Qualification: 
MBA, MS, BE
manoj@amrita.edu

Manoj joined Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in 2007 after fifteen years of international work experience, where he headed the International Initiatives Office from Coimbatore. He was educated in Singapore where he Majored in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Nanyang Technological University. He completed his Masters in Information Studies, majoring in Information Systems from NTU and has an MBA in IT Management from University of Surrey, UK. He was a Naval Officer in the Singapore Navy for thirteen years where he specialized in Electronic Warfare and, in the rank of Captain, he took volunteer retirement in 2000 to pursue a career in IT and worked in an International law firm as an IT Manager. He then moved onto be the Singapore Country Manager for Softbridge Solutions, an IT service provider with offices in Japan, Singapore and India. Subsequently he left Singapore and moved to Australia where he worked as a IT Security Analyst in Sydney. Manoj has a keen interest in IT Security and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

Publications

Publication Type: Conference Paper

Year of Publication Title

2018

S. Krishna, Ramanathan, U., Manoj P., and Mohan, R., “Real time monitoring of solar micro grid installations; Discussion on three year performance analysis and system black out modelling”, in Proceedings of 2017 IEEE International Conference on Technological Advancements in Power and Energy: Exploring Energy Solutions for an Intelligent Power Grid, TAP Energy 2017, 2018, pp. 1-7.[Abstract]


Many unprivileged communities and tribes across the world gained access to electricity with the installation of solar micro grids. The paper discusses the performance of such an installment for a three year period. The paper discusses the associated challenges and transformation of the system from a rural utility to a rural enterprise. The paper attempts to map user value framework to understand the transformation from a beneficiary perspective. The enhancements particularly the installation of the remote monitoring unit is analyzed for the framework. The Learning's from the analysis further resulted in a design of holistic intelligent system and expected leverage it provided is observed. The remote monitoring unit will measure the input and output parameters of the system and then transmitted to the research center where it is analyzed for representation. The Real-time analysis of data will represent the performance of individual units along with system perspective. The blackout models are derived from the represented data. The social, economic and technological challenges encountered during the transformation are also mentioned in brief. © 2017 IEEE.

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2017

M. Frey, Manoj P., Mohan, R., Sai Shibu N. B., Gracia, V. C., Mohan, V., and , “Elevating Education of India's Rural Village Girls Through Distance Learning Technology Supported by Sustainable Electricity”, in GHTC 2017 - IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, Proceedings, 2017.[Abstract]


Augmenting educational opportunities for rural village girls in India has been highlighted as a significant Millennium Development Goal (MDG) necessary to help eradicate poverty in developing countries. The role of proper electrification in rural villages, another MDG, plays a significant role in providing necessary energy for educational needs. In a small village in the state of Jharkhand, India there are serious problems with current limited educational opportunities, particularly for girls, as well as electrification problems. These obstacles were assessed, and it was determined that with a proper and reliable electrification system in place, a Distance Learning (DL) educational program to support village education could support continued and constant education for girls through primary and secondary school. Interviews with villagers resulted in very positive support for such a system within the village. In this paper we address the current obstacles to education in the village. Also presented are the practical challenges in attaining the technical framework for the proposed DL innovation including software, suitable learning facilities, network connectivity, personnel support, and so on, all dependent upon a larger framework of reliable sustainable power system. In terms of electric availability, it is widely assumed that Indian villages now have electricity through efforts of government initiatives. However, the reality is that in many villages the actual electrical access has not been adequate to meet even simple village needs. A sustainable electrification model to support current grid is also currently underway for the village. The overall goal of the program is to enhance academic educational achievements of village girls, adolescents, and adults, thus helping to uplift the standard of living in the village, and diminishing current problems related to current low educational status of most there.

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2017

V. Mohan, Garcia, V. C., Frey, M. L. M., Dr. Maneesha V. Ramesh, Arya Devi R. D., Sai Shibu N. B., R. Mohan, and Manoj P., “Assessing Village Power Grid Problems for Development of Quality and Stable Supplemental Sustainable Energy”, in 2017 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC), 2017.[Abstract]


The UN Millennium Development Goals have in recent years understood and emphasized the critical connection between rural poverty and health issues, and lack of any or proper electrification. Although Indian village electrification has been a priority for the government for a number of years, it is a huge task given the millions of households residing in rural areas. Further, not all claims of village electrification reflect actual access to the grid nor consistent quality of access, when available. This paper addresses an assessment of electrification challenges in villages, as well as potential renewable resource availability. In response to electrification concerns expressed by villagers in the state of Jharkhand, a functional assessment of the existing grid was conducted, as well as an assessment of personal, business, and community electrification needs expressed by villagers. Multiple problems were discovered and are reported here. With village participation, alternative sustainable energy sources were explored, and the most feasible alternative sources to meet village needs for sustainable, reliable energy supplementing the current grid were identified. This paper also presents a detailed needs-assessment of villagers which will influence the potential sustainable energy solution.

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2015

Manoj P., Raghu Raman, Dr. Krishnashree Achuthan, and Jayaraman, Bd, “Preparing global engineers: USA-India academia & industry led approach”, in Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE, 2015, vol. 2015-February.[Abstract]


A major challenge in engineering education today in India is preparing students with the skill set needed for a global industry. This paper describes an innovative partnership between two institutions of higher education in India and USA and a multinational corporation to address this challenge. The collaborative manner in which the industry and institutions internationalized the curriculum is a key feature of this program. This unique approach has resulted in the employees of a multinational company in India being able to get two high quality Masters-level degrees in engineering, customized to their current and future requirements at a very affordable price point. This paper looks at cost savings, collaborative course development between industry and international academia, using technology to deliver courses and on-the-job professional development program for employees while keeping the employees motivated. But there are also interesting lessons learnt regarding teaching in English, adjusting to the local cultural context and the overall integration into the Indian academic setting. The process innovation described here would be of great interest to academia, industry and education policy makers and has the potential to be replicated in the entire field of non-engineering and interdisciplinary academic programs. © 2014 IEEE.

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2014

Manoj P., Dr. Krishnashree Achuthan, and Raghu Raman, “Preparing Global Engineers, Academia-Industry led approach: Indian experience”, in 44th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, 2014.[Abstract]


A major challenge in engineering education today in India is preparing students with the skill set needed for a global industry. This paper describes an innovative partnership between two institutions of higher education in India and USA and a multinational corporation to address this challenge. The collaborative manner in which the industry and institutions internationalized the curriculum is a key feature of this program. This unique approach has resulted in the employees of a multinational company in India being able to get two high quality Masters-level degrees in engineering, customized to their current and future requirements at a very affordable price point. This paper looks at cost savings, collaborative course development between industry and international academia, using technology to deliver courses and on-the-job professional development program for employees while keeping the employees motivated. But there are also interesting lessons learnt regarding teaching in English, adjusting to the local cultural context and the overall integration into the Indian academic setting. The process innovation described here would be of great interest to academia, industry and education policy makers and has the potential to be replicated in the entire field of non-engineering and interdisciplinary academic programs.

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