, for CAMO Technologies, Inc., New Jersey, USA.

Siva Rama Krishnan S, 2009 M.Tech I.T. (Networking) was Bijoy Thangaraj, 2007 B.Tech CSE was the certified as EMC professional in Information storage and winner of online video contest, “My Culture + Your management. Culture =?” by the Department of State’s Bureau of Salema Valencio Francis, 2007 M.Tech Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Biotechnology is an awardee of the News coverage links: “La Caixa” fellowship by the Spanish http://www.thehindu.com/2009/03/18/stories/ Research Council to carry out PhD 2009031858790200.htm research work at Madrid, Spain. http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/ idUS203864+19-Mar-2009+BW20090319 http://www.hindustantimes.com/NLetter/htnextstories/ Bloreyouthwins-US-video-contest/Article1-390127.aspx http://exchanges.state.gov/multimedia/ovc_wonder.html He also participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ International_Visitor_Leadership_Program) held in USA. Venkata Raghavendra Archakam, 2009 EEE has won the best paper presentation award at the INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR SYSTEMICS, CYBERNETICS AND INFORMATICS-2009 (Presented two papers on Integrated Combat Identification and Co-ordination Systems Using Reverse IFF-BEST PAPER and Enhancement of Performance of dc-dc Converters using Model Predective Control). Arindam Sen, 2000 ECE has been elected as Senior Vice-President of Schneider Electric (March 2009).

Lt Col B Vijay Venkatesh, 1995 Mech was awarded the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Command Commendation Card award on 26th Jan.’09 for his 13 years service in Indian Army. He also has One Gallantry Award published in Gazette of India, four Distinguished Service Awards published in Gazette of India, three Distinguished Service Awards not published in Gazette of India being civil awards.

Dr. S. Sudesh, alumni of 2004 (B.E - E&I) and 2006 (M.Tech Biomedical Engg) was awarded Ph.D during the 24th Annual Convocation held at VIT, for his thesis entitled “Artificial High Flexion Knee for Eastern Lifestyles”. 15

Vasanth Vaseegaran, 2003 B.Tech IT currently residing in Newyork has released his first music album “KARUVARAI”, a totally non-funded initiative. Please visit his website www.musicianinside.com and also listen to his songs on the following youtube link http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=PJVNphCFTJs&feature=PlayList&p=8CB850F9FA8EBEAA.

S. Umanath (Vizhiyan) (2001 EEE & 2004 M.Tech ECE) has written his second book in Tamil. The book titled “Kaala Payanigal / Ore Oru Oorilae” comprises two novels targeted at children. The first novel “Kaala Payanigal” is about four kids travelling to three eras and learning and discovering the hardship of success and life’s secrets. In the course of the journey, they have fun, joy and thrill. The second novel also revolves around four kids taking a journey to a hill top temple. (Note: This story is based on places around VIT, the railway track and the small hill behind the hostels).The book was released on 20th Dec. ‘09 in Chennai. His first book, “Thozhie Unnai Thedugiren” was released by our beloved Chancellor in 2005. For further details please visit: http://vizhiyan.wordpress.com Dr. Saravanan Pichiah, 2003 M.Tech., Environment Engineering received his Doctoral Degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT, Guwahati, Assam in 2008 and is currently working as Adiunkt (Assistant Professor), Department of Chemical Technology, Politechnika, Gdanska, Poland.

Prof. V.G. Sridhar, (1993 Mech) Asst. Prof. (SG) School of Mechanical & Building Sciences, and Secretary - General, VITAA received a grant of Rs. 70, 500/- for his innovative project on “Foot Operated Mechanical Fingers” under the MicroTechnopreneurship Support from the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research, Govt. of India through the Technology Business Incubator at VIT University (VIT-TBI).

VITAA CAREER CELL UPDATES VITAA Career cell was formed to act as a medium to share career related information and to create a forum for the Career and personality growth of the alumni. Here is an update from the Career Cell. Members of VITAA Career Cell wish to thank ourbeloved Chancellor, the VITU Management, Dr.S.Narayanan – Director (Admin), Prof. S.R. Pullabhotla, Director (PAT), Mr. Samuel Rajkumar – Asst. Director (PAT) for their continous support and encouragement for Alumni in Placement related activities. Session on “Planning ahead for Campus Interview” For the 6th Successive year, VITAA Career Cell organised a series of sessions for the Pre-Final Year students of School of Mechanical and Building sciences titled “Planning ahead for Campus Interview” from 14th March 2009.The sessions included SWOT analysis, Motivational Talks, Tips for Personal Interview, Resume writing, group discussions and Mock Interviews. Alumni Sathish Rajamani, Shankar Gokule, S.Harish, Srinath, Sravan and Ashutosh participated in these sessions and shared their experiences with the students. Industry expert Mr Sharfass J also participated along with the Alumni. Special thanks to Dr.S.Narayanan, DirectorAdmin and Mr K Gokul Kumar for providing us this oppurtunity. 16 Participation in Career wokshops and Job Fairs VITAA Career cell regularly shares information with the alumni on various Career related workshops and Job fairs. - Silicon India’s Woman Summit 2.0 was conducted to raise awareness of the personal and professional capacities and skills needed to advance in the competitive and changing world of the 21st century. It was held on 13th March 2009 at Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad. Our women alumni participated. Highly successful professional women from the technology industry shared their knowledge, experiences and insights to help empower more women to achieve their goals - Bangalore alumni participated in the Smart Techie’s “Startup City Convention” at Bangalore on 6th June 2009. The participants could know the building of companies like Rediff.com, Naukri.com and Tejas Networks as their founders came and shared their journey. The event also had a range of inspirational and informative seminars covering everything from Cloud Computing to Monetizing Applications from leaders of Amazon.com, Sun Microsystems and Forum Nokia.

- On 4th June our alumni attended a Web Seminar on “Finance for Non-Finance Managers”. This session was very helpful for Managers with Technology background and was received well by our alumni. - Training Conference was held on 19th Sep 2009 in Bangalore. It brought all specialized Training Institutes at one platform where the participants were able to interact and get guidance from their expertise about their career. - Alumni from Bangalore participated in the Mobile Applications Conference on Oct 30th and explored new opportunities that are emerging in this field - Engineering, Manufacturing & Construction Seminar was conducted by TIMES EDUCATION on 28th and 29th Nov 2009 in Chennai. The participants were able to attend the two-day seminar, visit exhibits and Counselling desks of various players in the Business, got involved in One-to-one conversations and sought additional information on their Dream Job - Information on various IT/ITES and BPO Job Fairs conducted in Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Coimbatore were shared by the VITAA Career Cell Stundent Project Evaluation For the 6th Consecutive year, VITAA Career cell coordinated with the School of Computing sciences in inviting professionals from leading organisations to evaluate the projects done by Final year students. Along with the Industry experts, our experienced alumni – Mrs Muthazhagi, Ms. Kalpana Arun, Mr N.S.Saravanan, Mr.Sathish Rajamani, Mr. Shankar Gokule, Mr. Suresh, also took part in this initiative. They shared their experience and provided useful tips to the students. Guest Lectures by Alumni Mr. Dattathri Srinivasan, Senior Manager from Oracle India was the key resource person for the workshop conducted by Prof. Sumathy (also a VIT Alumni), School of Computing Science on 14th March 2009. Mr. Sathish Rajamani was also one of the resource persons.

VITALUMNICAREERS Yahoo Group We request all VIT Alumni to become a member of the vitalumnicareers yahoo group and get updated on the latest happpenings at VIT / VITAA. Get benefited from the career and job related information that is shared in this group. To subscribe just send email to vitalumnicareerssubscribe@yahoogroups.com along with your complete details.

VIT announces FFCSTM ( Fully Flexible Credit Systems) As part of it’s continuous improvement in providing quality education, VIT University has taken the next incredible step by introducing the Fully Flexible Credit System (FFCS)TM into its academic curriculum. Under FFCS TM , each Programme will have baskets of courses classified under University Core, University Electives, Programme Core and Programme Electives. At the end of the programme, each student is expected to have a credit distribution of 64% in Engineering, 20% in Science, 8% in Humanities and 8% in Management. Ample options are given to choose interdisciplinary courses from other Engineering Schools which will help the student to develop additional skills. Salient Features of FFCSTM • Choice in the order of selection of courses for each semester • Choice in the timings / time slots in the selection of courses • Choice in the selection of number of courses per semester • Choice of preparing his / her own Time table and Academic Plan for each semester suiting his / her academic ability and interest • Balanced curriculum with engineering, science, humanities and management courses • Ample opportunities to do inter-disciplinary courses • Possibility of altering course plan each semester depending on individual’s academic ability • Soft on slow learners by offering important / common courses in all semesters • Provision for Registration / Re-registration for summer term courses • Opportunity of Research experience • Opportunity to do a minor in another discipline VIT University Staff and Student Strength Staff Faculty Research Associate Total Student Male Female Total 17 : : : : : : : : 1045 817 63 1925 10861 4154 15015

VITAA Career Cell Coordinator

Mr. Sathish Rajamani (1996 Mech) Sr.Manager-Service Delivery, Oracle Corporation

PROGRAMMES OFFERED AT VIT VIT University offers a variety of courses in Engineering, Science and Management. VIT presently offers 15 undergraduate and 30 postgraduate programmes in Engineering, Technology, Management, Commerce and Basic Sciences. The student strength includes 707 doctoral students. With a view to making VIT a Centre of Excellence, the management is upgrading the infrastructure, modernizing the laboratories and setting up new facilities for education, training and research, and encouraging the faculty to update themselves.

VITEEE-2010 Application forms for VITEE 2010 are available in Post Offices from 14.12.2009 For details visit: www.vit.ac.in Date of issue of Application: 14.12.09 onwards Last date for issue / submission of application: 20.02.2010 Date of VITEEE ’10 : 17th April 2010 (Saturday) Further details contact, ADMISSIONS OFFICER VIT University Vellore-632 014, Tamil Nadu, India. Phone: + 91-416-220 2125, 220 2157, 220 2168 Fax: +91-416-224 5544, 224 0411 Email: admission@vit.ac.in

Programmes offered
School of Bio Sciences and Technology (SBST) Undergraduate Programmes • B. Tech. Bioinformatics • B. Tech. Biomedical Engineering • B. Tech. Biotechnology Postgraduate Programmes • M. Tech. Biotechnology • M. Tech. Biomedical Engineering • M. Sc. Applied Microbiology • M. Sc. Biomedical Genetics • M. Sc. Biotechnology • M. Sc. Biotechnology (5 Year Integrated Programme) School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE) Undergraduate Programmes • B. Tech. Information Technology • B. C. A. (Bachelor of Computer Applications) Postgraduate Programmes • M. Tech. Information Technology - Networking • M. C. A. (Master of Computer Applications)+ • M. S. Software Engineering (5 Year Integrated Programme)+ School of Computing Sciences and Engineering (SCSE) Undergraduate Programmes • B. Tech. Computer Science and Engineering+ • B. Sc. Computer Science Postgraduate Programmes • M. Tech. Computer Science and Engineering • M. Sc. Computer Science School of Advanced Sciences (SAS) Postgraduate Programmes • M. Sc. Chemistry (Organic / Inorganic / Analytical) • M. Sc. Electronics • M. Sc. Pharmaceutical Chemistry VIT Business School (VIT BS) Postgraduate Programmes • M. B. A. Master of Business Administration+ • M. B. A. – International Business+ • M. B. A. – 5 year Integrated Programme+ • B. Tech. with M.B.A. (5 year Integrated Programme) School of Mechanical and Building Sciences (SMBS) Undergraduate Programmes • B. Tech. Civil Engineering+ • B. Tech. Mechanical Engineering+ • B. Tech. Mechanical with specialisation in Energy Engineering • B. Tech. Mechanical with specialisation in Chemical Engineering Postgraduate Programmes • M. Tech. Automotive Engineering – in collaboration with ARAI, Pune • M. Tech. CAD / CAM • M. Tech. Energy & Environmental Engineering • M. Tech. Mechatronics • M. Tech. Structural Engineering School of Electronics Engineering (SENSE) Undergraduate Programme • B. Tech. Electronics and Communication Engineering+ Postgraduate Programmes • M. Tech. Automotive Electronics in collaboration with TIFA C - CORE industry partners • M. Tech. Communication Engineering • M. Tech. Nanotechnology • M. Tech. Sensor System Technology • M. Tech. VLSI Design School of Electrical Engineering (SELECT) Undergraduate Programmes • B. Tech. Electrical and Electronics Engineering+ • B. Tech. Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering Postgraduate Programmes • M. Tech. Power Electronics and Drives School of Social Sciences & languages(SSL) Undergraduate Programme • B. Com. (Computer Applications) Innovative Programmes • Integrated Ph. D. Programme • M. S. by Research • Integrated PG programmes • M. Phil, Ph.D. (Full-Time & Part-time)

+ These courses are offered at VIT Chennai campus also.

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VIT PAT Centre hosted a dinner for all Industry partners at Hotel Residency Towers on 8th December 2009. As per the communication from NASSCOM, a change in the Mr. Ram Santhanam, Chairman & MD, Wheels India recruitment pattern has been followed across the country. and Mr. Viji Santhanam, Chairman (Sundaram Finance) Accordingly, PAT Centre decided to invite core companies and & MD (Brakes India) Chief Guests. software companies that offer a pay package of more than 4 During the events VIT signed a Letter of Intern (LoI) with lakhs per annum for the first phase of campus placements for Cognizant Technology Solutions to offer M.Tech Software 2010 passing out batch. Development & Management Course for the Cognizant Core companies like Indian Oil, Ashok Leyland, TCE, Unitek, NI, employees in the presence of Mr. Lakshminarayanan, Telcon, Schneider Electric visited VIT and recruited students from Vice Chairman, Cognizant. PLACEMENT AND TRAINING CENTRE UPDATE the core branches. Indian Oil offered a highest package of more than 7 lakhs per annum and selected 7 students. Reputed software companies like Amazon, SAP Labs, VM Ware, Commvault, GE Healthcare, Athena, Citrix, Honeywell, ebay, Capital IQ, Cisco Systems which offered more than 5 lakhs for the campus recruits visited VIT and recruited our students. As on 20th December 2009, 31 companies have conducted campus recruitments and have recruited 186 students of 2010 passing out batch. PAT Centre has organized training programs for the final year students with outside professional trainers. Ericsson signed an MoU with VIT in offering a certification program called ‘EXCEL’ on 24th September 2009. Ericsson shortlisted 25 of our final year B.Tech (ECE) students to undergo this certification program. PAT Centre signed an MoU with Accenture for conducting ‘Communication Excellence Course’ for B.Tech.(Mechanical) students which is a regular “credit course”. Bosch invited 30 of our final year B.Tech (ECE) students for an event named ‘On track-2’ at Bangalore on 10th October 2009. PAT Centre also arranged technical lectures from reputed companies like Logica, Infosys and Bosch during graVITas ’09. Wipro conducted ‘Let sparks fly’ workshop for the final year VIT students on 11th September 2009 at VIT. Indian Armed Force and Indian Navy had VIT as nodal centre for their selection process. Students from VIT and other neighbouring colleges participated in the selection process TCS would be the SLOT 1 company for this year too and would have its selection process between 19th and 21st December 2009 VIT followed by Infosys, Wipro, Accenture, IBM, Inautix, HP, Igate etc., 21 VIT GETS ‘A’ GRADE FROM NAAC

VIT UNIVERSITY NEWS Dr. G. VISWANATHAN is EPSI President Chancellor Dr.G. Viswanathan was nominated the President of the Education Promotion Society for India (EPSI). While Pro-Chancellor Mr.Sekar Viswanathan was nominated a member, Foreign Education Bill Committee of EPSI. EPSI is a national chamber which has the mandate of universities and institutions across the country and is actively involved in policy advocacy for the educational sector. Speaking after assuming office at a function in Delhi on December 23. Dr. G. Viswanathan said the country needed to position itself effectively in the education sector and form policies to ensure quality. While taking pride in VIT becoming the first ABET-accredited University, he urged all universities to come forward for accreditation which will enable them to deliver education qualitatively and purposefully CHANCELLOR HONOURED WITH THE “DYNAMIC INDIAN OF THE DECADE” AWARD BY K.G. FOUNDATION - K.G. HOSPITAL, COIMBATORE Chancellor Dr.G.Viswanathan was honoured with the “Dynamic Indian of the Decade” Award by K.G. Foundation – K.G. Hospital, Coimbatore on 15th February 2009. The foundation gave the award to those who had made outstanding contribution in their chosen field and created an opportunity for the younger generation, to become role models. The award receipients had worked hard , had vision and made a difference in the lives of the countrymen. 24 th ANNUAL CONVOCATION The Annual Convocation of VIT was held on 1st August 2009 at VIT University campus. Dr. Venu Srinivasan, CMD, TVS Motors & President, CII delivered the convocation address and distributed degrees to the 46 students who won gold medals. A total of 3429 candidates including 23 Ph.Ds received their degrees at the convocation.

RIVIERA 2009 Riviera ‘09 - the four-day international sports and cultural fest of the VIT University was held between 30 January and 2 February, 2009. Events such as ‘Style check’, Antakshari, ‘Cross talk Hindi’, ‘What’s the good word’ filtered out to be the best of the lot. Other competitions like ‘Sketch me if you can’, ‘Radio jockey’, ‘Kryptography’ and ‘Head bangers kall’ got the grey cells going. The Assistant Director General of Police, Tamilnadu Uniformed Service Recruitment Board, Mr.K.Rajendran, inaugurated the fest. Mr. Surya noted film artist distributed the prizes to winners of the sports and cultural events on 2nd Feb.`09. 22

ENGINEERS DAY - VISIT OF Mr. ANDREW T. SIMKIN, U.S. CONSUL GENERAL, CHENNAI Mr. Andrew T.Simkin, US Consul General, Chennai, distributed merit certificates and free education scholarships to 58 students under the ‘Support the Advancement of Rural Students’ (STARS) project launched by VIT during Engineers Day Celebration held on 15th Sept. 09 in VIT. Chancellor Dr.G.Viswanathan said that STARS project introduced by the university had broken barriers of reservation system. The project had offered free education at VIT to 58 student toppers from rural areas from all the districts of the state, he said and added that 38 of them were first generation learners in the family with acute poverty conditions. UGC HONOURS VIT UNIVERSITY’S VICE CHANCELLOR The University Grants Commission (UGC) has bestowed the UGC National Swami Pranavananda Saraswati Award for 2005 on Dr.D.P. Kothari, Vice Chancellor of VIT University in recognition of his outstanding scholarly contribution. The award carries a citation and a cash component of Rs.50,000. Dr. Kothari has published 611 research papers in various national and international journals and conferences, guided 27 Ph.Ds and 55 M.Tech. students, and authored 20 books in Power Systems and other allied areas. UNIVERSITY DAY 2009 H.E. Mr. Zhang Yan, Chinese Ambassador to India inaugurated the Chinese Language Centre and unveiled a bust of Chinese philosopher Confucius and participated in the University Day 2009 held on 6th April 2009 at VIT University. He gave the awards to rank-holders and meritorious students and merit scholarships to eligible students and said that the VIT University has today become an ideal place for students in India to learn the Chinese language and culture thanks to the establishment of the first Chinese Language Centre. INAUGURATION OF SUU KYI BLOCK LADIES HOSTEL & UNVEILING OF PERIYAR E.V.R.STATUE Finance Minister of Govt. of Tamil Nadu Hon’ble Thiru. K. Anbazhagan inaugurated the Suu Kyi block of the ladies hostel in VIT University campus on 8th April 2009. It is named after Aung San Suu Kyi, the pro-democratic activist who has been detained by the military regime in Myanmar for decades. The Rs.23 crore building is a tribute to her fight to establish democracy in her country. A statue of Thanthai Periyar EVR was also unveiled at the function. The book titled, “Naan Kanda Anna”, penned by one of Anna’s disciples, Mr. M.S.Venkatachalam, was also released.

VIT STUDENTS BAG THE ASHOKA GENV-MTV AWARDS! VIT students Shailesh Upadhyay and Ujala Shanker, mentored by Ms. Sandhya Pentareddy (1990 ECE Alumni ) bagged the prestigious Ashoka GenV awards. Ashoka GenV in collaboration with MTV supports youth in undertaking social ventures to address global challenges. The Tractor-Factor venture by Shailesh and Ujala has won two awards – Environment 2009 Venture award and Invention 2009 Venture award. The team has also been rewarded a grant of $1000. In the past, the team had successfully implemented their idea in 17 homes in Guerera village near Varanasi, to reduce pollution and provide light to villages. Their aim is to implement this solution in 4 more villages this year and create a lasting venture for future. 23

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graVITas ‘09, a three day tech and biz fest (11-13th September 2009) organised in commemoration of her Silver Jubilee, was one of a kind carnival. graVITas will blossom as an annual event attracting participants from every part of India and abroad. The “VIT-MUN ‘09” was the queen of all events. This model United Nations conference was an awakening of the reformers in students. The other highlight of graVITas was “Industrial Problem Solving” where students were challenged by TVS, Cognizant and Vestas, to solve real-world problems efficiently. Adding another feather to this crowning event was “Knowledge Platform”, which offered a series of techno-management lectures by CEO’s and Vice Presidents of leading global industries. The star filled night reverberated with the voice of Kailash Kher, crooning to some of his foot-tapping music that has broken barriers in the Indian music industry.

MoUs signed by VIT with Foreign Universities in 2009
In tune with its policy of internationalization, VIT University signed MoUs with the following Universities in the year 2009: Norton University, Cambodia Universitas Riau, Indonesia Maranatha Christian University, Indonesia Bataan Peninsula State University, Philippines Lyceum of the Philippines University, Philippines National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia The Regents of the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

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VIT-TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS INCUBATOR (TBI) VIT-Technology Business Incubator is a joint initiative between VIT and the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. The mandate is to promote technology-based start up ventures. To support the venture creation process, VIT-TBI has built a good working relationship between various Government agencies, industries and nongovernmental institutions. The services include technical guidance, product development and testing support, access to various lab facilities, seed funding, networking and assistance to raise innovation grants. VITTBI also will consider business venture ideas of VITAA members for support. You may visit www.vittbi.com for more details. NATIONAL AWARD FOR THE YEAR 2008 VIT-Technology Business Incubator has been selected for the National Award for the year 2008 by the National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB) division of Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, New Delhi. CHANCELLOR HONOURED WITH A Ph.D. BY WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY, USA West Virginia University (WVU), a government funded university established in 1867, honoured Chancellor with a Honourary Doctorate Degree during its convocation held on 15th May 2009. He is the first Asian to receive this honour from WVU. This honour was bestowed upon him for having attained international pre-eminence in the field of education, especially for founding VIT University and making it a leading University in India within a short span of 25 years. WVU’s decision followed an extensive review by their Honourary Degree Committee, followed by reviews and approvals by the University Administration, their faculty senate, and the West Virginia University Board of Governors

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VIT SILVER JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS Inauguration (28 Nov. 2009) • H.E. Mr. Zhang Yan, Chinese Ambassador to India inaugurated the Silver Jubilee Celebrations and the International Summit on “Global Trends in Higher Education and Challenges”. • H.E. Mr. Kayumba Naymwasa, Ambassador, Republic of Rwanda, Professor M.S. Ananth, Director, IIT Madras, Prof. Kalanidhi, Former Vice Chancellor, Anna University, Mr. V.Selvaraj, retired IAS Officer and Prof. Shrikanth Marathe, Director, ARAI, Pune participated. • Dr. Jeppiaar, Chancellor, Sathyabama University inaugurated a photo exhibition on VIT history. • Prof. V.C. Kulandaiswamy, former Vice Chancellor, Madurai Kamaraj University launched the FFCSTM, a first of its kind in Indian Universities.

Valedictory (29 Nov. 2009) • The valedictory address from Shri. Pranab Mukherjee, Hon’ble Union Minister for Finance was read out by Shri G.K. Vasan, Hon’ble Union Minister for Shipping. • Consular Chief of US Embassy Mr. Bryan Dalton handed over the ABET Certification to Chancellor • Former Union Minister Shri. K.V. Thangkabalu inaugurated the Silver Jubilee Tower (costing Rs.35 Crores) and a hostel block (costing Rs.30 Crores) • Shri. Abdul Rahman, MP, Vellore and Shri. C.Gnanasekaran, MLA, Vellore, on behalf of VIT, donated furniture and equipment to government schools.

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VITAA MEMBERS TALK Greetings to fellow VITIANS! What a great year for us – our Alma mater shining bright on its Silver jubilee and our beloved Chancellor (Chairman) honored with a doctoral degree by West Virginia University. It was a privilege and a pleasure for me to be among those who witnessed our Chancellor (Chairman) receiving the doctoral degree at WVU in May. Our VITAA Washington DC Chapter is also proud to be the first to felicitate our Chancellor (Chairman) on his being honored with a Doctoral degree, in association with Washington Tamil Sangam and FeTNA (Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America). Indrani Radhakrishnan, 1990 ECE President, VITAA Washington DC Chapter I am proud to say that I am a product of VIT. VITAA has to play major role in world’s economy. “When India leads the world, VIT should lead India” Quote from Living Legend Dr. G.Viswanathan. Let all our Alumni make this Quote true and give continuous support to our prestigious University. Jai Ho! On behalf of VITAA –UAE CHAPTER, wishes to VIT for their untiring efforts in obtaining the coveted ABET, USA accreditation. M. Kishore Kumar, 2000 Civil It is a great honour and pleasure to wear the VIT brand. I have been pleasantly surprised that several people in UK and Europe have great respect for VIT. They know us! It is indeed great to be called a VITian and no day passes without recalling those wonderful moments. I wish VIT all the very best in all future endeavours. Nishikanth Ch, 2007 MBA (IB) “If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it” and “you are the only person on earth who can use your ability”. Enjoy life and have some healthy concern about where you are going and learn from the past and do not live in a fantasy world it would get you no where and I assure you success and im proud to say that im successful today. Sashikant 2004 M.Tech Mechatronics 27 Hello VITians ! ! ! Wishing you all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year 2010. May this year bring everyone loads of joy and happiness. Best Wishes and Regards, Mrs.R.MeenaKumar, 2005 M.Tech Environmental Engg Warm Happy and prosperous New Year 2010 greetings!! Please Always Keep On Smiling. Regards Jayaraman. P 2006 BCA & 2009 MCA Dear Friends, It gives me immense pleasure to stay in touch with you all through the TRACKS. I would join hands with all of you in congratulating our beloved Chancellor (Chairman) and all the dedicated staff at VIT on the eve of Silver Jubilee celebrations. I wish VIT very Best wishes and good luck in the continuous efforts to provide quality education. Best Regards, J. Kiran Kumar, 2000 Mech

“VIT laid the foundation for me, it made me what i am today...!!!! thanx to all my friends and teachers out there... Pranithraj, 2006 BSC Biotech

A quote for my alum friends: “The day you came into this world, you cried and the world smiled at you. You should live such a life that you would smile at death and the world would cry for you” – M. Ganesh. 2007, B.Com. Ganesh.M 2007 B.Com (CA)

Hey VITians, The IT Corporate world welcomed me when I had to go through my internship and I got selected in Honeywell for Project. With two choices of carrier in Honeywell and TCS, I selected the former. I feel lucky to have attended the VITAA Bangalore Chapter meeting last weekend at Capitol hotel. It was very exciting to meet many VIT Family people from 1988 to 2009.This session reminded me of my college days.“VIT is giving life for about 3K students every year and they are proud to say that we are from VIT Family. Wherever you go, you will find a VITian. That’s the spirit of VIT.” “VITAA is helping them to meet each other at least once in a year with conferences where it’s helping those professionals again to find a new career path in their life.” VIT + VITAA = “Knowledge + Joy + Memories + Career” Believe me success is no more far from you if you are in VIT and working sincerely to achieve your Biggest goal in Life!! Thanks to VIT and Good luck to all VITians for your Bright Future. My special Thanks to VITAA for bringing us in touch always. Regards, Mohan Kumar Noothalapati, 2008 M.Tech CSE Dear Friends, As President of the VITAA NJ/NY-US Chapter, it gives me immense pleasure when I learn about the positive growth happening at VIT. It has been short 12 years ago, when I completed my MBA degree from VIT. Since then, our University have been achieving new heights in excellence every year. Napolean Hill once quoted “Dreams are the seedlings of reality”.I wish to thank our beloved Chancellor sincerely for his big dream and vision, which has made VIT #1 Private Engineering Institution in India possible. My recent visit to VIT was a memorable experience in my life. I was amazed to see the awesome infrastructure, experienced and always helping faculty and staff, students with a hunger to achieve more and last, but not the least a beautiful green campus. Our US-NJ/NY Chapter is growing very fast and we see new members joining us in every event. I wish the management, faculty, staff and VIT’ans all the very best. May the days to come bring more glory to our Alma Mater. Once a VIT’ian , Always a VIT’ian. Raj Banerjee, 1997 MBA 28

Dear All, I wish 2010 carries the flag of VIT across the globe as one of the best Technical Universities Regards Rajkumar E.R, 1996 ECE I am glad to convey the message to all the kids union school (alumni), “to listen is to learn, and to understand is to inspire-to unite is to share knowledge and power (VITAA)”-VITian Swarnalatha. P, 2006 M.Tech CSE Dear Friends, Good morning and a big hug from Madrid, Spain. It is always a great feeling being called a VITian and I am happy that the VITAA is being held on 26th Jan 2010. I hope the event is a success and i am sure that will be the case because VITians are known to be “Winners”. Salema Valencio Francis, 2007 M. Tech Biotechnology

My greetings to each & every VIT'ian!!I attribute for what I am today to our laudable university which is renowned for its 2 I's - "Intellectual learning environment with excellent Infrastructure". Had been the first batch of VIT Deemed University. My days at VIT during the formative years of my life had a profound impact on my subsequent personal life and professional career.It's really amazing to note that our University is fast growing in it's size with international repute.I also wish our Chennai Campus to come out with laurels as well....As VIT'ians lets stay connected forever and let this re-union rejuvenate and revitalize us to care and share forever. WITH U ALWAYS VIT… R.Subashini 2003 MBA

I still remember.. walking down the huge building “Technology Tower” and attending thelecture in B-School, settling down in AC food court with all my friends and making comments looking around, sitting in the back bench and ensuring my presence hardly felt during case study discussions, putting a big question mark on face when French was taught, rubbing away tears off my cheeks when ‘Scholar ship’ was announced for my best performance in 2nd term, collapsing down during convocation when realized that I missed gold medal with just 2%..... all these are still fresh in my thoughts and bring a smile on my face when I read any achievement of my VIT, and then I proudly say…Yes, I am a VITian. It was a honour to be part of such a prestigious institute…… Raghu Nagendra Akula, 2006 M.I.B Love your Success! You are what your deepest nature is As your nature, so is your will As your will is, so is your deed As your deed is, so is your destiny. So love your success Every day…hour …moment… Friends, My Heartfelt wishes to all of you for a very happy and prosperous Year 2010! SUCCESS a powerful word on which the entire world revolves and for which you and me are working with the unique skills we learnt at VIT, apart from many other subjects. We have the liberty to dream, create a master plan of our own, and put our great efforts to achieve success. In practical, Everyone who owns the qualities for success today is lifted to success by the willing hands of those who want to help them succeed! We are very fortunate to have a Great network of VIT alumni to help us on everything! Please ensure that all of you and your friends are members of various VIT Alumni Networks available on the Internet. I am volunteering to help our VITans to my level best. Do not hesitate to contact me in case you feel I may be of any use to your success. Thanks a lot, With the best regards, T. Mahaveerprabu, 1999 EEE

Dear All Its indeed a great moment to know that VIT University is the first university in India to get the most coveted ABET Accreditation. Its the reflection of VIT’s Commitment for High Quality Education. On Behalf of the Alumni, Congrats to all. I also take this oppurtunity to thank all the alumni who were actively involved with our University in the ABET Accreditation process. Thanks to you all for your active participation in VITAA Activities. Looking forward for an exciting year ahead. Cheers Sathish Rajamani, 1996 Mech With all the Rose's Perfume and with all the lights in the world and with all the children smiles. I Wish U that your all dreams come true. *HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010* " G.V. Shanmugam, 2009 MSc (CS) Remembering my college, after many years my heart is filled with cheers, everyone now are a busy lot, No one escaped destiny's plot Everything is fresh in my mind; Wish life could just rewind, let’s laugh, play & rejoice, again as if College was another choice. Chatting, laughing all were in elation, Till the painful moments of separation, When it was time to part, we returned with a heavy heart. Today life is full of commitments, and too many worries, But those cherished moments, Will live forever in my memories! My son is now there with my Alma Mater….. VIT is becoming older But all the more turning younger Kalpana Arun, 1990 ECE Let Us HAVE a more ethnic and ethical New Year. Happy & Prosperous 2010. If you are more Ethnic you become more Universal. Arokiaraj A Vincent 2005 M.Sc., Applied Microbiology 29

Greetings from VITAA Germany Chapter

Through founding of the VITAA Germany Chapter on 31st May 2009, we the Alumni at Germany are very happy and proud to become officially part of the VITAA. The founding ceremony, at the beautiful city of Frankfurt am Main, was graced by our Pro-Chancellor Mr.Sekar Viswanathan and Ms.Sandhya Pentareddy. At the Germany chapter, we are happy to support VIT activities, Alumni and current students and we would like to welcome all of you to get in touch with us to help you with your interests in Germany. As we celebrate another successful year that went by and look forward for the new year that just arrived, VIT in Germany would like to wish all VITians a year filled with happiness and success. Kind regards, Praveenjothi Paranjothi, 2002 ECE President, VITAA Germany Chapter VITAA OFFICE BEARERS

Mr. P. Srikanth (1990 ECE), Chairman

Mr. V.G. Sridhar (1993 Mech) Secretary General & VITAA Core Commiittee Member
VITAA CORE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Mr. D. Venkaatesh (1990 Civil) Treasurer & VITAA Core Commiittee Member

Mr. G. Balaji (1988 Mech)

Mr. M. Aslam Sheriff (1990 ECE)
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Mr. S. Ajay (1996 MBA)

WEDDING BELLS

P. Dhinesh Shankar(2006 M.Tech.CSE) and D.Viveka

S. Paranthaman (1990 Civil) and Malathi

Prabhu S (2004 MCA) and Shalini ( 2006 E&I )

Prathap. S (2006 MBA) and V. Geetha Priya

Raghu Nagendra Akula (2006 M.I.B) and G.Lalitha

Rakesh Kumar (2007 MCA) and Anjana Kumari

S. Shridhar (2004 M.Tech CAD/CAM) and N. Mukuntha Priya

S.Suresh Babu (2006 M.S.Software Engg) and Thirumagal

Sonali Nanda(2006 MBA) and Sajal Raheja

Saloni Kumar (2008 B.Tech IT) and Vineet Kumar

M. Stalin (2000 Civil) and S.Keerthiga

Subash (2006 B.Sc.Computer Science) and Janani

Sharath Vasan (2006 MBA) and Rajalakshmi

Dinx (1999 BE Computer Science ) and Riya

S. Vikas (2007 B.Sc Comp. Science) and Sapna

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WEDDING BELLS

Anand Kumar. S, (2007 M.Tech IT Networking) and Sangeetha. R

Anish. S, (2005 B.Tech IT) and Shruthi

C.S.Swaroop, (2006 M.S Software Engg) and C.S.Vaishnavi

Deepak Kumar Vasudevan (1999 CSE) and Lavanya

G.Vijay Ananda Babu, (2006 Civil) and S. Priya (2001 ECE)

Haripiya (2007 EEE) and Aravind. J

Jayaprabha (2006 M.Sc. Computer Science) and S. Rajesh

M. Ramesh (2004 M.Tech CAD/CAM) and Logeswari (2009 M.Sc.Biomedical Gen.)

M. Ramakrishna (2009 M.Tech Power Electronics and Drives) and Lavanya

Milind K Gholve (2007 M.Tech-Biotech) and Asha

N.Suresh, ( 2001 Mech) and S. Dhivya

Nishikanth [2007 MBA (IB)] and Sravanthi

Udhayakumar V (2002 Civil ) and Suchitra

Dr. Preethi Poornima (2000 Mech) and V.S. Senthilkumar

Vijayan.R (2008 ECE) and Geetha

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WEDDING BELLS

Premsingh Jayakaran (2006 M.Tech Biotechnology) and Irene Dorathy

Thangasivam Gandhi (2002 Mech) and Jayanthi

NEW ARRIVALS

C.S. Shravani D/o. C.S.Swaroop (2006 M.S Software Engg.) and C.S.Vaishnavi

Hayagriv Sriram S/o. K.R. Srinivasan (1999 CSE)

L Nikhil Chandar D/o. R.Poornima (2003 Civil) and. M. Lokesh kumar

Ruhan Shankar S/o. Shankar Gokule, (1998 Mech) and Sita Shankar

N.S.Vidhyasree D/o N.C.Senthilkumar and S. Sivashankari (2000 ME CSE)

VITAA OFFICE CONTACT

VITAA members can contact the Alumni Officer, Mr. J. Krishnakumar for any help from VIT University.

S. Rakshana D/o. A Menaka (2003 EEE)

S.L.Sashank D/o. Swathi.J.N., (2006 M.S Software Engg.) and Lakshmipathi.S

V.Vishwak Sri, S/o, V.Vinoth Kumar, 2007MBA(IB)

OBITUARY

email: alumni@vit.ac.in Landline No.0416-2202248 Mobile No. 09443311361
Inviting the services of VITAA Chapter Office Bearers We are looking for a team of VITAA members for the following chapters to coordinate various VITAA activities. Interested VITAA members are requested to send their willingness to the Alumni Office( alumni@vit.ac.in) with the following details (Year of graduation, Branch, Email ID, Mobile no., etc..) · Delhi 33 · Mumbai · Kolkata

S. Manimaran ( 1990 ECE ) Passed away on 3rd Jan. 2009.

Anand Kannabiran ( 2004 Mech) Passed away on 2nd May 2009

VITAA CHAPTERS & COORDINATORS USA CHAPTERS: Washington DC Chapter: President : Vice President : Indrani Radhakrishnan, 1990 ECE - iradhakrishnan@hotmail.com T.V. Karthik Rangarajan, 2004 ECE - kartscorpion@yahoo.co.in

New Jersey & New York Chapter: President Vice President Secretary Treasurer : : : : Raj Banerjee - 1997 MBA - rajdenver@hotmail.com Ravindra Gadhamsetty - 2001 Mech - rg.steel@gmail.com Vivekanand Pandyarajan - 2002 CSE - vivekanand.pandyarajan@gmail.com B. Venkatesh - 1999 Chemical - adm.pogo@gmail.com

Atlanta Chapter Coordinator: R. Sivakumar 1989 Civil - sivakumar_rsk@yahoo.com

California Chapter Coordinators: Sreenivas Andra, 1988 ECE - sreenivas_andra@yahoo.com S. Bragadish, 1998 CSE - bragadish_s@yahoo.com J. Kiran Kumar, 2000 Mech - jjlkk_99@yahoo.com UAE Chapter: President : Vice-President : M. Kishore Kumar, 2000 B.E Civil - kishm2001@yahoo.com K. Venkataramana, 2000 BE Civil - ramanakv78@gmail.com

Singapore Chapter : President : Vice President : Easter Ravindranath 1989 ECE - ravindranath@hotmail.com T.Mahaveer Prabhu 1999 EEE - mahaveerprabu@gmail.com

Germany Chapter: President Vice President Secretary Jt.Secretary : : : : Praveenjothi Paranjothi, 2002 ECE - praveenjothi@yahoo.co.in Parthipan Subramanian, 2002 Mech - parthitamil@yahoo.com Ankit Aggarwal, 2008 B.Tech Biotech - aggarwal86ankit@gmail.com Garima Chaudhry, 2008 B.Tech Biotech - garima2910@gmail.com

AUSTRALIA CHAPTERS: Sydney Chapter: President Vice President Secretary Joint Secretary Treasurer : : : : : R. Anand, 1990 Mech - anand0610@yahoo.com M. Khajavadhanan, 1990 Mech - kajan120@hotmail.com Ravichand, 2006 Mech - rcm_muppala@yahoo.co.in Rupina Singh, 2006 Biotech - rupina@gmail.com Rajak sheikh, 2005 Mech - rajakshaik@gmail.com 34

Melbourne Chapter: President : M. Stalin, 2000 Civil - stalin_iitm@yahoo.co.in Sreenivasan Ramasamy, 2004 Mech- sreenivasan.r@gmail.com ; sreenivasan_vit@yahoo.co.in Murugavel, 2007 Mech - tmurugavel2000@gmail.com Zeeshan Ali, 2008 ECE - zeeshan_explicit@yahoo.co.in

Vice President : Secretary Treasurer : :

Bangalore Chapter: President : Vice-President : Secretary : Shankar Gokulae, 1998 Mech - shankarg77@gmail.com D.V. Sandeep, 2006 Mech - sandeep.dv@gmail.com K.A. Sivakumar, 1998 Mech - sivakumar_ka@infosys.com

Chennai Chapter : President : Vice-President : Secretary : Kalpana, 1990 ECE - kalpana.arun@yahoo.co.in Vijaykiran, 2006 Mech - vijaykiran.kvk@gmail.com Prasanna, 2006 MS Software - prasanna.sathyaraman@tcs.com

Hyderabad Chapter: President : Vice-President : Secretary : Chittoor Chapter : President : Vice-President : Secretary : Vellore Chapter: President : Vice President : Secretary : A. Murali, 1990 Mech - amurali10@yahoo.com Rupesh, 2003 MBA - sreerupesh@gmail.com R. Sudha, 1990 ECE - tbicoordinator@vit.ac.in Balaji Reddy, 1991 Mech - babjiss@yahoo.co.in R. Vasanth Naidu, 2007 EEE - vasanthramineni@yahoo.co.in G .Bhaskar Kumar, 2005 M.Sc, gncbaskar@gmail.com B. Mahendra, 1991 Civil - mahendrab@drreddys.com Gowtham Reddy, 2005 EEE - gowtham@eightts.com Varun Srinivas, 2005 Mech - nurav2005@gmail.com

Cognizant Chennai Chapter coordinators: Aravind Srinivasaraghavan, 1998 ECE Shantha Kumar, 2004 MBA Avijit Hajra, 2006 Chemical - avijit_hajra@yahoo.com Ashutosh Kumar, 2006 Mech - Akumarvit2000@yahoo.co.in Niruppama Amarnath, 2007 MS Software - niruppama@gmail.com VITAA-VIT Chapter convenors: S. Revathy, 1990 ECE - srevathi@vit.ac.in J. Raju, 2004 M.Tech PE - jraju@vit.ac.in P. Swarnalatha, 2006 M.Tech CSE - pswarnalatha@vit.ac.in R. Subhashini, 2003 MBA - varshenisuba@yahoo.com S. Sudesh, 2009 Ph.D., 2006 M.Tech BME - sudeshsivarasu@yahoo.co.in 35

You are invited
On behalf of the Office Bearers, Chapter Co-ordinators of VITAA and Management, Faculty, Staff and Students of VIT, we have great pleasure in inviting you to attend the

15th Annual Alumni get-together
On 26th January, 2010 (Tuesday) at VIT University at 8.30 am

V.G. Sridhar
Secretary-General, VITAA

D. Venkaatesh
Treasurer,VITAA

P. Srikanth
Chairman,VITAA

Programme Schedule
08.00 am - Registration 09.00 am - Flag Hoisting 09.30 am - Special address by Chancellor, Pro- Chancellors & VITAA officials 11.00 am - Video conferencing (VITAA abroad Chapters) 12.00 noon - Presentation of VITAA Distinguished Alumni Awards & VITAA Scholarship Awards 01.00 pm - Buffet Lunch 02.00 pm - Entertainment Programmes 04.30 pm - Office Bearers Meeting

Cultural Extravaganza
Special performance by HURRICANE BELLS, a well known American cultural troupe on 26th Jan.2010 at Anna Auditorium. Time: 3 - 5 pm

Don’t Miss it! Chennai Chapter
Kalpana – 1990 ECE email: kalpana.arun@yahoo.co.in Mobile no. 09840093572 Sathish Rajamani -1996 Mech) email:sathish.rajamani@oracle.com Mobile no. 09444907197 Vijaykiran - 2006 Mech email: vijaykiran.kvk@gmail.com Mobile no. 09884616060 For further details please contact :

Bus trips are organised from Chennai, Bangalore & Chittoor VITAA chapters from Chennai, Bangalore and Chittoor will be operating buses for the convenience of alumni members to attend the VITAA Day on 26th Jan. 2010 at VIT. To avail of this facility you are requested to contact the respective chapter co-ordinators:

Bangalore Chapter
Shankar Gokulae - 1998 Mech. email: shankarg77@gmail.com Mobile no. 09845197327 D.V. Sandeep - 2006 Mech. email: sandeep.dv@gmail.com Mobile no. 09986002583 Sivakumar K A – 1998 Mech. email:asivakumar@hotmail.com Mobile no. 09632158585

Chittoor Chapter
Balaji Reddy - 1991 Mech email: babjiss@yahoo.co.in Mobile no. 09246993342 G. Bhaskar Kumar - 2005 M.Sc email: gncbaskar@gmail.com Mobile no. :09885530471 R. Vasantha Naidu - 2007 EEE email: vasanthramineni@yahoo.co.in Mobile no.: 09959388830 Mobile No. 09443311361 Book - Post

J. Krishnakumar, Alumni Officer, email: alumni@vit.ac.in Landline No.0416-2202248

To,
From : Secretary - General VIT - Alumni Association VIT University Vellore - 632 014, Tamil Nadu, India e-mail : alumni@vit.ac.in Phone : 0416 - 220 2248, 220 2177
Mobile No. 09443311361

Welcome to the VIT’s 26th year celebrations on the 26th Jan. 2010 VITAA DAY – Every Year on January 26that VIT. DON’T MISS IT !
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