With an aim of motivating our first year students, a talk on ‘Science & Technology: Career or Passion’ by Professor of Eminence, Dr. S.V. Eswaran was organised in the school.
Prof. S. V. Eswaran is an Emeritus Scientist in UNESCO’s funded Regional Centre for Biotechnology, and Honorary Emeritus Professor, Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), Honorary Professor at the Amity Institute of Environmental Toxicology, Safety & Management (AIETSM), Amity University, Uttar Pradesh. He has served as Dean, Academics and Head of the Chemistry Department, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, Delhi for decades and has a teaching experience of more than 40 years. He has been a member of many national committees, including Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, Chemical Research Society of India. He is a doctorate from University of Delhi and has worked with world’s best institutions such as Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Munich, Technical University, Delft, Netherlands, University of Goettingen, Germany; Ohio State University, Columbus, Oklahoma; Brown University, Providence USA etc. Some of his major accomplishments includes Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Lifetime Achievement Award, 2016 from the Biomedical Laboratory Scientists, India; Indian National Science Academy teacher award, 2013; CRSI Best teacher award, 2007. He has been listed in IBC Outstanding Scientists Worldwide 2007, Marquis Who’s Who in the World 2010 and in 1999 Edn., of International Directory of Distinguished Leadership, published by the American Biographical Institute. He has been appointed as Local Commissioner, technical expert witness by Punjab-Haryana, Delhi and Bombay High Courts, in several national/ international patent cases.
The talk started with an inspiring journey of former CEO of Proctor & Gamble; “Mr. Gurucharan Das”, from Harvard University to being an author, commentator and thought leader. He continued with some very simple yet interesting experiments of chemistry like working with the paramagnetic behaviour of oxygen, reaction of liquid bromine with aluminium foil. Some of his remarkable accomplishments in the field of organic synthesis are establishing seven membered aromatic compound “Vishwamayene” (Name given by Prof. Eshwaran to American Chemical Society) and other research work to combat some tough diseases like Retinoblastoma, River blindness, Elephantiasis and Cataract. Later, he introduced students with some of the role models who choose to follow their passion. First person he discussed was Dr. Manjul Bhargava who is known for his outstanding contributions in number theory and was awarded with the field medal (Highest global prize in the field of mathematics). Dr. Manjul is one of the world’s youngest Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University, U.S.A. and the second was Prof. Vijay Kumar in department of Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics at the University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A, popularly known for creating autonomous ground and aerial robots which are bio-inspired algorithms for collective behaviours.
Finally he concluded with the lesson of following our passion. In today’s time when students face excessive pressure of performing well to secure a dream job, if one can simply follow their heart, then their passion can make them creative and resourceful, helping them to achieve a better and satisfactory life.