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India's Minister of State for DEFENCE attended Bay Area Telugu Association
Encouraged NRI investors in semiconductor industry


Milpitas, California, Feb. 15, 2008
Asha Sharma

India's Minister of State for DEFENCE, Mr. M. Pallam Raju, Ex-NRI and an entrepreneur in the field of Information Technology attended as the Guest Speaker at 10th anniversary of Time To Market (TTM) Inc that was held on February 9, 2008 at Indian Community Center, Milpitas, California

Mrs. Vijaya Aasuri of BATA (Bay Area Telugu Association) introduced Mr. M. Pallam Raju on the stage. India's Minister started with topic:

  • The current status of semiconductor industry in India, the opportunities and challenges
  • The Government of India is closely involved in policy making and helping the semiconductor industry

NRIs were very surprised to hear his speech that went into details of Indian semiconductor industry, the opportunities and challenges. The guests included Telugu Association of North America (TANA), NRI TDP, members of Bay Area Telugu Association (BATA) and employees of TTM were present there. Mr. Venkata Simhadri, President & CEO of TTM explained the history and continuous progress of TTM in helping their customers.

Bay Area Telugu Association (BATA) is a non-profit organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Telugu culture in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. Formed in 1971, is one of the biggest Indo-American organizations in San Francisco Bay Area and is one of the oldest Telugu Associations in North America. BATA was formally registered in 1982 as a Non-profit organization

Mr. M. Pallam Raju was graduated in Electronics and Communication Engineering and earned his masters degree from the United States in International Business and Management Information System (MIS). He also worked in Philadelphia and Boston in the USA and in Oslo, Norway, in the field of Computers and Information Technology. He was born on August 31, 1962 at Pitapuram in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, Mr Raju has had a long and distinguished political career.

Mr Raju was first elected to the ninth Lok Sabha in 1989 from Kakinada Lok Sabha constituency and was re-elected in 2004. As a member of Lok Sabha, he remained a member in the Committee on Science and Technology and Consultative Committee on Food Processing Industries in the 90s. From 1994 to 1997, he served on the Board of Directors of Air India and Indian Airlines. He has also been serving as the Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on IT since 2004.

Mr Raju is the son of Dr MS Sanjeevi Rao who served as a Minister in Government of India from 1982 to 1984 and was also the founder Chairman of Electronics Commission (1985-88). Married to Mrs Mamatha, Mr Raju has two children.


Mr. M. Pallam Raju, Union Minister attended as the Guest Speaker at 10th anniversary of Time To Market (TTM) Inc