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Coordinator: Dr. A. Raveendran
Coordinator: Prof. S. Chandrasekharan & Dr. S. Anantharaman
Coordinator: Prof. Sugra Chunawala
Prof. Varun Sahni, Vice-Chancellor, Goa University, Goa
In early 2012, Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), the technology thinktank of Government of India, embarked on an exercise to shape a technology vision for the country in 2035. The Technology Vision 2035 (TV2035) document, released by the Prime Minister in January 2016, is based on the core proposition that empowering Indians empowers India. Thus, technology is the means to attain twelve prerogatives that every Indian citizen is entitled to. The technology vision is crystallised in ten Grand Challenges. Accompanying the main vision document are twelve sectoral roadmaps to TV2035, six of which have now been released. The speaker is one of the three co-authors of TV2035 and also led the effort to produce the Educational Technology Roadmap. The latter document, released in September 2017, is located in the intersection of technology, education and society and offers a roadmap to the deployment of technology to meet socially desirable educational objectives. In this talk, the speaker will highlight the salient features of both documents.
Varun Sahni is Vice-Chancellor, Goa University and Professor in International Politics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (currently on deputation leave). He speaks annually (since 2006) at the National Defence College (NDC), New Delhi, has been a Jury Member of the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding and is the Chairman of the Programme Committee of the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), New Delhi. An Inlaks Scholar, he wrote his doctoral dissertation on the political role of the Argentine Navy at the University of Oxford (1991). He has written over a hundred research articles on nuclear deterrence issues, regional security, emerging balances in the Asia-Pacific, evolving security concepts, emerging powers, international relations theory and Latin American issues.
He has co-authored Technology Vision 2035 for TIFAC, the technology think tank of Government of India. Professor Sahni has been visiting professor at universities in Mexico City, Washington, DC and Canberra. For his “outstanding contribution to research and teaching”, he was conferred the V.K.R.V. Rao Prize in Social Sciences for 2006 by Indian Council of Social Science Research. From December 2008 to January 2012, he served as the 10th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jammu. Professor Sahni is Honorary Colonel of the National Cadet Corps and is fluent in Hindi, English and Spanish. A qualified Open Water Diver, he has logged 76 dives in Caribbean and Eastern Pacific waters.