IIT Kanpur hosts India's National Blockchain Project which is working on several eGovernance ideas. This discussion features two experts related to eGovernance. Professor Abhay Karandikar is best known for his work in the telecommunications sector in India. Professor Karandikar is an engineer who taught for several years at IIT Bombay, has been associated with institutions like C-DAC, Telecom Standards Development Society of India and is a part time member of TRAI. He has been the Director at IIT Kanpur since 2018. With IIT Kanpur hosting the National Blockchain Project, there’s no better person than him to understand what India plans to use Blockchain for the eGovernance space. Krishna Vishwanath is an entrepreneur and investor based out of Pune. He calls himself a student of Blockchain, by which he means a PhD student at Symbiosis. Before he got enamoured with Blockchain, Krishna has worked extensively in the Indian capital markets. He was one of the first investment bankers in the country when ICICI got into the traditional merchant banking business and is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad. Krishna is also the ex-boss of two of the Bharavaarata co-founders Aashish and Srivatsa. We talked about the concept of Blockchain at a very fundamental level - how it relates to the way humans organize. We explored if the distributed, permission-less concept can be fitted in the centralized governance structures we have evolved over time. Many initiatives are being led by IIT Kanpur using the concept of Blockchain and there was a detailed discussion on evolution of these. We also talked about how some of these academic innovations are used by the government and the industry. The guests discussed the broad process of commercialization of the research and development work done by the academia.
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