Thursday, December 29, 2005

TeNeT- Message from Prof Ashok Jhunjhunwala, IIT Madras

TeNeT- Message from Prof Ashok Jhunjhunwala, IIT Madras
Oosted By Raj Varadarajan on 31st December 2002 ( Message 270)

Fellow Members,
Prof Ashok Jhunjhunwala-Padmasree, of IIT-Kanpur-Madras & TeNet fame needs no introduction. The State of TamilNadu has set aside ten acres of the best available land adjacent to IIT Madras Campus to create a Technology Park. You have guessed it right Prof Ashok Jhun Jhunwala has been appointed to spearhead this effort. The following is a message form him to all IIT-Alumni and all Indians in general to join forces so that we can take big strides in making India a better place. I request that every member spend just a few minutes to see if he can any remote way assist Prof Jhunjhunwalas programmes.

My dear friends,

Greetings from India, IIT and me.

Several friends and alumni have been exploring to find ways how they can pay back to IIT and India the debt of gratitude they feel, for what they are today. I am sure many of you are doing your bit privately wherever and whenever you can to help
humanity in general.

You may be aware that TeNeT group started its journey to bring telephone service in India, available to the common man. We have worked on a dream to provide 200 million telephone and internet connections in India. Towards this, affordability in India was recognised as a key issue. We have therefore worked to bring down the CAPEX cost of telecom infrastructure and played our part in bringing it down from over Rs 35K per line to about Rs. 18k per line. We have developed technologies and incubated companies towards this. Today we are dedicating ourselves to connect rural areas of India and have been promoting n-Logue communications towards this.

Similarly there are several leading institutions in India who are doing very advanced work in all fields including design and manufacture.

Alumni and Indians are around the world. They can use their contacts in India and the country they live in. I request all of you to be salesmen, good will ambassadors
or front office personnel to help the country you live in by channeling the research, development, design, and manufacturing work where it will benefit both the
countries. This you should do as a profitable venture so it is sustainable and makes sense to everyone involved.

Wishing you all the best in the new year.

Ashok Jhunjhunwala
Professor Elec Engg
IIT Madras