Dr. Nayana Patel

Dr. Nayna Patel, or “Nayna Ben” as her happy clients call her, come from Anand Gujarat, a place known for the White Revolution. She, now, helps families remove the stigma of stillbirths inheriting her mother’s zeal for social work and her barrister father’s courage. She frequented tribal habitations from her early childhood days. Being a child prodigy herself in studies, topping every classes, she aspired to become an IAS officer. Later on, she went on to study medicine, being the last among her seven siblings, to fulfil the wish of her mother. She has been the demigod for people round the world. Through her brainchild, Akansha Infertility clinic she has helped families live the deeply held desire to become a parent. Akansha Infertility recently reached the milestone of producing 1000th surrogate baby. She has been called upon the Oprah Winfrey show, which fueled her idea and bore fruits. Akansha Infertility clinic – “We care for your emotions”. With this motto, she works and she has never looked upon surrogacy as a money spinner. She chose to work at her own pace even if it meant losing revenue, declining several franchise requests. Her such compassion and devotion has won her worldwide recognitions and laurels across the country. Bringing home the new concept of surrogacy had its own qualms, but she definitely has steered amidst them and brought happiness in many families. The critics coin her as the exploiter of the poor, but she has defied them by delivering more than 1000 babies in the past decade. There sure is the give and take of money, but the commitment ends in childbirth and smiles only. With immense pleasure, we are privileged to announce the first speaker of TEDxKIITUniversity, who is serving the society with utmost devotion and experience up in her sleeves.

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Dr. Uddhab Bharali

Living on the banks of the Brahmaputra River and in the foothills of the Himalayas, surrounded by lush tea gardens on gentle slopes. His workshop is a global eye catcher since past decades; solving their technological needs. Dr. Uddhab Bharali, a serial innovator, designing and prototyping an entire range of more than 100 innovations so far, is known for his incredible inventions. Not one or two, but he has completed his 118th invention recently. Academically being a child prodigy and graduating school at the age of 14, it was ironic of fate when he had to drop out of college and the racked poverty forced out his first innovation, a non-conventional polythene making machine. Since then, there has been no looking back for him; the list of his innovations kept on increasing. He often used to tutor his classmates to obtain good grades. Oddly enough, this shrillness in math caused him many days outside his class when he upset his teacher with the difficult questions. Eventually he was awarded double promotions, twice in his school. With his innovations targeting rural low-income households, he finds working otherwise useless. Besides spending time regularly for research, he also trains few selected youths every year and trains them exclusively to learn new skills and expertise in specific fields and earn livelihood. Portraying the true humanitarian self, he aims at innovating equipment for Handicaps to make them self-dependent. He has created easy to operate machines for them and have helped them create an employment opportunity. Surprisingly, he has done all these for free. Expenditures for all these noble causes are managed by whatever the fees he gets from his R&D works and as a resource person. The woeful plight of orphans has touched him deeply and this inspired him with his dream to set up an old-age homed and an orphanage soon. His plans are to bring up the orphan as technical expert and make them financially stable. Uddhab Bharali, the man who strongly believes ‘technology is common sense’, is a holder of numerous accolades. He is a recipient of ‘President’s Grassroots Innovation Award’, 2009. In 2007, he got ‘Shristi Samman Award’. He is the winner of engineering design contest organized by NASA Tech ‘Create the Future Design Contest’ for the year 2012 and 2013. He is also the recipient of ‘Rashtriya Ekta Samman, in 2013. With his nine inventions in international demand, he has clients from all over the world, several countries have taken his help to solve the technical problems, especially in the Agricultural field. His unbreakable determinations and the positive spirit that have let him not only to invent, but also to serve the needy through his inventions.

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Subhranshu Chaudhry

“The Technological achievement is incomplete unless it reaches the marginalised sections of the society.” Subhranshu Chaudhry is an ace journalist hailing from a Maoist-torn state of Chhattisgarh. He has revolutionized the field of journalism by creating a network of radio stations in tribal languages and thus, creating a mass awareness on host of issues amongst tribal and downtrodden sections of the society. He was educated at a tribal school and had to fend for himself during initial years of his life. Despite facing severe hardships and social stigmization, he went on becoming a BBC journalist and has extensively covered the insurgency in Kashmir and other Maoist affected areas. He was also the Knight International Journalism fellow and was given the GOOGLE Digital Activism award in 2014. Despite all these International name and fame, he could not ignore the “Call of the Motherland” and returned to India leaving his lucrative job at BBC to work for the tribal at his hometown in state of Chattisgarh. There he founded a radio station CGNet Swara which broadcasts in various Tribal Languages particularly GONDI Subhranshu Chaudhry has become the messiah of the poor by giving them a voice. He is said to have introduced a new concept of digital democratization by which he has given voice to the ravaged sections of the society. The lingua franca of Tribe i.e. Gondi was popularised by him. He believes that the hardships of the citizens can better be enunciated by the people themselves not by those sitting far in the studios of Delhi & Mumbai. His contributions to the society are well acknowledged by the locals. He has connected the isolated rural community with the mainstream and has helped the people in abject poverty.

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Deepu Sebastian Edmond

We are gratified to present the third speaker of TEDxKIITUniversity. Mr. Deepu Sebastian Edmond ­ the real-life example, whose work inspired the film "ALIGARH." Standing by the right to privacy and equality, he advocates for the idea of democracy for all, without any discrimination on the lines of sexual preferences. We have been told stories of men with enough gumption in them to change the society and the status quo. We witness a man here whose movies are termed as gritty. Edmond, who hails from Kollam, Kerala, holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Chennai’s Loyola College and a post­graduate degree in journalism from the Asian College of Journalism. After receiving the Asian Journalism Fellowship, 2015 he has worked with the Indian Express from 2009­2015 in Delhi. On January 2016, he joined "The Hindu" as the Special Correspondent. The reason he came into the story was professional. He had been asked to follow-up on a single- column report that appeared in The Times of India in February 2010 about a “professor caught having consensual sex with a rickshaw puller” simply because he had been the reporter on the higher education beat in Delhi. Each of us assumed that it was about ourselves: A reporter after a story, a middle-aged man outraged that someone would barge into his home with a video camera. He was coy about his relationships and I never knew how to broach the subject with someone almost three times my age. Our final conversation was about him leaving the country so that he could be ‘free to be gay’. At a time when notions of morality and jingoism are obstructing the ideas of freedom, democracy, and individualism, man with such liberal ideas on the issues as homosexuality, are needed the most.

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Jayabrata Bhaduri

We present to you our speaker from the Entrepreneurship genre, a mechanical engineer by education, and a man gambling on his ideas. Mr. Jayabrata Bhaduri, the man fostering his brilliant idea to cover every possible space with greenery and reducing the maintenance trouble at the same time. Reclaiming green spaces from the tyrannical drab urban landscape is no less a fight for freedom in modern day India. The idea of a unique tile that allows one to install not only a green roof but a tropical garden inside the bedroom, if one so desires. A multi-layered Lego-style tile that is meant to cover any plain or uneven surface the eco-friendly way. A two by two feet tile, which is leak proof, designed in the US by an Indian, tested in Switzerland by Mr. Jayabrata Bhaduri, who graduated from Jadavpur University in Mechanical Engineering and went on to complete a management programme from SP Jain, calls himself a typical Bengali profile. “I studied the right things and went on to work for multinationals,” says Jayabrata, indicating that there was nothing he could complain about how his life had turned out. Yet, he left its comforts and jumped into entrepreneurship. We are the uber of vertical landscaping with proprietary hydroponics based research and implementation. We cover any bare wall with natural green that is forever living but maintenance free. If you are a nursery, architect, project owner or individual, you can become our agent to get access of a technology with endless demand. Our global team of engineers, architects, botanists and horticulturists will assist you to wrap dismal grey city skyline with living green. Using materials like coconut husk, he is putting the true sense of ‘make in India’ in his product. Though in nascent stage, his project is giving immense importance to generating employment opportunities. With queries coming in from corporates in US, UK, Dubai, and Singapore, he is going places and the initial investment of 6 lacs is bearing fruits now.

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Padmini Rout

With gratitude filled heart here we present our next speaker Miss Padmini Rout. Born in a remote district of Baramba Garh in Odisha, Padmini rout has been a prominent figure in the field of chess. She is an ace chess player from Odisha. She evinced her interest in the field of chess at a very young age. She has won several accolades in chess. Her first title was at the age of twelve. After winning U-14 girls championship in 2008 she was conferred the title of ‘International Master’ and Grandmaster. She won the Indian Chess Championship twice and she also has four national and five international trophies in her closet. It was in 2009 after her spectacular performance in a chess championship that she was conferred the Eklavya award by the Odisha Government. Padmini Rout is an epitome of arduous work. She believes that anything can be achieved if one strives for it. It was her hard work and constant dedication that won several laurels for her. She exemplifies the adage that a “Child is a father of a man.”.

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Kay Brothers

It is a matter of great pride to introduce Andrew Kay and Jonathan Kay, the saxophone brothers, who master the Indo-Canadian Jazz music and have earned names for themselves in the thriving music scene of Toronto, Canada and Kolkata, India. They are one of the first westerners to perform North Indian classical music on the saxophone. From sharing the stage with other renowned performers to developing the first non-tempered saxophone to play the subtle Shrutis of the Eastern classic, they have done it all! The founders of “Kayos Theory”, a cordless “Coltrane” inspired quartet, they have explored many contemporary and worldly approaches to composition and expression. They are presently nurturing Monsoon-music, a multi-faceted musical organization dedicated to performing, sharing, supporting and cultivating Indo-Jazz and Indian classical Music throughout the world.

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