Over 10,000 participants from all over India compete each year for the lucrative prizes on offer at Tathva. The events are designed to test every facet of technology and business.
Whether it is building robots or vehicles from scratch, your brain will be put to the ultimate test at Tathva '14.
Professor Rajiv Khosla is the Director of Research Centre for Computers, Communication and Social Innovation (RECCSI). Rajiv Khosla has a multi-disciplinary background in management, engineering and computer science.He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, a Master’s degree in Management and Systems from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), and a Masters and Ph.D. in Computer Science from La Trobe. He has been a visiting research scientist and professor at NEC corporation Japan, Kyoto University, Japan, Wayne State University etc.
He has filed patents, commercialized his research, and is director and chief inventor of Human Mind Innovations Pty, Ltd.
He is also director of externally funded Business Systems and Knowledge Modelling research laboratory.He has also authored four research books in areas like Emotionally Intelligent Systems , Human-Centred e-Business, Multimedia based Socio-technical Information systems, Engineering Intelligent Hybrid Multi-agent Systems.
Varun Agarwal is a first-generation entrepreneur, film maker and an author.He co-founded Alma Mater and two other companies - Reticular and Last Minute Films. He is also the author of a book HOW I BRAVED ANU AUNTY AND CO-FOUNDED A MILLION DOLLAR COMPANY.Having briefly worked as a director at the young age of 21 he has directed Bollywood Superstars like Preity Zinta and A R Rahman. His video channel has over 1,050,000 views.At 23, he co-founded his second business venture, Alma Mater,partnered with educational institutions across India in being able to make and supply customized sweatshirts to alumni which is now India's largest company for providing merchandise to students of schools and colleges.
Nupur Kohli, young medical doctor from the Netherlands, aspiring to make medical care worldwide more efficient, a versatile and sought-after public speaker who won TEDx Award 2012 in Delft, the Netherlands, with her splendid speech “Life lessons from our Children”. As a regular speaker at International forums, she has earned a reputation to Inspire and educate people with her public speaking and she does that with lot of enthusiasm. She holds the position of Joint Secretary General, Executive Board Member and coordinator International Diaspora Conference, Foundation for Critical Choices for India, The Netherlands - Think Tank. Co-Founder and President, Indian Diaspora Youth Association.
Mr. S Ramakrishnan is a Distinguished Scientist at ISRO and the former Director of Vikram Srabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Trivandrum and Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC) at ISRO. He is an accomplished engineer in rocketry and architect of the ISRO’s highly successful Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). He played a key role in the development and enhancement of various PSLV projects and the formulation of the Indian Human Spaceflight (HSP) project. Under his leadership as Project Director, PSLV Continuation programme (PSLV-C1 to C4) and enhancement of payload capability from 900 kg to 1500 kg was accomplished. Mr. Radhakrishnan is a fellow of several professional bodies including Indian National Academy of Engineering, Aeronautical Society of India and Systems Society of India and a member of International Academy of Aeronautics (IAA). He is a recipient of many prestigious awards including the ISRO Performance Excellence Award in 2006 and Padmashree award in 2003.
Dr. Jakob van Zyl is the associate director of Project Formulation and Strategy at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Formerly, he was the director for JPL's Astronomy and Physics Directorate. Van Zyl received an honors bachelor's degree cum laude in electronics engineering from the University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa. He received both his master's and his doctorate in electrical engineering from Caltech.
Van Zyl joined JPL in 1986 and held positions of increasing responsibility in the synthetic aperture radar program. In addition, he managed the Radar Science and Engineering Section, the Earth Science Flight Missions and Experiments Office, and the Focused Physical Oceanography and Solid Earth Program Office. He was appointed deputy director for the Astronomy and Physics Directorate in 2002. He has been an adjunct faculty member in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, University of Southern California, where he taught the class "Remote Sensing Systems from Space" from 1997 to 2001. Since 2002, he has been teaching the class "Physics and Techniques of Remote Sensing" at Caltech.
Dr. Bikash Sinha is a renowned physicist, known for his works in the fields of nuclear and high energy physics. He is the former Director of Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata and Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC), Kolkata. Presently he is the Homi Bhabha Chair Professor at VECC and is a member of Scientific Advisory Board to the Prime Minister of India. His main areas of interest include the application of nuclear science in the diagnostics and treatment of various diseases like cancer and the extraction of Helium in large scale from the geothermal fields in India. Dr. Sinha has been a Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet, Government of India for two years and Chairman of the International Radiation Physics, the National Committee for International Union for Pure & Applied Physics and the Executive Committee of National Council of Science Museum, Kolkata. He is also a Member of the Governing Council of National Council of Science Museums. He was awarded the Padmashree in 2001 and the Padmabhushan in 2010 by the Government of India for his contributions to science and technology.
David E. Pritchard [ Caltech(B.S 1962) & Harvard(PhD 1968)] is a physics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT). Professor Pritchard carried out pioneering experiments on the interaction of atoms with light that led to the creation of the field of atom optics. He has won the Broida prize and the Schawlow prize from the APS.A member of the National Academy of sciences. He has helped create the atom interferometer and the atom wave gyroscope. He has mentored four winners of national thesis awards and three Nobel prize winners.
G. Shankar is an architect from Kerala. He advocates the use of locally available materials, sustainability, eco-friendliness and cost effectiveness.He founded the Habitat Technology Group, Thiruvananthapuram, and is the chief architect of the group and serves on a number of boards. He has also won the prize for the best architect in Kerala. His attitude to "green architecture" has gained him a reputation as the "people's architect". He has been awarded Padma Shri by govt. of India in 2011.