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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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