Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Venki's talk: Press reports

Some readers asked if the video of yesterday's talk by Prof. Venki Ramakrishnan will be available online. Frankly, I don't know. But I do know that there were video cameras, and that the video feed was sent to the smaller halls in the J.N. Tata Auditorium. (See this post by Shencottah who watched the talk from one of those halls).

In the meantime, you can watch Venki's interview aired several days ago on NDTV; you can also read the interview here. It was recorded in the open area just in front of our Institute's Main Building.

Trust me, listening to Venki is a far better experience than getting his views filtered through our media (or even blogs, if I may say so myself).

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Here's a sample of the newspaper headlines this morning:

  1. Deepa Kurup in The Hindu: I’m not a prophet, I only know about ribosomes: Venkatraman Ramakrishnan. See also this story: Fame rests lightly on him.

  2. T.A. Johnson in Indian Express: ‘Don’t pursue science to win a Nobel’.

  3. Finally, The New Indian Express and The Economic Times led with variations of this:

    Venkataraman Ramakrishnan won the Nobel prize in Chemistry in 2009 but decades ago he failed to clear entrance tests for both the IITs and a reputed medical college.


  1. Anonymous said...

    Could not get into IIT and yet won the Noble ..

    Politician take - Scrap entrance tests.

    IIT take 1 - If he was intelligent how could he not get into the IITs ..... maybe he is just an exception !

    IIT take 2 - Imagine if he were an IIT grad and he won the Noble prize before the pay commission repor, wonder how much more IIT faculty could have bargained !!