Initiatives

Alumni, School of Physics, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore, India

posted Dec 11, 2011, 2:35 PM by Rohan Mittal   [ updated Dec 17, 2011, 9:14 PM ]

On Dec. 06, 2011, I came up with this idea to build a platform so that the Alumni could help current students and pass-outs get opportunities both in science and industry using their experience, expertise, and network. I was prompted by the fact that three other of my batch mates were also overseas for higher education in Physics with two more to join soon. That would make up one-third of the M.Sc. Physics class of 2010. I felt it would be a first in India for any physics institution producing M.Sc. students.  I feel we should infect others with this excitement and change the way people think about Physics as a career option in India. Most often it is used as a back-up option for aspiring engineering students. And, I want to change this.

I decided to team up with my classmates Renuka Tayade and Pinaki Das Gupta (also my roommate in JNBH Room # 23) to kickstart this initiative! I asked them if they were interested and "yes" was what I heard back. The idea was to help us network easily as we move around the planet.

Finally, a website was kick-started on Dec. 10, 2011. Visit the SOP DAVV Alumni website at https://sites.google.com/site/sopdavvalumni/.

What is a Smart Phone?

posted Feb 27, 2011, 1:55 PM by Rohan Mittal   [ updated Nov 13, 2011, 7:27 PM ]

We need to sit down and figure out what exactly is a Smart Phone, how it can be used to improve the quality of our life, track it, network, improve individual efficiency, protect environment, educate, and make sensible suggestions when needed. Suggestions which are ideas for kids (babies-teens) and adults (executives-scientists) alike. They will be a revolution in the way we will educate in future. They are intelligent robots and there is a lot of unexplored potential that lies in there. The idea is to build the Smart Phone of 2020 today that will revolutionize the life on our planet.

What is that out-of-the-box idea that will run "always on top" on the next generation of Smart Phones? What can you do with them that no body else can? How do you think it can make a difference in your life and that of billions?

Welcome to the brainstorm! Stay tight.

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Alumni, St. Joseph's Academy, Dehra Dun, India

posted Feb 20, 2011, 12:10 AM by Rohan Mittal   [ updated Nov 13, 2011, 7:27 PM ]

I completed my High School from St. Joseph's Academy (SJA), Dehra Dun, India in March 2002 after which I moved to Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, New Delhi, India for my Senior Secondary. In 2004, when SJA celebrated its 70th Anniversary, I had to request my favorite teacher, Mrs. Mary David for an invite to the celebration. Despite having paid for the Alumni Association (AA) Membership in 2002 when leaving the School, I did not even receive an invite. At that time, our security deposit used to be transferred and used for AA registration. Something was drastically wrong. The School was not making an effort to connect to its Alumni. Not even to notify them of an event marking 70 glorious years in its history. The very idea of an AA was a failure. While at School, I had participated in national-level website designing competitions. At that time, to get some data about the Alumni, I came across the system in place to maintain the Alumni database. It looked outdated and inefficient with no application in future. And, only two years later, I was the victim.

Utterly disappointed at the state of affairs and our scattered Alumni, I decided to fix this. And, the SJA Alumni Google Group was born on November 13, 2004. Soon after, I came across an equally magnanimous individual, a Josephite, as curious and interested as I was, who joined the Group, enthused and excited by the whole idea, connecting with me over the then "by invite-only" GMail. It was no other than Nitin Sharma, ISC '94.

From feet to miles, our movement traveled around the world connecting hearts and souls, high-school sweethearts, best-friends, classmates, and everyone in unprecedented ways. Even though we had no official affiliation with the School, we were still the strongest force uniting Josephites on the planet. From a Discussion Group to a News Blog, we were tweeting on Twitter, social-networking on Facebook, and had even launched our own website, http://www.stjosephacademy.net/ under the auspices of the SJA Alumni Reunion Program Team. Even today, it is the largest initiative connecting Josephites across the planet with over 400 Discussion Group Members, 80 Blog Followers, 45 Twitter Followers, and 900 Facebook Fans. It is now a voluntary initiative of Rohan Mittal & Nitin Sharma.

Visit the SJA Alumni at http://www.stjosephacademy.net/.

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