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.
Qualification : B.Tech
Current Position : Managing Director
Company : Pennar Engineered Building Systems Limited
ECK Roll No : 176224
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.
G Appa Rao – Election Officer
Qualification : M.Tech
Current Position : Consultant – IT
Company : IT Industry
ECK Roll No : 173402
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.
K Ramesh – Executive Trustee
Qualification : M.Tech
Current Position : Director
Company : WikiKids Ltd
ECK Roll No : 175417
Ramesh Kosaraju graduated in ECE from JNTU, Kakinada in the year 1980. He did his masters from IIT-Kharagpur in 1982. He started his career as a lecturer and then became a Reader at Bapatla Engineering College. He was associated with Avantel Ltd., for over two decades in various capacities especially in implementing quality management systems (QMS) in the organization and as Management Representative (MR) was instrumental in achieving ISO 9001:2008 and AS 9100C certifications. Currently at Wikikids Ltd., he is involved in content editing, development and enhancement of the educational portal wonderwhizkids.com.
P Raghu Prasad – Executive Trustee
Qualification : B.Tech
Current Position : Managing Director
Company : D C S Limited
ECK Roll No : 174211
Managing Partner of M/S Westcoast Construction Company from 1980 to 1994. The company executed projects like dams, pre-stressed concrete structures in Goa, water supply schemes for Coimbatore and Madurai and Railway gauge conversion works between Bangalore and Mysore. Promoted a limited company M/s Delta Construction Systems Limited in 1994 (name changed to D C S Limited in 2013). Undertook projects in the hydro-electric and irrigation sectors, captive power plants, metro works in Delhi and Chennai. Diversified into mining. Company was awarded “TECHNOLOGY AWARD FOR PHYSICAL SCIENCES INCLUDING ENGINEERING – 2011” by CSIR. Director in DCS TECHNO SERVICES PVT LTD, distributor for KENNAMETAL USA for their construction and mining tools for the entire sub-continent.
Dr P S Rajeswara Prasad – Executive Trustee
Qualification : MBA, Ph.D.
Current Position : Vice President (Strategy & HR) Company : Avantel Ltd., Hyderabad
Dr. Prasad retired as Executive Director at Andhra Pradesh State Financial Corporation (APSFC). He has 35 years of Corporate experience in Finance, Commercial and Administration functions with unblemished track record. His responsibilities at APSFC include: Policy formulation and implementation, Head of Audit and Vigilance functions and convenor of an independent audit committee. Lead the Consulting team for Managing Financial and Accounting aspects of 1st AFRO ASIAN GAMES – a hundred crore project, responsible for restructuring HR Policies and designing Performance evaluation systems, Appellate Authority under RTI Act,expert in SME Financing, Risk Management and HR Management.
Y Kishore – Executive Trustee
Qualification : M Tech
Current Position : Sr. Vice President & Global Head
Company : Intellect Design Arena Ltd
ECK Roll No : 176407
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.
E Ramesh Narayana – Executive Trustee
Qualification : M E
Current Position : CEO
Company : Insta Health Solutions Pvt Ltd
ECK Roll No : 173417
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 heathcare market.
G Jagannadha Rao – Executive Trustee
Qualification : M.Tech(Structures)
Current Position : Retired recently as Engineer in Chief R&B, Government of AP
ECK Roll No : 173203
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.
G Kondala Rao
Qualification : M.E, PG Dip (Env Ed)
Current Position : Chief Engineer
Company : AP Urban Finance & IDC
ECK Roll No : 174207
Mr. Kondala Rao worked in Irrigation Department of Govt. of AP up to 1987, and in Public Health & Municipal Engg. Dept. till date. Experienced in design, investigation and implementation of minor irrigation tanks, water supply structures & systems and Municipal Infrastructure. He had the opportunity of working in the Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas (MEPMA) of Govt. of AP and guided the procurement of Housing and infrastructure projects under Rajiv Awas Yojana. As Chief Engineer in Vijayawada Municipal Corporation had initiated Water Safety Plan, Energy Efficiency improvement measures and solar energy initiatives in addition to JnNURM Housing and Infrastructure projects. Currently he is monitoring JnNURM scheme, AMRUT and Smart Cities Missions of Govt. of India. He has also been involved in the formulation of the strategy paper for the Urban Mission initiated by the Govt. of AP. He has also been involved in the formulation of the strategy paper for the Urban Mission initiated by the Govt. of AP. His passions are working for the Millennium Development Goals of the UN for reduction of poverty, poetry, music, children and teaching. Published papers on Urban Infrastructure and Reforms and on Road Traffic Accidents – Causes, Analysis and Way Forward.
Name : Dr. A Vidyasagar
Qualification : M.Tech, MBA, Ph D
Current Position : Founder & CEO
Company : Avantel Ltd & Wikikids Ltd
ECK Roll No : 175403
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”.
Name : Dr V Jayadev
Qualification : M.E., Ph.
Current Position : Director, IT Service Management
Company : Novartis Pharmaceuticals, New Jersey
ECK Roll No : 173407
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.