Interesting meeting with National Knowledge Commission Members

Nandan Nilekani, CEO of Infosys and a Member of the National Knowledge Commission, had invited an interesting set of people at his house for a Dinner meet on Saturday (May 6, 2006) with the other Members, notably Chairman Sam Pitroda, Ashok Ganguly, Jayati Ghosh and Pratap Mehta.

It was an amazing set of individuals

Azim Premji of Wipro, Kiran Shaw of Biocon, Mohan Das Pai of Infosys, Gopinath of Deccan Aviation, Lakshminarayan of MICO…- industry titans

IISc Director Balram, IIMB Director Prakash Apte, NLSUI Director, Goa University VC Koleskar,… – academic leaders

Srikanth Nadamuni from e-Government Foundation, Ashok Kamath from Akshara Foundation – techies running new generation NGO’s

Kaushik Barua and other youngsters from Knowledge Commission

Vivek Singhal (IDCA), Vinod Goel (World Bank) and select guests from USA
were there.

It was interesting to know first hand the goals & objectives of the Commission, meet the members, give our suggestions and network with the “shakers & movers”.

Teacher shortage, legal problems hindering the Indian systems of medicine, IPR related issues, lack of emphasis on vocational education, and of course the controversial reservation issues, were touched upon by the audience as possible “action items” for the Commission.

Dr Ashok Ganguly (with whom I had interaction when I was teaching at IITK when he was the Chairman of the Board) had the interesting quotation from Niels Bohr at Los Almos Laboratory “the solution to the difficult problem lies in the difficulties”. He was confident that after nearly 60 years there is a critical mass of Indians wanting to solve India’s problems

It was indeed an interesting evening; the hospitality of Nandan and Rohini was just superb

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