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Academic Council

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    Prasheel Suryawanshi

    Prasheel Suryawanshi
    Vice Chancellor
    Avantika University

    Prasheel Suryawanshi is an established academician with a focused interest in Systems and Control, Signal Processing, Computing, Mechatronics, and their intersection towards Cyber-Physical Systems. He has a Doctorate in Control Systems from College of Engineering, Pune. Dr. Prasheel has more than 2-decades of experience in academics, research, and consulting, and his proficiency as a teacher and researcher has been widely acknowledged. Dr. Prasheel has pursued a deeper understanding of the dynamics between Design and Engineering, with a focus on Design-Centered Education. This liberal approach aims at, transcending disciplinary boundaries, creating new directions, giving birth to new ideas, and having the confidence to bring about a change. A passionate researcher, Dr. Prasheel's primary research interests are in sliding mode control, uncertainty and disturbance estimation, active disturbance rejection control, and autonomous systems. He has made significant contributions in robust control, by combining uncertainty estimation techniques with sliding-mode control, and developing simultaneous state and disturbance observers for uncertain systems. Dr. Prasheel has received research grants to the tune of INR 5-million and contributed significantly in engineering and educational consulting. A celebrated author of 4-books, 3-book-chapters, and over 50-research papers in archival journals and peer-reviewed conferences, Dr. Prasheel is also the author of several monographs, technical reports, and white-papers. A Senior Member of IEEE, Dr. Prasheel is a holder of several prestigious awards for his scientific and professional achievements. Currently, Dr. Prasheel is Professor and Director of Avantika University, Ujjain. The guiding thought of his life is, "DO NOT GO, WHERE THE PATH MAY LEAD, GO INSTEAD WHERE THERE IS NO PATH AND LEAVE A TRAIL".

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    Anant Chakradeo

    Anant Chakradeo
    Dean - DesignNominee of Chancellor
    MIT-ADT University

    Prof. Anant is a hardcore Engineering Postgraduate having a good innovative mind. A person with a very cool head on his young shoulders is known for his innovative and creative ideas in education. He did his graduation in Mechanical Engineering and his post graduation in Production engineering with 'Manufacturing Automation' as a specialization. After spending 6 years in small and medium scale industry, he joined MIT in 1993 as a junior lecturer in Production Engineering Department. He was instrumental for bringing latest technology to the institute and started MIT CAD CAM Training and Design Centre in the year 2000. His last responsibility was as the Head of Workshop and Production Engineering Department. Presently he is the Dean of MIT Academy of Engineering, MIT Art, Commerce and Science College, MIT School of Telecom Management and Dean - Design Habitat of MIT Institute of Design. His areas of interests are Analytical Drawing, Manufacturing Processes, Product Development, CAD CAM Automation, Tool Design and Development. He has undergone various Training programs in all these areas. He has also worked on many industrial projects dealing with tool design, product design and development. He has visited Italy, France, Germany, China and Malaysia for attending various conferences and meetings. He has habit of Dreaming about the new ventures and through his hard-work he conceptualizes those nicely and effectively. In-fact MIT ID is the brain child of Prof. Anant His further aim is establish a 'Design Habitat' which will have facilities of learning in the areas of Fine arts, Design, Architecture. He also has plans to start giving services to the industry and society in these areas through 'MIT Industrial Design Centre'.

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    Dhimant Panchal

    Dhimant Panchal
    Director - MITIDNominee of Chancellor
    MIT-ADT University

    Dhimant is a senior and expert faculty member with over 25 years of experience. He has worked in diverse capacities at premier institutions, namely the National Institute of Design (NID) Ahmedabad, School of Interior Design, National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Gandhinagar, Indus Valley school of Art and Architecture, Pakistan and MIT Institute of Design, Pune. Prof. Dhimant Panchal is an alumnus of the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad in Industrial Design (Product Design discipline). He has to his credit several patents and registrations for the design of hand tools, Solsons Exim, and is a recipient of UNDP Fellowship. His focus and interest spans across Product Design, Exhibition Design and Corporate Identity Program. With an expertise in developing design pedagogy in areas of Industrial design and Fashion and Lifestyle Accessory design, he has crafted academic design programs, which includes Design Foundation Programmes, courses at Basic design level as well as at advanced levels. He has extensive professional experience as a Design Consultant, where he rendered his services to industries ranging from home appliances, eyewear and jewelry, bio-medical engineering, CNC automation and tooling, as well as memento and trophy designs for various renowned organizations.

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    Manoj Kothari

    Manoj Kothari
    Director and Chief Strategist Nominee of Chancellor
    Turian Labs, Pune

    Manoj is a Design Entrepreneur and a Design Thinker with more than 2 decades of experience across industries. He leads Turian Labs, a Design Thinking and Business Innovation company, which he cofounded in 2015. Prior to this, he cofounded a design company Onio and a digital branding company ITERNIA. Manoj uses his passion and expertise in Human-centered Design, Future Megatrends & Indian philosophy to catalyse disruptive innovation and cultural-change within organisations. He is an expert facilitator for CXOs/senior-leadership on Design Thinking and Future Envisioning workshops. Manoj has led the innovation engagements with global brands and organizations like Google, Microsoft, Philips, Infosys, Volkswagen, Samsung, LG, Hyundai, Kohler, Saint Gobain, Suzuki, Wipro, Godrej, Titan and Govt. of Finland (Tekes), apart from several startups and SMEs. Manoj is the founder of annual insights & megatrends conference INDIANXT and Pune Design Festival. He speaks in the global forums on Design Thinking, Innovation & India insights. He is a visiting faculty at Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad and National Institute of Design(NID)-Ahmedabad. He has delivered lectures/course at Aalto University-Helsinki, Korea Institute of Technology-Seoul, Indian Institute of Technology (Mumbai, Kanpur), National Institute of Fashion Technology (Delhi, Mumbai), WeSchool-Mumbai and Symbiosis Institutes (Design, Management). Manoj's other interest stretch across astronomy, philosophy, anthropology, Urdu & Hindi poetry, linguistics, Zen and sufism. He has authored a non-fiction book 'Skyway Interpreter' and tweets @lookinbard. He is a mechanical engineering graduate of IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Bombay 1992 batch, and PG from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad in Industrial Design.

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    Manak Lal Jain

    Manak Lal Jain
    ProfessorNominee of Chancellor
    SGSITS Indore

    Dr. Manak Lal Jain is an experienced academician with a rich experience of 30-years in teaching, industry, and research. He holds a M. Tech. from IIT Madras and PhD from IIT Kanpur. He was also a Visiting Research Scholar at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC), USA. His research interests include, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Reverse Engineering, Modeling and Simulation, Biomechanics and Biomodeling. He has published over 30 papers and presented his research on various international and national platform. Dr. Jain has received funding from AICTE under various schemes like Margdarshan Scheme, MODROBS, Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, and RPS. He has also received funding under the FIST scheme of DST, New Delhi. He is an active Member of International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics Community (i-FAB) and Member Secretary of Center for Science & Society. He is currently serving as Professor and Head, at Department of Mechanical Engineering, Shri G. S. Institute of Technology & Science (SGSITS), Indore.

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    Kirti Trivedi

    Kirti Trivedi
    Professor Emeritus
    Communication Design

    Professor Kirti Trivedi is a veteran academician from the Design fraternity with over three decades of experience. He has a Master of Design (M. Des) from Royal College of Arts, London, and has a Post Graduate Diploma from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. Before Avantika, Prof Trivedi was associated with Indian Institute of Technology Bombay for over three decades as a senior faculty member. Here he was instrumental in developing India's first Master's Degree Programme in Visual Communication at Industrial Design Centre (IDC). At present, he is also the Head of the National Design Team for Dandi Salt Satyagraha Memorial project of Government of India, Ministry of Culture, since 2010. He has been a visiting faculty to leading education institutions in Asia like – Nanyang Technical University (NTU), Singapore, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan, Xinhua Beijing University, Beijing. Professor Trivedi is a prominent personality from the Indian Design Guild, and his work, write-ups on design and educational projects have been published in a variety of global design magazine and journals, including MODO, Domus, Design Industrial Design, and much more.

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    Mahesh D Goudar

    Mahesh D Goudar
    Professor - Engineering
    Avantika University

    Dr. Goudar has a Doctoral degree in Electronics Engineering (Ph.D. (Electronics)) from Indian Institute of Technology, Dhanbad. With a Post Graduate degree in Electronics Design Technology (M.Tech. (EDT)), and a Bachelor degree in Electronics & Communication (B.E. (E & C)), Dr. Goudar has focused his interest in the field of Mechatronics, Robotics and Automation. He has 13 years of industry experience and 17 years of experience in teaching, research and consultancy. He has represented India, as a mentor and expert, in the Electronics skill at the World Skills Competition 2013 at Leipzig, Germany and World Skills Russia 2014, Yekaterinburg, Russia. He has also represented India, as a mentor to the Indian team, in the Mobile Robotics skill at World Skills Competition 2015, Euro Skills 2016, World Skills 2017 at Sau Paulo (Brazil), Gothenburg (Sweden) and Abu Dhabi (UAE), respectively. He also has the honor of receiving a ‘Medallion of Excellence’ for team India in the skill of Mobile Robotics. He has been felicitated by FICCI, at the hands of Shri. Dharmendra Debendra Pradhan, Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Govt. of India, at the 6 th Global Summit and World Skills India for his immense contribution towards skill development. Dr. Goudar has also received a research and consultancy project fund of Rs. 40 lakhs. He is a member of reputed professional societies like IET, IETE, IEI and ISTE, and has 34 publications in reputed National and International journals. Dr. Goudar is Professor and Coordinator for School of Engineering at Avantika. He believes in the doctrine - ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world’.

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    Rakesh Dube

    Rakesh Dube
    Professor - Engineering
    Avantika University

    Rakesh has a Ph.D. from the Central University of Allahabad, UP, India in Steady and Unsteady Hydro Dynamical Flows and Heat Transfer Problems. He is a thorough academician with over 20 years of experience and has held senior positions in the Department of Mathematics across renowned educational institutions from India. Before Avantika, he was the Professor and Head, Department of Applied Science and Humanities with ITS Engineering College Greater Noida, Dr. A P J Technical University, UP, India. Beyond this, he has also had international teaching experience with BITS Pilani at their Dubai Campus, and at Jazan University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Rakesh has published several research papers and conference papers. He has also co-authored curriculum books on Mathematics for Engineering students.

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    Hemant Kaushik

    Hemant Kaushik
    Professor - Design
    Avantika University

    Hemant is a Professor with Avantika University. He is an Artist, along with being an Art and Design Educationist. He has a Ph.D. from Barkatullah University, Bhopal in Drawing and Painting. With over 20 years of teaching experience, he has worked as a Principal, HOD, Art Director, and Guest Lecturer at various renowned private and government educational institutions. Before Avantika, he was the Principal at SDPS Women's College. He was also associated with Government Fine Arts College, Indore as the Assistant Professor (Art Director). His expertise lies in Mural Design, Graphics, Etching, and Sculpture. Moreover, he has mastered Indian traditional Folk painting and Wash Techniques. He has won several national and international awards, including National Kalidas Puraskar. Additionally, he has been instrumental in conducting a variety of workshops and has authored several research papers and publications for Art, Design, and Education.

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    Kamlesh Mishra

    Kamlesh Mishra
    Nominee of MPPURC

    Professor Kamlesh Mishra is Director UGC - Human Resource Development Centre, Rani Durgawati University Jabalpur (MP), and Professor - Incharge for Department of Post Graduate Studies and Research in Geography at Rani Durgavati University, Jabalpur (MP). He holds a Doctorate Degree from Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur, (MP) with specialization in Human Geography. He has 35 years of teaching and 28 years of administrative experience. Under his exceptional guidance, 11 Ph. D. and 18 M. Phil. degrees have been awarded. Currently six research scholars are pursuing their Ph. D under his able supervision. To his credit, he has five published books, 11 edited books and 12 research papers/articles. He also has been entrusted with number of portfolios at various universities and government bodies. At Avantika University, he will be the nominee of Chairman, Madhya Pradesh Private Universities Regulatory Commission, Bhopal.

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    Manesh Patil

    Manesh Patil
    Registrar
    Avantika University

    Manesh is a dedicated academic professional with a collective experience of over 15 years.He holds a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from Harcourt Butler Technological Institute (HBTI) Kanpur, followed by a PhD in Chemical Engineering and Technology. His research interests include Fuel Cell Technology, Non-conventional Energy, Mass Transfer, Energy and Environment. Over the course of his academic journey, he has authored and presented over 18 research papers in journals and conferences of international repute. He has been credited for drafting numerous monographs, technical reports, and white papers. He is member of professional societies like IIChE, ISTE and IAENG. He was awarded the Best Teacher of the Year, 2013 at MIT Academy of Engineering and received citations for contribution in academics, research and institution building.