Friday, December 16, 2011

A personal landmark

Today I complete 20 years in the work force. I started working for Bharat Electronics exactly 20 years on today's date, i.e. 16-December-1991. It is a important personal landmark so I thought I would summarize last 20 years of my life through this post.
Joining BEL
I completed my graduation in June-1991 and was asked to join BEL on 16the December, 1991 in Bangalore unit. We had three months training and we were called probationary engineers till our training was completed. Once we completed our training, we were designated Deputy Engineer and posted to our units which in my case was BEL Kotdwara in the foothills of Garhwal mountain ranges.
BEL Kotdwara
I, alongwith the group of other 5 engineers from the batch, joined BEL Kotdwara on 11th March, 1992. I still remember it was one day before the festival of Holi. BEL Kotdwara was fun, regular visits to Siddhabali, Lansdowne. We even drove our bikes to Dehradun, Mussoorie once. On 28th of September, 1994, I left BEL to join Motorola India Electronics Ltd. in Bangalore.
Motorola India Electronics Ltd., Bangalore
I joined MIEL on 3rd of October, 1994 in Bangalore at their office on St. Marks Road. The building was called "The Presidency". Since the building was full, after joining and training I was sent to work at a rented facility at Manipal Center at the junction of Dickenson Road and Cubbon Road. In few months the new facility of Motorola, called The Senate, was ready at Ulsoor Road. We moved there and I worked out of that facility for next almost 10 years. Eventually Motorola built another facility in C. V. Raman Nagar in Bagmane Tech Park. We moved to that facility on 27th February, 2004. I worked out of that facility till 2010.
Leaving Motorola
In June 2010, Motorola decided to close the group (Enterprise Applications Research Labs, Applied Research Center, Bangalore) in which I was working and I was one of the causality of that decision. Anyway it was time to leave the place.
In July 2010, I joined the startup  with few of my friends  which was building a product in the telecommunication infrastructure space. We built a prototype, demonstrated to few tier-1 operator across the world and then we were acquired by Movik Networks in October 2010.
Movik Networks
I joined Movik Networks as part of that acquisition, did some interesting work for next few months and finally left them on 31st March, 2011.
In April 2011,   I joined Hewlett-Packard in Bangalore.

To summarize, it has been interesting ride for last 20 years. What is the most disappointing is the level of technology ownership in most of the Industry. I had expected that we would see more technology and product ownership with Indian industry which does not seem to be case. Hope things would improve in next few years.

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