Program Schedule

5th July 2022 at 105 Himalaya, IIIT Hyderabad

09:00 am – 09:45 am

Welcome

Prof. Vasudeva Varma

About Celebrating Rajeev Sangal

Prof. P J Narayanan

Launching NLPAI website

Prof. Raj Reddy
Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya

Releasing language resources

Prof. Dipti M Sharma
09:45 am – 10:15 am

On some putative “expletives” in Hindi

Prof. Rajesh Bhatt

10:15 am – 10:45 am

Maximizing User Experience in Enterprise Virtual Agents

Dr. Srinivas Bangalore

10:45 am – 11:15 am

“Alice in Wonderland”: Navigating the Landscape of Multilinguality for NLP

Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya

11:15 am – 11:30 am

High-Tea

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Panel discussion: Can deep learning be a silver bullet for language technologies?

Moderator: Prof. C V Jawahar

Panel: Dr. Siva Reddy
Prof. Mitesh Khapra
Prof. Hema Murthy

12:30 am – 02:00 pm

Lunch

02:00 pm – 02:30 pm

Effect of Missing Science in AI on Speech Research

Prof. B. Yegnanarayana

02:30 pm – 03:30 pm

Panel discussion: Future directions of language technologies in India

Moderator: Dr. Kalika Bali

Panel: Prof. Asif Iqbal
Prof. Amba Kulkarni
Prof. Partha Talukdar

03:30 pm – 04:00 pm

Tea break

04:00 pm – 04:45 pm

TBA

Prof. Rajeev Sangal

04:45 pm onwards

Vote of thanks

Prof. Vasudeva Varma

09:00 am – 09:45 am

Welcoming speakers and guests

09:45 am – 10:00 am

Education Model at IIIT

Prof. P J Narayanan

10:00 am – 10:20 am

Humanization of Education

Shri. Pawan Gupta, SIDH Mussoori

10:20 am – 10:40 am

Universal Human Values

Prof. Anil Sahashrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE

10:50 am– 11:10 am

Human Values at BHU

Prof. A.K. Tripathi, IIT BHU

11:10 am – 11:30 pm

FDPs for Student Induction Programs (Online)

Prof. Ranjani Parthasarathy, Anna University

11:30 am – 11:50 am

Role of Teacher and Administration in Value Education

Prof. Rajeev Sangal

11:50 am – 12:00 pm

High-Tea

12:00 pm – 01:30 pm

Panel Discussion on Human Values in Higher Education

Moderator: Prof. Abhijit Mitra

Panel: Prof. Karmakar, IIT BHU
Sri. Giridhar, TCS
Prof. Amarendra, IIT BHU
Prof. Kamal, IIIT H

01:30 pm – 02:30 pm

Lunch

02:30 pm onwards

Felicitation

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Pushpak Bhattacharyy
Pushpak Bhattacharyy
5 months ago

Prof. Rajeev Sangal was my teacher and mentor at IIT Kanpur. I did my Master’s project with Prof. Vineet Chaitanya, and Prof. Sangal was on my committee. The relationship that started in 1985 is going strong till today. I consider Prof. Sangal and Prof. Chaitanya as my Gurus and I owe whatever little I could do in NLP to them. Prof. Sangal’s urging on inculcating correct human values is a guiding light for all of us. Prof. Sangal has striven hard to advance the cause of Indian Language Technology and Human Values. Personalities like him actually never retire; they continue to act and direct others for the greater good and for the ultimate benefit of mankind and society. Pushpak Bhattacharyya.

Ayazuddin
Ayazuddin
4 months ago

Well said Mr. Pushpak Bhattacharyya,
Hearty Congratulations to Prof.Mr.Rajeev Sangal for his achievements and contributions.
Thanking IIITH Team for Honouring him.
May God bless us all.
Regards…. Ayazuddin.

Amba Kulkarni
Amba Kulkarni
4 months ago

It was in 1987, I came across an article written by Profs Sangal and Vineet Chaitanya in Current Science on the Kaaraka theory of Panini. I was so fascinated by the article and the idea of using Indian Language Sciences for Machine Translation that I contacted Prof Sangal immediately, and since then I am fortunate to have his blessings with me. I was fortunate to do my M.Tech. at IIT Kanpur under him with Prof Vineet Chaitanya being a co-guide. The most important thing I learned from him is ‘leadership’. I have been observing him for a long as a leader. What fascinated me about him is his skill of imparting good habits to others in a natural way. I have rarely seen him raising his voice. Even if he disagrees, he would very politely put across his differences. A true Gandhian in many ways. He has been leading the NLP community for more than 30 years, with his vision and missionary goals. On the occasion of ‘celebrating Prof Rajeev Sangal’, I take the opportunity to wish him the best for achieving his goals in life. I pray to God that let me have his blessings throughout my life.

S Arulmozi
S Arulmozi
4 months ago

Remembering the days we were introduced to language technology as part of the NLP teacher’s training programme during the early 90s. That’s when I got to know Prof. Sangal and still cherish the nuances of NLP that was taught in the training programmes. Wishing Prof. Sangal a long life.

Anil Kumar Vuppala
Anil Kumar Vuppala
4 months ago

Prof. Rajeev Sangal’s contribution to Indian NLP and human values is very valuable. I learned a lot from him. It is a great opportunity for me to work closely with Prof. Sangal and Prof. Yegnanarayana in my earlier carrier. Two legends in their research area.

Anil Thakur
Anil Thakur
4 months ago

I have learnt and have benefited from Professor Sangal’s visionary, inclusive and care-based approach in education including NLP education in India, from his encouraging and caring words, and, above all, from his (so) simple living that made us feel at ease as a kind of part of his big family. I pray for his good health.

Vineet Chaitanya
Vineet Chaitanya
4 months ago

For a typical person, the ideas I present are incoherent and jumbled, but Prof Rajeev Sangal would present the same ideas in a manner which would appeal to a typical person and he would be able to appreciate them fully.

By doing these exercises, we were able to observe that how two different minds are acting as a single unit. Further Prof. Sangal took an initiative and we planned a method by which our group of only two persons slowly started growing. In which a few minds were working as a single unit towards the visualised goal of solving the Machine Translation problem. We named the group as Akshar Bharati.
 
Another strong point of Prof. Sangal is that he would take my day-dreams and work out a proper plan to turn it into a concrete product. The concrete product of this Machine Translation problem which we were working on, was later named as Anusaaraka.
 
Anusaaraka is an approach which is continuously growing and adopting itself according to the changing situation.
 
In the present situation, I feel that there is a fundamental need to change our education system in such a way that people learn to think. By “learning to think” I mean an ability to tackle new challenges which changing time keeps on posing.
 
Of course the above paragraph is an example of a jumbled idea and I need to discuss in our group with various participants so that it can be turned into a presentable idea and of course Prof. Sangal would be the right person to lead this activity.

Mamatha Samson
Mamatha Samson
4 months ago

Prof. Rajeev Sangal was Director when I was a research scholar in the department of CVEST. He is a simple, soft-spoken and down-to-earth person. He was empathetic to the students and was willing to listen to their problems. I have the highest regard for Prof.Rajeev Sangal.My prayers and wishes for his new journey.
A big thanks to you sir for your efforts, guidance and teachings.

BLN
BLN
4 months ago

I have immense pleasure to share my personal interaction and experience with Prof. Rajeev Sangal-Ji since my employment in IIIT-H from 2003. It was my first appearance before him seeking a Job opportunity to enter IIIT-H who tried my past experience to work with students as Care Taker and ensure a quality and healthy environment in hostels and Mess. Subsequently, I had many occasions to meet Prof Sangal along with my Warden Team, to discuss on Students Welfare in hostel living conditions, health and additional facilities of hostel n Mess infrastructure. I considered every meeting with him, was an education and learned from him how to address an issue, deal with people and create a friendly atmosphere between students, faculty and staff. He always believes in resolving issues or matters/ conflicts of serious nature with a concept of “Prevention is Better Than a Cure” and acts on a permanent solution to it. It is very difficult for any one to find anger on his face or tone, whatever situation it might be. He is a Cool Ice Berg with an usual smiling face and soft tone. He is an out-class in Memory and maintaining rapport with everyone including a person like me at staff level. His informal personal enquiry with us will be very heart-touching. It is indeed a Blessing and A Rare Privilege to work under Leadership of Professor Rajeev Sangal, and I Am One of Such Luckiest. I Wish Prof Sangal A Happy Retired Life. BLN (Retired Staff, IIIT-H Hostels n Student Affairs)

Prof. D.K. Dwivedi
Prof. D.K. Dwivedi
4 months ago

I got opportunity to interact with Prof. Rajeev Sangal on few occasions when duo team of Prof. Rajeev Sangal – Dr. Vineet Chaitanaya used to visit Sampoornanand University, Varanasi during 1991-1994.

Prof. Vidya Niwas Mishra, Vice Chancellor of the SSU was Chief Investigator of the two projects under the TDIL (Technology Development for Indian Languages) project of Department of Electronics, Government of India:

1. Development of Corpora of Sanskrit Texts
2. Exploring Information Processing Systems in Sanskrit,

IIT Kanpur was also entrusted with Machine Translation Project under the TDIL Scheme of DOE, Government of India.

I was working in TDIL Projects at SSU at that time.

Some more opportunities of interactions were at the periodical review meetings at the Department of Electronics, New Delhi where all the Institutions running projects under TDIL Scheme were required to demonstrate the work done and place the progress reports.

Ankush Gupta
Ankush Gupta
4 months ago

Hi All, I am a 2007 Batch IIIT-Hyderabad Alumni. Prof. Rajeev Sangal was my MS Thesis Advisor. He has played a very important role in shaping my life, both on professional and personal front. I cant thank him enough for teaching me the human values. On this occasion of “Celebrating Prof. Rajeev Sangal” I would like to thank and congratulate him for everything he has done for the numerous students and teachers world-wide. 

Nagarjuna G
Nagarjuna G
4 months ago

When I was a PhD student in the HSS Department of IITK, I met Prof. Rajeev Sangal. Though from the computer science department, he frequently attended seminars in the HSS. I used to attend the inter-disciplinary sessions Prof. Sangal organized on linguistics, NLP, Sankrit grammar, I met Amba Kulkarni and Vineet Chaitanya during those meetings. As a student of philosophy, who used to learn LISP as a hobby, using his lecture notes, Prof. Sangal’s students used to be part of our regular tea/coffee chats. He inspired and impacted several people around him. I am happy to be one of them.

Syeda Sameen Fatima
Syeda Sameen Fatima
4 months ago

Prof Rajeev Sangal is a great teacher, researcher and above all a superb human being. I had the good fortune of working at LTRC, IIITH, while I was working for my PhD at OU. A part of my research was related to Genre-based text classification for Hindi. The support extended by Prof Rajeev Sangal in terms of interactions with him and his team members and using LTRC resources was unthinkable. Later, he was also instrumental in setting up the Induction Program for BTech students. We immediately implemented it at the College of Engineering, Osmania University, while I was serving as Principal and my students stood to benefit a lot. I wish to profusely thank Prof Rajeev Sangal for his contributions to the Computer Science community in particular and humanity at large. Also thanks to Dr Dipti, Dr Amba and Dr Vineeth Sir. May the Almighty bless Prof Rajeev Sangal and his family with the best now and always.

Satya Prakash Maurya
Satya Prakash Maurya
4 months ago

I feel always blessed when talk about Prof. Rajeev Sangal, during Student Induction Program (IITBHU) learnt the new dimensions of academia. The true interaction rather than conducting a class and prepare a student for nation. His contribution to Universal Human Values and NLP will always be saluted.
Thank you sir for teaching us “Education is Character”
Satya Prakash M

Asif Ekbal
Asif Ekbal
4 months ago

Prof. Rajeev Sangal is undoubtedly the father of Indian NLP, and truly is an inspiration to all the new generation NLP researchers like us. I salute for his patience, and express my deepest gratitude for all the hard works that he has put in for the advancement of Indian NLP. An academician of his stature can never retire, and we shall always remain blessed by his valuable guidance.

Dr. Kiran Mayee
Dr. Kiran Mayee
4 months ago

Prof Rajeev Sangal was teacher and mentor for my PhD at IIITH. He believes in simplicity and in research that helps solving real-time problems that common man faces. He believes in – talk less, work more. I still remember the first time he said my research paper was good – it was like receiving an Oscar of sorts. The way he suggests solutions to the most complex research queries is rare to find. There is a culture at IIITH that distinguishes it from the other elite academic institutions in this country and abroad – the spirit of humbleness, passion to learn, the vision of knowledge as purpose of life with human values as guiding principles; I believe strongly that Dr. Sangal’s active leadership as founding Director has helped all of us to imbibe these qualities for life.
Thank you for all of this sir!
We look forward to your blessings always!

Dr. Hussien Seid
Dr. Hussien Seid
4 months ago

A researcher like Prof. Rajeev Sangal will never retire but rather re-flourish with his students without the time and geographical boundaries. He was my teacher when I was doing my PH.D. under the supervision of Prof. B. Yegnanarayana. Whenever I remember my life in India I always miss Prof. Rajeev Sangal and Prof. B. Yegnanarayana. I benefited a lot from both fatherly researchers. It is my honor to hearty Congratulate Prof.Mr.Rajeev Sangal for his achievements and contributions. I wish him long life

Bonda Venkata Prasad
Bonda Venkata Prasad
4 months ago

Prof Rajeev Sangal was not my teacher directly but indirectly he is a Great Teacher to me, and a Great Mentor to all, Who popularised Global ethics and human values in academic Institutions bridging the students and faculty

Pawan Kumar Gupta
Pawan Kumar Gupta
4 months ago

I have many great people, truly great, not just in worldly sense, in my life and have a lot of respect for them.

In the Indian tradition we believe a human being is afflicted with three kinds of deep-seated desires 1)lokeshna (desire for name and fame) 2)vitteshna (desire for material possesions) 3) putrashna (desire for the progeny)

Most great people overcome vitteshna and putrneshna but very rarely are they able to overcome lokeshna. Rajiv bhai is one such person .

Santosh Jena
Santosh Jena
4 months ago

Before coming to IIIT, I know Prof. Sangal Sir as an author for the book, Programming in LISP which we have studied in college and I never forget the day 6th July 2002, first time I got opportunity to talk to Sir. On the first meet I inspired and learn how to talk with softness and clear with concept. When ever I got opportinuty to attend his lecture I never miss those. No doubt he is a great researcher, teacher and good person. The society and next generations will always remember his contribution towards NLP, Machine Translation and Human Values. I pray for Prof. Sangal sir and his family a good health. Thank you Sir and Ma’am for all the support you provided to me and Lipi.

Swasti Mishra
Swasti Mishra
4 months ago

I am very fortunate that Prof Rajeev Sangal was my mentor for DST Post Doc. At IIT(BHU). He is a profound scholar, teacher, and great human being. He is my Guru who has guided and inspired me on the professional and personal front.
He is pioneer of Indian NLP and value education. He is the source of inspiration and motivation for many. Legendary personalities like him never retire; they continue to impact and encourage people around them. I pray to God that I’ll always remain blessed by his valuable guidance.

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