THE IGNITE SESSIONS have been conceived as an annual series of highly motivational talks for Class XI and XII at the SSKZM Motivational Hall that broadly addresses Leadership, Attitude, Teamwork, Career options outside NDA & the SSB dynamics.

These motivational talks will be a mix – of those iconic luminaries of the Nation, who have been inspirational by their work and life in their respective domains, and members of our OB fraternity. The aim of the initiative is to reach out to the young leaders of tomorrow who graduate from SSKZM. We believe that through these direct engagements (with those who have accomplished so much through high levels of personal endeavour) – our young cadets would find the appropriate inspirational fuel to power their own dreams.

These interactions will be of extraordinary assistance to the young cadets as they go about planning, evoking, focusing, and engaging their future paths in their chosen career domains. Having identified a probable window of dates in the current session – 20 Oct – 20 November 2014, through preliminary discussions with the Registrar, we have attained consent of three luminaries who are willing to spend time with the Class XI & XII cadets for the above objectives, in the inaugural set of the series.

We propose four main lectures (2 hrs duration) at the Motivational Hall, SSKZM, for cadets of Class XI-XII.

These are by Rear Adm Jyotish Kumar – On defence services, Madhavan Nair, ex–Chairman of ISRO – On Mangalyaan, Lijo Chacko ( 2045/ Class of 1990 ) – On Teamwork & Leadership and Capt Rajesh Unni ( 2002/ Class of 1990 ), CEO Synergy Group On Entrepreneurship.

We look forward to being active proponents in enhancing the aspirations and ethos of our alma mater through meaningful engagements that will create value for everyone involved.


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Rear Admiral K Jyothish Kumar, VSM 
When : November 5, 2014, 1000 hrs – 1200 hrs
Where : The Cadets’ Mess, Sainik School, Kazhakootam
Rear Admiral K Jyothish Kumar is an alumnus of Sainik School Kazhakootam. He was selected to join the National Defence Academy in Jul 1978, for which he was awarded the Kerala State Govt Trophy for the highest ranking entrant from the State and the Col Somaiah trophy for the Highest Individual Achievement of the year; for standing seventh in the All India UPSC Merit List. He graduated from NDA Khadakwasla in December 1981.

He was commissioned in the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy on 01 Jan 1983. He specialised in Navigation and Direction in 1989 and has thereafter done various specialist appointments including Direction Officer onboard both the aircraft carriers Vikrant and Viraat. In 1992, he was deputed to the National Coast Guard, Mauritius as Executive Officer (EXO) of CGS Amar. He was also the Commissioning Officer In-charge of the Maritime Training Establishment (MTE) in Mauritius.

His Sea Commands include CGS Pamban, INS Kripan, INS Trishul and INS Mumbai. He has also served as EXO of INS Ranvijay. His Staff appointments include Director of Naval Operations, Fleet Operations Officer of Western Fleet, and Principal Director of Personnel.

He has attended the 52nd Staff Course at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and the 34th Long Defence Management Course at the College of Defence Management, Secunderabad. He was later appointed to the Faculty at both these premier tri-services Defence Institutions. His educational qualifications include Masters in Defence and Strategic Studies from Madras University and Masters in Management Studies from Osmania University, Hyderabad.

For his professional contribution and dedication to Service, he was awarded Commendation by the Chief of Naval Staff in 1998 and the Vishist Seva Medal in 2009. He was promoted to Rear Admiral on 27 Feb 2012 and was appointed Assistant Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Int) at the HQ IDS, New Delhi.

Rear Admiral KJ Kumar is the son of Shri K Krishnan Nair, a retired Professor from VTMNSS College, Dhanuvachapuram and Smt V Saraswathy Amma. He is married to Mrs Asha Kumar and they have two sons; Rohit and Ankit, who are Engineers.
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Capt Rajesh Unni-Synergy Group 
When : October 20, 2014, 1830 hrs – 2030 hrs
Where : The Motivational Hall, Sainik School, Kazhakootam
Capt Rajesh Unni is from the Class of 1990, Sainik School Kazhakootam, and the founder of the Synergy Group of Companies. As the group CEO, he formulates and oversees the execution of all business strategies and objectives. Under his able leadership and far sighted vision, the group has grown from a small ship management company to the current size within a very short span of time.

Unni, backed with his very extensive background in shipping, has held senior management positions with leading Hong Kong and Singapore based ship management companies in the past. He founded Synergy Maritime in 2006 and subsequently the other group companies progressively. Few know that he was just 26 years old when he achieved the rank of captain, taking command initially of a 12,300 dwt chemical tanker which called at key ports of Europe.

In his stint with Fleet Management as head of claims and business development, a member of the Noble Group, the number of vessels managed by Fleet Management surged from 28 to 140 just three years later in 2004. In 2004, Fleet Management was awarded the “Best Ship Manager of the Year” as part of The Lloyd’s Maritime Asia Awards.

His keen business acumen and eye for business opportunities grouped with his vast experience and exposure, inter alia, in risk management, marine insurance, ship broking, post fixture operations and business development, along with his aggressive and experienced management team is focused on further growth in sectors beyond the marine industry.

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Madhavan Nair Ex ISRO Chairman IGNITE SESSIONS 
When : November 10, 2014, 1000 hrs – 1100 hrs
Where : The Motivational Hall, Sainik School, Kazhakootam
G. Madhavan Nair is the former Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation and Secretary to the Department of Space, Government of India since September 2003 and was also the Chairman, Space Commission. He was succeeded by K. Radhakrishnan . He was also the Chairman of Governing Body of the Antrix Corporation, Bangalore. Madhavan Nair was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian honour, on January 26, 2009. He also served as the Chairman, Board of Governors, Indian Institute of Technology Patna.

Nair is a leading technologist in the field of rocket systems and has made significant contribution to the development of multi-stage satellite launch vehicles, achieving self-reliance in independent access to space using indigenous technologies. Nair and his team have advanced their work in the face of several challenges in the regime of technology denials by adopting several innovations and novel techniques to realise world class launch vehicle systems. India today has a pride of place amongst the space-faring nations in launch vehicle technology. Specifically, as Project Director, he led the development of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) which has since become the workhorse for launching mainly Indian remote sensing satellites.

As Director of ISRO’s largest R & D Centre, the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, he also saw India’s Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) successfully come to fruition. Further, as Director of the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre of ISRO, he played a central role in the design and development of the crucial cryogenic engine for GSLV.

For a detailed Bio-data & his Honors / Recognitions, click here.
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Lijo Chacko-Ignite Sessions-Sainik School, Kazhakootam 
When : November 10, 2014, 1130 hrs – 1230 hrs
Where : The Motivational Hall, Sainik School, Kazhakootam
Commissioned into the Indian Navy in 1996, he operated 6 attack submarines in various capacities including two as Chief Engineer. He worked in the prestigious Arihant project which catapulted the country into the exclusive club of the handful of nations in the world who can manufacture nuclear propelled submarines. On promotion to the rank of Commander, he headed the Submarine’s Division in the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai, which employed a ten thousand strong workforce.

Lijo was Project Coordinator of the simultaneous construction of six Scorpene submarines at the Mazagon Dock Ltd.

He is a member of the Band of the LILA Foundation for Translocal Initiatives which is a cultural trust and an Associate of the Institute of Engineers.

An avid outdoorsman, he can roll on skates, control a puck on ice and ski on water as well as snow laden slopes. He has also para-dropped from aircrafts and takes Laser boats for spins. His climb of the Mt Everest is documented in his blog. A graduate of the Naval College of Engineering and the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, he holds PG Diplomas in Marine Engineering from the Centre for Marine Engineering Technology and in Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies.

To know about his Everest Summit in detail, click here.

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