Lecture Series on Institution Building & Nurturing Initiatives in Independent India2021-09-11T21:58:53+05:30

Society for Promotion of Science & Technology in India (SPSTI) proposes to commemorate 75th year of Indian independence by initiating a new series of Expository Lectures on our institutions created, strengthened, nurtured and planned since Indian independence in 1947. It is often felt that our students especially at undergraduate level are not aware of the opportunities in research and development available to them in the years ahead. Such lectures would also serve towards fulfilling this dire need of awareness about our institutions and research laboratories. Eminent national icons, who have deep knowledge of their respective institutions, shall describe the progress made and articulate the challenges ahead. It is widely accepted that India has a rightful presence in twenty first century among the community of nations by virtue of deliverance by the national institutes and the national initiatives.

Partner Organizations

For popularization of activities covering a larger participation, we associate with Chandigarh Chapters of National Academy of Sciences India (NASI), Indian National Science Academy (INSA) and Indian National Young Academy of Sciences (INYAS).


Punjab Engineering College (Deemed to be University, Chandigarh) for supporting Webcast services


Haryana State Council for Science, Innovation & Technology (HSCSIT), Department of Science & Technology, Government of Haryana for financially supporting this series of lectures.

S. No. Proposed Date Speaker Title of Talk Guest of Honour
1 05.09.2021 Prof.  N. Sathyamurthy, founder Director, IISER Mohali The Story of IISERs Prof. Ajay K.  Sood, FRS, Chairman, BOG, IISER Mohali & IISER Bhopal
2 16.10.2021 Prof. Furqan Qamar, first Vice Chancellor, Central  University of Himachal Pradesh Central Universities: Their conception and present status’ Shri Ashok Thakur, former Secretary, Education, Govt.  of India
3 11.11.2021 Prof. Ved Prakash, Chairman UGC (2013-17) UGC, NCERT & NEUPA Dr. Jaspal S. Sandhu, Vice Chancellor, GNDU, Amritsar
4 20.11.2021 Prof. S.G. Dhande, Director IIT Kanpur (2001-12) IIT Heritage of India Prof. Rajeev Ahuja, Director, IIT Ropar
5 04.12.2021 Prof. K.K. Talwar, Director, PGIMER (2004-11) AIIMS, PGIMER and Medical Education and Research in India Prof. Yogesh K. Chawla, former Director, PGIMER, Chandigarh
6 22.12.2021 Prof. S.G. Dani, ex-Chairman, National Board for Higher Mathematics NBHM and nurturing of mathematicians Prof. I.B.S.  Passi, Emeritus Professor, Panjab University, Chandigarh
7 15.01.2022 Prof. P. Balaram, Director, IISc. Bangalore (2005-2015) The IISc. story since its inception Prof. J. Gowrishankar, Director, IISER Mohali
8 05.02.2022 Dr. T. Ramasami, Secretary, DST (2005-15) The Government initiatives in the new Millennium Prof. K.N. Pathak, former Vice Chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh
9 21.02.2022 Dr. Girish Sahni, DG, CSIR (2015-18) The CSIR system: An update Prof. Sarit Das, former Director, IIT Ropar
10 28.02.2022 Dr. Manjit Singh, Director TBRL (2012-2020) The DRDO system: An update Dr. Satish Kumar, Director, NIT, Kurukshetra
11 19.03.2022 Prof. R. Nityananda, Director, NCRA, TIFR (2008-13) The Astronomy Observatories in India Prof. Arvind,  Vice Chancellor, Punjabi University,  Patiala
12 02.04.2022 Prof. G.U. Kulkarni, President, JNCASR The JNCASR: Its conception, present status and impact’
13 16.04.2022 Prof. B.S. Dhillon, Vice Chancellor, PAU, Ludhiana (2012-21) ICAR, PAU and the Agriculture Research in India Prof. Jai Rup Singh, founder Vice Chancellor, Central University of Punjab
14 07.05.2022 Prof. P.P. Majumdar, President, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore (2019-21) Indian Statistical Institute and the tradition of institution building in Kolkata Prof.  Ram Ramaswamy,  former Vice Chancellor, University of Hyderabad
15 04.06.2022 Prof. A.K. Grover, VC, PU, Chandigarh (2012-18) TIFR, TISS, TMH, IIPS and NCPA – the institutions nucleated by Tata Trusts in Mumbai Prof. Anantha Ramakrishna, Director, CSIR-CSIO
16 09.07.2022 Prof. S.S. Mantha, Chairman (2009-15), AICTE AICTE: Technical Education, Skill Development and Management Studies Prof. Baldev Setia, Director, Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh
17 30.07.2022 Dr. R.B. Grover, Founder and first Vice Chancellor, Homi Bhabha National Institute (2005-16), Mumbai Atomic Energy Programme and HBNI Dr. Rakesh Kapoor

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