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Monday, January 28, 2002 11:20AM IST (5:50AM GMT)
Allied Domecq lauds Indranil Majumdar with the Teacher's 50 achievement award for Science
Indian Radio Ham expert develops Railway collision avoidance system - RACAS
New Delhi, Delhi, India

Allied Domecq Spirits and Wine (I) Pvt Ltd, market leader in the Scotch segment in India, announced the winner of the 'Teacher's 50 Achievement Awards' for science. Indranil Majumdar-- innovative technologist and chief executive officer of the Kolkata-based Fox Radio--received this award for his path-breaking work in developing the Railway Collision Avoidance System (RACAS), 2001. The RACAS uses radio technology and embedded intelligence to prevent train accidents.

Indranil was presented the Teacher's 50 Achievement Award at a special event organized at Mumbai. Ustad Zakir Hussain, celebrated and renowned tabla player and chief guest for the occasion, spoke on the subject of achievement and presented the cheque of one lakh to Indranil Majumdar in the presence of Srikant Illuri, CEO, Allied Domecq Spirits & Wine (I) Pvt Ltd.

The Teacher's 50 Achievement Award for science is the third in the series of awards for excellence instituted by Allied Domecq last year to honour individual distinction in the areas of entrepreneurship, photography and science. Allied Domecq selected 'science' among the three categories of the Teachers 50 Achievement Award as it symbolizes precision and perfection. It represents the characteristics that The Teachers 50 Scotch whisky--sponsor of the Achievement Award-identifies with, and strives to attain.

With this award, Indranil now joins the celebrated list of Teachers 50 awardees namely, Anjan Chatterjee and Gaurav Bhardwaj, who have won the awards for entrepreneurship and photography respectively.

"Indranil has used his sharp scientific acumen to find a practical solution for our everyday lives. His innovation combined with his initiative and drive is makes him the most suitable candidate for our award," said Srikant Illuri, Chief Executive Officer, Allied Domecq Spirits & Wine (I) Pvt Ltd.

Indranil while receiving the award said, "I have always endeavoured to create something that will significantly benefit society, and RACAS is the result of this long-cherished dream. I would like to thank Allied Domecq for the encouragement."

An Electronic Communication Engineer, Indranil developed a strong interest in radio technology while working as a technical apprentice at the Amateur Radio Station of the Birla Industrial and Technological Museum in Kolkata. He joined the Air Survey Company of India for a short period, focusing on the maintenance of aircraft radio and navigation equipment at Calcutta airport. Later he joined Fox Radio and helped set up the company's RF Division. In July 2001, he won the prestigious Texas Instruments' US$100,000 Analog Design Challenge that is considered to be the Oscar Award for Analog Design. His winning design was RACAS.

Allied Domecq Spirit and Wine India Ltd (ADSWI) was incorporated in 1994 and is today the market leader in the Scotch segment in India. Its flagship brands are Teacher's and Teacher's 50. ADSWI is a consumer-focused organization, striving for excellence in product quality and customer service. Allied Domecq's international portfolio consists of Ballantine's, Beefeater, Kahlua, Teacher's, Sauza, Tia Maria, Courvoisier, Maker's Mark, Laphraoig, Cockburn's port, Harvey's Bristol Cream, and La Ina Sherries as well as a range of super and ultra premium wines. In India the company has launched Teacher's Highland Cream, Teacher's 50, Old Smuggler Scotch, Long John, Old Smuggler Rum, Old Smuggler Gin and Old Smuggler Brandy.

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