‘AI and Machine Learning are omnipresent concepts’
Technology is power and will continue to be so in the foreseeable future, R. Chidambaram, Nuclear Scientist and former Principal Scientific Adviser to Government of India, has said.
“Technology domination is sought in the fields as diverse as human genomics and nuclear weapons through mechanisms of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and technology control regimes,” said Dr. Chidambaram during a seminar on ‘The Many Dimensions of Scientific Research’, organised at SRM University coinciding with the first Research Day it observed here on Friday. Dr. Chidambaram, who held major portfolios such as Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet, Director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission, further said that Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning were omnipresent concepts.
In this context, Dr. Chidambaram said he had not agreed to what Stephen Hawking said a few years ago that development of AI could spell the end of human race. The lecture covered a wide gamut of issues ranging from the nuclear path of India, research by IITs, which included the machine tool project by IIT-Madras, and the many dimensions of research and possible linkages.
Beginning his address with the quote, “Always work on important problems important to science or important to society,” Dr. Chidambaram narrated a few innovations by BARC such as building bridges in the mountainous regions of Rajasthan.
He, however, added that real development of a country could only be gauged by factors such as Human Development Index, high female literacy, scientific advancement, knowledge economy, and R&D ecosystem.
“Path-breaking research is also going on in the areas such as tumuor knee prosthetics, resecting the malignant bone in bone cancer,” he observed.
Vice-Chancellor of Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences Vengamma spoke on the latest neurological research solutions.
Pro Vice-Chancellor D. Narayana Rao, Registrar Gunasekaran and Dean Vijaya Sekhar were present.
Second BW Businessworld Education Engineering Excellence Conclave saw a panel discussion on ‘Industry-Academia Collaboration towards Engineering Education Excellence’.
In the education industry, industrial exposure or collaboration is of paramountcy. In India, this collaboration of on-field experience and academia has been neglected for years and if the focus isn’t shifted towards this collaboration then India is going to have a lack of skilled workforce, professional and technical people.
“WhatsApp generation cannot pay attention to long theoretical lectures” – Dr. Jamshed Bharucha, Vice Chancellor, SRM AP
The collaboration enables greater access to inter-disciplinary higher education for all students
In pursuit of empowering students by providing an inter-disciplinary and inclusive tertiary education, SRM University Amaravati, AP, has joined College Board’s India Global Higher Education Alliance, to plug skill gaps, create a future-ready workforce and nurture global leaders. Driven by global collaboration and best practices, it accepts the SAT score as part of the admission process. The consortium will support students through attractive scholarships and foster the development of Indian universities into world-class institutions.
An interdisciplinary environment that stimulates active, engaged learning and innovative research
Education is all about creating the right environment for learning. A place of academic freedom where bright minds can meet, discover, and learn. SRM AP University is such a place – an unparalleled space for living and learning. The history of the SRM group goes back to the year 1969 when SRM first made a foray into the education sector with the Nightingale School. Following the successful beginning, the group then made rapid strides with degree programs in engineering, medicine, health sciences, humanities, management, and law. By 2015, SRM had established three independent universities – in Chennai, Haryana, and Sikkim.
Dr. Jamshed Bharucha, Vice Chancellor, SRM University, AP Amaravati speaks to Namami Chakravarty about inter – disciplinary experimental active learning.
Q. What do you think are the sailent features of the reowned engineering programme of SRM, AP?
Our engineering programme, though only in its second year, is already recognized as a great programme and this is only because we believe in a multi-faceted and inter-disciplinary approach. We have a stellar faculty, 100% of which are Ph.Ds. with international education, teaching or industry exposure.
A group of five SRM University, Andhra Pradesh students, who are on a Semester Abroad Programme with the University of California, Berkeley, won the Developer Week Hackathon that took place in San Francisco, CA. Developer Week Hackathon is one of the worlds largest challenge driven hackathons.