Amrita IT Alumni Scholarship program was initiated by the 1999-2003 BTech IT Alumni with the inspiration of Prof. K.Gangadharan. 29 Alumni came down for the event from various parts of the globe. The event was hosted by CSE department on August 5, 2018 at Amriteswari Hall. The event was coordinated by Dr. S.Padmavathi with the help of Mr. Vijay Narayanan, Alumni Coordinator.
Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Award - $10,000 – Ms. Preethi Ramesh
Best performer Award-2010, Infosys – Ms. Saranya Kannan
Data Warehousing Domain Topper-2010, CTS – Mr. Balachandar
Service Excellence Award-2012, IBM, 2012 – Mr. P. Prem
Best Innovative Project Award, Siemens R&D Lab – Mr. Gowtham Balasubramanian (Co-Founder, BackStroke Labs)
Siemens Interns Challenge Award - Mr. Gowtham Balasubramanian
Patents filed for proposing a new technique to monitor & control Type B Diabetes - Mr. Gowtham Balasubramanian
Best Employee Award-2012, L&T InfoTech, Mr. Karthik
Bravo Award for Best Performance, Infosys – Mr. Tharun Emany
Spot Infosys Awards – Mr. R. Sridhar • Member, Center of Excellence in Data Stage, CTS – Mr. M. G. Rama Krishnan
Best performer for the Project-2010, CTS – Mr. K. Adithya
Top Performer-2010, IBM – Mr. Kishore Muthu • Scientist, CMERI-CSIR – Mr. Srinivasan A.
Winner IT Invention Test - 2010, Deloitte – Mr. Vibushan
Ph.D at Max Planck Institute for Informatics, UK – Mr. Kaustubh Betkar
Ph.D at Imperial College, London – Mr. Sainath L.
Senior Scientist, ISRO – Mr. Mukesh
Senior Scientist, ISRO – Mr. Kumar Jyothi
MathWorks – Ms. Jotirlatha. V
Sarup Banskota is a Nomadic remote web developer specialized in writing semantic markup and clean stylesheets. He works with the latest in responsive web design, typically on Ruby on Rails projects. He has been involved with the Fedora Project since 2013. Over the years, been helping out in multiple ways:
Co-authored GlitterGallery, a collaboration tool for open source designers.
Along with Suchakra, led the redesign of the Ask Fedora Project
Conducted front-end best practices workshops at local conferences
While in college, led the Fedora community, working towards attracting more Fedora users, and introducing potential contributors to starting points
On a regional level, conducted installfests and workshops on a variety of topics ranging from generic FOSS introduction, version control, web development in Indian universities
As Ambassador for the Asia Pacific region, helped with budget planning and conducted technical workshops at South East Asian universities and conference environments
Mentored Kalpani Anuradha over Google Summer of Code 2015 to work on the Ask Fedora redesign project
Mentored Aditya Prakash over Google Summer of Code 2015 to work on the GlitterGallery project
Wireframing products that are in a “confused” state
Writing good HTML/CSS - I do vanilla Sass + media queries as much as I do Twitter Bootstrap
Writing jQuery to help with interactions • Clean website landing pages
Responsive HTML emails • Visualizing your data with interactive charts
Mobile first front end, which is snappy and feels clean
Reasonably complex backend for an admin module perhaps, with Rails
G D Raja
The number 60, prominently written on the registration plate of the BMW 3-Series car, almost reads as ‘GD’. Sensing my inquisitive look, he said, “Yes, it’s 60, and it’s my idea,” he says, with a triumphant grin on his face. “It stands for Gunasekaran and Devaghi, my parents. All my vehicles have the same number,” says 32-year-old G.D. Raja.
Raja has a chain of businesses – commodity broking (Adventures India), instant coffee export, a chain of coffee pubs (Goodmorning Café), logistics (LRG Logistics), real estate (GD Shelters), jewellery retail (GD Gold Garden) and a play school (GD Public School). Ask him whether he became an entrepreneur by accident or was forced upon him, he says, “No, no. It’s purely by choice.” His father, who runs a transport business in Chennai, wanted to see him as a top-level executive in a big corporate house. Despite his father’s persuasion, he chose not to take part in any campus interviews when he was doing his MBA at Bharathidasan Institute of Management, Tiruchi. “Because, I was very stubborn that I should start something on my own,” says Raja, founder CEO of the GD Group of companies.
In 2003, after he completed his MBA, he ventured into a business as planned, with an initial investment of Rs. 3 lakh, which he “borrowed” from his father. He took distributorship of food products from various manufacturers. He stocked and distributed many products from packaged atta, maida to asafoetida to provision stores from a small portion of a building in Chennai. There was an 8-10 per cent margin. As most of the products were sold on credit, and the shop owners did not pay on time, it often landed him in financial problems. “During such a crisis, my friend, Rajam, who studied with me at BIM, used to bail me out by lending money from her salary.” But, that did not go on for a long time. At one point, the situation worsened and he could not even pay the rent for the portion he had taken on lease. He quit the distribution business. And that is when the idea of having his own brand struck him, and they (Raja and Rajam) finally narrowed down on instant coffee. It was in early 2004, when Sunrise and Bru were the dominant players in the market. When approached, Consolidated Coffee Ltd at Hyderabad readily agreed to manufacture for him. ‘Goodmorning Cafe’ was born. He positioned it as a B2B product and sold it to commercial establishments, “as this segment was not very brand conscious”.
The first month sales were Rs. 8,000 but in three years, the annual turnover went up to Rs. 4 crore. CCL could not meet his demand, as it had to meet its own export orders. In a tight spot again, he decided to set up his own manufacturing facility. Though many banks rejected the project because of his age and lack of collateral, thankfully, State Bank of Hyderabad agreed to extend the loan. “That was the breakthrough for us,” says Raja. In late 2011, when he was 31, he set up his instant coffee manufacturing facility at Andimadam in Ariyalur district of Tamil Nadu, with a 200-tonne-a-month capacity. After that there was no looking back. As there were a lot of enquiries from overseas, he started exporting too. Now the unit is converted into a 100 per cent export-oriented-unit. The unit is now being expanded to manufacture 750 tonnes a month. He extended his coffee export business by foraying into ‘coffee pubs’, under the brand Goodmorning Café. It’s a chain of five outlets, now only in Chennai. In between, in late 2004, as he had “a lot of free time in the evenings”, he started a commodity broking firm, Adventures India.
The peak business time for the Commodity Exchange is towards the evening (to coincide with the New York exchange). “I learnt that commodity market has a higher potential than the stock market, and took membership from MCX,” he explains. He positioned his broking firm as an ‘exclusive commodity broking firm’. Due to lack of awareness, he had a tough time bringing in investors. His perseverance paid. Now Adventures India carries out transactions worth Rs. 600 crore a day. “We are South India’s leading commodity broking firm with more than 200 branches across the country,” says Raja. His logistics business too has an interesting story behind. He invited P.R. Ramasubrahmaneya Rajha, Chairman of the Ramco group, as the chief guest to inaugurate an Adventures India outlet in Rajapalayam. During their conversation, Rajha asked him to start a transport business, with a promise to award Ramco’s contracts in that region. LR Logistics was started with 30 trucks. And, now it runs 54 trucks, exclusively for Ramco. Now his group employs a little over 300 people. “My dream is to expand the business and employ at least 1,000 people by 2015,” says Raja.
Creative Monkey Games and Technology Pvt Ltd Team
CHENNAI: With over a million downloads of their games, Coimbatore-based Creative Monkey Games and Technology Pvt Ltd team, is on a high. The one-year-old company launched their new game, ‘Chennai Bus Parking’ on Thursday. Deepak Aravind P, a 20-something young lad and his wife, Kavitha G, are the directors of this company, who also have a keen interest in gaming.
“We aim at making games that educate, inform and also care for the health of the people who play our games,” said Deepak. The Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham alumnus was an avid gamer since his childhood. While in college he developed a fascination towards scripting stories and directing. “Being a Computer Science and Engineering student I liked programming too. So, I joined all the dots and started making game apps. I come up with a story and share my vision with my team of four and we create the app,” he said and added that he worked in a software company for eight years, before his wife, also a software engineer, asked him to develop his own games. The new app ‘Chennai Bus Parking’ is modelled on the Koyambedu Bus Stand in Chennai. “I am representing Tamil Nadu in my games hence Chennai was my choice. There are many bus parking games available on play store, but I think ours will be different; we have the option of having the instructions in Tamil and each level has a different bus with the bus number and its destination. This way one also gets a little information about the bus numbers in Chennai,” explained Deepak.
City-based Creative Monkey Games and Technologies Pvt Ltd, a gaming app making company, recently launched a new game called ‘Chennai Bus Parking’ modelled on Koyambedu Bus Stand. Talking to CE about preparing the sketch of the game, Deepak said that he and his team gave attention to minute details like the recently launched Metro Rail and writing a couplet from the Thirukkural inside the bus, which is a common sight in all buses in Chennai. “The Metro Rail began functioning when we were in the middle of the project. We had to change the appearance and show a train appearing for a few seconds while you play,” he said. The game has 20 levels and different modes in which you can play the game. The user can navigate either by swiping the screen or use the steering wheel option. The app is available only in Google Play Store as of now. The iOS and Windows models will be out in September. ‘Chennai Auto Traffic Race’, which was among the first few apps Deepak and Kavitha developed, garnered good response from all over the world. “I have always wanted to do something that is native to us. Chennai auto rides are maddening and during one such ride I felt that it would make for a good racing app.
We made the app with local tunes and colloquial words. People loved it. I took this app to some auto drivers to check their reaction. While they enjoyed the game they did not understand the instructions. Hence, we came up with the idea to have a Tamil version in the new game,” he said, and Kavitha added, “We are working on a sequel to that app and that is a huge responsibility.” Apart from these the team has developed games like, ‘Half Wings’, ‘Highway Attack: Moto Edition’, ‘Desert Attack: Moto King’, ‘Twin Racers’ and ‘Math-O-Math’. “Our target is — for every two India-based games, there should be one that is of international level,” he said. The background music for the new app is scored by short film and ad film music director SreRam Anand. The games take about 45-50 days to complete. Others in the team are Ramkumar, game artist and caricaturist, Karthik Naga Bhopathi, 3D artist and animation is done by Bhoopathiraja. Talking about the health aspect, Deepak said, “Parents usually worry when children are always playing on phone. We are looking at developing an app where you play along with the phone. They will be games that emphasise on physical activity. For example, you might have to jump or skip in order to play the game,” he said. While Deepak’s dream project is to create a game on seven births, currently he is working on the ‘Teasing series’ that is similar to Talking Tom. “We would also like to make games based on movies and movie characters, if approached. While many such games have been introduced, none of them have become hits,” he said.
I am Jegan and i am pursuing B.tech(CSE) 2012 Batch.I completed my internship in Mu-Sigma Inc. Bangalore.During the internship period i worked in Field Medical Project and saved the clients investment and time which is of worth around $5000 and I took Big Data sessions for my peers which helped them in their daily deliverables.They gave Spot Award for this achievement.
Name of Alumni
Batch and Year
Status and Details
Pursuing MS in Computer Science at University of Southern California, Los Angels.
Pursuing MS at university of South California
Pursuing MS at State University of New York at Stony Brook
Pursuing MS at State University of New York at Buffalo
Entrepreneur. Co-Founded EduSeva Technologies
IT Software Engineer at Microsoft India R&D
Software engineer at Microsoft India
Harikrishna Menon A
Program Manager at Microsoft
SDE II at Microsoft
Mr. P. Prem
Receiver of Service Excellence Award-2012, IBM,
Mr. Gowtham Balasubramanian
Co-Founder, BackStroke Labs, Received the Best Innovative Project Award, from Siemens R&D Lab, Siemens Interns Challenge Award and filed patents for proposing a new technique to monitor & control Type B Diabetes
Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Award - $10,000
Programmer Analyst at Cognizant, Coimbatore(Jun 2010 - Jul 2011)Grad - MS in Computer Science & Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo (Aug 2011- Dec 2012) Placement - Software Developer at Mathworks, Natick Massachusetts (Jan 2013 - present)
Pursuing MS in Computational Linguistics at IIIT Hyderabad
M.S from Rochester Institute of Technology and currently working in IBM California
Ms. Saranya Kannan
Received the Best performer Award for 2010 at Infosys
Mr. Kishore Muthu
Top Performer-2010, IBM
SDET at Amazon.com
Mr. Kaustubh Betkar
Pursued Ph.D at Max Planck Institute for Informatics UK
Senior Scientist at ISRO
Senior Scientist at ISRO
Mr. Srinivasan A
Scientist at CMERI-CSIR
To pursue B.Tech at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is one of my wisest career decision. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham presented various platforms to showcase my talent. I participated in many national programming contest and worked with world famous product developing companies during my study. There are abundance of opportunities to hone my problem solving skills at Industry and Research level. Faculty members are highly skilled in their domain and very friendly. The Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has shaped my career by establishing a solid foundation, both technically and non-technically.
I did not want to be just another engineer, I wanted to be extraordinary - and Amrita has been my constant guide and pillar of support. From academics, to research projects, to freedom of choosing areas of interests, Amrita has given me immense exposure and opportunity. Amrita’s highly motivated crowd has constantly encouraged me to persevere, look beyond the horizon, and achieve heights. I am grateful to Amrita for laying the foundation that holds me strong and proud.
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has nurtured me holistically and made me a complete human being I am now. From nurturing my soft skills to being an ardent programmer, Amrita has helped me in every aspect. The four years in this institution made me discover my potential and target my journey towards it. The opportunities provided by the curriculum and the faculty members are aplenty. Hopefully, more students reap benefits out of this stellar institution. Now I have progressed in my life as I wished and I am undergoing my Master's degree in University of California, Riverside.
Master's degree in University of California, Riverside.
The time I spent at Amrita might end up as the best time of my entire education span. The best thing I found here is that students are always enthusiastic towards education and career while the faculty here has been simply amazing to assist them anytime. The relief to the in-depth schedule and hard work is provided in the end by the placement department. With respect to resources, the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has been constantly developing and looking for ways to improve. No matter what I will always be privileged to be part of this institution.
Software Engineer @ 7.ai
Life at Amrita was in every aspect a very influential and memorable one. Amrita gave me top-notch engineering knowledge, a different attitude towards learning, a broader vision on technology and also crucial life lessons. An exceptional rapport between student-teacher was one of the prime reasons why career at Amrita made me extremely responsible and gave me the confidence to accomplish my goal. Placement classes were designed very efficiently to mould us to pioneer our profession in our domain. Mock interviews, Pre-placement grooming sessions and communication classes gave the courage and determination to easily clear the interviews. I feel extremely proud to have been a part of Amrita. The journey had been wonderful.
Sri Nandhavi N.
My 4 years in college, I have seen Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham providing opportunities for vast experiences in life catering to diverse people, be it learning experience, sports, interpersonal skills, organizing events, facing problems, confidence boosters, entrepreneurship, social activities, projects, university/state/national level competitions, jobs, higher education, good faculty/seniors/peers and the list goes on. Which opportunity to capitalize on, is completely individual's choice, I think this is what everyone expects, which makes the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham wholesome package when compared to its peers. It may not have been the first Institute I was wishing to join, but after my journey with this Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, I am proud to be a member of it.
"At Amrita, amidst state-of-the-art infrastructure accompanied by highly intellectual, experienced and supportive faculty members. They had done a splendid job by inculcating the ability in me to learn and build the strong foundational knowledge provided by them. Sports and cultural activities were always part of our lives along with the work ethics which helped us get moulded into people against the common stereotype of engineers being drowned in books."
"Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has not only taught me the technical fundamentals, but also the fundamental values which helped me in becoming a socially responsible citizen."
Amrita is an ocean of opportunities. It allows students to strengthen beyond their field of studies. Be it research or be it fine arts, Amrita is always supportive to the students. Today in the industry we see that Amrita students stand out with a sound of knowledge in their filed. The great infrastructure with world class labs and libraries has made world level research a dream come true for me. All the staffs are research oriented and even the normal sessions will be research provoking. The syllabus of the course is as well in line with the industry and industry collaborated courses add further more feathers to the hat. Cross stream electives enable the students to develop their interests and intensify their knowledge in other domain different from their main course stream. Above all Amrita teaches value for life. Life values and yoga with Amma’s blessings makes us a good human above a good professional. Amrita is a godly place empowering the country with youths, who have a strong mind, healthy body and a sound knowledge. Thus they deserve to be the nation’s best private Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. Feeling proud and blessed to be an Amritian.
Abhishek S. N.
The life at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham was so amazing that it not only helped me to widen my knowledge but also develop my overall personality. The strengths of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham are the very proficient professors and their exceptional teaching abilities. The Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham provides tremendous encouragement and support to participate in various academic competitions and cultural activities. The curriculum is designed to have hands-on and practical experience that enables every student to be corporate ready.
"Amrita always holds a special place in my heart. I've been a hosteler and hence had the advantage of spending more time in the campus and enjoy the picturesque beauty of the campus. Having a cup of tea near the hanger and enjoying the beauty of elephant hill at 5PM everyday was an amazing feeling indeed. It has been my home for 4 years. Life at Amrita is not just about academics. It is about crafting a future. While my time here as a student, I believe, I have evolved not only as a student, but as a person. The plethora of opportunities at Amrita, helped me satisfy my affinity for extra-curricular activities. Last, but the best, I've found a group of like-minded folks who are the reason I fondly miss those college days."