Announcing the new Chairman of BITSAA International
BITSAA International is proud to announce Jayan Ramankutty as the new Chairman of the BITSAA board of Trustees. Jayan takes over the reins from Raju Reddy, who completed his term in 2014.
Jayan Ramankutty graduated from BITS Pilani in 1980 with a BE (Hons.) in Electronics. Subsequently, he worked in India till 1983, Singapore for a little over 3 years before moving to the Silicon Valley in January 1987. Jayan has over 20 years of extensive experience in designing and developing large, multi-processor computer systems, complex ASICs and SoCs in the field of networking, telecommunication and multimedia markets. During the last two decades, Jayan has founded five companies. Most recently, he founded YuMe networks a company focused on “real-time online video Ad insertion” and KRK Labs. Prior to this, Jayan co-founded Lara Networks in 1997, a world leader in Network Search Engine, which was acquired by Cypress Semiconductor in 2001 for approximately $300MM. In 1991, Jayan co-founded Nimbus Technology a leading designer and manufacturer of Sparc Chipset. Nimbus was acquired by Alliance Semiconductor prior to going IPO. He is the founding President of BITSAA-SVC and mentors graduating students at Duke University on Entrepreneurship.
Excited about his new role, Jayan aptly says:
"I’m really honored and deeply humbled to be serving as the Chairman of BITSAA International. For that I want to thank the outgoing Chairman, Raju Reddy, Prof. SP Kothari, the BITSAA Board and the countless dedicated volunteers who have placed their trust in me. Your passion and vision has created an organization that could easily be the envy of any alumni association around the world.
During the past year, I had the opportunity to visit several chapters. I was impressed by the level of enthusiasm among the Alums to commit their time and money with a passion to make their Alma mater better than ever. The message was clear for us: to perpetuate the work that was already set into motion by the earlier teams– to make BITS a world class institution!
Building on the foundation that was already established by the earlier teams, I aim to work diligently to seek out and build strong partnerships between BITS and other universities around the world. As Corporations continue to focus on their bottom lines, I believe fundamental research and development of Intellectual property would once again be in the hands of the Universities. Generating Intellectual Property in that fashion would enable rich entrepreneurial eco systems to be developed locally, not only raising the brand value of the University but also the quality of life for the society at large. Here in lies one of the greatest opportunities for BITS to become the centerpiece for not only research but also a place where world class entrepreneurs are created!
When Alumni, the University, the Management and the Faculty work together many a wonders could be created. I’ve personally witnessed this and this symbiotic relationship is stronger than ever! That has brought us together to work on several big ideas - BITSConnect 1.0, BITSConnect 2.0 and Bridges to the Future. Let us continue to work together on new ideas to take our Alma mater to new heights.
Do feel free to call on me with ideas or just for a good time! On behalf of my team, I’d like to thank you for your support."
Raju served as the second Chairman of BITSAA International and many high-impact initiatives under successfully undertaken under his leadership. BITS Spark, BITS Connect 2.0, Bridges to the Future, the BGM, BITSians' day and the NASDAQ ceremony are some of them. Reflecting on the transition, Raju says
"It is my privilege to introduce Jayan Ramankutty as the incoming chairman of BITSAA International. Jayan is widely recognized for his entrepreneurial record and leadership in the community. I had the good fortune of knowing Jayan for well over a decade now and he has always been generous with his time and ideas for anything relating to BITS and the welfare of its alumni. He is a thoughtful leader with a track record of getting things done. I am sure BITSAA will continue to shine and grow into a model alumni organization under his leadership. Please join me in welcoming Jayan to his new role as the Chairman of BITSAA."
Messages from the Campuses
Needless to say, the leadership at BITS, Pilani is equally ecstatic on having found an able successor to Raju. Here is what the directors had to say:
"Raju Reddy's term as Chairman BITSAA International has been a spectacular one with a number of initiatives taken up by BITSAA Int . Notable among them, according to me, are the two global meets, his pioneering role in BITS SPARK and most importantly for BITS, BITS CONNECT 2.0. Whenever I switch on EX 90 on my table, everyday, I remember Raju and through him, BITSians all over the globe for their thoughtful contribution to their Alma Mater.
I am confident that the initiatives patronised by Raju would be pursued further with much more enthusiasm by his worthy successor, Jayan, whom I am fortunate to be familiar with" - Prof. K E Raman, Director of the Goa Campus and Chairman of the Office of Alumni Affairs
"Mr Raju Reddy is a true example of a BITSian and a true leader of BITSAA Intl by his thoughts and actions. As he passes on the baton to Mr Jayan Ramankutty, I wish to place on record our deep appreciation of Raju's contribution in bringing BITS and its alumni nearer.
Eight years back when I was on a visit to US, I had the privilege of meeting a number of BITS alumni across US. This was enabled by the BITSAA International with some of its enthusiastic members. One evening, we had a party at the residence of Dr Kothari. As we enjoyed the beauty of San Fransico from the 24th floor of the building, enjoying the great hospitality of Dr Kothari, we discussed BITS and I recall some of the passionate (at times critical) comments Jayan Ramankutty made on how BITS is responding to its alumni. He was voicing the feelings of many and it made a strong impression on me. I am truly happy to see that he is now taking charge from Raju and will be leading BITSAA international. I wish him great success and look forward to interacting with him" - Prof. G Raghurama, Director, Pilani Campus
"BITSAA International has been doing an incredible job for more than ten years. I have been fortunate to be closely associated with its past Chairmen, Mr. Prem Jain, Prof. SP Kothari and Mr. Raju Reddy who have done exemplarily in providing a strong foundation and effective guidance by creating a robust framework for sustainable growth of the organization. Incidentally, they have also been conferred upon the Distinguished Alumni Award for their outstanding contribution to BITS.
An outstanding achievement of these three distinguished people is the conception of BITSAA Global Meet. The first BITSAA Global Meet was held in 2011 at Gurgaon, and the second in 2014 at Hyderabad, which are testimony to their great efforts in driving this important organ of BITS Pilani which will be playing a pivotal role in the growth of BITS Pilani.
I have been equally fortunate for having a long association with Mr. Jayan Ramankutty, the incumbent to take charge as Chairman, BITSAA. Jayan has been contributing during the last one decade in various ways as one of the founding members of BITSAA International. His administrative acumen, organizational ability, visionary outlook and net-working skills will take the organization to greater heights. I wish him All Success in his endeavor" - Prof. V S Rao, Director, Hyderabad Campus
Please join all of us at BITSAA and BITS, Pilani in welcoming Jayan to his new role. We are confident that with the support of the entire BITSAA ecosystem, Jayan and team would take BITS and BITSAA to greater heights.