Balaraju Battu (Year: 2000)

M. Sc - Physics, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India
M.S. Consciousness Studies, Bhaktivedanta Institute, Mumbai & BITS, Pilani, India

Research Interests: Quantum Mechanics (EPR Paradox and Bell's theorem), Statistical Mechanics, Consciousness & Physics.

M.S. Dissertation title: "The EPR Paradox".
Guide: Dr.P.K.Joshi.

Personal statement:

Before coming here, I was in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh ( and I am a lover of theoretical physics, poetry, and art films. I have a Master of Science (M.Sc) degree in Physics from Osmania University, Hyderabad. I was enrolled for the M.Sc.Tech program in 'Computational Techniques for Physicists' in the University of Hyderabad, when I learnt about the Consciousness Studies program conducted by Bhaktivedanta Institute in collaboration with BITS, Pilani. I joined the program not only because of its impressive curriculum and course contents, but also because of its emphasis on the 'foundational problems' of modern science. As a student of physics, I am interested in the notions of 'matter' and 'space-time', theories which form the basic issues of inquiry in quantum mechanics and relativity. It is my opinion that though consciousness is a 'philosophical' problem, only by appealing to the foundational issues of theoretical physics, we might be able to solve it. My research interest is the famous 'EPR Paradox', the problem of non-locality and how this relates to consciousness studies. The Bhaktivedanta institute has given me the opportunity to do this unique research on two very important aspects of scientific inquiry: EPR paradox and Consciousness. With its completely 'different' research approach, the institute is bound to emerge as one of the premier institutes within the frontiers of science, in the near future.