Padma Shri Vijay P. Bhatkar - Computer Scientist (E)

“Great nations are not built on borrowed technologies” - Vijay P. Bhatkar Dr Vijay P Bhatkar is one of the internationally acknowledged scientist and IT leader of India. He is known as the man behind India’s first supercomputer. We are living in a digital age. Significantly this is also an age when we are poised to leap forward to an exciting and mind-boggling era of revolutionary changes in science and technology - most of which we can attribute to Supercomputers. India’s Journey of Supercomputers began in the ’80s when the USA refused to give supercomputer to India. This began a new chapter of developing Indigenous supercomputer and Professor Vijay Bhatkar developed India’s first supercomputer PARAM 8000 which was the second-fastest computer in the world at that time. In this show, we will understand what is a supercomputer, what are their needs for the society and how India was able to build its first supercomputer. Meet the Padam Shree and Padam Bhushan scientist of India, Professor Vijay Pandurang Bhatkar.