What we do?

  • We help people act with insight.
  • We help companies grow from the inside.
  • We help employees turn into thinkers.

We ignite thought

If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of every one, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it. Its peculiar character, too, is that no one possesses the less, because every other possesses the whole of it. He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.

--Thomas Jefferson
on Patents and Freedom of Ideas

Acadinnet has a specialized mentoring program for students seeking admission to PhD programs in top 100 universities in the world. Under this program, Acadinnet selects through a screening process candidates who have the potential to be admitted to various PhD programs in top universities around the world, after completing our mentoring program. Acadinnet collects information from various universities regarding their PhD programs and from a select group of professors their requirements for PhD students. Our screening process essentially selects people capable of overcoming their handicaps created by rote education. Our mentoring process helps such people understand the nature of research, ethics of the research community, the fundamental need to deal with problems by first selecting concepts, etc. Candidates who successfully complete the mentoring program are recommended for possible admission to various universities and select professors. Acadinnet does not guarantee admission to any PhD program. The mentoring program only prepares candidates to compete against other candidates in a global competition. Our emphasis is not on helping people learn many facts but in training the mind to think.

The candidate must possess at least a bachelor's degree in engineering or a master's degree in science or mathematics at the time of screening. The screening is done for a fee.

It is no longer a secret that high academic qualifications are sought in expectations of getting better paid jobs. There is also the undeniable fact that attrition rate in PhD programs is quite high. Of late, even the structure and content of PhD curriculum has come under severe criticism and there is a call for radical changes. Bearing in mind these ground realities and a study of the perceptions of experts (as articulated by the NAS, Nature, etc.) on the matter, Acadinnet believes that as a matter of limited social responsibility, it can help India by identifying and placing its potential PhD candidates in the top 100 universities of the world. At any given time Acadinnet will mentor not more than 6 potential PhD candidates. Acadinnet does not view this program as a profit making exercise. The emphasis of the program is on helping potential candidates learn the value of concepts, an ability to choose a set of concepts to solve a problem, gain experience in solving a problem, and learn the art of publishing research papers.

There are three entities: the university, the professor, the potential PhD candidate.

University/Professor. They will need to provide a write-up of their expectations from the potential PhD candidate, the probable area of research, availability of scholarships or earning opportunities during the PhD program, prerequisites for the PhD program, general information about the PhD program, and academic/research background of potential PhD thesis supervisors.

Acadinnet, on its part will scout for potential PhD candidates based on the information provided, mentor those candidates, and when they are ready, provide the credentials of one or more potential candidate (without mentioning their names or contact addresses). On first-stage payment, names of desired candidates will be provided, following which the candidate will be asked to formally apply for PhD admission. If the candidate is selected for admission, the second-stage payment will become due, and finally if the candidate joins the PhD program, the third-stage payment will become due.

Three stage payment. (1) When we provide a list of potential candidates, (2) when they send an admission offer to a potential candidate, and (3) when the potential candidate joins the PhD program.

Potential PhD candidate. The candidate will undergo a screening test to qualify for the mentoring program. During the mentoring program, the candidate will enroll for the mentoring program upon mutually agree-upon terms and conditions (including fees to be paid in installments by the candidate during the mentoring program). The mentoring program for a candidate may be terminated by Acadinnet if the candidate defaults on installment payments, shows inadequate progress during the mentoring program, or termination is desired by the candidate. An important progress marker of the candidate will be the communication of a research paper by the candidate to a respectable peer reviewed journal for possible publication. The candidate will be considered ready for a PhD program when he is in possession of an acceptance letter for publication of his submitted research paper, successfully clears Acadinnet's in-house tests on understanding of concepts in the scientific/technical domain chosen by the candidate, understanding of research culture and ethical rules of the scientific community, and has presented two research seminars to an audience of experts in the chosen seminar topics. At the end of a successful mentoring program, Acadinnet will provide a recommendation letter to the university/professor where he applies for a PhD admission.

Chief Mentor's Corner
  1. Bera, Rajendra Kumar and Raj, Sunish, Disaster Management of Human Resources (May 19, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2971188
  2. Bera, Rajendra Kumar, The Polarizing World of the Millennials (February 18, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2919816
  3. Bera, R. K., Patent Examination Reforms (January 13, 2017), SSRN:https://ssrn.com/abstract=2898819
  4. Bera, R. K., Patent Subject Matter Eligibility (December 11 Dec, 2016), SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2883838
  5. Bera, R. K., Rethinking Patentable Subject Matter and Related Issues (December 04, 2015), SSRN:https://ssrn.com/abstract=2699219
  6. Bera, R. K., Reforming the Patent System for the Post-Industrial Economy (September 23, 2015), SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2664035
  7. Bera, R.K., A Minefield of Patents (July 16, 2015), SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2630681
  8. Bera, R.K., A Rethink on the Expansive Scope of the Doctrine of Equivalents in U.S. Patent Law (May 30, 2015), SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2612300
Insights in Science Lecture Abstracts
From hunter-gatherer to knowledge-worker
In very broad terms, the world's economic development can be divided into four stages: hunter-gatherer (till about 12,000 years ago; more than 99% of our time on earth), agricultural (beginning about 12,000 years ago till about 1500 AD), industrial (from about 1500 AD to later half of 20th century), and postindustrial (later half of 20th century and continuing)1 , although a substantial comingling of two or more stages can be seen even today in many countries, including the world's most advanced nations. The hunter-gatherer stage can support only about one inhabitant per square mile and demands a nomadic life involving extraordinary land-intensive activity. In the post-industrial information (knowledge-gatherer) age, we are primarily concerned about creating knowledge and using it to produce marketable products and services as quickly and economically as possible. The focus is therefore on knowledge workers. The knowledge-gatherer stage can support several orders of magnitude more inhabitants per square mile than was possible in the hunter-gatherer stage.
Axiomatic mathematics
Euclid's geometry is the first specific evidence of an axiomatic treatment of mathematics. Some 2000 years after Euclid, several mathematicians reexamined its axioms and discovered non-Euclidean geometry. One such geometry forms the space-time geometry of Einstein's general theory of relativity. The discovery of non-Euclidean geometry was a revolution in mathematics, which led to what now forms the heart of mathematics-formal axiomatic systems. Formal systems form the basis of reasoning in mathematics and of all the computations we do on digital computers.
How reliably can we compute?
Several simple computations, as implemented on digital computers, will be examined. Their surprising common feature is that while there is no flaw in the coded logic, the computations fail. The reason for their failure and their remedies will be discussed. The lesson: programming is not about coding; it is about algorithms and their error propagation characteristics. We shall also take a look at some unusual ways humans prove mathematical propositions.
On symmetry
The notion of symmetry plays a central role in theoretical physics. The central theme of this lecture is the Emmy Nöther theorem, which states that for every observable symmetry in Nature there is a corresponding entity that is conserved. And for every conservation law there is a corresponding symmetry. For example, the law of conservation of angular momentum is a consequence of the isotropy of space.
Quantum cryptography and quantum teleportation
The world of quantum mechanics is truly magical. In this lecture we will look at the basic mathematical framework around which QM is built, and then look at the amazingly simple solutions to two problems: (i) the safe exchange of keys for encrypted messages, and (ii) the teleportation of matter. In both these solutions, Charles Bennett, a distinguished IBM researcher, played a pioneering role.