SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh is organizing University Distinguished Lecture Series. The first edition of the series is arranged on October 17, 2020, at 3 p.m., where Prof Ajay K Sood, Fellow of the Royal Society, FRS and Honorary Professor, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, will be delivering a lecture on “Doing Science Without Borders”. In the recent times, humanity is facing several challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, and energy and food crises. Scientific and evidence-based inputs from various disciplines of natural science, engineering, as well as humanities is essential for the world to thrive.

This inter-disciplinary approach with active collaboration amongst experts across different spheres will assist in synthesizing a complete understanding of the issues. Prof Ajay K Sood will speak on his recent works such as “Emergent phenomena of flocking seen in birds, fishes and humans”, “Machine learning in understanding a few century-old problem of devitrification of glasses”, and “Making of nanoscale bacterial heat engines”. Drawing examples from his aforementioned works, Prof Ajay K Sood will narrate the power of collaboration in doing creative basic science.

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SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh has arranged the University Distinguished Lecture Series 02 on October 31, 2020 at 3 PM. Prof N Balakrishnan, Super Computer Education and Research Centre, Honorary Professor, Indian Institute of Science (IISc.), Bengaluru will be delivering a lecture on Data to Discovery in Information Security during the webinar. The guest speaker is a visiting professor at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Institute for Software Research International, and Carnegie Mellon University. Also, he is the director of the Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Industrial Finance Corporation of India, Bharat Sanchar Nigam, and the Data Security Council of India. The Government of India honoured him with the civilian award of Padma Shri in 2002.

Presently, Prof N Balakrishnan is heading the National Supercomputing Mission of India approved by the Government of India. In addition, he is a former member of the National Security Advisory Board and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India along with being the former Deputy Managing Director of El Forge Ltd. Further, he held the posts of a director at C-DOT Alcatel Lucent Research Centre, Bharat Electronics, and Central Bank of India. Most prominently, Prof N Balakrishnan is renowned for his contribution in the establishment of the National Centre for Science Information, and Supercomputer Education Research Centre, in 1984, and 1994 respectively, at the Indian Institute of Science.

During his lecture, Prof N Balakrishnan will focus on demonstrating the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in discovering the ever-increasing quantity of data in computer networks. Splitting his lecture into two segments, Prof N Balakrishnan will initiate the session by describing the concept “Revenge of Silicon” that clearly establishes the inevitability of the birth of big data and AI. Further, he will share insights regarding his research on the use of ML in handling large volumes of network data to enhance the performance of Intrusion Detection Systems, detecting structured botnets at infrastructure level traffic, malware detection, and classification for offline and online streaming data. Proceeding with the talk, he will dedicate the second half of his lecture in explaining Influence maximization and mobility, and churn prediction for a large population of a city which depend on large volumes of data from social media and Call Data Records (CDR). These concepts have significance in establishing smart cities, smart businesses, and smart economy.

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SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh, orchestrates the third chapter of the University Distinguished Lecture Series on “Atma Nirbhar Bharat: The role of collaborations”. Prof Budaraju Srinivasa Murty, Director of Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, will be adorning the webinar with his presence on November 7, 2020, at 3 p.m. Prof B SMurthy is an Indian metallurgist who has been awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology in 2007, the highest science award in India. Formerly, he was the Head of the Department at Indian Institute of Technology, Madras after being the Professor at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. The celebrated scientist will be demonstrating how collaborative research will steer India towards achieving its dream of being Self Reliant by innovating technology through collective wisdom.

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The fourth edition of the University Distinguished Lecture organized by SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh will be delivered by Prof S Chandrasekhar, Director, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad. On November 21, 2020, at 3 PM, the session on “Saga of Science from 13th Century to 21st Century” will be steered by the esteemed academician. Prof S Chandrasekhar joined CSIR-IICT as Scientist C and became the director in 2015. He has made significant contributions in diverse areas of organic chemistry with a special emphasis on chiral chemistry, total synthesis of biologically active natural products and pharmaceutical products. Further, he has received several accolades including the Eminent Scientist Award for contributions in the field of Chemistry from Telangana State Government in 2017, CNR Rao National Prize for Chemical Research 2012, CSIR Technology award 2014, and Infosys prize in Chemical sciences 2014 for his contributions to synthetic organic chemistry.

Prof S Chandrasekhar has developed technologies for the synthesis of the latest anti-tuberculosis drug, bedaquiline; anti-tumor and abortive drug, misoprostol; anti-platelet molecule, beraprost; antidepressive compound, sertralin and drug for treatment of schizophrenia, asenapine. During his lecture, Prof S Chandrasekhar will frame a narrative of the knowledge explosion in terms of science and technology from the 13th to 21st century. Providing a historical perspective, he will describe the evolution of the technology base and the transformation of production and service activities.

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SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh presents the fifth edition of the University Distinguished Lecture Series on November 28, 2020, at 3 PM. Prof. D. Basavaiah, INSA Senior Scientist, Professor, School of Chemistry, University of Hyderabad will be addressing the audience and delivering an insightful lecture on “Philosophy of Ultimate Success in Scientific Life”. Prof D Basavaiah acquired his PhD in Organic Chemistry from Banaras Hindu University, following which he became a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Chemistry, Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA. He has a gamut of experience in science and academia sprawled over 30 years in which he worked as a Scientist C, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, after which he moved to the University of Hyderabad.

In his prolific career, Prof D Basavaiah won many accolades and awards for his contribution to science, which includes Professor T R Govindachari 60th Birthday Commemoration Endowment Award in Organic Chemistry in 1999-2000, CRSI Silver Medal in 2008, JC Bose Fellowship (DST-New Delhi) in 2008, National Best Teacher award in Chemistry in 2008 (sponsored by AV Rama Rao Research Foundation in association with IICT and AP Academy of Sciences), The Indian Science Congress Platinum Jubilee lecture award in Chemical Sciences in 2009, INSA- Professor TR Seshadri 70th Birthday Commemoration Medal in 2009, BHU Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2012, and many more. Prof D Basavaiah will apply his vast understanding of science to guide the audience during the UDL 05, which will benefit academicians, faculty, and students from diverse fields.

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SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh invites Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India to address during the sixth chapter of the University Distinguished Lecture Series. Completing his B.Tech. from IIT Kanpur, and MS from Pennsylvania State University, Prof Sharma moved to the State University of New York to pursue his PhD. During his stint at IIT, Kanpur, Prof Sharma held important positions such as Professor, Institute Chair Professor, Head – Chemical Engineering, and Founding Coordinator – Nanosciences Center and Advanced Imaging Center. Prof Sharma’s engagement in interdisciplinary research spans across a wide spectrum involving nanotechnology, biomaterials, environment, and health. Being associated with DST since 2015, Prof Sharma has been instrumental in introducing several new programmes pertaining to infrastructure, human capacity building, innovation, advanced manufacturing, waste processing, clean energy, and many more.

Prof Sharma’s immense contribution in the field of science won him innumerable honours and awards including the inaugural Infosys Prize in Engineering and Computer Science, TWAS Science Prize of the World Academy of Sciences, Bessel Research Award of the Humboldt Foundation, J C Bose Fellowship, SS Bhatnagar Prize, Homi J Bhabha Award of UGC, The Syed Husain Zaheer Medal, Meghnad Saha Medal of INSA, Distinguished Alumni Awards of IIT Kanpur and SUNY Buffalo, Firodia Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Indian Science Congress, and several Doctor of Science honoris causa from SUNY Buffalo, as well as Jadavpur University. Apart from holding editorial positions in several journals of repute, Prof Sharma is an elected Fellow of The Indian National Science Academy, The Indian Academy of Sciences, The National Academy of Sciences, India and Indian National Academy of Engineering, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), and the Asia-Pacific Academy of Materials.

On December 5, 2020, at 11 AM, Prof Sharma will take the virtual podium to deliver a session on “Art of Science in the Time of Virus and Beyond: The Brave New World”. The ability of the scientific community to systematically think through complex problems generate credible information. However, the cloistered existence of researchers and pursuers of science impedes the rapid emergence of practical inferences. The pandemic has driven scientists to voluntarily collaborate, inspire, understand, and develop a flexible but structured process to deliver impactful as well as innovative solutions. During his lecture, Prof Sharma will discuss the evolution of the art of science propelled by the unprecedented crisis.

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Convergence of multiple disciplines to address future challenges

SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh invited Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India to deliver the University Distinguished Lecture. Prof K Hema Chandra Reddy, Chairman, Andhra Pradesh State Council Of Higher Education, Prof V S Rao, Vice-Chancellor, Prof D Narayana Rao, Pro Vice-Chancellor, faculty members, and more than 700 participants attended the lecture on “Art of Science in the Time of Virus and Beyond: The Brave New World”. For the first time, SRM AP presented welcome bouquet and virtual memento to Prof. Ashutosh Sharma. The virtual avatars were created by SRM AP students who used applications developed by them such as character creator and bundle software. Further, Prof D Narayana Rao extended the warmest welcome to the guests and commenced the programme. He informed, “DST has taken up the daunting task of making India as one of the world leaders in science and technology with several projects aimed at motivating and harnessing talent to be better equipped to face future challenges”.

Prof Hema Chandra Reddy delivered a brief speech on research initiatives in science and technology introduced by the Government of Andhra Pradesh. He informed, “Government of AP is planning to establish AP state research board to promote multidisciplinary quality research and coordination among the universities.” Further, Prof Ashutosh Sharma took the virtual podium to speak about science, technology, and innovation. Picturesquely, he explained, “Innovation pertains to visual imaginations and thinking. Knowledge becomes sustainable when invention and innovation is balanced. Invention uses resources to produce knowledge, whereas innovation deploys knowledge to generate economic resources”.

Prof Sharma accentuated that Covid-19 taught us the lesson that sustainable development, which as a result of sustainable knowledge, can address major challenges.” Urging everyone to do their individual job well, Prof Sharma informed that capacity of learning is the most prized possession. He said, “Capacity to adapt to change, learn new things, and lifelong learning is paramount to thrive. The convergence of multiple disciplines has an instrumental role in solving crucial problems. Our education system must have parallel structures for multidisciplinary knowledge creation and research. We should be crossing borders of knowledge and expanding the boundaries of disciplines.”

Prof Sharma suggested the scientific community to become self-reliant. He said, “Quality, relevance, and appropriate direction of knowledge will lead the world. Coupled with it, cultural aspects such as self-confidence, and self-respect makes up the art of science.” Emphasizing on the importance of collaboration, Prof Sharma said, “Covid 19 spontaneously spurred the spirit of collaboration with a clear and shared purpose. Researchers should have a scientific temper which entails rational analysis of situation, positivity, optimism, and cooperation. The scientific community should critically challenge views, be inquisitive, and be able to engage people in purposeful conversation.”

Prof Sharma concluded by recommending, “The scientists of the country need to be the leaders and not followers.” Followed by the lecture, some of the faculty members of SRM AP interacted with the DST Secretary and gave a brief presentation on a few flagship projects undertaken by the university viz., ‘SRM-Amara Raja Centre for Energy Storage Devices’, ‘Hydrogen-Powered Fuel Cell Based Train in association with the Ministry of Railways’, and ‘3-D printing of Gold Jewellery in association with Tanishq Jewellers’. Prof Sharma applauded the outstanding research initiatives of SRM AP and assured that DST will be happy to extend the support.

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SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh has previously conducted six illuminating lectures by venerated guests as part of the University Distinguished Lecture Series. Subsequently, Prof K N Ganesh, Director, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Tirupati has been invited to deliver a talk during the seventh edition of the UDL series to be held on December 12, 2020, at 3 PM.

Earlier in his career, Prof K N Ganesh joined the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CSIR), Hyderabad where he established India’s first microsynthesis DNA facility, initiating a vigorous research programme to discover new motifs of DNA-protein interactions. Following which, he relocated to National Chemical Laboratory (NCL-CSIR) where he was the Head of Organic Chemistry Division. Further, he took charge as the first Director of the newly founded IISER, Pune.

Prof K N Ganesh has made excellent research contributions in the field of nucleic acids, focusing on therapeutic and diagnostic applications of DNA analogues, structural biology of collagen peptides and the emerging area of DNA nanotechnology. He is internationally acclaimed for his pioneering contributions in designing the Peptide Nucleic Acid (PNA) analogues for effective cell permeation.

During UDL07, Prof K N Ganesh will be steering the audience through a lecture on “Pursuit of Excellence: Institution Building”. Institution Building entails the improvement of organizational performance intended to transform and benefit the society. Further, the pursuit of excellence brings a positive swing in individuals’ lives by generating progressive outcomes. Prof K N Ganesh demonstrated remarkable leadership in spearheading Institution Building while establishing IISERs as brand science education and research institutes, now attaining international recognition.

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University Distinguished Lecture presented by SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh has resumed with its eighth edition to be held on March 20, 2021 at 3.30 PM. Prof Seeram Ramakrishna, FREng, Everest Chair, Professor, National University of Singapore (NUS), has been cordially invited to spare a lecture on “Science & Technology for Healthy Life and Planet”. Prof Seeram Ramakrishna is among the five leading researchers of Singapore, and among the top three impactful authors at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Among his notable recognitions, Prof Seeram Ramakrishna was identified as the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds by Thomson Reuters, Clarivate Analytics recognized him among the top 1% Highly Cited Researchers in the world in Materials Science as well as cross-fields categories, and Microsoft Academic ranked him among the top 100 salient authors out of three million Materials Researchers worldwide.

Apart from holding several academic leadership positions at NUS, Prof Seeram Ramakrishna is the Founding Chairman of Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore, SERIS. He also founded the Global Engineering Deans Council while serving as the Vice-President of the International Federation of Engineering Educator Societies (IFEES). The esteemed academician is an advisor to the World Bank, a member of UNESCO’s Global Independent Expert Group on Universities and 2030 Sustainability Agenda, and European Commission Director-General for Environment.

The planet is imperiled as the environment is incessantly degraded by humans. Technological innovation will be essential in making our planet a more comfortable and sustainable place for humans to sustain life. The need to protect and to seek more sustainable formulas for interacting with the environment is evident. It has become crucial to combat global warming, an effort in which technology will play a key role. During the lecture, Prof Seeram Ramakrishna will discuss such important technologies adept to ensure a healthy life and planet in the forthcoming days.

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SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh, invites Prof M Lakshmi Kantam in the ninth edition of the University Distinguished Lecture Series to deliver the keynote address on “Design and Development of Homogeneous/Heterogeneous Catalysts for Sustainable Chemical Industry” on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at 03.30 PM. Our guest of the evening, Prof M Lakshmi Kantam, FNA, FTWAS, FNASc, FRSC, is a renowned name in the field of Chemical Sciences and Engineering. She is presently the Dr B P Godrej Distinguished Professor of Green Chemistry and Sustainability Engineering at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai.
Her areas of expertise are Catalysis, Materials & Process Chemistry.

Prof Lakshmi Kantam did her Bachelor in Science from Andhra Pradesh. The Alumna of Kurukshetra University pursued her masters and doctoral studies there. She has further received Honorary Doctorate in Science by Sri Padamavati Mahila Viswavidayalam, Tirupathi, in 2014.

She was the former Director of CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad. She is also an Honorary Professor at The University of New Castle, Australia and an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Apart from managing various academic and leadership positions for various organisations, Prof Kantam is also the Non-Executive Independent Director at Godavari Biorefineries Ltd, Indo-Amines Ltd., and Vinati Organics Ltd.

Prof Lakshmi Kantam is one of India’s leading researchers in the domain of Chemical Engineering and is bestowed with numerous awards and recognition for her commendable contributions to the scientific fraternity. The admirable scientist has published 347 research papers in reputed peer-reviewed journals with citations of 16018. she has further authored and edited five books. The brilliant scientific mind has been granted 52 patents for her innovations. Her present Industry Collaborations include companies such as GBL, VOL, Hikal Ltd, Indo Amines Ltd, Jubilant, Rallies, Kesar Petroproducts Ltd, GACL, Marvel Drugs, Prasol, Mangalam Organics etc.

She is associated with various Government Organisations, including the Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Science and Technology, High Energy Materials Research Laboratory-Pune (DRDO), IIT-Hyderabad, GAIL, etc., to name a few.

Prof Kantam’s contributions are recognised with numerous honours and awards. She has been awarded ICC -D.M.Trivedi Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019, Devang Mehta – National Education Award (Women in Education Award) in 2017, Asian Paints Padma Vibhushan Dr R A Mashelkar Medal and Chemcon Distinguished Speaker Award (For leadership in Science, Technology and Education)-CHEMCON in 2016, J.C.Bose Fellowship (SERB-DST) in 2015, Lifetime Achievement Award by Indian Chemical Society in 2011.

She is further honoured as a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Indian National Science Academy, The Royal Society of Chemistry- UK, National Academy of Sciences, India.

The spirited woman also performs her scholarly duties as the Editorial Board Member at Chemical Record (TCR), Wiley-VCH and Journal of Chemical Sciences, Springer Publishers and the Associate Editor, Catalysis in Green Chemistry and Engineering, Begell house.

Join the webinar on April 17 at 3.30 PM to listen to the captivating speech of the leading scientist in Chemical Engineering and avail this opportunity to broaden your perspectives.

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