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