MS Faculty Connect

Report On Microsoft Faculty Connect Symposium-2011

Dated: 8.7.2011
Microsoft Faculty Connect Summer Symposium-2011 is the unique event hosted by Microsoft INDIA during 20th June to 22nd June, 2011 in its Gurgaon Campus, New Delhi. This event has provided specific direction in bridging Industry-Institute Partnership.
This initiative is directed to provide key academicians from institutions across India an opportunity to keep abreast of the current technological trends by interacting with MS technology experts from its various India-based business groups.
Sessions have been conducted on current MS technologies on areas such as Cloud Computing, High Performance Computing (HPC), Mobile Computing, Man-MachineInteraction and Robotics, Client Computing and Server Virtualization.
The symposium provided an opportunity for faculty members to build bridges with industry as well as network with their peers. In addition, Faculty members became able to gain recognition from their peers as they get invited to attend this exclusive Symposium which is planned to be held annually.
This faculty development session has been offered in conjunction with partnerships from CSI, IEEE, and AICTE.
The fact is evident from the inaugural speech of Dr. Mark East (GM-EducationMicrsoft), Mr. Bhaskar Pramanik (Chairman, Microsoft INDIA) through the intermediate talk of Mr. V. Sarbasidhi to the valedictory speech of Dr. Sandhya Chintala (Sr. Director, educational initiative NASSCOM) that the Universities / autonomous Academic Institutions should shape up their curriculum and Teaching –Learning Process so as to produce more Industry-ready student-turned professionals with State-of-the-Art skill set. In most of the presentations in the symposium, synergism between conceptual frame and use of tools / technologies is worth of depth-learning and needs to be practiced for disseminating and generating knowledge among students.
The key-note speakers collectively endorsed the educational policy in the line of K-12global Educational Standard.


The first-day first-learning session is on Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 with ApplicationLife-cycle Management (ALM) and Intelli Trace, addressed by Mr. Vonod Unni, Microsoft MVP (most valued professional), MS Regional Director, North India. It was followed by the session delivered by Mr. AB Lal who has delivered on latest MS technologies on Microsoft Sharepoint 2010,

The next session on Day 1 is a really interesting one and very much resembles themodern-day computational need, It is on Man-Machine Interaction and Robotics by Mr. Ramaprasanna Chellamuthu, Developer evangelist, MS India. He demonstrated the Microsoft Tools and Technologies XBOX-360 and KINECT. He has also mentioned Windows Phone, Windows Embedded Compact 7, Microsoft Web matrix and Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio (MSRDS).

The 2nd day first session has been delivered in a very high note by Mr. Vekatesh Sarbasidhi (later it was known that he is an IIM Calcutta alumni). He analyzed and illustrated from present-day scenario regarding pros and cons of the Industry- Institute Relationship. He emphasized the Open Learning Courses from Stanford and MIT to follow. He illustrated Forrester, Gartner, Mckinsey, IDC as Global Trend Analyst.

The next session on day two was of wider importance from the perspective of JIS College of Engineering as it was on High Performance Computing and Cloud. It was delivered by Sri Vinod Srinivash. He has mentioned Microsoft's contribution towards cloud computing and cloud-enabled tools. He illustrated Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003, HPC Server 2008 R2 Roadmap, Windows HPC on Azure, and Open CL: CUDA Language, HPC Cluster Manager, Virtual HPC lab. He mentioned the resource kit is available at  He inspired Azure and LINQ to use.

Then, it was Mr. Amit Bansal's session from Microsoft Business Intelligence who delivered on SQL Server 2008 R2. he belongs to peopleware and asked to refer for further reference.

The final session in day-2 is a display of unique technologies of Microsoft when Ms. Saranya Sriram delivered lecture from Chennai over Windows Live. She also stressed on merit of Windows Azure. The corresponding web link is She explained the features on IAAS, PAAS, SAAS.


The final day attraction was a joint session by Mrs. Ritu Chaturvedi, Director, Office365 and Mr. Sukhwinder Ahuja who dually demonstrated applications of latest MS tools and technoliges like Silverlight, Sharepoint, Auzre. They have referenced the free demo available at and for cloud application .

They have come out with some more reference like http:// .

Mr. Vijay Singhal was the attraction on last leaning session who spoke about Windows Phone and Mobile Cryptography. He gave example of iPhone and thereby use of Android. To create mobile windows application, the following reference is given by him: . He mentioned about XAML, Zane, and Dream spark also as latest tools. The feedback after each session was statutory.

The valedictory session was conducted by Mrs. Protima Amonkar, Director, Microsoft Education in India. She, jointly with Mrs. Sandhya Chintala, Sr. Director, educational initiative NASSCOM, have distributed the Certificate to the participants.

The program was concluded by remarks /view from the participating academicians. Earlier, interview of each participants were recorded by MS for broadcasting. On completion, according to the Program Manager some participants were interviewed by Times of India for news. The undersigned has a telephonic interview with the Journalist representative of ToI covering this event.

Some of the participants name is mentioned below:

•Dr. Vijay Singh Rathore, Professor and Director, Shree Karni College, Jaipur, Rajasthan

•Prof. Gopesh Tiwari, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

•Prof. Archana Murti, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Chitkara University, Chandigarh.

•Dr. Pawanesh Abrol, Associate Prof, Dept. of CSE & IT, University of Jammu, J&K.

•Dr. V. Cyril Raj, Professor, MGR University, Chennai, TN

•Dr. S. Balasubrahmaniam, Professor, CSIS, BITS, Pilani

•Dr. P. Swaminathan, Dean, School of Computing, Sastra University, Tanjavur, TN

•Prof. G. Shankar Lingam, Associate Prof and Chairman, BOS, CSE, Chaitanya Colleges (CITS), Hyd, Andhra Pradesh.

•Dr. Ajay Rana, Director, AMITY University, Noida

•Prof. Rajiv Sodhi, Dy. Dean, Lovely Prof. Univ. (LPU), Punjab

•Prof. Rohit Dhand, Assoc. Dean and HOD-IT, Lovely Prof. Univ. (LPU), Punjab

•Dr. Vineet Bansal, Director-IT, ITS-Gaziabad, UP.

•Dr. Maninder Singh, Associate Prof. and HOD, CSE, Thapar University, Punjab.

•Dr. C. Patvardhan, Associate Prof, CSE, Dayalbagh Educational Inst (DEI), Agra

•Dr. C. Vasanth Lakshmi, Associate Prof, CSE, Dayalbagh Educational Inst (DEI), Agra

•Dr. Krishna Kant Lavaniya, Head IT, Arya Institute of Engg. and Tech. , Jaipur, Rajasthan

•Prof. Sudha Goyal, Assistant Professor and Programme-in-Charge, Chitkara University Chandigarh

•Dr. Mukesh Agarwal, HOD-CSE, JECRC, Jaipur, Rajsthan

•Prof. Kapil Kumar Verma, HOD-CSE&IT, IIMT, Meerut

•Dr. Sunil Khatri, Head, Lingayat University, Faridabad.

•Dr. Manoj Wadhwa, Professor & Head, FET, MRIU, Faridabad.

•Prof. Krishan Kumar Raman, Assistant Professor, FET, MRIU, Faridabad.

•Prof. Navel Kishore Sharma, Associate Professor & Head, CS, IEC Group of Institution.

•Prof. Amitabh Sharma, Associate Prof., IT, Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Mohali.

•Prof. R.S. Pavitha, HOD-CSE&IT, Hindusthan College of Science & Technology(SGI),

•Prof. R.C. Thakur, Associate Prof., NSIT

•Prof. Smita Rajpal, Associate Prof., ITM University

•Dr. Dipti Gaur, HOD-IT, ITM University

The sender of this report nominated by JIS Group is probably the only participant from Eastern India.

The time management and the cordiality of the Organizing Chairs especially Mr. Aditya

Mohan, Program Manager; Microsoft FCS-2011 was outstanding. There was a recreation event organized by the host in the evening of 2nd day at Kingdom of Dreams, Culture Gully, Gurgaon.

According to me this Symposium is a very high-value event exploded by high-end tools and a bit different than the other Seminar / Symposium / Conference / Workshop.



Somsubhra Gupta

Assistant Professor and Head,

Department of Information Technology,

JIS College of Engineering,

Kalyani -741235, West Bengal, INDIA.