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Last year in March 2020, I had presented on campus of SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Ramapuram, Chennai for their computer science students on Career Opportunities in Artificial Intelligence. This year around, they invited me again for the same topic (!) but for their MCA (Master of Computer Applications) students. Since a year has passed where the job market, the technology industry and the entire world has changed irreversibly due to the ongoing pandemic, I decided to rework the talk in entirety. Today in the online talk I was expecting about 40-50 students, instead I was pleasantly surprised to…

I feel privileged to be part of the program today organized by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation to launch 100 Femto satellites in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. These tiny satellites weigh around 14 to 50 grams and were launched using balloons to study various elements in the atmosphere and its impact on seeds and other materials sent. The satellites were assembled by students of government and private schools around the country. The technology for the program was made possible by Space Zone India. About four records were made in the day and are due to be recognized by Asia Book…

Today it has become fashionable to hate social media and talk in length about its bad influence. I have been using social media [Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and so on] from 2007. I consider myself to be active, I have been posting almost every single day most of the weeks and I respond with comments on other(s) posts too. I have benefited from social media, seen and experienced its goodness. In the last few years, the way I see has changed. In this talk, I will share with you what I have learned, my own experience, which will be useful to…

[The picture seen above shows the Professors, Lecturers and the Lab staff who taught us during my Engineering under-graduation. Picture was taken in the year 2019] For each of us, next to our parents, the people who influence us most in our formative years are our Gurus – they may be called as teachers, lecturers, professors, or mentors. I was blessed to have gotten phenomenal teachers both in my school (Shrine Vailankanni School) and then in my college (SVCE). In the kindergarten years, it was Miss Alamelu who took tuition for me. During higher secondary school it was Mr. Pe.Ki.Prabhakaran…

I had known from news articles, Tamil Nadu has over 260,000 under-graduate engineering seats each year, many go unfilled too. The neighbouring states of Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have in the range of 90,000 to 130,000 each. Across India there are about 15 Lakh (1.5 Million) seats but only 50% to 60% get filled-up each year. Only today I learned the split-up for each discipline per batch in two of the large universities in the state. That’s when the scale hit me, they were unbelievable. The top few private engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu have over three thousand students…