Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Nuziveedu Seeds conferred 'BioAgri Company of the Year 2012' Award

Nuziveedu Seeds Limited (Mandava Prabhakara Rao, CMD) the leading Indian Seeds company (in terms of volume and seed packets sold every year), has been conferred with BioAgri Company of the year Award 2012 at the 10th Annual Biospectrum-ABLE Awards. Mr. Ramesh Viswanathan, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Nuziveedu Seeds received the award on behalf of the Company at a glittering ceremony held in Bengaluru. This is the fourth time Nuziveedu Seeds has won this prestigious award and consecutively won it for the third time. Previously, the Company won this award in 2008, 2010 and 2011.

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, December 19, 2012 Nuziveedu Seeds Limited, the leading Indian Seeds company (in terms of volume and seed packets sold every year), has been conferred with BioAgri Company of the year Award 2012 at the 10th Annual Biospectrum-ABLE Awards. Mr. Ramesh Viswanathan, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Nuziveedu Seeds received the award on behalf of the Company at a glittering ceremony held in Bengaluru. This is the fourth time Nuziveedu Seeds has won this prestigious award and consecutively won it for the third time. Previously, the Company won this award in 2008, 2010 and 2011.

The Biospectrum-ABLE Awards, being among the most credible recognition platforms for Indian biotech and agriculture industry were conferred on the basis of Industry Survey conducted by BioSpectrum along with Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises - ABLE in June 2012.The findings of the Survey were further vetted by 11 member jury comprised of experts from industry, academia and chaired by Prof. Virander S Chauhan, Director, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) along with Dr. Chetan E Chitnis, Principal Investigator, Malaria Research Group, ICGEB.

Speaking on the honour conferred, Mr. M Prabhakar Rao, CMD, Nuziveedu Seeds said "we are delighted to receive BioAgri-ABLE Company of the Year Award for 2012. It is indeed a proud moment for us to be chosen for the fourth time, which reflects the spirit of innovation and leadership traits of our team. It is our endeavour to continue providing quality and affordable seeds to the farmers".

Nuziveedu Seeds offers more than 340 hybrid seeds and varieties of 30 field crops and vegetables and its modern technologies to Indian farmers through its extensive sales and distribution network in 17 states across India. With strong R&D capabilities and one of the largest germplasms in the country, company produces and markets other field crops like Maize, Paddy Sunflower, Sorghum, Pearmillet and vegetable crops. Nuziveedu Seeds' marketing team conducts farmer education programs on new agronomic practices to increase productivity.

Friday, December 14, 2012

A scientist par excellence

 Ramamohana Rao Tummala led a team that invented the first plasma display 

He left his village nearly five decades ago to study and then work in the U.S. Today, Rammohana Rao Tummala is highly respected as a scientist and inventor. He holds 71 U.S. patents and credit for inventions. He has invented and manufactured the first ever plasma display for the IBM. 

Six months in a year he travels extensively as adviser to several academic, research bodies and consultant to many Fortune 500 electronic companies in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. In spite of his hectic life, Prof. Rao R. Tummala always makes time to visit his native village, Nandamuru, on the Vijayawada-Gudivada Road.
He came to make a presentation at the Nano Conference at Bangalore and came to spend some time with his cousins in his village. Born in Nandamuru, he did his entire schooling in the village. He is the son of the soil in the true sense because his father was a farmer. Prof. Rao did his science degree in Andhra Loyola College in Vijayawada and his engineering degree in Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. In 1965, he left India to do his MS in Metallurgical Engineering in Canada. After that, there was no turning back for Prof. Rao. After working for several years with the IBM, he became an IBM Fellow in 1983 and held the honour till 1993. 

Claim to fame
“My claim to fame is heading the team that invented the first plasma display and manufacturing it. It was small (he used his hands to indicate that it was about five inches long and wide), but IBM made 300 million dollars with it,” he said. After being the IBM fellow, Prof. Rao moved over to academics and is today a professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, more popularly known as Georgia Tech at Atlanta. Prof. Rao has published over 320 technical papers and has authored several books, including the first modern reference book for Microsystems.

Celkon Mobiles to co-present India-Pak cricket series

It has tied up with cricketer Virat Kohli and South Indian film actress Tamanna Bhatia for the ad campaign. Leading Telugu film director Trivikram Srinivas made the promos for the cellular handset company in Hindi and regional languages. 

The home-grown mobile player, which registered a turnover of Rs 320 crore last year, plans to cross the Rs 800-crore mark in 2013-14, largely backed by the nationwide campaign it is planning. It sells 5.5 lakh phones and tablets a month. 

“About 10 per cent of them are smartphones. Next year, we plan to sell 10 lakh phones and tablets a month, with the contribution from smart phones and tablets increasing to 20 per cent,” Y. Guruswamy Naidu, Managing director of Celkon Mobiles, said, after launching the tablet.

Ahead of the launch of the nationwide campaign, the company launched a 3G-dongle tablet PC at Rs 6,499 a piece. It comes with a RAM of 1 GB and 1.2 GHz processor. 

“We have sold 50,000 tablets (three varieties) in the last few months. We could have done better but for the problems in the supply chain. We will be selling 50,000 a month as the supply chain is restored,” It also launched a dual core smart phone (A200) at Rs 8,449, which comes with a 5 mega pixel camera and 1GHz processor.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

AEBA honours Dr Gullapalli Nageswara Rao for 'pioneering contributions to eye banking in Asia'

The Association of Eye Bank of Asia (AEBA), an umbrella organisation for all major eye banks and eye banking organisations from the Asian countries, presented its inaugural award for “pioneering contributions to eye banking in Asia” to Dr Gullapalli N Rao, founder-chair of L V Prasad Eye Institute.

The award was presented at the 3rd Asia Cornea Society Biennial Scientific Meeting held in Manila, Phillipines, from November 27 to 29, 2012.

Dr Rao developed the first international standard eye bank in Asia at L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) in Hyderabad in 1989 and it has since grown into a major global resource centre and Centre of Excellence in eye banking over the years. It is a SightLife Centre of Excellence in Eye Banking. The Ramayamma International Eye Bank(RIEB) at LVPEI is now one of the biggest eye banks in the world and LVPEI in Hyderabad performs the highest number of corneal transplants from any single centre in the world. In addition to service, the Ramayamma International Eye Bank is also one of the major training centres for eye banking personnel and research in the world. It also offers certificate courses and training to different cadres of eye bank personnel from India and abroad.

The RIEB manufactures and supplies the McKarey Kauffman (MK) Medium for preservation and storage of corneas and eye tissue material for up to four days. The MK Medium is an economical and cost-effective product for domestic distribution to eye banks within India and 21 others in South East Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Dr. Rao was a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Eye Bank Association of America, and had played a major role in the creation of the Eye Bank Association of India (EBAI) where he was also the former President. Through its activities, EBAI stimulated the development of a world class eye banking network in India, and helped in the development of many eye banks in Asia.