Mr. Francisco Marmolejo
Dr. Sudhirkumar Barai
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
Dr. V. G. Gaikar
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. Anil Kumar Nassa
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
He has held many positions in over 20 organizations and has published more than
Mr. Manish Sabharwal
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.
Dr. Sudhir Jain
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. Omkar Nath Mohanty
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
Prof. Pankaj Jalote
Governor, Orissa and Chancellor of Universities, Shri Rameshwar Thakur, has appointed
Professor, Omkar Nath Mohanty as the new Vice-Chancellor of Biju Patnaik University
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
Prof. Rishikesha T. Krishnan
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 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
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
Professor Krishnan is an alumnus of IIT Kanpur, Stanford University and IIM Ahmedabad.
Dr. Renu Swarup
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
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.
Prof. Yogesh Singh
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
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. Furqan Qamar
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
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.
Dr. Brian Stoner
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
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.
Prof. Souvik Bhattacharyya
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
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.
Mr. Myles F. Elledge
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.
Prof. Ranjith Dissanayake
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
Mr. Karan Jani
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).
Dr. Prabhat Ranjan
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 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.