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Former BEL Director to Chair IPC APEX India Technical Conference I.V. Sarma brings industry experience, technical expertise to role

Jan 21, 2014

I. V. Sarma will lead the team of experts responsible for developing the technical conference for IPC APEX India™, 19–22 May 2014, in Bangalore. A former board member and director of R&D for defense manufacturer Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL), Sarma brings more than 38 years of industry experience to IPC APEX India, an event designed to support the continued growth of India’s electronics manufacturing industry.

The goal of the technical conference is to deliver valuable information to attendees about new and emerging innovations,” said David Bergman, IPC vice president of international relations. “Mr. Sarma’s significant experience in the electronics industry in India, along with his proven leadership skills, makes him the ideal person to chair the committee responsible for identifying the best papers to present at IPC APEX India.”

Throughout his career, Sarma has served in roles including R&D, manufacturing, business development, project management, strategic planning, factory set-up and joint ventures. His technical expertise covers radars, communication systems, C41 projects, electronic warfare, naval systems, optoelectronics, electronic components, telecommunications, solar power and e-governance.

Sarma’s work has been recognized with numerous prestigious awards, including three Raksha Mantri’s Excellence awards, SCOPE (Standing Conference of Public Enterprises) awards for R&D, SODET (Society of Defence Technologists) awards and others. An electronics and communications engineer, Sarma also holds an MBA from FMS, Delhi University.

Those interested in presenting technical papers at IPC APEX India may submit abstracts to Sarma until 31 January 2014. More information about submission requirements, as well as details about the educational and networking opportunities offered at IPC APEX India, is available on the event’s website at

IPC ( is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 3,400 member companies which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $2.0 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Washington, D.C..; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Shanghai, Shenzhen, Suzhou, Chengdu and Beijing, China.

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