Dear IISc Alumni/Alumnae and Friends;
The last one year has been the one of the most exciting period for AANA – organizing and holding of Second Global Conference in Chicago, the increased interactions between AANA and IISc faculty and students, and IISc AA. Several visits have been made by AANA members to the campus and meaningful discussions have taken place on making substantive collaborative efforts in the coming days. Between Satish and myself, we made three visits to IISc in Bangalore and had extensive discussions with IISc AA, Director Balaram and Deputy Director Balakrishnan on various collaborative efforts that AANA and IISc can be involved. Several AANA members have been interacting with student organization.
Recently during my trip to India I attended the Founder’s Day celebration on March 03. On behalf of IISc Alumni It was a honor to offer the flower wreath at the feet of Founder, J.J.Tata. It was his vision more than hundred years back made this institute a reality. At the occasion Director, Prof. P. Balaram, Director, gave an inspiring speech and distributed prizes to winners of various sporting events. It was a great feeling to spend two days at this great campus visiting several departments and research centers. I met IISc Alumni Association President, Wing Cmdr. Parthsarathy and past- President, Babu Sathian. Motivated by the second Global Conference in Chicago, IISc AA is planning to conduct the next Global Conference in 2015 at the Institute. All members of IISc AANA are invited and encouraged to attend the same. One of the interesting observation is the student body at the campus now includes very young youths from recently started Undergraduate (UG) program. These “The New Kids on the Block” are highly motivated and very interested in science and are engaging in scientific thinking and research. The first batch of these students will graduate this year and join the rank of Alumni/Alumnae.
Motivated by the Second Global conference the IISc AANA members are taking lots of interest in further developing the organization. Motivated by Dr. Muralidhar Ghantasala, recently on March 29, a new North- East chapter of IISc AANA was inaugurated in New York under the leadership of Dr. Mallika Mallavarapu. You will see several reports from five different AANA chapters in this newsletter. We encourage all IIScians to take active part in various Chapters of IISc AANA. Motivated by Dr. Satish Nagarajaiah, Mr. Mohan Raj Goyal is managing development of an interactive IISc AANA website.
Finally, AANA congratulates Dr. Anurag Kumar, the newly selected IISc Director. Many of you have interacted with Dr. Kumar at Second Global Conference at Chicago and we look forward to many collaborative activities with IISc under his direction.
Arkal Shenoy, Chair
Satish Nagarajaiah, Co-Chair