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International Conclave on Higher Education (Transforming Higher Education)

Event on 18 Oct 2016
International Conclave on Higher Education (Transforming Higher Education)
  • Venue :Main Convention Hall, Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar
  • Nodal Department : Education (H&TE)
  • National Partner : CII
  • Theme : Quality ▪ Governance ▪ Innovation

Speaker Profile

Inaugural Session

Shri Vijay Rupani Shri Vijay Rupani Chief Minister of Gujarat

Shri Vijay Rupani is the 16th Chief Minister of Gujarat. Born in Rangoon to RamniklalRupani on August 2nd 1956, he grew up in Rajkot. After completing his Graduation in Arts, he pursued LLB. He rose through the ranks, from being an ABVP activist to a RajyaSabha Member, MLA, Cabinet Minister and then CM.Known for his amiable personality and empathic attitude, CM Shri Vijay Rupani is a beloved leader of both, party and people. A longtime karyakarta and a humble leader, his patience and perseverance makes him an exceptional leader. An ardent follower of the Indian democracy, CM Shri Vijay Rupani even endured imprisonment during the 1975 emergency.

He served as Chairman of Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited and spearheaded the memorable Tourism Campaign ‘Khushboo Gujarat Ki’ that established Gujarat as a prominent tourist destination. He was a member of the RajyaSabhabetween 2006-2012 and played an active role in parliamentary committees on Water Resources, Food, Public Distribution and Public Utility. He served as the Chairman of Gujarat Municipal Finance Board in 2013. He won with a huge margin in assembly bye-election held in October, 2014. In the former Cabinet headed by CM Smt. Anandiben Patel, Shri Vijay Rupani served as Minister for Water Supply, Transport, Labour and Employment. On February 19, 2016, Shri Vijay Rupani replaced Shri R C Faldu as Gujarat State Party President.

Shri Vijay Rupani replaced Smt. Anandiben Patel as the CM in August 2016.

CM Shri Vijay Rupani follows the mantra of development for all and he has affirmed ‘The seat holds little priority. My pledge entails fulfilling the aspirations of people of Gujarat & serving them as a karyakarta in the truest sense’.

Keeping his promise of development for all; he took major initiatives during the first month of his Chief Ministership. CM Vijay Rupani has set four pillars of good governance, transparent, sensitive, decisive and progressive Government for balanced growth of Agriculture, Industries and Services that will ensure growth for all and fulfill aspirations of each class.

Inaugural Session

Shri Prakash Javadekar Shri Prakash Javadekar Minister of Human Resource Development

He represents the BharatiyaJanata Party and is the incumbent Minister of Human Resource Development of Government of India.

Position Held

Union Minister for Human Resource Development since 05th July, 2016 (Evening)

Positions Held (Previous)

  • Minister of State (Independent Charge) — Environment, Forest & Climate Change
  • Minister of State — Parliamentary Affairs
  • Minister of State (Independent Charge) — Information and Broadcasting
  • Member of Parliament — RajyaSabha (2008–14)
  • Executive President — State Planning Board Maharashtra (1995–1999)
  • Member of Legislative Council — Maharashtra from Pune Division Graduate Constituency for 12 years (1990–2002)
  • Chairman — Task Force on IT, Government of Maharashtra (1997–1999)
  • Chairman — Working Group on “IT for Masses”, Government of India (2000)
  • Member — Press Council of India
  • Member — Public Accounts Committee
  • Member — Standing Committee on HRD
  • Member — Consultative Committee for Min. of Power
  • Member — Committee on Subordinate Legislation
  • Member — Committee on WAKF
  • Member — Standing Committee on Defence

Political Work

  • Led Student Movement under ABVP in various capacities (1969–1977)
  • Organised Satyagraha against Emergency Rule and imprisoned (1975–1977)
  • Elected Senate Member of Pune University for 12 years (1975–1987)
  • National Secretary and General Secretary of BharatiyaJanataYuvaMorcha (1984–1990)
  • Full time worker of BJP since 1981
  • State Secretary and Campaign Chief of BharatiyaJanata Party, Maharashtra (1989–1995)
  • Produced 6 videos and 10 audio films/music cassettes for party propaganda
  • Spokesman, BJP Maharashtra (1994–1996 and 2002–2003)

Social Work

  • Chairman, Gramshakti, an NGO working in rural development area.
  • Completed successfully GoI’s Watershed Development Project in Kolvan Valley of Mulshi Tehsil of Pune District. (1996–2000)
  • Worked in tribal area of Thane District for revival of a Development Project, launched by Bank of Maharashtra. (1978–1980)

Other Facts

  • Worked with Bank of Maharashtra for 10 years (1971–1981)
  • Worked in Rural Development Department, Sick Unit Cell, Employment Promotion Programme of the Bank of Maharashtra

Achievements

  • Sir Purshottam Das Thakur Memorial National Award, for research Paper on Rural Development and Banks’ Role in Coordinated Approach.
  • Led delegation to Boston to Negotiate Media Lab Asia Project (2000)

Publications

  • 300 articles in various newspapers on contemporary subjects.
  • Many booklets on unemployment, infiltration, IMF loan and other political topics.

Countries Visited

USA, Europe, Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Israel, Finland & Iceland, Taiwan, Japan, China, South Africa, Brazil, UK

Inaugural Session

Mr. GoeffWain Mr. GoeffWain Deputy High Commissioner

Mr. Wain is the Deputy High Commissioner, UK Deputy High Commission since 2015 and based at Ahmedabad.

Previous Roles

Date Location Designation
2013 – 2015 London Team Leader - Afghan Operations, Pakistan and Afghanistan Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
2012 – 2013 London Head of Programme Management Office, Corporate Services Programme, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
2012 British Embassy Podgorica, Republic of Montenegro Deputy Head of Mission/Chargé d’Affaires
2011 - 2012 London Head of Resource Management Unit, Directorate-General (Operations), Foreign and Commonwealth Office
2008 - 2011 British Embassy Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany First Secretary Head of Corporate Services
2003 - 2008 London Head of Human Resources Management and Policy Unit, UK Trade & Investment
2000 - 2003 British Embassy Manila, Republic of the Philippines Second Secretary (Trade & Investment)
1995 - 1999 British High Commission Maseru, Kingdom of Lesotho Deputy High Commissioner/Aid Secretary
1994-1995 London Second Secretary, Eastern Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1992 - 1994 London Third Secretary, Non-Proliferation and Defence Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1989 - 1992 British Consulate-General Istanbul, Republic of Turkey Third Secretary (Immigration)
1989 British High Commission Yaoundé, Republic of Cameroon Acting Second/Third Secretary
1986 - 1988 British High Commission Islamabad, Islamic Republic of Pakistan Third Secretary (Corporate Services)
1985 - 1986 London Head of Registry, Information Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1984 - 1985 London Attaché, Hong Kong Dept, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1983 - 1984 London Attaché, European Community Dept (Internal), Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Inaugural Session

Mr. Tony Huber Mr. Tony Huber Australian Consul-General to India

Mr. Huber is the Australian Consul-General to India. He is an experienced career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). He has served overseas as Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner, Ottawa and First Secretary, New Delhi.

In Canberra, Mr Huber was Director of the India Economic Section. He has also served as Director, Pacific Bilateral Section and Regional Trade Policy Section.

Mr Huber holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Canberra and a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade from the Australian National University

Inaugural Session

H E Mr. Peter Taksøe-Jensen H E Mr. Peter Taksøe-Jensen Ambassador of Denmark to India

Professional career:

H.E. Mr. Peter Taksøe-Jensen is the Ambassador of Denmark to India.

  • Ambassador of Denmark to India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka
  • Ambassador of Denmark to the United States, 2010- 2015
  • Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, United Nations, New York 2008-2010
  • Under-Secretary for Legal Affairs and Head of the Legal Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, 2003-2008
  • Head of Section, Department for Legal Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, 1999- 2003
  • Counsellor, Permanent Representation of Denmark to the European Union, Brussels, 1999
  • Head of Section, Permanent Representation of Denmark to the European Union, Brussels, 1995-1999
  • Head of Section, Department for Security Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, 1992-1995
  • First Secretary, Royal Danish Embassy, Vienna, 1989-1992
  • Head of Section, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark 1988-1989
  • Head of Section, Danish Ministry of Justice, Denmark, 1986-1987

Other activities:

  • Chairman of the Danish Governments Commission on the Red Cross, 2007-2008, Vice-Chairman 2000-2007
  • Member of the Commission on Jurisdiction, established by the Danish Minister for Justice, 2004-2008
  • Member of the Commission on the Law on Archives, established by the Danish Minister for Culture, 2002-2003
  • Lecturer at numerous courses on EU Law, EU Policies and negotiations, and on EU procedures and techniques, 1999-2008

Inaugural Session

Mr. Alan Gemmell Mr. Alan Gemmell Director, British Council in India

Mr. Alan Gemmell OBE is the Director of the British Council in India and Director of fiveFilms4freedom, the world's biggest online, free LGBT Film Festival.

Alan was the British Council Israel’s Director from November 2012 running a £10 million stem cell research fund working with world-leading medical research foundations like the British Heart Foundation and Parkinson’s UK. He launched the UK’s first multi-lateral research fund in the Middle East, a platform for Israeli, Palestinian and British scientists to work together to tackle critical water challenges in the region, and a PhD programme for Palestinian scientists to study at Israeli universities - supporting a new generation of scientists to work together across borders.

In partnership with the British Film Institute and supported by the United Nations’ Free & Equal campaign, fiveFilms4freedom makes five LGBT short films freely available online free for 10 days. In 2016, 1.5 million people watched the films in 179 countries. fiveFilms4freedom published its first Global List of inspiring people from around the world promoting freedom and equality.

In 2015, Alan commissioned www.mixthecity.com, an interactive digital art work with the BBC and Arts Council of England featuring Israeli YouTube artist Kutiman and British digital agency Flying Object. Over 650,000 users in 193 countries have taken part.

Alan has worked in Mexico and Brazil and at the centre of the UK Government. He studied music and law and set up the Scottish Youth Parliament. He was appointed OBE in the 2016 New Year Honours List for services to Arts and Science and included in GQ Magazine’s 2016 List of the 100 Most Connected Men in the UK.

Inaugural Session

Mr. Cesare Onestini Mr. Cesare Onestini Deputy Head of the European Union Delegation

Mr. Cesare Onestini is the Deputy Head of the European Union Delegation to India since August 2014.

He joined the European Commission in 1995.  As a European official, he has worked on a variety of policies including the promotion of European cooperation in the areas of education and professional training, the development of European transport networks and the liberalization of gas and energy markets.

Before joining the Commission, Mr. Onestini graduated from Oxford University with a B.A. in Human Sciences, an M. Phil in European Politics, Economics and Society and a D. Phil in International Relations.

More recently, he has worked for the European Union in the areas of external relations, international trade, security and crisis management.

More precisely on higher education, Mr. Onestini's PhD was on higher education policy making in Germany and he worked 5 years in the European Commission's Education department.

Plenary Session – Way Forward for Higher Education in India - Quality, Governance & Innovation

Mr. Francisco Marmolejo Mr. Francisco Marmolejo

Mr. Francisco Marmolejo is the World Bank’s Lead of its Global Solutions Group on Tertiary Education, and since July 2016 he also serves as the Lead Education Specialist for India, based in Delhi. In his capacity as the World Bank’s most senior official in tertiary education, he serves as the institutional focal point on the topic of tertiary education (also known as higher education in several countries), and provides advice and support to country-level related projects that the Bank has in more than 60 countries. As part of his activities, he coordinates the Bank’s internal thematic group on tertiary education, which helps to facilitate exchange of ideas among the more than 100 staff members and consultants involved in related initiatives across the globe. In India he provides technical expertise on a variety of educational projects ranging from early childhood to tertiary education.

Previously, he served as founding Executive Director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration, a network of more than 160 tertiary education institutions primarily from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, based at the University of Arizona (UA), where he also worked as Assistant Vice President. At UA, he was Affiliated Researcher at the Center for the Study of Higher Education, and Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Latin American Studies. Previously, he was an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, and also he has been Vice President for Administration and Academic Vice President at the University of the Americas in Mexico.

He has worked as International Consultant at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France, and has been part of OECD and World Bank peer review higher education teams in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He serves or has served on advisory boards at a variety of universities and organizations, including the International Association of Universities, the American Council on Education’s Commission on International Initiatives, NAFSA, World Education Services, and the Centre for Internationalisation of Higher Education at UNICATT-Milan.

Plenary Session – Way Forward for Higher Education in India - Quality, Governance & Innovation

Dr. Sudhirkumar Barai Dr. Sudhirkumar Barai Professor of Civil Engineering, IIT-Kharagpur

Dr. Sudhirkumar Barai is a Professor of Structural Engineering Specialization in the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721 302, India. His research interests are Computational Intelligence Applications, Structural Health Monitoring and Concrete Technology.

In 1995, he obtained Ph.D (Eng.) from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He received the degrees of B.E.(Civil) and M.E.(Civil) with specialization in Structural Engineering in 1987 and 1989, respectively, from the Faculty of Engineering, M S University of Baroda, Baroda, India.

Recently he was Erskine Visiting Fellow at University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand during May-June 2008. He was also visiting scientist at National University of Singapore during May-July 2003. He was recipient of BOYSCAST fellowship and visited Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA during May-November, 2000. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Department of Solid Mechanics, Materials and Structures, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel during February, 1997-July, 1998.

He has published more than 130 papers in leading National/International Journals and Conferences in his research fields.

Plenary Session – Way Forward for Higher Education in India - Quality, Governance & Innovation

Dr. Gwen Van der Velden Dr. Gwen Van der Velden Director, Warwick International Higher Education Academy

Dr. Gwen van der Velden is the Director of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA). For over twenty years, Gwen has led on the development of university teaching and learning with great enthusiasm and success. Once based at the Radboud University in the Netherlands and the University of Kent, Gwen currently leads several teams enhancing both learning and teaching at the University of Bath.

She has developed new models of student engagement, innovated classroom practices and supported the recognition of teaching excellence by many colleagues and even whole departments. Highly regarded in the sector, Gwen holds a number of national roles where she works to influence educational policy and regulation with a view to maintaining the autonomy of institutions and the diversity of the sector.

She is full member of the HEFCE Public Information Steering Group, invited member of the HEFCE NSS review expert panel, Planning Executive of the Standing Conference for Academic Practice (SCAP), invited member of JISC - Jorum Steering Group, Member of The Student Engagement Partnership (TSEP) steering group, invited member of Russell/QAA consultation group, Member of HE Academy Staff Transitions Advisory Group.

She has done Dutch Bachelors equivalent for teaching in Primary Education, Dutch Masters equivalent Education (dissertation on educational innovation in a university setting), several teaching qualifications under the Dutch system. Doctoral in Business Administration in Higher Education Management (University of Bath).

Plenary Session – Way Forward for Higher Education in India - Quality, Governance & Innovation

Prof. S. A. Bari Prof. S. A. Bari Vice Chancellor, Central University of Gujarat

Professor S. A. Bari joined The Central University of Gujarat as its second Vice Chancellor on 25th August 2014. Prior to this he was the Vice Chancellor of Kuvempu University at Shimoga in Karnataka, where he completed his four year term on 24th July 2014. Born in Mysore, Karnataka, he had his education there.After completing his masters in History from University of Mysore, he commenced his teaching career as Lecturer from Mangalore University in 1982 and completed his PhD from there in Economic History. In 1989 he moved to Kuvempu University as Reader and Head of The Department of History And Archaeology. In 1994 he became a Professor in the same Department. He also completed a Post Doctoral work through a project from ICHR on Nationalism in rural and tribal areas of Chickmagalore and Shimoga . He was also the Coordinator of The Centre for South Asian Studies at KU (a UGC Funded Project).

He has been the Dean of Faculty of Arts KU for three terms, he has been the Dean of Students Welfare, Director of Prasaranga KU (publications division). He was the Registrar I/c and the Registrar Evaluation.He was also the founder Director of The Directorate of Distance Education KU. He was the member of Senate, Syndicate and Academic Council. In 2010 he was apointed by the Government of Karnataka as Special Officer to establish a new University Vijayanagara Sri Krishnadevaraya University at Bellary. He was awarded The University Foundation day Certificate of Merit and in 2012 The Directorate of NCC Honored him with the Honorary Col Commandant of NCC.

He has guided both Mphil and PhD students and seven students have obtained their Doctorate under his supervision and four are presently working with him. He has attended a number of National and international conferences both in India and abroad and published research papers. He has also been a member and associate of many national and international academic bodies. He has been a member of various academic boards, committees of the UGC, NAAC and policy making bodies of Higher education and Youth Services in the state of Karnataka. He has visited Canada, Belgium, Syria, Hong Kong, UAE and Malaysia, Belarus and Sweden on various academic assignments. In December 2014 he attended an academic program on Leadership in Higher Education at OAED, Oxford,UK. In June 2015 he was a member of the Hon. President of India's delegation to Sweden and Belarus.

Presently he is a member of the UGC Empowered Committee for BSR in Universities, Central Board of Film Certification, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, GoI, member of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE), GoI, and a member of the Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO and many academic committees of the MHRD with a keen interest in the educational reforms that the MHRD is initiating in Higher Education. He is also committed to the overall development of the Central University of Gujarat.

Parallel Session I - Higher Education Quality Improvem ent through Internationalization

Prof. Parimal Vyas Prof. Parimal Vyas Vice-Chancellor of The Maharaja Sayajirao University

Professor Parimal H. Vyas is a Vice-Chancellor of The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda [MSU] Gujarat w.e.f.11th February, 2016. Earlier, Professor Vyas served as Acting Vice-Chancellor, and the Pro Vice-Chancellor, MSU (w. e. f. 29th December, 2014 till 11th February, 2016). He is the First Dual Professor appointed as Professor of Management Studies [2014], Faculty of Management Studies, and also Professor of Commerce and Business Management, Faculty of Commerce at MSU, Baroda. He has also served as Dean, Faculty of Commerce and Head of the Department, Department of Commerce & Business Management, Faculty of Commerce, MSU, Baroda. He has also been Syndicate & Senate Member of the MSU Baroda. Presently, Professor Vyas is also Chairman of Syndicate & Senate of MSU of Baroda. Professor Vyas is an Alumnus of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA). Professor Vyas has obtained Ph.D. in Commerce from Sardar Patel University, VallabhVidyanagar& Master’s Degree in Management from MSU, Baroda. Professor Vyas has a total teaching and research experience of more than 30 years.

Parallel Session I - Higher Education Quality Improvement through Internationalization

Prof. Furqan Qamar Prof. Furqan Qamar Secretary General & Member Secretary, AIU

Prof. Furqan Qamar was the Vice Chancellor of the University of Rajasthan at Jaipur before assuming charge as the first Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh on 20th January 2010. He relinquished the post of First Vice-Chancellor on 25th June 2014 and joined Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi as its Secretary General. Dr. Qamar also served as Adviser (Education) in Planning Commission, Government of India.

Dr Qamar did his Ph.D. (1989) from the University of Lucknow on "Financial Management in Universities in India" and completed his Masters (1981) from the Canning College of the University of Lucknow in first Division and first Position in the University. He obtained his Bachelor degree (1979) from the Lucknow Christian Degree College of the University of Lucknow in first Division and first position in the college and fourth position in the University. He stood first in High School and Intermediate examinations of UP Board. Born in 1960 in the village Bahariabad of the district Ghazipur (UP), he had his early education in the village primary school and the rest his schooling in government aided schools and higher studies in public institutions at Lucknow.

Beginning his career as a Teaching Assistant in the Lucknow Christian Degree College (1981-1982) and later as Junior/Research Fellow (1982-84) at the University of Lucknow, Dr. Qamar was appointed as Lecturer in Commerce in the Department of Economics of Jamia Millia Islamia in 1984, where he rose to the position of Professor & founder Director of the Centre for Management Studies. Professor Qamar did the Advanced Management Programme (AMP 2005) at the Clare College, Cambridge and held the position of Professor in the Abu Dhabi campus of the Southeaster University and also at Al Bayan University during 1995-98. He has delivered lectures at National College of Science & Technology (now Al Dhoffar University) at Salala in Oman and also at the University of Applied Sciences, Erfurt, Germany.

With keen research interest in public policy in higher education, Professor Qamar has been actively engaged in research and has published in journals of repute on such themes as educational planning and administration, financing of education, cost savings and resource use efficiency in education and quality and excellence in higher education. Prof. Qamar has chaired and been members of a large number of committees constituted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), University Grants Commission (UGC), and Government of Delhi.

Parallel Session I - Higher Education Quality Improvement through Internationalization

Dr. P. J. Lavakare Dr. P. J. Lavakare Member, Education Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Dr. P.J.Lavakare obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of Rochester, N.Y. (USA), in 1963 during a Fulbright fellowship to USA. After two decades of Space Research at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay (including working on India’s first satellite- Aryabhata), he secured a Diploma in Systems Management from the Bombay University. He later joined the Ministry of Science and Technology, as an Advisor to Government of India and Planning Commission. During 1986-90, he served as the Secretary of the Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister. He was the Executive Director of the U.S. Educational Foundation in India, during 1992-99. During 2000-02, as an Executive Vice President, he set up the Manipal Foundation in Bangalore. He has been on the Boards of Management of Symbiosis International University in Pune and the Mody University of Science & Technology (MUST) in Rajasthan. He is the founder member of the Education Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. (FICCI). He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), (Bangkok), since January 2016. He is presently the Senior Adviser to the Institute of International Education (IIE, USA) in India and specializes in International Education and in Management of Higher Education. He has been advising several Indian universities on programs for Internationalizaton of higher education. His passion is to promote International education and help young graduates to become “Global Citizens” with Indian ethos.

Parallel Session I - Higher Education Quality Improvement through Internationalization

Dr. Omkar Nath Mohanty Dr. Omkar Nath Mohanty Ex. VC, BPUT, Orissa

Governor, Orissa and Chancellor of Universities, Shri Rameshwar Thakur, has appointed Professor, Omkar Nath Mohanty as the new Vice-Chancellor of Biju Patnaik University of Technology.

Prof. Mohanty, who is presently working as the Tata Research Professor at IIT, Kharagpur has been a scholar of international reputation with high expertise in Large Projects Management and management of Quality Systems. After completing his M.Tech in Physical Metallurgy, Professor Mohanty did his doctoral work in Material Engineering from University Karlsruhe, Germany and the course in General management from CEDEP, France. His erudite scholarship and meritorious performance in elevated positions like Chief, R&D and Scientific services of TATA Steel; Scientist G. (Director Scientist) at NML, Jamshedpur; Member, International Consortium on Ultra-Light Steel Auto Body and Consultant, UNIDO, Vienna and Harare etc. earned him high decorations like National Metallurgist Day Award of Government of India in 1989, Material Society of India Award, 1995, Distinguished Engineers’ Award, Institute of Engineers, 1998 etc.

Besides more than a hundred research publications to his credit, Prof. Mohanty has developed as many as 17 patents in areas pertaining to Materials Development and Professing.

Parallel Session I - Higher Education Quality Improvem ent through Internationalization

Dr. Manjula Rao Dr. Manjula Rao Internationalising Higher Education programme for the British Council in India

Dr. Manjula Rao leads on Internationalising Higher Education programme for the British Council in India. In her current role as Assistant Director, she contributes to British Council’s strategy for higher education in India, advices the UK sector on latest developments in India, plans and designs student and faculty mobility programmes between the UK and India to build a talent pipeline and enhance teaching and research. She is responsible for creating platforms for knowledge exchange between the two countries to inform policy, share market insights and trends in the sector.

Parallel Session I – Governance Reforms: Reality, Expectations and Way Forward

Prof. S. P. Mehrotra Prof. S. P. Mehrotra Professor-in-charge, External Relations

Professor Mehrotra’s contributions in the field of education, teaching and research in the area of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering in general and Process Metallurgy in particular are unique in many ways. He personifies a rare blend of scholarship, administrative competence and inspiring leadership. He was on the faculty of IIT Kanpur from November 1973 to June 2012. In between from June 2002 to April 2009 he was on lien from the Institute to be the Director of National Metallurgical Laboratory (CSIR) Jamshedpur. Since July 2012 he is a Visiting Professor at IIT Gandhinagar where he is also the Professor-in-charge R&D, and Professor-in-charge External Relations.

As the Director of NML, Jamshedpur, Prof. Mehrotra created a new work culture and ambience in the Laboratory which was more conducive to R&D and academics. His direct participation and guidance gave a big boost to several prestigious projects which NML had taken up around that time. These included one of the largest ever funded project by the Ministry of Steel on ‘Maximizing the Blast Furnace Productivity with Indigenous Raw Materials’, Ministry of Mines funded project on ‘Extraction of Magnesium from Indigenous raw Materials’, and DEITY funded project on ‘Processing of Electronic Waste’.

Prof. Mehrotra has contributed significantly on national front as well through his participation in several national committees of importance. He was a member of the committee which proposed and designed the Continuous Education Programme of Ministry of HRD of Govt. of India; a member of the Supreme Court Monitoring Committee for Hazardous Waste Management; a member of the Empowered Committee of Ministry of Steel for SDF supported R&D Projects, and a member of the Brain storming group of Ministry of Steel to identify new areas of research on topics relevant to Iron and Steel industry; a member of the empowered committee of Ministry of Mines for R&D projects; a member of the Panel of Judges for selection of the Integrated Steel Plant for Prime Minister’s Trophy for Excellence in Performance for the year 2008 and 2009. He has also been on the Boards of several academic institutions of national importance including IITs and NITs; Chairman/ member of Research Advisory Committees of R&D organizations of national importance.

Prof. Mehrotra holds Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. degrees from IIT Kanpur. He has received several recognitions which include Fellowships of National Academy of Sciences, India; Indian National Academy of Engineering; Honorary fellowship of Indian Institute of Metals. He has also served on the Councils of these Academies and Professional Societies. He has been the Vice President and President of Indian Institute of Mineral Engineers.

He has received several awards which include National Metallurgists Award (Research & Academia), Ministry of Steel, Govt. of India ; Brahma Prakash Memorial Lecture; Tata Gold Medal of Indian Institute of Metals; IIME Mineral Beneficiation Award; SAIL Gold Medal of Indian Institute of Metals; Distinguished Metallurgist Award of The Institution of Engineers, India; Maharashtra Govt. Award for Outstanding Research Contributions, Indian Society for Technical Education; National Metallurgists’ Day Best Metallurgist Award, Ministry of Steel, Govt. of India.

Parallel Session I – Governance Reforms: Reality, Expectations and Way Forward

Prof. Pankaj Jalote Prof. Pankaj Jalote Director, IIIT- Delhi

Prof. Pankaj Jalote is the Director of IIIT-Delhi (Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi). Earlier, he has been a Chair Professor at IIT Delhi. Earlier he was a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India, where he was also the Head of the CSE Department from 1998 to 2002. From 85-89, he was an Assistant Professor at University of Maryland at college Park. From 1996 to 1998, he was Vice President at Infosys Technologies Ltd., a large Bangalore-based software house, and from 2003 to 2004, was a Visiting Researcher at Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, USA.

He has a B.Tech. from IIT Kanpur, MS from Pennsylvania State University, and Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. He is the author of four books including the highly acclaimed CMM in Practice, which has been translated in Chinese, Japanese, Korean etc., and the bestselling text book An Integrated Approach to Software Engineering. His main area of interest is Software Engineering. He has served on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Intl. Journal on Empirical Software Engineering, and IEEE Trans. on Services Computing.

He is a Fellow of the IEEE and INAE.

Parallel Session I – Governance Reforms: Reality, Expectations and Way Forward

Prof. Rishikesha T. Krishnan Prof. Rishikesha T. Krishnan Director, IIM Indore

Prof. Rishikesha T. Krishnan is Director and Professor of Strategic Management at the Indian Institute of Management Indore, India.

From 1996 to 2013, Professor Krishnan was a member of the faculty at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB), India.

Professor Krishnan was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania (Fall 2008), and at the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad (2011-12). He held the Jamuna Raghavan Chair in Entrepreneurship at IIMB from 2007-10.

Professor Krishnan’s main areas of interest are strategy and innovation. He was listed among the Thinkers50 India most influential thinkers in management from India (2013) and jointly received the special Thinkers50 India Innovation award (2013). Earlier, he received the Dewang Mehta Award for Best Teacher in Strategic Management in 2010.

Professor Krishnan’s recent book, 8 Steps to Innovation: Going from Jugaad to Excellence (co-authored with Vinay Dabholkar, and published by Harper Collins in March 2013), outlines a systematic path for organizations to build innovation capabilities. This book has been chosen as the Best Book of 2013-14 by the Indian Society for Training and Development Professor Krishnan is an alumnus of IIT Kanpur, Stanford University and IIM Ahmedabad.

Parallel Session I – Governance Reforms: Reality, Expectations and Way Forward

Mr. Myles F. Elledge Mr. Myles F. Elledge Senior Director, RTI International, USA

Mr. Myles Elledge is an international development expert with more than 25 years of experience in public policy analysis and strategic planning. He has worked in the US and in 26 developing countries on issues of economic and social development as well as environmental health.

Mr. Elledge has experience leading interdisciplinary studies and strategic program evaluations to improve public sector management and access to basic services, with such clients as the US Agency for International Development, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the Gates Foundation, and Japanese foreign aid agencies.

Mr. Elledge is also working on innovative technology development initiatives, leading public policy and user adoption applied research for water, sanitation, and household cookstove applications.

Parallel Session I – Creating a conducive environment for Start-ups – Innovation to Reality

Dr. Sunil Shukla Dr. Sunil Shukla Director, Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India

Dr. Sunil Shukla has over twenty years’ experience in entrepreneurship education, research and institution-building. His ‘Review of Entrepreneurship Curricula in Higher Learning Institutions’ helped University Grants Commission, GoI in developing entrepreneurship curriculum and a research on ‘Entry Barriers to Entrepreneurship: As Perceived by Youth’, conducted by him helped the Ministry of SSI & ARI, Government of India frame a policy to establish Entrepreneurship and Business Development Centers in Universities.

Dr. Shukla is the Director of Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India. Recently, he was adjudged winner of the coveted ‘Outstanding Entrepreneurship Program Abroad - 2014’, for Institute’s flagship PG Programme by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). At present, he is anchoring Institute’s newly launched Doctoral course ‘Fellowship Programme in Management’, that focuses on quality research in entrepreneurship.

Dr. Shukla has been involved in promoting entrepreneurship at national and international levels. His activities include ILO-SAAT Missions for capacity building of IEDI, Kathmandu; faculty support to UNIDO, Amman; and to TVTC, Zambia. He is the Member Secretary of South Asia Forum for Entrepreneurship Education and Research. During 2006-11, he successfully anchored a mega project ‘Unleashing Entrepreneurship for Development and Trade’ in Greater Mekong Sub-region countries, sponsored by SDC, Switzerland. As a visiting faculty, Dr Shukla has been teaching ‘Entrepreneurship’ at top ranking institutions including IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Udaipur.

Dr. Shukla has also been working with various firms for their strategic planning and Entrepreneurial capacity building. The companies he has worked for have rated his work very valuable. His advisory work includes ‘Revitalization Plan’ for EMI, Jaipur, India for restructuring and strategic planning.

Parallel Session I – Creating a conducive environment for Start-ups – Innovation to Reality

Mr. Manish Sabharwal Mr. Manish Sabharwal Chairman & Co-Founder, TeamLease

Mr. ‎Manish Sabharwal is Chairman of Teamlease. Prior to co-founding the company, he co-founded India Life, a human resource outsourcing company in 1996 that was acquired by Hewitt associates in 2002. Consequently, he was chief executive officer of Hewitt Outsourcing (Asia) based in Singapore.

He has a management degree from Wharton and sees himself as a crusader for labour reforms in India. Since its inception in 2002, TeamLease has placed more than half a million people in temporary and permanent jobs.

Manish also serves on various state and central government committees on education, employment and employability and is a columnist for Indian Express. He is an alumnus of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Shriram College Delhi and Mayo ‎College, Ajmer.

Parallel Session I – Creating a conducive environment for Start-ups – Innovation to Reality

Dr. Prabhat Ranjan Dr. Prabhat Ranjan Executive Director, TIFAC, Dept. of Sci. & Tech., GoI

Dr. Prabhat Ranjan has taken over as Executive Director of TIFAC, effective from April 25, 2013. Dr Ranjan’s schooling was in Netarhat School, located near Ranchi, followed by graduation at IIT Kharagpur and masters from Delhi University. Subsequently he received his PhD degree from University of California, Berkeley based on his research related to nuclear fusion at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory during 1983-86. He was a recipient of National Science Talent Search award in 1976.

Immediately after his doctorate, he returned to India to participate in the Nuclear Fusion Program of the country that was nascent then. He continued his research at Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Calcutta and Institute for Plasma Research (IPR), Gandhinagar, making a major contribution to this area by bringing tokamaks (experimental nuclear fusion reactors) to international standards of operation. He was project leader of Aditya Tokamak and SST-1 Tokamak Operation and Control Group till 2002.

From 2002 to 2013, he served as Professor at Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, (DA-IICT), Gandhinagar. During this period he worked on many real life problems including societal issues. In particular, his work in the development of ‘Environment Control System’ based on body part movement, voice and brainwaves has helped improved quality of life of many persons with disability. He is passionate about application of embedded systems and sensor network technology to the areas of wildlife research, planetary exploration and healthcare.

His work has won him many accolades including HP Innovate 2009 award, NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Award 2012 and Bihar Gaurav Samman 2012.

Parallel Session I – Creating a conducive environment for Start - ups – Innovation to Reality

Mr. Terry Watts Mr. Terry Watts Sector Skills Council for the IT and Telecoms sector

Having started his career in IBM Terry branched out into the start-up business world running a mid-sized consultancy business and a financial services dotcom. Terry was later approached by IBM to help establish e-skills UK as the Sector Skills Council for the IT and Telecoms sector. This led to a move into the world of skills some 15 years ago where, after e-skills, Terry started from scratch the Sector Skills Council for the Process Manufacturing Sector in the UK where as CEO he ran Proskills for 7 years. Terry was a non-exec director (governor) of Activate Learning for 4 years where after an 8 month spell as Principal of City of Oxford College, covering for the principal who was taken ill, Terry is now leading the International Strategy for the group, while still keeping his interests in a start-up businesses alive.

Activate Learning is the largest training group in the South of the UK with a unique approach to skills development that involves industry at the design stages, and through to course delivery. The output of training delivered through this Learning Philosophy is highly employable learners, over 90% of whom move straight to employment or higher education. Terry's ambition is to establish a network of institutions with Indian partners who will embed the Activate Learning, Learning Philosophy and drive up the proportion of graduates in India who achieve positive destinations after their study, targeting 250,000 learners by 2021.

Parallel Session II – Best Practices in Governance – Learning fr om World Class Universities

Dr. Rajul Gajjar Dr. Rajul Gajjar I/C Vice-Chancellor of Gujarat Technological University

Dr. RajulGajjar is the I/C Vice-Chancellor of Gujarat Technological University. She did her Ph.D (Civil Engineering) from M.S.University of Baroda, ME. (Civil-Structural Engg) and B.E.(Civil-CASE) from L.D.College of Engg. She has a teaching experience of 33 years and experience of 18 years in academic administration











Chairperson/ Member on Committees:

  • School Research Committees for PhD, GTU
  • Academic Council GTU
  • Affiliation of new PG courses with GTU
  • PhD norms for courses under GTU
  • AICTE Standing Appellate
  • Technical expert in Civil Engineering
  • TEQIP II state screening committee for components 1.1 and 1.2
  • P.G. Curriculum Committee for ME courses under GTU
  • P.G. Curriculum Committee for ME courses under GTU
  • AICTE Inspection Committees
  • Institutional Coordinator for World Bank funded TEQIP at LDCE
  • GTU Exams reforms committee
  • Coordinator, Indo-US Collaboration on Engineering Education (IUCEE)
  • Academic Inspection of Government Degree Engg. Inst.
  • GTU Inspection of Degree Colleges for affiliation
  • State Project Facilitation Unit (SPFU)for World Bank TEQIP-I project
  • AICTE pay fixation for Diploma Faculty
  • Work Load Committee AICTE guidelines
  • AICTE fee committee for SFIs (Just.R.J.Shah Committee)
  • Ad-Hoc Lecturers Selection Committee appointed by state govt.
  • Centralized Degree and Diploma Admissions ACPC formation
  • Gujarat State Project Coordinating Unit, Canada-India Project

Major Projects Completed Details Period

  • National Conference on Research Trends -April 2016
  • Conducted State Level Open House for Engineering Projects-April 2015
  • Initiated GTU PhD Programme -Oct 2011
  • Civil Engineering Consultancy projects- Aug 14
  • PhD and ME Curriculum for all courses of GTU -July 14
  • Coordinated Institutional Management component of TEQIP II with IIMA for Project Institutes- Mar 13
  • 8 Research Proposals got funding from GUJCOST- July 14
  • International Research Reviews by US and Canadian experts as PhD Co-Supervisors- Dec 13 onwards
  • Coordinated Faculty Development with IIT-Gn under TEQIP-II- Jan. 13
  • Collaborations with IIMA for program in Leadership and Project Management for Principals and Activity Heads- October 13
  • Initiated PhD program at GTU; Statutory rules and guidelines- April 2011
  • Accreditation of 14 UG and 14 PG Courses at LDCE Jul 2011
  • Formation of ACPC and R.J.Shah Fee committee as JD-DTE, Gujarat -May03
  • MIS and Student Tracer Studies for DTE- Dec 99

Professional Institutes Membership:

  • Institute of Engineers (India) F - 112619-5
  • Indian Society for Technical Education LM – 7586
  • Gujarat Institute for Civil Engineers and Architects FLM - 1010
  • Indian Society for Earthquake Sciences LM-102009
  • Ahmedabad Management Association LM – 977
  • L.D.C.E. Alumni Association CIVIL 1983-GO11

Parallel Session II – Best Practices in Governance – Learning from World Class Universities

Prof. Souvik Bhattacharyya Prof. Souvik Bhattacharyya Vice - Chancellor, BITS Pilani

Prof. Souvik Bhattacharyya graduated from Jadavpur University, Kolkata with a Bachelor’s degree (1981), MS (1985) from University of Cincinnati, USA and PhD from Texas A&M University (1991), USA - all in Mechanical Engineering specializing in thermal sciences. After a post-doctoral research stint at Texas A&M, he joined the faculty of IIT Kharagpur in 1991 where he was Dean (Students’ Affairs) during 2009-2012 and has been a Professor of Mechanical Engineering since 2003, Professor (HAG) since 2009. He also held faculty position at University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand during 1998-2000.

He served as the Vice-Chancellor of Jadavpur University, Kolkata during August 2012–October 2013 and as Deputy Director of IIT Kharagpur during 2013-2016. Currently he is the Vice-Chancellor of BITS Pilani for its four campuses in Pilani, Dubai, Goa and Hyderabad.

Prof Bhattacharyya is a Member of the Research Council of CSIR-CGCRI, the General Council & Executive Board of ISM, Dhanbad and the Civil & Mechanical Engineering Project Advisory Committee (PAC) of SERB, DST.

Dr Bhattacharyya has been on the Editorial Boards of International Journal of Power and Energy Systems and Journal of Nano Energy and Power Research. He is an Associate Editor of the international journal Alternative Energy and was on the Editorial Board of Energy Conversion and Management during 2007-2013. He was a member of the Committee on Fast track scheme for young scientists, DST during 2007 –2012. His research interests include heat transfer enhancement, thermodynamic optimization, energy engineering, natural refrigerant based transcritical heating-cooling systems, and natural circulation loops. A recipient of ASHRAE Best Paper Award, Dr Bhattacharyya has published about 110 research articles in indexed international journals and over 110 articles in international conference proceedings; he is a co-author of the celebrated Heat Transfer text with J P Holman. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), National Academy of Science, India (NASI) and WB Academy of Science & Technology.

He is known as an adored teacher among the students of IIT Kharagpur and was the first recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award of Indian National Academy of Engineering in its inaugural year in 2013.

Parallel Session II – Best Practices in Governance – Learning from World Class Universities

Mr. Theodore Peridis Mr. Theodore Peridis Professor, Strategic Management and International Business at the Schulich School of Business

Dr. Theodore Peridis is a professor of Strategic Management and International Business at the Schulich School of Business, York University, in Toronto, Canada and Director of the York Consulting Group. Theo has taught Strategic Management at the graduate and executive education levels at universities in Europe, North America and the Middle East. He has published numerous articles and given presentations at academic and professional associations on the subjects of corporate strategy, management of technology based firms, management of the planning process, and management of collaboration and competition.

Dr. Peridis has worked with many companies in North America and overseas as an advisor on strategic management issues. He has frequently acted as a special consultant to firms in Canada, the US, Europe, and the Middle East on structuring and managing their acquisitions and strategic alliances. Companies he has worked with range from major corporations such as General Electric, DuPont, Bayer, Bombardier, Bell Canada, and Ontario Hydro to small high-tech firms such as Microbix, Omnishop, Qualitau, and Selector. He has also participated in government advisory committees and subcommittees on industrial policy and competitiveness in health and technology.

Parallel Session II – Best Practices in Governance – Learning from World Class Universities

Dr. V. G. Gaikar Dr. V. G. Gaikar Vice Chancelor, Dr. BAU Tech. Uni., Lonare

Dr. V. G. Gaikar is the Vice-Chancellor of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University, Maharashtra. His field of specialization and research includes Process Intensification using Microwave, Light and alternative energy sources, Thermochemical conversions of Biomass, Soft Condensed Matter, Reactive Separations and Design by Molecular Modelling, Clean Technology, Innovation Practices.

In 1986, he obtained Ph.D (Tech.) from University of Bombay. He received the degrees of M.Chem (Engg) and B.Chem (Engg) 1984 and 1982, respectively, from University of Bombay.

He has held many positions in over 20 organizations and has published more than 30 journals.

Parallel Session II – Best Practices in Governance – Learning from World Class Universities

Ms. Jasmin Beverwijk Ms. Jasmin Beverwijk Director, Nuffic Neso India

Jasmin Beverwijk is the Director at Nuffic Neso India. Prior, she was a Board member of VSO Nederland and Manager Advanced Master International Development (AMID) and university lecturer of Radboud University Nijmegen. She worked as a researcher for more than ten years at the Center for Higher Education Policy and was therefore in close contact with many Dutch higher education institutions and the Ministry of Education. Moreover she was board member of SANPAD (South African Netherlands Programme for Alternatives in Development).

She did her Ph.D. on higher education policy in Mozambique from CHEPS, University of Twente, the Netherlands and M.Sc.in Development Studies, University of Wageningen, the Netherlands. Throughout her entire career she has focused on higher education and its relation to society. From various positions that she has held, she has contributed to setting up, reforming and innovating higher education teaching programmes and policies. As a researcher she studied higher education policy. As a lecturer she has taught various courses in university. As an education manager she has been responsible for all organizational and institutional aspects in the department and delivering multidisciplinary problem based education and qualified students whom can contribute to solving complex global issues. As a project manager she has coordinated complex and long term higher education policy reform projects in Africa.

Parallel Session II – Building Institution of Higher Education for Innovation

Dr. Tadisina Kishen Kumar Reddy Dr. Tadisina Kishen Kumar Reddy Visionary Educationist

Dr. T.K. Reddy is a visionary educationist, a remarkable researcher and a persuasive administrator. He carries a rich academic background heading from very well-known education institutions. He has done his doctorate in Fuel Sciences from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA., USA, while he has earned an M.Tech. (Heat Transfer & Thermal Power Engg) from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and B.E. (Mechanical Engineering), from Osmania University. He has also done M.S. (Thermal Fluid Sciences) from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA., USA.

He hails from Hyderabad and has served the esteemed Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTUH) for the last 21 years. His last position at JNTUH was that of a RECTOR (PRO VICE CHANCELLOR) with past professional experiences of holding the charge of Officer on Special Duty to Vice- Chancellor, Director (Academic Audit) JNTUH, and Director- R&D at JNTUH to name a few. He has also been an Adviser in All India Council for Technical Education.

He has served as an expert member for various government & private bodies like Planning Commission, New Delhi; Union Public Service Commission, New Delhi; Indian Society for Technical Education, New Delhi; Department of Science & Technology, (DST), New Delhi; University Grants Commission, New Delhi; All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi; AICTE in various GOI Ministry meetings; National Research and Development Corporation, New Delhi; National Institute of Technology, Warangal, A.P. ; Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission, A.P.; J N T U Anantapur and Kakinada, A.P.; Osmania University.

Last but not the least; he is a recipient of a prestigious State Award as Meritorious Teacher for 2010 by the Government of Andhra Pradesh. Under his supervision and guidance, his doctoral research scholar was awarded the ‘Excellent Paper Award’ in ICMO 2013.

The University takes a privilege in welcoming such an eminent academician and researcher as Director General of the University and is confident that he shall take PDPU to new heights by achieving its goal of becoming a world class University.

Parallel Session II – Building Institution of Higher Education for Innovation

Dr. M.N. Patel Dr. M.N. Patel Vice Chancellor of Gujarat University

Prof. (Dr.) M. N. Patel was born on 01-06-1952. He did his B. E. Civil in the year 1975 with distinction from S. P. University. Prof. Patel did his Post Graduation (M. E., Civil_ Structures) from Gujarat University in 1990 and Ph. D. from D. D. University.

Prof. Patel started his career as a site engineer in Modern Construction Company, Mumbai in 1975. He also served in P.W.D. Of Gujarat State as Jr. Engineer (Civil). On 25th June, 1976 Prof. Patel started his academic carrier as an Assistant Lecturer in Civil Engineering at Sir B. P. T. I., Bhavnagar. After joining the noble profession of teaching, he served this profession in different capacities like Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Professor and Principal at Government Engineering College, Modasa and L. D. College of Engineering, Ahmedabad. As a head of institute, he tried to give new look to these institutes in all front. Due to his efforts, many UG and many PG programs got NBA Accreditation. Prof. (Dr.) Patel was the Principal of L. D. College of Engineering from 22nd of June 2004, to 21st Feb, 2014 for a period of 10 years.

From Feb, 2014, he has been appointed as the Vice Chancellor of Gujarat University where has has continued his service towards improving education and inculcating better and latest technological innovations into improving the quality of education.

He was the nominated member of AICTE, Central Regional Committee, Bhopal from 2004 to 2009 and again from 2014 for a period of three years. He is a life member of many professional bodies like _ ISTE, GICEA, IGS, AMIE, FIE (India) etc shows his concern for Technical Education & Academic Excellence He has been awarded a Certificate of honor ISTE-2010 by Indian Society for Technical Education in recognition of the commendable services rendered for the growth and development of ISTE and the invaluable leadership provided towards the development and promotion of Technical Education in the State of Gujarat. He has also been appointed as member of the Governing body in Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) Also, Appointed as a member in the Inquiry committee by UGC committee for students drowned in Hyderabad. Appointed as member of Staff Affairs Committee of AIU(Association of Indian universities) and many other professional bodies like _ ISTE, GICEA, IGS, AMIE, FIE (India) etc. He has served as the Incharge Vice Chancellor of Gujarat Technologival University, as member secretary of Admission Committee (ACPC) and invited member of Fee Regulatory Committee.

Parallel Session II – Building Institution of Higher Education for Innovation

Dr. Vikram Gadre Dr. Vikram Gadre Professor of Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay

Dr. Vikram Gadre is a professor of Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay

Work Experience

  • Professional Positions held: starting with current position, in reverse chronological order
  • Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay, from 28 March 2005.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay: 19 February 2001 to 27 March 2005
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay: 27 July 1994 to 18 February 2001.
  • Member, Technical Staff at the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Pune for 5 months from February 14, 1994 to July 22, 1994

Academic Background

  • B.Tech in 1989 from Electrical Engineering (CGPA 9.90 on scale of 10), Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
  • Ph.D in 1994 from from Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology , Delhi.

Awards and Honours

  • President’s Gold Medal from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 1989: for cumulative performance during B.Tech.
  • AdarshRatnaBhagat Award from National Service Scheme (1992),IIT Delhi.
  • Student Journal Award of the IETE: announced in IETE Annual Technical Convention 1994.
  • Based on some work done on speech morphing by a team of four students guided by the nominee using the facilities set up in the Texas Instruments Digital Signal Processing Laboratory, the Third Prize was awarded to the team at the National Level in the Texas Instruments DSP Design Contest 1997.
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching from IIT Bombay in September 1999.
  • INAE Young Engineer Award from the Indian National Academy of Engineers (INAE) for the year 2001.
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching from IIT Bombay in September 2004; and many more

Parallel Session II – Building Institution of Higher Education for Innovation

Mr. Sunil Shah Mr. Sunil Shah Chairman, Gujarat Innovation Society

Study at IIM A helped him to think, things differently and innovatively. In October 2010, he got an opportunity to play a larger role for the Society through his appointment as a Chairman of Revenue committee with Ahmadabad Municipal Corporation, by virtue of his being elected as a councilor from Ambawadi as a member of BJP.

As Revenue Committee head, both years, AMC witnessed TARGETED revenue first time in last 50 years. NON TAX REVENUE was focused and few uncharted path discovered and the department has now started receiving the result from this activity.

His vision and inspiration become a seed to create Gujarat Innovation Society, to facilitate the Culture of INNOVATION amongst MSME and POST Graduate Student of Professional courses. GIS is travelling with a dream that every Gujarati become an Innovator. Gujarat will become No. 1 in INNOVATION and Intellectual Property rights area in the world by 2040.

‘Mr. Sunil Shah’ is a name that brings forth a vivid imagery of a specialist engineer. ‘A non-technical technocrat’, holds a Business Management degree with specialization in Marketing & Advertising from S P University. He is also an Alumni member of world famous management institute IIM A. Sunil, a seasoned veteran, who brings to the table a rich experience of around 30+ years.

Over the years, he has offered products, services, solutions and consultancy to several leading corporate houses, construction & engineering industries of Gujarat; and has earned a reputation as an authority in the areas of Insulation at construction, Structure re-strengthening and Roof ventilation. He is Managing Director of Motivation Engineers and Infrastructure Pvt Ltd.

He is also a Strategic Advisor to few companies & government departments, in the area of Innovation, Clean Energy and Healthcare & Technology. He is a mentor at Power of Idea - IIM A, and also a visiting faculty at many B Schools & Engineering colleges.

He is a member of the Ahmedabad Management Association since 1983, and has served the Executive Board for more than 25 years, before leaving AMA as a Vice President in 2010.

Sunil Shah believes that it is only at Social Entrepreneurship one can use 360 degree formula effectively and in its true spirit. He has also authored `I the Career Carver’ book for the Young Generation. His family is his passion, which includes wife Paulomi, daughter Shaiva and son Ansh.

Parallel Session II – Building Institution of Higher Education for Innovation

Dr.Shashank Chaturvedi Dr.Shashank Chaturvedi Director, Tech. Edu. Dept., West Bengal

Dr. Shashank Chaturvedi is the third Director of IPR. Prior to taking charge as the Director of IPR, Dr. Chaturvedi was heading the CAD (V), BARC Facilities at Visakhapatnam. Having completed his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering (1st rank) in 1985 from IIT Delhi, he obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University in the year 1989-90 in the area of Plasma Science & Technology Programme conducted jointly by PPPL and Princeton University.

He joined IPR in November 1989 and was involved in R&D activities which included Tokamak modelling, modelling for pulsed power systems, shock waves, pulsed electromagnetics, radiation hydrodynamics, plasma stealth, EMP simulators, development of HPC facilities etc. In July 2006, he was transferred to BARC and further, to the Visakhapatnam unit of BARC in 2009, where he was instrumental in setting up the Facility for Electromagnetic Systems.

Some of the projects he handled at BARC were ; Modelling of shock waves, modelling & experiments on high-velocity impact & penetration, theoretical generation of materials data (equation of state, radiation opacity, electrical resistivity) under extreme conditions of density, temperature and strain rate, modelling of high power microwave sources, Software development for Speech, Image & Video analytics, Development of High performance computing facilities.

Some of the awards/honors that were conferred on Dr. Chaturvedi are: Institute Silver Medal at IIT Delhi (1985), Homi Bhabha Science & Technology Award of DAE (2005), Group Achievement award of DAE and Elected as Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) in 2013.

Parallel Session II – Building Institution of Higher Education for Innovation

Mr. Karan Jani Mr. Karan Jani Leo Scientist and astrophysicist, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia

Mr. Karan Jani is a doctoral researcher in Astrophysics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with B.S. in Physics, B.S. in Astronomy & Astrophysics and a minor in Mathematics.

His current research is focused on searching for black-holes in the universe. He works on both the fronts: theory and observation. As a theorist, he simulate black-holes on supercomputers. As a member of the international LIGO Scientific Collaboration, he analyze observational data to detect massive black-holes. He was part of the team that detected the first black-holes and gravitational-waves on Sept 14, 2015.

Apart from astrophysics, he is actively involved in policy matters. As a Senator Nunn Fellow on National Security at the Georgia Tech's School of International Affairs, he works on the implications of space-science policy of developing nations and applications of big data sciences to intelligence community.

He also currently serve as the Elections Director and Vice-President at the Student Government Association at Georgia Tech. He has done Ph.D. M.S., Physics Georgia Institute of Technology (Aug 2012 to Current), B.S., Astronomy-Astrophysics Pennsylvania State University (Aug 2007 to May 2011)   B.S., Physics Pennsylvania State University (Aug 2007 to May 2011).

Speaker Profile

Plenary Session – Way Forward for Higher Education in India

Mr. Francisco Marmolejo Mr. Francisco Marmolejo

Mr. Francisco Marmolejo is the World Bank’s Lead of its Global Solutions Group on Tertiary Education, and since July 2016 he also serves as the Lead Education Specialist for India, based in Delhi. In his capacity as the World Bank’s most senior official in tertiary education, he serves as the institutional focal point on the topic of tertiary education (also known as higher education in several countries), and provides advice and support to country-level related projects that the Bank has in more than 60 countries. As part of his activities, he coordinates the Bank’s internal thematic group on tertiary education, which helps to facilitate exchange of ideas among the more than 100 staff members and consultants involved in related initiatives across the globe. In India he provides technical expertise on a variety of educational projects ranging from early childhood to tertiary education.

Previously, he served as founding Executive Director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration, a network of more than 160 tertiary education institutions primarily from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, based at the University of Arizona (UA), where he also worked as Assistant Vice President. At UA, he was Affiliated Researcher at the Center for the Study of Higher Education, and Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Latin American Studies. Previously, he was an

American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, and also he has been Vice President for Administration and Academic Vice President at the University of the Americas in Mexico.

He has worked as International Consultant at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France, and has been part of OECD and World Bank peer review higher education teams in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He serves or has served on advisory boards at a variety of universities and organizations, including the International Association of Universities, the American Council on Education’s Commission on International Initiatives, NAFSA, World Education Services, and the Centre for Internationalisation of Higher Education at UNICATT-Milan.

Plenary Session – Way Forward for Higher Education in India

Dr. Sudhirkumar Barai Dr. Sudhirkumar Barai Professor of Civil Engineering, IIT-Kharagpur

Dr. Sudhirkumar Barai is a Professor of Structural Engineering Specialization in the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721 302, India. His research interests are Computational Intelligence Applications, Structural Health Monitoring and Concrete Technology.

In 1995, he obtained Ph.D (Eng.) from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He received the degrees of B.E.(Civil) and M.E.(Civil) with specialization in Structural Engineering in 1987 and 1989, respectively, from the Faculty of Engineering, M S University of Baroda, Baroda, India.

Recently he was Erskine Visiting Fellow at University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand during May-June 2008. He was also visiting scientist at National University of Singapore during May-July 2003. He was recipient of BOYSCAST fellowship and visited Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA during May-November, 2000. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Department of Solid Mechanics, Materials and Structures, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel during February, 1997-July, 1998.

He has published more than 130 papers in leading National/International Journals and Conferences in his research fields.

Plenary Session – Way Forward for Higher Education in India

Dr. V. G. Gaikar Dr. V. G. Gaikar Vice Chancelor, Dr. BAU Tech. Uni., Lonare

Dr. V. G. Gaikar is the Vice-Chancellor of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University, Maharashtra. His field of specialization and research includes Process Intensification using Microwave, Light and alternative energy sources, Thermochemical conversions of Biomass, Soft Condensed Matter, Reactive Separations and Design by Molecular Modelling, Clean Technology, Innovation Practices.

In 1986, he obtained Ph.D (Tech.) from University of Bombay. He received the degrees of M.Chem (Engg) and B.Chem (Engg) 1984 and 1982, respectively, from University of Bombay.

He has held many positions in over 20 organizations and has published more than 30 journals.

Vice Chancellor Session on Integrating Skill Development in Higher Education

Dr. Anil Kumar Nassa Dr. Anil Kumar Nassa Member Secretary, NBA, New Delhi, India

Dr. Anil Kumar Nassa obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Textile Chemistry from the Technological Institute of Textiles, Bhiwani, Master’s Degree in Fibre Science and Technology and Doctoral Degree on the theses titled “Technical Education System: Accreditation Process and Improvements” from IIT, Delhi.

He served in different capacities in various Textile Industries. He joined Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, in 1990 and was working as Deputy Educational Advisor (Technical) before joining National Board of Accreditation as Member Secretary.

Dr. Nassa has dealt with various important development schemes of Technical Education in the Ministry of HRD, AICTE and has contributed significantly in the planning, formulation and implementation of various schemes of Technical Education. He had been associated with the Approval and Accreditation of Technical Institutions/Programmes at Regional as well as National level in AICTE.

He has more than 10 research papers to his credit in reputed National and International Journals and National and International Conferences.

Vice Chancellor Session on Integrating Skill Development in Higher Education

Mr. Manish Sabharwal Mr. Manish Sabharwal Chairman & Co-Founder, TeamLease

Mr. ‎Manish Sabharwal is Chairman of Teamlease. Prior to co-founding the company, he co-founded India Life, a human resource outsourcing company in 1996 that was acquired by Hewitt associates in 2002. Consequently, he was chief executive officer of Hewitt Outsourcing (Asia) based in Singapore.

He has a management degree from Wharton and sees himself as a crusader for labour reforms in India. Since its inception in 2002, TeamLease has placed more than half a million people in temporary and permanent jobs.

Manish also serves on various state and central government committees on education, employment and employability and is a columnist for Indian Express. He is an alumnus of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Shriram College Delhi and Mayo ‎College, Ajmer.

Vice Chancellor Session on Integrating Skill Development in Higher Education

Dr. Sudhir Jain Dr. Sudhir Jain Director, IIT, Gandhinagar

Dr. Sudhir Jain is an active academic and a passionate academic administrator. He has been on the faculty of IIT Kanpur (IITK) since 1984 from where he is currently on leave to the new Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN) in Ahmedabad to shoulder the responsibilities of its Director.

His work has had tremendous impact on earthquake engineering practice and education in India. He was instrumental in development of several important seismic codes in India, and has trained a huge number of professional engineers and college teachers in earthquake engineering through his highly successful continuing education programmes. He set up the National Information Centre of Earthquake Engineering (NICEE) at IITK and developed the National Programme on Earthquake Engineering Education (NPEEE), supported by the Government of India. Dr. Jain has been consultant for major projects, such as bridges, petrochemical pipelines and concrete dams and has published more than 150 scholarly papers. His research interests include study of damaging earthquakes, reinforced concrete buildings, bridges, and seismic codes.

As the Founder Director of IIT Gandhinagar, Prof. Jain has experimented with numerous ideas in curriculum, student affairs, faculty recruitment and faculty management. The Institute under his leadership has successfully created a number of initiatives to inculcate and promote excellence by the faculty and students. With his innovative approach and energetic leadership, the new Institute has emerged as an extremely vibrant place for teaching, learning and research.

Dr. Jain holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Roorkee, and Masters and Doctoral degrees from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering in 2000, and is currently its President. He also served on the Board of Directors of the World Seismic Safety Initiative from 2002 to 2009. He was elected Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering in 2003, and was conferred Life Membership by the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) in 2013.

Vice Chancellor Session on Integrating Skill Development in Higher Education

Dr. Omkar Nath Mohanty Dr. Omkar Nath Mohanty Ex. VC, BPUT, Orissa

Governor, Orissa and Chancellor of Universities, Shri Rameshwar Thakur, has appointed Professor, Omkar Nath Mohanty as the new Vice-Chancellor of Biju Patnaik University of Technology.

Prof. Mohanty, who is presently working as the Tata Research Professor at IIT, Kharagpur has been a scholar of international reputation with high expertise in Large Projects Management and management of Quality Systems. After completing his M.Tech in Physical Metallurgy, Professor Mohanty did his doctoral work in Material Engineering from University Karlsruhe, Germany and the course in General management from CEDEP, France. His erudite scholarship and meritorious performance in elevated positions like Chief, R&D and Scientific services of TATA Steel, Scientist G. (Director Scientist) at NML, Jamshedpur, Member, International Consortium on Ultra-Light Steel Auto Body and Consultant, UNIDO, Vienna and Harare etc. earned him high decorations like National Metallurgist Day Award of Government of India in 1989, Material Society of India Award, 1995, Distinguished Engineers’ Award, Institute of Engineers, 1998 etc.

Besides more than a hundred research publications to his credit, Prof. Mohanty has developed as many as 17 patents in areas pertaining to Materials Development and Professing.

Parallel Session I – Governance Reforms: Reality, Expectations and Way Forward

Prof. Pankaj Jalote Prof. Pankaj Jalote Director, IIIT- Delhi

Prof. Pankaj Jalote is the Director of IIIT-Delhi (Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi). Earlier, he has been a Chair Professor at IIT Delhi. Earlier he was a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India, where he was also the Head of the CSE Department from 1998 to 2002. From 85-89, he was an Assistant Professor at University of Maryland at college Park. From 1996 to 1998, he was Vice President at Infosys Technologies Ltd., a large Bangalore-based software house, and from 2003 to 2004, was a Visiting Researcher at Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, USA.

He has a B.Tech. from IIT Kanpur, MS from Pennsylvania State University, and Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. He is the author of four books including the highly acclaimed CMM in Practice, which has been translated in Chinese, Japanese, Korean etc., and the bestselling text book An Integrated Approach to Software Engineering. His main area of interest is Software Engineering. He has served on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Intl. Journal on Empirical Software Engineering, and IEEE Trans. on Services Computing.

He is a Fellow of the IEEE and INAE.

Parallel Session I – Governance Reforms: Reality, Expectations and Way Forward

Prof. Rishikesha T. Krishnan Prof. Rishikesha T. Krishnan Director, IIM Indore

Prof. Rishikesha T. Krishnan is Director and Professor of Strategic Management at the Indian Institute of Management Indore, India.

From 1996 to 2013, Professor Krishnan was a member of the faculty at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB), India.

Professor Krishnan was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania (Fall 2008), and at the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad (2011-12). He held the Jamuna Raghavan Chair in Entrepreneurship at IIMB from 2007-10.

Professor Krishnan’s main areas of interest are strategy and innovation. He was listed among the Thinkers50 India most influential thinkers in management from India (2013) and jointly received the special Thinkers50 India Innovation award (2013). Earlier, he received the Dewang Mehta Award for Best Teacher in Strategic Management in 2010.

Professor Krishnan’s recent book, 8 Steps to Innovation: Going from Jugaad to Excellence (co-authored with Vinay Dabholkar, and published by Harper Collins in March 2013), outlines a systematic path for organizations to build innovation capabilities. This book has been chosen as the Best Book of 2013-14 by the Indian Society for Training and Development

Professor Krishnan is an alumnus of IIT Kanpur, Stanford University and IIM Ahmedabad.

Parallel Session II – Creating a conducive environment for Start-ups

Dr.Shashank Chaturvedi Dr.Shashank Chaturvedi Director, Tech. Edu. Dept., West Bengal

Dr. Shashank Chaturvedi is the third Director of IPR. Prior to taking charge as the Director of IPR, Dr. Chaturvedi was heading the CAD (V), BARC Facilities at Visakhapatnam. Having completed his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering (1st rank) in 1985 from IIT Delhi, he obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University in the year 1989-90 in the area of Plasma Science & Technology Programme conducted jointly by PPPL and Princeton University.

He joined IPR in November 1989 and was involved in R&D activities which included Tokamak modelling, modelling for pulsed power systems, shock waves, pulsed electromagnetics, radiation hydrodynamics, plasma stealth, EMP simulators, development of HPC facilities etc. In July 2006, he was transferred to BARC and further, to the Visakhapatnam unit of BARC in 2009, where he was instrumental in setting up the Facility for Electromagnetic Systems.

Some of the projects he handled at BARC were ; Modelling of shock waves, modelling & experiments on high-velocity impact & penetration, theoretical generation of materials data (equation of state, radiation opacity, electrical resistivity) under extreme conditions of density, temperature and strain rate, modelling of high power microwave sources, Software development for Speech, Image & Video analytics, Development of High performance computing facilities.

Some of the awards/honors that were conferred on Dr. Chaturvedi are: Institute Silver Medal at IIT Delhi (1985), Homi Bhabha Science & Technology Award of DAE (2005), Group Achievement award of DAE and Elected as Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) in 2013.

Parallel Session II – Creating a conducive environment for Start-ups

Dr. Renu Swarup Dr. Renu Swarup Advisor, Dept. of Biotechnology, Ministry of Sci. & Tech., GoI

A PhD in Genetics and Plant Breeding, Dr. Renu Swarup completed her Post-Doctoral at The John Innes Centre, Norwich UK, under Commonwealth Scholarship and returned to India to take up the assignment of a Science Manager in the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, in 1989. She has been responsible for project development, granting and management in the area of Bioresource Development, Energy Biosciences, Bioprospecting, Plant Biotechnology, Tissue Culture and allied areas. She currently is the Adviser-in-Charge of the National Bioresource Development Board.

Dr. Renu Swarup also holds charge of Managing Director, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a Public Sector Company incorporated by the Government of India to nurture and promote innovation research in the Biotech Enterprise with special focus on Start-ups and SMEs. She was responsible for getting the new organization created and getting it operational. BIRAC successfully runs a large number of funding schemes for Industry Innovation, ranging from the Ignition Grant to Proof of Concept funding, validation and product development. The main focus of the organization is on enabling and supporting the Biotech Innovation Ecosystem.

Dr. Renu Swarup has also been closely involved in Programmes and activities related to Women and Science. She was responsible for getting implemented the DBT Scheme on Biotechnology Career Advancement for Women Scientists - BioCARe. She was also a member of the Task Force on Women in Science constituted by the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister.

Parallel Session II – Panel Discussion on Action Agenda – Transforming State Public Universities

Prof. Yogesh Singh Prof. Yogesh Singh Ex. Vice Chancellor, MS University, Vadodara

Prof. Yogesh Singh has been the Vice-Chancellor of the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda from July 2011 to July 2014. He was also reappointed as Vice-Chancellor for the second term of three years. The engagement as Vice Chancellor of one of the leading residential Universities in the country with more than 35000 Students, 1200 Teachers and 1500 non-teaching staff, brought immense satisfaction, respect and honour.

He is a member of the General Council of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) since March, 2012. He is also an independent Director of Gujarat State Petronet Limited (GSPL) and Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (Government of Gujarat Undertakings) since May, 2013 and March, 2015 respectively. Prof. Singh has also worked as Chairman, Central Regional Committee, and All India Council for Technical Education, Bhopal (covering states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh & Gujarat) from December 2011 to May 2014. He has served as Dean, University School of Information Technology, University School of Engineering & Technology (2001-2006), Controller of Examinations (2006-2011), Director Student's Welfare (2006-2009), University Proctor (2001-2006) at Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi. He has also been the member of various Search Committees for the appointment of Vice-Chancellors.

Parallel Session II – Panel Discussion on Action Agenda – Transforming State Public Universities

Prof. Furqan Qamar Prof. Furqan Qamar Secretary General & Member Secretary, AIU

Prof. Furqan Qamar was the Vice Chancellor of the University of Rajasthan at Jaipur before assuming charge as the first Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh on 20th January 2010. He relinquished the post of First Vice-Chancellor on 25th June 2014 and joined Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi as its Secretary General. Dr. Qamar also served as Adviser (Education) in Planning Commission, Government of India.

Dr Qamar did his Ph.D. (1989) from the University of Lucknow on "Financial Management in Universities in India" and completed his Masters (1981) from the Canning College of the University of Lucknow in first Division and first Position in the University. He obtained his Bachelor degree (1979) from the Lucknow Christian Degree College of the University of Lucknow in first Division and first position in the college and fourth position in the University. He stood first in High School and Intermediate examinations of UP Board. Born in 1960 in the village Bahariabad of the district Ghazipur (UP), he had his early education in the village primary school and the rest his schooling in government aided schools and higher studies in public institutions at Lucknow.

Beginning his career as a Teaching Assistant in the Lucknow Christian Degree College (1981-1982) and later as Junior/Research Fellow (1982-84) at the University of Lucknow, Dr. Qamar was appointed as Lecturer in Commerce in the Department of Economics of Jamia Millia Islamia in 1984, where he rose to the position of Professor & founder Director of the Centre for Management Studies. Professor Qamar did the Advanced Management Programme (AMP 2005) at the Clare College, Cambridge and held the position of Professor in the Abu Dhabi campus of the Southeaster University and also at Al Bayan University during 1995-98. He has delivered lectures at National College of Science & Technology (now Al Dhoffar University) at Salala in Oman and also at the University of Applied Sciences, Erfurt, Germany.

With keen research interest in public policy in higher education, Professor Qamar has been actively engaged in research and has published in journals of repute on such themes as educational planning and administration, financing of education, cost savings and resource use efficiency in education and quality and excellence in higher education. Prof. Qamar has chaired and been members of a large number of committees constituted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), University Grants Commission (UGC), and Government of Delhi.

Parallel Session II – Panel Discussion on Best Practices in Governance: Learning from World Class Universities

Dr. Brian Stoner Dr. Brian Stoner Distinguished Fellow, RTI International

Dr. Brian Stoner, PhD, an expert in materials and electronic technologies, directs research activities related to biomedical materials and devices, vacuum microelectronics, and energy technologies. He is also leading a project for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to reinvent the toilet, developing a waste treatment system for use in developing nations that converts human waste into burnable fuel, stored energy and disinfected, non-potable water through a new biomass conversion unit.

Dr. Stoner also manages research programs for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Army Research Office, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Homeland Security. He holds 23 US patents related to novel microelectronic materials and systems, and has authored or co-authored two book chapters and more than 150 publications.

He also is an adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University.

He has done MA, Economic and Social Development, University of Pittsburgh. BA Third World Studies (Interdepartmental), University of the South. Political Economy course work, University of London.

Parallel Session II – Panel Discussion on Best Practices in Governance: Learning from World Class Universities

Prof. Souvik Bhattacharyya Prof. Souvik Bhattacharyya Vice - Chancellor, BITS Pilani

Prof. Souvik Bhattacharyya graduated from Jadavpur University, Kolkata with a Bachelor’s degree (1981), MS (1985) from University of Cincinnati, USA and PhD from Texas A&M University (1991), USA - all in Mechanical Engineering specializing in thermal sciences. After a post-doctoral research stint at Texas A&M, he joined the faculty of IIT Kharagpur in 1991 where he was Dean (Students’ Affairs) during 2009-2012 and has been a Professor of Mechanical Engineering since 2003, Professor (HAG) since 2009. He also held faculty position at University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand during 1998-2000.

He served as the Vice-Chancellor of Jadavpur University, Kolkata during August 2012–October 2013 and as Deputy Director of IIT Kharagpur during 2013-2016. Currently he is the Vice-Chancellor of BITS Pilani for its four campuses in Pilani, Dubai, Goa and Hyderabad.

Prof Bhattacharyya is a Member of the Research Council of CSIR-CGCRI, the General Council & Executive Board of ISM, Dhanbad and the Civil & Mechanical Engineering Project Advisory Committee (PAC) of SERB, DST.

Dr Bhattacharyya has been on the Editorial Boards of International Journal of Power and Energy Systems and Journal of Nano Energy and Power Research. He is an Associate Editor of the international journal Alternative Energy and was on the Editorial Board of Energy Conversion and Management during 2007-2013. He was a member of the Committee on Fast track scheme for young scientists, DST during 2007 –2012. His research interests include heat transfer enhancement, thermodynamic optimization, energy engineering, natural refrigerant based transcritical heating-cooling systems, and natural circulation loops. A recipient of ASHRAE Best Paper Award, Dr Bhattacharyya has published about 110 research articles in indexed international journals and over 110 articles in international conference proceedings; he is a co-author of the celebrated Heat Transfer text with J P Holman.

He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), National Academy of Science, India (NASI) and WB Academy of Science & Technology.

He is known as an adored teacher among the students of IIT Kharagpur and was the first recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award of Indian National Academy of Engineering in its inaugural year in 2013.

Parallel Session II – Panel Discussion on Best Practices in Governance: Learning from World Class Universities

Mr. Myles F. Elledge Mr. Myles F. Elledge Senior Director, RTI International, USA

Mr. Myles Elledge is an international development expert with more than 25 years of experience in public policy analysis and strategic planning. He has worked in the US and in 26 developing countries on issues of economic and social development as well as environmental health.

Mr. Elledge has experience leading interdisciplinary studies and strategic program evaluations to improve public sector management and access to basic services, with such clients as the US Agency for International Development, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the Gates Foundation, and Japanese foreign aid agencies.

Mr. Elledge is also working on innovative technology development initiatives, leading public policy and user adoption applied research for water, sanitation, and household cookstove applications.

Parallel Session III – Panel Discussion on Building Institution of Higher Education for Innovation

Prof. Ranjith Dissanayake Prof. Ranjith Dissanayake Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

Head & Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Prof. Dissanayake was a Fulbright Scholar in 2008 Columbia University, USA and Endeavour Fellow in 2008 Monash University Australia, JASSO Research Fellowship Ehime University, Japan in 2007.

He was awarded Young Scientist Award 2007 for Excellence in Scientific Research by National Science and Technology Commission of Sri Lanka and Overseas Prize for the paper published in Institution of Civil Engineers, London, UK, 2007 titled “Lessons learnt from tsunami damage in Sri Lanka”. He has published over 140 papers. He was awarded Australia Alumni Excellence Award 2012.

He has chaired FIVE international conferences on Mitigation of the Risk of Natural Hazards (ICMRNR) of IIIRR in 2007, Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE) in 2010, Structural Engineering, Construction and Management (ICSECM) in2011, Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE 2012) in 2012, Structural Engineering and Construction Management (ICSECM2013), which were held in Sri Lanka. He is a foundering member of the Green Building Council of Sri Lanka (GBCSL) and presently Vice President.

He is Chairing of the International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment which will be held at Earl’s Regency Kandy Sri Lanka in 2014 (www.icsbe.org).

Parallel Session III – Panel Discussion on Building Institution of Higher Education for Innovation

Mr. Karan Jani Mr. Karan Jani Leo Scientist and astrophysicist, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia

Mr. Karan Jani is a doctoral researcher in Astrophysics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with B.S. in Physics, B.S. in Astronomy & Astrophysics and a minor in Mathematics.

His current research is focused on searching for black-holes in the universe. He works on both the fronts: theory and observation. As a theorist, he simulate black-holes on supercomputers. As a member of the international LIGO Scientific Collaboration, he analyze observational data to detect massive black-holes. He was part of the team that detected the first black-holes and gravitational-waves on Sept 14, 2015.

Apart from astrophysics, he is actively involved in policy matters. As a Senator Nunn Fellow on National Security at the Georgia Tech's School of International Affairs, he works on the implications of space-science policy of developing nations and applications of big data sciences to intelligence community.

He also currently serve as the Elections Director and Vice-President at the Student Government Association at Georgia Tech. He has done Ph.D. M.S., Physics Georgia Institute of Technology (Aug 2012 to Current), B.S., Astronomy-Astrophysics Pennsylvania State University (Aug 2007 to May 2011) B.S., Physics Pennsylvania State University (Aug 2007 to May 2011).

Parallel Session III – Panel Discussion on Building Institution of Higher Education for Innovation

Dr. Prabhat Ranjan Dr. Prabhat Ranjan Executive Director, TIFAC, Dept. of Sci. & Tech., GoI

Dr. Prabhat Ranjan has taken over as Executive Director of TIFAC, effective from April 25, 2013. Dr Ranjan’s schooling was in Netarhat School, located near Ranchi, followed by graduation at IIT Kharagpur and masters from Delhi University. Subsequently he received his PhD degree from University of California, Berkeley based on his research related to nuclear fusion at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory during 1983-86. He was a recipient of National Science Talent Search award in 1976.

Immediately after his doctorate, he returned to India to participate in the Nuclear Fusion Program of the country that was nascent then. He continued his research at Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Calcutta and Institute for Plasma Research (IPR), Gandhinagar, making a major contribution to this area by bringing tokamaks (experimental nuclear fusion reactors) to international standards of operation. He was project leader of Aditya Tokamak and SST-1 Tokamak Operation and Control Group till 2002.

From 2002 to 2013, he served as Professor at Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, (DA-IICT), Gandhinagar. During this period he worked on many real life problems including societal issues. In particular, his work in the development of ‘Environment Control System’ based on body part movement, voice and brainwaves has helped improved quality of life of many persons with disability. He is passionate about application of embedded systems and sensor network technology to the areas of wildlife research, planetary exploration and healthcare.

His work has won him many accolades including HP Innovate 2009 award, NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Award 2012 and Bihar Gaurav Samman 2012.

Mr. Francisco Marmolejo

Mr. Francisco Marmolejo is the World Bank’s Lead of its Global Solutions Group on Tertiary Education, and since July 2016 he also serves as the Lead Education Specialist for India, based in Delhi. In his capacity as the World Bank’s most senior official in tertiary education, he serves as the institutional focal point on the topic of tertiary education (also known as higher education in several countries), and provides advice and support to country-level related projects that the Bank has in more than 60 countries. As part of his activities, he coordinates the Bank’s internal thematic group on tertiary education, which helps to facilitate exchange of ideas among the more than 100 staff members and consultants involved in related initiatives across the globe. In India he provides technical expertise on a variety of educational projects ranging from early childhood to tertiary education.

Previously, he served as founding Executive Director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration, a network of more than 160 tertiary education institutions primarily from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, based at the University of Arizona (UA), where he also worked as Assistant Vice President. At UA, he was Affiliated Researcher at the Center for the Study of Higher Education, and Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Latin American Studies. Previously, he was an

American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, and also he has been Vice President for Administration and Academic Vice President at the University of the Americas in Mexico.

He has worked as International Consultant at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France, and has been part of OECD and World Bank peer review higher education teams in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He serves or has served on advisory boards at a variety of universities and organizations, including the International Association of Universities, the American Council on Education’s Commission on International Initiatives, NAFSA, World Education Services, and the Centre for Internationalisation of Higher Education at UNICATT-Milan.

Dr. Sudhirkumar Barai

Dr. Sudhirkumar Barai is a Professor of Structural Engineering Specialization in the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721 302, India. His research interests are Computational Intelligence Applications, Structural Health Monitoring and Concrete Technology.

In 1995, he obtained Ph.D (Eng.) from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He received the degrees of B.E.(Civil) and M.E.(Civil) with specialization in Structural Engineering in 1987 and 1989, respectively, from the Faculty of Engineering, M S University of Baroda, Baroda, India.

Recently he was Erskine Visiting Fellow at University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand during May-June 2008. He was also visiting scientist at National University of Singapore during May-July 2003. He was recipient of BOYSCAST fellowship and visited Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA during May-November, 2000. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Department of Solid Mechanics, Materials and Structures, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel during February, 1997-July, 1998.

He has published more than 130 papers in leading National/International Journals and Conferences in his research fields.

Dr. V. G. Gaikar

Dr. V. G. Gaikar is the Vice-Chancellor of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University, Maharashtra. His field of specialization and research includes Process Intensification using Microwave, Light and alternative energy sources, Thermochemical conversions of Biomass, Soft Condensed Matter, Reactive Separations and Design by Molecular Modelling, Clean Technology, Innovation Practices.

In 1986, he obtained Ph.D (Tech.) from University of Bombay. He received the degrees of M.Chem (Engg) and B.Chem (Engg) 1984 and 1982, respectively, from University of Bombay.

He has held many positions in over 20 organizations and has published more than 30 journals.

Dr. Anil Kumar Nassa

Dr. Anil Kumar Nassa obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Textile Chemistry from the Technological Institute of Textiles, Bhiwani, Master’s Degree in Fibre Science and Technology and Doctoral Degree on the theses titled “Technical Education System: Accreditation Process and Improvements” from IIT, Delhi.

He served in different capacities in various Textile Industries. He joined Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, in 1990 and was working as Deputy Educational Advisor (Technical) before joining National Board of Accreditation as Member Secretary.

Dr. Nassa has dealt with various important development schemes of Technical Education in the Ministry of HRD, AICTE and has contributed significantly in the planning, formulation and implementation of various schemes of Technical Education. He had been associated with the Approval and Accreditation of Technical Institutions/Programmes at Regional as well as National level in AICTE.

He has more than 10 research papers to his credit in reputed National and International Journals and National and International Conferences.

Mr. Manish Sabharwal

Mr. ‎Manish Sabharwal is Chairman of Teamlease. Prior to co-founding the company, he co-founded India Life, a human resource outsourcing company in 1996 that was acquired by Hewitt associates in 2002. Consequently, he was chief executive officer of Hewitt Outsourcing (Asia) based in Singapore.

He has a management degree from Wharton and sees himself as a crusader for labour reforms in India. Since its inception in 2002, TeamLease has placed more than half a million people in temporary and permanent jobs.

Manish also serves on various state and central government committees on education, employment and employability and is a columnist for Indian Express. He is an alumnus of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Shriram College Delhi and Mayo ‎College, Ajmer.

Dr. Sudhir Jain

Dr. Sudhir Jain is an active academic and a passionate academic administrator. He has been on the faculty of IIT Kanpur (IITK) since 1984 from where he is currently on leave to the new Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN) in Ahmedabad to shoulder the responsibilities of its Director.

His work has had tremendous impact on earthquake engineering practice and education in India. He was instrumental in development of several important seismic codes in India, and has trained a huge number of professional engineers and college teachers in earthquake engineering through his highly successful continuing education programmes. He set up the National Information Centre of Earthquake Engineering (NICEE) at IITK and developed the National Programme on Earthquake Engineering Education (NPEEE), supported by the Government of India. Dr. Jain has been consultant for major projects, such as bridges, petrochemical pipelines and concrete dams and has published more than 150 scholarly papers. His research interests include study of damaging earthquakes, reinforced concrete buildings, bridges, and seismic codes.

As the Founder Director of IIT Gandhinagar, Prof. Jain has experimented with numerous ideas in curriculum, student affairs, faculty recruitment and faculty management. The Institute under his leadership has successfully created a number of initiatives to inculcate and promote excellence by the faculty and students. With his innovative approach and energetic leadership, the new Institute has emerged as an extremely vibrant place for teaching, learning and research.

Dr. Jain holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Roorkee, and Masters and Doctoral degrees from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering in 2000, and is currently its President. He also served on the Board of Directors of the World Seismic Safety Initiative from 2002 to 2009. He was elected Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering in 2003, and was conferred Life Membership by the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) in 2013.

Dr. Omkar Nath Mohanty

Governor, Orissa and Chancellor of Universities, Shri Rameshwar Thakur, has appointed Professor, Omkar Nath Mohanty as the new Vice-Chancellor of Biju Patnaik University of Technology.

Prof. Mohanty, who is presently working as the Tata Research Professor at IIT, Kharagpur has been a scholar of international reputation with high expertise in Large Projects Management and management of Quality Systems. After completing his M.Tech in Physical Metallurgy, Professor Mohanty did his doctoral work in Material Engineering from University Karlsruhe, Germany and the course in General management from CEDEP, France. His erudite scholarship and meritorious performance in elevated positions like Chief, R&D and Scientific services of TATA Steel, Scientist G. (Director Scientist) at NML, Jamshedpur, Member, International Consortium on Ultra-Light Steel Auto Body and Consultant, UNIDO, Vienna and Harare etc. earned him high decorations like National Metallurgist Day Award of Government of India in 1989, Material Society of India Award, 1995, Distinguished Engineers’ Award, Institute of Engineers, 1998 etc.

Besides more than a hundred research publications to his credit, Prof. Mohanty has developed as many as 17 patents in areas pertaining to Materials Development and Professing.

Prof. Pankaj Jalote

Prof. Pankaj Jalote is the Director of IIIT-Delhi (Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi). Earlier, he has been a Chair Professor at IIT Delhi. Earlier he was a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India, where he was also the Head of the CSE Department from 1998 to 2002. From 85-89, he was an Assistant Professor at University of Maryland at college Park. From 1996 to 1998, he was Vice President at Infosys Technologies Ltd., a large Bangalore-based software house, and from 2003 to 2004, was a Visiting Researcher at Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, USA.

He has a B.Tech. from IIT Kanpur, MS from Pennsylvania State University, and Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. He is the author of four books including the highly acclaimed CMM in Practice, which has been translated in Chinese, Japanese, Korean etc., and the bestselling text book An Integrated Approach to Software Engineering. His main area of interest is Software Engineering. He has served on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Intl. Journal on Empirical Software Engineering, and IEEE Trans. on Services Computing.

He is a Fellow of the IEEE and INAE.

Prof. Rishikesha T. Krishnan

Prof. Rishikesha T. Krishnan is Director and Professor of Strategic Management at the Indian Institute of Management Indore, India.

From 1996 to 2013, Professor Krishnan was a member of the faculty at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB), India.

Professor Krishnan was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania (Fall 2008), and at the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad (2011-12). He held the Jamuna Raghavan Chair in Entrepreneurship at IIMB from 2007-10.

Professor Krishnan’s main areas of interest are strategy and innovation. He was listed among the Thinkers50 India most influential thinkers in management from India (2013) and jointly received the special Thinkers50 India Innovation award (2013). Earlier, he received the Dewang Mehta Award for Best Teacher in Strategic Management in 2010.

Professor Krishnan’s recent book, 8 Steps to Innovation: Going from Jugaad to Excellence (co-authored with Vinay Dabholkar, and published by Harper Collins in March 2013), outlines a systematic path for organizations to build innovation capabilities. This book has been chosen as the Best Book of 2013-14 by the Indian Society for Training and Development

Professor Krishnan is an alumnus of IIT Kanpur, Stanford University and IIM Ahmedabad.

Dr.Shashank Chaturvedi

Dr. Shashank Chaturvedi is the third Director of IPR. Prior to taking charge as the Director of IPR, Dr. Chaturvedi was heading the CAD (V), BARC Facilities at Visakhapatnam. Having completed his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering (1st rank) in 1985 from IIT Delhi, he obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University in the year 1989-90 in the area of Plasma Science & Technology Programme conducted jointly by PPPL and Princeton University.

He joined IPR in November 1989 and was involved in R&D activities which included Tokamak modelling, modelling for pulsed power systems, shock waves, pulsed electromagnetics, radiation hydrodynamics, plasma stealth, EMP simulators, development of HPC facilities etc. In July 2006, he was transferred to BARC and further, to the Visakhapatnam unit of BARC in 2009, where he was instrumental in setting up the Facility for Electromagnetic Systems.

Some of the projects he handled at BARC were ; Modelling of shock waves, modelling & experiments on high-velocity impact & penetration, theoretical generation of materials data (equation of state, radiation opacity, electrical resistivity) under extreme conditions of density, temperature and strain rate, modelling of high power microwave sources, Software development for Speech, Image & Video analytics, Development of High performance computing facilities.

Some of the awards/honors that were conferred on Dr. Chaturvedi are: Institute Silver Medal at IIT Delhi (1985), Homi Bhabha Science & Technology Award of DAE (2005), Group Achievement award of DAE and Elected as Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) in 2013.

Dr. Renu Swarup

A PhD in Genetics and Plant Breeding, Dr. Renu Swarup completed her Post-Doctoral at The John Innes Centre, Norwich UK, under Commonwealth Scholarship and returned to India to take up the assignment of a Science Manager in the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, in 1989. She has been responsible for project development, granting and management in the area of Bioresource Development, Energy Biosciences, Bioprospecting, Plant Biotechnology, Tissue Culture and allied areas. She currently is the Adviser-in-Charge of the National Bioresource Development Board.

Dr. Renu Swarup also holds charge of Managing Director, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a Public Sector Company incorporated by the Government of India to nurture and promote innovation research in the Biotech Enterprise with special focus on Start-ups and SMEs. She was responsible for getting the new organization created and getting it operational. BIRAC successfully runs a large number of funding schemes for Industry Innovation, ranging from the Ignition Grant to Proof of Concept funding, validation and product development. The main focus of the organization is on enabling and supporting the Biotech Innovation Ecosystem.

Dr. Renu Swarup has also been closely involved in Programmes and activities related to Women and Science. She was responsible for getting implemented the DBT Scheme on Biotechnology Career Advancement for Women Scientists - BioCARe. She was also a member of the Task Force on Women in Science constituted by the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister.

Prof. Yogesh Singh

Prof. Yogesh Singh has been the Vice-Chancellor of the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda from July 2011 to July 2014. He was also reappointed as Vice-Chancellor for the second term of three years. The engagement as Vice Chancellor of one of the leading residential Universities in the country with more than 35000 Students, 1200 Teachers and 1500 non-teaching staff, brought immense satisfaction, respect and honour.

He is a member of the General Council of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) since March, 2012. He is also an independent Director of Gujarat State Petronet Limited (GSPL) and Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (Government of Gujarat Undertakings) since May, 2013 and March, 2015 respectively. Prof. Singh has also worked as Chairman, Central Regional Committee, and All India Council for Technical Education, Bhopal (covering states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh & Gujarat) from December 2011 to May 2014. He has served as Dean, University School of Information Technology, University School of Engineering & Technology (2001-2006), Controller of Examinations (2006-2011), Director Student's Welfare (2006-2009), University Proctor (2001-2006) at Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi. He has also been the member of various Search Committees for the appointment of Vice-Chancellors.

Prof. Furqan Qamar

Prof. Furqan Qamar was the Vice Chancellor of the University of Rajasthan at Jaipur before assuming charge as the first Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh on 20th January 2010. He relinquished the post of First Vice-Chancellor on 25th June 2014 and joined Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi as its Secretary General. Dr. Qamar also served as Adviser (Education) in Planning Commission, Government of India.

Dr Qamar did his Ph.D. (1989) from the University of Lucknow on "Financial Management in Universities in India" and completed his Masters (1981) from the Canning College of the University of Lucknow in first Division and first Position in the University. He obtained his Bachelor degree (1979) from the Lucknow Christian Degree College of the University of Lucknow in first Division and first position in the college and fourth position in the University. He stood first in High School and Intermediate examinations of UP Board. Born in 1960 in the village Bahariabad of the district Ghazipur (UP), he had his early education in the village primary school and the rest his schooling in government aided schools and higher studies in public institutions at Lucknow.

Beginning his career as a Teaching Assistant in the Lucknow Christian Degree College (1981-1982) and later as Junior/Research Fellow (1982-84) at the University of Lucknow, Dr. Qamar was appointed as Lecturer in Commerce in the Department of Economics of Jamia Millia Islamia in 1984, where he rose to the position of Professor & founder Director of the Centre for Management Studies. Professor Qamar did the Advanced Management Programme (AMP 2005) at the Clare College, Cambridge and held the position of Professor in the Abu Dhabi campus of the Southeaster University and also at Al Bayan University during 1995-98. He has delivered lectures at National College of Science & Technology (now Al Dhoffar University) at Salala in Oman and also at the University of Applied Sciences, Erfurt, Germany.

With keen research interest in public policy in higher education, Professor Qamar has been actively engaged in research and has published in journals of repute on such themes as educational planning and administration, financing of education, cost savings and resource use efficiency in education and quality and excellence in higher education. Prof. Qamar has chaired and been members of a large number of committees constituted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), University Grants Commission (UGC), and Government of Delhi.

Dr. Brian Stoner

Dr. Brian Stoner, PhD, an expert in materials and electronic technologies, directs research activities related to biomedical materials and devices, vacuum microelectronics, and energy technologies. He is also leading a project for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to reinvent the toilet, developing a waste treatment system for use in developing nations that converts human waste into burnable fuel, stored energy and disinfected, non-potable water through a new biomass conversion unit.

Dr. Stoner also manages research programs for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Army Research Office, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Homeland Security. He holds 23 US patents related to novel microelectronic materials and systems, and has authored or co-authored two book chapters and more than 150 publications.

He also is an adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University.

He has done MA, Economic and Social Development, University of Pittsburgh. BA Third World Studies (Interdepartmental), University of the South. Political Economy course work, University of London.

Prof. Souvik Bhattacharyya

Prof. Souvik Bhattacharyya graduated from Jadavpur University, Kolkata with a Bachelor’s degree (1981), MS (1985) from University of Cincinnati, USA and PhD from Texas A&M University (1991), USA - all in Mechanical Engineering specializing in thermal sciences. After a post-doctoral research stint at Texas A&M, he joined the faculty of IIT Kharagpur in 1991 where he was Dean (Students’ Affairs) during 2009-2012 and has been a Professor of Mechanical Engineering since 2003, Professor (HAG) since 2009. He also held faculty position at University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand during 1998-2000.

He served as the Vice-Chancellor of Jadavpur University, Kolkata during August 2012–October 2013 and as Deputy Director of IIT Kharagpur during 2013-2016. Currently he is the Vice-Chancellor of BITS Pilani for its four campuses in Pilani, Dubai, Goa and Hyderabad.

Prof Bhattacharyya is a Member of the Research Council of CSIR-CGCRI, the General Council & Executive Board of ISM, Dhanbad and the Civil & Mechanical Engineering Project Advisory Committee (PAC) of SERB, DST.

Dr Bhattacharyya has been on the Editorial Boards of International Journal of Power and Energy Systems and Journal of Nano Energy and Power Research. He is an Associate Editor of the international journal Alternative Energy and was on the Editorial Board of Energy Conversion and Management during 2007-2013. He was a member of the Committee on Fast track scheme for young scientists, DST during 2007 –2012. His research interests include heat transfer enhancement, thermodynamic optimization, energy engineering, natural refrigerant based transcritical heating-cooling systems, and natural circulation loops. A recipient of ASHRAE Best Paper Award, Dr Bhattacharyya has published about 110 research articles in indexed international journals and over 110 articles in international conference proceedings; he is a co-author of the celebrated Heat Transfer text with J P Holman.

He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), National Academy of Science, India (NASI) and WB Academy of Science & Technology.

He is known as an adored teacher among the students of IIT Kharagpur and was the first recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award of Indian National Academy of Engineering in its inaugural year in 2013.

Mr. Myles F. Elledge

Mr. Myles Elledge is an international development expert with more than 25 years of experience in public policy analysis and strategic planning. He has worked in the US and in 26 developing countries on issues of economic and social development as well as environmental health.

Mr. Elledge has experience leading interdisciplinary studies and strategic program evaluations to improve public sector management and access to basic services, with such clients as the US Agency for International Development, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the Gates Foundation, and Japanese foreign aid agencies.

Mr. Elledge is also working on innovative technology development initiatives, leading public policy and user adoption applied research for water, sanitation, and household cookstove applications.

Prof. Ranjith Dissanayake

Head & Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Prof. Dissanayake was a Fulbright Scholar in 2008 Columbia University, USA and Endeavour Fellow in 2008 Monash University Australia, JASSO Research Fellowship Ehime University, Japan in 2007.

He was awarded Young Scientist Award 2007 for Excellence in Scientific Research by National Science and Technology Commission of Sri Lanka and Overseas Prize for the paper published in Institution of Civil Engineers, London, UK, 2007 titled “Lessons learnt from tsunami damage in Sri Lanka”. He has published over 140 papers. He was awarded Australia Alumni Excellence Award 2012.

He has chaired FIVE international conferences on Mitigation of the Risk of Natural Hazards (ICMRNR) of IIIRR in 2007, Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE) in 2010, Structural Engineering, Construction and Management (ICSECM) in2011, Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE 2012) in 2012, Structural Engineering and Construction Management (ICSECM2013), which were held in Sri Lanka. He is a foundering member of the Green Building Council of Sri Lanka (GBCSL) and presently Vice President.

He is Chairing of the International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment which will be held at Earl’s Regency Kandy Sri Lanka in 2014 (www.icsbe.org).

Mr. Karan Jani

Mr. Karan Jani is a doctoral researcher in Astrophysics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with B.S. in Physics, B.S. in Astronomy & Astrophysics and a minor in Mathematics.

His current research is focused on searching for black-holes in the universe. He works on both the fronts: theory and observation. As a theorist, he simulate black-holes on supercomputers. As a member of the international LIGO Scientific Collaboration, he analyze observational data to detect massive black-holes. He was part of the team that detected the first black-holes and gravitational-waves on Sept 14, 2015.

Apart from astrophysics, he is actively involved in policy matters. As a Senator Nunn Fellow on National Security at the Georgia Tech's School of International Affairs, he works on the implications of space-science policy of developing nations and applications of big data sciences to intelligence community.

He also currently serve as the Elections Director and Vice-President at the Student Government Association at Georgia Tech. He has done Ph.D. M.S., Physics Georgia Institute of Technology (Aug 2012 to Current), B.S., Astronomy-Astrophysics Pennsylvania State University (Aug 2007 to May 2011) B.S., Physics Pennsylvania State University (Aug 2007 to May 2011).

Dr. Prabhat Ranjan

Dr. Prabhat Ranjan has taken over as Executive Director of TIFAC, effective from April 25, 2013. Dr Ranjan’s schooling was in Netarhat School, located near Ranchi, followed by graduation at IIT Kharagpur and masters from Delhi University. Subsequently he received his PhD degree from University of California, Berkeley based on his research related to nuclear fusion at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory during 1983-86. He was a recipient of National Science Talent Search award in 1976.

Immediately after his doctorate, he returned to India to participate in the Nuclear Fusion Program of the country that was nascent then. He continued his research at Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Calcutta and Institute for Plasma Research (IPR), Gandhinagar, making a major contribution to this area by bringing tokamaks (experimental nuclear fusion reactors) to international standards of operation. He was project leader of Aditya Tokamak and SST-1 Tokamak Operation and Control Group till 2002.

From 2002 to 2013, he served as Professor at Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, (DA-IICT), Gandhinagar. During this period he worked on many real life problems including societal issues. In particular, his work in the development of ‘Environment Control System’ based on body part movement, voice and brainwaves has helped improved quality of life of many persons with disability. He is passionate about application of embedded systems and sensor network technology to the areas of wildlife research, planetary exploration and healthcare.

His work has won him many accolades including HP Innovate 2009 award, NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Award 2012 and Bihar Gaurav Samman 2012.

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