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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

SYMA Childfest 2020 - Sri NK Raman - Jewels of Triplicane

IPS (important pre-script):  1. SYMA Childfest drawing competitions were on – and I was hopping from one building to another. In between received info that there is another important guest for the Prize Distribution function. I almost jumped with joy telling my friends that I know him .. it is not knowing, it is hero-worship – I have been speaking of this person for long and here was an opportunity to meet and talk to him after 4 decades !

2.  the board at the entrance of that famous Red building (Hindu High School) would read : “Be proud of your School; let your school be proud of you” !

3.  Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a private research university based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1900 by Andrew Carnegie it has grown into an international university of great repute.   Past and present faculty and alumni include 20 Nobel Prize laureates, 13 Turing Award winners, 23 Members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 22 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 79 Members of the National Academies, 124 Emmy Award winners, 47 Tony Award laureates, and 10 Academy Award winners.

Long ago ! ~ Education system was different.  Old timers will recall that the First Public Examination for the students used to be at Class XI – those who passed would join PUC in College and those days, the State First used to secure a little over 400 out of 500 -  a time when securing more than 80% was considered the ultimate !! .. recall that in 1977, NK Raman of our school (The Hindu High School, Big Street, Triplicane) secured 457/500 and was State 4th   – photo of him with a beaming smile appeared in newspapers .. .. Those were the times when Newspapers would roll out special editions containing the Roll No. of those Candidates who passed the Examination.  It was ‘all numbers’ and those Special Supplements would sell like hot cakes…….. students, parents, near and dear would be elated to see their Registration No. appearing on the newspaper – it was a time to celebrate and so they would buy toffees and distribute ! – simple life …

The pre-university course (PUC) was an intermediate course of one year duration at College.   Now students complete 10+2 and School and go to college.  Those days, after 11th (SSLC) – students would join PUC and later join degree courses.  Interestingly, in one group with some other activity – there were 4 who had failed in PUC – it is another story that couple of them are famous in public life.

The two day Goldwinner SYMA Childfest concluded on 12.1.2020 and the Prize Distribution function was glittering.  Srinivas YOungmens Association (SYMA)  has been in service to the society since 1977.  WE have been conducting Childfest, competition for school children, aimed at promoting spirit of competitiveness and developing the spirit in school children providing platform to hone and exhibit their skills.    Close to 100 schools and more than 2000 students participated in 2 day events.  There were events with individual participation : Fancy Dress Competition (for Lkg, Ukg, 1st & 2nd); Drawing Competition (Groups for Lkg & Ukg; 1&2; 3-5; 6-8 & 9 -12’.  There were group competitions in which students participated through school :  Group Singing; Quiz (2 groups 6-9 & 10-12); Group discussions; Art work & Group dance. Chief Guest was Sri Deshmukh Shekhar Sanjay, IPS, Dy Commissioner of Police, Mylapore.  Special guests on dais were : Mr P Saravanan, GM, Grundfos & Sri NK Raman – a person who had accomplished so much in academics.  All the three of them have excelled in academics – this post is specific to Sri NK Raman. The programme started with a prayer.  Yours truly welcomed the Guests and introduced the Guests on dais. 

The person described in IPS 1 is Sri NK Raman (his brother was my batchmate – did Science while I studied Commerce group in +2 at Hindu High School).  Resided at Eawaradoss lalah street, studied at Raghavendra school and later at Hindu High School.  He did MBA in LIBA where he was a Gold medalist.

Hailing from a lower middle class background and having studied in Tamil medium, his knowledge and appetite was phenomenal.  He was to rise astronomically, going to USA doing MS and PhD in  Carnegie Mellon under fellowship.  After successful completion, he worked in KLA Tencor in USA.  Back to motherland, he was the first President and MD of KLA Tencor Chennai.  Later he was on his own starting DFMSim, which was later acquired by   Applied Materials,  a Silicon Valley based semiconductor equipment company where he heads - Artificial intelligence and machine learning group.

Sri NK Raman is a proud holder of several patents and has published many papers in leading journals pertaining to semi-conductor industry.  He has taught courses at Carnegie Mellon, UC Berkeley and Santa Clara Universities.  He is currently working closely with IIT Madras in AI projects.  Noble and highest level are his accomplishments – yet he is a simple, unassuming person.  A person of whom his school (Hindu High School) and Triplicane can be proud of !  - he is yet another ‘Jewel of Triplicane’.  We were delighted to have him on the podium as a Special Guest and distribute the prizes to the winners.

Thank you so much Sri NK Raman for accepting our invitation and being there. SYMA places deep sense of gratitude to you.  You are a great inspiration and role-model for students.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
13th Jan 2020.

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