Padma Shri awardee, Dr. Sanjay Govind Dhande is a notable Indian engineer and educationist. He was the former director of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur. Dr. Dhande is currently mentoring Avantika University as the Chancellor and Distinguished Faculty Member. Presently, he is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India. He even served as a part-time member of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Through charters for the Indian Institutes of Science for Education and Research (IISER) at Pune and Kolkata, he is actively assisting the Government of India to craft the vision documentation. Dhande has extensively worked in the field of Computer Aided Design, Rapid Prototyping, Rapid Tooling and Reverse Engineering. He was instrumental in developing AUTOLAY, an innovative CAD technology for the Indian Aeronautical Development Agency is currently in use by leading aircraft manufacturers around the world, and even utilized for the construction of light combat aircraft in India. He was also the founder director of PDPM Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing, Jabalpur - a beneficiary of the protocol signed by the Prime Ministers of India and Japan. Under the aegis of the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Dr. Dhande has even established the Indian Institute of Saddlery Technology and Export Management (IISTEM) at Banther near Kanpur to develop the traditional technology available in the region.
Dhimant is a senior and proven designer with over 35 years of experience in academics, industry, and consulting. He is an alumnus of the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad and graduated in 1980, with Industrial Design stream and Product Design discipline. He has to his credit several patents and registrations for the design of hand tools and is a recipient of UNDP Fellowship. He has worked in diverse capacities at premier institutions, like 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 (MIT-ID), Pune. His past academic assignments include, Coordinator of Foundation Program at NID, Coordinator for Fashion and Life Style Accessory Design Program at NIFT, and Director of MIT-ID. He has also worked with industry as Chief Design Advisor at Karp Impex and Jyoti CNC Automation Ltd., and Design Director at Solsons Exim. He has extensive professional experience as a Design Consultant, in verticals ranging from home appliances, eye wear and jewellery, bio-medical engineering, CNC automation and tooling, memento and trophy designs. He has also worked on self-initiated assignments of designing products for the bio-medical, prosthetic, differently abled individuals, and cerebrally palsied children. A hard-core designer, his focus and interest spans across Product Design, Exhibition Design, and Corporate Identity. With an expertise in developing design pedagogy in areas of Industrial Design and Fashion and Lifestyle Accessory Design, he has crafted academic programs, which includes Design Foundation Programs and various courses at basic as well as at advanced levels. Dhimant is currently working as Professor Emeritus and Pro-Chancellor of Avantika University, Ujjain.
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. 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. 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, Prasheels 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. 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, Prasheel is also the author of several monographs, technical reports, and white-papers. A Senior Member of IEEE, Prasheel is a holder of several prestigious awards for his scientific and professional achievements. Currently, Prasheel is Professor and Vice Chancellor 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.
S. S. Mantha
Former Chairman - AICTE
Adjunct Prof. NIAS Bangalore
Dr. S. S. Mantha, an eminent academician and an able administrator is the former Chairman of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). On completion of his tenure at AICTE, he worked as Professor of Robotics, CAD/CAM and AI in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at VJTI, Mumbai. He went on to become the Professor and Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering - a position he held for 6 years at VJTI, subsequent to which he was appointed the Pro Vice Chancellor, SNDT Women's University by the Government of Maharashtra. He specializes in Robotics which he taught for more than 15 years out of a rich teaching experience of more than 25 years. A PhD in Combustion modeling from University of Mumbai, he also had several administrative assignments that he took up for the University of Mumbai, as also being the Dean, Faculty of Technology. In recognition of his services, the Government of Maharashtra conferred the Best Teacher award of the State in 2002. He has more than 240 publications in National and International Journals and Conferences to his credit. He developed the National Vocational Education Qualification frame work (NVEQF), now called National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF), which helps in promoting skill-based competency modules to be integrated into seven certification levels where students can undergo skill-based learning that enhances employability. He is advisor to the International Organization for Educational Development and Member, Education Council, IOED, a diplomatic mission headquartered in India. He's currently the IT Expert for the Department of IT, Government of Maharashtra.
Head - Product Design
Design Directions, Pune
A graduate of India's premier design institute, National Institute of Design (NID), Satish and his firm Design Directions Pvt Ltd founded in 1988 by him and his better half - Falguni - also a graduate of NID Ahmedabad - combines design, technology, aesthetics and relevant materials to create a major impact on industrial, medical, electronic and consumer products. Design Direction's focus is on brand strategy, industrial design, visual communication and user interface design. Satish is a recipient of several local and international awards. Just to name one- he is the recipient of the Design of the Decade Award for a low cost water filter - Tata Swach, designed for the Tata Group, instituted by the Industrial Designers Society of America. He also recently received a Red Dot Award in Germany and a 'G' Mark (Good Design Mark) in Japan for an indigenously designed solar based computing device - Mobiliz. One of his products - MiraCradle - a Neonate Cooler was recently awarded the President's award for Successful Commercialisation of Indigenous Technology. One of his product - ibreastExam recently received the Asprin and the Lexus Design Awards. Satish has been a jury member on several design award committees - local and overseas. A founder member of the Association of Designers of India (ADI) and is a member of the India Design Council (IDC). He is also a member of CII committee on design at the national level. He has been invited to speak at several National & International Design conferences. Through his work, Satish has been able to raise a great level of awareness towards design in varied sectors and prove to that by sheer market success, the importance and benefits of industrial design. He has till date, successfully designed and launched over 650 products in the Indian and international markets for a host of clients, ranging from the small scale sector to the heavy industry sector. Some of Satish's products are sold in over 40 countries. He holds many patents, design registrations, most of which have been licensed.
Directorate of Art,
Govt. of Maharashtra
Sir J. J. College of
A graduate of Architecture from Academy of Architecture, Rajiv undertook post-graduate studies in Town and Country Planning at Government College of Engineering, Pune. He received the Netherlands Government Fellowship to study Urban Management at the Institute of Housing Studies at Rotterdam, Netherlands. His special interests include Urbanism, Community Architecture, Heritage Conservation, and Technology in Building Management, and Classical Arts and Education of Architects and Planners in a changing society. He has been exploring these fields extensively through various research studies trying to bridge the gap between education and practice. He completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Management of Education with reference to Architecture Institutions from the University of Mumbai. He has a teaching experience of 18 years (5 years at Academy of Architecture, and 13 at Sir J. J. College of Architecture) and has been involved in conducting seminars and workshops on subjects of Architecture Design, City Planning, History and Theory of Architecture, and Development of Urban Management. He was the Chairperson for the Course Committee of Interior Design at the University of Mumbai and involved with I.I.T Mumbai for Solar Passive Architecture education handbook. With a professional work experience of 21 years, Rajiv is presently the Director of Sir J. J. College of Architecture Consultancy Cell.
MIT Group of Institutions
Dr. Sunil Karad's strengths lie within the strong foundation of comprehensive research, constructive planning and effective execution. He is a progressive visionary and astute educationist with a flair for academic innovation. His constant focus is centered on infusing fresh ideas and energies into the education sector. He has now turned his focus towards making an impact on providing quality and inclusive education solutions in the international arena and addressing global education issues. As the Executive Director, Treasurer and Trustee of the MIT Group of Institutions, he has been instrumental in establishing landmark educational institutes such as MIT Institute of Design, MIT Academy of Engineering, Vishwashanti Gurukul World School, and several others. As the founder of EDUGILD - Global EdTech Startup Accelerator, he has ventured to infuse a much-needed boost to new ideas for reinventing the EdTech sector. He is also the Chief Convener of ABU - Robocon India. He is currently leading the establishment of Vishwasheela - Proposed Institute of Eminence, Deemed to be University in Pune. Sunil has an M.Sc. in Material Science, followed by a PhD at University of Sheffield, UK. He has received numerous awards for his research work, with several citations in reputed research journals. He has been a part of various professional development programs at London Business School and Indian School of Business.
Dean - Design
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'.
MIT University, Meghalaya
Previously, Dr. Rane was the Professor and Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT Academy of Engineering, Alandi, Pune. He holds a Doctorate degree in Chemical Engineering and has rich experience in academics, research and administration. A committed academician, his core areas of expertise include Energy Efficiency, Environmental Pollution Control, Thermodynamics, and Process Equipment Design, among others. With numerous publications and citations in international journals to his credit, Dr. Rane has also received notable grants to augment research and conduct expert lecture series in the field of Chemical Engineering. As a competent professional, he has represented the MIT Group of Institutions, Pune at several national and international platforms and has contributed immensely towards the overall development and progress of MIT Group. Dr. Rane reliably demonstrates efficient time management, successful teamwork and upholds the importance of strong work ethics, persistence, and intellectual integrity. He leads by example and colleagues and students find his enthusiasm both motivating and promising.
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.