This seminar presents the Vedic and Puranic timeline and compares the same with the mainstream historical narrations. It brings to light the anomalies in the currently prevalent perceptions about the early history of India. There are serious errors in the current mainstream history, especially for the period earlier than 1200 BC, including perceptions about Indus Valley Civilization and the Aryan Invasion Theory. The seminar cites latest research findings to this end. The misrepresentations have led to systematic cultural, spiritual, and linguistic alienation of the so-called modern intellectual class. The correct presentation of our ancient historical glory and teachings is crucial for a proper understanding of our tradition and culture. The seminar, though on historical, social and cultural fronts, cites genetic,archeo-astronomical and geophysical evidence to connect correctly with our past.
06:00 pm to 07:00 pm, 16 Aug
Dr. Suresh Bhalla (Srutkirti Das) is Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Delhi. His main areas of interest are smart structures, structural health monitoring, electro-mechanical impedance (EMI) technique, bio-mechanics/ bio-medical applications of smart materials, piezoelectric energy harvesting and engineered bamboo structures. Dr. Bhalla has published over 50 papers in international journals, and over 70 in international/ national refereed conferences/ workshops. He has co-authored two books “Smart Materials in Structural Health Monitoring, Control and Biomechanics (Springer)” and “Piezoelectric Materials: Applications in SHM, Energy Harvesting and Bio-mechanics (Wiley)”. He has also contributed chapters for three other books. His publications are highly cited in the Web of Science and Scopus by peers, represented by an h-index of 14 in Web of Science and 16 in Scopus. His pioneering paper on monitoring of RC structures published in 2000 has received over 170 citations so far in the Web of Science. A finalist of the SCOPUS Young Scientist Award 2014, Dr. Bhalla has been the recipient of several other laurels, such as the award for teaching excellence (2011), outstanding young faculty fellow (2008), NSTB gold medal for best Master’s thesis (2001) and the Institute silver medal (1995). Dr. Bhalla has completed R&D projects amounting to Rs 959 lacs ($1.6 million) and Type (A) consultancy jobs amounting to Rs 45 lacs ($77000). Dr. Bhalla has served in the organizing committee of several international conferences such as the 9th International Symposium on Advanced Science and Technology in Experimental Mechanics (ISEM 2014), the 10th International Conference on Damage Assessment of Structures (DAMAS 2013) and the Third International Conference on Mechanics of Functional Materials and Structures (ACMFMS 2012). Dr. Bhalla has four invention disclosures to his credit, three of which have been applied for patent. Dr. Bhalla has been the founder of the “Smart Structures and Dynamics Lab” at IIT Delhi.