Tuesday 4 April 2017

Interview of Prof. Shyam Sunder Agrawal , an eminent scientist in the area of Acoustic Speech and Communication, currently working as the Director General at KIIT Group of Institutions (Former chairman, Acoustical Society of India)

Q. First of all, how did you find the campus and hospitality of the college?
A. The day, today, was a very pleasant, in a beautiful campus. The campus has very nice architecture, many different varieties of beautiful flowers, so much greenery around here and very peaceful and calm environment.

Q. What was your inspiration behind your decision of choosing the field of speech processing?
A. The field speech processing is definitely a bit different from other fields. My reason was that It is basically an inter-disciplinary field. It is an area which includes various aspects of engineering and science. One needs signal processing techniques as well as aspects of artificial intelligence techniques, and programing skills. One also needs linguistics and phonetics skills. It involves biological aspects also at higher levels. I was in my Master’s degree in electronics and I did a project under supervision of some person who worked in the field of speech therapy. I found the field interesting, it was a bit difficult from others and very few people were working in the field. I had a fascination of Hindi language as it is my mothertounge, I started working in speech processing of Hindi language, So the beauty of Hindi and field were both my inspiration.

Q. With a lot of difficulties in the journey what kept you moving ahead on the path?
A. There were some ups and down but fortunately I got opportunities to tackle them down. Firstly, immediately after my Master’s degree, there was an economical pressure to do some job for the livelihood for the family, I got some options as a lecturer in a college, but I wanted to do research. I got research opportunities but there was no fellowship in the beginning. My family supported me for the period. After six months, I started getting fellowship and things went ahead. Second time was when I finished my job as lecturer in university, fortunately I got the appointment as a scientist from Govt. of India. And I worked in the speech processing field there, around thirty years, I got many projects, worked as head of institution and retired.

Q. After completing career as a scientist for the government, you are still working in the field, tell us about the journey after retirement.
A. Even after the retirement, I got an opportunity to work with an American scientist as a researcher. Later when I joined a group of institution, but as you know in private institutions the research is not permitted at a high level as scientists do, so I moved on from there, I started working for my own and now we have a group of faculties and delivering projects to many big companies like Nokia and some government supported projects too.

Q. In this long journey, you have visited researchers and institutions from many country, how was that experience?
A. In the meantime, I’ve been to many countries under different fellowship schemes, I have visited various institution, worked as visiting researchers in various institutes as MIT California and others. I was in Europe for a period as a researcher, the experience was very good, in other countries I saw a bit upper level in research than us but our country is working very hard to excel.

Q. As u told us, institution does not support research at higher levels, what are your suggestions for the institutions so that they could adopt better policies?
A. There are two things associated with this, first is the university with which the colleges are affiliated. Higher education needs research at higher level, one needs to innovate from the knowledge gained in his life. If the universities are confined to only syllabus and few exams in higher education, the students will not grow much, they will not innovate. The universities need to support research and they must think about it. Second thing is the management of college and their vision, what they want to achieve and deliver from the college, if they focus on delivering better to the society they must provide valuable atmosphere and facilities for the researchers. The quality of professors and supervisor for researcher affects a lot in higher education so the management should ensure better faculties to promote research there.

Interviewed by: Surya Pratap Singh and Pragati Baheti
Edited by: Vipul Barodiya and Oshin Malviya


Atal Bihari Vajpayee Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior witnessed its annual inter-IIIT sports fest TWARAN from 31 March 2017 to 2 April 2017. The annual inter IIIT sports fest of the institute has its roots laid down in the year 2008. It was in the year 2008 that the TWARAN fest was organised for the first time and since then the fest has been a huge success and proved to be one of the largest sports fest of the central India.  It has established itself as a great platform for the emerging sportspersons of various centrally funded IIITS and other colleges to show cast their potential. The TWARAN '17 was no different and on the lines its of previous editions proved to be a great success.  Many premier institutes participated in the fest to prove their potential and experience the thrill and the fun of the fest. Various institutions showed active participation and heated up the race to the victory.

TWARAN'17, the annual inter IIIT sports fest of the IIITM lasted for three days from 31 March 2017 to 2 April 2017.  The fest like its previous editions witnessed talent not only from the IIIT community but also from many other prestigious colleges of the nation.
The following institutes were part of the TWARAN fest:
v Atal Bihari Vajpayee Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior.
v Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad.
v Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi
v International Institute of Information Technolgy-Naya Raipur.
v School of Planning & Architecture, Bhopal
v National Institute of Technology, Delhi.
v Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, Delhi.

The fest commenced with the opening ceremony in the presence of the Director of the institute Prof S.G. Deshmukh and the faculty coordinator Dr. Anurag Srivastava. The Director sir in his remarks told the importance of sports in life and inculcated the spirit of sports in the students. He insisted the students to participate with full zeal and enthusiasm. The students of the ABV-IIITM also showed a parade.
The end of the opening ceremony embarked the beginning of some real action. All the participants from all the colleges were full of enthusiasm and zeal. All the eyes had only one target- “THE WINNER’S TROPHY and all the minds had only one aim- “STEP UP THE GAME.”  Every participant enforced his full potential and fought with total dedication and devotion to make his college win and bring it more close to the prestigious title. Each sport witnessed great talent and the nail-biting and breath-taking action.
The fest included many sports, including indoor as well as the outdoor sports. Indoor included chess—where one needs to be careful at every move and crack what’s going in the opponent’s mind, & also carrom  where one need to mind his timing on the striker.
Outdoor included some real action; from the favourite of all cricket, to the nail-biting and exciting football and volleyball. While cricket tested the players on timing and the skill, the football tested their ability to pass the defenders and strike goal for their team. Athletics also tested the stamina as well as their swiftness so as to make it to the first position.  But this is not that all. The breath-taking badminton and  squash was still to come. While the badminton asked the players to smash the opponents stand, the squash was no less exciting. Basketball demands skill to pass the opponent and a bull’s eye to shoot the ball. The ping-pong game of table-tennis requires accuracy and precision while lawn tennis requires the strength and the timing. Finally, swimming also received great participation from all the institutes. Also a treasure hunt was organised to bleep the mind and take the excitement a notch up.
The last day of the three-day long fest saw even greater enthusiasm as it was the high time—THE FINALS.
Finally, the fest ended with a memorable and fantastic closing ceremony. The closing ceremony not only included the prize distribution by the Director sir but also some great performances to steal everyone’s heart. The night was entertaining and stress relieving and we witnessed amazing performances by Surbhi Sankhla and RUDRA .A nice dinner was also organised for everyone.

In this way the three-day long journey came to an end. The fest inculcated the spirit of sports in the participating institutes and also strengthened the inter-institute bond. Thus TWARAN'17 proved to be a huge success for the institute and has given memorable experiences which we surely will never forget.  

Raj Mehrotra(2016IPG-079)


Pyarke rang se bharopichkari,
snehke rang do duniya sari,
ye rang na jane koi jaatna koi boli,
aapkomubarak ho aapnokiholi.

Holi celebration takes place with lot of joy and verve throughout the country. The enthusiasm of the people reaches its peak and matches with the nature which is in full bounty at the time of Holi.
Holi is being celebrated in Indian since time immemorial but the popularity of Holi celebrations seems to be rising with every passing year and so is the level of hoo-ha. As no other festival gives so much liberty to the people to let their hair loose and enjoy their hidden crazy self.
Holi knows no bars, Holi knows no boundaries too. Across the world wherever Indians or people of Indian origin are present Holi is celebrated with gusto and bonhomie. People play with colours, light a bonfire called Holika and celebrate the victory of good over evil.
Well, the essence of any festival is to take a break from the daily humdrum of life and make it interesting. The other major intention of celebrating festival is to bring people together and generate a feeling of brotherhood and spread harmony all around.
So like all other Indians we also had our holi celebration on 25thMarch at Open Air Theatre (OAT). The celebration was  organized by IPG 2016 batch.
All the students of ABV IIITM Gwalior gathered at the Open Air Theatre and had great time together. Everyone was greeted with Gulaal on their faces! All had fun together. A DJ was also called up for brightening the event! Everyone danced on the typical holi Bollywood songs. Forgetting every sorrow in their lives, every problems and rivalries.
The best thing was a waterproof holi! Yes it was a holi free from water. Everyone co-operated  in that. Each and every student know the importance of water in our life and so there was no wastage of water. Moreover organic colors or gulaal was used to play holi.
All and all it was an environmental friendly holi celebration.  Apart from this  thandai and bread pakodas were also served. It was a day to remember full of memories and fun!
As said 'Bright colors, water balloons, lavish gujiyas and melodious songs' are the ingredients of perfect Holi… and it was a perfect holi…full of colurs and joy, filled with love!

Wish you all Happy Holi again!

-Oshin Malviya