NIAS Newsletter

3(4) October 2017

Note from the Director

Celebrating JRD
 

The quarter pertaining to the newsletter was marked by celebration of JRD, the visionary founder of the National Institute of Advanced Studies. Besides his birthday, the Institute also had chosen “Celebrating JRD” as a theme for its Foundation Day  held on 19 July 2017.

Mr Suresh Krishna, Chairman and Managing Director of the Sundram Fasteners Limited delivered the JRD Tata Memorial Lecture to a packed audience on “The Idea of Excellence in Industrial Harmony”. As a part of its Foundation Day celebrations, the Institute also organized a unique panel discussion titled “ “The World We Leave Behind: The Impact of Our Present on the Future”.
 
True to the multi-disciplinary nature of the Institute, the panelists of the above discussion came from different backgrounds, carrying rich knowledge in diverse fields, and years of experience. The panelists included the following: Prof PS Goel, Former Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences; Amb PS Raghavan, Convener, National Security Advisory Board (NSAB; Ms Bindu Subramaniam, Lyricist, Pianist and Musician; and Prof Balakrishna Pisupati, Vice Chancellor, Trans-Disciplinary University. Can it get any better?
 
The period also witnessed the Institute hosting India’s Foreign Secretary Dr S. Jaishankar for an evening. Once again, the auditorium was packed, this time to listen to Dr Jaishankar delivering K. Subrahmanyam lecture.
 
True to mandate and character of NIAS, we hosted a wide range of leaders – from India’s business community to the Secretary of External Affairs Ministry.
 
As a part of NIAS academic activities, besides our events and publications, which are mentioned in this newsletter, it was a true satisfaction for the Institute to experience senior PhD scholars defending their thesis work, and new scholars present their proposals. 
 
The newsletter carries a short note on the above activity. The Institute’s PhD programme is unique and relevant. We continue to enrich and enhance this activity to produce future leaders and citizens of India.
 
Baldev Raj
Director, NIAS

Table of Contents

Introduction

Featured Programme:  Complex Systems Programme

Special Focus:  Walking through NIAS - An Interaction with Prof Anitha Kurup

NIAS Foundation Day

Regular Updates

Column Notes

Events and Publications

Campus Notes