Speaker: Ashok Kalbag
The urban-rural divide along with discovering Vigyan Ashram and the tenets followed the takeaways and the passion required to succeed.
Bio of Speaker:
Ashok Kalbag graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, with a BTech in Mechanical Engineering in 1974. He joined the Design Centre in Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd. and worked on the design of locks and later process development of refrigerators. He later joined Klaas Equipment in Nashik before joining Mechelonic Engineers in Mumbai. During over 22 years of his last stint, he worked on the design and development of resistance welding systems as General Manager (Ops). He introduced new and innovative welding systems in the field from nuclear to railways besides the automobile and appliance industries.
In February 2008, he quit becoming a full-time Secretary General of PanIIT Alumni India to help drive nation-building initiatives till 2012. He then became Secretary of Indo-US Collaboration in Engineering Education, India [IUCEE(I)], which focuses on improving engineering education pedagogy to achieve better outcomes in the rapidly changing technology.
He is associated with Vigyan Ashram (www.vigyanashram.com), Pabal, near Pune, which is an NGO, working in the field of basic technical education in rural India with the motto "Education through Development, and Development through Education". He participated in the trainer workshop of iCreate, a PanIIT Alumni India supported initiative for developing young entrepreneurs.
He was awarded Distinguished Service Award by IITB in 2015.