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Why Can’t India Produce Nobel Laureates? – TiE SV/ICC/Pan-IIT Event

July 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT



Join us for a TiE Silicon Valley/ICC/Pan-IIT partnered event, ‘Why Can’t India Produce Nobel Laureates?’

In this talk, Rajesh Gopakumar, an eminent researcher and Director of ICTS-TIFR will share his thoughts on what needs to be done to nurture India’s future Nobel Laureates. It will be an insightful conversation addressing one of one of the key shortcomings of modern India on the world stage.

The future of India is closely tied to the quality of scientific and technological advances coming out of the country. In reality, Indian science and technology are not generating the kind of creative breakthroughs which reshape the landscape of ideas. Rather than be paralyzed by thinking that nothing will change until everything changes, Rajesh will make the argument that there is indeed a pathway to India becoming a global Science and Tech powerhouse, with its fair share of Nobel Prizes, Fields medals and so on.

For more information, Rajesh Gopakumar recently wrote an article on the topic: Building a Home for India’s Future Nobel Laureates


Rajesh Gopakumar is the Director of ICTS-TIFR. He was ranked #1 in IIT-JEE and did his undergraduate studies in physics at IIT-Kanpur. He then did his Ph.D. at Princeton with David Gross(Nobel Laureate in Physics, 2004). After a few years at Harvard, he returned to India in 2001. He has made fundamental contributions to String theory and is the recipient of numerous national and international recognition including ICTP Science Prize, the S. S. Bhatnagar award and the TWAS Prize in Physical Sciences, the G. D. Birla Award, the Swarnajayanthi and J. C. Bose National Fellowships.

He is an elected fellow of all the three national science academies as well as that of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and a founding member of the Global Young Academy (GYA)

Jai Rawat will host and moderate the session. He is Rajesh’s batchmate from IIT Kanpur and a TiE SV Charter Member.


6pm-7pm: Networking and Snacks

7pm-7:45pm: Talk

7:45pm-8pm: Q&A

Seating is limited. We are expecting a full house.


July 18, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
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Milpitas, CA 95035 United States
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