Bangalore International Centre had arranged atalk on“Scientific Leadership And Spiritual Heritage - An Unlikely Merger” by Dr. K Radhakrishnan, Former Chairman of Space Commission, Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman, ISROon Friday, 10th March, 2017 at 6.30 PM. Dr. Dr. MukundThattai,Professor of Computational Cell Biology, National Centre for Biological Scienceschaired and moderated the session.
The talk highlighted the confluence and influence of practicing art and imbibing spiritual heritage for value-centric personal decisions in life and for mindful leadership in frontiers of science and technology.
In one of the most inspiring and motivational talks ever delivered in Bangalore International Centre, Dr. Radhakrishnan spoke about how the spiritual and cultural heritage of our country helped him to discipline his mind and apply to the rigors of scientific temper. He talked lucidly about leadership in frontier areas of science, about learning from failures, about owning up responsibilities on behalf of the entire team without passing them down, and above all, about a combination of humility and eagerness to learn from subordinate team members. He pointed out that in its essentials, knowledge in areas of science and spirituality can evolve only through a questioning attitude.
Responding to questions arising during the interactive session, Dr. Radhakrishnan regretted the trivialities to which often the questions relating to our ancient scientific traditions are reduced. He stated that the ancient scientific traditions in India had undoubtedly achieved spectacular heights in certain areas, like Astronomy, Mathematics, Medicineetc; but at the same time it can not be claimed that all modern developments in such areas had already been achieved in India in those days.
Dr. MukundThattai chaired and moderated the discussion with aplomb and finesse. The event was also enlivened by personal reminiscences by Mr. ArunBalakrishnan, who was the room-mate of Dr. Radhakrishnan when they were together in Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.