A Populist Budget

A Populist Budget

By Kiran Mazumdar Shaw The Budget, ahead of the general elections later this year, was expectedly populist in nature and announced several measures for farmers, informal sector workers and the middle class. Relief for Farmers To relieve farmer distress the Budget unveiled the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi, an assured income support program, for 12 [...]

Academia Must Inspire Society through Science

Academia Must Inspire Society through Science

Date: 25 June, 2018 It is my proud privilege to deliver the annual convocation address of India’s iconic institution for advanced scientific education and research. At the outset, let me offer my felicitations to the medal winners, the graduating students and their families on this proud day.  My congratulations also to the faculty, the Governing [...]

It’s Time for India’s Youth to Stand Up and be Counted

It’s Time for India’s Youth to Stand Up and be Counted

By Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, CMD, Biocon The Lok Sabha elections in 2019 will be historic! An entire generation that was born at the turn of the 21st century will have turned 18 and thus become eligible to vote! 133 million young adults will get to exercise their franchise and thus give shape to their idea of [...]

IHC Public Lecture: Strategic Importance Of Data Sciences In Research And Innovation

IHC Public Lecture: Strategic Importance Of Data Sciences In Research And Innovation

DATA IS KING In 2012, IDC projected that the digital universe will reach 40 zettabytes by 2020. This was based on the assumption that 1.7 megabytes of new information will be created every second for every human being on the planet in 2020. IDC realised that its projection was on the conservative side! Its current [...]

An Inclusive Budget

An Inclusive Budget

By Kiran Mazumdar Shaw The Finance Minister has presented a comprehensive and wide-ranging Budget for FY19, which addresses most of the areas that need focus to ensure sustainable, long-term and equitable growth of the Indian economy. The Union Budget needed to be prudent and forward-looking rather than populist and that is exactly what Finance Minister [...]

Ethics of Winning

Ethics of Winning

I feel honoured to address the Fifth Convocation of the O.P. Jindal Global University. I am given to understand that this University is unique in many of its programs be it the multidisciplinary Masters of Arts program in Diplomacy, Law and Business or the Bachelor of Arts programs in Liberal Arts, Humanities and Global Affairs [...]