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Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel The why of tax incentives Which side are you, Montek? An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... Align crops to agro climate endowments… Multi-faceted Venkat New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… A professional at the helm of IRDA... The nuclear option Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Tribute The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ Maximising the micro pricing … Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... Fortune for Indian Airlines Wise Presidents CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Make standards certification mandatory... Welcome GST A rich pool of talent not utilised…. Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria The balancing act Modi and the lady Should we change the official year? No Maha Koottani in TN... Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! TGS- The king storyteller Readers' Mail Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! Modi storms Silicon Valley Convulsions in The Hindu Cutting the nose to spite the face More Shakti to resource mobilisation... The rise and fall of Annamalai University Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities When nations steal growth from one another… A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks Road development slows down More heat than light Intellectual of rare qualities Engineering seats go abegging Silver Years of Madras Musings Tatas moving out of urea production... EEC at the National Media Centre Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health TELANGANA at last…BUT Increasing non co-operation of state leaders PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals A glass full of corruption Build close rapport with business leaders Shale gas and its shallow future Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V SoA @ 80 Sri Lanka votes for change Robber barons everywhere WTO Meet: resolved to meet again Mersal magnified Solar, solar everywhere … A proud Madrasi Waning interest in public discussions… This scant respect for Law Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... Why this malaise in medical education? When small is no larger beautiful.. Muffled voices for merit… A yen for wastage… A more liberated TN… The Jan Dhan bonanza Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi The rise and rise of KCP Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL 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 For whom the MIDS bell tolls? Welcome focus on core competence Valli, they are more marginalised Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Vibrant Gujarat Discoms deserve better… IPL type auction for VCs? L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… Tribute – M V Murugappan Quality education through the PPP mode When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's Building loyalty through the stomach Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet GNS - 100: our first subscriber Moily’s bold thrust Music happens Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Remembering Indira Sivasailam... Paytm karo... Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra Auto components surge… Kudos to NDTV... 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S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal Five star activism stalls development activity More tributes to GR The brown list of Venkitaramanan Editor's Notes Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways The star of Spencers is no more Towards speedy justice West Bengal: mindless malignancy No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital Breaththrough in malaria control Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated GM Technology at last! Streamlining mandatory third party cover The Swadeshi Trump Of course, Gujarat is vibrant Small units prefers to remain small... Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model Banning booze... S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist The few handicaps... 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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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