Kshitij, IIT Kharagpur presents before you, the former head of DRDO, Dr. Vasudev Kalkunte Aatre. He is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian award, and the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian award. He had previously served as the Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister of India.
Dr. Rajendra Singh
Kshitij, IIT Kharagpur takes pride in presenting its next keynote speaker, Dr. Rajendra Singh, who won the Stockholm Water Prize and the Magsaysay award for his pioneering work in water management. Popularly known as the 'Waterman of India', he was named by The Guardian in its list of "50 people who could save the planet."
Mr. Dhanushyakodi Sivanandan
Kshitij, IIT Kharagpur is honoured to present before you, Mr. Dhanushyakodi Sivanandan as the third keynote speaker, in continuation of the streak of eminent personalities. He held the position of the Police Commissioner of Mumbai, promoted as part of the aftermath of the November 2008 Mumbai attacks. He is one of India's most well-known and highly regarded IPS officers. He was also Deputy Director of Intelligence Bureau and Joint Director of CBI.
Mr. Imtiaz Ali
Imtiaz Ali is an Indian film director and writer. He started his career with writing and directing television shows. He directed shows like Imtehaan, Naina and Kurukshetra. Few filmmakers carry a signature style that separates their work from others, and Imtiaz Ali is one of them. His direction of Jab We Met earned him critical and commercial success while Love Aaj Kal and Rockstar made him a noted filmmaker.There is an effortless realism in his films, a sense of ease in which his characters converse - they often tend to verbalise their emotions.
Dr. Janos Pach
Dr. Janos Pach is a mathematician and computer scientist working in the fields of combinatorics and discrete and computational geometry. He has received several prestigious awards like Alfréd Rényi Prize and Academy Prize. In 2015 he was elected as a fellow of the American Mathematical Society "for contributions to discrete and combinatorial geometry and to convexity and combinatorics."
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