Vividhlaxi Audyogik Samshodhan Vikas Kendra



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The Board of Advisors of VASVIK consists of eminent scientists of India, who are actively associated with VASVIK. They collectively supervise the activities of selecting the award winners. The advisors follow set guidelines and a specific process when nominating or selecting the award winners.

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Prof. M. M. Sharma

Chairman, Board of Advisors

Professor Man Mohan Sharma is an institution in himself, being the most decorated UDCT alumnus in the country whose life’s mission has been to serve the chemical industry and the profession of chemical science, engineering and technology.

He is a knowledge engineer with unparallel record in the annals of Chemical Engineering Research. Teaching, research and consultation have been his mantra and he has offered innumerable advices to industry and government on matters vital to the growth of chemical engineering science, education and nation at large.

Countless decorations, honors and fellowships have not stopped him from learning new things every day. Whether Moulton Medal of Institutionof Chemical Engineers (UK) (1971, 77), SS Bhatnagar prize of the CSIR for engineering sciences (1973), Padma Bhushan (1987), Fellowship of the Royal Society, London (1990), distinguished Academician Award, IIT Patna (2014) or Rajasthan Science Congress Award (2016);to cite just a few, he is as humble and inspiring educator and advisor as ever. He has 250 research papers in Chemical Engineering Science, Chemical Engineering Research and Design and Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research to his credit. MMS, as he is popularly known, has supervised 71 Doctoral Thesis and 35 M Chem. Eng./ M.Sc. (Tech) Thesis.

UDCCT has been his Karma Bhumi and Chemical Engineering a RashtraKarya, MMS the unstoppable chemical engineer has brought international accolades to the Indian Chemical Engineering Profession and the University of Mumbai. He is the only engineer from the university system to be honored as Fellow of the Royal Society and UDCT and the University of Mumbai have benefitted immensely from his selfless service of the past four decades.

The Civilian award of PADMA VIBHUSHAN by the President of India on the Republic Day, the 26th January 2001 is a tribute to Professor Sharma’s monumental contribution to chemical engineering science and technology, Chemical industry and the government on important policy matters for nation building.

Prof. M. G. K. Menon

Founder Chairman, Board of Advisors

Note: Prof M. G. K. Menon was instrumental in setting up of VASVIK and was the Chairman of the Board of Advisors since its inception. His vision, experience and personal involvement has helped VASVIK structure & position itself as the most prominent & recognized Private Sector initiative in the field of promotion of Industrial Research & Development.

Prof. M.G.K. Menon was Minister of State for Science & Technology and for Education in the Union Cabinet during 1989-90 and Member of Parliament (1990-96). He was Member, Planning Commission and also Scientific Advisor to Prime Minister. He had a distinguished career at the University of Bristol in England working in the field of cosmic rays and elementary particle physics during 1949-55. From 1955-75 he was at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

Prof. Menon succeeded Dr. Homi Bhabha as Director, TIFR in January 1966, and occupied this position for almost a decade. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, London (1970); Hon. Member, IEEE; Hon. Fellow to Institute of Physics (U.K.) Russian Academy of Sciences. He was President of International Council of Scientific Unions (1988-1993). He is a fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, (President 1974-76) of the Indian National Science Academy (President 1981-82) and Hon. Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, (President 1987- 88). He has received Honorary Doctorates in Science from thirteen Indian Universities and the Indian Institutes of Technology, Kharagpur and Madras, University of Bristol, and an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology (U.S.A.).

He was awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award of CSIR for Physical Sciences in 1960, the G Chatterjee Award of Indian Science Congress Association (1984); C. V. Raman Medal (1985) and C. V. Raman Professorship of Indian National Science Academy; J. C. Bose Triennial Gold Medal, of the Bose Institute; Ashutosh Mookherjee Gold Medal the highest award of Indian Science Congress Association, (1988); and to Shatabdi Puraskar (1999); Health for All Medal of WHO given on its 40th Anniversary (1988); Abu Salam Medal of the Third World. Academy of Sciences (1997) Prof. Menon was MN Saha distinguished fellow of the National Academy of Science (India) during 1994-1999 and is presently Dr. Vikram Sarabhai distinguished Professor of Indian Space Research Organization (1999-2002).

Professor Menon’s research contributions have been in the area of high energy elementary particle physics. Nationally his contributions have been to a) The electronics and information technology sector b) The space programme c) Defense technologies d) Environment e) Promotion of science and technology f) Building of infrastructure and new institutions in newly emergency areas.


Agricultural Sciences & Technology

Prof. Anupam Varma (Chairman)

INSA Senior Scientist
New Delhi

Dr. A. K. Srivastava

Chairman, Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board
New Delhi

Dr. W. S. Lakra

Former Director, Central Institute of Fisheries Education
New Delhi

Dr. T. R. Sharma

Deputy Director General,
Crop Science, ICAR, New Delhi

Biological Sciences & Technology

Prof. P. N. Tandon (Chairman)

President, National Brain Research Centre,
Manesar, Gurgaon, Haryana.

Dr. V. S. Chauhan

Emeritus Scientist
International Centre for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology
New Delhi

Dr. Subrata Sinha

Prof. Head, Department of Bio chemistry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences
New Delhi

Chemical Sciences & Technology

Dr. Swaminathan Sivaram (Chairman)

Honorary Professor and INSA Senior Scientist,
Indian Institute of Sceince Education and Research,

Prof. A. B. Pandit

Department of Chemical Engineering ,
Institute of Chemical Technology

Dr. D. Srinivas

Chair, Catalysis and Inorganic Chemistry Division
CSIR- National Chemical Laboratory,

Dr. Anand B. Halgeri

Poornaprajna Institute of Scientific Research

Dr. V. K. Gupta

Vice President, Technology
Reliance Technology Group
Navi Mumbai

Electrical & Electronic Sciences & Technology

Prof. Uday B. Desai (Chairman)

Former Director
IIT Hyderabad

Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala

Institute Professor,
IIT Madras, Chennai

Dr. V. Ramgopal Rao

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
New Delhi

Dr. Kumar N. Sivrajan

Chief Technology Officer
Tejas Networks Ltd.

Environmental Sciences & Technology

Dr. Sukumar Devotta (Chairman)

Former Director, NEERI,

Prof. Vinod Tare

IIT Kanpur

Dr. S. R. Wate

Former Director, CSIR-NEERI,

Dr. Paritosh C. Tyagi

Former Chairman – CPCB, Noida

Information & Communication Technology

Dr. Vijay Bhatkar (Chairman)

Chancellor, Nalanda University, Pune

Shri Vivek Sawant

Managing Director
Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited

Dr. S. S. Agrawal

Chief Editor, CSI Communications, Gurgaon

Prof. Raghunath K. Shevgaonkar

Bennette University
Greater Noida

Dr. Bharat S. Chaudhari

Dept of Electronics and Telecommunication
Maharashtra Institute of Technology,

Material & Metallurgical Sciences & Technology

Dr. G. Sundararajan (Chairman)

Dept. od Science & Technology, Govt. of India

Dr. A. K. Suri

RR Fellow BARC DAE Mumbai

Prof. Indranil Manna

Professor, Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
IIT Kharagpur

Dr. Pradip P.

Chief Scientist and Head – TCS
Process Engineering Innovation Lab,

Mechanical & Structural Sciences & Technology

Prof. Gautam Biswas, FNA, FASc, FNASc (Chairman)

IIT Kanpur, Kanpur

Dr. Vijay N. Gupchup

Director, Ion Exchange

Prof. P. P. Majumdar

Professor, IISc,

Prof. Subhasish Dey

Professor, IIT Kharagpur