Get connecTED with ideas, courtesy IIM

Dream. Dare. Do. When these three words sum up the theme of a seminar, it certainly promises to be both riveting and enlightening.

Come Sunday, IIM-Ranchi will organise its second TEDx event that will bring together leaders from various fields like literature, social work, music, medicine, cricket and technology.

TED, an abbreviation for technology, entertainment and design, was founded by Richard Wurman in 1984 and has been owned by The Sapling Foundation since 2001. It is a non-profit outfit devoted to "ideas worth spreading". It has been conducting global conferences since 1990 and provides a platform to inspire, transform and motivate a person, society or a nation. TEDx is an initiative that allows individuals and organisations to host their own TED events.

Eminent speakers like Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, James Cameron and Al Gore, besides Nobel laureates from the country and abroad, have shared their ideas at the TED forum in the past.

IIM-Ranchi director M.J. Xavier said the daylong programme would be held at a capital hotel at 9am on February 3. Dreams are for everyone. However, not everyone dares to transform a dream into reality. But, when one does, it changes lives, the seminar document of IIM explains the theme. This is the second session of TEDx here. The first was held in November 2011, said Xavier.

"To create a fertile environment for germination of unique ideas, perspectives and insight, the IIM has drawn up an impressive list of 13 achievers, approved by TED, who will address the seminar on Sunday," he added.

On the list is Egyptian author Ahdaf Soueif whose second novel The Map of Love has been translated into 21 languages, has sold over a million copies and has been shortlisted for Man Booker Prize 2013.

Also expected is real-life hero Captain Navin Gulia, whose army career was cut short by a nasty fall, but who despite being confined to a wheelchair, taught destiny's children to tread the path of life. He has received the National Role Model award from the President.

Among others are Dr Subroto Das, who founded Lifeline Foundation ' India's best known provider of highway rescue, Malli Mastan Babu, the IIM-Calcutta graduate who scaled highest peaks in all continents, and Faith Gonsalves, the lady who believes music can bring about social change.

The only local speaker invited on the occasion is Ambitabh Choudhary, an IIT-Kharagpur graduate who became a top cop, rejuvenated the dormant state cricket association and was instrumental in putting Ranchi on the map of international cricket.

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