IIT Tirupati Navavishkar I-Hub Foundation (IITTNiF)

NavIC – The Game Changer


The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), also known as NavIC, is an Indian satellite navigation system that provides position, navigation, and timing services to users in India and the surrounding region. NavIC has the potential to revolutionize a wide range of industries, including transportation, logistics, agriculture, and disaster management. NavIC is an independent system that is not dependent on other global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) like GPS or GLONASS. This makes NavIC more reliable and less vulnerable to disruptions

Topics for the Session
  1. Introduction to NavIC and its benefits
  2. Innovations on NavIC
  3. Challenges in integrating NavIC into all devices
  4. Opportunities for NavIC adoption in various industries
  5. Role of government and industry in promoting NavIC adoption

Dr. Roshan Srivastav is a faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Tirupati, as well as the Project Director of the Technology Innovation Hub – IIT Tirupati Navavishkar I-hub Foundation under the National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS). His area of interest is Water Resource Planning and Management, stochastic hydrology, Systems optimization, Multi-Criteria Decision Making, System Dynamics Approach, Climate Change, Remote Sensing & GIS. He has published a number of high quality reputed international journals and conference papers. Currently, his major focus is to drive translational research, promoted research-to-market activities, build an innovation ecosystem, and create skilled manpower in Positioning and Precision Technologies under NM-ICPS.

Session Details

Venue: R102, IIIT-Bangalore

Time: Dec 13, 2023, 9:30-10:15 am IST

Dr Roshan Srivastav

Faculty, IIT Tirupati
Project Director – IITTNIF



Varadarajan Krishna (Varad) is a global serial techpreneur and angel investor with over 30 years of experience in building and scaling technology ventures across various domains, such as embedded software, BPM, telecom, and cleantech. He has been through five exits, including two IPOs, and has developed multiple patents and IP assets. He is a Stanford Executive Program graduate and holds a postgraduate degree in computer technology.

Career and Acheivements

Varad is currently a Senior Investment Advisor at Discovery Nxt Family Office, where he helps identify and evaluate emerging opportunities in the deep technology sector for high-net-worth individuals and families. He is also a Senior Advisor Innovation & Entrepreneurship at IIT Tirupati Navavishkar I-Hub Foundation, where he supports the incubation and acceleration of innovative startups and research projects. Additionally, he is the cofounder of 100 Open Startups, a not-for-profit initiative that connects startups, entrepreneurs, and scientists with the innovation challenges of global corporations. Varad is passionate about fostering open innovation ecosystems and mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs worldwide.

Varadarajan Krishna (Varad)

Co-founder 100 Open Startups, Senior Advisor Innovations, TIH IIT Tirupati



Lt. Col. V Shanmuga Velan is a distinguished Indian army veteran with a remarkable career spanning over 25 years in the field of satellite-based navigation systems. His journey began in 1998 when he embarked on a path to become a subject matter expert in this domain. Notably, he served as the System Manager for the development of a monitoring system for the armed forces from 2003 to 2011. Despite excelling in this role, his passion for research led him to take early retirement in order to delve deeper into the intricacies of satellite navigation.


Career and Acheivements

Lt. Col. V S Velan’s influence extends to significant contributions in the NavIC/IRNSS domain, where he has been involved since its inception in 2008. As a founding member of the Integrated Space Cell, he demonstrated his visionary leadership and strategic acumen. Moreover, his global perspective was evidenced by his participation in the ISRO team’s trial evaluation of GLONASS-based multi-GNSS receivers and simulators. This international collaboration underscored his standing as a thought leader in the field. Col. Velan’s dedication, expertise, and research culminated in the creation of Elena’s innovative navigation products, solidifying his legacy as a driving force in advancing satellite-based navigation systems.

Lt. Col. V Shanmuga Velan (Retd)

CTO at Elena Geo Systems Pvt Ltd

Lt Gen Dr Anil Kapoor AVSM, VSM superannuated as Director General Electronics and Mechanical Engineers strategically leading the landscape of maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) and technology and innovation management of the complete plethora of equipment of the Indian Army.  Prior to this appointment he was the Director General Information Systems, where he steered the information systems management, digital technology transformation and net centricity of the million strong Indian Army as a Tri Service Program. He has also been on two UN peacekeeping assignments. He was Senior Logistics Officer in UN Mission in Angola (1995) and Deputy Chief Integrated Support Services in UN Mission in Sudan (2008) and actively participated in the war zone in Op Vijay (Kargil -1999), Op Parakram (2001-02) and Op Snow Leopard (Eastern Ladakh 2020) during his military career.  Post retirement, he served as Director General Amity University where he established Amity Institute of Defence Technology and formulated Ph D and M Tech Programs in Defence Technology. Presently, he is a Board Member of the Technology Innovation Hub Governing Body IIT Tirupati. He is also a Professor of Practice at IIT Tirupati and Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal. He has been nominated as the Vice President and Chairman National Advisory Committee Asset Management Society India. The General is a qualified Master Class Independent Director and member of Institute of Directors and Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs. Has been guiding Start Ups and entrepreneurs in building a robust culture of innovation, technology and business development.

Career and Acheivements

With over 42 years of professional experience, he is extremely proficient in leading large-scale technology, ICT and Information Systems projects, Big Data analytics and AI, management of technology transition, combat force regeneration, MRO and life cycle sustenance support. Adept at steering public policies given his diverse experience in operations he has been a part of a number  of initiatives on supply chain and logistics, procurement, contracts, DAP 2020 formulation while in Service and post retirement to steer perspective issues on force modernisation, industry engagement and shaping technical minds for the future.

An accomplished thought leader with a proven track record, he has been acknowledged for his capabilities in delivering innovative, effective technical and engineering products and services. In a first of its kind, he conceptualised and drove a Life Cycle Sustenance Support Philosophy and Practices for Digital Era, Exercise Vishwakarma for technical skill development and a Lab to Market (Field Army) Strategy for innovative products in the Army. A Chartered Engineer, he was  awarded  the Eminent Engineer Award 2020 on 15 Sep 2020 by the Institution of Engineers, India for outstanding professional contributions in engineering and displaying technical brilliance.

The General  is a Gold Medalist both in B Tech (Electronics) and Master of Engineering (Mechanical) with an expertise in Radars & Guided Missiles and M Phil in Strategic Management of Technology. He has been awarded the Ph D for his thesis in Defence Industrial Base as a Key Determinant of Capability Building and Capacity Development of India.

The General is a prolific writer and an international speaker. Has been a keynote  and invited speaker at Lulea University of Technology Sweden & CSR Conclave of IOD.  He is on the Advisory Committee of Processing, Fabrication and Advanced Materials International Conference,  Indian Society for Training & Development, Kolkata Chapter, Tech Observer India, Engineering Council Of India, to name a few. He speaks on Global MRO Mosaic of Atmanirbhar Bharat, Industrial Automation to Industrial Autonomy, NextGen Asset Management & MRO, Preventive Periodic Management to Predictive Prescriptive Maintenance, Life Cycle Sustenance Support, UN SDGs, Emerging Technologies – sensors, IoT, BDA, AI, AR, VR, Quantum Tech Technology Sovereignty, CSR, Entrepreneurship and Start Up Eco system, Design Thinking and Learning to Think Strategically.


Lt Gen Dr Anil Kapoor, AVSM, VSM (Retired)

Advisor MRO, Management of Technology and Innovation & Qualified Masterclass Corporate Independent Director

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