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Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked GNS - 100: our first subscriber Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi CII projects higher growth… Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet The power-full Hindujas Lalu’s envy, India’s pride Readers' Mail Poor quality of university VCs Solar, solar everywhere … Tax agriculture Noble nonagenarians... Return to king coal for urea... S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital Secularism and anti-Hinduism Preserving for the future Revving up the manufacturing sector Things happen by accident and not by design... 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 Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model For whom the bell tolls? Kulandai was a giant Building loyalty through the stomach Sweeter prospects for sugar Tribute – UCAL Selvan… Parliament in paralysis... Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! Of course, Gujarat is vibrant How Air-India loses customs... Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy Paytm karo... Delhi returns to BJP Solar thermal shines… A friendly business group CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Tribute An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... Remembering Indira Sivasailam... Medical costs hit the roof... London, London Narayan Making ‘my Amaravati’... 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When Ratan Tata visited SRM Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik Banning booze... This scant respect for Law IPL - no surprise this scam Revive development banks... Haul over the coal Strengthen the base... No Maha Koottani in TN... A rich pool of talent not utilised…. Tribute – M V Murugappan Polls and promises S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist Vibrant Gujarat The brown list of Venkitaramanan Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... Alexa – Talking Wikipedia A glass full of corruption Airlines in India: cost and space A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science Five star activism stalls development activity Wise Presidents Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector Small units prefers to remain small... Cement prices continue to rise… Excel Generators provide the vital back-up …and of a popular trade leader Fortune for Indian Airlines Contrarian cousins Quality silica from Neyveli A welcome initiative by the judiciary Streamlining mandatory third party cover He continues the focus on social amelioration CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... Convulsions in The Hindu B H Kothari - a tribute The star of Spencers is no more Auto components surge… GM Technology at last! F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... When small is no larger beautiful.. Moily’s bold thrust TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership SoA @ 80 Gay abandon in pricing A think tank for Chennai Modi storms Silicon Valley Russi Mody – a tribute Demise of a media baron... China invests in India Discoms deserve better… Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Road development slows down Tatas moving out of urea production... 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Recognition to role of NBFCs.... An inexplicable neglect Plummeting profits of PSBs L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… Pharma – overdose of copying Tatas moving out of urea production... A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna Why land prices zoom in TN? Rahman at CIC Another Indian music maestro at the UN Intellectual of rare qualities More heat than light Gas is the way forward WTO Meet: resolved to meet again When nations steal growth from one another… EVM is tamper-proof Valli, they are more marginalised A professional at the helm of IRDA... Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? Funding the un-funded New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Align crops to agro climate endowments… Quality education through the PPP mode An enemy’s enemy is a friend Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel Roaring Ro-Ro facility A proud Madrasi TGS- The king storyteller Modi and the lady Sweet news for TN sugar mills Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... He saved millions from starvation... PC’s preference for professionals Sri Lanka votes for change Tough task taking states together EEC at the National Media Centre Delhi is distant… Waning interest in public discussions… ONGC at KG Basin CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles Music happens Multi-faceted Venkat The rise and rise of KCP The few handicaps... Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan Fortune 500 review Where a state respects its litterateurs… A more liberated TN… Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School When the President was rendered homeless…
 
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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