Reconnecting with 21st century India - a public lecture of Mr. Atul Khanna
Reconnecting with 21st century India
Public Lecture will be held on Monday 10 June on 11am till 12.30pm at Mektory in room 126.
Mr. Atul Khanna is an industrial and engineering services entrepreneur since 1987. He has been building a knowledge corridor between Europe and India at industrial, government, research, education and commercial levels since 2003. He is a pioneer in industry-academia, PPP, bilateral and interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary combinations in education and research.
He is the founder Tooltech Global Engineering Private Ltd. R&D and design projects in engineering and public transportation. The Tooltech consortium of N+P and Hoermann is one of the world’s largest independent design and knowhow providers in the field of Urban Mobility. In 1999 -2003 he was the chairman of Swedish MNC Sandvik’s Seco India operations.
He has facilitated the Indo-Finnish and EU-India science cooperation agreements and Finland’s institutional linkages with counterpart Indian Institutions CSIR, DBT, Dept. of Science and Technology in Education. He co-launched with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., as VTT‐Tooltech an autonomous driving technology product and a railway safety anti‐collision product. Research in biotechnology and industrial research cooperation has been his particular interest. He has initiated several R&D projects in life sciences combining the research of national and international public institutions. In 2003 he spent a sabbatical year with Prof. Mart Saarma at the Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki. He has initiated and carried out University and School Project with University of Turku, Finland. Together with University of Helsinki he was a co‐founder of Systems Biology Worldwide, Finland and in years 2007-2012 he was the chairman of the board of this company. Presently he is spearheading the Government of Maharashtra – Government of Finland’s ‐ Educational Institution start up initiative at Pune.
Mr. Atul Khanna has received many honours and awards. In 2001 has received Lifetime Achievement Award from the Deccan Chamber of Industry and Agriculture, Pune, in 2007 Best Foreign owned firm award (in Sweden) by Gothenburg Chamber of Commerce. In 2008 he got The Platinum Technology Award for Quality and Best Trade Name in Europe in the engineering services at Paris and in 2009 The President of Finland conferred him the Finnish Knighthood as, Knight, First Class, and Order of the Lion of Finland.
In 2018 Mr. Atul Khanna published a very popular book; “Between You and Me: Flight to Societal Moksha”. Some key points from the book:
A young soul trapped in an old body. A ticking clock slower than time. Can this be the ironic destiny of 600 million bright and young Indians? Are we born free and yet trapped by our circumstances?
“Between You and Me” is a conversation that makes the reader ponder about the much-needed transformational changes for the twenty-first century. Why should we get up to act only when we are pushed to the corner? After all, a stitch in time saves nine. Could it be that the parameters of economics, administration, democracy, and social and political constitutions were all ideated and executed for another era? Will tinkering with these institutions help or are fresh ideas needed?
Encompassing an extensive discussion and analysis of what comprise our society - government, economy, education, healthcare, science, technology and so on - this book gives the reader a holistic view of India and helps in deriving solution-oriented ideas for a new societal design and structure which will ensure a thriving democracy. It presents the hope and aspiration of an ancient society that wants to break through the colonial legacy and land safely into the future. It is a gripping petition with operating models for redefining the citizen's role - from the audience to the hero - which, if implemented, would bring societal moksha of peace, power and prosperity.