Pale Blue Dot-IIT Palakkad Public Lecture Series


Pale Blue Dot is the Public Lecture Series that IIT Palakkad organises jointly with the Palakkad District Library and Unnat Bharat Abhiyan. The series features eminent professionals and academicians engaging with the general public on a wide range of topics in science and technology. The confluence of cultures that characterises this border region is the perfect locale for a regular assemblage of intellectually stimulating interactions, encouraging us to question the known and explore the unknown. As a young institute, we look forward to participate in, learn from, and contribute to the vibrant intellectual and cultural life of this region and we consider the lecture series to be a step towards that.


Upcoming Event | 17 July 2020 5.15 pm 

LEARNING ONLINE: Opportunities and Challenges

Learning Online: Opportunities and Challenges

A conversation between two flag-bearers of online education in India:   Shri. K. Anvar Sadath, Chief Executive Officer, Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education  (KITE) and Prof. Andrew Thangaraj (IIT Madras), a National MOOCs Coordinator for National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) in the Swayam project of the MHRD.

The moderated conversation will be preceded by brief individual presentations by both speakers. While Shri K Anvar Sadath will focus on how Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) has accelerated digital education in Kerala, particularly school education, Prof. Thangaraj will discuss the formidable role and experience NPTEL has had in making online college education unprecedentedly mainstream in the country. Prof. Thangaraj will also talk about IIT Madras's new online diploma and BSc degree in programming and data science. Their interaction will provide valuable insights on both the opportunities and challenges that this new pedagogy presents to learners and teachers.


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Past Events

Event 2 | 29 February 2020
Global Climate Change: Causes, Concerns and Commitments

Dr. Madhavan Nair Rajeevan

Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India.


Event 1 | 24 January 2020
Why evolution is central to both biology and our lives

Prof. Amitabh Joshi

JNCASR, Bangalore.