About me

January 4th, 2017

General Profile

Welcome to my home page. I am Sunil T T (VU2SWX) aka Sunil Thomas Thonikuzhiyil, a self proclaimed geek and an up coming ham radio operator. I am located in Trivandrum ,India. I have been trying to put up these pages for some time now and is not complete yet. I am interested in many things, but unfortunately, I am master of none. You may find some write ups  that I have done  on diverse topics over the past several years  in this blog. Nothing official about it. All the views are my own and no one else is responsible for any opinions expressed here.

I was born and brought up in the hilly Idukki district of India. I belong to the Thonikuzhiyil family settled around Pala. After finishing my school, I joined Bachelor’s degree program in Electronics and communication Engineering at Mar Athanesius College of Engineering. I  graduated  in 1990 with a First Rank ( academic rank   is a useless thing which I realized afterwords).  Later, I did my M.Tech in Computer and Information Science at Department of Computer Science Cochin University of Science and Technology.. Finally, I  managed  a PhD from Department of Electrical Engineering IIT Bombay. My PhD adviser was Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri .

I have been working with the  Institute of Human Resources Development(IHRD) since 1991. I have held various positions in IHRD until 2001. In 2001, I joined Kerala Legislative Assembly as the head of their computer division. I was instrumental in computerizing the Kerala Legislative assembly. After a 6 year stint, I left Kerala legislative Assembly in August 2007 to take up a teaching job at College of Engineering Attingal Trivandrum.

As to my personal habits, I like vegetarian food, some time drink a peg (if you offer it free),like cool music(mainly Indian classical stuff-I have a good collection:) ), movies , books etc. My political views are mostly liberal left. I was an ardent Pastafarian for long. But, of late I am a follower of our Lord and Savior DINKAN.

If you need any clarification on any information contained at this site please drop me a mail at vu2swx at gmail dot com .

Articles and Publications
I have written a few of them . Here is my profile on Linux Gazette. You can find some of them there.

You can also look at my google scholar listings.  My PhD thesis was titled,  “Target detection and sensor selection for electronic
nose applications”. (At present,I am unable to post it online due to copyright issues  as I have contributed parts of it to a forth coming book.:) ). Please feel free to write to me if you need a copy for academic purposes.  You can order the book in question  from the publisher here.

Academic and Career Journal

My schooling was done in several schools. All of them were ordinary schools as my mother had frequent transfers. I passed my SSLC from CKHS Velliamattom Idukki in 1983. I was the school topper.

My Pre Degree ( Plus 2 now) was at St.Josephs College Moolamattom.

I studied electronics and communication engineering at M A College of Engineering and passed out in 1990 with a University first rank,

I worked briefly at Karunya Institute of Technology Coimbatore ( and fled ? with in a month Thanks my lord Dinkan ) and then joined Institute of Human Resources Development (IHRD) Trivandrum in 1991.

Worked as Lecturer in Electronics at Model polytechnic Vadakara , one of the best Polytechnics in India. Later I became Head of Computer department at Model polytechnic Matakkara Kottayam. I was posted as a special officer to set up a new polytechnic at Painavu Idukki. I worked there for 2 years , setting up the college. This was a tough job , fighting climate ,elephants etc.

In 1998 I joined Cochin university for my M Tech. I graduated in 2000 and was posted at College of Applied Science Calicut as Principal. In 2001, I joined Kerala Legislative Assembly as Consultant (IT). I was instrumental in setting up IT infrastructure, web services and computerization of the legislature.

In 2007, I joined college of Engineering Attingal as Assistant Professor and still working there. I was Principal in charge of College of engineering Attingal from 17th December 2009 on-wards for about a year. . In 2011 I joined Department of Electrical engineering at IIT Bombay as a PhD scholar. I completed my PhD in 2015 June and currently I am working as  Principal  College of engineering,Attingal Trivandrum.

Training Programs attended.

I have attended quite a few. The latest ones are

a) Introduction to DSP processors at College of Engineering Chengannur.

b) Linux Internals and Kernel programming at CDAC Hyderabad.

c) Recent Researches in Fuzzy logic and Neural networks at NIT Trichy (June 2010)

Training / short term courses conducted.( List is not  up to date)

a) PHP MYSQL at MCA department College of Engineering Trivandrum

b) Introduction to Linux at Adhi Shankara College of Technology Kalady

c) PHP MY SQL RIT Kottayam

d) PIC micro controllers IHRD Trivandrum

e) Advanced Linux System Administration College of Engineering Chengannur.

f) Resource person in IT Refresher course in Music . Academic Staff college University of Kerala Trivandrum ( Course conducted on 10th to 12th July 2009)

g) Resource person for 5 day AICTE-ISTE program on advanced Linux administration and networking at Adhi Shankara Institute of Technology Kalady July 2009

h) Resource person – Introduction to Linux organized by IEEE College of Engg Karunagappally August 2009.

i) Resource person for the training program on Informatics held by Kerala State Higher education council.

j) Introduction to open source hardware .One week ISTE program held at College of Engineering Attingal May 2011.

I was faculty at several other AICTE-ISTE schools , I think I have lost count.

Skills and Capabilities

a) Microprocessors and Micro controllers.

I have worked with 8085 and 8086 extensively. Now my interest is in PIC micro controllers, arduino boards , Raspberry pi, IOT

b) Open and Free software.

I was hooked to FOSS ever since I started working with Slackware in 1996 . Now I use Ubuntu and Debian. I am system administrator of a few production servers and have the necessary skills.

c) Amateur Radio

I hold a Grade 1 Amateur License with the call sign VU2SWX. I have VHF and HF equipment at home. The VHF equipment is a Philips SXA handy driven by a DDS VFO. My main HF equipment is a home-brewed bitx 20 built in Manhattan style. I was instrumental in setting up the VU2CLU Club station at Kerala State Science and Technology Museum.Trivandrum. I am trying to learn gnu radio.

d) Networking

I have fairly good knowledge of Internet protocols and have advised several organization on networking , internet access management , cyber security etc. I am currently interested in Internet of Things(IOT).

e) I think I have fairly good teaching skills and like to teach short , and focused programs.

f) Machine Learning.. I spent around 4 and a half years at IIT Bombay trying to understand this. I am still learning.

Social media

I am fairly active on facebook.   I write about politics, science and technology.  Have a look at my profile here.  You are invited to follow me.

    September 21st, 2010 at 21:49 | #1

    Dear vu2swx sunil, i am vu3egg Natarajan Udmelpet,tamilnadu.now i am seeing your site and know all the details briffily.i am happy very much.your high possisan and your helping mind is always welcome to all. thanking you .vu3 egg.

  2. Vinod ES
    September 25th, 2010 at 22:24 | #2

    Hello Sunil,

    I am Vinod, Living in Bangalore, In your shack photos, I saw one Philps PM3262 Oscilloscope, I also have one, and I am looking for the service manual of the same , as my scope is faulty and no manuals present with me right now.. If you have any manuals of the PM3262, can you please share it..

    Vinod, Bangalore

  3. October 11th, 2010 at 19:00 | #3

    Hi Sunil, here is my log of my experience with VU2DEV’s JOTA 40 RX, I was wondering if you would like to publish it.




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