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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Dr Sridharan R will be hosting a session arranged by the Department of Computer Science, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh on December 3, 2020, at 11.30 AM. During the session, the revered mathematician will be delivering a lecture on “Baby steps towards Quantum Computing”. Dr Sridharan R researched on “Efficient placement of VMs and containers on cloud and edge resources” to obtain his Doctorate in Mathematics. In his career spanning over 25 years, his portfolio of research domains includes correctness Debugger and Profilers for Parallel and Distributed computing, as well as Grid and Cloud computing. Further, his current research interest involves Cloud Computing and Quantum Computing. Quantum computing is the use of quantum phenomena such as superposition and entanglement to perform computation. Capable of moving both backward and forward in time, quantum particles can exist in two places at the same time and even ‘teleport’. This subject has gained immense popularity in the modern days as Quantum computers will have enhanced efficiency by using quantum bits or qubits instead of the simple manipulation of ones and zeros.

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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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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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Department of Student Affairs, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh organizes yet another chapter of Newsmakers. On November 21, 2020, at 5 PM, Sourav Sanyal, Miran Junaidi, and Saurabh Ghanekar, 4th year, Department of Computer Science and Engineering will be narrating their tale of forming a start-up named oureye.ai. The young entrepreneurs developed an automated, end-to-end video intelligence solution for enterprises to monitor surveillance camera recordings, leveraging pre-existing CCTV-IP infrastructure.

The three brilliant students grabbed the opportunities provided by SRM AP and became an active member of the student-run technological club of SRM AP, Next Tech Lab. Further, they spent a semester at the University of California, Berkeley as part of the Semester Abroad Programme to broaden their horizon of knowledge. Encouraged by the mentors and faculty, the students participated in several international conferences and hackathons which kindled their interest in developing a platform that would provide practical solutions to real-life problems.

During the session, the students will share insights regarding their start-up. Also, they will narrate the inspiring journey that commenced with their erudite experience at SRM AP, which eventually enabled them to become young entrepreneurs. Their company generated a revenue of Rs. 1.7 million in the recent financial year.

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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Department of Corporate Relations and Career Services, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh has arranged a session titled “Being Job Ready” on October 31, 2020, at 2 p.m. Ms Ruby will be addressing the audience during the webinar to advise them on the measures to be taken to secure their dream job offers. Ms Ruby has rich and varied experience in various facets of “People Function” in a cross-cultural environment with a multi-generational workforce. She has extensive experience in Talent Management, Business HR Partnering, CSR, and Compliance. Previously, she has worked as an HRBP in BI Worldwide. Currently, she is a talent business partner in the product development division of ADP -India.

Dr Sangeeta Sharma, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani will be addressing the Freshmen 2020 during the 2nd Orientation Programme organized by SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh on October 31, 2020, at 10.45 a.m. Dr Sharma is an academician of par excellence and was the head of Publication and Media Relations Unit, along with being the Group Leader of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Dr Sharma possesses a gamut of experience in classroom delivery, corporate connect and training, writing books and research papers, paper presentation in national and international conferences, editorial work, and organizing academic events, etc. She has published 26 books and 45 research papers in the area of gender studies, advertising, cultural studies, and communication in reputed journals.

Further, Dr Sharma was the Coordinator of Center for Women Studies (CWS), which had diverse range of activities to help women benefit from technology. She is a licensed trainer for Springboard Development Program (U.K.), which is an internationally recognized women’s development programme. She has also successfully completed the project “Rural women empowerment and sustainable growth”, where she supervised the production of low-cost sanitary napkins by the rural women, which made them independent.

In continuation with the 2nd Orientation Programme 2020, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh has requested Dr Kalidindi N Satyanarayana, Director of IIT Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, to address the Freshmen 2020 on October 29, 2020, at 10.45 a.m. He is currently the Chairman of the Implementation Committee for IIT Madras Research Park – Phase II. In the past, he has been in the committees for setting up new campuses including – IIM Trichy, IIT Indore and IIT Jodhpur.

Formerly, Dr Kalidindi N Satyanarayana has been a Professor in the Building Technology & Construction Management Division of the Department of Civil Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India. Having received his B.Tech degree in Civil Engineering from IIT Madras, MS, and Ph.D. degrees with specialization in Construction Engineering and Management from Clemson University, USA, he joined Madras in 1991 as the faculty.

In addition, Dr Kalidindi N Satyanarayana is the Chairman of the Academic Advisory Group, Project Management Institute (PMI) India; Vice-Chairman, Board of Advisors of The Glass Academy; Expert Member on the Board of Management of Building Materials & Promotion Council (BMTPC), and serves as Independent Director on five company boards. Further, he is the recipient of many academic awards including the PMI (India) Distinguished Scholar Award (2011).

Dr Kalidindi N Satyanarayana’s teaching, research and consulting interests in the areas of project management, construction contracts, construction productivity, construction equipment, C&D waste management, and public-private partnerships, will be reflected in his inspirational session with the students of SRM AP.

The second chapter of the Orientation Programme 2020 organized by SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh for Freshmen 2020 will have Dr Vangeepuram Sreenatha Chary as the next motivational speaker to deliver a talk on October 28, 2020 at 10.45 a.m. He is a Guinness World Record holder in the English language, national service, and soft skills. He also holds an Asia Book Record, India Book Record, Limca Book Record, And Telugu Book Record. After completing his Ph.D. in English Language from Osmania University, he became a motivational speaker and English language trainer having police personnel, journalists, and personnel from IT companies as his trainees.

Dr Vangeepuram Sreenatha Chary is also a newspaper columnist, and a reputed writer of the book which entered into the “8th Annual Edition of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!”, United Kingdom. Further, he is seen on popular news channels offering his views on several issues of common interest. Being a strong believer of the notion: “One can make some difference, but together we can change the world”, he revels in sharing his vast knowledge and skills for a wonderful global tomorrow.