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 spotlight: Emergent India: An Engagement with MIT
 

Friday, September 21, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
E15, Bartos Theater, Watch Webcast


 
  Home - MIT This conference will celebrate MIT's century-old engagement with India, and will look closely at some of the most important current issues in India and MIT's engagement with them.

There will be a variety of sessions spanning topics from science and technology, urban planning, poverty, education and health, to new practices of management for emergent India. Speakers from India will engage in serious discussions with MIT faculty panelists on these different issues.

This conference will provide a vibrant forum for the community to meaningfully engage with leaders in India as we try to understand the challenges and the achievements of India. This conference will be open to the public.

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MIT speakers and moderators include:

MIT Deans
Steve Eppinger, Deputy Dean/Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management
Deborah Fitzgerald, Dean of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Adele Naude Santos, Dean, School of Architecture and Planning
Subra Suresh, Dean of Engineering

MIT Faculty
Robert Armstrong, Assoc. Director, MITEI
Arvind, CS Eng
Abhijit Banerjee, Economics
Alan Brody, Theater Arts
Charles Cooney, Chemistry and Biochemical Engineering
Esther Duflo, Economics
Arindam Dutta, Architecture
Yasheng Huang, MIT Sloan
S.P. Kothari, MIT Sloan
Vijay Kumar, Director, OEIT and Sr Associate Dean
Ernest Moniz, Director, MITEI
Michael Ouellete, Music and Theater Arts
Balakrishna Rajagopal, Urban Studies and Planning
Bish Sanyal, Urban Planning, Dir, Spurs/HHH
Antoinette Schoar, MIT Sloan
Gregory Stephanopoulos, Chemical Engineering
George Verghese, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Agenda:

8:30-8:45 am - Welcome
Subra Suresh, Dean of Engineering, MIT Team Leader for SMART and Prof MSE
Opening: Adi Godrej, Chairman, Godrej Group

8:45-9:50 am - Session I: Energy and India: Looking into the Future
Speakers: Ernest Moniz, Director, MITEI, Cecil and Ida Green Prof Physics / Co-Dir LFEE
Charles Cooney, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemical Engineering
Kirit Parikh, Head of Energy and Planning Commission
Gregory Stephanopoulos, Arthur D. Little Professor of Chemical Engineering
Moderator, Robert Armstrong, Assoc. Director, MITEI, Chevron Prof ChemE

9:55-10:55 am - Session II: Competitiveness in Indian Industry: New Challenges and Directions
Speakers: Steve Eppinger, Deputy Dean/Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management
Yasheng Huang, Associate Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management
Shekhar Chowdhury, Director, IIM, Kolkata
Moderator: S.P. Kothari, Gordon Y. Billard Professor of Accounting, MIT Sloan School of Management

11 am - 12 pm - Session III: The Meaning of Cultural Exchange Theater and the Other Arts
Speakers: Alan Brody, Professor of Theater Arts
Michael Ouellete, Senior Lecturer, Music and Theater Arts
Sameera Iyengar, Creative Director, Prithvi Theater
Moderator: Deborah Fitzgerald, Kenan Sahin Dean of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

1-2 pm - Session IV: Microfinance, Primary Education and Health: Understanding Poverty
Speakers: Esther Duflo, Abdul Latif Jameel Prof of Poverty Allev and Develop, Department of Economics
Antoinette Schoar, Maurice F. Strong Fund Career Dev, Assoc. Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management
Nachiket Mor, Deputy Managing Director, ICICI Bank
Moderator: Abhijit Banerjee, Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics

2:10-3:10 pm - Session V: Hidden Successes: The Role of Design and Urban Planning in India
Speakers: Adele Naude Santos, Dean, School of Architecture and Planning and Prof of Architecture
Rahul Malhotra, Ramesh Ramanathan, Director, Janaagraha
Arindam Dutta, Associate Professor of Architecture
Balakrishna Rajagopal, Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Moderator: Bish Sanyal, Professor of Urban Planning, Dir, Spurs/HHH

3:20-4:20 - Session VI: Empowerment of Teachers: Effective Impact and Outreach
Speakers: George Verghese, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Vijay Kumar, Director, OEIT and Sr Associate Dean
Sanjay Dhande, Director, IIT Kanpur
Moderator: Arvind, Charles W and Jennifer C Johnson Professor in CS Eng

4:20-5 - Closing Remarks
Desh Deshpande, CEO, Sycamore Networks

Sponsored by the MIT-India program, the office of the Provost, and Foreign Languages and Literatures.

For more information, contact KC Cortinovis at 617-253-4771 or kccort@mit.edu.
  Emergent India conference
Emergent India conference looks closely at MIT's engagement with important current issues in India