The COVID-19 pandemic led to seismic shifts in our priorities and increased focus on India’s healthcare sector. The healthcare sector requires disruptive technologies and the National Digital Health Mission announced in August 2020 endorses that. The country, thus, quite early streamlined efforts to leverage digital technologies to strengthen medical infrastructure for an effective response and future preparedness. The goal was to integrate healthcare with technology to improve patient care services, access, and affordability. Over the last year, the Office of PSA brought together Industry partners, Academia, and start-ups to develop innovative solutions to support the healthcare sector. For the first session, we bring together two of these organizations – Intel India and Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.


23 April 2021

1500 - 1530 HoursInaugural
  • Prof. K.VijayRaghavan, PSA to Govt of India
  • Dilip Chenoy, Secretary General, FICCI, India
1500 - 1630 HoursIndustry-Academia discussionAcademia
  • Prof. Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay (Member, PM-STIAC)
  • Ananthanarayanan Shanmugam, Director - Govt Affairs and Public Policy, India at Intel Corporation
  • Varma S. Konala, CEO of INAI, the Applied AI research center in IIITH 




  • Machine Learning in healthcare by Prof. Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay

  • INAI by Intel Corporation




Prof K. VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to Government of India

Prof K. VijayRaghavan is a distinguished professor in the field of developmental genetics and is currently Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India. He is also a former director of the National Centre of Biological Sciences. He has spearheaded groundbreaking research to understand principles and mechanisms that control the nervous system and muscles during development, and how these neuromuscular systems direct specific locomotor behaviours.



Dilip Chenoy, Secretary General, FICCI, India

Mr. Chenoy leads the permanent secretariat of FICCI, which is the largest and oldest apex business organisation in India, and a potent voice for policy change. Before joining FICCI, Dilip served as Managing Director & CEO of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). He also worked in several key industry organizations, including SIAM as its Director General. He was a member of the Harvard Business School project under Professor Michael Porter that worked on the competitiveness of Indian industry. With varied experiences of working in the private sector, he advises start-ups including organisations in the digital, education, skills and livelihood space. A fellow of the World Academy of Productivity Science (WAPS), he was awarded the Indian Achievers Award in 2018, The Game Changer Award in 2015 and the Rashtriya Media Ratan Award in 2013.



Prof. Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay, Member, PM-STIAC

Prof. Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay for her scholarly record in algorithmic optimization and for its significant impact on biological data analysis. Her discoveries include a genetic marker for breast cancer, determination of co-occurrence of HIV and cancers and the role of white matter in Alzheimer’s disease. The current research interests of Prof. Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay include computational biology and bioinformatics, soft and evolutionary computation, pattern recognition and data mining. Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay joined the Machine Intelligence Unit of the Indian Statistical Institute as a faculty member in 1999, after completing her PhD from the same Institute. She was the Director of the Institute from August 2015 to July 2020. She is currently a member of the Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council of the Prime Minister of India (PM-STIAC).



Ananthanarayanan Shanmugam, Director - Govt Affairs and Public Policy, India at Intel Corporation

Mr. Ananthanarayanan Shanmugam is currently Director - Govt Affairs and Public Policy, India for Intel Corporation. Prior, He was associated with Wipro Ltd as Corporate Affairs - Technology Advisory. He is management graduate from Indian School of Business



Varma S. Konala, the CEO of INAI, the Applied AI research center in IIITH 

Varma S. Konala is a Intel veteran with the first four years in design, testing, and validation followed by 20 years in all facets of marketing (tech, product, planning, ecosystem enabling & business development). Majority of his business side experience has been in a start up like environment handling multiple responsibilities taking products from conception to revenue. He recently was deputed from Intel as the CEO of INAI, the Applied AI research center in IIITH that is a public-private collaborative effort between Intel, IIITH and Government of Telangana. 


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