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 or their nominees.
The alumni members for the first two years will be Karthik Krishna(firstname.lastname@example.org)
and Mukul Chawla (email@example.com),
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
2013 Award Winner : Dr. Amit Kumar Gupta
Dr. Amit Kumar Gupta received his B. Tech. degree in Mechanical Engineering
from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi in 1999 and Ph.D. degree from
the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological
University (NTU), Singapore in 2006. For
his doctoral study, he received the prestigious Singapore Millennium Foundation
Scholarship Award (2002). He is currently an Associate Professor in Mechanical
Engineering Department at BITS Pilani, Hyderabad campus. He had been working at Hyderabad campus since
its inception in 2008. Prior to that, he
worked as an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering Department at GRIET,
Hyderabad for one year and as a Research Engineer in Planning and Operations
Management Group at Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech),
Singapore for two years. His research
interests are material testing at elevated temperatures, sheet metal forming, operations
research, production scheduling, simulation modeling of manufacturing systems,
and multi-objective dynamic scheduling.
Dr. Gupta has received Research Award from
University Grant Commission (UGC), Govt. of India in October 2013 for his
research excellence. He was awarded with
a Certificate of Appreciation for Prof. S Venkateswaran Faculty Excellence
Award (2012) by BITSAA International in August 2012. He received ‘Fast Track Young Scientist
Research’ grant from Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India
in May 2012. He was awarded ‘Young
Scientist Research Award’ from Board of Research in Nuclear Science (BRNS),
Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Govt. of India in September 2009. Dr. Gupta has been the Proceedings Chair for
the 3rd International Conference on Modeling and Analysis of
Semiconductor Manufacturing (MASM 2005), Singapore. He received ‘Dr. Eldin’s Best Paper Award’ and
prize at 33rd International Conference on Computers and Industrial
Engineering, Jezu, Korea in March 2004. He was also awarded ‘Singapore
Millennium Foundation (SMF) Scholarship Award’ for his doctoral study.
In last few years, Dr. Gupta has been actively
involved in research on material testing at elevated temperatures particularly
for nuclear and aerospace applications.
He has received two research grants from government agencies for his
work on "Dynamic Strain Ageing Behavior in Austenitic Stainless Steel (304
& 316 Grades)” from Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS), Dept. of
Atomic Energy (DAE) in September 2009
and on "Understanding Material Properties and Possible Forming Behavior of
Titanium Grade – 5 Material at Elevated Temperatures” from Dept. of Science and
Technology (DST) under Fast Track Young Scientist Scheme in May 2012. Based on these research
initiatives, he has helped to develop the facility for high temperature tensile
testing with computer controlled data acquisition system at BITS Pilani,
Hyderabad Campus. He has published over
20 international journal papers and over 35 international conference papers. His future work includes constitutive modeling
and sheet metal forming studies at elevated temperatures for aerospace and
nuclear materials like titanium alloys, austenitic stainless steels and
zirconium alloys. In addition, he is involved in research initiatives on severe
plastic deformation in high strength materials for defense applications.
At BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, Dr. Gupta has been
the Unit Chief/ In-Charge of Central Workshop since its foundation in 2008. He
has been actively contributing in building facilities at workshop from its
beginning phases. He has been the
convener of Departmental Research Committee of Mechanical Engineering
Department at Hyderabad campus. As a member of Student Teacher Interaction
Council since 2009, he has been a constant source of encouragement and guidance
to the students at Hyderabad campus. Hehad been an active resource person in
conducting Intensive Teaching Workshop (ITW) for inducting the newly joined
faculty members at the campus during 2011-12. He is known for his commitment to
teaching and concerted efforts in nurturing ethical values and character among the
students at a personal level. He has greatly
inspired a lot of his students with his teaching, research and personal interactions.
Dr. Gupta owes all the credit of his successes to his beloved guide and
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.