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Eminent Speakers

Eminent speakers from across globe have participated in Endowment series from last 27 years.

With the blessings of Rev. Prof. (Dr.) Vishwanath D. Karad Sir, we, the Organizing Committee of Saint Shree Dnyaneshwara and Saint Shree Tukaram Endowment Lecture Series Trust & World Peace Centre (Alandi) MAEER's MIT World Peace University, Pune, India, firmly believe in the saying of the Great Noble Son of India,
Swami Vivekananda, “Union of Science and Spirituality / Religion alone will bringPeace and Harmony to the Mankind”.


Prof. Govindan Rangarajan

Prof. Govindan Rangarajan obtained an Integrated MSc (Hons) degree from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, and a PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. He then worked at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab, University of California, Berkeley, before returning to India in 1992. He has been a faculty member of the Department of Mathematics, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), since 1992. He is currently the Director of IISc. Prof. Rangarajan’s research interests include nonlinear dynamics and chaos and time series analysis. He is a JC Bose National Fellow. He is also a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, India. He was awarded the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques (Knight of the Order of Academic Palms) by the Government of France. He was also a Homi Bhabha Fellow. As co-PI of the Indo-French Cyber University Project, he helped establish the first inter-continental satellite-based courses. These courses were taught live to Indian and French students in various subject areas. He also headed the National Mathematics Initiative, which ran instructional schools and workshops in cutting-edge areas at the interface between mathematics and other fields. He was instrumental in setting up and running the interdisciplinary PhD programme in mathematical sciences. He also headed the Indo-US Virtual Institute for Mathematics and Statistical Sciences, which was jointly set up by the National Science Foundation, USA and the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum, India. He is currently the Director of the Indo-French Centre for Applied Mathematics (IFCAM), the first Unités Mixtes Internationales of CNRS, France in India. This is a joint venture between the Department of Science and Technology (DST), India, and a consortium of French institutions. IFCAM supports joint research projects between India and France in the broad area of applied mathematics. Prof. Rangarajan has also served as the Chair, Department of Mathematics and Convener, Digital Information Services Centre from 2002 to 2008. He was the Chair, International Relations Cell. Most recently, he was the Chair of the Division of Interdisciplinary Research (comprising 10 departments and centres) from 2014-2020. He also headed IISc’s fundraising and alumni outreach efforts in his role as the Chair, Office of Development and Alumni Affairs from 2015-2020.


Padma Bhushan Dr Vijay Bhatkar

Padma Bhushan Dr.Vijay Pandurang Bhatkar PB, PS is an Indian computer scientist, IT leader and educationalist. He is best known as the architect of India's national initiative in supercomputing where he led the development of Param supercomputers. He is a Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, and Maharashtra Bhushan awardee. Dr Bhatkar substantially contributed to the ushering of electronics revolution in India. He is also credited with the creation of several national research labs and institutions, notably amongst them being C-DAC, ER&DC Trivandrum, IIITM-K, TechnoPark, MKCL, IsquareIT,Multiversity. Simultaneously, he has mentored several innovation-based start-ups. Dr. Bhatkar has served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee to PM, Member of the Governing Council of CSIR and a member of the IT Task Force constituted by PM in 1998. He is a Life Fellow of IEEE (USA) and Fellow of ACM (USA), besides being Fellow of CSI, INAE, IETE, NASI, MASc and GES. He has served as the Chairman of e-Governance Committees of Maharashtra and Goa.

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Yogacharya Dr. Dayashankar Vidyalankar

From an early age, Dr. Vidyalankar exhibited an innate fascination with the profound wisdom of yoga and Indian culture. Drawn to their ability to harmonize the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of human existence, he embarked on a lifelong journey of exploration and mastery. Under the guidance of esteemed gurus, he delved into the intricacies of yogic philosophy, asanas, pranayama, and meditation. Dr. Vidyalankar's passion for yoga and Indian culture extends far beyond personal practice. As a dedicated teacher and mentor, he has guided countless individuals on their own paths of yogic transformation. His teaching style is characterized by its depth, clarity, and compassion, ensuring that students gain a comprehensive understanding of yoga's multifaceted benefits. Beyond his teaching endeavors, Dr. Vidyalankar has made significant contributions to the field of yoga and Indian culture through his extensive writing. His published works, spanning a variety of genres, offer profound insights into the historical, philosophical, and practical dimensions of these ancient traditions. His writings have served as valuable resources for both novices and seasoned practitioners, enriching their understanding and deepening their practice. In addition to his teaching and writing pursuits, Dr. Vidyalankar has also played a pivotal role in promoting yoga and Indian culture on a global scale. He has actively participated in numerous international conferences, workshops, and retreats, sharing his expertise and inspiring individuals worldwide to embrace the transformative power of yoga and Indian culture. Dr. Vidyalankar's achievements have not gone unnoticed. His unwavering dedication to yoga and Indian culture has been recognized by various institutions and organizations, including the Government of India, which conferred upon him the prestigious title of Yoga and Indian Culture Acharya. This recognition is a testament to his profound knowledge, exceptional teaching skills, and unwavering commitment to preserving and promoting these invaluable traditions.

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