NIAS Wednesday Discussion: "Science and Technology Initiatives for Society: Musings from Two Tales" by Navakanta Bhat, JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS, 0930 hrs

National Institute of Advanced Studies

(As part of NIAS–DST Training Programme on “Science Policy and General Management”)


Science and Technology Initiatives for Society: Musings from Two Tales



Navakanta Bhat

Chairperson,  Centre for Nano Science and Engineering (CeNSE), IISc 


Chairperson: Samrat Kar, Scientific Officer/Engineer-F, BARC, Mumbai,  


28th February 2018, 9.30 am, JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS


Abstract: Societal policies for Science  and Scientific explorations for Society should synergistically complement each other. Scientific and Technological initiatives to augment this purpose necessarily require a few ingredients: the vision, the sustained action, the team and the ecosystem. I will illustrate this through my experiences of being part of two major initiatives - (i) setting up of Centre for Nano Science and Engineering, as a new academic department in IISc and (ii) redefining my personal research agenda in point of care diagnostics culminating in a start-up PathShodh Healthcare Pvt Ltd. I will also highlight the policy hurdles and issues that we face as researchers, which impede the synergistic resonance between Societal policies for Science and Science for Society.


About the Speaker:  Navakanta Bhat received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA in 1996. Then he worked at Motorola’s Networking and Computing Systems Group under Advanced Products R&D Lab (APRDL) in Austin, TX until 1999. He joined the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1999 where he is currently a Professor and Chair, Centre for Nano Science and Engineering. His current research is focused on Nanoelectronics device technology, Biosensors for point of care diagnostics and Gas sensors for pollution monitoring. He has more than 200 research publications in international journals and conferences and 10 granted US patents and 14 pending patents to his credit.  He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He has received the Young Engineer Award (2003) from the Indian National Academy of Engineering, Swarnajayanti fellowship (2005) from the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India and Prof. Satish Dhavan award (2005) from the Govt. of Karnataka. He is also the recipient of IBM Faculty award 2007 and Outstanding Research Investigator award (2010) from DAE. He was the Chairman of the Human Resource Development and Infrastructure committee of the National Program on Micro and Smart Systems. He was the member of the committee set up by the Principal Scientific Advisor to Govt. of India to recommend strategies to develop semiconductor manufacturing ecosystem in India. He is the founder and promoter of a startup company, PathShodh Healthcare Pvt Ltd (   Based on his group’s research in biosensors, PathShodh has developed a revolutionary multi-analyte (5 blood tests and 3 urine tests) point-of-care diagnostic device for multiple chronic diseases including diabetes and its complications, anemia and malnutrition, kidney and liver diseases.


For further info, please contact Sangeetha Menon [ or] Coordinator of NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meetings

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All are cordially invited


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All are cordially invited


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Wednesday, February 28, 2018