Rakesh Verma is the Managing Director of Mapmyindia - acknowledged by NASSCOM as a showcase company for IT Innovation in India in 2004. It is 700 people strong and has provided enterprise solutions to over 500 leading corporate and government organizations.
In the early '90's when Rakesh and his wife Rashmi left well established careers in the US in IBM and GE to build a business in India that contributed to the country's growth, everyone around him called them crazy and unrealistic. But Rakesh knew the potential of digital maps in India the minute he saw them.
He was elected the World's GPS Businessman for the year 2007 for his tireless efforts to drive the Indian navigation industry. For the last 6 years, they have worked to influence consumers' lives everyday as Companies in India have started adopting online navigation in a big way.
Despite the success, Rakesh remains firmly grounded with a lookout for new ideas that fuel his drive as an entrepreneur. His ability to convert each obstacle into a bigger opportunity to excel remains his greatest strength.
IFOR - Intelligent Flying Object for Reconnaissance
"IFOR - Intelligent Flying Object for Reconnaissance" is a fully autonomous UAV developed by 8 students of BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus. The team will be competing at the International Aerial Robotics Competition 2011 in North Dakota, USA in August. This is a compilation of the videos taken while testing the alpha version.
I am completing my term as Vice-Chancellor of BITS on the 31st July, 2010 and will continue to be associated with BITS as Advisor to the Chancellor for a few more years. I have served BITS for about 40 years in various capacities. I came to Pilani as a student at the age of 20 in 1965 and completed M.Sc. (Tech.) and Ph.D. degrees in 1965 and 1971 respectively. I commenced my career as a Lecturer in EEE Group in 1971 and was appointed as Associate Professor in 1976 and full Professor in 1982. I always enjoyed teaching various courses at BITS. I have been fortunate enough to have earned the affection and respect of a large number of students who have always appreciated my efforts in teaching, guiding research and also in motivating the young generation of students. The various e-mails and communications I receive from students from time to time express such feelings.