This year's India Semiconductor Association (ISA) Technovation Awards have identified the stars in electronics industry who have the potential to serve the $400 billion electronics market in India estimated by year 2020. The jury has done commendable job in selecting the companies and individuals who have displayed excellence and innovation in their products and services.
The most highlighting are the two individual awards given to academic stars. They are Dr. S S Mahant-Shetti, Managing Director, Karnataka Microelectronic Training/Design Center and,
Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai.
These both men are not just trainers but the enablers of Indian electronics and semiconductor industry in highly innovative ways.
Dr. Mahant is training 10th standard pass out students directly in VLSI design. They are trained in such a way that the VLSI and electrical/electronics engineering jargons are explained in highly creative manner, that too in the regional language. Example: Explaining the voltage and current relationship using a bucket of water.
All the companies, which have won the awards, have shown excellent innovation and core-strength in their respective areas. These are not ordinary companies.
Here is the list of awards:
Winners in the Semiconductors Awards Category:
Category: Indian Enterprise: Hind High Vacuum Company (P) Ltd.
Category: MNC: Berkeley Design Automation Inc.
Category: Indian Enterprise: Tessolve Services Pvt. Ltd.
Category: MNC: Applied Materials Inc.
Winners in the Electronics Awards Category:
Category: Indian Start-Up: Vinfinet Technologies
Category: Indian Enterprise: Videocon Industries
Category: MNC: Sling Media Pvt. Ltd.
Category: Indian Start-Up: Forus Health Pvt. Ltd.
Category: Indian Enterprise: Numeric Power Systems Ltd.
Category: MNC: NavSemi Energy P Ltd.
Embedded System House:
Category: Indian Enterprise: Sasken Communication technologies
Individual awards: Mr. K Subramanya, CEO, Tata BP Solar India won the Sarabhai Award for his outstanding leadership skills and sustained contribution to the ESDM sector. Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director- IIT- Madras won the TechnoVisionary, lifetime achievement award for his seminal contributions for ESDM sector while Dr. Mahant-Shetti, Managing Director- Karnataka Microelectronic Training/Design Center is the recipient of the TechnoMentor - Semiconductors award.
Pic above: Dr. S S Mahant-Shetti sharing his experience with audience: