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Alumni in the news, October 19

CoCubes.com - start up by IITB graduates|Interview of Mr. Abhijeet Gholap| Guru Pragyapad stresses benefits of peaceful lifestyles| Robotic Arm’s Big Flaw: Patients Say It’s ‘Too Easy’| UCSB Scientists Discover Inner Workings of Potent Cancer Drug| Nitin Nohria appreciates Tata group's extraordinary generosity| VP Of Mahindra Satyam Life Sciences Business discusses goals for the company| Turning his talent into a runway success - Sahal Merchant| Dr. computer at your service

Harpreet singh Grover and his partner Vibhore Goyal were at IIT Mumbai together and later quit their jobs to turn entrepreneurs in 2007. “We decided to put our technical skills to use and simplify this process for HR heads and placement officers,” he says.

So once a college uploads student information on CoCubes.com, students fill a standardised resume form, company’s shortlist candidates and inform the selected students through an SMS.    ... more 


Mr. Abhijeet Gholap, Founder President & CEO, Optra Systems Pvt Ltd. has over 15 years of experience in BioMedical and LifeScience software industry. 

In late 2006, he founded Optra Systems, headquartered in Pune, with a mission to build LifeScience and Healthcare Software Solutions Company. Within 30 months, Optra Systems grew to a team of 100 engineers, serving customers in USA and Europe Optra has wholly owned subsidiaries in USA and Holland. Mr. Gholap earned his M.Tech with specialization in BioMedical Engineering from IIT Mumbai. He has several research publications and 11 patents to his credit.    ... more


Approximately 30 students, professors and residents of the Bethlehem area assembled into Packer Memorial Church to listen to Pragyapad speak about the importance of leading a peaceful and happy lifestyle, as well as demonstrate stress management exercises and breathing strategies.

Pragyapad said he first became involved with the Art of Living programs in his first year of engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai.    ... more 


University of Central Florida researchers thought the ease of the using the program’s automatic mode would be a huge hit. But they were wrong – many participants in a pilot study didn’t like it because it was “too easy.”

“We focused so much on getting the technology right,” said Assistant Professor Aman Behal. “We didn’t expect this.”

A UCF faculty member since 2006, Behal has a joint appointment in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the NanoScience Technology Center. He received his master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai, India, and a Ph.D. from Clemson University in South Carolina.    ... more


The results are reported in two studies published as the cover story of the October issue of Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, authored by a team of UCSB researchers.

Manu Lopus, a postdoctoral fellow at UCSB and first author of the first article, demonstrated that the maytansinoid molecules act directly on the microtubules and their component tubulin.

Lopus completed his Ph.D. in biotechnology at the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay. ... more


India's Tata Group has announced a $ 50 million (Rs 220 crores) gift to Harvard Business School, the largest donation from an international donor in the school's history.

Nohria, who is an alumnus of IIT Mumbai, reminded Americans that Tata Group is widely respected for integrity and innovation, not just in India -- where it produced both the first indigenous car and the $2,000 Tata Nano automobile -- but in a variety of business lines across several continents, from cars to hotels and from tea to information technology.    ... more


Vivek Ghai heads Mahindra Satyam's health care and life sciences business in the North America market. Additionally, he also anchors the global strategy for Mahindra Satyam's health care and life sciences practice, developing plans, investing in vertical-specific solutions, competencies and centers of excellence, and building alliance partnerships. As member of the leadership council, the highest steering group at Mahindra Satyam, Mr. Ghai is also responsible for establishing strategic direction and deploying operating plans to achieve the long-term goals.

Mr. Ghai is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and he holds an MBA from Mumbai University.    ... more


This now 27-year-old art school graduate and double MA holder has always had his head firmly in the clouds.

A career in art faced initial resistance at home."Once the pocket money started coming in on its own and they realised I was on to a good thing, my parents were very proud of my work," says Sahal, "but until then my father was dead against it." 

To keep his sense of learning and experimentation in check, he followed his bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the JJ School of art, with an MA at the Industrial Design Centre at IIT Mumbai and studied art theory.    ... more


Abhinay Pandya, professor at Dhirubhai Ambani institute has invented a Decision Support System which helps in predicting the disease and its prognosis; the US has approved the patent for his model.

In an age where machines are being rapidly invented to reduce our burden, Abhinay Pandya has invented a Decision Support System (DSS) that will help in diagnosing illness. Not only that, it will also suggest possible cures and medicines to the patients. The US has approved the patent for his model.

Abhinay is a BE in computer science from LD college of Engineering Ahmedabad, Mtech in computer science from IIT Bombay, and is pursuing PhD in computer science from IIT Bombay.    ... more

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