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IISC-UK Lecture Series 2010

I recently got an opportunity to attend the Indian Institute of Science IISC-UK Lecture Series 2010 at IISC campus. Prof Alison Richard spoke on “Catalyzing Innovation: the Role of Universities”.  Prof Richard is currently the Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge since 2003 & given to understand that she is the first woman to hold this position full time. During her key note address she touched upon the fact that both UK & India are both pushing innovation up the policy agenda, to meet urgent economic, environmental and societal challenges. She also used the example of Cambridge ‘innovation ecosystem’ to examine how many activities which a research university regularly undertakes – basic research, teaching and knowledge transfer – can result in innovation with local, national and global effects.  The lecture was followed by a panel discussion of noted scientist R Narasimha as the moderator and the other panel members included IIMB director Pankaj Chandra, P Anandan, Managing Director – Microsoft Research India and Sandra Dawson - Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. The members gave opinions ranging from importance of eco-system in innovation to management education.

Rajaram Pai, Global Academic Relations

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