NIAS Wednesday Discussion: "Communication in a Connected World" by V.S. Ramamurthy, Emeritus Professor, NIAS, Lecture Hall, NIAS, 0930 hrs

NIAS Wednesday Discussion


Communication in a Connected World



V.S. Ramamurthy

Emeritus Professor, NIAS, 


Chairperson: Binoy, V. V., Assistant Professor, School of Natural and Engineering Sciences, NIAS,  


6th December, 2017, 9.30 am, Lecture Hall, NIAS


Abstract:  Twentieth century is often referred to as the century of Scientific and Technological discoveries. Path breaking developments in transport and communication have indeed shrunk the world into a global village. This ubiquitous mobile phone, for example, can not only connect me to anyone, anywhere at any time, something that couldn’t have been imagined just a few decades ago but can also perform several other tasks. Thanks to the world-wide-web, information on anything to anyone at any time and in any place has indeed become a reality. There is no doubt that we are living in a connected world. Has the better connectivity led to better communication among the global population? I don’t think so. The multiplicity of languages that are spoken across the world is the first factor that hampers communication even in a connected world. We still do not have a fully “machine compatible” language making the vast ICT infrastructure underutilized. Our increasing dependence on fast changing technologies is another factor that compromises our capability to manage information across generations. In this lecture, I will like to share with you some of my thoughts on these concerns.

About the Speaker: Prof V.S.Ramamurthy is a nuclear scientist by training with a broad range of contributions from basic research to science administration. During the period 1995-2006, Prof Ramamurthy was involved in Science and Technology promotion in India as Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Science & Technology (DST), New Delhi. He was also the Chairman of the IAEA Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Applications for nearly a decade and Director, NIAS during 2009 to 2014. After retirement, Prof Ramamurthy has also been actively involved in Science and Technology Communication and Gifted Education.


All are cordially invited

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017