Department of Management Studies (DoMS), IIT Madras played host to three eminent personalities Mrs. Sheela Priya IAS, Director, Chennai Water Supply board, Mr. Sanjiv Paul, Managing Director, JUSCO and Mr. Sudhakar Rao General Manager (P&A;), HAL, representing Public Administration, Private sector enterprise and a PSU respectively. The occasion was a seminar on Infrastructure Management. The event was also graced by eminent professors from the institute Prof. V.Kalyanaraman and Prof. K.N.Sathyanarayana et al along with the professors from DoMS.
In his keynote address Prof.L.S.Ganesh, HOD, DoMS, gave reference to the various challenges being faced by the infrastructure development and management teams in various organizations. This was followed by the address of Prof. V.Kalyanaraman. He laid emphasis on the importance of the technical, social and economic issues to be handled while developing infrastructure.
Mrs. Sheela Priya highlighted “Water Management in Chennai city” through a picturesque presentation. She initiated her talk with the salient features of the city of
Chennai like geographical area, population, topography, drainage system, climate, water supply sources and current supply rate.
This was followed by a talk by Mr. Sanjiv Paul. Addressing the gathering Mr. Sanjiv Paul gave an overview of the areas JUSCO (Jamshedpur Utilities & Services Company) dealt with, ranging from waste and wastewater management, power, town planning, public health, civil and electrical works, schools, horticulture and guest house facilities.
Mr. T. Sudhakar Rao, GM (P&A;), HAL was the next speaker to grace the occasion. Bringing in the perspective of a PSU into the discussion, Mr. Rao earmarked the difference in the operation of the PSU’s in the past and how it has emerged in the present. The seminar was concluded by Prof. Satyanaranaya, who spoke about the infrastructure development project being done in the institute campus. The project involving cross-functional teams from various departments are involved in a combined effort to improve the infrastructure of the institute in three key areas viz. transportation, water & gas and power.

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