Srikant Visweswariah Analog Design Award 2010 Announced
Monday, April 26, 2010
The Srikant Visweswariah Analog Design Award for the year 2010 has been won by Gaurav Mahajan, a IIIrd year student at BITS Pilani. Gaurav received a cash award of 5000 INR. He is also eligible for the Srikant Visweswariah Fellowship of INR 20,000 if he pursues a project on analog electronics in his final semester.
The second prize went to Arup Mukherji currently in his IVth year at BITS Pilani.
The Srikant Visweswariah Analog Design Award and Fellowship have been instituted in the memory of Srikant Visweswariah, an alumnus of BITS Pilani. Srikant graduated with a degree in Electronics Engineering from BITS Pilani in 1971. He lost his 2-year battle with cancer in April 2009. Srikant accomplished a lot in his life but was loath to talk about any of it. He graduated nearly at the top his class at BITS, chose a career in the Indian Air Force when the whole wide world was open to him. While serving in the IAF he did his M.Tech from IIT, Kanpur. He was persuaded to retire early from the IAF by no less a person than Dr Abdul Kalam, the former President of India so that he could lead a team of engineers to develop the avionics for the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) for the IAF. When Srikant was satisfied that he had done his bit for the LCA project and the nation, he took on a variety of assignments - founding a software company, managing R&D group at General Motors etc. But he did what he loved the most – travel the world.
While Srikant dabbled in business now and then, his real passion was academics and in particular microwave, radar and signal processing. During a visit to BITS in 2005, Srikant learned that the study of high frequency analog electronics has been relegated in recent times in favor of computer science and digital electronics at BITS. He felt that it was unfortunate that India (and to some extent, the world) is slowly but surely losing skills in this critical area. Appropriately, his family has instituted this award to help mitigate this problem to a small extent by encouraging talented youngsters at BITS to take up this field of study.