PALS, in its tenth year now, was started as a series of motivational lectures given by IIT Alumni in the campuses of various engineering colleges in and around Chennai. The offerings have evolved into the present format based on the feedback from the colleges,  and from the changing market needs. The objective has been to enhance the quality of engineering education and making students graduating from these institutions, industry ready. To achieve this, PALS has tapped into the vast pool of expertise available within the IIT alumni community across the corporate, academic and entrepreneurial domains. The year-long program covering Partner Institutions in various cities of Tamil Nadu features engages in events that involve IIT Alumni and Industry experts, which target the students, teachers and management of these institutions.

PALS program is executed by a  team of committed volunteers and managed by a high power Governing Board

PALS Vision

"To provide a unique experience in the sphere of engineering education to all its partner institutes, nurturing a holistic evolution of their teaching fraternity and student community"

PALS Mission

is to provide a platform where

the IITs can share their knowledge and resources with other colleges / institutes

leaders in from any industry vertical can share their experiences and viewpoints

students can bring out their potential, technical prowess and be industry ready

mutually beneficial dialogue between academia and industry can happen

PALS  Value Proposition

Enabling its Partner Institutes to significantly increase the employability of its students, through

  • Increasing their awareness of the market in general and of changing career opportunities available to them, including entrepreneurship
  • Augmenting their text book knowledge through industry projects, internships and competitions
  • Enhancing their skills and knowledge through interactions with IIT, IIT Alumni and industry experts, through various forums, including lectures, seminars, workshops, mentoring sessions, competitions etc.
  • Improvement in pedagogy by providing opportunities to faculty via different forums involving IIT, IIT Alumni and industry, to enhance their knowledge and skills

Overall, to enable the Partner Institutes to internalize the various inputs provided throughout the year, and enhance their own processes and working in the right direction.

PALS 360 degree programs

The different events organized are structured to address the needs of students, faculty and administrators of Engineering Education. This program enhances the job opportunities for the students by increasing their awareness of the job market and their practical skills, and makes them think for themselves and take informed decisions in life. Opportunities are created so that the rich and varied experiences of the IIT alumni are shared with the students and faculty of the Partner Institutes. Events are organized so that the faculty members get an opportunity to visit different industries, and also listen to senior people in that industry – along with the students, as well as in programs designed especially for the faculty. Opportunities are provided, where there is ample scope for interactions between faculty members of the Partner Institutes with those of IITs and with industry experts. Competitions are held to bring out the spark inside every student.

Needless to say it is the involvement IIT Alumni and the readiness with which the IIT Madras fraternity comes forward to share its knowledge, expertise and resources our Partner Institutes. The inputs from the faculty coordinators of the Partner Institutes and the enthusiasm of the student participants have helped us to come this far. Improvements on the content, schedule and execution of the programs are continuously done based on the feedback from all the stake holders.

Palghat Mohan

Chairman

Mohan Narayanan

Ex-Chairman

N Alamelu

Ex-Chairperson

Anuradha R

Champion

R Krishnamurti Rao

Champion

Prof K V Gangadharan

Champion

Subramanian S

Champion

Ravi Venkatraman

Champion

Krishna Kumar

Champion

C N Chandrasekaran

Champion

Bharanidharan S

Champion

Arun Dev

Champion

Nanu Swamy

Champion

Ramaswamy K

Champion

K Sambamurthy

Champion

Pramod Athalye

Champion

Ramesh P R

Champion

S Vijayalakshmi

Champion

Name
Mr. Mohan Narayanan
Ms. N. Alamelu
Mr. Palghat Mohan

Occupation
Past Chair-PALS; Founder & CEO, Kubos Consultancy
Past Chair-PALS; Proprietor, Ansi Techniques
Chairman, PALS

This high powered team consisting of industry and academy experts, provides advice and guidance to PALS on a periodic basis, at a strategic level. This enables PALS to set its directions, and to plan out its offerings effectively.

Name
Dr. Bhaskar Ramamurthy
Dr. V Kamakoti
Dr. Mahesh Panchagnula
Mr D Chandrasekhar
Mr Ananth Krishnan
Mr Sriram Viji
Mr. Mohan Narayanan
Ms. N. Alamelu
Mr. Palghat Mohan

Occupation
Former Director, IIT Madras
Director, IIT Madras
Dean, Alumni and Corporate Relations, IIT Madras
IITM ACT/ Madras Dyslexia Association
Chief Technology Officer TCS
Deputy MD Brakes India
Past Chair-PALS; Founder & CEO, Kubos Consultancy
Past Chair-PALS; Proprietor, Ansi Techniques
Chairman, PALS