Mar 252017

Arvind talks about new research findings about Lifestyle diseases such as Diabetes, Obesity, Lipid Disorder, Cardio Vascular Disease where Insulin Resistance is possibly the root cause for all of them.

Lifestyle diseases have become biggest threat to health. Understanding science behind these disorders in an unbiased manner can remove many misconceptions and give leads on what to do, especially how to prevent these disorders. He tries to explain generally unknown but very important scientific facts about these disorders with an underlying theme that it is the insulin resistance (IR), which is the root cause for all these diseases, which are all clubbed under what is called metabolic syndrome.

He talks about Diabetes 2 in detail and explain how our body gives us a warning about possible diabetes nearly 15 years BEFORE we actually become diabetic. He discusses how diabetes 2 develops and how its origin is in excess and not deficit in Insulin production.

Nov 192016

Pramod Phadke spoke about fat and cholesterol from a chemical engineer’s perspective. We hear so many terms and recommendations from various sources that a lay person gets more confused than enlightened. Pramod starts with definitions of various terms and significance of those parameters for good health, inter-relationships of various chemicals in the body, their formation etc. Some recommendations are discussed with the logic behind them, and others are contested.

Pramod Phadke is a 1967 IITB alumnus in Chemical Engineering. He subsequently did his MTech & worked in Consulting organizations. From 1977 operated as Consulting Chemical Engineer. He was involved in designing distillation columns & other chemical equipment. He has a keen interest in mathematical puzzles & has a website

Oct 052016

Watch Dr SP Sukhatme, Professor Emeritus, IIT Bombay speaking about “Can India’s future needs of electricity be met by renewable energy sources?”.

In this lecture, an attempt is made to answer two questions. How much electrical energy will India need in the future? Can this need for electricity be met by renewable energy sources? The first question is answered in two ways. In the first approach, the energy inputs required for various activities in the residential, commercial, transportation, manufacturing, agriculture and other sectors are considered, while in the second approach, the empirical relationship between the Human Development Index and the annual per capita consumption of electricity is used. The second question is answered by systematically considering all the renewable sources (solar power, wind power, hydro-electric power, etc) and estimating the potential of each source to supply electricity in the future. In an overall sense, the calculations show that the annual need of electricity can perhaps be met by renewable sources if India adopts a frugal policy for energy usage. However, this is not enough because the demand for electricity has to be met continuously on a daily basis. Many difficult technical challenges will have to be overcome in order to tackle this issue successfully. These challenges are discussed.

Dr SP Sukhatme is a well known figure in IITB having been there from 1965 to 2000, serving as HOD Mech dept. and Director.

Following Dr. Sukhatme, Ashok Sreenivas of Prayas spoke on current and future challenges to be overcome by the Indian energy sector. The debates around the right technology mix and the transition pathways are important and necessary. However, there are other challenges before the Indian energy sector which also need to be understood and addressed. The talk will present an overview of such challenges and some ideas on how they can be addressed, so that the energy sector can support equitable and sustainable development for all Indians.

Ashok is a Senior Research Fellow at Prayas (Energy Group), where he works on issues related to energy policy, energy data and modelling, energy access and fossil fuels, Prior to joining Prayas, he was associated with TRDDC (a research arm of TCS) and Parisar, a group working on urban transport issues in Pune. Ashok has a B. Tech in 1987 and Ph. D. in Computer Science in 1997 from IITB. Prayas (Energy Group) is an energy policy research and advocacy group based out of Pune, which has been working in this field for over twenty years. Prayas is known for its rigorous and comprehensively analytical approach to issues, which has helped to build its credibility across the various stakeholders in the sector.

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