Over a period of its long innings, every Institution of repute fosters a sub-cultural milieu unique for itself. Pupils with diverse backgrounds converge on such academic portals, stay there for considerable time, imbibe high octane academics, acquire invaluable peer networks, and above all, learn the skills to lead a purposeful life.
JNTU College of Engineering, Kakinada is one such marquee academic portal that honed the professional nuances of thousands of students and embossed its distinct sub-cultural signature on every one that made this eminent institution his/her academic sojourn. As a result, each alumnus of this august alma mater is an epitome of vibrancy, transparency and empathy and is driven by social responsibility. Such drive, a common denominator among all the ECKites, inspired them to form an NGO christened KEATS (Kakinada Engineering Alumni Trust for Service).
While the prime movers of such noble initiative are the alumni of ECK belonging to the Class of 1977 through 81, every alumnus of ECK and other ‘Pay back artistes’ among the general public are welcome to join this endeavour aimed at scripting an equitable society.
Every Public Institution’s uniqueness lies in its DNA. It’s the reason for its existence-something that cannot be changed without changing the very structure of everything that the Institution represents. Given such broader implication of the DNA of an organisation, the DNA of KEATS would be: “Sense of Camaraderie, Critical Understanding, and Sense of Purpose”. It’s how the torchbearers of KEATS would like to convey themselves to the posterity.
KEATS would evolve into a nationally reputed NGO by 2030 by generating scalable models in education, environment and empowerment of vulnerable sections so that every person lives with dignity.
KEATS resolves to work relentlessly in creating livelihoods, promoting access to quality education and developing a healthy environment among vulnerable sections of society by evolving scalable models acting as light houses.
Current Position: Chairman,
Company: Live Wires
Worked in various capacities for M/s NTPC and M/s POWERGRID for 18 years before shifting to Private Sector in 1998. Served almost 16 years in various companies like M/s Jyoti Structeres Ltd as General Manager, M/s Tata Projects Ltd as Sr General Manager, M/s Lanco Infratech as Executive Director and in M/s GMR Energy as Vice President before calling it a day in April 2014. Currently Co Founder and CEO in Live Wires.
Qualification: B.Tech, Current Position: Vice Chairman, Company: Pennar Engineered Building Systems Limited
Mr. P V Rao has more than 32 years of experience in Construction industry. He started his career in the academic field at VRSEC, Vijayawada and later continued at Bapatla Engineering College. He also worked as Project Manager with Suhail Bahwan and Zubair Groups, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman in the pre-engineered buildings division. Mr. Rao returned to India in 2000 and joined Kirby Building Systems Ltd as General Manager and handled dual responsibilities of Sales and Builders development. In 2006, he joined TATA BlueScope Steel as COO and was one of the key personnel in establishing its PEB business. He is with Pennar Engineered Building Systems Limited, a subsidiary of Hyderabad based Pennar Industries since its inception in 2008, instrumental in setting-up the manufacturing facility and attracting the best talent. Under his steward leadership, the company has been growing rapidly in revenues and profitability and diversifying its product-line. Few of the prestigious awards bagged: “PEB Company of the Year 2013”, “Infrastructure Company of the Year 2013” , “Industry Excellence Award” for 2013 & 2014, “Business Today-YES Bank Emerging Companies Excellence Awards 2014” in Corporate Governance, “Best Professionally Managed Company”, “VC Circle Award 2015” and TV5 Business Leader Award 2015.Mr. Rao is the Joint Secretary of PEBMA and an active member of The Institution of Engineers (India). He is the recipient of the prestigious “Manager of the Year – 2013” award from HMA. He is also a columnist in many engineering magazines and vernacular press.
Qualification: M.Tech(Structures), Current Position: Retired recently as Engineer in Chief R&B, Government of AP
Joined in State Government service as AEE R&B in May 1978. Worked in different capacities and retired on 31-08-2017 as Engineer in Chief R&B, Head of the Organization in AP State. Instrumental in completing four laning of about 300 km length of NH in AP. Completed four laning of 420km length of SHs in AP on PPP mode. Worked as Chief General Manager(Tech), Chief Engineer cadre, and completed about 75% of Nehru Outer Ring Road around Hyderabad city, which is an eight lane access controlled Expressway, the first of it’s kind in India.
Name: Dr. A Vidyasagar, Qualification: M.Tech, MBA, Ph DCurrent, Position: Founder & CEO, Company: Avantel Ltd & Wikikids Ltd
Dr Vidyasagar Abburi, is a post graduate in Engineering from IIT, Kharagpur with experience in design and development of Avionics equipment at HAL. He was with APSFC for around 4 years appraising technical projects and with Satyam Computers as GM. In 1993, he started Avantel Ltd to build a technology base for design and development of wireless products. Avantel now has a world-class infrastructure for design, manufacture and development of Wireless Products for Defence, Telecom and Satcom applications. He received a doctorate degree in Management Sciences from JNTU, Hyderabad researching in “Strategies for dissemination of knowledge in digital age”.
Qualification: M.Tech, Current Position: Consultant – IT, Company: IT Industry
Started my career with a Public Sector in Chandigarh in the Semiconductor Industry for 6 years before moving to IT field and Hyderabad in 1987. Worked in the IT Industry for 28+ years in the area of Quality and Delivery, acquired various certificates in the process like Certified Lead Auditor, Master Black Belt in Six Sigma, LEAN facilitator etc. Worked with companies like Semiconductor Complex Limited, Chandigarh, OMC Computers Limited, Wipro Technologies, Tech Mahindra. Right now, working as a consultant for Novartis Healthcare Pvt Ltd., in Hyderabad. Inspired by the proposals made by some of our friends from Engineering College, Kakinada, with an intention to help society, started taking active participation in KEATS.
Qualification: M Tech Current, Position: Sr. Vice President & Global, Head Company: Intellect Design Arena Ltd
Kishore has 30+ years of rich product development and implementation experience including Presales, Consulting, Implementation, Engineering and Support, to global customers. Earlier he held various technical leadership roles in design and development of products in a multi-shore environment. He was Head of Offshore Delivery Team where he managed the implementation of services around SEEC products. He also served as Senior Manager at ERA Software Systems where he was involved in product and application development including document management, medical imaging, and defense applications. He has – expertise in building products for enterprise solutions using web technologies, extensive object-oriented analysis, design, and programming experience, experience in technical sales of complex web-based technology products and solutions, product development using on-shore and off-shore software delivery models, expertise in software engineering processes including CMMI for product development processes, auditing and improvements.
Qualification: M.E., Ph.D
Dr Jayadev Vellanki holds a Ph.D in Information Technology from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA. He is currently working as a Director, IT Service Management at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, New Jersey, USA. Prior to relocating to USA in 1990, he worked as a faculty in Siddhartha Engineering college, Vijayawada, Bapatla Engineering College, and Koneru Lakshmaiah Engineering college, Guntur. His interests are global travel and reading, He now lives in West Windsor, New Jersey, USA. He is married with two children. His wife, Dr.A.Vijayalakshmi, currently working as a Professor in Rutgers University, New Jersey is also an alumni of JNTU. They are both passionate about the upliftment of women, orphans, and other charitable activities.
Qualification: M E, Current Position: CEO, Company: Insta Health Solutions Pvt Ltd
Ramesh Emani is an industry veteran in the IT and software industry of India. He is Co-Founder and CEO of Insta Health Solutions Pvt Ltd, which was acquired by Practo Technologies. He now runs the same as part of Practo. The focus of Insta Health is to provide very easy to use implement sophisticated Hospital Management and Electronic Medical Records management solutions. Over 500 hospitals and clinics used Insta HMS in India, Middle East, South East Asia and Africa. Prior to that, he worked at Wipro for 24+ years in various positions, including CTO. His last position in Wipro was as President of Telecom and Product Engineering solutions, running business of about $1 Billion business with about 19,000 people. He was member of Wipro’s Corporate Executive Council. Ramesh is also on the board of eMids Technologies, a Nashville, TN, USA based IT Services Company providing IT services to healthcare market.