Washington DC – Virginia
Washington DC, October 4th 2009 — International Association of Indian IT (Information
Technology) Professionals, IT Professionals Of Indian Origin (itpio) – today launched its DC – Virginia chapter.
itpio is a non-profit organization that primarily focusing on fostering the leadership and personal development for IT professionals of Indian Origin. This association originally launched in the Silicon Valley, CA. In addition to the newly launched DC Chapter,
itpio has chapters in Denver, Seattle, Singapore, Pune, Hyderabad and Bangalore.
The main objective of
itpio is to bring together the Indian IT professionals from all over the world for their professional as well as personal development.
itpio aims to educate them on the latest trends in the industry, foster the leadership, and incubate product innovation as well as important personal aspects like work-life balance, stress, time management and wealth management.
itpio advocates the issues related to IT profession by interacting with policy makers.
The DC Chapter was inaugurated by Mr Ramanujam Sesharathnam, MD and COO of Zylog System and by Mr Ramesh Kumble, Sr. Director, IBM. “IT professionals from India are well known and perceived for their skills, professionalism and success,
itpio provides a platform for them to come together and represent their professional interest. ” said Ramanujam, director of
itpio. “The main objective of itpio is to promote the professional leadership Indian IT Professionals”.
The key note of the event was “Opportunities and Challenges emerging from the Global Meltdown for Indian IT Professionals”. Mr Ramanujam and Ramesh shared their thoughts on how Indian IT Professional can leverage the opportunities emerging from the global meltdown.
Mr. Ramanujam also talked about how Indian IT professionals are some of most talented professionals but they become complacent once they come to US and settle in a job. They should think about giving back to community in form of giving time, participating in influencing activities such as social network, conferences, knowledge dissemination, donation, lobbying government for issues facing India and Indians in US and time investment in overall development facilitation of where they came from.
Mr. Ramesh talked about eliminating fear and focusing more on moving up the value chain and trying to move toward managerial and other customer facing occupations. He noted that Indians are typically good technically but lack in managerial skills. Indian IT professionals should try to bridge that gap like Indian doctors or other Indian professionals are striving for.
Mr Raj K Bhagat, Sr. Attorney from Bhagat Associates updated the guests with the latest immigration policies and issues faced by Indian IT Professionals due to the meltdown. Mr. Ashwin Reddy, Srinivas Bhaskar, Mahendra Reddy, Prem Rangwani, Yash Sowale, Nitin Kanade worked together to make this event successful.