S.Venkateswaran Faculty Excellence Award: (Instituted by
Karthik Krishna 1993)
About the Award
The award is instituted by the generosity of BITS Alumnus Mr. Karthik Krishna in the name Prof.
S Venkateswaran, former Director & Vice Chancellor of BITS Pilani who was
very close to his heart. In Karthik’s own words, "The biggest issue faced by
educational institutions today is the lack of faculty. Faculty are the key part
of student development and hence it is important for alumni to do their maximum
to help retain, encourage and develop faculty. This is my humble effort to
contribute to this thought."
Prof. S Venkateswaran joined this Institute on
30th January, 1974 as a faculty member and later served in various capacities
as Dean, Deputy Director, Director, Vice Chancellor and Advisor till 31st
December 2009. During his tenure, the Institute expanded and also established
new campuses in Dubai, Goa and Hyderabad. He was an outstanding administrator,
excellent human being and was highly respected by students, staff, faculty and
alumni of the Institute. He was a well-known personality in education in India
Establishment of the Award
yearly contribution of INR 100,000 shall be made by BITS alumnus Karthik
Krishna for a period of 5 years.
The award is to be named "Prof. S Venkateswaran
Faculty Excellence Award" instituted by Karthik Krishna (1993 Batch).
award will commence from 2012
The Excellence Awards shall be announced each
year before the end of Semester II (January-June)
One Faculty Excellence Award shall be awarded
The award shall consist of a Rolling Plaque
(with name of the winner inscribed), and framed along with a certificate and a
cash award of INR 100,000.
All shortlisted candidates shall be presented
with a certificate of appreciation.
full-time faculty member of BITS Pilani at its Pilani, Dubai, Goa or
Hyderabad campuses are eligible to apply
faculty member must have experience of atleast three years at any of the BITS
iii. The faculty member must hold a Doctorate degree
faculty member must be at least an Assistant Professor at BITS
faculty member must not have won any other Faculty Excellence Award the
will be received based on nominations whereby any full-time faculty member
teaching at any of the BITS Pilani campuses - Pilani, Dubai, Goa or Hyderabad
may nominate herself/himself , accompanied by a Letter of Support from another
faculty member of the Institute.
Any full-time faculty member teaching at any of
the BITS Pilani campuses - Pilani, Dubai, Goa or Hyderabad may nominate a
fellow faculty member, accompanied by a Letter of Acceptance from the nominee.
selection panel consists of four members. Two will be from BITS and two from
alumni. Two members from BITS shall be directors from any two campuses of BITS.
The alumni members for the first two years will be Karthik Krishna(email@example.com)
and Mukul Chawla (firstname.lastname@example.org),
both from 1993 batch. They might want to delegate the nomination responsibility
to BITSAA/BITS thereafter.
Committee will shortlist a max of 6 from the received nominations and announce
faculty member’s shortlist shall be assessed based on the professional
achievements provided on the application as well as on the essays.
and other faculty members will be invited to give their recommendations for the
shortlisted candidates and 3 nominations will be selected out of the 6.
personal discussion will also be held with the applicants via teleconference or
measurable parameters for selection, by no means to be considered exhaustive,
are listed below.
Innovation in Instruction (creative
methods/courses which enhanced the students’ understanding and learning)
Professional Achievement (publications,
projects, committee membership etc.)
Contributions to BITS Pilani (involvement in
activities outside the classroom)
Commitment to student success (success of
students in his/her courses, involvement of students in his/her
Contributions towards neighbourhood societal
If you would like more information about this
award, or have any questions / comments / suggestions, please send an email to email@example.com
2012 Award Winner : Prof. Dhananjay Madhukar Kulkarni
Prof. Dhananjay Madhukar Kulkarni (Prof. DMK) is
currently Associate professor at BITS Pilani, K.K Birla Goa campus where he is
engaged in research projects with industrial collaborators. He had been working
at the same campus as Assistant Professor and lecturer for nearly six years. Prior to this, he worked as a design executive, designed and developed a "single bearing
alternator” for Crompton Greaves Ltd, Ahemadnagar. He worked as a lecturer for
four years in Pune University. He worked as trainee Engineer in MICO Bosch for
a year. His areas of interest are Fracture mechanics, Biomechanics and
Biomaterial and Advanced Finite Element Analysis.
Prof. Kulkarni has received certificate of Instructorship for
Training Industry Professionals in India by ASME, USA 2010, Certifcate of
Excellence, Kris Ramchandran Faculty Excellence Award by BITS-Pilani in 2010
and Distinguished Faculty Award, BITSAA 2011. He was Invited to present the Keynote Address at the International Conference on Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
August 2011, Bangkok. He was invited to chair the programme committee at the "International Conference on Manufacturing Sci & Tech (ICMST)", November
2010, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is a Member of the editorial board for World Journal
of Mechanics, International Journal of Vehicle Structure and Systems. In the last f ive years, Prof. Kulkarni has
published six papers in international journals, two papers in national journal
and has attended various national and intenational conferences. He has
published two books namely "Engineering Graphics with AutoCAD" and "Axisymmetric Contact Stress Analysis for Artificial Hip Joint". He was offered
instructorship for training industrial professionals in India by ASME. He has
conducted training programmes for L&T and other companies for Advanced
Finite Element Analysis. He was invited by several Universities for training
their faculty in Mechanical Engineering for the course "Engineering Graphics
with AutoCAD" on which he has published a book. This course model along with
the book is implemented in several deemed universities and autonomous colleges
in India. IIT Bombay and IIT Indore will implement the same shortly. Prof. Kulkarni developed a lab set up for Fracture Mechanics at the Pilani and Goa
campuses, which is used by ME and PhD students of diverse disciplines to
study fracture behavior of various materials. Three research scholars are currently
working towards their PhD under his guidance. He has now extended his research
on fracture from engineering materials to biomaterials. His team has collaborated with a world known BioTribo Testing industry, DUCOM Instruments,
Bangalore as well as medical doctors to work on hip and dental implant testing.
The team has helped DUCOM industry with modification of a conventional
tribotester which can be utilized for tribotesting of hip implants and
customize it as a biotribotester. This project has a sponsorship each from DUCOM Instruments , Aditya Birla Sci
& Tech Center and DST. With the industrial and Government funding, he is planning
to introduce the BioMedical Engineering programme at UG level.
Venkateswaran Faculty Excellence Award is awarded to Prof. Dhananjay
Madhurkar Kulkarni in recognition of his outstanding contributions to teaching,
research and institute development at BITS Pilani. Through his achievements,
Prof. Kulkarni has brought glory to the name of the institute. The award was presented by Chancellor Dr. Kumar Mangalam Birla at the first convocation ceremony of BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus on 12-Aug,2012.