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Introduction

Remote learning and virtual learning environments took a centre stage as most educational institutions remained closed across the world. Making learning personalized became more crucial as inequitable access to mobile phones, geographical barriers, and learning disabilities, limited learning opportunities for many. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has revolutionized learning by making it more individualistic. It can have a far-reaching impact on how teachers teach and students learn. The technology has the potential of increasing inclusivity in different levels of education. The immense potential of AI fuelled with the challenges that heightened post-pandemic, led select organizations in the industry and academia in India to support educational institutions and schools.

The June session of the Innovation & Science @Bharat series will bring two such speakers from industry and academia to talk about AI’s application in the education sector.

Webinar Date: 18 June 2021 at 03.00 PM

Speakers

Academia 

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Prof. Ajit Kembhavi, IUCAA and Pune Knowledge Cluster, Pune

Professor Kembhavi is a distinguished astronomer who works on galaxies, quasars, and other extragalactic objects, various areas of high energy astrophysics, X-ray and radio pulsars, and the application of AI to astronomy and biology. Professor Kembhavi is involved in many national and international collaborations and for several years and is one of the key persons responsible for India joining the Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT) project as a partner and taking up the LIGO India project.  He is now on the Apex Committees of these projects and a member of the LIGO USA Oversight Committee. He has to his credit research papers and several books in English and Marathi. Ajit is Professor Emeritus and former Raja Ramanna Fellow at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune. He is one of the founder members of IUCAA and played a major role in setting it up and developing it into a world-class institute. He has a Ph.D. from TIFR, Mumbai and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Astronomy, of the University of Cambridge. He led the Virtual Observatory-India project for 15 years, which has made important contributions to data management, analysis, visualisation and the development of tools for statistical analysis. The project was carried out in close collaboration with Anand Deshpande Persistent Systems. He headed a Big Data project supported by the National Knowledge Network (NKN), and works on applications of Deep Learning to astronomy and biology.

Industry

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Venkat Sitaram, General Manager & Geo Head, Dell Technologies 

Venkat Sitaram is General Manager & India Leader for Education, Dell Technologies. He is also responsible for corporate business & verticals startups & healthcare. Venkat has contributed to many consultations on Higher and K-12 Education led by the government, academia, and industry. He champions the cause of digital transformation of the Education sector to make it more accessible, research-focused, and better-governed. Venkat is based in Bangalore and has been with Dell Technologies for over a decade now. During his stint within the company, Venkat has handled cross-functional sales roles including BFSI Vertical Head, Director for Enterprise Solutions Sales & Enterprise Product Management. Before joining Dell, he spent close to a decade at Wipro infotech. Venkat brings along with him an overall experience of 25+ years of sales in the IT Industry.

 

Rajesh Saha,  CEO and Co-founder of Quiklrn

Rajesh is the CEO and Co-founder of Quiklrn, which is a Dell Technologies Solution Partner. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the IT Industry, and is currently conceptualizing and building a new generation learning experience app and platform services integrated with AI-enabled tools. Quiklrn platform has been recognized by leading autonomous education institutes and central government institutes for its unique capabilities on adaptive learning. 
AICTE (Ministry of Education India) has selected Quiklrn to be part of the NEAT 2.0 initiative for driving personalized learning and improving learning outcomes. 


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