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The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope provides us this week with a spectacular image of the bright star-forming ring that surrounds the heart of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1097. In this image, the larger-scale structure of the galaxy is barely visible: its comparatively dim spiral arms, which surround its heart in a loose embrace, reach out beyond the edges of this frame. This face-on galaxy, lying 45 million light-years away from Earth in the southern constellation of Fornax (The Furnace), is particularly attractive for astronomers. NGC 1097 is a Seyfert galaxy. Lurking at the very centre of the galaxy, a supermassive black hole 100 million times the mass of our Sun is gradually sucking in the matter around it. The area immediately around the black hole shines powerfully with radiation coming from the material falling in. The distinctive ring around the black hole is bursting with new star formation due to an inflow of material toward the central bar of the galaxy. These star-forming regions are glowing brightly thanks to emission from clouds of ionised hydrogen. The ring is around 5000 light-years across, although the spiral arms of the galaxy extend tens of thousands of light-years beyond it. NGC 1097 is also pretty exciting for supernova hunters. The galaxy experienced three supernovae (the violent deaths of high-mass stars) in the 11-year span between 1992 and 2003. This is definitely a galaxy worth checking on a regular basis. However, what it is really exciting about NGC 1097 is that it is not wandering alone through space. It has two small galaxy companions, which dance “the dance of stars and the dance of space” like the gracious dancer of the famous poem The Dancer by Khalil Gibran. The satellite galaxies are NGC 1097A, an elliptical galaxy orbiting 42 000 light-years from the centre of NGC 1097 and a small dwarf galaxy named NGC 1097B. Both galaxies are located out beyond the frames of this image and they cannot be seen. Astronomers have indications that NGC 1097 and NGC 1097A have interacted in the past. This picture was taken with Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys using visual and infrared filters. A version of this image was submitted to the Hubble’s Hidden Treasures image processing competition by contestant Eedresha Sturdivant.

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Published:  April 18th, 2016
Categories:  Ideas, Inclusion
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Journey

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Shares birthday with Charlie Chaplin

V. R. Ferose was born on 16th April 1974, in Erattupetta, Kerala, India.

1974
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High point in school

Studies at Sacred Heart (in Kharagpur, West Bengal) and Railway School (in Bilaspur, Madhya Pradesh). Becomes the school Flag bearer during the Annual Sports Day in Class 12th.

1980-1993
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Engineering

B.Tech in Computer Science (1993-97) at NIT Warangal; Falls in LOVE with his future wife, Deepali and learns more about LIFE than Computers.

1993 to 1997
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Systems Analyst

Joins Ramco Systems in Chennai as Systems Analyst.

1997 to 1999
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Joins SAP

On 16th August 1999, Ferose joins SAP Labs India as a Developer.

1999
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Moves to Germany

Moves to Germany as Executive assistant to SAP Board Member, Gerhard Oswald

2005 to 2007
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Youngest MD of a Multinational Company in India

  • Assumes role of Managing Director of SAP Labs India, Gurgaon.
  • Sets up Prayas Lab, as part of "Autism at work" pilot case study.
  • Selected as Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum.
  • Founded the India Inclusion Summit.
  • SAP Labs India is ranked Great Place to Work for the first time.
  • Joins Board of Specialisterne People Foundation, Denmark.
  • 2007 to 2012
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    Senior Vice President

  • Assumes the role of Senior Vice President at Globalization Services, SAP, SE.
  • Joins as Trustee of Autism Research Trust, UK.
  • 2013
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    India’s Top 40 under 40

  • Selected as India’s Top 40 under 40 by Economic Times and Spenser Stuart.
  • Authors bestseller book on People with Disabilities - GIFTED, along with Sudha Menon.
  • Relocates to SAP Palo Alto, California.
  • 2014
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    Rising Star of SAP

  • Releases the book “Innovating the World: The Globalization Advantage”.
  • Honored as Rising Star of SAP by Business Insider.
  • Starts Contributing to Swarajyamag.com.
  • Starts giving Guest Lectures at Columbia University on Personal Leadership.
  • 2015
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    "Autism at Work" becomes Harvard case study

  • Attends the Harvard Program for Young Global Leaders.
  • "Autism at Work" becomes Harvard case study.
  • Joins Board of Going to School, New Delhi.
  • Joins the Board of Seat of the Soul institute (California).
  • Inducted into the Happiness Hall of Fame at Stanford.
  • Wins the Eagle award by Disability Rights Advocates, USA.
  • Forms the NGO, India inclusion Foundation
  • Hosts the 5th edition of the India Inclusion Summit and launches the Inclusion Fellowships
  • 2016
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    Recognized by US Senator

  • Honored with the AUCD award by Senator Tom Harkin
  • Releases Malayalam and Bengali edition of GIFTED.
  • Wins the Iclif Leadership Energy Award(ILEA), Malaysia.
  • 2017
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    Truly Gifted

  • Gifted wins the Kannada Sahitya Academy Award
  • 2018