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Sri Lanka votes for change Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model Rahman at CIC Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Increasing non co-operation of state leaders When small is no larger beautiful.. The rise and rise of KCP Sweeter prospects for sugar Preserving for the future Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW Where a state respects its litterateurs… The power-full Hindujas Polls and promises Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... For whom the MIDS bell tolls? Why this malaise in medical education? Adharma of opposition politics Gay abandon in pricing The Swadeshi Trump Wise Presidents IPL - no surprise this scam Marketing expert Balagopal is no more Strengthen the base... He continues the focus on social amelioration Fortune 500 review Kinetic Karnataka Roaring Ro-Ro facility R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital Remembering Indira Sivasailam... When the President was rendered homeless… F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... Intellectual of rare qualities Sweet news for TN sugar mills Contrarian cousins Delhi returns to BJP Haul over the coal Mu Sigma – is no more Solar thermal shines… Tough task taking states together B H Kothari - a tribute Another Indian music maestro at the UN Medical costs hit the roof... Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated Tax agriculture Poor quality of university VCs Making ‘my Amaravati’... Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V No Maha Koottani in TN... Tatas moving out of urea production... Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet When online building permits work…. ONGC at KG Basin Delhi is distant… Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... The balancing act Modi and the lady Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities How Air-India loses customs... SoA @ 80 Editor's Says Breaththrough in malaria control Excel Generators provide the vital back-up Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School Waning interest in public discussions… MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways Readers' Mail Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform EVM is tamper-proof Russi Mody – a tribute Pharma – overdose of copying Cutting the nose to spite the face A more liberated TN… Delhi Chalo... Secularism and anti-Hinduism Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more Robber barons everywhere Quality silica from Neyveli When nations steal growth from one another… PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals Align crops to agro climate endowments… Paytm karo... Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara GM Technology at last! Lalu’s envy, India’s pride Where is Rajaji? Alexa – Talking Wikipedia Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! Cement prices continue to rise… Shipping woes of Chennai companies Make standards certification mandatory... IPL type auction for VCs? He saved millions from starvation... An inexplicable neglect Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership Protest masters... Build close rapport with business leaders Welcome focus on core competence Vibrant Gujarat Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi A friendly business group …and of a popular trade leader Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS Five star activism stalls development activity Tatas moving out of urea production... Multi-faceted Venkat CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... For whom the bell tolls? All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya Funding the un-funded Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel West Bengal: mindless malignancy Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra Noble nonagenarians... A think tank for Chennai Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan Things happen by accident and not by design... Should we change the official year? Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria More Shakti to resource mobilisation... Engineering seats go abegging S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist Building loyalty through the stomach A glass full of corruption Don’t seem to feel the pulse… When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's London, London Narayan Parliament in paralysis... CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. IAS invades NDDB... Mersal magnified Welcome GST The nuclear option Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… to the lack of interest on the part of these to focus on original research. This despite the much lower costs of such research in India. The industry which thrived on the protection of a closed economy and the advantage of a vast domestic market, has failed to organise its evolution on healthy lines Tribute – UCAL Selvan… Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Small units prefers to remain small... Recognition to role of NBFCs.... GNS - 100: our first subscriber PC’s preference for professionals Maximising the micro pricing … Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! Quality education through the PPP mode Fortune for Indian Airlines Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... Demise of a media baron... No engine for this car Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu More tributes to GR Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... Revving up the manufacturing sector Nuclear power at the nucleus A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… An enemy’s enemy is a friend TELANGANA at last…BUT Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research Tribute – M V Murugappan Put expensive assets created to use... More heat than light Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! Modi storms Silicon Valley A proud Madrasi Discoms deserve better… Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Permanent secretariat for TN GIM The rise and fall of Annamalai University Kulandai was a giant Road development slows down TGS- The king storyteller The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ Of course, Gujarat is vibrant This scant respect for Law Music happens Delhi is distant Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks A professional at the helm of IRDA... The star of Spencers is no more Revive development banks... China invests in India More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Auto components surge… Return to king coal for urea... The sea- saw battle continues... Which side are you, Montek? Moily’s bold thrust The few handicaps... Tribute Fuel for thought Towards speedy justice Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt Solar, solar everywhere … Why land prices zoom in TN? Silver Years of Madras Musings S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu Shale gas and its shallow future Gas is the way forward A yen for wastage… Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ When Ratan Tata visited SRM The Gulf aviation boom The brown list of Venkitaramanan The why of tax incentives Streamlining mandatory third party cover Banning booze... Valli, they are more marginalised TIAM turns a full cycle Airlines in India: cost and space Kudos to NDTV... Come elections, come advertisements... Shanti and Sadhana through Music Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad Computation of GDP – conundrums continue CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Muffled voices for merit… The Jan Dhan bonanza Plummeting profits of PSBs WTO Meet: resolved to meet again There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! Convulsions in The Hindu Boy, can you beat these? A welcome initiative by the judiciary CII projects higher growth… Editor's Notes EEC at the National Media Centre An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... A rich pool of talent not utilised…. Telangana in top gear…
 
Multi-faceted Venkat

With regret we record the demise of Dr N S Venkataraman. He was multifaceted in the real sense of the word, a renowned teacher,  was ardently involved in social affairs and was unafraid of recording his views on sensitive issues. 

Venkat took his doctorate in engineering from the IISc-Bangalore, worked as a senior aeronautical engineer at HAL and for the next three decades worked at the Madras Institute of Technology and rose to the positions of Dean and Director. His extensive contacts were used to get sponsored research assignments for R&D at MIT. Venkat worked for six years at Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) under the Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi. With his close association with TIFAC Chairman Abdul Kalam, he spread knowledge on advanced composite materials technology. NSV had guided 40 scholars for their ME thesis and was a prestigious member of several industry associations like the Institution of Engineers, Aeronautical Society...

The highly caste-driven Tamil society denied Venkat the opportunity to serve as a vice chancellor of the Anna University. We do not have many persons of his attainments, stature and capabilities to adorn the VC’s post. 

His family is studded with brilliance. His wife Chellam is a post-graduate in economics, son Dr. Venkat Srinivas, Vice President – Product design and development at Mahindra & Mahindra, was chosen last year to be part of the first Mahindra Future Leaders Programme. His daughter Dr Sudha Nagaraj works as assistant professor at Baylor Medical University, Houston. Venkat was also deeply immersed in Tamil literature and blended these nicely in several of his humorous writings. 


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