Purnendu Ghosh, an alumni of HBTI Kanpur and IIT Delhi, was Professor at IIT Delhi, and is currently the Executive Director of Birla Institute of Scientific Research Jaipur. He has also worked, as visiting scientist, at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich Switzerland, National Research Centre for Biotechnology Braunschweig Germany, and University of Melbourne Australia. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), and is currently its Vice President. He was the Founder President of Biological Engineering Society, and the Founding Editor-in-chief of INAE Letters, A Springer-Nature Engineering Publication. Professor Ghosh writes in English, Hindi, and Bengali. He has written books in different genres. Among his recent books are included - Biotechnology in India, Mind of an engineer, Engineering of life and life technologies, Energy engineering, Mobility engineering, Healthcare engineering, Neural suitcase, School of upna life.
We live in the world where nothing is difficult, if there is market. There is therefore the dilemma of want and need. Technology wants, what life wants. Using technologies, it seems, it is possible to do anything and produce anything. The centre of gravity of engineering profession is shifting. The world wants confident engineers who can foresee and manage the unknown and unexpected problems. Engineers are expected to understand global issues, and the nuances of working in a culturally diverse space. They are expected to appreciate, more than before, the human dimensions of emerging technologies. There are many questions, such as - Do I take pride in designing a thing and manufacturing it, as I take pride in packaging it? Are we cultivating the right kind of engineering mindset? What a general engineering toolkit must contain? Are there enough challenging jobs in the manufacturing industry to attract good engineers? Is it right to allow the creation of future elites who have augmented themselves with artificial intelligence and genetic engineering, without inventing a way to manage their superhuman abilities? Can there be better engineering than life itself? Should we be optimistic about the future of technology? Are we working harder than we are required to work? Can technology improve work-life balance? Is the society ready to accept the exponential development challenges? These, and many such issues are the concerns of science, engineering, technology and society. This book is an attempt to deliberate upon these issues for the welfare of humankind.
Mindset Defines the Contours of Life
Science Refines the Spirit of Life
Engineering Designs the Vision of Life
Convergence of Engineering and the Science of Life
Technology Revolution and Optimism
Future of Work
COVID Crisis and Technology Update