A GLOBAL NETWORK
IITAA in Sydney is part of a global network called Pan IIT that links alumni of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) worldwide. It provides unique professional and social networking opportunities to maximise their contribution to society.There is a sister organisation in Melbourne called IIT Alumni of Victoria.
Mr Neville Roach AO is an Honorary Life Member of IITAA. Some IITians in Australia you may know of are:
Dr Marlene Kanga AM (National President 2013, The Institution of Engineers Australia); Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla (Director, Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology, University of New South Wales); Ramesh Karnani, Partner & Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group, Sydney; Suresh Kumar, Global Head of Quantitative Risk Methodology, ANZ; Dr Hema Sharda, Director, South Asia Relations, Univ of Western Australia; Bala Varadarajan (Managing Director, Fujitsu Australia Software Technology); Samit Chandra (Head of IT Strategy, Architecture & Technology, Infosys Australia); Vinod Daniel (CEO India Vision Institute; Chairman, AusHeritage); Venki Prathivadi (Vice President – Sales & Operations, Kony Mobility Solutions); Vivek Sheel (Modality Performance Manager APAC, Philips Healthcare); Rama Ayyar (Director, R&U IT Consultants); Sunil Sharma (Principal Research Scientist, Energy Technology, CSIRO; Murali Dharan (CEO, EmpowerIS); Davender K Jain (Executive Director, Eze Solutions Pty Ltd); Anil Verma, Director, Polaris Software Australia; Devendra Gupta, Director, Paradigm.One; Inderjeet Singh Virdi, Program Manager, Procurement Solutions Directorate, NSW Govt; Vijay Gopal (Strategic Engagement Executive, Growth Markets, IBM Australia); N Raja Venkateswar (Snr Delivery Executive, Westpac Banking & Chairman, Australia-India Business Council’s NSW ICT Chapter); Sri Annaswamy (Director, Swamy & Associates); Ajay Kapur (Principal Engineer – Civil & Structural, UGL Limited); Rambo Krishnaswamy (ex Managing Director, Noise Control Australia); Dr Shoba Ranganathan, Chair of BioInformatics at Macquarie University; to name a few.
Several IITians are Fellows of The Institution of Engineers Australia: they include Dr Ashok Manglick FIEAust (Director, Manglick & Associates); Pankaj Mehta FIEAust (Director, Metamagix); Dr Sri Bandyopadhyay FIEAust (Assoc Prof UNSW) among others.
IITian Radhey Shyam Gupta, from Templestowe, Victoria, received the Medal of the Order of Australia in January 2014 for services to the arts through classical Indian music.
IITAA was formed in Sydney in 2003, with IITaV following a few years later in Melbourne. Dr Raj Rajakumar, the President of IIT Alumni of Victoria, was a member of CSIRO’s Executive Management Council and Director of CSIRO’s Light Metals National Research Flagship program (2005-2011). Raj’s wife, Tara RAJAKUMAR, received the Medal of the Order of Australia in January 2009 for service to the performing arts.
The competition to enrol as a student in IIT is fierce. Only the top one percent or so of candidates at a national Joint Entrance Examination gain admission. As students, IITians live together in dormitories on campus for 4 or 5 years, developing an extraordinary sense of collaboration and camaraderie.
History of IITs
Soon after India achieved independence, IITs were established as Institutes of National Importance. They were set up as autonomous centres of excellence in the field of engineering and technology education. Today, IITs offer undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral degrees in over 25 different engineering, technology and business management disciplines.
The first IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) was formed in 1950 in Kharagpur, West Bengal. Four other campuses were subsequently founded at Bombay (1958), Madras (1959), Kanpur (1960) and Delhi (1961). In 1995, a sixth campus at Guwahati was added; and in 2001, a seventh campus was established by upgrading Roorkee University, one of India’s oldest engineering institutions, into an IIT.
The Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 2011 added nine new institutes to the list. Of these, eight are new institutes, IIT Ropar (2008), IIT Bhubaneswar (2008), IIT Gandhinagar (2008), IIT Hyderabad (2008), IIT Patna (2008), IIT Rajasthan (2008), IIT Mandi (2009) and IIT Indore (2009). The ninth is Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU), which was a faculty under the administration of Banaras Hindu University, and is now named Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University) Varanasi, abbreviated IIT (BHU) Varanasi. The bill was approved by the Rajya Sabha on 30 April 2012.
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Mr Sundar P Siva
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