The jury comprises industry, government and academic who can participate proficiently and effectively in the evaluation process. Participation of each jury member is voluntary and are drawn from a wide range of organizations, from both the public, private and government sectors.
Dr. Anil Kakodkar joined the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in 1964. He became the Director of BARC in the year 1996 and was the Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Atomic Energy, during the years 2000 -2009. He was DAE Homi Bhabha Chair Professor during Jan. 2010-Jan. 2015 and INAE Satish Dhawan Chair of Engineering Eminence during Jan. 2015 to Jan. 2017.
Dr. Kakodkar obtained his BE (Mech. Engineering) degree from the Bombay University in 1963 and M.Sc. in the Experimental Stress Analysis from the Nottingham University in 1969.
Dr. Kakodkar has worked for the development of the atomic energy programme in India throughout his professional life. He has been a key contributor to India’s strategic programme. He was amongst the chosen few involved in the first successful Peaceful Nuclear Explosion Experiment that India conducted on May 18, 1974 at Pokhran. And later, he played a key role in the series of successful Nuclear Tests conducted during May 1998, again at Pokhran. India also demonstrated nuclear submarine powerpack technology under Kakodkar’s leadership.
He championed observer status for India at CERN (European Centre for Nuclear Research), partnership in the ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) project and exemption for nuclear trade from Nuclear Supplier’s Group (NSG) besides several international cooperation agreements in the area of nuclear power, acquisition of Uranium and nuclear research.
He was Chairman, Solar Energy Corporation in its formative stage. He was also Chairman of Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics ( IUCAA ) during 2006 -- 2012 , Chairman, Governing Board, Inter University Accelerator Centre, New Delhi, and Chairman, Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay during 2006-2015.
Dr. Kakodkar presently devotes his time primarily on issues related to energy, education and societal development. He has been propagating the concept of CILLAGE, a knowledge based ecosystem for bridging city and village gaps for technology enabledsustainable development in rural areas.
Dr. D. N. Singh has been a faculty member of Civil Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, since 1994. He served Central Road Research Institute, New Delhi, and Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, for short durations. He obtained his bachelor’s, masters and Doctoral degrees from IIT Kanpur in 1986, 1989 and 1993, respectively.
His teaching, and research and developmental activities are in quite diversified areas of geotechnical engineering (viz., soil mechanics, foundation engineering, environmental geotechnology, mechanics of unsaturated soils, soil characterization based on thermal and electrical properties, contaminant transport in porous media, mineralogical characterization, utilization and recycling of industrial waste, geotechnical centrifuge modeling, etc.). He has been successful in filing 31 patents out of which 8 (including 1 US) patents have been granted.
Dr. Singh has been very actively associated with some of the most prestigious business houses, as an in-house instructor and retainer consultant. He has taken up sponsored projects from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Department of Science and Technology (DST-TIFAC), All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) and Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB). With financial aids received from these and several other organizations, he has established a state-of-the-art Environmental Geotechnology Laboratory in the department.
He is the recipient of Excellent Contributions Award 2008, which is given by the IACMAG to individuals who have a record of significant contributions in research, academic activities and professional service in different regions of the globe. He is the recipient of John R. Booker Excellence Award-2011, which is given by the IACMAG for the advancement of research, education and practice of Environmental Geotechnology and development of novel techniques to simulate contaminant transport in geomaterials, under laboratory and in-situ conditions. He is the recipient of (i) Richard Feynman Prize 2014, for the best paper published by the ICE journal and (ii) Canadian Geotechnical Journal Fredlund Award 2019, for the paper with the highest number of citations among all those published by the journal in previous five years.
Prof. V. Ramgopal Rao is currently the Director, IIT Delhi. Before joining IIT Delhi as the Director in April 2016, Dr. Rao served as a P. K. Kelkar Chair Professor for Nanotechnology in the Department of Electrical Engineering and as the Chief Investigator for the Centre of Excellence in Nanoelectronics project at IIT Bombay. Dr. Rao has over 450 research publications in the area of nano-scale devices & Nanoelectronics and is an inventor on 43 patents and patent applications, which include 15 issued US patents. Eleven of his patents have been licensed to industries for commercialization. Prof. Rao is a co-founder of two deep technology startups at IIT Bombay (Nanosniff & Soilsens) which are developing products of relevance to the society. Dr. Rao is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, the Indian Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Indian National Science Academy.
Prof. Rao's work is recognized with many awards and honors in the country and abroad. He is a recipient of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Engineering Sciences in 2005 and the Infosys Prize in 2013. Dr. Rao also received the Swarnajayanti Fellowship award from the Department of Science & Technology, IBM Faculty award, Best Research award from the Intel Asia Academic Forum, TechnoMentor award from the Indian Semiconductor Association, DAE-SRC Outstanding Research Investigator award, NASI-Reliance Platinum Jubilee award, J.C.Bose National Fellowship, Prof. C.N.R.Rao National Nanoscience award, VASVIK Award and the Excellence in Research Award from IIT Bombay. Prof. Rao was an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices during 2003-2012 for the CMOS Devices and Technology area and currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Nano Letters, a leading international journal in the area of Nanotechnology. He is a Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Electron Devices Society and interacts closely with many semiconductor industries both in India and abroad.
Dr. Rao served as the Chairman, IEEE AP/ED Bombay Chapter and as a Vice-Chairman, IEEE Asia Pacific Regions/Chapters sub-committee for two terms. He was the first elected Chairman for the India section, American Nano Society during 2013-2015.
Dr. B. Sengupta an Environmental Scientist worked in Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India for more than 30 years in different capacity. He was Member Secretary of CPCB for more than 10 years (1998-2008). He also worked in University of Florida, Gainesville, USA on air quality management and control. He has vast experience in the field of Air and Water Quality Management, Industrial Pollution Control, Standard Development (Ambient and Source specific), Environmental Impact Assessment Studies, Fuel Quality improvements, Clean Technology, Waste Minimization, Pollution Prevention issues, Pollution Control in SSI units, Climate Change, Hazardous and Solid Waste Management. He represented India in many International Meetings / Seminars / Workshops organized by UNEP/USEPA/ WHO/ World Bank/ UNIDO etc. Dr. Sengupta has published more than 250 technical reports while working in CPCB and also presented/publish more than 50 papers in National and International peer reviewed Journals. He also guided M. Tech and Ph.D. students of IIT-Delhi, JNU, Delhi University etc.
His specific interest and expertise are in following areas; Development of Air Quality Standard based on health effects; Air Quality Monitoring Network both for criteria and toxic air pollutants; Development of industry specific emission standard for various air pollutants; Hazardous waste management and remediation of contaminated sites; Co-incineration of hazardous waste in cement kilns; Clean coal technologies and fly ash management; Urban air quality management and source apportionment studies; Fuel quality improvement for air pollution control; Air and water pollution control for highly polluting industries; Environmental Impact Assessment for developmental projects; Implementation of CSR / CER / CREP; Zero Discharge from water polluting industries; Management of common treatment facility (TSDF, CETP, CBMWMF etc.); and Vehicular emission control for air quality improvement. Dr. Sengupta took VRS from Govt service on Dec 1, 2008 at the age of 57 years after serving Govt for 34 years in various capacities. Presently his assignments are as follows:-
A Post Graduate (PGDM) from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a Ph.D. From University of Rajasthan, Dr. Neeraj Sharma is an engineer from MLS University, Rajasthan. He has served the Department of Science and Technology for more than two and a half decades in his capacity as a Scientific Officer. He has been instrumental in promotion of Innovation, Incubation and Techno-entrepreneurship promotion in the country besides supporting R&D and Technology Development and Commercialization.
Dr. Neeraj Sharma has also steered Department's flagship programme, Swarnajayanti Fellowships, to nurture young scientists for conducting world class research in the country.
Presently, Dr. Sharma has been given the responsibility of Secretary, Technology Development Board which is an autonomous Board under the Ministry of Science and Technology. The Board has a mandate to support commercialization of indigenous technologies in the country.
He is heading the Technology Development and Transfer Division, National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), Drugs and Pharmaceutical Research Programme, National Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) Compliance and Monitoring Authority of the Department. In past, Dr. Sharma has also headed the Planning, Budget and Coordination, State S&T Programme, Policy Research Divisions of DST.
Dr. Sharma has been instrumental in preparation of the 11th and 12th Plan documents of the Department of Science and Technology. He has also prepared the Strategy and Results Framework Documents for the Department.
Dr. Sharma has been interacting with a large section of the stakeholders, be it students, scientists and institutions, to design new policies, programmes and strategies for taking the country march ahead in science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Dr. Sharma is a member of the Technology Mission for Indian Railways which has been formed to identify technology problems and find indigenous solutions for the Indian Railways.
Dr. Shailja Vaidya Gupta has done her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. She joined the office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India as Senior Adviser, on September 17, 2019.
Prior to this, she was with the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology; where she was handling International Collaborations and was responsible for establishing active bilateral collaborations with Canada, Denmark,Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, UK and US and with the EU.
Dr. Gupta was also responsible for DBT’s collaborations with Non-Governmental Organisations such as Wellcome Trust, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO), PrakashLab, Stanford University, Nobel Media and Cancer Research UK.
Dr. Gupta has been instrumental in developing the Clean Barapullah Drain project in partnership with The Netherlands, Denmark and Afforest; Bringing Foldscope: the low-cost microscope developed by PrakashLabs, Stanford University to India and Indian schools & colleges. She also organised and established the Nobel Prize Series 2017 and 2018 in partnership with Nobel Media.
One of the first workshops on “Edutech and EduGaming: The future of Education” to promote e-learning was organized jointly with Finland in 2017. She has also helped establish the concept of “FarmerZone”, a single window cloud service that will offer curated data solutions leading to improved farm productivity and market connectivity for smallholder farmers.
At the office of the Principal Scientific Adviser, Dr Shailja Gupta is responsible for the PM-STIAC Missions on Waste to Wealth, Deep Ocean Mission, COVID-19 Response and Science outreach.
Dr. Rakesh Kumar is Director of National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), part of CSIR (Council and Scientific and Industrial Research).He completed his M.Tech in Environmental Science & Engineering from IIT Bombay in 1987 and later got Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering. He is also qualified ISO 14001 EMS auditor through RAB UK and EARA, USA. He was visiting adjunct Professor at CESE, IIT Bombay besides visiting faculty to Drexel University under Obama-Singh Education Initiative.
His main area of expertise is in development of appropriate technology for environmental quality improvement encompassing the field of air pollution, particularly vehicle pollution, hazardous waste management, waste water treatment and disposal besides Climate Change and Health related subjects. Urban environment management is an another area where numerous works related to carrying capacity, urban heat island effect, waste management and water sector analysis have been carried out.
Some of the notable awards conferred on him are “Environmental Leadership Award” by US Asia Environmental Partnership and US-AID for the year 2005 for outstanding contribution in improving quality of life for the population of Asia.
In NEERI, he has been awarded with best patent for the year 2005-2006.He has been also awarded distinguished personality by MIDC in August 2007 for his immense help in providing environment friendly direction to MIDC policies. He has been also awarded for Best Patent for Technology Patent by NEERI in 2008-09.
He has been given an award for largest number of technology transfer for low cost waste water treatment -PHYTORID in the year 2012.He has been given VASVIK award for 2012 for his exemplary work for urban environment improvement and sustainable technology "Phytorid" for sewage treatment for better environment.
He has been awarded "Hiyoshi Think of Ecology Award" in September 2015 for his work on use of ecology in solving environmental engineering problems. He was also given awarded by Trans Asia Chamber of Commerce for Industries (TACCI) for Environment Protection,2017; Mumbai Green Hero, 2019 and IDAC Award for Best Environmental Institution for exemplary environment protection work, 2020.
He has twelve patents on pollution control devices, of these two international patents, besides more than 105 papers in national and international Journals and many in national and international conferences. He has authored three Self Learning Books on various topics of Environmental Science and Engineering, one of them for Commonwealth of Learning, Canada.
He is member of various national committees in MOEFCC, CPCB, BIS, MDWS, MPCB and others. He is also members of many international team as member of IAEA, Vienna on the use of radioisotope in surface water pollution studies, Auto Fuel Policy, GOI, Quality Committee of Indian Register of Quality System, IRS, various courts related PIL matter etc.He has worked on various assignments with many international agencies.
An alumnus of NID, Prof. Sekhar Mukherjee- was a senior faculty of communication design with NID Ahmedabad from 2002 to 2018. After graduating in commerce, he decided to follow his passion as his profession, and started his career as a newspaper cartoonist, illustrator & info-graphics artist at Economic Times, Kolkata, before he joined NID to study Animation Film Design in 1992. In 2000, he trained the first 2D animation studio in Dhaka, Bangladesh, one of his cherished projects. In 2002, he joined his alma mater as a design educator. For the next 12 years, he headed the Animation Department. Under his mentorship, his students won many national & international recognitions. He is also the NID Film Club Chairman and the Artistic Founder Director of iconic Chitrakatha-A biennial International Student Animation Festival since 2007. Along with his student mentorship he also regularly contributes & practices cartoons, comics, illustrations, mural, graphic experiments etc. He is often invited as delegate, jury member and expert to other design schools & various animation & comics festivals across the globe. In 2009 he received the Best Animation Teacher Award from CNBC-TV18 for “outstanding contribution to the cause of animation education in India”. He celebrates design as a problem solving and opportunity creation tool in his 25 plus years of professional journey. In 2018 end he took charge as Director of NID Andhra Pradesh, a baby design school of same breed.
Prof Abhay Karandikar is currently the Director, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, one of the premier technical institutes of India. Prof Karandikar is alsoMember (Part-Time)of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Before joining IIT Kanpur as the Director in April 2018, he served as Institute Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. He also served as Dean (Faculty Affairs) and Head of the Electrical Engineering Department at IIT Bombay. He spearheaded a national effort in setting up Telecom Standards Development Society of India (TSDSI), India's standards body for telecom with participation of all stakeholders. Prof Karandikar was the founding member and former Chairman of TSDSI. He serves on the board of several companies and has founded and mentored start-ups in telecom and networking. He was member of High Level Forum on 5G setup by the Government of India and Chaired the 5G Spectrum Policy Task Force. Prof Karandikar has several patents issued and pending, contributions to IEEE, 3GPP standards, contributed chapters in books and large number of papers in international journals and conferences to his credit.Prof Karandikar was awarded with IEEE SA's Standards Medallion in December 2016 in New Jersey. His team also won Mozilla Open Innovation challenge prize in March 2017 for his work on rural broadband and digital empowerment in rural India. He is co-author of papers which won the Best paper awards in ACM MobiHoc 2009, Workshop on Indoor and Outdoor Small Cells WiOpt2014 and finalist for the best paper award in IEEE LCN 2012 and IEEE NCC 2014 conferences.