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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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    Venkatesh Rajamanickam

    Venkatesh Rajamanickam
    Professor
    IDC IIT Bombay

    Venkatesh Rajamanickam has pursued B.Arch from NIT, Trichy and M.Des from IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay. Venkatesh is an established academician with vivid experience in academics and industry. He started his journey as a User Interface Designer with CMC Ltd. (later acquired by TCS) Hyderabad, where he was involved in designing and implementing some of the earliest multimedia-based educational and entertainment programs created in the country; and user interfaces for major government software applications. Later, he also worked as a Design Researcher at the University of British Columbia and at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining IIT Bombay, he was the Deputy Director at the School of Design, Singapore, where he established a new undergraduate programme in Experience Design. He joined IIT Bombay in 2013 as an Associate Professor and was appointed as a full Professor in 2017. Currently, he is an Associate Faculty at the Centre for Policy Studies, IIT Bombay. His information Design Lab at IIT Bombay utilizes graphic design, interactive computer graphics, data-processing algorithms, and emerging technologies to address challenging problems in data, design and art. He works on projects with the objective of data-based understanding on a range of issues from urban living, to education in resource constrained schools, to transportation, to generative art.

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    Shashank Mehta

    Shashank Mehta
    Activity Chairperson - Education
    NID Ahmedabad

    Shashank Mehta is a principal faculty of Industrial Design at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. Currently, he is working as the Activity Chairperson of the Institute's Professional Education Program. A qualified mechanical engineer and product designer, he holds immense experience working as an engineer, designer and production in-charge with various small and large scale industries and the craft and social sectors as well. Over the last five and a half years, he has also served as the Project Head of the design clinic scheme for the MSMEs, a unique and ambitious design intervention scheme, supported by the Ministry of MSMEs, Government of India. In his academic journey, Shashank has taught at the Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels, spanning various design disciplines. He is also credited for spearheading the introduction of new course modules such as - 'Design Process', 'Indigenous Innovations', 'Service Design', 'Design Audit' and 'Introduction to Experience Design', that are in sync with the rapidly changing demands and aspirations of the industry and economy in general. He was involved in conceptualising the first e-learning module on package design and also helped set up the country's first Design Business Incubator at NID. He has also worked extensively in the area of technology and design fusion, sustainability and indigenous innovation, and has authored various articles and research papers and anchored international workshops focused on design for development. All this coupled with sharp business acumen, he has acquired the much-needed holistic understanding of integrating user aspirations with industry constraints and demands, thus introducing viable design solutions.

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    Puneet Tandon

    Puneet Tandon
    Professor and Dean
    PDPM IIITDM, Jabalpur

    Puneet Tandon is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology Kurukshetra and, a Master and Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Currently, he is a joint Professor of Design and Mechanical Engineering at PDPM Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing, Jabalpur. He is also at present serving as Dean of Research, Sponsored Projects and Consultancy at the institute and also mentors its deLOGIC Lab and Soln Lab. His primary research interests include Innovative Product Design, Computational Support to Product Design, Knowledge-based Engineering Design, Computer Aided Design, and Hybrid Manufacturing. The works of his research group in the field of innovative designs are recognized at national and international level. Puneet has carried out multiple research projects funded by various agencies such as DST-RFBR (Indo-Russia), IMPRINT-India and DST-Advanced Manufacturing Technology projects. Besides this, he had carried out a couple of joint Indo-Japan (DST-JSPS) research projects, and projects funded from other agencies like DST/ SERB, DAE/ BRNS, MSME/ Design Clinic, MHRD, etc. He has two patents in his name and has authored 1 text book, 8 book chapters and more than 200 papers in referred journals and international conferences of repute. His research papers have also been awarded "Certificate of Merit" at the 2013 International Conference of Computational Intelligence and Intelligent Systems, World Congress at London in 2013.

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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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    T. N. Hari

    T. N. Hari
    Head of HR
    BigBasket

    T.N. Hari is an IIT Madras and IIM Calcutta alumnus with over 30 years of experience in diverse management roles. In his 11 years of journey with Tata Steels, he was engaged in various engineering and project-management roles. From a technical aficionado to the HR head at BigBasket, his transition to Human Resource function started with being a part of Management team of several other ventures like Daksh (A BPO company acquired by IBM), Virtusa (An IT services company listed on NASDAQ), Amba Research (An investment research company acquired by moodys) and TaxiForSure (A taxi aggregation company that merged with OLA cabs) and etc. In his transition he brought in a lot of business and engineering perspectives, innovative inputs, structured thinking processes and problem- solving approach to break the conventional ways of practice in the industry and helped these companies sour to great heights. Hari's passion for scaling-up organizations by inculcating effective processes has earned him the credit of four successful exits in different industries. He is also an author and a strategic advisor at Fundamentum, and provides mentorship to multiple companies, start-ups and scale-ups. He keeps on mentoring young entrepreneurs and is extremely passionate about solving problems and building organizations for scale through clear & uncluttered thinking and relentless execution.

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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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    Dhimant Panchal

    Dhimant Panchal
    Profesor Emeritus Nominee of Chancellor
    Avantika 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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    Sukanta Kundu

    Sukanta Kundu
    Dean - School of Design
    Avantika University

    Sukanta has completed his engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur with specialization in Aeronautical Engineering and masters from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad specializing in Industrial Design. With more than 29 years of industry experience in India and China, Sukanta has been associated with many illustrious brands such as Bajaj, Philips, Surya Roshni, and Fiem Industries etc., where he worked in different capacities, spearheading the product design vertical in Home Appliances and Luminaries, introducing new product concepts and revamping the available products from concepts to production. With superior expertise in aesthetics and product innovation, and a black belt in Design for Six Sigma, he has set-up factories in India, led the R and D department, and supplied indigenously developed products and marked sales of upto 230 million INR in one month with zero product failure and no incidence report from market. A proven design expert and a leader, he has led multiple project teams from conceptualization to production and is widely acknowledged for value engineering and quality assurance of products. He has been awarded for the Top 100 LED projects by International SSL Alliance, Beijing, China in 2016, has been a runner-up in Simplicity Contest for idea and implementation of Server-based Quality Data Management System and received the company merit award for designing and production of RC2004 Rotating Grill in Desert Coolers. With a proven and avowed legacy in industry, Sukanta joins Avantika as a Professor in Industrial Design to propagate his knowledge among the young learners.

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    Raghav Pandya

    Raghav Pandya
    Coordinator - Industrial Design
    Avantika University

    Raghav Pandya is a hardcore industry professional with an Engineering degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Bhopal University followed by Masters in Design in Industrial Design from IIT, Delhi (CEED AIR 18). With immense experience of 15 years in the field of motorcycle design in world's largest two-wheeler company 'Hero MotoCorp', he is credited for designing India's most successful motorcycles and scooters; which cover around half of popular market share in India. With a global exposure doing design projects in Africa, Latin America and South Asia, he has also been a very active participant in various user researches in Milan, Cologne, Birmingham, Tokyo and New Delhi auto shows. He has also worked with international design studios and suppliers in Europe and Japan.His expertise includes all aspect of product design from concept development till product unveiling. As an industry professional, he brings superior acquaintance in product forecasting, benchmarking, product development, manufacturing processes and branding. He has proficiency in all design modes of sketching including clay modelling and surface modelling processes. His strongest hold is in understanding the market demand and transforming it into the most successful products. He also has deep insight in graphic design, logo design, color and trim selection, and has also looked into accessory design section in his previous association. His proficiency in the field and the passion for wide spreading industry-oriented education has brought him to contribute as a faculty member of Industrial Design in Avantika University.

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    Rupesh Gajbhiye

    Rupesh Gajbhiye
    Coordinator - Comm. Design
    Avantika University

    Rupesh is a Raheja School of Art (LSR) Mumbai alumnus with a profound experience in the field of Applied, Graphic and Communication Design. He has 17 years of industry experience varied from media, entertainment, packaging, pharma and also as art educator. He has worked as a HOD and Art Director at various corporate. Before Avantika he was working as the Head of Department in Pharma company, where he has created various brand logos and packaging designs which has great market presence. He was also associated with University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) for M.Des Transportation Design in past. His work got selected in many national level competitions and appreciated well in industry.

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    Ravikumar Jadhav

    Ravikumar Jadhav
    Coordinator - CSE
    Avantika University

    Ravikumar is an Academic Associate with School of Engineering at Avantika University. He has a Masters in Engineering in VLSI and Embedded systems from MIT Academy of Engineering (AOE), Alandi, Pune. He was associated with TATA Communication Ltd as Network Associate. As part of this role, he has been awarded SOC Star recognition as the best performer during Jan 2017. He is an ardent researcher with interests in Energy Management, Smart Grid, Internet of Things (IoT). As part of his masters program, he was instrumental in developing Smart Grid Data Management System using MATLAB Simulink. He has also authored publications for the international conferences across India on energy management systems and monitoring of transformer parameters using Internet of Things (IoT).

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    Prabodh Mishra

    Prabodh Mishra
    Coordinator - Fashion Design
    Avantika University

    Prabodh is an International Fashion Designer with 9-years of experience in the fashion industry. He has pursued Bachelor of Fashion Technology from NIFT and Masters of Science in International Fashion Marketing from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK. An astute fashion designer with intertwining experience in industry and academics, he has been associated with wide variety of illustrious brands such as; Tell Us Fashion UK, Redo Times Noida, Victorias Secret UK, Haut Monde Magazine New Delhi, Blue Glue Bikinis Indonesia, Amity School of Fashion Technology Noida and Mody University - Rajasthan, in varied profiles. With a sparkling career, he started off with bagging the Most Commercially Viable Graduation Project in his final year in NIFT and since then has worked as a Fashion - Designer, Journalist and Editor, Communication Marketer, Business Development Project Consultant, inculcating expertise in diverse fields of Fashion. As a Fashion Consultant, he was instrumental in giving life to Feronia Fashion Night making it the first androgynous fashion show in India. He holds experience in teaching bachelors and masters students and has crafted course curriculums in-sync with international standards. With a keen interest in research, Prabodh keeps on expanding his horizons and making himself a dynamic fashion protagonist.

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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.