Who Participates

Speakers (India & Abroad)

ANIL KAKODKAR

Nuclear Scientist

Nuclear Energy

Director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Trombay from 1996-2000 

Anil Kakodkar is an Indian nuclear scientist and mechanical engineer.He was the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of India and the Secretary to the Government of India. He was the Director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Trombay from 1996-2000. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian honor, on January 26, 2009. Kakodkar believes that India should be self-reliant in energy. Dr. Kakodkar is a member of many Boards, Commissions and other reputed Organisations. For the current engagements, refer to his website http://www.anilkakodkar.in.

ARVIND GUPTA

He worked in the IUCAA’s Children’s Science Centre, Pune for 11 years 

He has written 25 books on science activities, translated 180 books into Hindi and presented 125 films on science activities on Doordarshan. His first book Matchstick Models & Other Science Experiments book was translated into 12 Indian languages and sold over half a million copies. He has received several honours, including the inaugural National Award for Science Popularization amongst Children (1988), Distinguished of Alumnus Award of IIT, Kanpur (2000), Indira Gandhi Award for Science Popularization (2008) and the Third World Academy of Sciences Award (2010) for making science interesting for children.

CLAUDE ALVARES

Editor of the Other India Press

Claude, along with his wife Norma founded the Other India Press which is now “the single largest publisher of alternative literature in India- including organic farming, home-schooling, environment an 

Claude Alvares is an environmentalist based in Goa, India. Claude, along with his wife Norma founded the Other India Press which is now “the single largest publisher of alternative literature in India- including organic farming, home-schooling, environment and wildlife. He is also the Director of the Goa Foundation, an environmental monitoring action group and a member of the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF). Alvares is a member of the Supreme Court Monitoring Committee (SCMC) on Hazardous Wastes constituted by the Supreme Court of India.

D R SEETHARAMAN

Group Director of IP Development and FPGA SW teams

Previously at Synopsys he was the Director of IP Engineering. 

D R Seetharaman is the Group Director of IP Development and FPGA SW teams in Bangalore, India for the past five years. Previously at Synopsys he was the Director of IP Engineering.

INDIRA VIJAYSIMHA

Professor at Azim Premji University, Bangalore

Indira began her career as a High school science teacher and then joined the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) as a teacher educator. She was a faculty member for the M.A. El. Ed program at TISS. 

Indira is a professor at Azim Premji University Bangalore, who previously served as a member of the Academics and Pedagogy group at the same institution. She headed the Teacher Preparation unit and focused on curriculum development and implementation of elementary teacher education programs in two states - Chattisgarh and Uttarakhand. In addition to this, Indira spearheaded a two year quality improvement program in collaboration with a B. Ed college. Indira completed her doctoral studies at NIAS, Bangalore, where she undertook ethnographic research on the work of science teachers in different types of schools. She was associated as a consultant with the District Quality Education Programme in Chamarajnagar, Karnataka. Indira began her career as a High school science teacher and then joined the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) as a teacher educator. Indira founded the Poorna Trust, which manages the Poorna Learning Centre in Bangalore - an \'alternative\' school promotes inclusive and ecologically sustainable education and emerged out of Indira\'s experiences from home-schooling her own children and from her reflections as a teacher and teacher educator. Indira continues to be actively engaged with the Poorna trust is currently teaching and is interested in the areas of: Linkages between education, environment and sustainability what makes our cities so ugly? Tree planting, organic agriculture Inclusive education, Equity Feminist studies

PAWAN GUPTA

After graduating he spent 11 years setting up and managing a chemical industry. 

Decided to change career in 1987 and got seriously involved in research and practice of Vippassanna (a meditation practice with its origin in Buddhism). Came to live in the mountains in 1987 to pursue interest in Vippassanna. Set up SIDH in 1989/1990 along with his wife Anuradha initially to start pre-pre-primary and primary schools in remote villages of Jaunpur (a tribal block in Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, near Mussoorie). The institute grew organically but the main focus remained education. During the course of running schools and interactions with the local community the learning was that “education” (schooling) was giving a false sense of arrogance and the “educated” started perceiving themselves and their communities as “backward”. This led to mindless imitation of what was assumed to be “developed”. Most of the work that followed stemmed from this understanding of society. This resulted in developing a module for developing “thinking teachers”, starting an open ended residential school/ college called “Sanjeevani” and “Gap Year College” for young people. It led to contextualizing subjects to the local geographical and cultural environment of the locality which resulted in Guidebooks for teachers called “Jaunpur ke Ped Paudhe” and “Understanding History”. Chattisgarh government recognized this effort and distributed these books in all their schools. Have initiated and guided many research projects which culminated into research studies: “A Matter of Quality”; “Child and the Family”; “Text and Context”.

PO SHEN LOH

National coach of US Intrntl Mathematical Olympiad

Mathematics

He is the national coach of the USA International Mathematical Olympiad team, a math professor at Carnegie Mellon University and the founder of expii.com, an education technology startup that provides 

Dr. Po-Shen Loh is a math enthusiast and evangelist. He is the national coach of the USA International Mathematical Olympiad team, a math professor at Carnegie Mellon University and the founder of expii.com, an education technology startup.

RAGHUNATH ANANT MASHELKAR

 

Dr. R A Mashelkar is a pioneering chemical engineer and former Director General of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), a chain of 38 publicly funded industrial research and development institutions in India. Committed to the intersections of science for the public good, he has pioneered `Gandhian Engineering’ -`more from less for more people’ - catering to the needs of the poor. Mashelkar is an acting Director on several boards of India’s leading companies- from Tata to Reliance. Due to his efforts he has received several awards- such as the J.R.D. Tata Corporate Leadership Award in 1998, elected as a Fellow of the Royal society and has been awarded 34 honorary doctorates around the world. He has also received the Padma Vibhushan (India’s second highest honor for a civilian) and Star of Asia Awards.

RISHIKESHA T. KRISHNAN

Professor of Corporate Strategy & Policy at IIMB

Rishikesha T. Krishnan is a Professor of Corporate Strategy & Policy at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB), India. His main areas of interest are strategy and innovation. Prof. Krish 

Rishikesha T. Krishnan is a Professor of Corporate Strategy & Policy at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB), India. His main areas of interest are strategy and innovation. Prof. Krishnan was a Visiting Fellow at the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad during 2011-12. Earlier, in August 2010, he completed a 3-year term as Jamuna Raghavan Chair Professor of Entrepreneurship at IIMB. He was the Fall 2008 Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania. In November 2010, Prof. Krishnan received the Dewang Mehta Award for Best Teacher in Strategic Management. Prof. Krishnan has served on a number of committees set up by the Government of India, Nasscom and CII related to innovation in India. He is on the board of Sundaram Asset Management Company Ltd., and is a trustee of the Foundation for Excellence India Trust (www.ffe.org), an organization committed to helping economically underprivileged and academically talented students complete their higher education through one of India’s largest scholarship programs.

VASUDEV KALKUNTE AATRE

Former head of DRDO

Electrical Engineering

Dr. Vasudev Kalkunte Aatre (born 1939) is an Indian scientist and former head of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), India's premier Defence research and development organization 

Dr. V K Aatre is an Indian scientist and former head of the Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), India’s premier defense research and development organization. In that capacity, he also served as the Scientific Advisor to the Defense Minister. He is an awardee of the Padma Vibhushan award, India’s second highest civilian honor.