Meet IIT graduate Ravi Poovaiah who designed EVMs, became beacon of innovation

Daijiworld Media Network - Mumbai (SS)

Mumbai, May 29: As India is bracing up to hold the seventh and last phase of polling in the ongoing 2024 general elections, the spotlight continues to shine on the electronic voting machines (EVMs), a pivotal tool in the democratic process. While the device itself is familiar to most, the minds behind its creation have remained largely anonymous—until now.

Leading the charge in designing the EVMs were Ravi Poovaiah and A G Rao, both products of the esteemed Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT). Among them, Ravi Poovaiah stands out as a luminary in the field. A distinguished faculty member at the Industrial Design Centre (IDC), IIT Bombay, Poovaiah's journey is a testament to his interdisciplinary prowess.

Armed with degrees in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras and Product Design and Graphic Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in the USA, Poovaiah brought a unique blend of technical expertise and creative insight to the table. His academic journey culminated in an MTech. degree from IIT Bombay, where he now holds the esteemed D L Shah Chair for Innovation.

But Poovaiah's impact extends far beyond the academic realm. His advocacy for open-sourcing design and integrating design education into mainstream curriculum underscores his commitment to democratizing knowledge and innovation.

In the professional arena, Poovaiah's collaborations with industry giants like Microsoft, Yahoo, and Google India speak volumes about his practical acumen and problem-solving abilities. His contributions to projects with Motorola India, Indian Oil Corporation, and Siemens India further cement his reputation as a leader in his field.

Through his leadership in the EVM project, Poovaiah has not only revolutionised electoral technology but also underscored the importance of multidisciplinary approaches in addressing complex societal challenges. As India stands on the finishing line to the 2024 general elections, Poovaiah's legacy as the visionary behind the EVM serves as a beacon of innovation in the world's largest democracy.




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  • Dr Prakash Kamath, Mangalore

    Thu, May 30 2024

    They are not as sophisticated as Bharat, Jossey Saldanha Sir. Do any of these countries have UPI system? Do they have Covid Certificate in their mobile wallet? That's why they are sticking to Roman era. They need our IIT, IIMs as you find them heading the best of IT conglomerates!

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  • Prakash, Manipal

    Thu, May 30 2024

    This technology like any other computer based ones is highly susceptible to tampering... We have cyber crimes where 99% go undetected n unpunished.... This could be used to turn 18 into 20 if not 10 into 20... As such our nation is so populous and there is no dearth of human capital to count and recount as many times as required... Such an important and lengthy process of Indian elections has to go back to paper ballots... Minimal impact would be felt on environment while considering the magnanimity of other places where pollution could be controlled...

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Thu, May 30 2024

    Appreciate IIT graduate Ravi Poovaiah who designed EVMs. He innovated it with good intention to avoid laborious job of counting ballots. However, its not widely used across the world, specially by technologically advanced countries for it could be hacked to hamper democratic election processess. It became advantage to dictators!

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  • Af,,,, mangaluru

    Thu, May 30 2024

    If above 60% of Indians voters not happy with EVMs then it must be replaced and stop using

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Thu, May 30 2024

    But the same voters are happy when their parties win thru the same EVMs.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Thu, May 30 2024

    Why have Europe & USA abandoned EVM ...

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  • ca girishkk, valencia/m'lore

    Thu, May 30 2024

    Jossey sir, While there may be second best opinion..., in my view it is b'coz of educated & well literate leadership...,

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Thu, May 30 2024

    Congratulations to Ravi,till today no one could prove that our EVM could be tampered. Now so called advanced countries are also thinking of using them, but for all development after 2014 our Bharat comes first.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai-Mangalore

    Thu, May 30 2024

    Is there is any electronic device which you think is tamper proof; even the high end electronic medical instruments can be tampered with, which you should be knowing very well? BTW; why was 100% VVPAT cross checking so aggressively denied if there was no content of any guilt factor 😔; what say Disai Sir??

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai-Mangalore

    Thu, May 30 2024

    If there was no any component of guilt, why was there was such strong resestance for denial of 100% VVPAT cross checking 🤔; any answer would be highly appreciated Desai Sir!!

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  • cliff, mangalore

    Thu, May 30 2024

    What about self voting feature in the EVM , if EVM wants to complete the target

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  • Yogi, Mangalore

    Wed, May 29 2024

    Tampering with the ballot papers and looting of the ballot boxes were common (especially in North India) before the introduction of EVMs. Fraud, cheating and forgery are nearly eliminated with this wonder machines. Holding elections with ballot papers is a time consuming and cumbersome process. So, hats off to our geniuses.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai/Mangalore

    Wed, May 29 2024

    If the EVM is an "invention" by this honorable IIT passed gentleman, he definitely deserves a Nobel prize!!!!

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  • Gautam Das, Bangalore

    Wed, May 29 2024

    Is he available for interview on EMV performance and tamperability??????……May be after the elections are over.

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  • Manohar, Udupi

    Wed, May 29 2024

    Hope he is grateful to Nehru for IIT one can vote 9 times for Bjp on EVM ?

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    Wed, May 29 2024

    Hats off to Ravi. The misuse of EVMs is also happening, which is why many Western countries still vote using ballot papers.

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