16th Convocation Chief Guests'
  • Chief Guest, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal, Hon’ble Education Minister

    Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal, Hon’ble Education Minister is also known by his pen name Nishank. He was born in Pinani village, Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand to Paramanand Pokhriyal and Vishambhari Devi. He received an M.A. degree from Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University. He represents the Haridwar Parliamentary constituency of Uttarakhand in the 17th Lok Sabha. He was the 5th Chief Minister of Uttarakhand from 2009 to 2011. He was member of 16th Lok Sabha and chairperson, Committee on Government Assurances. Pokhriyal has written novels, stories and poems. He has authored 44 books in Hindi, some of which have been translated into English as well as other Indian languages
  • Guest of Honour, Prof. Ashutosh Sharma

    Prof. Ashutosh Sharma (Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India) is an Institute Chair Professor and C. V. Seshadri Chair Professor at the Department of chemical engineering of Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. Prof. Ashutosh Sharma got his B.Tech degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur), India in 1982. Prof. Sharma graduated with master's degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1984 and obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University at Buffalo three years later. He is best known for his pioneering research work in the areas of colloids, thin film, interfaces, adhesion, patterning and in the fabrication and application of self-assembled nano-structures
  • Chairperson of BoG, Prof. Sadanand Sadashiv Gokhale

    Prof. Gokhale studied Aeronautical Engineering from IIT Bombay and did his MS and PhD from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign USA in the same discipline. After a brief stint as PDF he returned in 1980 and joined IIT Madras as an Assistant Professor and worked there till 2003. He served the Institute in various capacities including HoD, Adviser, Dean Students, and Management Representative for ISO 9001, Strategic Planning Committee Member etc. His academic field of specialization is Aircraft and Missile Propulsion, CFD, Simulation and Optimization and Multimedia in Engineering Education. For R&D and Consultancy projects Prof. Gokhale received funding from ISRO, DRDO, AR&DB, MHRD etc. He has published his work at several renowned national and international forums.
  • Director of NIT Durgapur, Prof. Anupam Basu

    Prof. Anupam Basu, currently the Director and Professor of NIT Durgapur, is also a Professor at Department of Computer Science Engineering in IIT Kharagpur, India. Previously He has taught at University of California, Irvine and University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada as a visiting Professor and have been the Humboldt Fellow at TU Dortmund, Germany. Even before that, He has been a Systems Engineer for Webel Computers Ltd, India. His research Interests are Embedded Systems, Natural Language Processing, Assistive Technology, Natural Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction and ICT4D.He is the recipient of Da Vinci Award, Engineering Society of Detroit and Multiple Sclerosis Society of Michigan, for the technology for communication by the speech impaired and people with cerebral palsy, 2004. He was a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering, 2000, received Humboldt Fellowship, Jaycee Award for Outstanding Persons, Young Scientist Award, Dept. of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, 1992, for R&D towards devices for visually handicapped. http://www.iitkgp.ac.in/cv/cs-anupam