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Dr. R A Mashelkar


Dr. R.A.Mashelkar

Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, CSIR Bhatnagar Fellow, is presently also the President of Global Research Alliance, a network of publicly funded R&D institutes from Asia-Pacific, Europe and USA with over 60,000 scientists. Deeply connected with the innovation, movement in India, Dr. Mashelkar is currently the Chairman of National Innovation Foundation, Marico Innovation Foundation and Reliance Innovation Council.
He served as the Director General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), with thirty-eight laboratories and about 20,000 employees for over eleven years. He was also the President of Indian National Science Academy (2005-2007).
He is on the Board of Directors of several reputed companies such as Reliance Industries Ltd., Tata Motors Ltd., GeneMedix Life Sciences Ltd., Indigene Pharmaceuticals Ltd., IKP Knowledge Park, Thermax Ltd., and NPIL Research and Development Ltd. He is also the current President of Institution of Chemical Engineers ( UK ) and member of the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Microsoft (USA), Microsoft ( India ), VTT ( Finland ), etc.
He is only the third Indian engineer to have been elected as Fellow of Royal Society (FRS), London in the twentieth century. He was elected Foreign Associate of National Academy of Science ( USA ) in 2005, only the 8 th Indian since 1863 to be s0 elected. He was elected Foreign Fellow of US National Academy of Engineering (2003), Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K. (1996), and Fellow of World Academy of Art & Science, USA (2000). Twenty-six universities have honoured him with honorary doctorates, which include Universities of London, Salford, Pretoria , Wisconsin and Delhi.

In August 1997, Business India named Dr. Mashelkar as being among the 50 path-breakers in the post- Independent India. In 1998, Dr. Mashelkar won the JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award, the first scientist to win it. In June, 1999, Business India did a cover story on Dr. Mashelkar as "CEO OF CSIR Inc.”, a dream that he himself had articulated, when he took over as DG, CSIR in July 1995. On 16 November 2005 , he received the Business Week (USA) award of 'Stars of Asia' at the hands of George Bush (Sr.), the former President of USA. He was the first Asian Scientist to receive it.

 As Chairman of the Standing Committee on Information Technology of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), as a member of the International Intellectual Property Rights Commission of UK Government and as Vice Chairman on Commission in Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation and Public Health (CIPIH) set up by World Health Organization (WHO), he brought new perspectives on the issue of IPR and the developing world concerns.

In the post-liberalized India, Dr. Mashelkar has played a critical role in shaping India 's S&T policies. He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister and also of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet set up by successive governments. He has chaired twelve high powered committees set up to look into diverse issues of higher education, national auto fuel policy, overhauling the Indian drug regulatory system, dealing with the menace of spurious drugs, reforming Indian agriculture research system, etc. He has been a much sought after consultant for restructuring the publicly funded R&D institutions around the world; his contributions in South Africa , Indonesia and Croatia have been particularly notable.

Dr. Mashelkar has won over 50 awards and medals, which include S.S. Bhatnagar Prize (1982), Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Technology Award (1991), G.D. Birla Scientific Research Award (1993), Material Scientist of Year Award (2000), IMC Juran Quality Medal (2002), HRD Excellence Award (2002), Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Public Administration and Management Sciences (2002), World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) Medal of Engineering Excellence by WFEO, Paris (2003), Lifetime Achievement Award by Indian Science Congress (2004), the Science medal by the Academy of Science for the Developing World (2005), Ashutosh Mookherjee Memorial Award by Indian Science Congress (2005), etc.

The President of India honoured Dr. Mashelkar with Padmashri (1991) and with Padmabhushan (2000), which are two of the highest civilian honours in recognition of his contribution to nation building.



Prof. K A Padmanabhan


Prof. K A Padmanabhan

Prof. K A Padmanabhan was the Director, IIT Kanpur, from the afternoon of 30th September, 1997 till September 14, 2001. Prior to that he was holding the appointment of Dean, Academic Research at IIT Madras while being a Professor and Head, Metal Forming Laboratory, in the Department of Metallurgical Engineering at the same Institute since 1980. Prof. Padmanabhan obtained his B. Sc. (Met. Eng.) (Hons.) Degree from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi and Ph.D. from Cambridge University, U. K. in 1972. Apart from teaching and research, he has wide academic administrative experience serving in various capacities, such as Head of the Department of Metallurgical Engineering, Founder Organizing Chairman of Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) and Chairman of Center for Continuing Education, all at IIT Madras.
Eight technologies developed by him and his colleagues are used in Indian industries.
Further, Prof. Padmanabhan was the FIRST Indian to receive in 1994 the Forschungspreis (a career research award) of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany. He is an Honorary Academician, Bashkirian Academy of Sciences, Russia, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, London, a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, the Indian Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, India and the Institution of Engineers (India). He is a Consulting Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation.



D R Mehta



D.R. Mehta was Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), which likes the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the central banking authority, is an apex regulatory body; SEBI deals with the regulation and development of the capital market in India. During this period, the capital market in India has been transformed into a modern, efficient, safe, investor-friendly and vibrant market.
Mr. Mehta had been the Chairman of the Asia Pacific Regional Committee (APRC) of International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) having a membership of more than 100 capital market regulators of the developed and emerging markets. APRC includes the countries like Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, etc.

Before joining the Reserve Bank of India, Mr. Mehta worked for about 2 years as the Chief Controller, Imports and Exports (re-designated as Director General of Foreign Trade), Ministry of Commerce, Government of India. During this period, radical reforms were introduced in the export and import policy of the country. All the exports were virtually freed from the controls. Import of capital goods and most of the consumer goods were also similarly freed.
Earlier, Mr. Mehta was the Additional Secretary, Banking in the Ministry of Finance, Government from 1985 to early 1989, when he was dealing both with the reforms and governmental oversight of the banking sector of the country. For a short while Mr. Mehta also served as the Secretary of the Committee on Financial Policy in the Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India.
Earlier during 1979 to 1985 Mr. Mehta served as Joint Secretary, Banking and Controller of Capital Issues in the Ministry of Finance, Government of India. During this time also several reforms were introduced and systematic improvements were brought about.
Apart from the commitment of Mr. Mehta to his official work, he is deeply involved in the social causes both at the policy and actual operational levels. In 1975 he had set up the Bhagwan Mahavir Viklang Sahayata Samiti, a non-governmental organization. This institution has already fitted artificial limbs, calipers and other aids and appliances to more than five lakh handicapped persons. Indeed this organization is the largest limb-fitting organization in the world. He was awarded the prestigious Padma Bhushan Award for this.
On the literary and cultural side, Prakrit Bharati Academy, set up by him has emerged as a major cultural and literary organization. It has already published 130 books; presently the institution publishes about 10 books



Rohit Modi


Mr Rohit Modi

He is currently Deputy Managing Director of Gammon India. Before that he was President of Suzlon Energy. He received his Bachelor of Economics (Hons.) from Sri Ram College of Commerce (1983) and Masters in Economics from Delhi School of Economics (1985). He joined the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) in 1985 and served till 1999. From 1999 to 2006, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Tamil Nadu Road Development Company Ltd (TNRDC), a 50:50 joint venture of Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation Ltd (TIDCO) and Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS).


Devesh Kapur


Professor Devesh Kapur

He is the Director of the Centre for Advanced Study of India, he holds the Madan Lal Sobti Professorship for the Study of Contemporary India, and he is an associate professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to arriving at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Kapur was an associate professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin, and before that the Frederick Danziger Associate Professor of Government at Harvard.

He received a B.Tech. in chemical engineering from Banaras, India; a M.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota; and a Ph.D. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Subsequently he was a program associate at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C.. His research focuses on human capital, national and international public institutions, and the ways in which local-global linkages affect political and economic change in developing countries. Dr. Kapur has focused in particular on India and the impact of international institutions (especially the Bretton Woods Institutions) and Diaspora. He is the coauthor ofy (Brookings) and author of The Reverse Midas Touch? The Indian State and Economic Development: Lessons from the Indian Petrochemical Industry (forthcoming, Oxford University Press). He is currently working on public institutions in India, the impact of international human capital flows on developing countries and the political and economic impact of the Indian diaspora on India.


Devesh Kapur


Dr. R. K. Bhandari

He is the Chairman of Centre for Disaster Mitigation and Management at the Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore. He is an eminent geotechnical engineer and a well known science administrator. His fields of specialization are Natural Disaster Reduction, Disasters Crisis Management, Disaster Planning, Response, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation, Institutional Capacity Building, International Cooperation in Science and Technology, and Geotechnical Engineering. His professional experience spans over 40 years of work involving disasters due to Earthquakes, Landslides, Floods, and Cyclones.

Dr Bhandari is the recipient of Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Indian Institute of Technology (2001), Mumbai. Bhasin Foundation Award for Science and Technology (1988), Jaikrisna Prize (1992), Distinguished Engineer Award of the Institution of Engineers (India) and Distinguished Rotarian Award of the Rotary International, all for work on Natural Disasters. Other awards include Science Research Scholarship of the Royal Commission of UK for the Exhibition of 1851, 1967-71. IGS- Kuekalmann Award (2000) of the Indian Geotechnical Society. Plaque of Honor from the Japanese Society of Soil Mechanics (1987). Plaque of Honor from the South East Asian Geotechnical Society, December 1987. AIMIL Gold Medal, December 1979, and the A.S. Arya Disaster Prevention Award of the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (2005).
He has served as Coordinator of Natural Disaster related activities of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (2001-3). Member: High Powered Committee on Natural Disasters (2001-2003). Member, Gujarat Government Task Force on long range strategy for Mitigation of Disasters. Member, Committee of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) on setting up Institute of Seismic Research and Application, Gujarat. Member, DST Committee on Seismic Microzonation of Delhi ;National Coordinator: Disaster Knowledge Network on behalf of the High Powered Committee. National Coordinator: Indo-China Joint Workshop on Natural Disasters; Member: Research Council of Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun. Member: Research Council of Central Road Research Institute, New Delhi; Coordinator: Landslide Atlas of India for the Building Materials Technology Promotion Council of the Government of India; Chair, Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering Committee of Bureau of Indian Standards and a Council Member of Institution of Engineers.

Before taking over as the Chairman of CDMM at the VIT, he was the Programme Director of UN-HABITAT Iraq Programme (2003-5). He also served as Director, Centre for Disaster Mitigation and Management.




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