University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India (UPIASI)
Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI)
and Penn Global

In recognition of the 2022-2023 anniversaries of UPIASI, CASI, and Penn Global, in celebration of Penn’s longstanding partnerships with Indian researchers, research institutions, alumni and friends in India; and to mark Penn’s continuing commitment to the engagement of India, this event will bring together Penn faculty, Penn partners in India, and Penn alumni for a conference and evening event. The conference portion will consist of four panels, each featuring a Penn partner and Penn faculty member participant, and a Penn alumnus or friend acting as chair.


1:00 PM Registration and Light Lunch


Opening Remarks

2:00 PM

Ezekiel J. Emanuel – Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, University of Pennsylvania

Panel I: Healthcare Reforms
( 2:15 – 3:15PM )

Chair: Prof. K. Srinath Reddy, Honorary Distinguished Professor at the Public Health Foundation of India

Presenters: Dr N Ravichandran, Professor & HOD, Department of Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Mgt., Jamia Hamdard

Vinay Nadkarni, Associate Professor of Anesthesia and Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

3:15 – 3:30 PM Break

Panel II : Digitization & Education
( 3:30 – 4:30PM )

Chair: Pramath Sinha (GR’91), Founder & Chairman, Harappa Education

Presenters: Binod Khadria, Retd. Professor, Jawahar Lal Nehru University

Betty Chandy, Director for Online Learning at Catalyst, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

4:30 – 4:45 PM Break

Panel III: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and India’s Economy
( 4:45 - 5:45 PM )

Chair: Vijay Kumar, Nemirovsky Family Dean, Penn Engineering

Presenters: Rajeswari Sengupta, Associate Professor of Economics, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research

Ravi Gururaj Founder and CEO at LeapMile Logistics (ENG’89, W’89)

Closing Remarks

5:45 - 6:00 PM

Eswaran Sridharan- Academic Director, University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India


6:00 PM Reception

A conversation with the Deans of Wharton School and Penn Engineering

7:00 PM

Erika H. James, Dean, The Wharton School and Vijay Kumar, Nemirovsky Family Dean, School of  Engineering and Applied Science, in conversation with Pia Singh, Director, DLF Limited (W’94).

Vote of Thanks

8:00 PM

by Tariq Thachil, Director, Center for the Advanced Study of India, followed by Dinner


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