Prof. BG Sidharth is the Convenor and Co-chairman - along with Nobel Laureates Prof. DDO Sheroff and Prof. C. Cohen-Tannoudji - of the prestigious Frontier of Fundamental Physics International Symposium series that has been held in Asia, Europe, North America and Australia. Prof. Sidharth has also played host to a list of distinguished personalities including 26 Nobel laureates, the President of India, three Prime Ministers , Sir Fred Hoyle, Sir Hermann Bondi, Prof. Yuval Ne’eman, Prof. J. Pati and a galaxy of eminent physicists. He is the Director of BM Birla Science Centre.
Dr. Sidharth earned his B.Sc. (Mathematics), M.Sc. and PhD from Calcutta University. After working for several years in quantum scattering, his work explored the fundamental problems facing physics today. His papers written in 1997, contrary to the ruling paradigm, predicted a dark energy-driven accelerating universe with a small cosmological constant. Remarkably, this was confirmed in 1998. His work deals with fuzzy spacetime and the unification of interactions and similar problems within this context.
Besides a large number of research publications in international journals, Dr. Sidharth has also authored and edited a number of books. In addition, he has lectured widely in the United States, Canada, Europe and other countries. He has coordinated several international projects including three that focused on information technology and probabilistic and optimisation techniques with around 20 international workshops held in India, Italy and Austria.
Dr. Sidharth has been instrumental in the establishment and organisation of some of the most prestigious science awards such as the Life Time Achievement of Science Award whose recipients include Nobel laureates Prof. Abdus Salam, Prof. Norman Borlaug, Sir Aaron Klug, Prof. James Watson, Prof. Ilya Prigogine, Prof. Roald Hoffman, Prof. Klaus Von Klitzing, Prof. Gerard ‘t Hooft, Prof. S. Chu, Prof. C. Townes and Sir. H.W. Kroto. He has also been involved in the B.M. Birla Science prizes that are given to outstanding young Indian researchers in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics such as Prof. Asok Sen, Prof. T. Padmanaban and several others.
He was the visiting professor at several renowned International Research Institutions such as ICTP Italy, IHES France, University of Udine Italy (visiting professor through the year 2008), University of Laval Canada, and Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies. He delivered lectures and took courses at various institutions in Europe, US and Canada, including the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences Italy, University of Udine, University of Napoli, Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, University of Western Ontario, Windsor University, University of Alberta, University of California, Perimeter Institute Waterloo, University of Wisconsin, University of Connecticut, University of Marseilles and others. He is also on the advisory/editorial/governing boards of national and international research and scientific institutes as well as journals, award and expert committees.
Dr. Kamalakar has been with Birla Archaeological and Cultural Research Institute (BACRI) since 1978. He obtained his Master’s degree in 1975 from Andhra University and his PhD in 1985 from Nagarjuna University. He completed his P.G. Diploma in Museology from Osmania University in 1995 and was the recipient of the Salar Jung Gold Medal for that year. He obtained his P.G. Diploma in Archival Science & Manuscriptology in 1999 from the same university. He is a recognised supervisor for guiding PhD students in the field of archaeology and allied subjects and is an examiner for postgraduate and doctoral examinations for several universities.
To his credit, Dr. Kamalakar has several national and international seminars as the Director of BACRI on different topics. He has edited and published many publications apart from research articles on archaeology and conservation. He participated and directed several excavations since 1978 including those at Veerapuram, Vaddamanu, Garapadu and Pudur. He has also participated in underwater explorations of the Arabian Sea at Dwarka and Betdwaraka, undertaken by the National Institute of Oceanography (Goa) in collaboration with BACRI. Apart from his work in Hyderabad, he directs the archaeological museum at Birla Museum, Bhopal.
Geeta Rao, a management professional, has gained immense experience in fields such as process management, transition management, quality management, team management and customer relationship management. She is also involved in training and development with various organisations of repute. She is a perceptive and resourceful professional who believes in achievement on all fronts. She possesses strong negotiation, interpersonal and communication skills and combines it with an entrepreneurial attitude.
Her last professional association was as a customer service director with Celtel International, a mobile phone service provider in 14 African countries having its head office in Amsterdam. She earned acclaim by initiating Celtel International’s customer service department. She helped build foundations for the company in Tanzania and was later posted in Zambia to set up and run the customer service department for five years. In her career spanning over 26 years, she had the opportunity to be associated with noted organisations including Tata Teleservices Ltd., JT Mobiles Limited (now called Airtel), and Madura Coats Ltd. (a division of Coats Viyella Glasgow). She is now the Administrator of GP Birla Center.