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The Sandpaper Spring 2005 Edition

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The Rehabilitation of Tsunami Affected Areas – A BITS Alumni Initiative

As you’re all probably already aware, in December this past year Tsunamis of biblical proportions struck India and several other countries. Sadly enough, this was merely the latest in a spate of natural disasters – adding to the adversity inflicted by the super cyclone that hit Orissa in 1999 and the earthquakes that rocked Gujarat in 2001.

The BITSunami team's objective is to restore and to sustain: Two tsunami affected villages in Tamil Nadu’s Nagapattinam district, Naaluvedapathy and Pushpavanam, have been adopted by BITS Pilani alumni for rehabilitation within the next five years. More

In conversation with Sudeep Jain (BITS ’86), former District Collector of Nagapattinam More

 the quarterly BITSians
Balaji krishnamurthy (’71)

He was recently among Time Magazine’s 25 Global Business Influentials and the chief architect of an inverted-bonus plan at Planar Systems that put his associates before executives and himself. Greed may have been good for some in the ‘80s, but Balaji Krishnamurthy (’71 Math) is setting the standard for leadership in this century. More


Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education names one distinguished professor from each of the 50 states. They recently bestowed this honor on our own alumnus, Dr Autar Kishen Kaw (’76 Mech), Professor at the University of South Florida. More

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Padmini Chettur’s (BITS ’87) World Premiere of Paper Doll: After her successful UK premiere of 3 Solos where one writer called the performance a combination of "serene elegance and exquisite detail, morphing fluid and lithe movement with the rich rhythms of the mridangam drum and saxophone," More


editorial & features


education & academics   

Of Tsunamis, Transitions and Thankfulness.
  When Academicians Become Entrepreneurs.

Chitti aye hai – Letters & Opinions

  The Oyster Lab at BITS, Pilani
Masala & Spice



research and innovation   

Social Entrepreneurship
  Mobile Medics win Columbia B-Plan Competition
Notes From My Trip

notes from pilani   


business & entrepreneurship

Center for Software Development
  BITSian Founders of Corpus Labs
Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership
  BITSians in Media & Entertainment
Dear Karthik... from BITS-Pilani, Goa
  2 BITSians in CNN/Time's 25 Global Business Influentials

Dear Karthik... from BITS-Pilani, Dubai

  Baba Kalyani Business Standard CEO of 2004

general interest   


creative & humor   

  Art by Praveen Rachakulla
Briefings From the Land of the Dragon: The Old House
This Little Thing Called Respect
  Beyond my Four Best Years
Transitions - Part One: Home or the Promised Land
  Moments in Time
    Daddy Comes a Visiting



alumni corner   

Nostalgic Trip to Pilani
  Partyin’ around the world
'94 batch 10th Year Anniversary
  Miracles do happen
    Dream a Little MBA Dream
    Faculty at B-schools
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