Lecture Series at IIT Delhi

Institute Lecture by Hon'ble Minister Shri Jayant Sinha

Institute Lecture on An Uncharted Journey: From Sem Hall to the Lok Sabha


Mr. Jayant Sinha
Union Minister of State for Finance,
Government of India.
(IIT Delhi Alumnus)

Seminar Hall, IIT Delhi
Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 5:30PM



Mr. Jayant Sinha is the Union Minister of State for Finance in the Government of India.

Mr. Sinha is a Lok Sabha Member of Parliament, representing the Bharatiya Janata Party from Hazaribagh in Jharkhand. He has been a member of important parliamentary committees such as the Standing Committee on Finance and Public Accounts Committee. He has over 25 years of experience as an investor and strategy consultant.

Mr. Jayant Sinha's prior business experience includes twelve years with McKinsey & Company as a Partner in the Boston and Delhi offices. At McKinsey, Mr. Sinha co-led the global Software and IT Services practice. He was most recently a partner at Omidyar Network, an investment firm with over $730 million in invested capital. He led Omidyar Network’s overall investment strategy and operations in India. He also spent several years as a Managing Director at Courage Capital, a global special situations hedge fund.

Mr. Sinha holds an M.B.A. with Distinction from the Harvard Business School, an M.S. in Energy Management & Policy from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Technology degree with Distinction from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.

Prof. George F. Smoot III

Prof. George F. Smoot III
2006 Nobel Laureate in Physics
University of California Berkeley
Universite Sorbonne Paris Cite
Dogra Hall, IIT Delhi
5:00 PM, Friday, October 31, 2014


George F. Smoot, III, Ph.D. is a Professor of Physics and a Research Physicist at the University of California, Berkeley and now also at the Universite Sorbonne Paris Cite where he also directs the Paris Centre for Cosmological Physics (PCCP). He received his B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1966 and his Ph.D. in 1970. He has been serving UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory since 1970. In 2006 he was co-awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics with John Mather for “ their discovery of the blackbody form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation ”. Currently, Dr. Smoot conducts research in astrophysics and observational cosmology, and is widely known for his research on the cosmic background radiation, which is believed to have been a relict the Big Bang. He is the author on 9 US patents, over 500 scientific papers, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a newly elected member of the National Academy of Inventors.


Using our most advanced techniques and instruments we sift through light coming to us from all parts of the universe. We separate and study the cosmic microwave background as a relic of the very early universe to understand the events surrounding the birth and subsequent development of the Universe. A precision inspection and investigation of the CMB and other observations along with careful analysis, discussion, and computer modeling have allowed us determine what happened over billions of years with amazing certainty and accuracy. Some of the findings are surprising. A continuing mapping of the large scale structure allows us to check this in detail and gives us the concepts for even more ways to map the history of the Universe. While things are so far consistent, there remain even more mysteries to be solved. In spite of that we can tell the tale of the creation and history of the Universe and show key supporting evidence some of it from very early times including using the cosmic background light to provide a direct image of the embryo universe. This talk will be a review of the current state of cosmological observations based on observations and the challenging issues still to be confronted.

Institute Lecture by Harish Hande

Does Social and Entrepreneurship go hand in hand?
Dr. Harish Hande
Co-founder, SELCO India; CEO of SELCO Foundation
Date: Thursday 11 September 2014 at 5:00 PM
Venue: V LT-1


Dr. Hande is an engineer and a renewable energy entrepreneur with over 20 years of grassroots experience in meeting the energy requirements of underserved communities. He is the co-founder of SELCO Solar Pvt. Ltd (SELCO India) of which he is currently the Chairman of the Board. Under his leadership, SELCO has reached out to 160000+ households across 6 states of India and 2 new partner entities have also been created to aid in ecosystem development. His experience from a practitioner’s point of view brings in learnings on the side of Ecosystem development including Access to finance and Policy advocacy.