Monday, November 20, 2017

Conference in Memory of C.V. Seshadri

A Conference in Memory of C.V. Seshadri
8-10 February, 2018
C.V. Seshadri, popularly known as CVS, was a scientist, a chemical engineer, who radically departed from standard science practice. He worked on the science and society interface and even saw questions of poverty as integral to the ideas and practice of science. He saw science as part of a larger world of knowledge and the dynamics therein. He taught at IIT Kanpur and later in the late 1970s took up the directorship of Mrugappa Chettiyar Research Center (MCRC) in Chennai. He was closely associated with PPST (Patriotic and People Oriented Science and Technology) Foundation whose president he was when in 1995 he passed away at the age of about 65.
Prof. C.N. Krishnan, former director PPST, has taken the lead in organizing a conference in Chennai in memory of CVS. The conference would look at the dynamics in the world of knowledge during the last quarter century. This is the period which has witnessed the ubiquitous presence of the internet and re-legitimization of knowledge in society (lokavidya) influencing the world of knowledge, its dynamics, scope, hierarchies, values, paradigms, self image, its relation with society and all that there is, in a big way.
The details of the conference may be found at  
Vidya Ashram has been part of conceptualization of the conference and expects to present in the conference the lokavidya point of view in its full width and depth.
Many of you have had a steady concern with such ideas, particularly in the context of desired changes in society. This is to invite you to this conference. Please find time to pay serious attention to the content and scope of the conference. If you want to say something about it right away please do so and send it to us at and
You may also contact C.N. Krishnan to figure out the exact role you may play at the conference.

Sunil Sahasrabudhey 
Vidya Ashram

Sarnath, Varanasi