From STEM Learning to ESTEEM Learning

Dr Vijay Bhatkar, Chancellor, Nalanda University

Dr Vijay   Bhatkar

Date & Time :

18 January 2020, 11:00 - 12:00

Venue :

Smt. Sakarben Karasmshi Somaiya Sabhagruha, Somaiya Vidyavihar

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Profile :

Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, a Ph.D. in Engineering from IIT Delhi is presently the Chancellor of Nalanda University. Dr Bhatkar is one of the most acclaimed and internationally acknowledged scientists of India. He is best known as the architect of India’s national initiative in supercomputing, where he led the development of India’s first supercomputer Param in 1990, under the technology denial regime. Dr. Bhatkar is also widely known for bringing ICT to the masses through path-breaking initiatives like world’s largest program of digital literacy and Education to Home (ETH) and Electronics revolution in India through the development of colour TV and colour broadcast in India. He is also credited with the creation of several national research labs and institutions and have mentored several innovation-based start-ups. Dr. Bhatkar is today acclaimed as one of the top 25 pioneers who contributed to the development of India’s US$ 100 plus Billion IT industry. Dr. Bhatkar has served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee to PM, Member of the Governing Council of CSIR and a member of the IT Task Force constituted by PM in 1998. He is a Life Fellow of IEEE (USA) and a Fellow of the ACM (USA), besides being Fellow of CSI, INAE, IETE, NASI, MASc and GES. He has served as the Chairman of e-Governance Committees of Maharashtra and Goa. Dr. Bhatkar has authored/edited over 20 books and 80 technical and research papers and addressed several university convocations, international and national conferences and conventions and public functions. His ground-breaking articulations have been widely covered by both print and broadcast media. His current research interests are in supercomputing, artificial intelligence, brain-mind-consciousness, Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno (NBIC) Convergence, and synthesis of science and spirituality. Dr. Bhatkar has been endowed with many awards and recognitions for his contribution - Padma Bhushan Award (2015), Padma Shri Award (2000), Maharashtra Bhushan Award (1999-2000), Jindal Prize (2012), Saint Jnaneshwar World Peace Prize (2010),Dataquest Lifetime Achievement Award (2003), Krishi Bharat Ratna Award (2017) and many more. Dr. Vijay Bhatkar has been the Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIT-Delhi, Chairman, TAC, C-DAC, Member-TAC, NSM, Chairman, Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, Govt. of India, Chief Mentor of Multiversity, and National President of Vijnana Bharati. He continues to contribute to India’s National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) of development of petascale and exascale supercomputers and their wide ranging scientific and societal applications. He is also functioning as Chairman of Oversight Committee of Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), an apex body of Government of India that supports basic research in emerging areas of Science & Engineering.

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