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Smart Villages: Empowering Rural India

Event on 11 Jan 2017
Smart Villages: Empowering Rural India
  • Event Time:10:00 hrs - 13:00 hrs
  • Venue :SR-2, Mahatma Mandir Exhibition cum Convention Centre, Gandhinagar
  • Nodal Department : Panchayat, Rural Housing and Rural Development Department
  • National Partner : CII
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Dr. Sandhya Chintala Dr. Sandhya Chintala Vice President, NASSCOM and Executive Director IT-ITeS Sector Skills Council

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The National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) is the industry association for the IT-BPM sector in India. It was set up in 1988 and registered under the Indian Societies Act, 1860. A not-for-profit organization funded by the industry, its objective is to build a growth-led, sustainable, technology and business services segment in the country. NASSCOM’s membership has grown over the years and currently stands at over 2000. The member organizations represent 95 per cent of industry revenues and have enabled the association to spearhead initiatives and programs to strengthen the sector in the country and globally. NASSCOM has also contributed to the development of two organizations-the Data Security Council of India, which is focused on security and the NASSCOM Foundation, which helps drive Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives.

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Dr Chintala’s role at NASSCOM includes providing the roadmap for IT-BPM industry’s/ NASSCOM’s education initiatives; programs with a vision to develop education strategy, capacity building, assessment & evaluation; the development of industry standards to facilitate a quality talent pool, liaising between industry, academia and government, making India the preferred global destination for all IT and BPM/ITeS requirements. As an educationist some of her research publications and activities are related to the successful development and implementation of educational frameworks enabling change management and sustainable governance processes, technology enabled teaching- learning methods, e-content solutions and the design and development of quality assurance strategies. Dr Chintala brings to this ecosystem 37 years of experience to facilitate talent transformation and acquisition for this Industry body. As a strategist Dr Chintala has in close collaboration with the IT-BPM industry and other relevant stakeholders contributed to the design and development of the Sector Skills Council for NASSSCOM. She has identified and executed programs to develop ready-to-deploy talent by laying standards for skill requirements in the IT-BPM industry. These requirements merit defining standards of performance articulated in the ‘Occupational Analysis’ reports published under her guidance. Her focus is to identify job roles and career paths for the benefit of students and academia, to facilitate a clear understanding of career opportunities provided by this industry and to streamline multiple approaches towards a national standard. To facilitate talent transformation and acquisition, her contribution aims at the development of multiple programs of occupational learning that support employer requirements in the face of shrinking labor markets and growing international competition. Dr Chintala‘s contribution toward the development of a ‘Work force Market Intelligence System’, the ‘Analysis of Talent Supply and Demand’ report, the ‘Quality Assurance Parameters for Affiliation, Accreditation and Certification’ documents and the design and development of high-end online assessments and platforms for Qualification Packs and related areas, have helped modernize and bridge the gap between education provision and vocational training for this industry.

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Mr. Himanshu Patel Mr. Himanshu Patel Sarpanch, Punsari Village, Gujarat

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Punsari is located at Sabarkantha Himmatnagar, 85 km from Ahmedabad, Gujarat. It has a population of 6000 people (2015) having 23 communities. About 98% of the population is engaged in agricultural activities and rest 2% is either occupied with labour activities or own shops etc. In the past few years, there has been 0% migration in the village and around 10 families have been re-migrated to Punsari. The gram panchayat had spent around 12-13 crores for the development of the village and that too sourced only from govt. schemes revenues (taxes) collected. The Punsari village has uninterrupted water and electricity supply, concrete roads, a RO plant for water purification, solar-powered streetlights, a primary health centre, banking facility, a toilet in every home and a proper sanitation and drainage system, which is completely underground. Adding on to the list, the village has air-conditioned primary schools, is equipped with CCTV cameras and smart education technology, 140 speakers at key junctions, Wi-Fi connectivity and an independent Panchayat-run bus service. Over ‘300’ officials from around the country have visited this village and are trying to replicate this model in their villages. The village of Punsari has been the recipient of awards such as the Swarnim Gram Award and the Nirmal Gram Award by the central government.

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Mr. Patel is the Sarpanch of Punsari – a village that has been declared a model village by both the state and the central government. He has been the Sarpanch of the village for the past 10 years. He took on the task of developing his own village at the mere age of 22 in 2016, after completing his studies and winning the elections. A techno-savvy Mr. Patel worked towards the development of the village, primarily targeting the basic requirements of housing, healthcare, education and technology with the help of the funds received from the state and central government. For his dedicated efforts, he was awarded with the best Gram Sabha award at the third National Panchayati Raj Day held at New Delhi. In November 2011, he received the best Gram Panchayat award in Gujarat from the then Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The Punsari Gram Panchayat has received the prestigious Bharat Ratna Rajiv Gandhi Best Gram Panchayat National Award for the Year-2012, conferred by the Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India (AGRASRI), Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh at a function held in New Delhi.

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Mr. Popatrao Baguji Pawar Mr. Popatrao Baguji Pawar Sarpanch, Hiware Bazaar, Maharashtra

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Hiware Bazar lies in the drought-prone Ahmednagar district. Prior to 1989, the village was facing several problems such as migration of the villagers to the nearby urban areas, high crime and scarcity of water. However the village experienced a turnaround after 1989, when Popatrao Baguji Pawar, the only postgraduate in the village contested for the post of gram panchayat Sarpanch and won unanimously. He managed to get the illicit 22 liquor retail outlets closed, secure bank loans for farmers and started rainwater harvesting, water conservation and management programs, which involved building 52 earthen bunds, percolation tanks, 32 stone bunds and nine check dams. Its development plan was based on village Ralegan Siddhi, 35 km away, also in the same district, turned around by Anna Hazare. By the 1990s, reverse migration started as families started returning home. In 2012, the village with its 235 families and an overall population of 1,250, had a monthly per capita income INR 30,000, up from INR 830 in 1995, plus it had 60 families with an annual income of over 10 Lakh rupees.

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Popatrao Baguji Pawar (born 1960) is the Sarpanch of Hiware Bazar, a gram panchayat in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra India. He is the Executive Director of Maharashtra state government's Model Village programme. He is credited to have transformed it from an impoverished village into a model of development that the government of Maharashtra wishes to implement across the state. Mr. Pawar led Hiware Bazar's transformation from a drought- prone village to a green and prosperous model village, thus successfully reproducing Anna Hazare's Ralegaon Siddhi model of village development. He featured in an India Today cover story as the person who demonstrated how rural water resources could be reviewed. The Hiware bazare gram panchayat, with Mr. Pawar as its sarpanch, won the first National Award for community led water conservation in 2007 and further went on to receive the International Ground Water Management Award in 2009. Mr. Pawar was honoured with the Amazing Indians Award by the Times Now Channel in 2016. Mr. Pawar and his Adarsh Gaon, Hiware Bazar have also received multiple awards conferred by the Government of Maharashtra.

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Mr. Rajendra Pratap Gupta Mr. Rajendra Pratap Gupta President, Disease Management Association of India

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Disease Management Association of India was founded by Global Healthcare leaders from India, to promote & increase the awareness, education and practice of preventive & chronic disease management; and to work with the policy makers for ensuring Accountable, Affordable and Accessible healthcare in India. DMAI has today become the most influential Public Policy Organization in Indian Health Care. Healthcare policies of the Narendra Modi led BJP Government have incorporated the suggestions made by DMAI from time to time. It is the only not-for-profit organization focussed on population health improvement in India.

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Mr. Gupta currently serves as the Advisor to the Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, and a Member of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission, Ministry of MSME, He is also associated with several private sector organizations and not-for-profits across USA, Europe, U.K. & India. He was nominated to the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum for 2012-2014 in recognition of his work. He was conferred; 'Global Healthcare Leader of the Year' award in 2012 by the sheriff of Los Angeles; named the 'Thought Leader of the Year' three years in a row by ICT Post; Featured amongst the ’25 living Legends of Healthcare in India’ , Healthcare Leader of the Decade, and is listed amongst the “100 Most Impactful Healthcare Leaders – Global Listing”. He has served at senior most levels at fortune 20 & fortune 500 companies in India. He is the former COO & Board member of the Cardinal Health Inc. group company (MSI Intl); Headed and served on the boards of two Reliance Health; Advisory board of Pfizer; Co-architect of the Bottom of Pyramid model for Unilever Global; Advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO); He also Co-chairs Innovation Working Group- Asia (set up by the office of the UN Secretary General) and chairs the Government-Industry Dialogue in Healthcare. He founded Disease Management Association of India (DMAI) in 2009. Besides, he has been invited by global organizations like the United Nations, World Health Organization, World Economic Forum, ITU, Embassy of the United States of America, Govt. of Japan & Finland, and also by the Ministry of Health & the Planning Commission - Government of India, for his views on diverse range of topics. He became the youngest person to draft the election manifesto of a leading political party at the age of 37 in 2009. He has played a key role in drafting the policies for the Narendra Modi led NDA Government. Mr. Gupta divides his time between board level advisory roles and policy related work. Given his contributions to healthcare, the Government of India nominated him to the apex advisory body of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare – The Central Council of Health & Family Welfare. Mr. Gupta has delivered lectures across the globe and has written articles in leading publications. His book ‘Healthcare Reforms in India – Making up for the lost decades’ had been rated as the most authoritative book on healthcare in India. He holds a Masters degree in Leading Innovation & Change from U.K. and bachelors degrees in Science and social sciences.

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Ms. Chhavi Rajawat Ms. Chhavi Rajawat Sarpanch, Soda Village, Rajasthan

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Soda is a village located in the Tonk district of Rajasthan. Chhavi was elected Sarpanch in February 2010, and Soda hasn’t looked back since. Today the village boasts tof primary health centre and Anganwadi workers, to ensure all expectant mothers and infants are immunized and vaccinated. They also maintain properly navigable roads (more than 40) and ensure toilets are provided in every home. The children get clean water and compulsory education at primary-secondary school. With the support of corporate giant Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages Ltd, brought in by the Sarpanch, Chhavi Rajawat, the Shivra Taal was renovated to ensure better availability of water to over 950 households of Soda. Today the reservoir not only serves as a catchment for rainwater, but it also acts as a feeder to the 70-odd wells in a 15-km radius, ensuring the hamlets surrounding the main village have access to drinkable water.

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Soda is a village located in the Tonk district of Rajasthan. Chhavi was elected Sarpanch in February 2010, and Soda hasn’t looked back since. Today the village boasts tof primary health centre and Anganwadi workers, to ensure all expectant mothers and infants are immunized and vaccinated. They also maintain properly navigable roads (more than 40) and ensure toilets are provided in every home. The children get clean water and compulsory education at primary-secondary school. With the support of corporate giant Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages Ltd, brought in by the Sarpanch, Chhavi Rajawat, the Shivra Taal was renovated to ensure better availability of water to over 950 households of Soda. Today the reservoir not only serves as a catchment for rainwater, but it also acts as a feeder to the 70-odd wells in a 15-km radius, ensuring the hamlets surrounding the main village have access to drinkable water.

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Ms. S.Radha Chauhan Ms. S.Radha Chauhan IAS President and CEO, National E Governance division

Ms. S. Radha Chauhan, Joint Secretary Secondary Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, is an Indian Administrative Service officer of the Government of India started her bureaucratic career in 1988. A Law graduate from Faculty of law, Delhi University she has the experience of administering and implementing a wide spectrum of government policies and reaching varied services to citizens at large. She is coordinating two national Mission Mode Projects under the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP)- the "e-district" Project and the Unique ID project, both of which attempts to address key aspects and concern areas of- delivery of government services to citizens, on an electronic mode.

Steering the national Communication and Awareness strategy for the overall NeGP initiative is an interesting part of her present job profile. Her association with the post implementation assessment of e-Governance initiatives across the country gives her tremendous opportunity to attempt completing her "learning loop" on the subject of e-Governance.

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Dr Shailaja Fennell Dr Shailaja Fennell University Lecturer in Development Studies

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The University of Cambridge is a collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England. It is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world's fourth-oldest surviving university. Cambridge is formed from a variety of institutions which include 31 constituent colleges and over 100 academic departments organised into six schools. In the year ended 31 July 2015, the university had a total income of £1.64 billion, of which £398 million was from research grants and contracts. Cambridge is consistently ranked as one of the world's best universities. The university has educated many notable alumni, including eminent mathematicians, scientists, politicians, lawyers, philosophers, writers, actors, and foreign Heads of State. Ninety-five Nobel laureates, two Chief Scientists of the U.S. Air Force and ten Fields medallists have been affiliated with Cambridge as students, faculty, staff or alumni. With more than 18,000 students from all walks of life and all corners of the world, nearly 9,000 staff, 31 Colleges and 150 Departments, Faculties, Schools and other institutions, no two days are ever the same at the University of Cambridge.

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Dr. Shailaja Fennell is a University Lecturer in Development Studies, attached to the Department of Land Economy; and a fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge. She has a BA in Economics, MA in Economics and MPhil in Economics from Delhi University, and an MPhil and PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge. Her research interests include institutional reform in agriculture, gender and household dynamics, the role of kinship and ethnicity in resource acquisition, and provision of public goods through public-private partnerships.

She has been awarded a UGC-UKIERI grant for a collaborative research initiative with the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras for 2014-16, that aims to understand how bottlenecks limit Internet access for rural agricultural production and could improve youth education and employment outcomes for youth, both young men and women. She is also the lead social scientist on the Smart Villages initiative (http://e4sv.org/) that is a policy engagement with key stakeholders in Asia, Africa and Latin America to understand how off grid green energy can be a disruptive transformation to advance gender equality by improving entrepreneurship and empowerment in rural communities.

She was also Principal Investigator on a recently completed DFID commissioned study on Activity Based Learning (ABL) in India that looked closely at innovative educational interventions to improve the educational outcomes of poor youth. She was a consultant on inequality and rural development, with a specific focus on gender equality, with Oxfam GB (2014-15), and on evidence based policy with the World Bank (2013-15).

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Prof. R. C. Natarajan Prof. R. C. Natarajan Director, IRMA

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The Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) established in 1979 with the support of Government of India, the State Government of Gujarat, National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) and erstwhile Indian Dairy Association, IRMA strives to build and sustain a partnership between rural people and committed professional managers through a range of teaching, training, and research and consultancy activities. The Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management (PGDRM) started in 1980 with an intake capacity of 60 seats and the first PRM batch of 53 students, graduated in 1982. The intake of PGDRM was increased to 120 in the year 2006 and again to 180 in the year 2013. The Fellow Program in Rural Management was started in the year 2002 with intake capacity of 10 seats.

The Institute was awarded NAAC accreditation with its highest grade ‘A’ in 2015.

In order to boost research portfolio, the Institute set up five Centres of Excellence in 2013.

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Dr. R.C. Natarajan is the Director of Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA). He holds a Ph.D. in Management from Manipal University, PGDRM (Post-graduate Diploma in Rural Management), from Institute of Rural Management, Anand and M.A. (Economics) from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has 32 years of work experience, of which 15 years in Sales and Marketing in FMCG Industry in India (including six years at AMUL where he worked before shifting to Academics).

In 1999 he joined T.A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), Manipal as Professor of Marketing post which he joined IIM Indore in 2008. In February 2012 he took charge as the Director of TAPMI which he held till September 2016.

He was a Member, Peer Review Team, AACSB, to Solbridge Business School, South Korea, Member, MARKSTRAT Advisory Board, StratX International, Paris, Member, Management Accreditation Committee, National Board of Accreditation (NBA), Government of India (2013-14), and Member, Committee for Preparation of Accreditation Standards, NBA, Government of India (2013-14).

His research interests lie in writing Cases and papers in the areas of Distribution Management and Management Education. He is interested in training in the areas of Communication, Negotiation, Conflict Management, Marketing Strategy and Creative Pedagogy in Management.

Mr. Jayantibhai Ramjibhai Kavadiya Mr. Jayantibhai Ramjibhai Kavadiya Hon'ble Minister of State, Panchayats, Rural Housing and Rural Development (Independent Charge)

Mr. Manoj Aggarwal Mr. Manoj Aggarwal Development Commissioner, Gandhinagar

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Prof. Mr. Bibek Debroy Prof. Mr. Bibek Debroy Member, NITI Ayog

Shri Bibek Debroy is an economist and was educated in Ramakrishna Mission School, Narendrapur; Presidency College, Kolkata; Delhi School of Economics and Trinity College, Cambridge.

He has worked in following Professional bodies:

Presidency College, Kolkata (1979-83) Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune (1983-87)
Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi (1987-93)
as The Director of a Ministry of Finance/UNDP project on legal reforms (1993-98)
Department of Economic Affairs (1994-95)
Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies (1997-2005)
PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2005-06)
Centre for Policy Research (2007-2015)
He has authored/edited several books, papers and popular articles and has also been a Consulting/Contributing Editor with several newspapers.

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Mr. Raj Gopal Mr. Raj Gopal IAS, Principal Secretary to Government of Gujarat

IAS, Principal Secretary to Government of Gujarat, Department of Panchayats, Rural Housing and Rural Development

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Mr. Louis Georges Arsenault Mr. Louis Georges Arsenault UN Resident Coordinator a.i. and Representative, UNICEF India

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The United Nations is an international organisation founded in 1945. Currently made up of 193 Member States, the mission and work of the United Nations are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter. India is a founding member of the United Nations, signing the UN Charter, along with 50 other countries, on 26 June, 1945. The United Nations has a long history of close co-operation with the Government of India and today the United Nations system in India includes 26 organisations that have the privilege to serve in the country.

UNICEF is fully committed to working with the Government of India to ensure that each child born in this vast and complex country gets the best start in life, thrives and develops to his or her full potential. Currently, it advocates for the rights of India’s children in 16 states.

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Mr. Louis-Georges Arsenault, is responsible for the overall coordination, the development, formulation and management of the UNICEF Country Programme of Co-operation. Prior to his current position, Mr. Arsenault served as UNICEF’s Director of the Office of Emergency Programmes from March 2008, where he led the institutional support to countries facing humanitarian situation be it conflict or natural disaster. Mr. Arsenault was the UNICEF representative in Bangladesh from October 2005 to February 2008. He was responsible for conceptualizing, developing and implementing the country programme. Prior to that he served as the Deputy Director, Programme Division in UNICEF New York where he provided leadership in the Organization’s efforts in developing a new strategic plan aimed at achieving the Millennium Development Goals as well as overseeing UNICEF technical sections. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Arsenault served as the UNICEF Representative in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He managed the country programme and collaborated with the Royal Government of Cambodia to integrate programmes for children at the national level. As UNICEF Representative in Afghanistan from 1998 to 2001, Mr. Arsenault managed one of UNICEF’s largest humanitarian operations, including the coordination of relief and rehabilitation services to hundreds and thousands of women, children and men displaced by war. Mr. Arsenault joined UNICEF in Mali in1995 as Deputy Representative where he led with the Government the first UNICEF Country Programme informed by a rights based approach to programming. Prior to joining UNICEF, Mr. Arsenault worked for the Canadian University Services Overseas (CUSO) as Regional Director for West Africa based in Togo. In the mid-eighties Mr. Arsenault was Director of the Canadian International Development Agency-supported bilateral project on Integrated Water Supply and Sanitation, covering the maritime region of Togo. Prior to that, Mr. Arsenault worked with another Canadian non-governmental agency, Canada World Youth, which promoted non-formal education for young children, with a focus on international cooperation through youth exchange and community based development in Senegal and Morocco. In the late seventies, he served as a volunteer with SUCO, a Quebec-based Canadian NGO in Upper Volta, in a community-led integrated development project. Louis-Georges Arsenault is a national of Canada. He graduated in International Public Administration from the l’EcoleNationale d’ AdmistrationPublique de Montreal in Canada.

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Mr. Ganesh Neelam Mr. Ganesh Neelam Head - Innovation at Tata Trusts

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Tata Trusts is one of India’s oldest philanthropic organisation that seeks to catalyse development, in partnership with other institutions and through direct implementation in the areas of Health, Water, Energy, Education, Rural Upliftment and more. The Trusts also have a legacy of building institutions of excellence, such as the Indian Institute of Social Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, etc., which have contributed in the field of education, science and medicine.

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With an experience of around 15 years in the field of rural development, Mr Ganesh Neelam works towards creating disruptive technological solutions that cater to community development. Mr Neelam obtained his masters degree in geoscience from the University of Pune in 2000. Post his masters, he joined BAIF Development Research Foundation as a hydrogeologist. At BAIF, he worked on watershed development programmes and Horticulture programmes. Mr Neelam joined Sir Ratan Tata Trust in 2004 as a Programme Associate handling the flagship programme – Central India Initiative, focusing on enhancing livelihoods of tribal communities in central India. Post this, he led the Central India Initiative as the Executive Director of Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives (CInI), Jamshedpur, an associate organisation of the Trusts. During his seven-year tenure at CInI, thematic initiatives such as kharif maize stabilisation, non-timber forest produce and strengthening community institutions were developed in collaboration with the tribal communities in Jharkhand, Orissa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan. In 2010, he moved backed to the Trusts' headquarters in Mumbai. One of Mr Neelam's key facets is his involvement in analysing the areas of technology and innovations in the ecosystem to create sustainable solutions that meet the needs of rural communities. He is presently supervising key programmes like improved cookstoves and Internet Saathi which would create a large-scale positive impact for rural communities. Apart from his role at the Trusts, he is a Director at the Foundation for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (FISE).

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Mr. Rakesh Pandey Mr. Rakesh Pandey Operations and Technology Management, Boston University

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Boston University is a private research university located in Boston, Massachusetts. With over 33,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 130 countries, nearly 10,000 faculty and staff, 17 schools and colleges, and 250 fields of study, it is one of Boston's largest employers. It offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctorates, and medical, dental, business, and law degrees through eighteen schools and colleges on two urban campuses. The university counts seven Nobel Laureates, twenty-three Pulitzer Prize winners, nine Academy Award winners, and several Emmy and Tony Award winners among its faculty and alumni. BU also has MacArthur, Sloan, and Guggenheim Fellowship holders as well as American Academy of Arts and Sciences and National Academy of Sciences members among its past and present graduates and faculty.

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Boston University is a private research university located in Boston, Massachusetts. With over 33,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 130 countries, nearly 10,000 faculty and staff, 17 schools and colleges, and 250 fields of study, it is one of Boston's largest employers. It offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctorates, and medical, dental, business, and law degrees through eighteen schools and colleges on two urban campuses. The university counts seven Nobel Laureates, twenty-three Pulitzer Prize winners, nine Academy Award winners, and several Emmy and Tony Award winners among its faculty and alumni. BU also has MacArthur, Sloan, and Guggenheim Fellowship holders as well as American Academy of Arts and Sciences and National Academy of Sciences members among its past and present graduates and faculty.

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Mr. Anand Varadarajan Mr. Anand Varadarajan Head Research, India, Ericsson

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Over the past 140 years, Ericsson has been at the forefront of communications technology and is a global leader in delivering ICT solutions. 40% of the world's mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. It has customers in over 180 countries and comprehensive industry solutions ranging from Cloud services and Mobile Broadband to Network Design and Optimization. The company’s services, software and infrastructure - especially in mobility, broadband and the cloud - are enabling the communications industry and other sectors to do better business, increase efficiency, improve user experience and capture new opportunities. Ericsson has one of the industry's strongest patent portfolios with a total count of over 39,000. Approximately 23,700 employees are dedicated to its R&D activities.

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With over 20 years of industry experience with the leaders in the telecommunications industry, Mr. Varadarajan has spent most of his career in R&D developing cutting edge solutions that has helped in redefining the communication industry - from wireline to wireless and now to 5G. With ever increasing importance of data and the insights it offers, he built the first ever analytics product offering in Ericsson way back in 2009, before setting out to establish the Indian arm of Ericsson Research, the niche organisation of 600 world class researchers across the globe that builds cutting edge solutions to REALISE the vision of Making Networked Society. His team currently focuses on the machine intelligence research in telecom and other domains.

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Mr. Anirudh Kamani Mr. Anirudh Kamani Head of Rural and Inclusive Banking, ICICI Bank

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ICICI Bank is India's largest private sector bank with total assets of INR 7,206.95 billion (US$ 109 billion) as on March 31, 2016 and profit after tax INR 97.26 billion (US$ 1,468 million) for the year ended March 31, 2016. ICICI Bank currently has a network of 4,501 Branches and 14,404 ATM's across India. ICICI Bank offers a wide range of banking products and financial services to corporate and retail customers through a variety of delivery channels and through its group companies.

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Mr Kamani has over two decades of experience in corporate India at organizations like ICI India Ltd., BD India Ltd. and ICICI Bank, where he currently heads the Rural and Inclusive Banking business vertical. His responsibility comprises of designing and delivery of products and services across the agricultural value chain and rural enterprises across the country.

He has been a prominent advocate for the role of banking industry in financial inclusion and its impact on livelihood of under-banked population. He has been on various committees representing the regulator and banking associations.

He is an alumnus of St. Thomas Boys School, Kolkata and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

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Mr. Amarjeet Sinha Mr. Amarjeet Sinha Secretary, Department of Rural Development, Government of India

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Mr. Thomlin Khongthohrem Mr. Thomlin Khongthohrem Sarpanch of Mawlynnong village in Meghalaya

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Mawlynnong Village located in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, also referred as ‘God’s own garden’ has won the acclaim of being the cleanest village in Asia in 2003. The village known for its cleanliness is located around 90 kms from Shillong and is a community based eco-tourism initiative. The community has made collective effort to maintain the ambience of a clean village. The village offers picturesque natural beauty, a trek to the living root bridge at a neighbouring village Riwai. The village also offers a sight of natural balancing rock, a strange natural phenomenon of a boulder balancing on another rock.

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Mr. Thomlin has been Sarpanch of Mawlynnong Village for four consecutive terms since 2004 till date. He has been instrumental in changing and exposing the face of Mawlynnong to the outside world through its cleanliness and participatory governance. He has been interviewed by various magazines and media such as Discover India, National Geographic, Lonely Planet, BBC and local cable channels. He is the President of the Epiphany Society for Rural Uplift and Chairman of the village MGNREGA. He played host to the visit by the Princess of Thailand recently.

Dr. Jayanti S. Ravi Dr. Jayanti S. Ravi (IAS). Commissioner & Principal Secretary, Rural Development, Government of Gujarat

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Mr. Manish Kumar Mr. Manish Kumar MD & CEO, National Skill Development Corporation

Manish is responsible for providing a strategic vision to NSDC in ensuring that the team moves cohesively in one direction toward achievement of the Prime Minister’s Skill India Mission. Manish also represents NSDC at domestic and international fora. He is also the official spokesperson for NSDC.

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Mr. Anil Gupta Mr. Anil Gupta Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

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Led by Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, Shri. Kasturbhai Lalbhai and proactively supported by the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, Dr. Jivraj Mehta, a group of enlightened individuals set up IIMA. This group ably wove together a coalition of five actors - the governments at the centre and the state, the local industrialists, the Ford Foundation and the Harvard Business School, in a true spirit of public private partnership to establish the Institute. It was set up as an institution that would be managed by a Society, the IIMA Society, created under the Societies Act, for the purpose. The Institute was to be run by the Board of Governors, constituted by the IIMA Society.

IIMA has consistently been ranked as the number one management school in the country year after year in the last several years. In its latest ranking, The Economist has ranked IIMA at 56 among the top 100 international B-schools in the world that offer full time MBA. The Financial Times (FT) has ranked the two-year post graduate programme in management (PGP) of IIMA in the top ten programmes in the category of Masters Programmes in Management that do not require work experience as pre-requisite for admission. FT reported that this was the first time that any Indian B-school was not only included in the survey but also achieved such high ranking. The Financial Times has also ranked the one-year post graduate programme in management for executives (PGPX) among the top MBA programmes globally. The two post graduate programme in management with specialization in agri-sector (PGP-ABM) is ranked at number one among comparable programmes globally by Eduniversal.

In 2008, IIMA also became the first business school in the country to be awarded EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) accreditation. This accreditation awarded by the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) certifies that the quality of IIMA’s academic processes and programmes are on par with the best business schools globally that have similar accreditation.

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Dr. Anil K Gupta is a profess¬¬or at the Centre for Management in Agriculture, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He is also the founder of Honey Bee Network, SRISTI, GIAN and NIF besides Techpedia.in. Life mission is to expand the global as well as local space for innovations at grassroots level, link ideas in informal and formal sector, ensure recognition, respect and reward for creative people; and Unfolding creative potential of individuals, institutions and societies through frugal, flexible and friendly empathetic innovations; facilitate celebration of grassroots innovations at Festival of Innovation (FOIN) through NIFindia.org, hosted by the President of India at The Presidents House ( March 4-11, 2017). Walked for more than 5000 km, during last 38 shodhyatras with community members and 13 walks with IIMA students in Himalayas. Works with communities as well as corporations in making breakthrough innovations

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Smt. Chanda Kochhar Smt. Chanda Kochhar Managing Director and CEO, ICICI

Ms. Chanda Kochhar is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ICICI Bank Limited, India’s largest private sector bank. She is widely recognised for her role in shaping the retail banking sector in India and for her leadership of the ICICI Group, as well as her contributions to various forums in India and globally.

Ms. Kochhar began her career, with erstwhile ICICI Limited in 1984 and was elevated to the Board of Directors of ICICI Bank in 2001. She was instrumental in establishing ICICI Bank during the 1990s, and subsequently headed the infrastructure finance and corporate banking business in ICICI Limited. In 2000, she took on the challenge of building the nascent retail business, with strong focus on technology, innovation, process reengineering and expansion of distribution and scale. The Bank achieved a leadership position in this business. During 2006-2007, she successfully led the Bank’s corporate and international banking businesses during a period of heightened activity and global expansion by Indian companies. From 2007 to 2009, she was the Joint Managing Director & Chief Financial Officer during a critical period of rapid change in the global financial landscape. She was elevated as Managing Director & CEO of ICICI Bank in 2009 and is responsible for the Bank's diverse operations in India and overseas. She also chairs the boards of the Bank's principal subsidiaries, which include India's leading private sector life and general insurance companies.

In addition to her responsibilities at the ICICI Group, Ms. Kochhar is a member of the India - Japan Business Leaders Forum and the US-India CEO Forum. She is currently the President of the International Monetary Conference, an organization that annually brings together the chief executives of approximately 70 of the world's largest financial institutions from 30 countries, along with officials from government institutions. She is also the Deputy Chairperson of the Indian Banks Association. She is on the boards of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, National Institute of Securities Markets and Institute of International Finance.

Ms. Kochhar has been a member of the Prime Minister's Council on Trade & Industry, the Board of Trade and High-Level Committee on Financing Infrastructure. She was also co-chair of the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in 2011.

Ms. Kochhar received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Carleton University, Canada in 2014. The university conferred this award on Ms. Kochhar in recognition of her pioneering work in the financial sector, effective leadership in a time of economic crisis and support for engaged business practices.

She was conferred with the Padma Bhushan, one of India's highest civilian honours, in 2011.

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Mahesh Venkateswaran Mahesh Venkateswaran Lead – Industry Partnerships & SANKALP

Organization Profile

National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) is a public-private partnership, under the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, with an objective to catalyse private sector involvement in skill development. NSDC provides financing for organizations towards scalable and sustainable skill development projects, works with industry partners to enhance participation through standards development, employment linkages and CSR contributions. The NSDC skilling ecosystem today comprises over 290 training partners and 40 Sector Skill Councils, and is also the implementation agency for the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK), Udaan (special industry project for J&K), and WorldSkills.

Speaker Profile

Mahesh Venkateswaran is part of the executive team at the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). His team works on industry-driven greenfield/brownfield skilling projects across various sectors, mobilizes CSR and multi-lateral contributions to the National Skill Development Fund (NSDF) and also manages special programs focused on affirmative action and convergence with flagship Government initiatives.

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Aiban S Mawkhroh Aiban S Mawkhroh Principal Architect

Organization Profile

As a firm, Atelier A+ strives to achieve climate responsive, sustainable and efficient solutions for every project. It provides facilitation for community based projects from design to preparing project reports and power-point presentations as well as convergence portfolios for its clients. These are mainly from the tourism sector, either rural or suburban based and include government and semi - government initiatives. The company also deals with restoration projects that range from traditional institutions in the Khasi Hills to the famous Assam-type houses and bungalows in and around Shillong. The company is also involved in residential, commercial and institutional architectures in Shillong and the Northeast. It is also committed to social work which involves pro bono work for orphanages, church organisations and rehab centres.

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Mr. Markhroh has been a practicing architect in Shillong after graduation from CEPT, Ahmedabad in 1989. He was the General Secretary of Meghalaya Tourism Development Forum 2004-09 during the promotion of Mawlynnong as a tourist destination. He has been the chief resource person in the preparation of infrastructure for rural eco-tourism projects. He is a member of Meghalaya Heritage Authority and involved in the documentation of heritage buildings. He has given presentations on 'Khasi Traditional House Forms' organised by IGNCA, INTACH and Museum of Mankind, Bhopal.

Parth Sarthi Parth Sarthi Executive

Sustainable development and inclusive growth is facilitated by Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) department through its operating arms, i.e. the Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS), the Tata Steel Family Initiatives Foundation (TSFIF), the Tribal Cultural Society (TCS), Tata Steel Skill Development Society (TSSDS) and Urban Services (US). Its initiatives span education, health, drinking water, sustainable livelihoods including agriculture, skill development, enterprise development, civil infrastructure, youth empowerment and ethnicity.

Tata Steel’s CSR addresses the needs of the communities in and around the areas of operations, spanning the Jamshedpur and Kalinganagar steel plants, mines, collieries or greenfield locations across the states of Jharkhand and Odisha in India.

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Plenary Session – Way Forward for Higher Education in India

Mr. Francisco Marmolejo Mr. Francisco Marmolejo

Mr. Francisco Marmolejo is the World Bank’s Lead of its Global Solutions Group on Tertiary Education, and since July 2016 he also serves as the Lead Education Specialist for India, based in Delhi. In his capacity as the World Bank’s most senior official in tertiary education, he serves as the institutional focal point on the topic of tertiary education (also known as higher education in several countries), and provides advice and support to country-level related projects that the Bank has in more than 60 countries. As part of his activities, he coordinates the Bank’s internal thematic group on tertiary education, which helps to facilitate exchange of ideas among the more than 100 staff members and consultants involved in related initiatives across the globe. In India he provides technical expertise on a variety of educational projects ranging from early childhood to tertiary education.

Previously, he served as founding Executive Director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration, a network of more than 160 tertiary education institutions primarily from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, based at the University of Arizona (UA), where he also worked as Assistant Vice President. At UA, he was Affiliated Researcher at the Center for the Study of Higher Education, and Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Latin American Studies. Previously, he was an

American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, and also he has been Vice President for Administration and Academic Vice President at the University of the Americas in Mexico.

He has worked as International Consultant at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France, and has been part of OECD and World Bank peer review higher education teams in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He serves or has served on advisory boards at a variety of universities and organizations, including the International Association of Universities, the American Council on Education’s Commission on International Initiatives, NAFSA, World Education Services, and the Centre for Internationalisation of Higher Education at UNICATT-Milan.

Plenary Session – Way Forward for Higher Education in India

Dr. Sudhirkumar Barai Dr. Sudhirkumar Barai Professor of Civil Engineering, IIT-Kharagpur

Dr. Sudhirkumar Barai is a Professor of Structural Engineering Specialization in the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721 302, India. His research interests are Computational Intelligence Applications, Structural Health Monitoring and Concrete Technology.

In 1995, he obtained Ph.D (Eng.) from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He received the degrees of B.E.(Civil) and M.E.(Civil) with specialization in Structural Engineering in 1987 and 1989, respectively, from the Faculty of Engineering, M S University of Baroda, Baroda, India.

Recently he was Erskine Visiting Fellow at University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand during May-June 2008. He was also visiting scientist at National University of Singapore during May-July 2003. He was recipient of BOYSCAST fellowship and visited Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA during May-November, 2000. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Department of Solid Mechanics, Materials and Structures, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel during February, 1997-July, 1998.

He has published more than 130 papers in leading National/International Journals and Conferences in his research fields.

Plenary Session – Way Forward for Higher Education in India

Dr. V. G. Gaikar Dr. V. G. Gaikar Vice Chancelor, Dr. BAU Tech. Uni., Lonare

Dr. V. G. Gaikar is the Vice-Chancellor of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University, Maharashtra. His field of specialization and research includes Process Intensification using Microwave, Light and alternative energy sources, Thermochemical conversions of Biomass, Soft Condensed Matter, Reactive Separations and Design by Molecular Modelling, Clean Technology, Innovation Practices.

In 1986, he obtained Ph.D (Tech.) from University of Bombay. He received the degrees of M.Chem (Engg) and B.Chem (Engg) 1984 and 1982, respectively, from University of Bombay.

He has held many positions in over 20 organizations and has published more than 30 journals.

Vice Chancellor Session on Integrating Skill Development in Higher Education

Dr. Anil Kumar Nassa Dr. Anil Kumar Nassa Member Secretary, NBA, New Delhi, India

Dr. Anil Kumar Nassa obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Textile Chemistry from the Technological Institute of Textiles, Bhiwani, Master’s Degree in Fibre Science and Technology and Doctoral Degree on the theses titled “Technical Education System: Accreditation Process and Improvements” from IIT, Delhi.

He served in different capacities in various Textile Industries. He joined Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, in 1990 and was working as Deputy Educational Advisor (Technical) before joining National Board of Accreditation as Member Secretary.

Dr. Nassa has dealt with various important development schemes of Technical Education in the Ministry of HRD, AICTE and has contributed significantly in the planning, formulation and implementation of various schemes of Technical Education. He had been associated with the Approval and Accreditation of Technical Institutions/Programmes at Regional as well as National level in AICTE.

He has more than 10 research papers to his credit in reputed National and International Journals and National and International Conferences.

Vice Chancellor Session on Integrating Skill Development in Higher Education

Mr. Manish Sabharwal Mr. Manish Sabharwal Chairman & Co-Founder, TeamLease

Mr. ‎Manish Sabharwal is Chairman of Teamlease. Prior to co-founding the company, he co-founded India Life, a human resource outsourcing company in 1996 that was acquired by Hewitt associates in 2002. Consequently, he was chief executive officer of Hewitt Outsourcing (Asia) based in Singapore.

He has a management degree from Wharton and sees himself as a crusader for labour reforms in India. Since its inception in 2002, TeamLease has placed more than half a million people in temporary and permanent jobs.

Manish also serves on various state and central government committees on education, employment and employability and is a columnist for Indian Express. He is an alumnus of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Shriram College Delhi and Mayo ‎College, Ajmer.

Vice Chancellor Session on Integrating Skill Development in Higher Education

Dr. Sudhir Jain Dr. Sudhir Jain Director, IIT, Gandhinagar

Dr. Sudhir Jain is an active academic and a passionate academic administrator. He has been on the faculty of IIT Kanpur (IITK) since 1984 from where he is currently on leave to the new Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN) in Ahmedabad to shoulder the responsibilities of its Director.

His work has had tremendous impact on earthquake engineering practice and education in India. He was instrumental in development of several important seismic codes in India, and has trained a huge number of professional engineers and college teachers in earthquake engineering through his highly successful continuing education programmes. He set up the National Information Centre of Earthquake Engineering (NICEE) at IITK and developed the National Programme on Earthquake Engineering Education (NPEEE), supported by the Government of India. Dr. Jain has been consultant for major projects, such as bridges, petrochemical pipelines and concrete dams and has published more than 150 scholarly papers. His research interests include study of damaging earthquakes, reinforced concrete buildings, bridges, and seismic codes.

As the Founder Director of IIT Gandhinagar, Prof. Jain has experimented with numerous ideas in curriculum, student affairs, faculty recruitment and faculty management. The Institute under his leadership has successfully created a number of initiatives to inculcate and promote excellence by the faculty and students. With his innovative approach and energetic leadership, the new Institute has emerged as an extremely vibrant place for teaching, learning and research.

Dr. Jain holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Roorkee, and Masters and Doctoral degrees from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering in 2000, and is currently its President. He also served on the Board of Directors of the World Seismic Safety Initiative from 2002 to 2009. He was elected Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering in 2003, and was conferred Life Membership by the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) in 2013.

Vice Chancellor Session on Integrating Skill Development in Higher Education

Dr. Omkar Nath Mohanty Dr. Omkar Nath Mohanty Ex. VC, BPUT, Orissa

Governor, Orissa and Chancellor of Universities, Shri Rameshwar Thakur, has appointed Professor, Omkar Nath Mohanty as the new Vice-Chancellor of Biju Patnaik University of Technology.

Prof. Mohanty, who is presently working as the Tata Research Professor at IIT, Kharagpur has been a scholar of international reputation with high expertise in Large Projects Management and management of Quality Systems. After completing his M.Tech in Physical Metallurgy, Professor Mohanty did his doctoral work in Material Engineering from University Karlsruhe, Germany and the course in General management from CEDEP, France. His erudite scholarship and meritorious performance in elevated positions like Chief, R&D and Scientific services of TATA Steel, Scientist G. (Director Scientist) at NML, Jamshedpur, Member, International Consortium on Ultra-Light Steel Auto Body and Consultant, UNIDO, Vienna and Harare etc. earned him high decorations like National Metallurgist Day Award of Government of India in 1989, Material Society of India Award, 1995, Distinguished Engineers’ Award, Institute of Engineers, 1998 etc.

Besides more than a hundred research publications to his credit, Prof. Mohanty has developed as many as 17 patents in areas pertaining to Materials Development and Professing.

Parallel Session I – Governance Reforms: Reality, Expectations and Way Forward

Prof. Pankaj Jalote Prof. Pankaj Jalote Director, IIIT- Delhi

Prof. Pankaj Jalote is the Director of IIIT-Delhi (Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi). Earlier, he has been a Chair Professor at IIT Delhi. Earlier he was a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India, where he was also the Head of the CSE Department from 1998 to 2002. From 85-89, he was an Assistant Professor at University of Maryland at college Park. From 1996 to 1998, he was Vice President at Infosys Technologies Ltd., a large Bangalore-based software house, and from 2003 to 2004, was a Visiting Researcher at Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, USA.

He has a B.Tech. from IIT Kanpur, MS from Pennsylvania State University, and Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. He is the author of four books including the highly acclaimed CMM in Practice, which has been translated in Chinese, Japanese, Korean etc., and the bestselling text book An Integrated Approach to Software Engineering. His main area of interest is Software Engineering. He has served on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Intl. Journal on Empirical Software Engineering, and IEEE Trans. on Services Computing.

He is a Fellow of the IEEE and INAE.

Parallel Session I – Governance Reforms: Reality, Expectations and Way Forward

Prof. Rishikesha T. Krishnan Prof. Rishikesha T. Krishnan Director, IIM Indore

Prof. Rishikesha T. Krishnan is Director and Professor of Strategic Management at the Indian Institute of Management Indore, India.

From 1996 to 2013, Professor Krishnan was a member of the faculty at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB), India.

Professor Krishnan was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania (Fall 2008), and at the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad (2011-12). He held the Jamuna Raghavan Chair in Entrepreneurship at IIMB from 2007-10.

Professor Krishnan’s main areas of interest are strategy and innovation. He was listed among the Thinkers50 India most influential thinkers in management from India (2013) and jointly received the special Thinkers50 India Innovation award (2013). Earlier, he received the Dewang Mehta Award for Best Teacher in Strategic Management in 2010.

Professor Krishnan’s recent book, 8 Steps to Innovation: Going from Jugaad to Excellence (co-authored with Vinay Dabholkar, and published by Harper Collins in March 2013), outlines a systematic path for organizations to build innovation capabilities. This book has been chosen as the Best Book of 2013-14 by the Indian Society for Training and Development

Professor Krishnan is an alumnus of IIT Kanpur, Stanford University and IIM Ahmedabad.

Parallel Session II – Creating a conducive environment for Start-ups

Dr.Shashank Chaturvedi Dr.Shashank Chaturvedi Director, Tech. Edu. Dept., West Bengal

Dr. Shashank Chaturvedi is the third Director of IPR. Prior to taking charge as the Director of IPR, Dr. Chaturvedi was heading the CAD (V), BARC Facilities at Visakhapatnam. Having completed his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering (1st rank) in 1985 from IIT Delhi, he obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University in the year 1989-90 in the area of Plasma Science & Technology Programme conducted jointly by PPPL and Princeton University.

He joined IPR in November 1989 and was involved in R&D activities which included Tokamak modelling, modelling for pulsed power systems, shock waves, pulsed electromagnetics, radiation hydrodynamics, plasma stealth, EMP simulators, development of HPC facilities etc. In July 2006, he was transferred to BARC and further, to the Visakhapatnam unit of BARC in 2009, where he was instrumental in setting up the Facility for Electromagnetic Systems.

Some of the projects he handled at BARC were ; Modelling of shock waves, modelling & experiments on high-velocity impact & penetration, theoretical generation of materials data (equation of state, radiation opacity, electrical resistivity) under extreme conditions of density, temperature and strain rate, modelling of high power microwave sources, Software development for Speech, Image & Video analytics, Development of High performance computing facilities.

Some of the awards/honors that were conferred on Dr. Chaturvedi are: Institute Silver Medal at IIT Delhi (1985), Homi Bhabha Science & Technology Award of DAE (2005), Group Achievement award of DAE and Elected as Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) in 2013.

Parallel Session II – Creating a conducive environment for Start-ups

Dr. Renu Swarup Dr. Renu Swarup Advisor, Dept. of Biotechnology, Ministry of Sci. & Tech., GoI

A PhD in Genetics and Plant Breeding, Dr. Renu Swarup completed her Post-Doctoral at The John Innes Centre, Norwich UK, under Commonwealth Scholarship and returned to India to take up the assignment of a Science Manager in the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, in 1989. She has been responsible for project development, granting and management in the area of Bioresource Development, Energy Biosciences, Bioprospecting, Plant Biotechnology, Tissue Culture and allied areas. She currently is the Adviser-in-Charge of the National Bioresource Development Board.

Dr. Renu Swarup also holds charge of Managing Director, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a Public Sector Company incorporated by the Government of India to nurture and promote innovation research in the Biotech Enterprise with special focus on Start-ups and SMEs. She was responsible for getting the new organization created and getting it operational. BIRAC successfully runs a large number of funding schemes for Industry Innovation, ranging from the Ignition Grant to Proof of Concept funding, validation and product development. The main focus of the organization is on enabling and supporting the Biotech Innovation Ecosystem.

Dr. Renu Swarup has also been closely involved in Programmes and activities related to Women and Science. She was responsible for getting implemented the DBT Scheme on Biotechnology Career Advancement for Women Scientists - BioCARe. She was also a member of the Task Force on Women in Science constituted by the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister.

Parallel Session II – Panel Discussion on Action Agenda – Transforming State Public Universities

Prof. Yogesh Singh Prof. Yogesh Singh Ex. Vice Chancellor, MS University, Vadodara

Prof. Yogesh Singh has been the Vice-Chancellor of the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda from July 2011 to July 2014. He was also reappointed as Vice-Chancellor for the second term of three years. The engagement as Vice Chancellor of one of the leading residential Universities in the country with more than 35000 Students, 1200 Teachers and 1500 non-teaching staff, brought immense satisfaction, respect and honour.

He is a member of the General Council of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) since March, 2012. He is also an independent Director of Gujarat State Petronet Limited (GSPL) and Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (Government of Gujarat Undertakings) since May, 2013 and March, 2015 respectively. Prof. Singh has also worked as Chairman, Central Regional Committee, and All India Council for Technical Education, Bhopal (covering states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh & Gujarat) from December 2011 to May 2014. He has served as Dean, University School of Information Technology, University School of Engineering & Technology (2001-2006), Controller of Examinations (2006-2011), Director Student's Welfare (2006-2009), University Proctor (2001-2006) at Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi. He has also been the member of various Search Committees for the appointment of Vice-Chancellors.

Parallel Session II – Panel Discussion on Action Agenda – Transforming State Public Universities

Prof. Furqan Qamar Prof. Furqan Qamar Secretary General & Member Secretary, AIU

Prof. Furqan Qamar was the Vice Chancellor of the University of Rajasthan at Jaipur before assuming charge as the first Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh on 20th January 2010. He relinquished the post of First Vice-Chancellor on 25th June 2014 and joined Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi as its Secretary General. Dr. Qamar also served as Adviser (Education) in Planning Commission, Government of India.

Dr Qamar did his Ph.D. (1989) from the University of Lucknow on "Financial Management in Universities in India" and completed his Masters (1981) from the Canning College of the University of Lucknow in first Division and first Position in the University. He obtained his Bachelor degree (1979) from the Lucknow Christian Degree College of the University of Lucknow in first Division and first position in the college and fourth position in the University. He stood first in High School and Intermediate examinations of UP Board. Born in 1960 in the village Bahariabad of the district Ghazipur (UP), he had his early education in the village primary school and the rest his schooling in government aided schools and higher studies in public institutions at Lucknow.

Beginning his career as a Teaching Assistant in the Lucknow Christian Degree College (1981-1982) and later as Junior/Research Fellow (1982-84) at the University of Lucknow, Dr. Qamar was appointed as Lecturer in Commerce in the Department of Economics of Jamia Millia Islamia in 1984, where he rose to the position of Professor & founder Director of the Centre for Management Studies. Professor Qamar did the Advanced Management Programme (AMP 2005) at the Clare College, Cambridge and held the position of Professor in the Abu Dhabi campus of the Southeaster University and also at Al Bayan University during 1995-98. He has delivered lectures at National College of Science & Technology (now Al Dhoffar University) at Salala in Oman and also at the University of Applied Sciences, Erfurt, Germany.

With keen research interest in public policy in higher education, Professor Qamar has been actively engaged in research and has published in journals of repute on such themes as educational planning and administration, financing of education, cost savings and resource use efficiency in education and quality and excellence in higher education. Prof. Qamar has chaired and been members of a large number of committees constituted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), University Grants Commission (UGC), and Government of Delhi.

Parallel Session II – Panel Discussion on Best Practices in Governance: Learning from World Class Universities

Dr. Brian Stoner Dr. Brian Stoner Distinguished Fellow, RTI International

Dr. Brian Stoner, PhD, an expert in materials and electronic technologies, directs research activities related to biomedical materials and devices, vacuum microelectronics, and energy technologies. He is also leading a project for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to reinvent the toilet, developing a waste treatment system for use in developing nations that converts human waste into burnable fuel, stored energy and disinfected, non-potable water through a new biomass conversion unit.

Dr. Stoner also manages research programs for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Army Research Office, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Homeland Security. He holds 23 US patents related to novel microelectronic materials and systems, and has authored or co-authored two book chapters and more than 150 publications.

He also is an adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University.

He has done MA, Economic and Social Development, University of Pittsburgh. BA Third World Studies (Interdepartmental), University of the South. Political Economy course work, University of London.

Parallel Session II – Panel Discussion on Best Practices in Governance: Learning from World Class Universities

Prof. Souvik Bhattacharyya Prof. Souvik Bhattacharyya Vice - Chancellor, BITS Pilani

Prof. Souvik Bhattacharyya graduated from Jadavpur University, Kolkata with a Bachelor’s degree (1981), MS (1985) from University of Cincinnati, USA and PhD from Texas A&M University (1991), USA - all in Mechanical Engineering specializing in thermal sciences. After a post-doctoral research stint at Texas A&M, he joined the faculty of IIT Kharagpur in 1991 where he was Dean (Students’ Affairs) during 2009-2012 and has been a Professor of Mechanical Engineering since 2003, Professor (HAG) since 2009. He also held faculty position at University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand during 1998-2000.

He served as the Vice-Chancellor of Jadavpur University, Kolkata during August 2012–October 2013 and as Deputy Director of IIT Kharagpur during 2013-2016. Currently he is the Vice-Chancellor of BITS Pilani for its four campuses in Pilani, Dubai, Goa and Hyderabad.

Prof Bhattacharyya is a Member of the Research Council of CSIR-CGCRI, the General Council & Executive Board of ISM, Dhanbad and the Civil & Mechanical Engineering Project Advisory Committee (PAC) of SERB, DST.

Dr Bhattacharyya has been on the Editorial Boards of International Journal of Power and Energy Systems and Journal of Nano Energy and Power Research. He is an Associate Editor of the international journal Alternative Energy and was on the Editorial Board of Energy Conversion and Management during 2007-2013. He was a member of the Committee on Fast track scheme for young scientists, DST during 2007 –2012. His research interests include heat transfer enhancement, thermodynamic optimization, energy engineering, natural refrigerant based transcritical heating-cooling systems, and natural circulation loops. A recipient of ASHRAE Best Paper Award, Dr Bhattacharyya has published about 110 research articles in indexed international journals and over 110 articles in international conference proceedings; he is a co-author of the celebrated Heat Transfer text with J P Holman.

He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), National Academy of Science, India (NASI) and WB Academy of Science & Technology.

He is known as an adored teacher among the students of IIT Kharagpur and was the first recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award of Indian National Academy of Engineering in its inaugural year in 2013.

Parallel Session II – Panel Discussion on Best Practices in Governance: Learning from World Class Universities

Mr. Myles F. Elledge Mr. Myles F. Elledge Senior Director, RTI International, USA

Mr. Myles Elledge is an international development expert with more than 25 years of experience in public policy analysis and strategic planning. He has worked in the US and in 26 developing countries on issues of economic and social development as well as environmental health.

Mr. Elledge has experience leading interdisciplinary studies and strategic program evaluations to improve public sector management and access to basic services, with such clients as the US Agency for International Development, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the Gates Foundation, and Japanese foreign aid agencies.

Mr. Elledge is also working on innovative technology development initiatives, leading public policy and user adoption applied research for water, sanitation, and household cookstove applications.

Parallel Session III – Panel Discussion on Building Institution of Higher Education for Innovation

Prof. Ranjith Dissanayake Prof. Ranjith Dissanayake Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

Head & Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Prof. Dissanayake was a Fulbright Scholar in 2008 Columbia University, USA and Endeavour Fellow in 2008 Monash University Australia, JASSO Research Fellowship Ehime University, Japan in 2007.

He was awarded Young Scientist Award 2007 for Excellence in Scientific Research by National Science and Technology Commission of Sri Lanka and Overseas Prize for the paper published in Institution of Civil Engineers, London, UK, 2007 titled “Lessons learnt from tsunami damage in Sri Lanka”. He has published over 140 papers. He was awarded Australia Alumni Excellence Award 2012.

He has chaired FIVE international conferences on Mitigation of the Risk of Natural Hazards (ICMRNR) of IIIRR in 2007, Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE) in 2010, Structural Engineering, Construction and Management (ICSECM) in2011, Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE 2012) in 2012, Structural Engineering and Construction Management (ICSECM2013), which were held in Sri Lanka. He is a foundering member of the Green Building Council of Sri Lanka (GBCSL) and presently Vice President.

He is Chairing of the International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment which will be held at Earl’s Regency Kandy Sri Lanka in 2014 (www.icsbe.org).

Parallel Session III – Panel Discussion on Building Institution of Higher Education for Innovation

Mr. Karan Jani Mr. Karan Jani Leo Scientist and astrophysicist, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia

Mr. Karan Jani is a doctoral researcher in Astrophysics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with B.S. in Physics, B.S. in Astronomy & Astrophysics and a minor in Mathematics.

His current research is focused on searching for black-holes in the universe. He works on both the fronts: theory and observation. As a theorist, he simulate black-holes on supercomputers. As a member of the international LIGO Scientific Collaboration, he analyze observational data to detect massive black-holes. He was part of the team that detected the first black-holes and gravitational-waves on Sept 14, 2015.

Apart from astrophysics, he is actively involved in policy matters. As a Senator Nunn Fellow on National Security at the Georgia Tech's School of International Affairs, he works on the implications of space-science policy of developing nations and applications of big data sciences to intelligence community.

He also currently serve as the Elections Director and Vice-President at the Student Government Association at Georgia Tech. He has done Ph.D. M.S., Physics Georgia Institute of Technology (Aug 2012 to Current), B.S., Astronomy-Astrophysics Pennsylvania State University (Aug 2007 to May 2011) B.S., Physics Pennsylvania State University (Aug 2007 to May 2011).

Parallel Session III – Panel Discussion on Building Institution of Higher Education for Innovation

Dr. Prabhat Ranjan Dr. Prabhat Ranjan Executive Director, TIFAC, Dept. of Sci. & Tech., GoI

Dr. Prabhat Ranjan has taken over as Executive Director of TIFAC, effective from April 25, 2013. Dr Ranjan’s schooling was in Netarhat School, located near Ranchi, followed by graduation at IIT Kharagpur and masters from Delhi University. Subsequently he received his PhD degree from University of California, Berkeley based on his research related to nuclear fusion at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory during 1983-86. He was a recipient of National Science Talent Search award in 1976.

Immediately after his doctorate, he returned to India to participate in the Nuclear Fusion Program of the country that was nascent then. He continued his research at Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Calcutta and Institute for Plasma Research (IPR), Gandhinagar, making a major contribution to this area by bringing tokamaks (experimental nuclear fusion reactors) to international standards of operation. He was project leader of Aditya Tokamak and SST-1 Tokamak Operation and Control Group till 2002.

From 2002 to 2013, he served as Professor at Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, (DA-IICT), Gandhinagar. During this period he worked on many real life problems including societal issues. In particular, his work in the development of ‘Environment Control System’ based on body part movement, voice and brainwaves has helped improved quality of life of many persons with disability. He is passionate about application of embedded systems and sensor network technology to the areas of wildlife research, planetary exploration and healthcare.

His work has won him many accolades including HP Innovate 2009 award, NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Award 2012 and Bihar Gaurav Samman 2012.

Mr. Francisco Marmolejo

Mr. Francisco Marmolejo is the World Bank’s Lead of its Global Solutions Group on Tertiary Education, and since July 2016 he also serves as the Lead Education Specialist for India, based in Delhi. In his capacity as the World Bank’s most senior official in tertiary education, he serves as the institutional focal point on the topic of tertiary education (also known as higher education in several countries), and provides advice and support to country-level related projects that the Bank has in more than 60 countries. As part of his activities, he coordinates the Bank’s internal thematic group on tertiary education, which helps to facilitate exchange of ideas among the more than 100 staff members and consultants involved in related initiatives across the globe. In India he provides technical expertise on a variety of educational projects ranging from early childhood to tertiary education.

Previously, he served as founding Executive Director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration, a network of more than 160 tertiary education institutions primarily from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, based at the University of Arizona (UA), where he also worked as Assistant Vice President. At UA, he was Affiliated Researcher at the Center for the Study of Higher Education, and Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Latin American Studies. Previously, he was an

American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, and also he has been Vice President for Administration and Academic Vice President at the University of the Americas in Mexico.

He has worked as International Consultant at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France, and has been part of OECD and World Bank peer review higher education teams in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He serves or has served on advisory boards at a variety of universities and organizations, including the International Association of Universities, the American Council on Education’s Commission on International Initiatives, NAFSA, World Education Services, and the Centre for Internationalisation of Higher Education at UNICATT-Milan.

Dr. Sudhirkumar Barai

Dr. Sudhirkumar Barai is a Professor of Structural Engineering Specialization in the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721 302, India. His research interests are Computational Intelligence Applications, Structural Health Monitoring and Concrete Technology.

In 1995, he obtained Ph.D (Eng.) from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He received the degrees of B.E.(Civil) and M.E.(Civil) with specialization in Structural Engineering in 1987 and 1989, respectively, from the Faculty of Engineering, M S University of Baroda, Baroda, India.

Recently he was Erskine Visiting Fellow at University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand during May-June 2008. He was also visiting scientist at National University of Singapore during May-July 2003. He was recipient of BOYSCAST fellowship and visited Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA during May-November, 2000. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Department of Solid Mechanics, Materials and Structures, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel during February, 1997-July, 1998.

He has published more than 130 papers in leading National/International Journals and Conferences in his research fields.

Dr. V. G. Gaikar

Dr. V. G. Gaikar is the Vice-Chancellor of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University, Maharashtra. His field of specialization and research includes Process Intensification using Microwave, Light and alternative energy sources, Thermochemical conversions of Biomass, Soft Condensed Matter, Reactive Separations and Design by Molecular Modelling, Clean Technology, Innovation Practices.

In 1986, he obtained Ph.D (Tech.) from University of Bombay. He received the degrees of M.Chem (Engg) and B.Chem (Engg) 1984 and 1982, respectively, from University of Bombay.

He has held many positions in over 20 organizations and has published more than 30 journals.

Dr. Anil Kumar Nassa

Dr. Anil Kumar Nassa obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Textile Chemistry from the Technological Institute of Textiles, Bhiwani, Master’s Degree in Fibre Science and Technology and Doctoral Degree on the theses titled “Technical Education System: Accreditation Process and Improvements” from IIT, Delhi.

He served in different capacities in various Textile Industries. He joined Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, in 1990 and was working as Deputy Educational Advisor (Technical) before joining National Board of Accreditation as Member Secretary.

Dr. Nassa has dealt with various important development schemes of Technical Education in the Ministry of HRD, AICTE and has contributed significantly in the planning, formulation and implementation of various schemes of Technical Education. He had been associated with the Approval and Accreditation of Technical Institutions/Programmes at Regional as well as National level in AICTE.

He has more than 10 research papers to his credit in reputed National and International Journals and National and International Conferences.

Mr. Manish Sabharwal

Mr. ‎Manish Sabharwal is Chairman of Teamlease. Prior to co-founding the company, he co-founded India Life, a human resource outsourcing company in 1996 that was acquired by Hewitt associates in 2002. Consequently, he was chief executive officer of Hewitt Outsourcing (Asia) based in Singapore.

He has a management degree from Wharton and sees himself as a crusader for labour reforms in India. Since its inception in 2002, TeamLease has placed more than half a million people in temporary and permanent jobs.

Manish also serves on various state and central government committees on education, employment and employability and is a columnist for Indian Express. He is an alumnus of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Shriram College Delhi and Mayo ‎College, Ajmer.

Dr. Sudhir Jain

Dr. Sudhir Jain is an active academic and a passionate academic administrator. He has been on the faculty of IIT Kanpur (IITK) since 1984 from where he is currently on leave to the new Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN) in Ahmedabad to shoulder the responsibilities of its Director.

His work has had tremendous impact on earthquake engineering practice and education in India. He was instrumental in development of several important seismic codes in India, and has trained a huge number of professional engineers and college teachers in earthquake engineering through his highly successful continuing education programmes. He set up the National Information Centre of Earthquake Engineering (NICEE) at IITK and developed the National Programme on Earthquake Engineering Education (NPEEE), supported by the Government of India. Dr. Jain has been consultant for major projects, such as bridges, petrochemical pipelines and concrete dams and has published more than 150 scholarly papers. His research interests include study of damaging earthquakes, reinforced concrete buildings, bridges, and seismic codes.

As the Founder Director of IIT Gandhinagar, Prof. Jain has experimented with numerous ideas in curriculum, student affairs, faculty recruitment and faculty management. The Institute under his leadership has successfully created a number of initiatives to inculcate and promote excellence by the faculty and students. With his innovative approach and energetic leadership, the new Institute has emerged as an extremely vibrant place for teaching, learning and research.

Dr. Jain holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Roorkee, and Masters and Doctoral degrees from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering in 2000, and is currently its President. He also served on the Board of Directors of the World Seismic Safety Initiative from 2002 to 2009. He was elected Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering in 2003, and was conferred Life Membership by the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) in 2013.

Dr. Omkar Nath Mohanty

Governor, Orissa and Chancellor of Universities, Shri Rameshwar Thakur, has appointed Professor, Omkar Nath Mohanty as the new Vice-Chancellor of Biju Patnaik University of Technology.

Prof. Mohanty, who is presently working as the Tata Research Professor at IIT, Kharagpur has been a scholar of international reputation with high expertise in Large Projects Management and management of Quality Systems. After completing his M.Tech in Physical Metallurgy, Professor Mohanty did his doctoral work in Material Engineering from University Karlsruhe, Germany and the course in General management from CEDEP, France. His erudite scholarship and meritorious performance in elevated positions like Chief, R&D and Scientific services of TATA Steel, Scientist G. (Director Scientist) at NML, Jamshedpur, Member, International Consortium on Ultra-Light Steel Auto Body and Consultant, UNIDO, Vienna and Harare etc. earned him high decorations like National Metallurgist Day Award of Government of India in 1989, Material Society of India Award, 1995, Distinguished Engineers’ Award, Institute of Engineers, 1998 etc.

Besides more than a hundred research publications to his credit, Prof. Mohanty has developed as many as 17 patents in areas pertaining to Materials Development and Professing.

Prof. Pankaj Jalote

Prof. Pankaj Jalote is the Director of IIIT-Delhi (Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi). Earlier, he has been a Chair Professor at IIT Delhi. Earlier he was a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India, where he was also the Head of the CSE Department from 1998 to 2002. From 85-89, he was an Assistant Professor at University of Maryland at college Park. From 1996 to 1998, he was Vice President at Infosys Technologies Ltd., a large Bangalore-based software house, and from 2003 to 2004, was a Visiting Researcher at Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, USA.

He has a B.Tech. from IIT Kanpur, MS from Pennsylvania State University, and Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. He is the author of four books including the highly acclaimed CMM in Practice, which has been translated in Chinese, Japanese, Korean etc., and the bestselling text book An Integrated Approach to Software Engineering. His main area of interest is Software Engineering. He has served on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Intl. Journal on Empirical Software Engineering, and IEEE Trans. on Services Computing.

He is a Fellow of the IEEE and INAE.

Prof. Rishikesha T. Krishnan

Prof. Rishikesha T. Krishnan is Director and Professor of Strategic Management at the Indian Institute of Management Indore, India.

From 1996 to 2013, Professor Krishnan was a member of the faculty at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB), India.

Professor Krishnan was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania (Fall 2008), and at the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad (2011-12). He held the Jamuna Raghavan Chair in Entrepreneurship at IIMB from 2007-10.

Professor Krishnan’s main areas of interest are strategy and innovation. He was listed among the Thinkers50 India most influential thinkers in management from India (2013) and jointly received the special Thinkers50 India Innovation award (2013). Earlier, he received the Dewang Mehta Award for Best Teacher in Strategic Management in 2010.

Professor Krishnan’s recent book, 8 Steps to Innovation: Going from Jugaad to Excellence (co-authored with Vinay Dabholkar, and published by Harper Collins in March 2013), outlines a systematic path for organizations to build innovation capabilities. This book has been chosen as the Best Book of 2013-14 by the Indian Society for Training and Development

Professor Krishnan is an alumnus of IIT Kanpur, Stanford University and IIM Ahmedabad.

Dr.Shashank Chaturvedi

Dr. Shashank Chaturvedi is the third Director of IPR. Prior to taking charge as the Director of IPR, Dr. Chaturvedi was heading the CAD (V), BARC Facilities at Visakhapatnam. Having completed his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering (1st rank) in 1985 from IIT Delhi, he obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University in the year 1989-90 in the area of Plasma Science & Technology Programme conducted jointly by PPPL and Princeton University.

He joined IPR in November 1989 and was involved in R&D activities which included Tokamak modelling, modelling for pulsed power systems, shock waves, pulsed electromagnetics, radiation hydrodynamics, plasma stealth, EMP simulators, development of HPC facilities etc. In July 2006, he was transferred to BARC and further, to the Visakhapatnam unit of BARC in 2009, where he was instrumental in setting up the Facility for Electromagnetic Systems.

Some of the projects he handled at BARC were ; Modelling of shock waves, modelling & experiments on high-velocity impact & penetration, theoretical generation of materials data (equation of state, radiation opacity, electrical resistivity) under extreme conditions of density, temperature and strain rate, modelling of high power microwave sources, Software development for Speech, Image & Video analytics, Development of High performance computing facilities.

Some of the awards/honors that were conferred on Dr. Chaturvedi are: Institute Silver Medal at IIT Delhi (1985), Homi Bhabha Science & Technology Award of DAE (2005), Group Achievement award of DAE and Elected as Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) in 2013.

Dr. Renu Swarup

A PhD in Genetics and Plant Breeding, Dr. Renu Swarup completed her Post-Doctoral at The John Innes Centre, Norwich UK, under Commonwealth Scholarship and returned to India to take up the assignment of a Science Manager in the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, in 1989. She has been responsible for project development, granting and management in the area of Bioresource Development, Energy Biosciences, Bioprospecting, Plant Biotechnology, Tissue Culture and allied areas. She currently is the Adviser-in-Charge of the National Bioresource Development Board.

Dr. Renu Swarup also holds charge of Managing Director, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a Public Sector Company incorporated by the Government of India to nurture and promote innovation research in the Biotech Enterprise with special focus on Start-ups and SMEs. She was responsible for getting the new organization created and getting it operational. BIRAC successfully runs a large number of funding schemes for Industry Innovation, ranging from the Ignition Grant to Proof of Concept funding, validation and product development. The main focus of the organization is on enabling and supporting the Biotech Innovation Ecosystem.

Dr. Renu Swarup has also been closely involved in Programmes and activities related to Women and Science. She was responsible for getting implemented the DBT Scheme on Biotechnology Career Advancement for Women Scientists - BioCARe. She was also a member of the Task Force on Women in Science constituted by the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister.

Prof. Yogesh Singh

Prof. Yogesh Singh has been the Vice-Chancellor of the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda from July 2011 to July 2014. He was also reappointed as Vice-Chancellor for the second term of three years. The engagement as Vice Chancellor of one of the leading residential Universities in the country with more than 35000 Students, 1200 Teachers and 1500 non-teaching staff, brought immense satisfaction, respect and honour.

He is a member of the General Council of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) since March, 2012. He is also an independent Director of Gujarat State Petronet Limited (GSPL) and Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (Government of Gujarat Undertakings) since May, 2013 and March, 2015 respectively. Prof. Singh has also worked as Chairman, Central Regional Committee, and All India Council for Technical Education, Bhopal (covering states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh & Gujarat) from December 2011 to May 2014. He has served as Dean, University School of Information Technology, University School of Engineering & Technology (2001-2006), Controller of Examinations (2006-2011), Director Student's Welfare (2006-2009), University Proctor (2001-2006) at Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi. He has also been the member of various Search Committees for the appointment of Vice-Chancellors.

Prof. Furqan Qamar

Prof. Furqan Qamar was the Vice Chancellor of the University of Rajasthan at Jaipur before assuming charge as the first Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh on 20th January 2010. He relinquished the post of First Vice-Chancellor on 25th June 2014 and joined Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi as its Secretary General. Dr. Qamar also served as Adviser (Education) in Planning Commission, Government of India.

Dr Qamar did his Ph.D. (1989) from the University of Lucknow on "Financial Management in Universities in India" and completed his Masters (1981) from the Canning College of the University of Lucknow in first Division and first Position in the University. He obtained his Bachelor degree (1979) from the Lucknow Christian Degree College of the University of Lucknow in first Division and first position in the college and fourth position in the University. He stood first in High School and Intermediate examinations of UP Board. Born in 1960 in the village Bahariabad of the district Ghazipur (UP), he had his early education in the village primary school and the rest his schooling in government aided schools and higher studies in public institutions at Lucknow.

Beginning his career as a Teaching Assistant in the Lucknow Christian Degree College (1981-1982) and later as Junior/Research Fellow (1982-84) at the University of Lucknow, Dr. Qamar was appointed as Lecturer in Commerce in the Department of Economics of Jamia Millia Islamia in 1984, where he rose to the position of Professor & founder Director of the Centre for Management Studies. Professor Qamar did the Advanced Management Programme (AMP 2005) at the Clare College, Cambridge and held the position of Professor in the Abu Dhabi campus of the Southeaster University and also at Al Bayan University during 1995-98. He has delivered lectures at National College of Science & Technology (now Al Dhoffar University) at Salala in Oman and also at the University of Applied Sciences, Erfurt, Germany.

With keen research interest in public policy in higher education, Professor Qamar has been actively engaged in research and has published in journals of repute on such themes as educational planning and administration, financing of education, cost savings and resource use efficiency in education and quality and excellence in higher education. Prof. Qamar has chaired and been members of a large number of committees constituted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), University Grants Commission (UGC), and Government of Delhi.

Dr. Brian Stoner

Dr. Brian Stoner, PhD, an expert in materials and electronic technologies, directs research activities related to biomedical materials and devices, vacuum microelectronics, and energy technologies. He is also leading a project for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to reinvent the toilet, developing a waste treatment system for use in developing nations that converts human waste into burnable fuel, stored energy and disinfected, non-potable water through a new biomass conversion unit.

Dr. Stoner also manages research programs for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Army Research Office, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Homeland Security. He holds 23 US patents related to novel microelectronic materials and systems, and has authored or co-authored two book chapters and more than 150 publications.

He also is an adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University.

He has done MA, Economic and Social Development, University of Pittsburgh. BA Third World Studies (Interdepartmental), University of the South. Political Economy course work, University of London.

Prof. Souvik Bhattacharyya

Prof. Souvik Bhattacharyya graduated from Jadavpur University, Kolkata with a Bachelor’s degree (1981), MS (1985) from University of Cincinnati, USA and PhD from Texas A&M University (1991), USA - all in Mechanical Engineering specializing in thermal sciences. After a post-doctoral research stint at Texas A&M, he joined the faculty of IIT Kharagpur in 1991 where he was Dean (Students’ Affairs) during 2009-2012 and has been a Professor of Mechanical Engineering since 2003, Professor (HAG) since 2009. He also held faculty position at University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand during 1998-2000.

He served as the Vice-Chancellor of Jadavpur University, Kolkata during August 2012–October 2013 and as Deputy Director of IIT Kharagpur during 2013-2016. Currently he is the Vice-Chancellor of BITS Pilani for its four campuses in Pilani, Dubai, Goa and Hyderabad.

Prof Bhattacharyya is a Member of the Research Council of CSIR-CGCRI, the General Council & Executive Board of ISM, Dhanbad and the Civil & Mechanical Engineering Project Advisory Committee (PAC) of SERB, DST.

Dr Bhattacharyya has been on the Editorial Boards of International Journal of Power and Energy Systems and Journal of Nano Energy and Power Research. He is an Associate Editor of the international journal Alternative Energy and was on the Editorial Board of Energy Conversion and Management during 2007-2013. He was a member of the Committee on Fast track scheme for young scientists, DST during 2007 –2012. His research interests include heat transfer enhancement, thermodynamic optimization, energy engineering, natural refrigerant based transcritical heating-cooling systems, and natural circulation loops. A recipient of ASHRAE Best Paper Award, Dr Bhattacharyya has published about 110 research articles in indexed international journals and over 110 articles in international conference proceedings; he is a co-author of the celebrated Heat Transfer text with J P Holman.

He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), National Academy of Science, India (NASI) and WB Academy of Science & Technology.

He is known as an adored teacher among the students of IIT Kharagpur and was the first recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award of Indian National Academy of Engineering in its inaugural year in 2013.

Mr. Myles F. Elledge

Mr. Myles Elledge is an international development expert with more than 25 years of experience in public policy analysis and strategic planning. He has worked in the US and in 26 developing countries on issues of economic and social development as well as environmental health.

Mr. Elledge has experience leading interdisciplinary studies and strategic program evaluations to improve public sector management and access to basic services, with such clients as the US Agency for International Development, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the Gates Foundation, and Japanese foreign aid agencies.

Mr. Elledge is also working on innovative technology development initiatives, leading public policy and user adoption applied research for water, sanitation, and household cookstove applications.

Prof. Ranjith Dissanayake

Head & Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Prof. Dissanayake was a Fulbright Scholar in 2008 Columbia University, USA and Endeavour Fellow in 2008 Monash University Australia, JASSO Research Fellowship Ehime University, Japan in 2007.

He was awarded Young Scientist Award 2007 for Excellence in Scientific Research by National Science and Technology Commission of Sri Lanka and Overseas Prize for the paper published in Institution of Civil Engineers, London, UK, 2007 titled “Lessons learnt from tsunami damage in Sri Lanka”. He has published over 140 papers. He was awarded Australia Alumni Excellence Award 2012.

He has chaired FIVE international conferences on Mitigation of the Risk of Natural Hazards (ICMRNR) of IIIRR in 2007, Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE) in 2010, Structural Engineering, Construction and Management (ICSECM) in2011, Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE 2012) in 2012, Structural Engineering and Construction Management (ICSECM2013), which were held in Sri Lanka. He is a foundering member of the Green Building Council of Sri Lanka (GBCSL) and presently Vice President.

He is Chairing of the International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment which will be held at Earl’s Regency Kandy Sri Lanka in 2014 (www.icsbe.org).

Mr. Karan Jani

Mr. Karan Jani is a doctoral researcher in Astrophysics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with B.S. in Physics, B.S. in Astronomy & Astrophysics and a minor in Mathematics.

His current research is focused on searching for black-holes in the universe. He works on both the fronts: theory and observation. As a theorist, he simulate black-holes on supercomputers. As a member of the international LIGO Scientific Collaboration, he analyze observational data to detect massive black-holes. He was part of the team that detected the first black-holes and gravitational-waves on Sept 14, 2015.

Apart from astrophysics, he is actively involved in policy matters. As a Senator Nunn Fellow on National Security at the Georgia Tech's School of International Affairs, he works on the implications of space-science policy of developing nations and applications of big data sciences to intelligence community.

He also currently serve as the Elections Director and Vice-President at the Student Government Association at Georgia Tech. He has done Ph.D. M.S., Physics Georgia Institute of Technology (Aug 2012 to Current), B.S., Astronomy-Astrophysics Pennsylvania State University (Aug 2007 to May 2011) B.S., Physics Pennsylvania State University (Aug 2007 to May 2011).

Dr. Prabhat Ranjan

Dr. Prabhat Ranjan has taken over as Executive Director of TIFAC, effective from April 25, 2013. Dr Ranjan’s schooling was in Netarhat School, located near Ranchi, followed by graduation at IIT Kharagpur and masters from Delhi University. Subsequently he received his PhD degree from University of California, Berkeley based on his research related to nuclear fusion at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory during 1983-86. He was a recipient of National Science Talent Search award in 1976.

Immediately after his doctorate, he returned to India to participate in the Nuclear Fusion Program of the country that was nascent then. He continued his research at Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Calcutta and Institute for Plasma Research (IPR), Gandhinagar, making a major contribution to this area by bringing tokamaks (experimental nuclear fusion reactors) to international standards of operation. He was project leader of Aditya Tokamak and SST-1 Tokamak Operation and Control Group till 2002.

From 2002 to 2013, he served as Professor at Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, (DA-IICT), Gandhinagar. During this period he worked on many real life problems including societal issues. In particular, his work in the development of ‘Environment Control System’ based on body part movement, voice and brainwaves has helped improved quality of life of many persons with disability. He is passionate about application of embedded systems and sensor network technology to the areas of wildlife research, planetary exploration and healthcare.

His work has won him many accolades including HP Innovate 2009 award, NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Award 2012 and Bihar Gaurav Samman 2012.

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