Nov 30, 2012

A Guest Lecture on Use of Technology for Energy Management


30th October, Tuesday. We had an interaction with Mr Sreekumar, who is the Vice President for  Field Services, Schneider Electric India. He had worked with Areva from 1986 -1990 and with ABB from 1990 – 2003 in Sales. Since 2003, he has been with Schneider Electric. He started in Strategy markets with responsibility for E&I, moved to heading New Growth Platforms (launched Voice Data Image, Building Management System etc.) and is eventually heading Power Monitoring and Control.

The session started off with him giving us an insight into Schneider Electric – the company. Schneider is a French electrical engineering company founded in 1836, and today, they are the global specialists in Energy Management. Few would be aware of the fact that Schneider comprises of around 120 brands globally. Schneider has expanded its operations all over the world by acquiring firms like Merlin Gerin, Telemecanique, Viridity, Telvent, Luminous, Areva T&D, Digilink etc. The story goes like that Charles Schneider, the then CEO of Schneider in 1920s, envisaged the vision that doing well in France alone won’t sustain the company in the long run and it was vital to explore market worldwide. He took a stand, went against the decision of the local folks and brought Schneider to the world.

Energy management includes planning and operation of energy-related production and consumption units. Mr. Sreekumar gave us an overview as to how can technological advances help firms and businesses to make energy safe, reliable, efficient and productive from plant to plug. A method known as the Smart Grid Solution (which uses Substation and  Feeder Automation, Microgrid Control, Intelligent Meters etc) is implemented to increase energy efficiency. A Building Management System (BMS) is a computer based control system installed in buildings that manages and monitors access control, video security management, lighting control, ventilation, fire systems & energy efficiency. The latest advent in digital video security imaging science is the Sarix™, the proprietary, ground-breaking imaging technology that powers IP cameras with high-definition resolution, advanced lowlight capabilities, consistent color science, and super fast processing power.

The session was a highly interactive one with Mr. Sreekumar clarifying and answering the various queries put up by the students. Altogether it was a great learning experience for us.

Vidit Mehta
Lead Coordinator
Events and Seminars, PR & Media  
MBA 2012-14, IIT Kanpur

Nov 2, 2012

A talk with alumni of 2012


13th October, 2012 - Day 3, Antragni! A mood of festivity as well as inquisitiveness. This eagerness was all about our chance, batch of 2014 to have an informal session with our super seniors, batch of 2012.

Few of them namely Aayush Jain, Isha Sood, Paridhi Mutreja, Prashant Jain and Rubal Mehta came to cherish the occasion of Antragni. After having stepped into corporate life, this was their first occasion to visit the Alma Mater, to refresh their memories. Indeed it was a great opportunity for the batch of 2014 as well, to be able to interact with them and gain from their experiences.

Many questions were gobbling in our minds when we started the conversation with them. These alumni have already been through the phase we are in, empathizing best with us, they tried answering all our questions. Questions covered a wide gamut specifically catering to the scope of consultancy for students of operations, relevance of work experience and a match of it with MBA courses, best portrayal of experience during job interviews etc.

Prashant Jain, who is currently working at Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC India), told us that in his whole MBA program, he was always trying to make his work experience count and make the best use of it through the MBA program. He was finally able to achieve this by doing related internship and preparing well for interviews.

Aayush Jain, Paridhi Mutreja, Rubal Mehta, currently working as consultants at Deloitte, and Isha Sood, who is working at Infosys, shared their views on consulting as a career and also how the results are expected from them in short duration.

All of them enjoyed sharing their experiences at IIT Kanpur, with us. They talked about not only the excellent infrastructure and learned professors, but also about how they used to make last minute presentations and assignments.

MBA is not just about working hard to get a highly paid job, rather it is an experience, a journey towards learning more and better. They asked us to be proactive and concentrate on studies as this is definitely going to impact one's career options to be taken in future. They motivated us to make the best use of this 2 year span not only academically but also to groom ourselves completely.

Altogether, it was a great learning experience for us. Looking forward for more such enlightening opportunities in future!


Tulika Awasthi
Lead Coordinator
Alumni Relation, PR & Media  
MBA 2012-14, IIT Kanpur