Sep 142016
 

The IITBAA Pune Chapter had invited Dr Deepak Ranade on 27/Aug/2016 to talk about consciousness and the brain.

Dr. Ranade explored the anthropological basis of the nervous system and walked the audience through its evolution from the unicellular organism up to the present day human nervous system.

Consciousness is considered to be a uniquely human faculty. Dr. Ranade discussed the various facets of consciousness such as:

  • Is the brain the essential substrate for consciousness?
  • The Hierarchy of consciousness
  • Quantum physics and the Quantum approach to consciousness.
  • Neurotheology and the “God centre”

Dr. Deepak Ranade did his MBBS and MS in BJ Medical College in Pune. He is currently Professor and Head of Department Of Neurosurgery, at D.Y. .Patil Medical college in Pimpri which is recognised for its M.Ch (Neurosurgery). He has published several papers in Neurosurgery in reputed international journals of medicine.

Jun 282016
 

Arvind Pendse walked the audience through the story of how the Genetic code was deciphered.

Most people have heard words like DNA, chromosomes, genes and genetic code and probably have a vague idea that genes contain a manual of instructions that runs our life, both mental and physical. All living beings have such an instruction manual inside them. However, people may not be aware that the language in which this manual is written and the way the instructions are executed is the SAME in ALL LIVING BEINGS. Content is obviously different but the language and its execution is the same right from single celled amoeba to complex human beings.

This talk was about a detective story i.e. the long journey to uncover the fascinating mystery that had always puzzled mankind. Mystery about how life works, how this information is stored in us, and how it is passed on from generation to generation. How these questions were resolved by deciphering the genetic code in many small logical steps with co operation of many scientists from many countries working together.

The story has many twists and turns, shows how the scientists also make silly mistakes, how they also have biases and reject sound logical ideas, but how the self correcting scientific method prevails to uncover the truth in the end. Along the way Arvind talked about what is meant by scientific method and why it is probably the best tool we have to uncover truth.

Language of God – part 1/3

Language of God – part 2/3

Language of God – part 3/3

Jun 222016
 

We are happy to announce the 2nd annual bridge tournament held annually in memory of Late Prof M S Kamath, who as many of us would remember was a great bridge enthusiast himself. This is a PAN-IIT Bridge Championship Tournament for alumni members of all IITs and their friends/relatives. This event is sponsored by GS Lab.

This tournament is a pairs/trios (2-3 participants per team) event and atleast one participant in the team must from an IIT (any IIT, not just IIT Bombay) or related to an IIT alumnus (spouses, parents, children). It will be held over 2 sessions. Complimentary Lunch and tea/coffee will be served.

The following prizes will be awarded to the winning teams. A team can claim the prize in only one category.

  • Pan IIT category – 3 prizes: Rs. 2500 / 1500 / 500
  • Open category – 5 prizes: Rs. 2500 / 2000 / 1500 / 1000 / 500
Where:
PYC Gymkhana
Off Bhandarkar Road
Deccan Gymkhana
Map
When: Sunday, 24 July, 10am-5pm
Cost: Rs 300/- per pair, Rs 450/- per trio

This is a PAN IIT event. Spouses & other family interested are welcome.

May 032016
 

In our endeavour to get interesting speakers, the IITBAA Pune Chapter invited Navin Kabra to talk on 16th April 2016.

In his words…
Modern life is quite different from the world our parents grew up in; and a lot of what we do in our lives and careers has no parallels in what they did. So it appears that we’re on our own as far as navigating this new world is concerned. I take timeless advice from the Gita and show how, with appropriate mappings to modern concepts, the advice is surprisingly effective. And I show how it parallels advice from modern gurus like Marc Andreessen, Paul Graham, and Scott Adams. I also try to provide empirical/scientific backing from the work of researchers in the areas of psychology, sociology, and game theory.

This is not about ancient-India-was-great, but practical, useful tips to bring order to the chaos of the internet-enabled life. We’ve all grown up hearing quotes from the Gita (including Karmanye vaadhikaraste). Some years ago, I decided to seriously read the Gita and then see what parts of it could actually be applied to modern life, and whether any of it appeals to my (modern/western/atheistic) sensibilities.

In the talk, I’ll pick out selected passages from the Gita (there’s a lot I rejected as not being relevant to this talk, and to my sensibilities as a materialistic atheist). For each one of those, I will give examples of situations from entrepreneurship, or professional/family relationships, or even simply social media management, and who how the Gita’s wisdom is a useful framework to evaluate alternative courses of action. For each, there will also be examples of advice from modern gurus, or scientists/researchers that is roughly equivalent.

Mar 072016
 

In an attempt to improve interaction between alumni of IITB & also amongst other IIT’s in Pune we will be having a function every quarter. The purpose is Facilitating serendipity.
Serendipity is the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.
You will be able to Network with other IITans. Be it helping with your career, business or leisure, alumni can help each other much more than anyone else because of the common roots they share.
There are about 1,900 alumni of IITB in Pune. We do not have figures for alumni from other IIT’s. Could be about 200+ from each.

The first function is planned for 12th March 2016 at GS Lab terrace at 5.30pm. We are expecting a lot of participation from younger alumni.

There will initially be a Q & A session with Vinayak Joglekar (C1977, Mech. IITB; C1981 IIMC) Founder & CTO, Synerzip (http://synerzip.com/) on his experience in building a software product development company.
The session will cover issues such as
What was his motivation for starting an enterprise?
How did he come up with a business idea?
What was his experience when starting up, specifically around building the team and the MVP?
How did he raise the required capital?
How did he reach out/market the product/service to customers?
Were there any moments of doubt?
What advice would he like to give to entrepreneurs who want to start a venture ?

Registration is neccesary. The function is open for alumni from all IIT’s. Every alumnus can also bring one other person who is interested in networking but not an IIT alumnus.
The damages are Rs 200 per head including a light dinner. Beer will be available for purchase at the venue.
A list of alumni who have registered will be available on the registration page so please register early.

Venue: GS Lab Terrace, 9th Floor, Amar Arma Genesis, Above Food Bazaar. Baner Road.
Date and time: Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 5.30pm

Please register here: iitbaapune.in/networking.