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Excerpts: Interview with Hinjewadi Industries Association

Hinjewadi is easily the most important part of Pune as far as software technology is concerned, and there are many associated infrastructural problems that do not get the attention they deserve. The Hinjewadi Industries Association is an association of industries that is trying to change that.

The Economic Times has an interesting interview with SK Kulkarni, President of HIA. Here are some excerpts:

About Hinjewadi, and the HIA

Hinjewadi contributes around 60 per cent of Maharashtra’s total IT exports. As of now we are able to generate the revenue of Rs 35,000 crore. This area has around 90 companies employing people and generating revenue however, around 50 companies are part of HIA. The major players in this area includes Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant, TCS, Persistent, KPIT Cummins along with Accenture and many others.

About the Industries in Hinjewadi

This area has around 85 per cent of IT sector; around 5 per cent of Biotechnology (BT) sector and remaining 10 per cent is manufacturing sector.

What is the objective of the Hinjewadi Industries Association?

The basic objective of the HIA is to have a structured growth of infrastructure, security and facilities for its member companies and their employees. Even today the major issues like security, traffic safety needs to be address.

For more, see the full article.

Global Innovation Challenges & its Impact on Academia & Industry – Dr. Shevgaonkar, VC UoP – July 9

What: CSI Pune event on “Global Innovation Challenges and its Impact on Academia and Industry” with Dr. Shevgaonkar, VC, University of Pune
When: Friday 9th July, 2010, 6pm-8pm
Where: Dewang Mehta Auditorium, Persistent Systems, SB Road, Pune
Registration and Fees: This event is free for all to attend. No registration required

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Global Innovation Challenges and its Impact on Academia and Industry

The Computer Society of India – Pune Chapter (CSI-Pune), the Software Exporters Association of Pune (SEAP), Persistent Systems and the Board of Studies of Computer Engineering, Pune University, present a lecture on the impact of global trends in technology on academia and Industry.

The keynote address is by Dr. Raghunath Shevgaonkar, the new Vice Chancellor of Pune University. Until recently Dr. Shevgaonkar was a Professor at IIT-Bombay. He played many roles there, including HoD of the Electrical Engineering Department, Dean of Resource Mobilization, and all of this was in addition to the research that resulted in over 130 conference publications and journals. He has also written two books. For more information about Dr. Shevgaonkar’s background, see his profile page on the IIT-Bombay website.

Given his background, I am hoping for good things from the lecture, and from him, for University of Pune.

Other people expected at this event are: Anand Deshpande, CEO of Persistent, M.D. Agarwal, VP, CSI and CIO BPCL, and Deepak Shikarpur.

IEEE Seminar: Dr. Harrick Vin, Vice President and Chief Scientist, TRDDC – 25 April

What: Seminar on two topics – “Trends, Opportunities and Challenges in IT Systems Management” and “Academia and Industry Collaboration” by Dr. Harrick Vin, Vice President (R&D) and Chief Scientist, Systems Research Lab, Tata Research Development and Design Center (TRDDC), TCS, Pune – organized by IEEE Pune.
When: Saturday, 25 April, 5pm
Where: Institute of Engineers, Opposite Modern Cafe, J.M. Road, Shivajinagar
Registration and Fees: This seminar is free for all to attend. No registration required

1st Abstract: Trends, Opportunities and Challenges in IT Systems Management

During the past two decades, many enterprises have transformed from “Businesses facilitated by IT” to the paradigm where “Business is IT”. Today, enterprises not only relay on IT systems to obtain and deliver insightful, timely, and accurate information for managing their operations, but also to provide competitive differentiation, to support business agility and growth, and to improve profitability. Unfortunately, the growing complexity of the IT systems operated by the enterprises is becoming a key obstacle in sustaining this vision. We believe that continuous evolution is a key contributor to this complexity. Unlike traditional engineering artifacts that don’t change much over time, IT systems evolve continuously to accommodate new software and hardware technologies, application functionality, user requirements, as well as changes in operating conditions (workload, faults, etc.). Thus, a grand challenge for computing is to conquer this complexity by developing methodology and tools to design simple yet efficient systems and to manage system evolution. In this talk, I will discuss this opportunity and challenge, and describe some of the approaches for realizing this vision.

2nd Abstract: Academia and Industry Collaboration

The nature and complexity of modern computer systems dictate that research and education activities in computing must blend theory and practice. Blind experimentation in the absence of theory is infeasible, and theory that is not grounded in practice is sterile. An effective academia and industry collaboration can enrich both the theory and the practice of computing science. In this discussion, I will raise several opportunities and challenges in fostering academia and industry collaboration.

About the speaker – Dr. Harrick Vin

Dr. Vin is Vice President (R&D) and Chief Scientist, Systems Research Lab at the Tata Research Development and Design Center (TRDDC), Pune, which is a division of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). He is also a member of the TCS Corporate Technology Board.

Before joining TCS, Dr. Vin was a Professor in the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. He was the founding Director of the Distributed Multimedia Computing Laboratory and the co-Director of the Laboratory of Advanced Systems Research (LASR) at UT Austin. His research interests are in the areas of networks, operating systems, distributed systems, and multimedia systems.

He has co-authored more than 100 papers in leading journals and conferences. Harrick has been a recipient of several awards including the Faculty Fellow in Computer Sciences, Dean’s Fellowship, National Science Foundation CAREER award, IBM Faculty Development Award, Fellow of the IBM Austin Center for Advanced Studies, AT&T Foundation Award, National Science Foundation Research Initiation Award, IBM Doctoral Fellowship, NCR Innovation Award, and San Diego Supercomputer Center Creative Computing Award.

For more details, click here.

There are a bunch of other tech events happening in Pune this weekend. Check out the PuneTech calendar for more information.

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Pune handling recession much better than Bangalore

Update: This was a PuneTech April Fools’ Day prank. See this post for the full story.

There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that we are in the midst of a major recession, and it is having a significant effect on the Indian software industry. Now there are hard numbers giving an exact idea of how much the recession is expected to affect the software industry in different cities in India, and the results are interesting, to say the least.

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INHR Associates, a Noida-based human resources consulting company, conducted a survey of over 400 CEOs, CFOs, heads of business units and other executives with P&L responsibilities from 250 software companies across 10 cities in India to get their estimates of the impact of the recession on their business in 2009.

Here’s an excerpt from the report:


Effect of recession - 2009
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Figure 2.2 from INHR Associates report on the effects of recession on IT/ITES companies in India in 2009