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Academic Council

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    Vladimir Kulish

    Vladimir Kulish
    Vice Chancellor
    Avantika University

    Dr. Vladimir Kulish is an established academician with a focused interest in Thermo-Molecular Physics, Applied Mathematics, and Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Kulish has a Dr. Sc. in Physics and Mathematics from the Russian Academy of Sciences, a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas), and M. A. in German Language & Literature from the Goethe Institute (Luxembourg). Before Avantika, Professor Kulish was associated with the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) as a regular faculty member for over 17 years. An ardent academician and researcher, Dr. Kulish's primary research interests are in the area of mathematical modeling of energy-informational transport processes, including transport phenomena in biological systems. Professor Kulish has been instrumental in developing a mathematical method (nowadays known as the method of Kulish). It allows solving complex problems in the areas of energy transport processes (e.g., ultra-fast heat transfer, start-up flows in nano-channels) and signal processing (e.g., biological signals such as electroencephalograms, electrocardiograms, and forecasting the behavior of multi-fractal time series). A celebrated author of six books and more than hundred publications in professional journals and peer-reviewed conference proceedings, Dr. Kulish is a holder of several prestigious awards for his scientific achievements. Currently, Dr. Kulish is Distinguished Professor and Vice-Chancellor of Avantika University.

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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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    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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    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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    Yogesh Bhalerao

    Yogesh Bhalerao
    Director
    MITAOE, Pune

    Dr. Yogesh Bhalerao is a committed educationalist, administrator and researcher. He competed his Bachelors and Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the then University of Pune. His PhD work entitled 'Thermal Analysis of Grinding Process' was well received and appreciated by distinguished experts in the domain. He has also been the proud recipient of the 'Young Scientist Award' from Department of Science and Technology (DST), India under the FASTTRACK Scheme. He continues to pursue his post Ph.D. research from the Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, United Kingdom. Through the many years of his work in the higher education sector, he has gained a rich experience that can be flexibly deployed across domains and functions. He has worked at all level of teaching practice and presently is leading the MIT Academy of Engineering as the Director, in its progression. As the Director, he continues to exercise leadership, demonstrate vision, and empower others to deliver the agreed Institutional strategies and objectives and achieve the highest possible standards of excellence. As an academician, Prof. Bhalerao has introduced innovative patterns, methods and designs of education. He continues to experiment with his teaching and leadership styles to effortlessly adopt to fresh challenges and opportunities. He has a strong publications record and his outputs continue to contribute to and make impact in the field of Engineering, Education and Administration. Prof. Bhalerao brings along his profound experience, progressive vision and enthusiastic efforts to all the endeavors he undertakes.

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    Sanjay Jain

    Sanjay Jain
    Dean - School of Design
    Avantika University

    Sanjay is a Civil engineer from IIT Bombay, Class of 1984. Later, he did his Master of Design in Industrial Design at Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay in 1986. In an industrial career spanning about 20 years, he has served Indian industries in senior design positions - starting as Industrial Designer in Uptron India Ltd, Lucknow designing color televisions and electronic appliances for 7 years. He joined Wipro Consumer Care and Lighting since its inception, as Head of Product Design in 1993 and worked for 10 years. He and his design team helped Wipro Consumer Care and Lighting build design and innovation as its core business strengths and differentiators. Sanjay is a Motorola trained Green Belt of Six Sigma Quality Mission, Wipro. He joined MIT Institute of Design, Pune as Founder Director - Academics and helped build the institute as one of the most sought-after design institutes in India in last decade. He contributed to building various academic collaborations with prominent design institutes from Hong Kong, Singapore, Europe and UK. Sanjay strongly believes that 'learning' and 'creating' should be intense joy for everyone involved in it.

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    Prasheel Suryawanshi

    Prasheel Suryawanshi
    Professor and Director
    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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    Rakesh Dube

    Rakesh Dube
    Professor
    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
    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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    Kuntal De

    Kuntal De
    Associate Professor
    Avantika University

    Kuntal is a National Institute of Design (NID) Ahmedabad alumnus with a diverse experience in both industry and academics. His interest lies in Education for Sustainable Development, Systems studies and development, Space-Structure and form, Communication Technology, Science and Liberal Arts, Environmental concerns. As a specialist in Product Design, he has been associated with DC (H), NCPDDP, NIVH, and Taj Khazana. With a deeper interest in handicraft sector, he has even developed the Bamboo and Cane Development Institute, Agartala, and Srinagar Craft Development Institute. Further, he has been significantly involved in UNDP Fibre and Handicraft Impact Assessment and Evaluation as well as "Handmade in India: Handicrafts of India." He is also a regular faculty member at Dhirubhai Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Gandhinagar, engaged in developing and operationalizing the Master in Design (M. Des) program in Multimedia. Kuntal is an Assistant Professor, Incharge H.O.D. FOR PreDesign at Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT) Institute of Design (ID). Kuntal has been actively associated in a range of areas, from livelihood and youth forum facilitation to design for sustainable development. He had been a part of the shelter redesigning team assigned to develop sustainable shelter for the aborigines (Onges) of Andamans after the tsunami. Kunal is conferred with Coronation Badge of His Highness from the King of Bhutan, 2014. He is also an Honorary Fellowship of Global Exchange in Leadership Initiatives (GEILI), 2012.

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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.

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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.