ADVT.: TEDx JMI – Ideas Worth Spreading, Oct 21

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Students of Jamia Millia Islamia are proud to announce that a student organized TEDx event is scheduled to be held at the Ansari Auditorium on Friday, Oct. 21, 2011.

Speakers for the TEDx JMI are: Sonal Kapoor, Usha Albuquerque, Sonal Mansingh, Sagarika Ghose, Nandita Das, Sameer Kaul, Naveen Varshneya and Roshan Abbas.

To buy your tickets call: Prateek Singla (+91-9810184548) or Wasiq Hussain (+91-9990495108).

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About TED

TED is an annual event where some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. “TED” stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future. In fact, the event is broader still, showcasing ideas that matter in any discipline. Attendees have called it “the ultimate brain spa” and “a four-day journey into the future.”

The diverse audience of CEOs, scientists, creatives, philanthropists is almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck and Bono.

TED was first held in Monterey, California, in 1984. In recent years, TED has expanded to include an international conference, TEDGlobal; media initiatives, including TED Talks and; and the TED Prize. Today, more than 500 talks from past TED conferences are now freely available online at

About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share in a TED-like experience. At TEDxJMI and other TEDx events, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.


With TEDxJMI themed as switcheroo we want to bring people who endorse the idea of switching careers successfully to a common stage. We believe it is passion that deserves precedence over profession and that it is important to follow your true vocation.

At the same time we also acknowledge the fact that vocations can undergo transformations. Whether a person is starting out afresh or is already following a career path, there is always that thought of doing ‘the other thing’. Where most of us fall out is when we need to address this conflict by taking a call.

At our event we intend to have a carefully curated speaker line up that motivates the attendees to pursue their inner voice into their preferred line of work.

TEDxJMI is a platform that’ll unite people who made successful switches with those who intend to do the same.

About the Speakers

1. Ms.Sonal Kapoor

Sonal Kapoor

Sonal Kapoor is the Director of Protsahan India. She is a young entrepreneur and director of a Delhi based NGO called Protsahan India Foundation (

She is considered as one of the most inspiring young social entrepreneur and was recently covered and interviewed by Asian Age, TOI, your story, CNBC and several others. She is also acting as consultants to several other NGOs in Delhi and outside.

A 25 year old who has started a social impact organisation for street kids and their mothers, Protsahan India. In her own words, “rote learning would have never made sense to a girl from the redlight so we taught them through art and creativity. Today I stand back and realize the CHANGE, that I and my team at Protsahan are making to 100s of lives. I want to reach out and tell young people, just follow your passion, follow what you feel is right, and in your own little capacities, try and bring change.”

2. Dr. Usha Albuquerque

Usha Albuquerque

A gold medallist in English Literature and Education from Madras University, a former news anchor, film producer and author of several books on career guidance, Usha’s first career steps led to teaching English, history, education and drama to high school students.

She moved to media and journalism, appearing as the English newsreader for Doordarshan, and writing for several magazines. Soon she was producing, and sometimes anchoring, television news features, quizzes, talk shows, and documentaries for corporate houses, the Air Force, Ministry of External Affairs and international organizations, such as the World Bank and Portuguese and Brazilian TV.

Her media career was capped by the production of many documentaries on socially relevant issues, including “Seeds of Life”, which won the highest national film award in the country, and “Silent Killing” which was nominated for the UNICEF Child Rights Award. Adding the dimension of counselling to her portfolio for the last nineteen years, she pioneered career guidance on television by producing several widely acclaimed series – Hum Honge Kamyab, The Professionals, Parvaz and the career chat show ‘Avenues’, – that, together, ran for over 4 years.

Her books, The Penguin India Career Guide – Vols. 1 & 2, are into their second edition, whilst Puffin has published her latest career guide for younger children. She is a regular columnist on careers and career counselling for national and regional dailies, television and radio channels and online sites.

Today, she combines her role as founder director of Career Smart with running Insight Productions, her film production company.

3. Dr. Sonal Mansingh

Sonal Mansingh

Padma Vibhushan Dr. Sonal Mansingh is a celebrated and distinguished Indian classical dancer, Guru, choreographer, and a well-known social activist, researcher and motivational speaker. Truly the icon of Indian dance, she has specialised in Odissi and Bharatanatyam, and is proficient in several other Indian dance styles, including Kuchipudi and Chhau.

Of the role of dance in society, Sonal Mansingh says, ” Dance is designed to ennoble people. It entertains while educating the people. In India, dance is considered an integral part of daily life. It nourishes people with spirituality and provides social commentary. If a message is depicted directly it will be boring.

But if it is enveloped in beautiful movements, attractive costumes and interesting stories, the message will be well received by the audience. I would say the role of dance has been very crucial in India. The dancer’s role is merely to point out things. The dancer points out an issue, a problem or explains a metaphor for people to act upon.

4. Sagarika Ghose

Sagarika Ghose

Sagarika Ghose, a political liberal democrat is an Indian journalist, author and television anchor.

Ghose received her bachelor’s degree in History from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. A recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship, she has a Bachelor’s in Modern History from Magdalen College and an M.Phil from St Antony’s College, Oxford. She has been a journalist in India since 1991 and has worked at The Times Of India, Outlook magazine and The Indian Express. She is currently (2010) the Deputy Editor and a prime time anchor on the news network CNN-IBN.

She was awarded the Gr8-ITA award for Excellence in Journalism in 2009. In 2006 she received an Excellence in Journalism Award from the FICCI. She has reported extensively from the field in general elections, feature stories as well as from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bhutan and has had a popular editorial column first in the Indian Express, then in the Hindustan Times.

She is also the author of the novel “The Gin Drinkers,” published in 1998. Her second novel Blind Faith was published in 2006 by Harper Collins.

5. Nandita Das

Nandita Das

Nandita Das wears many hats and her fiery passion to make a difference are evident in the choices she has made in her life and work. She has acted in over 30 feature films in ten different languages with many eminent directors like Mrinal Sen, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Shyam Benegal, Deepa Mehta, Mani Ratnam and others.

Firaaq, her directorial debut feature film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008, and has traveled to over 50 festivals, winning much appreciation from critics and audiences and has won over 10 international awards and 10 within the country. She was a member of the main jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005, among other reputed international film festivals.

She has done her Masters in Social Work from the University of Delhi and continues to advocate issues of social justice and human rights. Recently the French government bestowed the award of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, a very prestigious civil award on her. She is currently the Chairperson of the Children’s Film Society, India and is committed to its vision of producing and distributing high quality films.

6. Dr. Sameer Kaul

Sameer Kaul

Dr. Sameer Kaul was brought up in Srinagar, Kashmir where he studied at the Burn Hall School. His basic degree in medicine was acquired at the Govt. Medical College, Srinagar in 1978.

Soon work at the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai lead to a Master degree in Surgical Oncology. Having acquired varied surgical skills at Nanavati Hospital, Jaslok Hospital, KEM Hospital and Beach Candy Hospital in Mumbai, he left for London to work at the Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital. His work lead to an Oncology Fellowship, whereafter he returned to work in Delhi, initially at Batra Hospital and now for the last 14 years at Apollo Cancer Institute.

He heads SURGICAL ONCOLOGY UNIT I comprised of half a dozen consultants and other junior consultants and is certainly among the busiest oncology division in India. He conducts monthly outpatient clinics in Apollo Cancer Institute, New Delhi, Kashmir Nursing Home, Srinagar, Apollo Bramwell Hospital, Mauritius.

His interest lies in popularizing innovative techniques in oncology. Port insertion, Primary Reconstruction for Ca Breast, and now Radio Frequency Ablation owe it to his pioneering efforts in India. An avid speaker keenly sought in this region for his original thought and his ability to ask question conventional beliefs and practices in oncology.

He is also Founder President of a successful non-governmental organization called Breast Cancer Patients Benefit Foundation. The foundation works in the area of offering better cancer care to economically under privileged patients in India, spreads awareness about this dreaded disease, run a Central Drug Repository and most importantly trains clinicians in the field of oncology across India and the neighboring countries often leading up to fellowship. Yet another diverse but passionate part of his life is his active participation in regional politics in J&K State. He currently functions as the Chief National Spokesperson for the People Democratic Party.

7. Naveen Varshneya

Naveen Varshneya

Discoverer of Cure to reverse mental disorder, Naveen Varshneya, hung his boots as a serial entrepreneur when he realized he is too ahead of his time and resources are rather limited to make evolutionary impact in the world.

He lived and travelled around the world inventing technologies and solution for social reforms having many firsts to his credit. He established the theory and science of mental disorder, its causes and cure and found himself integrating work of Carl Jung, Theory of quantum physics, Deepak Chopra, Chakra system and Ancient Asian wisdom and work of many other genius from across the various streams.

8. Roshan Abbas

Roshan Abbas

As a radio jockey, Roshan Abbas has created over 3000 hours of radio programming winning four awards at the Radio and Television Artiste Awards in India. Having enjoyed a career as a successful TV host for shows like ‘Family Fortunes’, ‘Born Lucky’ and ‘This is Your Life’ he has also been awarded as ‘Best Television Show Host’ at the Annual TV Awards in 2001. He also serves on the promo jury for Cannes Lions 2008.

In 2009, Roshan began work on directing a film based on an adaptation of a play about high school called Graffiti that he had written and directed back in 1999.

Book Tickets

For JMI Students:

For JMI (Jamia Millia Islamia) Students, tickets are available in the campus itself. To get your ticket, you can contact:
1.) Prateek Singla (+91-9810184548) or
2.)Wasiq Hussain (+91-9990495108)

For Non-JMI Students and Corporate Officials:

For Non-JMI Students and Corporate Officials, the tickets are available only online.

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