In the Spotlight Prof. L. K. Maheshwari's Farewell Message to all BITSians
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.
Vivek Paul ('75, EEE) turns Entrepreneur! Floats enterprise company to offer collaboration within businesses via online social medium
He led the medical equipment business for GE in India; he helped Azim Premji grow Wipro from a $150 million local brand to a $1.4-billion global outfit; he made smart bets at Texas Pacific Group as partner; got recognized as one of the smartest industry leaders in the modern world; and after 20 years of building businesses for others, Vivek Paul - one of the most successful graduates BITS, Pilani has ever produced, has decided it’s now time to build something for himself. And he wants to do it in a space where there is a $2.5-billion market to tap into. Vivek's new firm helps every company set up its own ‘official’ equivalent of Facebook for employees and that too to increase productivity, not dent into it! Read full story... 'BITSian of the Month' - July 2010 Yashveer Singh ('04, Eco) Co-Founder, National Social Entrepreneurship Forum (NSEF)
Yashveer has co-founded NSEF, a not-for-profit organization that promotes social entrepreneurship among the students of major universities across India by inspiring, educating and supporting the next generation of social entrepreneurs and by creating environments where they can succeed. Prior to co-founding NSEF, he was working with Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, another non-profit organization, focused on improving governance in India, through political advocacy, research, grass-roots mobilization, and civic training. Earlier, he also led a rural entrepreneurship initiative to develop marketing strategies and income-generation projects for rural communities. Read full story...