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Raju S

Raju S

Technical Head

TVS Motors R&D

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Brief description
Well.. I am working for Bruel & Kjaer products & solutions in India from Bangalore. Bruel & Kjaer operates in India from last 60 years with a stable partner called Josts Engineering which is a 105 years old company.  Bruel & Kjaer is Pioneer & world leader in Sound & Vibration measurement & analysis solutions.
I have 18 years of exposure in Aerospace structures, Instrumentation, wide range of measurement technologies, Automotive R&D, Sound & Vibration. Responsible for all India customer accounts also some of Indonesia, Malaysia & Singapore accounts.I have 5 Application specialists, 2 Hardware experts and 10 Sales Engineers in my team.

Challenges in job
Many Engineers mention in their CV headline like “Looking for a challenging career” but very few enjoy & survive in. challenging career. Here in this line of work, everyday is a challenge, we don’t find routine jobs. Every customer we meet will has different application. We have over 3000 products & solutions. It is real challenge to master all these applications before visiting customers. I personally don’t like working inside 4 walls doing same routine job daily. Routine job makes employees boring. I enjoy my challenging job with my great team.

Making job easy
Hmmm, I believe in team work, I just don’t delegate the work to others and expedite status. Instead, I work with my sub-ordinates.

Upcoming Trend
- My company is always working on best in class technology, this can bring in many +ve  
  changes like comfort, safety, durability of  products with minimal Noise & Vibration.
- Increasing customer expectations make us work hard & smart to supply quick & high-end  
  solutions
- Increasing price competitors market may somewhat affect technological growth
- Grooming & retention of Employees may become tougher in coming days

Upcoming Trend
- My company is always working on best in class technology, this can bring in many +ve  
  changes like comfort, safety, durability of  products with minimal Noise & Vibration.
- Increasing customer expectations make us work hard & smart to supply quick & high-end  
  solutions
- Increasing price competitors market may somewhat affect technological growth
- Grooming & retention of Employees may become tougher in coming days
- Employees’ expectations are increasing day by day, this needs special HR strategies
- New employees are inclined to 9-5 jobs, not  traveling jobs, hence manpower can be more
  expensive

My point of view
Great question.. We have best in class Human Resource that is why we Indians handle almost any kind of job irrespective of our specialization.. Ours is multi-skilled group.
If we can properly utilize this strong human resource, we can beat any side of the world.
What we lack here is country’s poor vision on foreign trade, infrastructure building for indigenous manufacture of technological products.
We buy products from Europe, America that are 4 times costlier mostly because of costly man power & limited specialists there.
Added to this, our higher import duty makes it still costlier.
One side we discourage import with heavy duties, other side we don’t encourage local manufacturing facilities.

My goal
My ambition is to train, encourage, groom &  produce Indigenous Sound & Vibration specialists.
Family Background
Off course, ours is a very poor family from a village called Shindihatti from an economically backward Taluk called Hukkeri of Belgaum District. We were 9 children to our parents, depending fully on our dad’s earning. Every year heavy rains were devastating our 3 acre farming. Village has no safe drinking water even today, no electricity during studies. Schooling in a temple shelter with all students from 1st  std to 4th std in one hall & 1 teacher for all, which had heavy seepage during rains & summer classes were held under tree. We all studied in Govt schools.
Family Background
Off course, ours is a very poor family from a village called Shindihatti from an economically backward Taluk called Hukkeri of Belgaum District. We were 9 children to our parents, depending fully on our dad’s earning. Every year heavy rains were devastating our 3 acre farming. Village has no safe drinking water even today, no electricity during studies. Schooling in a temple shelter with all students from 1st  std to 4th std in one hall & 1 teacher for all, which had heavy seepage during rains & summer classes were held under tree. We all studied in Govt schools.
Great part was our teachers were real Gurus.
My mother had no education, but is a great wall of big family. We had no gas connection, she had to depend on wood for kitchen. Those days, even alarm clock was expensive for us. My mother used to get up randomly some time at 2 AM, 3 AM to prepare breakfast & food for us during our studies. My dad was long term contract employee in PWD ( around 25 years) & had regular job for around 15 years. He lost his job 2 times during China & Pak war with India.
When my father retired, he got just Rs.70,000 as superannuation amount & monthly pension was Rs.1500. Eldest brother got a job as professor with Rs.300 pm in a college during my dad’s retirement.
Now things have changed.. My eldest brother is PhD and is a Senior Professor, 2nd and 5th one are advocates, 3rd one is running an NGO & Organic forming. All sisters are well settled

Advice to professionals
Focus first on learning, build a great foundation,  put your honest efforts in right direction.Don’t compare yourself with others, instead compare your own performance every time.

Advice to students
- Study for understanding the fundamentals & wisdom, learn for living not for securing higher marks & ranks..
- Study our great history, read about our great achievers.
-Learn from failures

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