Providing a level playing-field to world citizens through Innovations ICT

Presentation by Ashok Jhunjhunwala
Professor, Department of Engineering,
Indian institute of Technology, India

Abstract
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have had a very rapid development over the last couple of decades. It is changing the way we live, the way we work and the way we interact. But far more important, it is giving an opportunity to the disadvantaged to overcome the centuries of neglect and denial of opportunities. Indeed the world is becoming flat. But this is a mere beginning, indicating the potential of ICT. The talk will present some efforts in this direction and focus on what needs to be done to convert this potential into reality.

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Speaker’s profile
Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala is Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India. He received his B.Tech degree from IIT, Kanpur, and his MS and Ph.D degrees from the University of Maine. From 1979 to 1981, he was with Washington State University as Assistant Professor. Since 1981, he has been teaching at IIT, Madras.Dr.Jhunjhunwala leads the Telecommunications and Computer Networks group (TeNeT) at IIT Madras. This group is closely working with industry in the development of a number of Telecommunications and Computer Network Systems and has incubated a number of technology companies to develop world class Telecom Access products. Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwala has been awarded Padma Shri in the year 2002. He has been awarded Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in 1998, Dr.Vikram Sarabhai Research Award for the year 1997, Millennium Medal at Indian Science Congress in the year 2000, H. K. Firodia for “Excellence in Science & Technology” for the year 2002,  Shri Om Prakash Bhasin Foundation Award for Science & Technology for the year 2004, Awarded Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Lecture Award by INSA for the year 2006 and IBM Innovation and Leadership Forum Award by IBM for the year 2006. He is a Fellow of INAE, INSA and NAS and a member of Prime Minister Scientific Advisory Committee.Dr. Jhunjhunwala is a Director in the Board of SBI, BEL, Polaris, Sasken, Tejas, NRDC, and IDRBT. He is a member of Prime Minister Scientific Advisory Committee.