Dr Akhilesh Gupta has a doctorate degree from IIT Delhi in Atmospheric Sciences (1999) and post graduate degree from Lucknow University in Physics (1984). He joined the India Meteorological Department in 1985 and later the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting in 1994, both are currently under Ministry of Earth Sciences. Dr Gupta has been the Adviser to Union S&T Minister and Secretary to University Grants Commission (UGC). Currently, Dr Gupta is the Senior Adviser in DST heading Policy Coordination and Programme Management Division and overall in-charge of 5 national missions viz., National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical System, National Mission on Quantum Technology and Applications, National Super-computing Mission, National Mission on Strategic Knowledge for Climate Change and National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem. Dr Gupta has published over 200 research papers in various National and International journals and proceedings of conferences. He is editor of 5 books, author of over 350 articles and nearly 1000 reports . Some of the key research areas of interest to Dr Gupta include, Tropical cyclone prediction, monsoon meteorology, location specific weather prediction, weather and climate modelling, STI policy areas like Open science, equity & inclusion, STI financing, system interconnectedness, etc. Dr Gupta has been one of the authors of India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) and head of the Secretariat which drafted India’s new Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, which is under finalization. Dr Gupta is a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (FNAE), Fellow of Indian Meteorological Society (FIMS) and a Fellow of Association of Agrometeorologists (FAAM).
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Ms. Madhu Wadhawan Sinha
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Ms Madhu Wadhawan Sinha, IDAS (1990) with a distinguished career in civil services is holding the charge of Director (Finance & Administration) since the inception of Science and Engineering Research Board. She is an alumnus of Miranda House, Delhi University and a postgraduate from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. She has more than 30 years of experience in Finance & Accounting, Administration & Establishment and Audit having served in various capacities in different Departments/ offices of the Government of India. Before joining SERB, she has also served as the Director in the Department of Science and Technology under Ministry of Science and Technology. During her tenure in the Defence Accounts Department, she has held various assignments in Controller of Defence Accounts offices across the country, and as financial advisor in the Ordnance Factories of Government of India. She has also served as the Integrated Financial Advisor to the Navy a cadre post in Ministry of Defence wherein the budget was to the tune of thousands of crores. She was handling the Naval procurements and modernization at the Ministry of Defence.
Her Areas of Specialization include Finance, Accounting, Defence Procurement, Budgeting, Administration, Establishment, Recruitment, & Audit. She has rich experience in using modern technologies for Electronic Data Processing and establishing automated user friendly interactive web portals for ensuring ease of business and quick decision making.
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Dr. Rajeev Kumar Mehajan
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In a distinguished career of over 36 years across multiple domains - as an Application Scientist, Academician, Policy Advisor, and Management Leader, Dr. Rajeev has devised operational roadmaps, achieved organizational visions and currently enables next-generation levels of Science Capital.
Dr. Rajeev career commenced as a Military Aviation Meteorologist, a commissioned officer in the Indian Air Force (IAF). He has served 06 organizations in about dozen profiles till date. He currently is an International Inter-Governmental Panel Expert Member for both the Technical Commissions of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), United Nations (UN) and contributes as a Panellist for Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau of India. He also has the distinction to serve the as Chief Meteorological Officer at UN. He has been the Ex-Chairman, Board of Studies for Meteorology at Bharathiar University, Coimbatore as well as Research Guide for two disciplines - Meteorology and Management. He is an alumnus of Kirori Mal College, Delhi University, University of Madras and IGNOU; and holds both Ph.D. and M. Phil. in Meteorology, and Masters in three subjects: ‘Mathematics’ ‘Defence / Strategic Studies’, & ‘Business Administration’.
Dr. Rajeev is currently the Hon'ble President of India's Visitor Nominee for the selection of Professors for various departments in an esteemed Indian Institute of Technology. In recognition of his accomplishments, both UN and IAF have conferred many prestigious honours upon him.
Dr. Premila Mohan
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Dr. Neelima Mishra, Scientist G, is Heading Life Sciences and Health Sciences programs as Program Coordinator.
Dr. Mishra has obtained her Post graduate degree in Biochemistry with distinction and successfully completed various trainings organized by National and International agencies. She did her research at Defense Research and Development Establishment (DRDE) Gwalior, leading to Doctoral degree in 2000. She joined Indian Council of Medical Research in 2001 and worked at Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC), Dibrugarh, Jabalpur and ICMR-National Institute of Malaria Research, New Delhi. Her studies across various malaria endemic regions have contributed to change in National Malaria drug policy at multiple occasions.
She has more than 25 years of research experience with high impact publications and Indian patent for novel diagnostic technique. Her work has been recognized by National “Kshanika ICMR Oration Award” for 2015. She has also received various National fellowships during her academic career.
Dr. Shiv Mohan Singh
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Dr. Shiv Mohan Singh, working as Scientist-G in SERB, obtained his Master’s Degree from University of Lucknow and was awarded doctorate from BSIP, Lucknow. Currently Dr. S.M. Singh is also a Professor in Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi and has worked at different national (MoES-NCPOR, CSIR-NBRI, DST-BSIP) and international organizations (AIST-Japan, NIPR-Japan, Jagellonian University Poland) from past 28 years. He was also a member of several Antarctic and Arctic Expeditions during 2003-2018 and was awarded with INSA-JSPS and INSA-PAS fellowships for international collaborations.
Dr. Singh has established ‘Polar Biology Laboratory’ in National Centre for Antarctic & Ocean Research (NCPOR-Goa) and ‘Cold Temperature Microbiology laboratory’ (BHU, Varanasi) which is equipped with the state of art instruments for undertaking the experiments. His research interest is ‘Climate Change and its Impact on Biodiversity’ in different geographical regions viz. Arctic, Antarctic, Himalaya and Gondwana. About 100 research papers are published in International and in Indian journals apart from contributing in various symposia.
His vision is to build the capacity for young researchers to serve the nation through innovations.
Dr. A.V. Balachandar
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Balachandar Venkatesan obtained doctoral degree in biochemistry from the University of Madras, Chennai. He then trained as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Medicine, division of Nephrology at University of Texas Health science centre, San Antonio, Texas, USA and then got an opportunity to work as an Instructor/Research at Department of Medicine, Division of Heart and Vascular Unit at Tulane University, Louisiana, New Orleans. After considerable post-doctoral experience, started his independent scientific career as a basic scientist towards understanding the role of anti-ageing molecules and their significance in vascular remodelling under different metabolic syndrome conditions at Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, Chennai. During his scientific career he has been bestowed with few recognitions such as prestigious Lady Tata Memorial trust award fellowship for his doctoral degree, prestigious DBT-Rapid Grant Young Investigator (RGYI) award for the year 2013 and published his research findings in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Nilotpal Ghosh
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Dr. Nilotpal Ghosh holds Ph.D degree in Single Crystal Growth , Characterization and Physical Property Measurements from Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He was Post-Doctoral Fellow at Paul Drude Institute for Solid State Electronics, Berlin and Humboldt Fellow at Semiconductor Physics Group, University of Leipzig. After returning India, he worked as a Visiting Scientist at MSG, IGCAR, Kalpakkam, He was an Associate Professor in VIT University, Vellore / Chennai before joining SERB in 2015 where he is Scientist–F and Member Secretary of several programmes like CRG-Physical Sciences, IRPHA, IMPRINT, etc. He is a life member of Material Research Society of India, Magnetic Society of India and Indian Physics Association. He got EVLP Associateship in S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata in 2011. Dr. Ghosh was nominated as DAAD Research Ambassador in India in 2014 and 2018. He has been elected as a Fellow of West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology in 2020. He has many publications in high impact factor peer reviewed journals (https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=Cf7yoN0AAAAJ&hl=en).
Dr. Monika Agarwal
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Dr. Monika Agarwal received Doctorate in Chemistry in 2004 from H. N. B Garhwal University, Srinagar, Uttrakhand (research work carried out at Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun). Her thesis work was related to the preparation and characterization of the various phases of the solid catalysts. After Ph.D., she worked with Shriram Institute of Industrial Research, Delhi for two years then she moved to Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi as Project Scientist under Fast Track young scientist scheme of DST.
After a brief stint as Post Doctorate Fellow at Leibniz Institute of Heterogeneous Catalysis, Germany she joined Intellectual Property Management Division (IPMD), CSIR, New Delhi in 2009. She was involved in prior art searching, drafting, filing and prosecution of patent applications in India and abroad. She is a registered patent agent at Indian Patent Office. She obtained PG diploma in Patents Law from Nalsar University, Hyderabad. She also did online Certificate Course on US Patent Law & Practice jointly conducted by FICCI and The George Washington University (GWU).
Her area of interest is Catalyst preparation, Catalysis, Crystallography, Analytical Chemistry and IPR. She has published 14 publications in peer reviewed journals and 4 international patents.
Currently, she is holding a position of Scientist ‘F’ at SERB. She is a member secretary of POWER-Grant, POWER-Fellowship, J C Bose Fellowship and Ramanujan Fellowship.
Dr. T. Thangaradjou
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Dr. Thangaradjou Thirunavukarassu has acquired his Ph.D. in Marine Biology at Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology, Annamalai University and continued to work as Assistant Professor in Marine Biology until 2016 before joining the SERB. He has trained at Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun in the field of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Dr. Thangaradjou specialized in the field of marine ecology and mapping, monitoring and modeling of the coastal and marine ecosystems using remote sensing and GIS tools. He has successfully operated several Government of India funded research projects and consultancy projects. He has also guided 11 Ph.D. and 4 M.Phil. candidates in the field of marine sciences. Published about several research papers in reputed peer reviewed national and international journals and one of his papers on validation of Oceansat II – OCM2 sensor was awarded as the best paper published in 2013 by the Indian Society of Remote Sensing.
Dr. Shilpi Paul
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Dr. Shilpi Paul did her PhD from CIMAP- CSIR Lucknow. She started her career (2004) from a biotech company MAHYCO- Maharashtra in the area of transgenic plants. In 2008, she joined as a Scientist C in G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment, Almora, Uttarakhand and worked on conservation strategies, stress physiology in relation to secondary metabolite synthesis on Himalayan medicinal plants and developed marker for twisted trait in Pinus roxburghii L. In 2016, she joined SERB, New Delhi. She has published number of papers, book chapters, articles, developed high artemisinin yielding variety of Artemisia annua- CIM Arogya, and transferred technology to number of pharmaceutical companies. She has two patents which are granted in more than 3 countries. A number of recognitions and national awards as a team member (Recognitions on National Technology Day-2007, Best Invention Award-2007 etc.) and as an individual (Annual day Award- 2005 and Appreciation award-CIMAP for significant contribution for the development of Artemisia annua variety 'CIM-Arogya\’ linking pharma industry and farmers and strengthening the mission to fight malaria) are in her credit. She is member of different scientific societies.
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Dr. Arvind Chaudhary
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Dr. Arvind Chaudhary did Masters in Chemistry from University of Allahabad. He continued his study towards Ph.D. at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, his focus of research centred around Synthesis of Porphyrin / Bisporphyrin based Donor-Acceptor Systems for Photosynthetic Reaction Center. Thereafter, he did his postdoc at NISER-Bhubaneswar where he had received training for Synthesis of Core-modified expanded porphyrin and application for Nonlinear optical properties. In 2015, he joined as Scientist in SERB, New Delhi. His area of research expertise is Porphyrin based supramolecular chemistry, Expanded porphyrin analogues and Bio-inorganic chemistry. He has authored various publications in high impact journals of Chemical Sciences including review articles and book chapters. He is associated as reviewer with journals and member of scientific societies.
Dr. Prahlad Ram
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Dr. Prahlad Ram obtained his master degree from Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad in Applied Geology and Ph D degree in Hydrogeology from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. Dr. Ram joined Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) as Scientist ‘C’ in 2015. Prior to joining SERB, Dr. Ram had been serving at Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India from 2009 to 2015. He was inducted in CGWB through Union Public Service Commission (Geologist Exam. 2006). Dr. Ram also served as Engineer (Geo-Tech.) at Rail India Technical Economic Services (RITES, Ltd), Ministry of Railway, Government of India from 2007 to 2009. Dr. Ram specializes in hydrogeology and published nearly 12 research papers in national and international journals. He also qualified CSIR-UGC-NET-JRF and GATE 2004. Dr. Ram has also been VMC Member, Kendriya Vidyalayas, Faridabad, Haryana, and Expert Member for the Board of Studies (BoS) in Environmental Science, Mizoram University and member of Scientific Advisory Committee, SRTM University, Nanded.
Dr. Magesh Kumar K.K
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Dr. Magesh Kumar K K has been working in Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) for more than 6 years. As a programme officer he has nurtured his proficiency in handling projects under Young Scientist Scheme (YSS), Early Career Research Award (ECRA), National Post-Doctoral Fellowship (NPDF) and Start-up Research Grant (SRG) schemes in Physical and Mathematical Sciences. He is also handling MATRICS and Core Research Grant scheme in Mathematical Sciences.
Dr. Magesh obtained his Ph.D from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and did his Postdoc in Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China before joining SERB. His work was mainly on the Particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations of laser plasma interactions, especially on the THz generation process.
Dr. Magesh has published 11 research papers in the area of laser plasma interactions, laser wakefield electron acceleration, laser-based generation of THz radiation and linear and nonlinear interaction of laser with carbon nanotubes.
Dr. S.V. Prasanna
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Dr. S.V. Prasanna holds a Ph.D. degree in Solid State Chemistry and joined the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in 2011, where he was involved in the coordination and PAN-India implementation of the Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) scheme of the INSPIRE Program. He joined the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB-DST) in 2015, and has since been involved in promoting research in frontier areas of science and technology. Dr. Prasanna is the Program Officer for various programs aimed at young and early-career researchers (Start-Up Research Grant, National Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Early Career Research Award and Swarnajayanti Fellowship), alongside other major schemes under IRHPA. Dr. Prasanna aids the Global Research Council as a member of its Executive Support Group (ESG). His responsibilities include promoting SERB’s international outreach and collaborations among global research ecosystems. He is also designated as SERB’s Nodal Public Information Officer and ACPIO under RTI Act, 2005.
Dr. Pramod Kumar Prasad
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Dr. Pramod Kumar Prasad is working as Scientist-D in Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), a Statutory Body of Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. He was awarded PhD in the field of Biotechnology & Bioinformatics from North-Eastern Hill University (A Central University), Shillong, Meghalaya. He is presently working as Program Officer for implementation of Young Scientist – Life Sciences (YSS, ECRA, SRG and NPDF), SERB-STAR, SERB-DIA, SERB-TETRA and PAC-Organismal and Evolutionary Biology – Animal Sciences. Prior to joining SERB, he was involved in the implementation of Internship and Faculty Award components of Innovation in Science pursuit for inspired research (INSPIRE) program of DST.
His area of research covers fields of Molecular Biology, Parasitology and Bioinformatics. Work done by him during PhD provided “PCR-based diagnostic markers for species discrimination of zoonotic trematode parasites” for correct diagnosis, that will help in the development of novel therapeutic and preventive strategies and for this he has filed a national patent. The work also resulted in 18 research papers in high impact International and National Journals and 42 DNA sequences in GenBank.
Dr. Pankaj Kumar Rawat
Dr. Pankaj Rawat is currently serving ‘Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB)’ as Scientist-D. He has a professional experience of more than 5 years in Scientific R&D management. In his current role, he is program officer for Core Research Grant (CRG)-Civil, Mechanical, Materials Engineering and related areas, Uchhatar Aviskar Yojana (UAY), National Science Chair (NSC) and Accelerate Vigyan (AV).
Prior to his current role, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea. He earned his M.Sc. Physics from Kumaun University, Nainital and M.Tech. & Ph.D. focused in Materials Science & Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. He published several research papers on thermoelectric materials in various journals of international repute such as ACS, RSC, IOP, Wiley, Elsevier.
Dr. Rawat is recipient of awards like Brain Korea 21 Postdoctoral Fellowship, DST-INSPIRE Faculty Award, Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science etc.
Dr. Anima Johari
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Dr. Anima Johari joined SERB as Scientist-C in 2015. Dr. Anima holds M.Tech. Degree from Panjab University, Chandigarh in 2009 and did her Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 2014. Her research specialization covers, semiconductor nanostructures and their gas sensing applications. She has published 12 research papers in the reputed peer reviewed journals and 2 book chapters in her area of expertise.
Dr. Ramesh V
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Dr. Ramesh Vijayan holds his M.Tech (Plastics Engineering) from BPUT, Bhubaneswar (2011), followed by a PhD from Anna University in the area of Plastics Technology (2015). In July 2015, he joined the SERB, Govt. of India as a Scientist C. His administrative and functional responsibilities include national-level planning, monitoring, coordination of research and developmental activities related to the Young Scientist Scheme ie., YSS, ECRA, NPDF and SRG (Engineering Sciences). His vision is to build the capacity for young researchers to serve the nation through innovations.
Dr. Ramesh Vijayan also responsible for various indigenous technology development and State-of-the-art facility for research and development IRPHA projects for establishing (a) Combined Centre for Combustion Research (IIT-Madras and IISc-Bangalore), (b) National Interdisciplinary Centre for Cyber Security (IIT-Kanpur) and (c) Non-Transplant Therapeutic Strategies for Advanced Liver Diseases (ILBS-New Delhi). He has been nominated to Japan Asia Youth Exchange Program (SAKURA Science Plan (SSP)) held on 22 to 26 January 2018 at Japan Science and Technology, Japan.
Dr. Sukumar Dey
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Dr. Sukumar Dey received the M.Sc. in Physics from Visva-Bharati University, a Central University in West Bengal in 2008. He holds PhD (2014) from Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Kolkata followed by two postdoctoral stints (2014-2018) at KAUST Solar Centre (KSC) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, KSA and Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea. His research interests include local probe microscopy and spectroscopic measurements for electronic properties of nanoscale functional materials and their interfaces that exhibit inhomogeneous electrical properties at nanoscale and govern the performance of the optoelectronic devices.
He is currently working as Scientist- C at Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) and looking after several schemes in the capacity as Program Officer.
Dr. Praveen Kumar S. (DST/SERB)
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Dr. G. Harish Kumar (DST/SERB)
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Development of effective research and innovative programmes for the promotion of R&D mechanisms for research institutions in the areas of Life Sciences (Animal Sciences, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Microbiology, Plant Science and Health Sciences) and Interdisciplinary areas of STEMM.
Expertise in the development of online-based Project Management Systems for Scientific Organizations.
Impacting Research Innovation and Technology supported projects management submitted by academic and industrial partners.
Expertise in fostering and promoting research to meet national challenges in different scientific specializations.
Key Team Player in the development and implementation of new flagship programs.
Expertise in designing, generating and formulating R&D projects/programmes in various areas of STEMM.
Formulation & design of need-based programmes/projects in high priority areas.
Spreading the R&D base of the country by strengthening the competitiveness of R&D groups by formulating the programmes from less endowed places/Institutions as Mentorship programmes in various disciplines across the board.