The sharing of ideas and thoughts has always been the way to revolutions. In early times, even before books came into being, knowledge and ideas where passed by the word of mouth. The elders and scholars would orally present their thoughts as knowledge and this would go down generations. This oral presentation was a primitive form of a lecture today. As our ancestors realised the power of speech, the power to bring change, even today it processes the same.
So gather up to hear those inspiring thoughts, to witness the spectacle of how ideas can propagate and lead to change.
With a line up of eminent speakers, we plan to bring an interactive platform for discussing topics ranging from technology to management.
Prof. Harish Chandra Verma
Prof. Harish Chandra Verma, popularly known as HCV, may be called as a tutor of Physics to each and every student who has cleared IIT – JEE, because of his famous book series, The Concepts of Physics. Owing to the subtle yet powerful concepts presented by him in his widely read book, he occupies a special place in every engineering aspirant’s heart. He is a professor at IIT – Kanpur where he works as a Nuclear Experimental physicist. His chief interest lies in Condensed Matter and Materials Applications. Currently, he is working on Nanocrystalline Magnetic Materials and Alloys Systems. Prof. Verma is also interested in Earth Science problems such as meteorites and extinction boundaries.
Prof. Anil Kumar Gupta
Anil Kumar Gupta is a professor in the Centre for Management in Agriculture at IIM - A. He is also the founder of Honey Bee Network ,a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science and holds the Executive Vice Chair of the National Innovation Foundation. He was conferred the Padma Shri in Management Education in 2004.
His interests include ensuring recognition, respect and reward for grassroots inventors and innovators at a local, national and global level and protection of their Intellectual Property rights. Every summer and winter, in order to learn from grassroots teachers, he has been walking around 6000 km across India for over a week as part of Shodh Yatra for more than twelve years.
He is also the Co-ordinator of SRISTI (Society for Research and Initiative for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions) and was a speaker at TED-India in November,2009. Since 2011, he is an advisor on issues pertaining to innovation, environment, and sustainability to Fair Observer, an online magazine covering global issues.
Dr. Peter Jenni
Dr. Peter Jenni is an experimental particle physicist working at CERN. He is best known as one of the "founding fathers" of the ATLAS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider together with a few other colleagues. In 1995, after formal approval of the ATLAS project, he was elected Spokesperson of the experiment, which today comprises some 3000 scientists representing 177 Institutions from 38 countries. He was re-elected several times and retired from this duty in February 2009, retaining however a strong involvement in the operation and physics of the experiment. Dr. Jenni was directly involved in the experimental work leading to the discoveries of the W and Z bosons in the 1980s and the Higgs boson in 2012. He is the author of about 450 publications in scientific journals. After his retirement as a CERN Senior Research Staff at the end of April 2013, Dr. Jenni has become a Guest Scientist with the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, keeping his full engagement with the ATLAS experiment.
Dr. Rabindra D. Mehta
Dr. Rabindra D. Mehta is a leading Sports Aerodynamics Consultant and also the Branch Chief at NASA Ames Research Center, located in California’s Silicon Valley. He became the first scientist to publish a research article to explain conventional swing and spin-swing as used by spinners in the New – Scientist magazine in 1980. His work on the detailed experimental study of cricket ball swing using wind tunnels at Imperial College, London (1980-1981) got published in Nature in 1983.
He has been a consultant to the English Cricket team since 2005 and to the Australian Cricket team since 2007. He has discovered/explained the swing named ‘’Malinga Swing’’ and “Contrast Swing” through his world renowned research articles. Due to his popularity, he has been consulted by the coaches of Sri Lankan, New Zealand, Netherlands teams for discussing all the aspects of swing bowling.
Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri
Dr. R. K. Pachauri has been serving as the chairperson of the United Nations established Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 2002, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 during his tenure. Dr. Pachauri has always been outspoken about climate change. He has also been the director general of TERI, a research and policy organization in India, and chancellor of TERI University besides being the chairman of the governing council of the National Agro Foundation (NAF), as well as the chairman of the board of Columbia University's International Research Institute for Climate and Society. He has been appointed as Senior Adviser to Yale Climate and Energy Institute (YCEI) prior to which he was the Founding Director of YCEI. Dr. Pachauri conceptualized and launched Lighting a Billion Lives Initiative in 2005 to bring electricity to energy starved rural areas of India through solar energy. The initiative has taken solar energy to remote places like Sundarbans, West Bengal and Thar Desert, Rajasthan.
Dr. Subir Gokarn
Dr. Subir Gokarn was one of the four Deputy Governors of the Reserve Bank of India till January 2013. Appointed at the age of 49, Dr. Gokarn is one of the youngest Deputy Governors of RBI in its 76 year history and supervised the Monetary Policy Department, Department of Statistics and Information Management, Department of Economic Analysis and Policy, Credit Guarantee Corporation, Department of Communication and Deposit Insurance and also represented the Reserve Bank at the G-20 Deputies’ forum. Prior to his appointment as the Deputy Governor of the RBI, Dr. Gokarn was the Chief Economist of global rating agency Standard and Poor's (S&P) Asia-Pacific since August 2007. He has been the head of CRISIL's Research and Information business and also a nominee Board Member of the State Bank of India. Dr. Gokarn has recently joined as Director-Research at Brookings India, an independent think-tank and will also serve as a Brookings Senior Fellow.
Mr. Sudhir T. Devare
Mr. Sudhir T. Devare was the Director General of the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) from (2009-12). Having joined the Indian Foreign Service (I.F.S) in 1964, he was India’s first Ambassador to Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia where he opened the Indian embassies in these new countries in 1992 after these republics were formed following the disintegration of the Soviet Union. Mr. Devare has served as Ambassador to Indonesia (1994-98) and South Korea (1985 -89). He was closely associated with the evolution and implementation of India’s Look East policy as well as multilateral economic relations with the world as the Secretary in Ministry of External Affairs ( 1998-2001). Shri Devare has previously been a member of the National Security Advisory Board (2002-03) and the Vice-Chairman of the Research and Information System (RIS) of Developing Countries, a leading think-tank on international economic issues in New Delhi.He is a member of the Eminent Persons’ and Experts’ Group of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and is on the Advisory Boards of the Society for Indian Ocean Studies.