NIAS Public Lecture: “Innovation & Convergence of Sciences” by Dr. A Sivathanu Pillai, J R D Tata Auditorium, NIAS, 1800hrs

National Institute of Advanced Studies

Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bengaluru - 560 012

(as part of the NIAS-DST Training Programme on “Science Policy and General Management”)


 Invites you to a






  “Innovation & Convergence of Sciences”




 ​​Dr. A Sivathanu Pillai

Honorary Distinguished Professor, ISRO


Chairperson: Prof. V Bhujanga Rao, ISRO Chair Visiting Professor, NIAS 


Date:               Tuesday, 6th March, 2018

Time:               6:00 PM (Tea/Coffee: 5.30 PM)

Venue:             J R D Tata Auditorium, NIAS


Abstract: Presentation will cover India's emergence as a strong Nation in some of the critical sectors, including nuclear, space and defence. Specific examples will be discuss how innovation has played a very important role to combat Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). The future of space technology leading to generating energy from Helium-3, mined from Moon and Mars, future energy, Missile Technologies, Brahmos and revolution in nano-bio technologies, robotics etc. will also be covered.


About the SpeakerDr. Pillai is graduated in Electrical Engineering from Madras University, underwent Management Programme at Harvard Business School, and obtained PhD from Pune University and D.Sc from Tumkur University. Dr. Pillai’s four decades of experience in ISRO and DRDO under the great visionary leaders Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, Prof. Satish Dhawan and Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam made him a Technology Leader in the field of launch vehicles and guided missiles. His contributions to the successful development of SLV-3 as a core team member and evolution of PSLV configuration for ISRO have been remarkable. Dr. Pillai is regarded as the “Father of BrahMos”, a unique Joint Venture, first of its kind between India and Russia to design, develop, produce and market the most advanced supersonic cruise missile.  Well-known as a defence technologist in the world, Dr. Pillai has been recognised by many prestigious engineering and management institutions with Fellowships. He has received Honorary Doctorates from Twelve reputed Universities of India and Russia. He has co-authored several books and is a recipient of various prestigious awards including Technology Leadership Award, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Research Award, Organization for Industrial, Spiritual & Cultural Advancement International Award from Japan, Raja Rammohan Puraskar, Lokamanya Tilak Award, Lal Bahadur Shastri Award, Performance Excellence Award from Institution of Industrial Engineering, and most importantly Padma Shri (2002) & Padma Bhushan (2013) by the Govt. of India for his contribution to Aerospace and Missile Technologies and “ORDER OF FRIENDSHIP” by the Govt. of Russian Federation, the highest Russian Award for the foreign citizens of highest order.


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All are cordially invited


For further information, please contact Dr. Prakash Pannerselvam 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018