Can we really mobilise our
energy and our perceived openness to construct a
meaningful collaboration with the society at large?
Such efforts can serve as the building blocks of an
exciting and eventful academic life. We have quite
an advantage to begin with. It is indeed rare for
any institution in the world over to provide such
academic and residential proximity for its students,
staff and faculty. In a verdant campus like ours, the
idea was perhaps to use this proximity to build
synergy between its various members.
I am in IIT kharagpur to help consummate the dream of a lively public institution with meaningful public scholarship. My own intellectual background has been shaped through a purposeful transgressing of disciplinary boundaries. I certainly hope that the path to our collective future is paved with more than just good intentions. We must strive to build genuine intellectual leadership based on the sustained collaboration with a possibly eager civil society.
symbolises for me a great potential for realising an as yet unfulfilled promise. This promise is with respect to the care in nurturing our knowledge practices. Knowledge, as we know, can both liberate as well as impose constraints. I sincerely believe that a public institution like IIT kgp can produce knowledge that can liberate us from our debilitating constraints. Both ability and desire are in turn moulded, if ever so gently, by institutions. The irony, however, is that although we may have very sophisticated theories in management, social science and engineering.
And coming to the campus especially
much of the dappled shade on the campus’s roads is cast by the high, expansive canopy of the Rain Trees.The fall of darkness, too, brings about this foldingevery day, allowing a lot more moonlight to filterthrough its branches than sunlight. Also deserving a look, but largely unnoticed, are the Rain Tree’s wispy, delicate, powder-puff-like flowers.