Industry Session

Evening Industry Session at 6th IEEE ICEE:

This a special session, which is driven/lead by a senior (Senior Fellow, CXX or equivalent) industry professional and 4-5 other senior panellists from Industry. These will drive the session on a pressing topic of industrial importance while touching a wider audience. We will have 5-6 evening industry sessions (on day 1 & 2), each expected to host around 300+ people, including other business leaders and policy makers / people from the govt. Several business leaders and policy makers will be invited for this session. The industry session is expected to open up discussion on a pressing matter of industrial importance on which role of govt., academia and industry are equally important. It can also be any other pressing topic which requires attention.


After the chair opens the thread (she/he may use slides), other panellists may add to it. Subsequent to this the session will be open for an open discussion. The session is expected to

  1. develop a better synergy between industry – academia – govt. on the topic under discussion,
  2. develop pointers for govt. to take into consideration when it comes to policy making and
  3. develop pointers for academicians to take up challenging threads in future.

A session may also results in a white paper, which will be circulated across attendees, business leaders and policy makers.

Sessions & Panel Details:

Industry Session – I:  How India Can Become a World Leader in Semiconductors by Delivering its Own IP Differentiated Value in Multiple Dimensions of this Industry

Chair: Shyam Dujari, Senior Director, Power Integrations, Inc.

Schedule: Dec 12th, Monday, 7pm – 8:30pm

Agenda: This session will open with a perspective on the semiconductor industry’s pervasive nature and an insanely deflationary nature unlike any other in the human history!  Relative to its size it has an outsized impact on every facet of our individual lives, society, and to the world’s energy security and decarbonization.

Fuel that drives semiconductors is the IP creation, and a sustainable world class leadership requires differentiated IP on multiple dimensions in various sub-segments with different skill sets, capital intensity and risk/reward.

Academia can play an important role to mitigate the risk, but a successful outcome needs not only the industry and academia collaboration, but also venture capital, standards bodies, and an enabling environment from the government. Panel discussion will focus on how to achieve this.


  1. Raja Manickam, CEO, Tata Semiconductor OSAT
  2. Saravana Chandran, Chief Technologist, Vitalcore Group


Note: Drinks and Starters will be available. Dinner will be served after this session.

Industry Session – II: India’s Best Bets into Chip Technology – Where is the Green Field?

Chair: Dr. Amith Singhee, CTO, IBM

Schedule: Dec 12th, Monday, 7pm – 8:30pm

Agenda: India has ambitious aspirations of growing industry and technology leadership in areas such as semiconductors and quantum computing. There are many strategic choices that face industry and government, ranging across semiconductor technology advancement, heterogenous integration, leapfrogging to new technologies such as neuromorphic or quantum electronics. This panel will discuss what and how investments should be prioritised and what are some areas to be avoided.


  1. Praveen Ganapathy, Director at TI
  2. Anand Haridass, Senior Principal Eng., Intel
  3. Niranjan Pol, Senior Engineering Director, SeaGate
  4. Varsha Kadam, Director – Business Development, Interplex.
  5. Ashwath Rao, Senior Research Analyst, Counterpoint.


Note: Drinks and Starters will be available. Dinner will be served after this session.

Industry Session – III: Is India Ready for High Volume Semiconductor Manufacturing?

Chair: Dr. Madhur Bobde, CTO, Alpha Omega Semiconductor

Schedule: Dec 13th, Tuesday, 7pm – 8:30pm

Agenda: Despite significant progress in many High-Tech areas in the last few decades, semiconductor manufacturing still eludes India. What are the reasons behind that? This panel will discuss if the factors that were causing this have now changed and whether there are any more hurdles that need to be overcome to achieve High Volume semiconductor manufacturing in India. Some other factor such as explosion of semiconductor demand due to EV, renewable energy and geo-political changes causing countries to secure their semiconductor supply chain will also be discussed


  1. Mr. Sameer Pendharkar, Vice President, Technology Development & TI Senior Fellow
  2. Dr. Primit Parekh, Co-Founder & President, Transphorm Inc
  3. Dr. Shekar Mallikarjunaswamy, Vice President IC Technology & TVS, AOS
  4. Dr. Ritu Sodhi, Technical Consultant, ROHM Semiconductor, India
  5. Dr. Ravi Todi, Sr. Technologist, Western Digital Inc.


Note: Drinks and Starters will be available. Dinner will be served after this session.

Industry Session – IV: Scope of Industry – Academia Collaborations for Scaling PV Manufacturing

Chair: Dr. Subramanyam Pulipaka, CEO, National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI)

Schedule: Dec 13th, Tuesday, 7pm – 8:30pm

Agenda: India is moving firmly in the direction of transitioning to a green energy future, and photovoltaics is poised to play a key role in this transition. With ambitious targets for PV deployment Government of India has announced two tranches of Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme with a total outlay of around 3 billion USD aimed at not only serving India’s domestic demand but growing Global Appetite for Indian manufactured goods. However, the issues pertaining to skilled workforce and technology remain major impediments for scaling of PV manufacturing in India. The panel would deliberate on the challenges in cell, module, storage, and grid integration and the scope for industry – academia collaborations in these areas.


  1. Mr. Anandi Iyer, Head India Office,  ISE Fraunhofer
  2. Mr. Sujay Ghosh,  Vice President & Country Managing Director, First Solar
  3. Mr. Ajay Kapoor, Tata Power Solar
  4. Mr. Arul Shanmugasundaram,  Executive Director, Ayana Power
  5. Mr. Lalit Bohra, Jt. Secretary, MNRE
  6. Prof. Ayodhya Tiwari, ETH Zurich
  7. Prof. Anil Kottantharayil, IIT Bombay
  8. Prof. Sushobhan Awasthi, IISc Bangalore

Note: Drinks and Starters will be available. Dinner will be served after this session.