Director, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi Himachal, India
Title: Innovation for India in an Academic Environment
India is a land of stark contrasts. It has a large middle class and upper class that has an almost world-class standard of living. It is the service house to the world especially in IT services, and has a vibrant and growing domestic manufacturing industry. Yet, it has 100s of millions of people who live in poverty or barely above it. Relatively little intellectual property that is used in products sold in India is created and owned by India. India is a land of tremendous opportunity especially for engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs. Over the past 2 decades, faculty at several IITs have been experimenting with driving innovation. In this talk, we describe some experiences of the TeNeT Group at IIT Madras in driving innovation through entrepreneurship. IIT Mandi is one of the new IITs, the only IIT in the Himalayas. We outline its design-oriented curriculum that is intended to foster innovation.
B.Tech. (Electronics) IIT-Madras; M.S. (Electrical Engg) Rice University, Houston; Ph.D.(Electrical Engg) Stanford University, California. Joined the Department of Computer Science & Engg, I.I.T., Madras as an Assistant Professor in 1989, rose to Professor and Head of the Department. Cofounder of the TeNeT Group of IIT-Madras, founding Director of NMSWorks Software Ltd, n-Logue Communications Ltd and the IIT-Madras Rural Technology Business Incubator (RTBI). In January 2010, was appointed as the first full-time Director of the Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi (Himachal Pradesh). Interests: design and performance of computer and telecom networks. With emphasis on innovative and low-cost product and technology development for Indian and international industry. Fostering software development in small towns and rural areas.
This lecture is open to the public. Space is limited and there is no registration; coming early is strongly recommended