Dr. R.A. Mashelkar (2019)

  • 2019 Chairman, Council of Advisors - Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation

I have been associated with these most prestigious awards for well over a decade now. And I have learnt so much from Justice Dharmadhikari. To me, Justice Dharmadhikari was not an individual. He was an institution. An institution of integrity, conviction and courage. Individuals come and go but institutions live on. So I pay my humble homage to the memory of this immortal institution called Justice Dharmadhikari, which will continue to inspire us for generations to come.

And for generations gone by and for generations to come, revered Jamnalal Bajaj, whom we fondly remember today with these awards, will continue to inspire us.

Engineering is all about `observe, design and solve’. To observe with empathy, to design for humanity and to solve the seemingly intractable problems affecting the downtrodden. And these are precisely the prerequisites of what I termed as `Gandhian Engineering’, more than a decade ago. Gandhian Engineering has a profound message. It is getting more (performance) from less (resource) for more (people) not just for more (profit). It is about creating the magic of access to equality despite income inequality.

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