IIIT Hyderabad conducted a two-day special event – Celebrating Rajeev Sangal on 5 and 6 July at the IIITH campus. Prof. Rajeev Sangal was the first full time director of IIITH. He has been the guiding force behind IIITH as well as several other academic and governance initiatives in India. Prof. Rajeev Sangal has made several significant contributions to Computer Science Education, Natural Language Processing research, Value Education, and institution/nation building in his long and illustrious career.
The featured speakers of the event were: Prof. Raj Reddy, University Professor, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU); Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE); Shri Pawan Gupta, Society for Integrated Development of Himalayas (SIDH), Mussoori; Prof. Abhijit Mitra, former faculty IIIT Hyderabad ; Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya, IIT Bombay; Prof. B Yegnanarayana, IIIT Hyderabad and Prof. Hema Murthy, IIT Madras.
5 July had the following events:
Welcome address by Prof. Vasudeva Varma; About Celebrating Rajeev Sangal by Prof. P J Narayanan; Launching NLPAI website by Prof. Raj Reddy and Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya; Releasing language resources by Prof. Dipti M Sharma; On some putative expletives in Hindi by Prof. Rajesh Bhatt; Maximizing User Experience in Enterprise Virtual Agents by Dr. Srinivas Bangalore; Alice in Wonderland: Navigating the Landscape of Multilinguality for NLP by Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya; Panel discussion on Can deep learning be a silver bullet for language technologies? – moderated by Prof. C V Jawahar, Panel members were: Dr. Siva Reddy, Prof. Mitesh Khapra and Prof. Hema Murthy; Effect of Missing Science in AI on Speech Research by Prof. B Yegnanarayana; Panel discussion on Future directions of language technologies in India – moderated by Dr. Kalika Bali, Panel members were Prof. Asif Iqbal, Prof. Amba Kulkarni and Prof. Partha Talukdar; Talk by Prof. Rajeev Sangal
The first day of Celebrating Rajeev Sangal concluded with vote of thanks by Prof. Vasudeva Varma.
6 July had the following events:
Welcoming speakers and guests by Prof. R Pradeep Kumar; Education Model at IIITH by Prof. P J Narayanan; Humanization of Education by Shri. Pawan Gupta, SIDH Mussoori; Universal Human Values by Prof. Anil Sahashrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE; Human Values at BHU by Prof. A K Tripathi, IIT BHU; Faculty Development Programmes for Student Induction Programs (Online) by Prof. Ranjani Parthasarathy, Anna University; Role of Teacher and Administration in Value Education by Prof. Rajeev Sangal; Panel Discussion on Human Values in Higher Education – moderated by Prof. Abhijit Mitra, Panel members were Prof. Karmakar, IIT BHU, Sri. Giridhar, TCS, Prof. Amarendra, IIT BHU and Prof. Kamalakar Karlapalem, IIITH
The second day of Celebrating Rajeev Sangal concluded with felicitation ceremony of Prof. Rajeev Sangal.