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MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel A friendly business group Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! Roaring Ro-Ro facility Which side are you, Montek? Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks Tribute Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked The why of tax incentives Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan Five star activism stalls development activity Cement prices continue to rise… GNS - 100: our first subscriber Mersal magnified Strengthen the base... More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Multi-faceted Venkat A more liberated TN… S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal Come elections, come advertisements... Russi Mody – a tribute Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health Should we change the official year? A yen for wastage… SoA @ 80 Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! Pharma – overdose of copying Editor's Notes …and of a popular trade leader When online building permits work…. Funding the un-funded Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ TELANGANA at last…BUT IPL - no surprise this scam Readers' Mail Increasing non co-operation of state leaders PC’s preference for professionals Of course, Gujarat is vibrant Small units prefers to remain small... Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! Revving up the manufacturing sector Put expensive assets created to use... Waning interest in public discussions… A welcome initiative by the judiciary Gay abandon in pricing Tatas moving out of urea production... Demise of a media baron... 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Polls and promises Align crops to agro climate endowments… Intellectual of rare qualities Fortune 500 review Welcome GST Sweet news for TN sugar mills All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya Building loyalty through the stomach CII projects higher growth… The rise and fall of Annamalai University Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? Excel Generators provide the vital back-up Boy, can you beat these? Breaththrough in malaria control London, London Narayan IAS invades NDDB... An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... More tributes to GR When the President was rendered homeless… Towards speedy justice Plummeting profits of PSBs Contrarian cousins Tax agriculture GM Technology at last! Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Gas is the way forward Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt
 
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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