We need to raise private funding in science and research to 1.5% of GDP: Kris Gopalakrishnan

Infosys Ltd co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan, who is also the chairman of startup accelerator Axilor Ventures and a trustee of the Infosys Science Foundation, is a thought leader in technology and innovation. On the sidelines of this year’s Infosys Prize winners’ announcement ceremony, he talks to Ayushman Baruah from Mint about science and research in India, the gaps, and the role startups can play in bridging them.

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Our youth must be equipped to solve problems that confront us every day: Narayana Murthy

“It is important for our youngsters to pursue fundamental research,” asserted Narayana Murthy, founder of Infosys, and Trustee – Infosys Science Foundation, while talking to the audience at the Infosys Prize 2019 winners’ announcement ceremony, reports The Hindu Business Line.

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Two women among six winners of Infosys Prize 2019

Sunita Sarawagi and Manjula Reddy won the Infosys Prize under Engineering and Computer Science and Life Sciences category respectively, reports HerStory.

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North India’s air is ‘severe’, avoiding coal is one way to deal with it

In an interview to ThePrint, Professor A.R. Ravishankara highlights major sources of air pollution in north India and the issues with coal industry.

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Infosys Prize laureates make it bigger

Esther Duflo along with Abhijit Banerjee have been awarded Nobel Prize in economics for 2019, along with Michael Kremer. Abhijit was the first recipient of the Infosys Prize for Social Science, in 2009. Esther Duflo, a developmental economist was also awarded the Infosys Prize in 2014. The dual Nobel Prize just adds on to validation of the Infosys Prize, reports Deccan Herald. Yet another recipient of Infosys Prize has been Reserve Bank’s most high-profile governor Raghuram Rajan.

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Helping the world understand obesity: Prof. Roop Mallik

Understanding how fat deposits work in the human body greatly aid in tackling the problem of obesity, and one of several scientists working on this subject is Roop Mallik of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, reports Sandhya Ramesh from ThePrint.

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India needs better Math talent to lead today’s AI-driven world: Prof. Manjul Bhargava

Manjul Bhargava, Mathematics professor at Princeton University and winner of the Fields Medal, one of the highest honors in Math, says India cannot hope to lead the fourth industrial revolution, “if we don’t have strong mathematical talent coming up very soon”. Manjul Bhargava, Srinivasa Varadhan, and Nalini Anantharaman, discuss the future of mathematics in India and globally, with Shilpa Phadnis and Sujit John from The Times of India.

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Rise in Carbon aerosols changes monsoon patterns: Prof. SK Satheesh

Black carbon aerosols (similar to soot) have reduced rainfall in south India during the pre-monsoon season. According to Prof S K Satheesh, Centre for Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences, IISc, since the atmosphere is thin at higher levels, even a small amount of black carbon can cause intense warming, reports Meera Bhardwaj from The New Indian Express.

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Radio astronomy is gaining traction, and its future is not restricted to imaging black holes: Prof. Rajaram Nityananda

Radio astronomy, a branch of astronomy that deals with studying radio waves emanating from celestial objects, lies at the heart of this incredible feat of imaging a black hole. Prof Rajaram Nityananda talks to Vimal Simha from Deccan Herald about how scientists captured the image of a black hole and the role of radio astronomy in this achievement.

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Suns which collapse into black holes are 20 times the mass of our sun: Prof. Rajaram Nityananda

Prof. Rajaram Nityananda chats with Akhil Kadidal from Deccan Herald about mysterious Black holes, the Event Horizon Telescope, and more.

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The future for students and working professionals in the area of climate change is especially bright: Prof. S. K. Satheesh

In a candid conversation with Nisha Ramchandani from CNBC TV18, Professor SK Satheesh, Centre for Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, and director, Divecha Centre for Climate Change, talks about the relevance of climate change in the ‘future of work’.

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In our current political climate, art history is more important than ever before: Prof. Kavita Singh

Infosys Prize laureate, Prof. Kavita Singh, speaks with The Caravan about the role of gender in academia and the political significance of her research on museums.

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Do not give up, says Gagandeep Kang, India’s first woman scientist to join Royal Society

Prof. Gagandeep Kang is the first Indian woman scientist to be selected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, reports Sandhya Ramesh from ThePrint

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Indian scientist in Chicago takes a different look at neuro-disorders

“Till date, every single trial for developing a potential cure for Alzheimer’s has failed. The reason probably is that we are considering Alzheimer’s as a single kind of disease. Which it may not be,” asserts Prof. Yamuna Krishnan, Professor of chemistry at the University of Chicago, in her conversation with TV Jayan from The Hindu Business Line

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