1. Mr. Ajay Ranjan Mishra from Nokia Siemens Networks interacts with the students
17 August 2010
Mr. Ajay Ranjan Mishra – Global Head of Industry Environment, India & Emerging Markets, Nokia Siemens Networks visited Amity Institute of Telecom Technology & Management (AITTM) for a Guest Lecture organized for the students of B.Tech (E&T) and MBA – Telecom Management. Mr. Ajay Ranjan Mishra has been associated with Nokia / Nokia Siemens Networks since he graduated from Delhi University with Masters of Technology in Microwave and Electronics in 1997. Over the years, he has worked in all technical domains of telecom and has the rare distinction of having worked in six continents. Mr. Mishra has also authored more than half a dozen research papers in Technical and Management domain published both nationally and internationally. He has also authored three books on Cellular technologies (Published by John Wiley & Sons).
The topic of the guest lecture today was ‘Managing Telecom Technically – Today and Tomorrow’. The interactive session covered a whole array of relevant telecom topics such as Network Elements in a telecommunication network, Telecom Network Planning, Radio Network Optimization. He also discussed about Future Technologies like 3.5G, 4G, LTE etc. which are poised to change the rules of the game for the Telecom Industry. The Session was followed by a Question-Answer session where students’ queries about the telecom sector were answered by Mr.Mishra.
At the end of the guest lecture, Lt. Gen P D Bhargava – DG, AITTM thanked and felicitated Mr. Mishra for sharing his knowledge with the students. He also requested Mr. Mishra to visit AITTM more often so that the students could get more opportunities to interact with him and benefit from his vast pool of knowledge.
Mr. Ajay Ranjan Mishra, Global Head of Industry Environment – India & Emerging Markets – Nokia Siemens Networks addressing the students and the members of the faculty
Lt. Gen P D Bhargava, Director General - AITTM addressing the audience.
Lt. Gen. P D Bhargava, DG – AITTM felicitating Mr. Ajay Ranjan Mishra form Nokia Siemens Networks
2. Mr. Pradnyil Usgaonkar, Director – Operations, Coral Telecom Limited Interact with the students
22 September 2010
Amity Institute of Telecom Technology & Management (AITTM) organized a guest lecture by Mr. Pradnyil Usgaonkar, Director – Operations, Coral Telecom Limited. The topic of the guest lecture was Growth of Telecom Equipment Manufacturing in India. The Guest lecture was organized for students of MBA Telecom Management and final year students of B.Tech (E&T). Mr. Usgaonkar has been associated with the Telecom Sector for over 20 years and effectively used his rich experience to map the progress of the Telecom Sector, over the years.
Mr. Usgaonkar also discussed about how the telecom equipment sector is shaping up and its future growth prospects. He shared how consolidation among the various players would play a vital role in achieving synergies from various stakeholders in the sector.
As the audience mostly comprised of senior batch students, ready to take up work assignments in the near future, Mr. Usgaonkar also shared with the students some ‘cardinal rules’ to be kept in mind once they join the corporate world. From his personal experience he shared that how right attitude, regularly updating knowledge and team building would come in handy at all stages of professional life.
Mr. Usgaonkar also appreciated the intellectually stimulating questions asked by the students and said that he was glad to have them as audience and would surely come back for more interactions.
Mr. Pradnyil Usgaonkar – Director, Operations Coral Telecom addressing the students.
HR Conclave 2010
2 November 2010
Amity Institute of Telecom Technology and Management (AITTM) organized its annual HR Conclave on the topic Strategic Positioning of HR for Faster Growth of Telecom. The Conclave saw the presence of eminent names from the Telecom World. The chief Guest for the HR Conclave was Guest Mr. Kuldeep Singh – Chairman & Managing Director, MTNL. Other Speakers for the Inaugural session of HR Conclave were Mr. Rajan S Mathews – Director General, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), Prof. G K Agarwal – MDI Gurgaon (Former Group Director HR , Bharti Airtel & Executive Director HR, NTPC) and Mr. Shekhar Manelkar – Director Organizational Development , Alcatel Lucent.
The addresses by the speakers during the inaugural session laid a very strong foundation for the subsequent discussions. Mr. Kuldeep Singh shared with the students how the HR departments faced a tough challenge of retaining the best talent during recessionary times and now that the economy is picking up, their efforts are paying back. Mr. Ranjan Mathews discussed the importance of ‘re-skilling’ exercise done by HR departments and employees of progressive organizations during recession so that the organizations are better prepared when the demand picks up. Prof. G K Agarwal elaborated on the need for the HR departments to be proactive and think ahead at all times given the exponential growth trajectory of the telecom sector. This would ensure that the organization is not short of the required talent pool at any point in time. Mr. Shekhar Manelkar stressed on the importance of having a balance between Hygiene Factors and Motivational Factors in an organization for employees to be able to work effectively.
The First Session had an equally good panel for discussion. Chaired by Prof. G K Agarwal – MDI Gurgaon, the panel included Mr. Sanjay Diwan – Director , Global & Strategic Accounts, Avaya Global Connect, Mr. Vikrant Bhatnagar – Head, Functional Skills Development, Bharti Airtel, Mr. Ajeet Chauhan – Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Spice Global and Mr. Piyush Dutt – Vice President Human Resources, HCL Comnet. The session saw discussion from different view points of stake holders in the telecom sector such as Service Providers, Network Equipment Vendors, Handset & VAS providers on how the HR departments were preparing for the ramp up with the advent of 3G Technology and ever increasing demand for Telecom Services by the consumers. After the discussion, the open house session saw interesting questions being raised by the students, which were brilliantly answered by the panel members.
Mr. Biswarup Goswami – President HR & Chief People’s Officer, Viom Networks was the chairperson for the Second Session of the HR Conclave. The panelists for the session were Mr. Ashish Mediratta – Asst. Director, Human Resources, Huawei Telecommunications, Mr. Yugal Sharma – National Director Customer Operations, Tikona Digital Networks, Mr. Sunil Singh – Head, Human Resources, Tulip Telecom and Ms. Vandana Madhusudan – Head Employee Engagement, Etisalat DB. The session also saw discussion related to integration of Business demands with the HR objectives and how HR Department even though a support function, played a pivotal role in achieving Goals, Objectives and KRAs of all other departments.
In all, the HR Conclave saw deliberations on critical HR Issues which can play the role of key differentiator for any telecom player in effectively utilizing the imminent exponential growth in the Telecom Sector.
The Panel for the Inaugural Session of HR Conclave on Strategic Positioning of HR for Faster Growth of Telecom (L to R): Mr. Naseem Ahmad, Vice Chairman – AIATTR; Prof. G K Agarwal – MDI Gurgaon (Former Group Director HR , Bharti Airtel & Executive Director HR, NTPC); Lt. Gen P D Bhargava – DG, AITTM; Mr. Kuldeep Singh – Chairman & Managing Director, MTNL; Maj. Gen. K Jai Singh – Vice Chancellor, AUUP; Mr. Rajan S Mathews – Director General, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI); Dr. Sunil Saran – DG, AIB ; . Shekhar Manelkar – Director Organizational Development, Alcatel Lucent; Dr. V P Sandlas – DG, AISST
Lt. Gen P D Bhargava – DG, AITTM and Maj. Gen. K Jai Singh – Vice Chancellor, AUUP felicitating Mr. Kuldeep Singh – CMD, MTNL
Mr. Kuldeep Singh – CMD, MTNL addressing the audience.
Lt. Gen P D Bhargava – DG, AITTM felicitating Mr. Rajan S Mathews – Director General, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) during the Inaugural Session.
4. Panel Discussion –“Industry expectations from Young professionals”
B. Tech (E&T) Students.
27 July 2010
AITTM organized a Panel Discussion as a part of the Orientation Program for its B. Tech Electronics & Telecommunications Students. The Panel Comprised of following senior members from eminent Telecom Companies
Mr. Sethumadhavan Srinivasan – Deputy Director, Huawei, APAC;
Mr. Anuj Kapur – Country Manager, Telecordia
The topic for the Panel Discussion was ‘Industry Expectation from Young Professionals’
Mr Srinivasn explained to the students how the role of technology has changed over the years from that of a ‘driver’, to an ‘enabler’. Amidst this transition, the key concept to be kept in mind is consumer value, which reigns supreme in all situations. He stress on the point that students should have a good mix of technical knowledge and the right attitude to be successful professionals. He advised the students to build a strong character and uphold values like integrity, honesty and perseverance. He shared with the students that money or salary should not be the only reason they want to shift from a job, once they start working.
Mr. Kapur gave the students an overview of the telecom industry, the major stakeholders being the service providers and the equipment vendors. He advised the students to gain information over a period of time, about the various professional roles being offered by these two stakeholders and decide what role suits them best. He shared with the students that a good strategy to follow in academic and professional life is to keep in mind the conclusion or the desired result and then work towards it. He concluded by saying that for their first job, students should give higher importance to the profile than the salary as the first job is the best platform to launch their careers in the right direction and be a successful professional.
The Panel Discussion ended with an open house session where the panelist answered the queries of students ranging from the use of 3G for the rural India to the main hurdle in implementation of Mobile Number Portability
Lt. General P D Bhargava, Director Genereal – AITTM, felicitated the guests at the end of the discussion appreciated the speakers for the crisp and relevant talk. He thanked the speakers for guiding the students in the right direction, towards the goal of being a successful professional.
Lt. Gen. P D Bhargava – DG, AITTM addressing the students; Mr. Sethumadhavan Srinivasan, Dy. Director – Huawei APAC Region; Mr. Anuj Kapoor, Country Manager – Telecordia
Mr. Sethumadhavan Srinivasan, Dy. Director – Huawei APAC Region and Mr. Anuj Kapoor, Country Manager – Telecordia addressing queries of the students.
5. Panel Discussion – “Industry Expectations from Young Professionals”
For MBA Telecom Management (First Year) Students.
15 July 2010
AITTM organized today a Panel Discussion as a part of the Orientation Program for its MBA Telecom Management Students. The Panel Comprised of following senior members of the HR Departments of eminent Telecom Companies
Mr. Biswaroop Goswami, PRESIDENT HR - WTTIL & QTIL;
Ms. Reena Ahuja, Sr. Director HR - Hughes Communications India Ltd
Mr. Jaidev Jolly, Head Training & Employee Engagement - Spice Digital.
The topic of the Panel Discussion was “Industry Expectations from Young Professionals ’
Mr. Biswaroop Goswami shared with the students that young professionals play a vital role in any organization as they bring with them new thoughts, speed of action, creative problem solving and are essentially quick learners. Ms. Reena Ahuja discussed how self-discipline and punctuality were two very important traits for young professionals during their formative years in an organization. They find lack of close supervisions in corporate culture as the stark difference as compared to the academic atmosphere they come from. She also advised students to separate people form the situations. Mr. Jaidev Jolly stressed on the importance of learning how to develop ‘use cases’ and ‘business cases’ to present new innovative ideas in the organization. He also advised students to be prepared to handle setbacks in the initial phase of professional life as it is an integral part of the learning process. He also advised the students to identify their personality types, behavioral skills using simple psychological tools to identify their strengths and areas of improvement. One common point all three speakers stress on was the importance of having the right attitude during academic and professional life as people are hired more for the right attitude than knowledge or skill as the latter two can be honed through training. At the end there was an open house session where the students asked queries they had regarding job interviews and other aspects of first job
Lt. General P D Bhargava, Director Genereal – AITTM, who felicitated the guest at the end of the discussion, appreciated the speakers for the crisp and relevant talk they had given to the students. He strongly felt that there could not have been a better start to the academic year of the students.
Members of the Panel Discussion - Mr. Jaidev Jolly, Head Training & Employee Engagement - Spice Digital, Ms. Reena Ahuja, Sr. Director HR - Hughes Communications India Ltd. and Mr. Biswaroop Goswami, PRESIDENT HR - WTTIL & QTIL;.
Lt. Gen. P D Bhargava, DG – AITTM thanking the Panel Members for sharing their thoughts with the students.
6. Telefocus 2010 on ‘Growth of Telecom in Emerging Economy.
4th & 5th February 2010
AITTM organized its Annual Technical Seminar ‘Telefocus 2010’ on ‘Growth of Telecom Industry in Emerging Economy’. The welcome address was delivered by Lt. Gn. P D Bhargava – Director General, AITTM. Shri Sachin Pilot - Hon’ble Minister for State for Communication & IT was the Chief Guest for the Seminar. He shared with the audience, his vision for the Telecom Industry and how its importance as infrastructure service is being addressed by the various stakeholders. He also stressed on the need of the hour being greater investments in R&D and management of convergence in the ICT sector. The Inaugural session also had address by eminent people from the industry like Mr. Gowton Achaibar, Head of Market Unit – India & Srilanka and President Ericsson India, Mr. R.N.Prabhakar – Member TRAI among others. Dr. Ashok K. Chauhan – Founder President, RBEF felicitated the guests with tokens of appreciation the contributions the guests have made to the industry.
The first session was on ‘3G Deployment & Roll Out: Indian Perspective’ saw valuable input coming in from the panelists. The panel was chaired by Mr. Bhagwan Khurana - CMD of Newgen Holdings, and included renowned speakers like Mr. P Balaji – VP, Marketing, Ericsson India, Ms. Arpita Pal Agrawal - Associate Director, Telecom Group, Mr. Abhay Savargaonkar - Senior Vice President – 3G Network Quality, Bharti Airtel, Mr. Alok Kumar – Chief Service Delivery Officer, Aircel. Issues like utility of 3G for tapping the rural markets, the quick product adoption of the mobile services by the Indian customer, proposed strategies for utilizing 3G spectrum once allocated among others were discussed by the panel. The open house session saw interesting questions coming from the audience which were aptly responded by the panel.
The second session on ‘Strategy & New Business Approaches: Indian Perspective’ again saw interesting statistics and trends being shared by the panel. Presided by Mr. Sukanta Dey – Head, Corporate Business Development, Tata Teleservives Ltd, the panel members included Mr. Sethumadhavan Srinivasan – Dy. Director, Network Strategy & Marketing- Huawei, Mr. Vivek Chandok – Vice President , Product & Portfolio, CanvasM Technologies, Mr. Manish Kasliwal – Head, Corporate Strategy, L&T Infotech, Mr. Kunal Bajaj – MD, BDA Connect. Topics like Mobile Number Portability, increasing importance of VAS providers, rising trend of infrastructure sharing etc were talked about by the panel.
Day two of Telefocus 2010 began with the with the Inaugural Session for which Mr. Urs Pennanen, Country Head, Nokia Siemens Networks and Mr. Jagbir Singh, Group CTO, Bharti Airtel (Mobility) were the Chief Guests. They talked about how the Telecom Industry is poised to play a pivotal role in the economic and social progress of emerging economies like India.
Session three on ‘Realizing Broadband Vision’ saw important aspects of broadband access in India being discussed by the panel. The panel was chaired by Mr.Tarvinder Singh– Director, Marketing &Product Management, Motorola and comprised of Mr. Sriram T V – Vice President, Technology, Bharti Airtel, Mr. Himanshu Sahu – Director, Sales, UT Starcom, Mr. Rajeev Mahajan – Account Manager, 3 G Program- Ericsson India, Dr. Rajeev Saraf – CEO, Lepton Software. The panelists discussed about Importance of broadband penetration for expansion of e-commerce and m-commerce.
The last session on Green Telecom: Concept and Strategies was chaired by Mr. A K Nagpal – Sr. Advisor, Su – Kam Power Systems. The panel included speakers like Mr. Anil Pandey – Senior Vice President & Head – Telecom Business, Dura-Line India Pvt. Ltd; Mr. Sanjay Diwan – Director, Global & Strategic Accounts, Avaya Global Connect; Mr. Sunil Massey – Vice President Quality & Services Excellence and Col. Yogesh Arya, Head – Technology , Quippo Telecom Infrastucture Ltd. and Mr. Rupinder Singh Ahluwalia – President & CSO, GTL Infrastructure Ltd. It was brought out that power being a major component of telecom cost, has been he focus area for improving efficiency and reducing cost along with reducing harmful environmental impacts. The speakers shared how the Telecom Industry was taking steps to reduce its carbon footprint through intensive R&D efforts.
Shri Sachin Pilot - Hon’ble Minister for State for Communication & IT receiving the citation from Dr. A K Chauhan – Founder President, RBEF
Mr. Gowton Achaibar, Head of Market Unit – India & Srilanka and President Ericsson India addressing the audience
Mr. Gowton Achaibar, Head of Market Unit – India & Srilanka and President Ericsson India receiving the memento from Maj. Gen K Jai Singh, Vice Chancellor AUUP.
Panel members for the fist session - 3G Deployment & Roll Out: Indian Perspective’
Panel members for the second session - Strategy & New Business Approaches: Indian Perspective’
Panel for Session Three on ‘Realizing the Broadband Vision ’