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3RD OCT 2019

SESSION 7 - Vice- Chancellor’s & Acedamic Leaders Session:
Need to transform Universities into True Centers of Research, Innovation, Scientifically oriented Knowledge and Wisdom for Holistic Human Development. (Exclusive session for Vice Chancellors & Academic Heads of HEI)

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Dr. Sanjay Dhande

Ex. Director IIT Kanpur

Major Achievements and Awards :
  • Padma Shri Sanjay Dhande is an eminent educationist who was the director of the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.

  • Prof. Sanjay Dhande is also the Chairman of Board of Governors of National Institute of Technology Delhi and National Institute of Industrial Engineering.

  • Prof. Sanjay Dhande served as a member of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and has also been a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India.

  • He formed the PDPM Indian Institute of Information Technology Design & Manufacturing, Jabalpur and the Indian Institute of Saddlery Technology and Export Management.

  • Prof. Sanjay Dhande is an innovative technologist, acclaimed academician, an eminent researcher and an able administrator and was conferred the Padmashri award in 2013.


Dr. Ashok Joshi

Eminent Scientist and Senior  Entrepreneur, Utah, USA

Major Achievements and Awards :
  • Currently working as executive director at Technology Holding LLC, located in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

  • He served as a sole owner, CEO and president of Ceramatec Inc, where he grew the company 300% over a short time span of 8 years. Ceramatec Inc. was acquired by CoorsTek, the largest technical ceramics company in the world.

  • Dr. Joshi has been a serial entrepreneur with more than ten ventures under his belt. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Salt Lake Community College and the Indian Cultural Center of Utah.

  • He was appointed as a member of the advisory board to the president of Westminster College.

  • He also served as a board member of the Industrial Research Institute in Washington DC.In recognition of his accomplishments and service, he has received a number of awards including Utah Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology, Industrial Research Institute Achievement award, Asian of the Year Award by the Utah Chamber of Commerce and Utah Pioneer Award.

  • He has PhD in Material Science from Northwestern University and Bachelors of Engineering from College of Engineering, Pune.

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Prof.(Dr.) Shimpa Sharma

Acting Vice-Chancellor

(Institution Deemed to be University)
Maharashtra, India 416006

Major Achievements and Awards :
  • Currently working as Acting Vice-Chancellor, D Y Patil Education Society Institution Deemed to be University, Kolhapur.

  • Earlier worked as Pro-Vice Chancellor, D Y Patil Education Society Institution Deemed to be University, Kolhapur from February 2018

  • Around 24 years of teaching and administrative experience at various positions in Medical Colleges and Universities.

  • She is an eminent doctor with gold medalist in MD.

  • She holds several Medical Certifications from International organizations from Europe and Mauritius

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Dr. Abhay Wagh


Technical Education Govt. of Maharashtra, Mantralaya Mumbai

Major Achievements and Awards :
  • Ph.D. (Electronics & Instrumentation) and Master of Engineering (Power Electronics) - Gold Medalist

  • Working in the field of Technical Education from last 32 Years in various administrative and academic capacities

  • Worked as Director, Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education, Mumbai

  •  Worked as Deputy Secretary to Government of Maharashtra in Higher & Technical Education Department, Mantralaya.

  • Worked as a Joint Director, Dy. Director & Asst. Director(T) in Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra.

  • Worked as State Project Advisor for the World Bank Assisted ‘Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme’ Phase II (TEQIP-II) for the State of Maharashtra.

  • Worked for the prestigious ‘Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA)’ of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.

  • Recipient of the ‘Skoch Gold Award of Excellence’ for successfully implementing 10 projects in the State of Maharashtra based on good governance, during the 37th Skoch Summit on ‘Minimum Government, Maximum Governance’.

  • Awarded with ‘E-Maharashtra’ honour for efforts in e-administration by Directorate of Information Technology, Govt. of Maharashtra.

  •  Promising Engineer Award from Institution of Engineers at Nashik in 2001.

  • Awarded with 'Vidnyan Nishtha Puraskar' by Kanushri Pratishthan in 2007.

  • ‘Maratha Seva Sangh Award’ for first Doctorate in Electronics Engineering in North Maharashtra Region. Awarded "Gaurav Patra" for Social Contribution to Society.

  • Awarded "Kartavya Daksha Adhikari 2004-05" from Vidyarthi Kruti Samiti, Nashik in 2005

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Prof. Prabhat Ranjan

Vice Chancellor, Nuclear Fusion Scientist, Educationalist

D Y Patil International University
Sector - 29, Pradhikaran, Akurdi, Pune 


Major Achievements and Awards :
  • Prof. Prabhat Ranjan, was heading India’s Technology Think Tank, TIFAC. During his tenure TIFAC prepared ‘Technology Vision 2035’ document, which is now being used to plan the S&T trajectory of India.

  • Prof. Ranjan is a Nuclear Fusion Scientist and worked in National and International Labs in India and USA and made major contributions to this field for nearly two decades.

  • He was Project Leader at Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar till 2002. After this, he served as Professor at Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of ICT in Gandhinagar for 11 years.

  • His remarkable innovative contributions include India’s Moon Mission, Wildlife and Agriculture sector.

  • He is particularly known for his innovations in the field of assistive technology that has helped to put smiles on the faces of persons with a severe disability.

  • He had obtained his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986 and did college education from IIT Kharagpur and University of Delhi.

  • He has received many awards and accolades for his contribution to Science, Technology, and Society.

  • He is co-founder of a startup “Sun Teknovation” based out of Gandhinagar and also mentor of a Popular YouTube Science Series “Science Wience”.


Dr. Manoj Matnani

VIHASA EXPERT, Consultant Pediatric Nephrologist

KEM Hospital and Research Centre, Pune

Major Achievements and Awards :
  • Clinical Fellowship in Pediatric Nephrology, Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children, London

  • Specialist Registrar in Pediatric Nephrology, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Pendlebury,

  • Honorary consultant in PedNephrology, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Pune.

  • Working as Consultant Pediatric Nephrologist at KEM Hospital and Research Centre and Jehangir Hospital, Pune

  • Also Associate Professor, Pediatric Nephrology- D.Y.Patil Medical College, Pimpri, Pune

  • National Faculty of the Indian Society of Pediatric Nephrology (ISPN) and delivered several talks at national and international level.

  • He is M.D (Pediatrics) from B.J.Medical College, Pune

  • Vast professional experience since e1998 at national and international level.

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Dr.Ram Puniyani

Former Professor, IIT Bombay

Major Achievements and Awards :
  • Maharashtra Foundation (US) award for Social awareness about threat of Communal Politics-2002[12]

  • Association For Communal Harmony in Asia-ACHA Star Award for Peace and Communal Harmony-2004

  • Fr. Machio Memorial Foundation Humanitarian Award 2005

  • Indira Gandhi National Integration Award 2006

  • National Communal Harmony Award 2007Gaints Group of Powai (Mumbai)Appreciation Award 2003[

  • All India Christian Council, Mumbai: Graham Stains Certificate of Honor 2003Honored by Karmaveer Dadasaheb Gaikwad Sanskritik Kendra on January 26, 2003

  • NCHRO's Mukundan C.Menon award


Dr. Devender Kawday

Advisor, NAAC, Bangalore.

Major Achievements and Awards :
  • Currently working with National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bengaluru as Advisor

  • Worked as Joint Secretary, Western Regional Office, University Grants Commission, Pune

  • PhD in Commerce and Management  from RTM University, Nagpur


Dr. Vijaya Katti

Professor & Dean, Administration (Academics) Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi

Major Achievements and Awards :
  • Chairperson (Management Development Programs) at IIFT

  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (Affiliated to Center for Economic Studies & Planning, JNU, New Delhi)

  • Indo-Nepal Economic Relations as Consultancy for B.P. Koirala Foundation, Royal Nepal Embassy, New Delhi, 1999.

  • Resource Person in Programme on “Analytical Tools for Introduction to Economic Data and its Analysis,  

  •  'Resource Person for Programme on WTO organized by Colombo Plan Secretariat'

  • Invited by WTO Secretariat, Geneva as a Resource Person in the “Regional Trade Policy Course” to cover the topic of Market Access related issues: Regional perspective (to be held in May 2006 at Hong Kong University). Attended a preparatory workshop for the RTPC at WTO Secretariat Geneva, February 2006.


Prof. Shekhar Chaudhuri

Director of IIM Calcutta Director

Major Achievements and Awards :
  • Prof. Shekhar Chaudhuri is a B.Tech (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur and a Fellow of IIM Ahmedabad with specialization in Business Policy.

  • He taught at IIMA from March 1981 till November 2002. During May 2000 till December 2001 he was the Dean of the Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur and was the Director of IIM Calcutta.

  • The institute is currently the only institution in India to be accredited by AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS. In 2012 IIM Calcutta was invited to be the only member of CEMS, which is a consortium of around 30 business schools across Europe, USA, Australia and Asia.

  • In his capacity as Director, IIM Calcutta he was also the Mentor Director of IIM, Ranchi. Prof. Chaudhuri has been a Senior Fulbright Fellow at U. C. Berkeley, U.S.A.; Visiting Scholar at the Twente University of Technology, Enschede, Netherlands; Visiting Professor of Strategic Management in the College of Business and Administration, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois, USA (1989-1991)

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Honorable Dr. Anil Rajvanshi

A spiritual engineer
Director and Hon. Secretary- Nimbkar Agricultural
Research Institute (NARI), Maharashtra, India.

Major Achievements and Awards :
  • Dr. Anil Rajvanshi’s pioneering rural development work for the last three decades has spanned a whole spectrum of areas affecting the lives of rural population: renewable energy-based cooking and lighting; power generation from agricultural residues; renewable fuel production from agriculture; electric cycle rickshaws; water purification and effluent treatment through the use of renewable energy.

  • He is the first person to promote the use of high technology for rural development – an idea that is in vogue nowadays.

  • Dr. Rajvanshi went to the United States to pursue higher studies at the University of Florida following his bachelor and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from I.I.T. Kanpur. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1979, he taught at the University of Florida

  • Dr. Rajvanshi established the energy and sustainable development work at Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) at Phaltan, Maharashtra.

  • He is the principal author (1996) of national policy on energy self-sufficient Taluka which is being managed by MNRE. This is the precursor of the National Biomass power plant program and was probably the inspiration behind the PURA program.

  • Dr. Rajvanshi’s group pioneered the development of electric rickshaws in the 1990s. He was the first person to initiate a program of e-rickshaws in the country-which are in vogue nowadays

  • He developed a unique program of improving cooking and lighting technology for rural areas. Consequently, his group developed the multi-fuel Noorie lantern, multi-fuel Lanstove and the whole issue of rural lighting and cooking technology strategy including the concept of rural restaurants.

  • He pioneered in late 1990s the concept of using ethanol as cooking and lighting fuel for rural areas. This strategy has been copied and promoted all over the world by institutes like the World Bank and cooking stove Alliance of UN.

  • In the early 1990s, his group at NARI set up the world’s largest program on the production of ethanol from sweet sorghum. Their sweet sorghum varieties have been tested in about a dozen countries. This work helped start the national program on sweet sorghum managed by ICAR, Government of India and being carried out in many universities and research centers

  • He and his group pioneered the development of loose biomass gasification system. NARI was the first Institute in the world to develop 500 kW (thermal) sugarcane leaves gasifier in 1995. This development helped spawn such development efforts all over India.

  • He has pioneered the development of low cost solar-based water purifiers and solar-powered petal collectors of safflower.

  • His efforts have shown how a small rural S&T Institute working on a shoestring budget can pioneer technologies for rural India and has inspired similar efforts in India and the world

  • Dr. Rajvanshi received the prestigious Jamnalal Bajaj Award for the use of science and technology in rural India from Dr. Manmohan Singh

  • In 1998, he became the second Indian to be inducted in the U.S.-based Solar Hall of Fame. His efforts led to NARI getting FICCI Platinum Jubilee Award in 2002 from Prime Minister Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee.

  • His work on ethanol lanstove was given the 2009 Globe Forum Award for sustainability research in Stockholm from HRH Crown Princess Victoria

  • In 2014, he became the first Indian to receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award of University of Florida, USA and is listed as notable alumni of IIT Kanpur.

  • He has delivered prestigious endowed lectures and his achievements have been covered in mass media both nationally and internationally.

  • Dr. Rajvanshi has served on many committees like Planning Commission, Advisory Board on Energy, MNRE, MERC, etc

  • He has more than 230 publications, some of them in prestigious national and international journals, seven patents, five books, and various chapters in books

  • Dr. Rajvanshi has great interest in spirituality and holistic development as evidenced by his books on the subject and his various writings which appear frequently in Speaking Tree (Times of India) and Huffington Post

  • Dr. Rajvanshi believes that spirituality with high technology should be the mantra of India’s development and practices what he preaches

  • He lives a simple life in rural Maharashtra while developing high technologies for rural India.


Honourable Prof. Dr. Mangesh Karad

Executive President – MIT-ADT University, Pune
Executive Director and Secretary of MAEER’s MIT Group

Major Achievements and Awards :
  • Secretary & Trustee of MIT Group of Institute, Pune.

  • Executive President MIT Art, Design and Technology University, Rajbaug Pune

  • Vice President of Education Promotions of India Pune.


Prof. (Dr.) Sunaina Singh

Vice Chancellor, Nalanda University, Rajgir, Bihar

Vice President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations(ICCR), New Delhi

Former Vice Chancellor (2012 – 17), The English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad

Major Achievements and Awards :
  • Prof. Sunaina Singh is the Vice-Chancellor of Nalanda University, an internationally acclaimed historical university with the Ministry of External Affairs, located in Rajgir, Bihar.

  • Prof. Singh is currently engaged with the Naissance task of rebuilding the renowned ancient Nalanda University. The honour of reestablishing the University has been entrusted to her largely because of her compelling leadership.

  • Prof. Singh is among the most prominent leaders in higher education in the South Asian region. A distinguished academician and administrator, she is also the Vice President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR); Member, Governing Council, Association of Indian Universities (AIU); Member, Comprehensive Language Policy of India; Member, Bihar State Audit Advisory Board Bihar; Convener, International Dharma- Dhamma Conference 2018 and 2019; Academic Advisor, National Cyber Safety and Security Standards (NCSSS); Member Board of Trustee, India Foundation (a think tank) and Member, Board of Governors Divi’s Laboratories Limited, India.

  • Prof. Singh is among the most prominent leaders in higher education in the South Asian region. A distinguished academician and administrator, she is also the Vice President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR); Member, Governing Council, Association of Indian Universities (AIU); Member, Comprehensive Language Policy of India; Member, Bihar State Audit Advisory Board Bihar; Convener, International Dharma- Dhamma Conference 2018 and 2019; Academic Advisor, National Cyber Safety and Security Standards (NCSSS); Member Board of Trustee, India Foundation (a think tank) and Member, Board of Governors Divi’s Laboratories Limited, India

  • Currently, a member-designate of several distinguished national and international Academic committees, Prof. Singh is engaged in the challenging task of restructuring and redesigning university pedagogical and administrative systems. Few academics can match her integrity, intellectual caliber, and dedication to teaching, research, and administration. As a Visiting Professor at reputed Universities abroad, she has played a crucial role in drawing the attention of the West towards Indian culture and literature, pedagogical systems, epistemological concerns, and university administration.

  • Dr. Singh, a Professor of literature and culture, brings with her a rich blend of scholarship, professional integrity, and administrative competence. Her impeccable and proven track record as an able and a visionary administrator has enabled her to excel in her leadership role, a fact acknowledged by the many prestigious awards she has been conferred with. 

  • Prof. Sunaina Singh, was given the unique honour of presiding the Hon’ble President of India’s Address on “Building a Happy Society” to 126 Central Institutions of the country through the e–platform NKN, on 10 th January 2017. The Hon’ble President complimented her for her endeavor for building a peaceful society.

  • Prof. Sunaina Singh has always believed in, and has worked towards setting new benchmarks in both the personal and public spheres. What motivates her in her endeavors in life is the persona of her guru and father Prof. Satyanarain Singh, himself a value driven scholar, a Humanist with innate compassion. As a dynamic leader, she touches many hearts and inspires many minds. She is widely known for her leadership and integrity.

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