JV Avadhanulu (JV for short)
In 1987, I was airlifted from my ship because of a cardiac crisis and was diagnosed with four incurable diseases (ischemic heart disease, hyper tension, diabetes and mitral valve prolapse) . I was 41 years old and the prognosis was that I would live for seven years more, at the most. Recuperating and rebuilding my life was a transformational experience that kindled my interest in the science and art of wellbeing. I quit my professional career in 2007 to explore alternate modes of living in Auroville and found the purpose of my life in sharing what helped me to bounce back and thrive. I am now 75 and enjoy excellent health and wellbeing.
I had a successful professional career of over 37 years that spanned various roles in the Indian Navy, high tech industry and academia. I held top R&D Management positions such as the Director of R&D (D-Link India), Joint Chief Program Executive, CRISP (IISc), Vice President (Cirrus Logic India), GM R&D (BPL Telecom) and led teams that developed successful as well as award-winning technology products. Prior to my career in the industry, I served in the Indian Navy for 21 years. I received the Visisht Seva Medal from the President of India for distinguished service and Jain Memorial Gold Medal from the Chief of Naval Staff for innovative design. My contribution to the indigenous warship building program is mentioned in the History of Indian Navy.
I conceived and designed the ICITI project that resulted in the city-wide fiber optic network in Auroville along with infrastructure to promote usage of technology; creating a new window for Auroville "to belong to the whole of Humanity". I am currently engaged in the Smart City project of Auroville.
I am currently a visiting faculty at IIM Indore and ITM University in the area of wellbeing. I designed and conducted Himalaya Outbound Program (HOP) for seven years for IIMI. HOP was awarded AMBA certificate of commendation under the Innovation category in 2019. I also facilitated programs at IIMB, IMT (Nagpur), IITM, IISc, IIITB and a number of other educational institutions, corporates and organizations in India and abroad. More than 10,000 people from more than forty nationalities attended my programs in Asia, Europe and USA. I bring my experience in military, academia, Indian companies, multi-nationals and Auroville to the programs facilitated by me and share what has worked for me in my life.
I was a seminar leader for Landmark Education Corporation during 1999- 2003 and led some of the best ever seminars in the world.
I qualified in the certificate programs of University of Pennsylvania "Foundations of Positive Psychology Specialization" course and Yale University "Science of wellbeing" course. I am a member of the International Positive Psychology Association.
I hold a Masters degree in Technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. I was a National Merit Scholarship holder during my college education.
I am happily married since 1977 and we live in Nashik, Maharashtra since 2017. We are a carbon negative house hold and organically grow most of the vegetables and fruits we eat. We have two beautiful daughters. They both live in USA. Our sons-in-law fill the role of sons in our lives. The most recent joys in our lives are the two adorable grandchildren, Nina and Aditya.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org