DA-IICT 18th Convocation


18th Convocation, DA-IICT

18th Convocation, DA-IICT

The President of DA-llCT, Smt Tina Anil Ambani, cordially invites you to the Eighteenth Convocation of Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology to be held on Saturday, 27 January 2024.

Professor Brij Kothari, a social entrepreneur who is globally known for his frugal innovation, the 'Same language subtitling (SLS)' to enhance mass literacy and founder of Book Box Inc. and Planet Read, has kindly consented to be the Chief Guest and deliver the Convocation address.

The Convocation proceedings will start at 17:00 hours at the Students Activity Centre, DA-llCT Campus, Gandhinagar.

Short Profile of the Chief Guest, Professor Brij Kothari

Prof. Brij Kothari Prof. Brij Kothari

Brij Kothari and his team have innovated, researched, and nationalized the use of 'Same language subtitling (SLS)' on Bollywood film songs on TV, for enhancing mass reading literacy in India. He laid the foundation for the SLS project as an Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) in its Centre for Educational Innovation in 2002.

Brij is an Ashoka Fellow and the President of Planet Read, a non-profit involved in scaling SLS efforts in India and other countries. He is also the CEO of Book Box Inc, a for-profit social venture producing children’s animated stories in more than 25 languages. He co-founded Planet Read.org and BookBox.com as Reuters Digital Vision Fellow at Stanford University.

Brij grew up in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram at Pondicherry and went on to get a Masters in Physics at IIT Kanpur, a Masters in Development Communication and a Ph D in Education from Cornell University. His doctoral research was on conservation of local knowledge in Andean Ecuador.

Brij has now established Planet Read to spread his work across the globe. He has been working full time on making SLS a global phenomenon to achieve mass literacy in every region by subtitling the music of other countries.

He has received numerous awards like:

  • (2017) iF Social Impact Prize
  • (2013) Library of Congress, International Literacy Prize
  • (2012) USAID, Winner, All Children Reading Grand Challenge
  • (2011) NASSCOM, Social Innovation Honour
  • (2009) Indian Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Schwab Foundation and UNDP
  • (2009, 2011) Clinton Global Initiative, Featured
  • (2004) Ashoka Fellow (Stanford University)
  • (2003) Tech Laureate (Education), The Tech Awards
  • (2002) Winner, Development Marketplace, Global innovation competition – World Bank

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The Speeches | 18Th Convocation

Keynote Address by Prof. Brij Kothari, Chief Guest

Address by Ambassador T. S. Tirumurti

Address by Professor Tathagata Bandyopadhyay, Director of DA-IICT

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