Prof Vijay Chandru

Vijay Chandru received his B.E. in Electrical Engineering at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani in 1975, his M.Sc. in Engineering Systems at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1977 and a PhD in Operations Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982.

He has more than three decades of experience of connecting academia and industry, with teaching positions in various prestigious universities. Vijay Chandru is co-founder of Strand Life Sciences, a pioneer in computational biology and clinical genomics in India. Currently, he serves as its chairman and Managing Director.

Vijay Chandru was elected a Technology Pioneer of the World Economic Forum in 2006 and serves on the Forum’s global agenda council on the future of the health sector.


Prof Narendra Karmarkar

Narendra Karmarkar received his B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in 1978, the M.Sc. from the California Institute of Technology and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1983.

He invented a polynominal algorithm for linear programming, known as “Karmarkar’s algorithm”. Narendra Karmarkar was a professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. He received several prizes and awards, among them the Paris Kanellakis Award (2000) for “his theoretical work in devising an Interior Point method for linear programming that provably runs in polynomial time, and for his implementation work suggesting that Interior Point methods could be effective for linear programming in practice as well as theory” and the Srinivasa Ramanujan Birth Centenary Award (1999), presented by the Prime Minister of India.