Industry-Government-Academia Forum On 23rd March @ 1:30 PM

A panel discussion spearheaded by Industry-Government-Academia experts and technocrats has been planned on 23rd March 2017 at 1.30 PM, to discuss as to how Academia could play a vital role in executing the various Government/Industry agenda towards 2020. The theme of the forum is centred on the Smart City mission and in which discussion focuses on how Internet of Things (IoT), Digital Evolution and Smart Energy will be the key players to achieve the former.


The panel discussions will highlight the following key aspects:

Panel 1 – Internet of Things

  • Smart solutions for smart cities
  • Making governance citizen-friendly and cost effective
  • Promoting a variety of transport options - Transit Oriented Development (TOD), public transport and last mile para-transport connectivity;
  • To provide core infrastructure elements of a smart city accessible to every citizens in the city

Panel 2 – Digital Evolution

  • Digitally empowered smart city and knowledge economy
  • Digitization and availability of government & public services in real time from online and mobile platforms in different Indian languages
  • Providing emergency services through social media and web based platforms to inform and interact with citizens.
  • High speed connectivity - Integrating the network and cloud infrastructure.

Panel 3 – Smart Energy

  • Smart Grid for 24 X 7 Power supply
  • 2020 target: 100 GW - Solar, 60 GW - Wind, 10 GW - Biomass and 5 GW - Small Hydro Power.
  • 100% of lithium-ion batteries are currently imported by India!
  • Alternative to lead-acid batteries - Pollution free lighting for Metro /Mono Railways.
  • Why Supercapacitors are looked upon as Host of Future Energy?

Panel Head - Smart City Mission

Ravi Kishore

President, ESDM



Ravi Kishore completed his Bachelor of Engineering from Andhra University of College of Engineering and Masters from IIT, Kharagpur in Reliability Engineering. Subsequently, he completed his Ph.D. From Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo Japan, on Monbusho Fellowship program, in the area of Asynchronous VLSI Design and Concurrent Error Checking.

He worked in Texas Instruments, Japan from 1998 to 2002, focusing on Mixed-Signal Design Automation, Power Analysis and Design for Manufacturability for Mixed-Signal VLSI. From 2003 to 2016, he worked with HCL technologies, in different leadership positions, as part of Engineering R&D Services, primarily focusing on systems, engineering and product development: design for reliability for high-integrity applications (like medical, avionics etc.); end-to-end product development in various domains (medical devices, consumer electronics); ground-up development and end-to-end ownership of high-growth off-shore development centres (ODC) in the area of RF and Wireless Systems Engineering, Consumer Electronics as well as building the practice and programs related to India Defence domain; building the entire engagement for he development of India’s indigenously built solutions for electronic in Cellular domain from technology development to field-trials (in coordination with DRDO, DPSU and the end-users); represented HCL Technologies in the ANRC consortium to develop the next generation wireless technologies relevant to aerospace domain; published papers and patents;

From October, 2016 onwards moved to Andhra Pradesh Electronics and IT Agency, an autonomous body responsible to promote investments in Andhra Pradesh in the area of IT, Electronics, Manufacturing, Developing new technology research institutes in the area of digital technologies. Currently, in the role of President (Electronics System Design and Manufacturing) responsible to bring up International Institute of Digital Technologies (IIDT) in Tirupati - a path-breaking initiative by Government of Andhra Pradesh, to create the first premier learning and research institute focusing on entire gamut of Digital technologies: Analytics, Cyber Security, Internet of Things (IoT), Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality (AR/VR), Cloud Computing, Blockchain etc. Successfully, started two post-graduate programs (Business Analytics and Cyber Security) from Feb-2017 onwards, in three short months. Responsible to build the partnerships with the industry, build the Centres of Excellence, develop the pedagogy and create the state-of-art laboratories, focusing on the digital technologies.

Internet of Things (IoT) Panel – Speakers

Mr. B G Pal

Chief Operation Officer,
Dure Technologies Private Limited



Mr. BG Pal is an IT industry veteran with over 27 years of experience in senior executive leadership positions. He is a seasoned executive with in-depth understanding of business processes and technologies in insurance, banking and public health. BG has experience in setting up IT start-ups and running IT Products & services company, Operations and process transitions.
BG is currently associated with Dure Technologies Private Limited as the Chief Operation Officer. Dure Technologies is an IT product and solutions development company operating out of Geneva, Mumbai and Delhi. Dure is committed to developing innovative technology solutions, that focuses on transforming data into experiences and empowering of individuals, to build a connected and informed society.
BG started his professional career with CMC Limited (now part of TCS Ltd), and during his 11-year association with CMC in the software development group, he has gained significant experience working across multiple business domains viz., Telecom, Power systems automation (SCADA), Banking and Insurance.
Later, he joined Tata AIG General Insurance Company as India IT head and later went on to become the Chief Information Officer (CIO). As the CIO, he was responsible for formulating and implementing Tata AIG’s long term IT strategy to drive business growth and operational efficiency.
After Tata AIG, BG joined Syncada India Operations Pvt Ltd, a JV between US Bankcorp & Visa Inc. as their India Country Head & Director and built the organization from a very small team to over 250-people strong IT and Operations team in a span of three years; transitioning all significant software development and operations activities from US and Europe to India.
Prior to joining Dure Technologies, BG served NIIT Technologies Limited as Senior Vice President and Global Delivery Head for Insurance Products.
On the academic front, BG did his Bachelor of Science with Physics major and Bachelor of Technology in Radio Physics & Electronics, both from Calcutta University.

Eric Torres

CTO, Tata Communications



Eric Torres is the Vice President of New Ventures, Tata Communications, France. He had been the Vice President of Transformation Solutions Group till September 2014.He was the founder of CIPRIS, 1st Continental Europe Virtual Network Operator. He had been the Director of Global System Integration/Network Integrated division till June 2005.He held various positions with IBM as Project Manager, Marketing Manager and Director. He was the winner of the Tata Group innovation award category ‘Leading Edge’. He graduated in Engineering from Polytech Montpellier, France and completed his MBA in Europe. His specialties include management in a multi – national environment, restruction of Units, IT and Network services

A. Paventhan

Additional Director (R&D) ERNET India



A. Paventhan is Additional Director (R&D) with ERNET India (autonomous society under the Ministry of Communication and IT) and head of the regional centres of Bangalore and Chennai. At ERNET, he has handled R&D projects, in the domains of Internet of Things, Mobile IPv6, EU funded MyFIRE Future Internet and Educational Cloud. Prior to joining ERNET, he held scientific and research positions at National Informatics Centre (HQ), New Delhi, C-DAC, Bangalore and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), Oxford, UK.
He has received M.Tech Computer Applications from IIT Delhi and PhD in the field of Grid computing from the University of Southampton, UK under the research scholarship award within the School of Engineering Sciences. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, a member of Internet Society (ISOC) and ACM.
His current research interests include protocols and standards for Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud computing and Software Defined Networking.

Smart Energy Panel – Speakers

Prakash Nayak

Director at PEnA Power Engineering and Automation Pvt.Ltd



Prakash B Nayak, B Tech in Electronics & Telecommunication and post-graduation in Electronics Design Technology from Indian Institute of Science Bangalore. He has overall 35 years of service in the power and automation industry. The last position (where he worked close to 30 years ) he held was President, Power Systems, ABB Ltd.
He served as Managing Director of ABB Global Industries and Services Limited i.e. from 2006 till end of 2009 heading Corporate Research, Global Engineering and Global sourcing and Global Manufacturing etc. major responsibilities involved developing and growing software development team Later part of the career he served as President of ABB Power Systems. He resigned in 2011 to start his own Company PEnA Limited, focusing on Renewable Power and Automation domain as the country offers lots of challenges and opportunities in terms of technology adaptation and also competence build up.
Besides the above he is the Chairman of Power Panel at IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology former IEE) India and also ex-Chairman of South Asia IET network. He is Fellow of Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET UK) and Chartered Engineer (IET UK).He is continuing as spokesman of IET on power, smart grid and technical education.
Besides above he is getting himself engaged in various technology forums, once such forum is DC Micro grid developments for villages arriving at suitable technology road map and standards part of IEE’s Industry Connect initiative and was chairman of work group Renewable and Micro grid part of
India Smart Grid Forum. He is also certified by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy as Chartered Engineer and is involved in the technical approval of development of utility based and roof based large solar power plants. At present, since March 2016, he represents India in CIGRE in its D2 Information Systems and Telecommunication work group.
Part of his company initiative he has signed off with academia (two colleges) in promoting research in automation and renewable integration.


A. R. Kulkarni

Institute Chair Professor
Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science
IIT Bombay



Kulkarni obtained his M. Sc. in Physics, from Nagpur University in 1979 and his Ph.D. in Materials Science in 1984 from the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur, He joined Solid State Physics Laboratory, DRDO briefly and in 1985 moved to Purdue University as a Research Associate in Department of Chemistry with C. A. Angell. He joined IIT Bombay as a Faculty Member in 1987, where he is presently a Chair Professor. His research interests include Materials for energy harvesting through electrochemistry and harvesting through nature. His fundamental contributions include Ion dynamics in disordered materials through mechanical and electrical relaxations and dispersion of Carbon nanotubes in CNT-polymer nanocomposites. Kulkarni was awarded prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship University of Augsburg in 1997. He was a visiting Professor at IMRAM, Tohoku University Sendai in 2005-06.
He has developed ammonia sensors based on Polymer electrolytes, Infra-red transmitting glasses, and electronic ceramics for underwater application, multilayer capacitors and Polymer gel electrolytes for batteries. Kulkarni has eight patents on ion conducting materials for batteries and sensors, electro-ceramics and defective ZnO quantum dots He has over 130 publications.
Kulkarni is a Fellow of the Maharashtra Academy of Sciences and member of National Academy of Sciences Kulkarni has taught several materials science and engineering courses to undergraduate and post graduate students and has guided more than 25 Ph. D. students and has completed a large number of sponsored projects. His current interest includes materials for electrical properties of materials, lithium batteries, impedance spectroscopy for materials characterization and environment friendly ferro and piezo ceramics.


U.V.Varadaraju

Professor at Department of Chemistry, IIT Madras



U.V. Varadaraju has made outstanding contributions in frontier areas of Solid State Chemistry and Materials Science during the past 30 years. He has synthesized a large number of Crystalline Inorganic Compounds in Oxide, Phosphate, chalcogenide and ternary intermetallic systems employing novel synthetic routes. He carried out very systematic chemical substitutional studies with a view to understand the structure-composition-property relationships. He employed a number of complementary techniques for detailed characterization such as, XRD, IR and UV-Vis spectroscopy, DTA/TGA, Magnetic Susceptibility (dc and ac), Mossbauer spectroscopy, ESR etc. He studied a wide range of thermo-physical properties that include superconducting transition temperature (TC), critical current density (JC), magnetic susceptibility and magnetization, thermoelectric power (TEP), electronic and ionic conductivity, dielectric constant and thermal expansion.
Actively involved in the recent technology of lighting, Solid State Lighting, which can replace the fluorescent and incandescent lamps in the near future. Rare earth activated silicates, tungstates, molybdates, sulfides and thiosilicates are being explored as potential phosphors for Solid State Lighting technology using LEDs. Highly efficient red phosphors have been developed.
To study the cathode materials for Li rechargeable batteries, the necessary experimental set-up has been established. New layered oxide and phosphate compositions have been synthesized and a cell with output of 4V has been achieved. Research work is underway to find new materials with voltages in excess of 5V and with high capacity.
New skutterudite compositions with high conversion efficiency for thermoelectric power have been developed. His research work resulted in publications in reputed national and international journals and the work has been widely cited.
To summarize, Varadaraju has synthesized a number of new and novel inorganic solid state compounds and his work has provided deep insights into the interplay of the structure, composition and physico – chemical properties of solids.

Digital Evolution Panel – Speakers

Madhan Thiruvenkatachalam

Senior Director, PTC



Helping Manufacturing customers with leading IoT and AR platform and field-proven solutions to bring together their physical and digital worlds to reinvent the way they create, manufacture, operate, and service products.

Product Development Solutions, PLM - Product Lifecycle Management, Quality Management, Regulatory Compliance, CAD- Computer Aided Design, Internet of Things - IOT, Big data Analytics, Application Lifecycle Management, Service Lifecycle Management, Supply Chain Management, Augmented Reality.


Vineeth Simon Arackal

Joint Director at C-DAC, Bangalore



Vineeth Simon Arackal is currently Joint Director in System Software Development for HPC (SSDH) group at Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), CDAC Knowledge Park, Bangalore. He has 16 years of experience in the domains of High Performance Computing, Grid Computing and Cloud Computing. He has worked in the development of System Software for PARAM Supercomputers, and in Software development for Grid GARUDA and CDAC Scientific Cloud SuMegha. He is currently working in the Scientific Cloud Computing Project, and leading the GARUDA Access Portal team. He is the author of 15 publications in International and National Conferences and in technical magazines. He has given tutorials on Cloud Computing at PARCOMPTECH National Conference in 2013 & 2017, Indo-Taiwan Workshop 2013 and ACC-2012 International Conference. He is a B.Tech. Computer Science & Engineering Graduate from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala.


L.R. Prakash

Director at CDAC, Chennai



He has been in leadership roles in maintenance, production floors and service delivery for over 15 years. He was commissioned in the Indian Navy in 1991 as an Electrical Engineer. His areas of work have included maintenance of weapon systems, shipboard machinery and in the Naval Dockyard. He was selected as an instructor at the Electrical Training of the Navy. has been certified in Project Management, Networking and Information Security. For the past decade, he
has been involved with IT infrastructure setup and operations, enterprise software frameworks, and Identity Management and Access Control in the Armed Forces. He has extensive experience with steering large scale technical projects. He also
has been associated with projects in signal processing, instrumentation and electronic design in the Navy. He has a wide range of IT-based qualifications in networking and security. He also has steered the project SCOSTA based ID card system for the Armed Forces with CDAC NOIDA. He has represented the Navy in national-level committees involved with cyber security. He has undergone training in Project Management, Quality Assurance and ISO 9001 as well as ISO 27001.