The Constitutional vision of education Vs neo-liberalism assault on India

Prof. Anil SadgopalA scientist by academic training Prof. Anil Sadgopal resigned from TIFR at the age of 31 to organise a rural education and development programme in Hoshangabad District, Madhya Pradesh for school children, where they could learn science through an inquiry-oriented, experiment-based and environment-related pedagogy. 

He initiated EKLAVYA in Hoshangabad which later extended the Hoshangabad experiment to almost 1,000 government schools of the 15 Districts of Madhya Pradesh wherein more than one lakh children received training. He is associated with the movement for civil liberties and democratic rights.

He was Professor & Head of the Department of Education, and Dean of the Faculty of Education in the University of Delhi.  He is recipient of the Jamnalal Bajaj Award (1980) and Shantiniketan’s Rathindra Puraskar (1984) for application of science and technology to rural areas. Author of many books on education policy, on the need for a people’s movement in education, on policy analysis, and the adverse impact of globalisation and communal politics on education, he is currently engaged in a nation-wide campaign for reversing the assault by World Bank-WTO.

Prof. Sadgopal delivered the Alladi Memorial Lecture on the university campus on October 11, 2013.

Public health in globalization

Prof. Tan Chorh Chuan, President, National University of Singapore (NUS) is a renowned researcher and administrator in the field of public health.

As a chairperson of various governing boards, academic and research committees, he has played a pivotal role in shaping the developments in medical education, healthcare, biomedical sciences research and translational & clinical research in Singapore.

For his outstanding contributions to overcoming SARS in Singapore during the 2003 epidemic, Prof Tan was awarded the Public Service Star in 2003. He also received the Public Administration Gold Medal in 2004 for his work in the Ministry of Health.

Apart from these he also received several fellowships including the Commonwealth Medical Fellowship, Welcome Fellow, University of Oxford and the Elected Fellow, Polish Academy of Medicine.

Prof. Tan currently serves as the President of NUS since December 2008, the Deputy Chairman of Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and Senior Advisor to the Governing Board of Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School.

The persistence of distress in the Indian countryside

Prof. Utsa Patnaik, a retired professor of Economics from Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU) is known for her research in the fields of agrarian crisis, peasant communities, food security and poverty.

A Doctorate from University of Oxford, UK, Prof. Patnaik has authored several books including Peasant Class Differentiation – A Study in Method (1987), The Long Transition (1999) and The Republic of Hunger and Other Essays (2007).

She has also edited and co-edited several volumes including Chains of Servitude – Bondage and Slavery in India (1985), Agrarian Relations and Accumulation – the Mode of Production Debate in India (1991), The Making of History – Essays presented to Irfan Habib (2000) and the Agrarian Question in Marx and his Successors in two volumes (2007, 2011).

For her outstanding contribution to labour studies, she has been conferred the V.V. Giri Memorial Award for the year 2011.

Genealogy of an Arts institution

Dr. Nataraja Ramakrishna Memorial Lecture is an annual lecture organized by Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad in commemoration of the Legendary dance Guru Late Shri. Nataraja Ramakrishna garu.

This lecture is the fourth in the series and is delivered by Dr. Anuradha Kapur, Director, National School of Drama.

About the speaker:

Dr. Anuradha Kapur, Director, National School of Drama, New Delhi is a popular theatre practitioner, teacher and writer who has been teaching acting and direction at many national and international universities.

Her writings in theatre are widely known and one of her books, ‘Actors, Pilgrims, Kings and Gods: the Ramlila at Ramnagar’ won critical acclaim in the field of theatre.

As a recognition to her efforts, she was conferred with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Direction in the year 2004.

Dr. Kapur is also the founding members of ‘Vivadi’, a working group of painters, musicians, writers and theatre practitioners which was formed in 1989.

Indian Literature- ‘Singular’ or ‘Plural’?

K. Satchidanandan is a Malayalam poet of National and international repute, who has authored several collections of poems, essays and interviews. His original works have been translated into 17 other languages such as Arabic, German, French and Italian apart from several Indian languages.

He has represented India and led teams of writers in many International literary festivals, read out his poems in major book fairs such as the Frankfurt Book Fair and had also been nominated for Nobel Prize in literature in the year 2011.

Satchidanandan has held several key posts in the past such as the Chief executive of the Sahitya Akademi, Language policy consultant for Govt. of India and others. He currently edits the SAARC journal Beyond Borders.

Apart from being a poet and critic, Satchidanandan is also an activist of human rights, secularism and environment.

Ayurvedic Biology

Padma Vibhushan Prof. M.S. Valiathan is a renowned cardiac surgeon who has contributed extensively in the field of medicine. One of his major innovations include development of prosthetic valves, development of a series of disposable devices such as blood bag, oxygenator and craniotomy reservoir, and a vascular graft.

A visiting faculty at many institutes within and outside India, Prof. Valiathan is currently involved in promoting research in basic science, based on cues from Ayurvedic concepts and procedures. This research is supported by the Government of India in the form of “A Science Initiative in Ayurveda” (ASIIA).

Gandhi-Kumarappa Economics and 21st Century Ecological Concerns

Mark Lindley is a popular Musicologist and historian of Modern India who is popular for his works on Mahatma Gandhi and some of his associates.

He is a member of Humanist Association of Boston and has served as Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard.

He is also a visiting professor at many renowned universities like Columbia University, Oxford University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Kerala, Istanbul Technical University.

Emerging Nanoscience and Technology for Nanomedicine: Prospects and Promises

Prof. Ratnesh Lal is a professor at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) who works in the areas of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Bioengineering. A post doc from CALTECH, Prof. Lal is known for leading a multi-disciplinary team of researchers in a breakthrough discovery relating to Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to seminal research publications in the field of nanomedicine, Prof. Lal holds several patents in microfluidics, optoelectronics and nanotechnology. He is also an Associate Editor of the journal Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine.

A brief history of Four Ideas on Signals: Emission, Localization and Transmission

Professor Emeritus Arogyaswami Paulraj, Stanford University, an Indian by origin is a renowned professor and researcher in Electrical Engineering.

He pioneered the MIMO wireless communications, a core technology that’s incorporated in today’s WiFi and WiMAX systems.

He is an author of over 400 research papers and a co-invenvtor in 52 US patents.

He has been bestowed with the best of national and international awards that include the Government of India’s prestigious Padmabhushan and IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal.

He has founded three national level laboratories -CAIR, CDAC and CRL. He has also founded two companies – Iospan Wireless Inc. and Beceem Communications Inc. which were later acquired byIntel corp. and Broadcom Corp.

Electron Transfer Reactions, H Transfers in Enzymes, and “On-Water” Reactions

Prof. Rudolph A. Marcus is a Canadian-American chemist who has worked extensively and contributed majorly to the theory of electron-transfer. His theory of electron transfer reactions in chemical systems, known as “Marcus Theory” won him Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1992.