Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan is Distinguished Professor and Director of The National Centre for Biological Sciences. He has become the Secretary of Department of Biotechnology (DBT), India on January 28, 2013, replacing Maharaj Kishan Bhan. He was conferred the honour of the Padma Shri by the Govt. of India on 26th January, 2013. He is also a recipient of the Infosys Prize in the life sciences category in 2009.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1975.He completed his doctoral work in 1983 in the field of Molecular Biology and holds a Ph.D from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. During his post-doctoral work, from 1984 to 1985, he was a Research Fellow and then, from 1986 to 1988, a Senior Research Fellow at the California Institute of Technology.
Ritu Ghosh is the Government Affairs Specialist, HP India and is currently driving the education, health and environment initiatives for Government Affairs Team, India.
Ritu Ghosh is an ICT public policy expert with over 15 years of experience. She has been driving initiatives for the adoption of Information Communication Technologies as the transformation tool in emerging and developed economies. The focus is to reduce the cost of access to Information Technology by aligning government policies in the interest of the community and the organization. Ritu Ghosh has been instrumental for creating next generation of solutions and models to facilitate the innovation and awareness on technology for health.
She is a research associate with Indian Institute of Technology and has set up the Centre for Excellence in e-Governance at IIT Delhi campus with an objective to carry research activities and showcase the latest technology initiatives and innovation to the government.
Achieved adoption of (Open Document format) ODF as government policy in the state of Kerala.
She has been responsible for successfully seeding in the advanced open technologies in the school education system.
She also developed a Desktop for schools called “School OS” which is based on Open Source application and tools, thus helping the advanced technology to reach out to school students, without economic barriers.
Ritu Ghosh also advises the government on environment sustainable strategies and has been engaged with key Industry Associations working on key environment policies for India, like e-waste and energy efficiency programs by Bureau of Energy Efficiency.
Prasanto Kumar Roy is editorial and research advisor at CyberMedia Group.
Until recently he was president and chief editor of the ICT publications group of CyberMedia, India’s top specialty media house, which published nine infotech and telecom publications such as Dataquest, Voice&Data, PCQuest and Living Digital (LD2.in), and the tech portal CIOL.com.
‘PKR’ is a greentech evangelist, and is actively interested in gizmos and gadgets. A technology journalist for over two decades, he studied physics at Delhi’s St Stephen’s College, after schooling at St Xavier’s, Delhi.
He travels widely, lectures on technology and media issues, and is religiously interested in the world’s flora and fauna, preferably stir-fried!
He hosts a personal blog at www.pkr.in.