MIT India Conference

India's Competitive Edge

16 February 2019

MIT India Conference

The theme of the 2019 conference is “India’s Competitive Edge”.  The conference aims at reflecting on what unique factors have allowed India to thrive in science, sports, art, literature, and technology despite fewer resources at its disposal. We aim to answer the questions about what are the ills that ail us and prevent the advancements, and how can we overcome them. These questions are especially important in light of radically changing socio-economic and political space in the country.

MIT India Conference

The theme of the 2019 conference is “India’s Competitive Edge”.  The conference aims at reflecting on what unique factors have allowed India to thrive in science, sports, art, literature, and technology despite fewer resources at its disposal. We aim to answer the questions about what are the ills that ail us and prevent the advancements, and how can we overcome them. These questions are important in light of radically changing socio-economic and political space in the country.

Speakers

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Anil Kumble and Dr. Subramanian Swamy would be joining us through video conferencing. Prakash Javadekar will deliver his message through a short pre-recorded video.

The conference speakers represent a variety of perspectives. A speaker's invitation to participate in the MIT India Conference is not an indication that MIT or the MIT India conference endorse the speaker's views or opinions.

Anil Kumble

Former Indian Cricketer

Priyamvada Natarajan

Astrophysicist, Science Educator, Professor at Yale University

Anil Kumar Gupta

Founder, the Honey Bee Network, Professor IIM-A

Arundhati Katju

Lawyer, LGBTQ+ Rights Movement in India

Satish K. Reddy

Chairman, Dr Reddy's Laboratories

Farhan Akhtar

Actor, Founder of Men Against Rape and Discrimination Campaign

Shereen Bhan

Journalist and Managing Editor

Indrani Medhi Thies

Scientist and Technologist at Microsoft Research

Anupam Kher

Actor and Former Chairman of Film and Television Institute

Ami Shroff

Director, Shrujan NGO in Kutch

Sanjiv Mehta

Chairman and Managing Director Hindustan Unilever Limited

Manasi Kirloskar

Executive Director and CEO, Kirloskar Systems Limited

D. R. Mehta

Founder, Patron Jaipur Foot and Former IAS

Preetish Nijhawan

Co-founder of Akamai Technologies

MIT Speakers

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Pooja Wagh

Director, Health Community, Solve at MIT

Mala Ghosh

Melanie Mala Ghosh

Managing Director, MIT-India & MIT-South Asia

S.P. Kothari

S.P. Kothari

Gordon Y Billard Professor of Accounting and Finance, MIT Sloan School of Management

Urmi Samadar

Director of Action Learning, MIT Sloan School of Management

Sponsor Speakers

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Shweta Aprameya

Founder, AU Welfare Foundation

Raju Goteti

Vice President, Co-Innovation Network (COIN), TCS

Schedule

Saturday, February 16

7:45 AM - 8:40 AM

Registration and Breakfast

Opening Session

8:45 AM - 8:57 AM

Co-Chairs Address

Aditi Shankar | Kritarth Yudhish | Neil S. Gaikwad

8:59 AM - 9:24 AM

Honoring Professor S.P. Kothari

Remarks from Mala Ghosh | Fireside Chat with Mr. Vikram Kirloskar '81 & Professor S.P. Kothari

9:26 AM - 9:36 AM
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Conference Opening Remarks

S.P. Kothari

9:39 AM - 10:05 AM
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Impact of MIT and India on Entrepreneurship

Preetish Nijhawan

Fireside Chat with Robin Bose

Session 1: Gearing India for the future through policy and institutions

MC: Kritarth Yudhish

10:08 AM -10:33 AM
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India’s Economic Positioning in the Global Perspective

Subramanian Swamy

MC: Kritarth Yudhish | Dr. Swamy would be joining us through video conferencing

10:36 AM - 10:56 AM
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Indian Media: Tussle Between Accountability & Freedom

Shereen Bhan

MC: Aditi Shankar

Session 2: Business frontiers: opportunities and challenges

10:59 AM - 11:14 AM
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India's Competitive Edge in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Satish K. Reddy

11:17 AM - 11:37 AM
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Building Sustainable Businesses for a Healthier Planet

Sanjiv Mehta

MC: Neil Gaikwad

11:38 AM - 12:08 PM

Fireside Chat with Satish K. Reddy & Sanjiv Mehta

MC: Kritarth Yudhish | The session will be moderated by Shereen Bhan

12:11 PM - 12:31 PM
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Time on and off the cricket field

Anil Kumble

MC: Kritarth Yudhish

12:34 PM - 12:44 PM
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Introducing New Scholarship to Support Entrepreneurship for Social Impact

Shweta Aprameya

MC: Kritarth Yudhish

12:44 PM - 01:44 PM

Lunch

01:44 PM - 01:54 PM
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TCS Co-Innovation Network - India Story

Raju Goteti

MC: Kritarth Yudhish

Session 3: STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)

MC: Neil Gaikwad

01:57 PM - 02:22 PM
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Evolution of Indian Cinema. What's Next?

Anupam Kher

MC: Aditi Shankar | Fireside Chat with Prof. S.P. Kothari

02:25 PM - 02:50 PM
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Strengthening Human Rights: Breaking the Colonial Closet

Arundhati Katju

MC: Neil Gaikwad | Fireside Chat

02:53 PM - 03:23 PM
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Deciphering the Invisible Universe

Priyamvada Natarajan

MC: Neil Gaikwad

03:26 PM - 03:52 PM
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Designing Technologies for Global Social Inclusion

Indrani Medhi Thies

MC: Neil Gaikwad | Fireside Chat

03:52 PM - 04:22 PM

Tea

Session 4: Culture and Innovation

MC: Aditi Shankar

04:25 PM - 04:35 PM
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Education in Free India

Manasi Kirloskar

04:38 PM - 04:48 PM
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Empowering Women Artisans through Social Entrepreneurship

Ami Shroff

MC: Aditi Shankar

04:49 PM - 05:04 PM

Fireside Chat with Manasi Kirloskar and Ami Shroff

MC: Aditi Shankar | The session will be moderated by Mala Ghosh

05:07 PM - 05:17 PM
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Creating Knowledge Networks to Fuel Grassroots Innovations

Anil Kumar Gupta

05:20 PM - 05:30 PM
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Affordable Healthcare: Role of Entrepreneurship and Technology

D. R. Mehta

MC: Kritarth Yudhish

05:31 PM - 05:46 PM

Fireside Chat with Anil Kumar Gupta and D.R. Mehta

MC: Kritarth Yudhish | The session will be moderated by Pooja Wagh

05:49 PM - 06:24 PM
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Fireside Chat with Farhan Akhtar

Farhan Akhtar

The session will be moderated by Urmi Samadar

Closing Session

06:25 PM - 06:30 PM

Thank you

Aditi Shankar | Kritarth Yudhish | Neil S. Gaikwad

06:33 - 06:43 PM
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Prakash Javadekar

MC: Aditi Shankar | Prakash Javadekar will deliver his message through a short pre-recorded video

Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I reach the venue? Where can I park?
We strongly encourage those coming from within the Boston area to use public transportation, as MIT is conveniently located on both local bus lines and the Red Line (stop: Kendall/MIT). Please check out MBTA online planning tool http://www.mbta.com/rider_tools/ to plan your trip.
If you do intend to drive, there are a limited number of spots available at 21 Amherst Street, which is a short walk away from the Media Lab. Please use the MIT campus map (https://whereis.mit.edu/) to locate E14 and other buildings at MIT.

How do I connect to a wireless network during the conference?
MIT provides a network service to campus guests. Please select MIT GUEST at wireless option, which does not require any registration. For any further question on connecting to MIT network, please visit our Information Systems and Technology page: https://ist.mit.edu/network/netguests

Will food be provided?
Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks will be provided. There are many surrounding food places in Kendall and Central Square (Cambridge). Here are some options on Campus and nearby Cambridge. http://web.mit.edu/institute-events/visitor/eat.html

Useful Links to first-time visitors to MIT
Driving directions to MIT: http://whereis.mit.edu/directions.html
MIT Campus Map: https://whereis.mit.edu/
MIT Public parking Info: http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/parking/visitors/public_parking.html
MIT Medical center parking (Free after 5:30 PM – 7:30 AM and on the weekends): http://bit.ly/MITMedicalParking
MIT Facts: http://web.mit.edu/facts/
MIT Campus Tour Guide: http://web.mit.edu/institute-events/events/tour.html
Where to eat at MIT: http://web.mit.edu/institute-events/visitor/eat.html
MIT guest wireless: https://ist.mit.edu/network/netguests

Useful Websites for first-time visitors to Boston
MBTA planning tool: http://www.mbta.com/rider_tools/
Boston Weather: http://bit.ly/BOSWeather
Accommodations near Cambridge: http://web.mit.edu/institute-events/visitor/stay.html
Where to avoid: http://spotcrime.com/ma/boston
Boston Event Calendar: http://www.thebostoncalendar.com/
Where to Eat at Boston: http://www.thrillist.com/boston

Registration

Regular

$25-451 Person

  • MIT Undergrad Students - $25
  • Other University Undergrad Students - $45

Regular

$55-751 Person

  • MIT Staff/Faculty - $55
  • Professionals - $75

Registration

Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsor

Founder & Partner

MIT Team

The MIT India Conference team includes 21 students that include 4 co-chairs and 17 VPs. One co-chair and two vice presidents chose to stay anonymous. Click to the team member's names to learn more.

Chairs

Neil S. Gaikwad

Ph.D., MIT Media Lab

Vice Presidents

Conference Content Strategy

Lead: Neil S. Gaikwad

Amit Kumar

MBA 2020

Anchal Goyal

MBA 2020

Anupam Jena

Ph.D., Nuclear Science and Engineering

Conference Finance and Sponsorship

Lead: Kritarth Yudhish

Kushal Gohil

Executive MBA, 2020

Ashutosh Nayak

Executive MBA

Kushal Purie

MBA 2020

Conference Operations

Lead: Aditi Shankar

Hari Bandi

Ph.D., Operations Research

Avinash Ghorpade

System Design and Management

Aditya Jeet

MBA 2019

Anshul Bhide

MBA 2020

Conference Marketing

Lead: Anonymous

Akash Raigangar

SM, Transportation

Conference Outreach

Ambuj Jhunjhunwala

Sloan Fellow 2019

Karthik Mahalingam

Sloan Fellow 2019

Advisers

Mala Ghosh

Melanie Mala Ghosh

Managing Director, MIT-India & MIT-South Asia

S.P. Kothari

S.P. Kothari

Gordon Y Billard Professor of Accounting and Finance, MIT Sloan School of Management

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