Of Finances and Firewalls: Ashwani Gujral and K Annamalai

April 01, 2017


As part of the Extramural Lecture Series, MIT played host to two distinguished personalities – Mr. Ashwani Gujral (Senior Market Analysist at CNBC-TV18) and Mr. K Annamalai (Superintendent of Police, Chikmagalur). Mr. Gujral spoke about How the MIT Brand Grooms Entrepreneurs while Mr. Annamalai delivered a lecture on Cyber Crimes. Dr. Gopalakrishna Prabhu, Director MIT, welcomed the gathering.

Ashwani Gujral is a name that is considered an authority on trading and technical analysis. He is a frequent contributor to various US specialist training magazines, such as Stocks and Commodities, Future Stock, and Futures and Options,” said Mr. Praveen Shetty, Assistant Professor-Senior Scale in the Department of Humanities & Management, introducing the speaker to the audience. Apart from his Bachelor of Engineering degree from MIT, Mr. Gujral also has an MBA in finance from Georgetown University, Washington DC. He has authored the bestseller How to Make Money Trading Derivatives: An Insider’s Guide. The book has sold over twenty thousand copies and is still read by practitioners in the field of business. He is a well-known figure on television, having made appearances on various TV show panels. “It is indeed a matter of pride that Mr. Gujral is an alumnus of MIT, a student of the Electronics and Communication batch of 1993,” said Mr. Praveen Shetty, eliciting a round of applause from the jam-packed auditorium.

After his felicitation, Ashwani Gujral professed gratitude at the warm welcome he’d received, saying that he was humbled by the unbelievable respect he’d received after coming back to MIT after twenty five years.

I come here to deliver a very important message. The message is that is we need to understand and know what we are gaining from this institute, not only in terms of technical knowledge but what the whole Manipal experience offers us. The huge biodata you heard about me started from Manipal, and it is often useful to come back to the starting point and take a look at what’s happened,” he began. Mr. Gujral explained that grades are not the most important factors in deciding a person’s future. He revealed that he himself had never been in the top twenty percent of the class, yet has had more success than many of the toppers. He has a job that pays well and more importantly, that he loves doing.

The social ecosystem of MIT encourages free thought, and social skills are developed here. “Getting a job is not a dream, giving jobs to ten people is,” said Mr. Gujral, stressing that MITians are not job-seekers but job-creators. He pointed out that MIT itself wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for entrepreneurs and extolled the spirit of entrepreneurship throughout the lecture.


The second lecture of the evening was conducted by the Superintendent of Police, Chikmagalur. “Mr. Gujral has taught you ways and techniques to make money, now I will teach you how to protect that money,” said Mr. Annamalai. As incredible a resource as the internet is, there are very huge dangers that come with it – and these dangers were highlighted by the Superintendent.

An IPS officer of the 2011 batch, Mr. Annamalai was posted as the Assistant Superintendent of Police of Karkala Subdivision in 2013. In 2015, he took charge as the Superintendent of Police of Udupi district. He has been applauded by the public for his work in reaching out to the masses. Annamalai has brought innovation to the table, with fresh ideas such as the Suraksha mobile app, WhatsApp complaints against rash drivers, and short movies to promote road safety.

In 2016, he was transferred to the Chikmagalur District. Annamalai is no stranger to MIT, having served as the chief guest for several of Manipal University’s programs. With all the interaction with them over the years, he has become a role model for a number of MITians and youth all over. 

Annamalai led the audience through the murky world of cyber-crimes, from the activities on the Dark Web to ransomware to payment fraud. The talk was peppered with humour and several incidents pertaining to the issues on hand were narrated, some from his personal experience in the police force. Nobody was left in any doubt as to the magnitude of the damage criminals could cause, as he explained how World War 3 could possibly be started by just one tweet from a hacked Twitter account.

He did not just instil fears in the audience, however, as he wound up the lecture with a series of measures that could be taken by ordinary citizens to protect themselves from these threats. The session ended with an interactive session, with both speakers taking questions from the audience.