Prof. Prabhat Ranjan
Prof. Prabhat Ranjan graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and completed his masters from the Delhi University. He obtained his doctoral degree from one of the most prestigious universities of the world-University of California, Berkeley in nuclear fusion at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in 1986. Earlier in his career as an outstanding student he received the National Talent Search Award in the year 1976. After completing his doctorate he joined the Nuclear Fusion Programme of India at Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata and subsequently served in the Institute of Plasma Research, Gandhinagar, Gujarat . His notable contributions in the field of Nuclear Fusion includes making Tokamaks (experimental nuclear fusion reactors) to the international standard of operations. He was the Project Leader of the Aditya Tokamak and SST-1 Tokamak Operation and Control Group till 2002. To expand his area of research and to serve the nation and society he joined as Professor in Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, (DA-IICT), Gandhinagar. During his tenure as Professor he made outstanding contribution in the field of R&D i.e. real life problems including societal issues etc. His notable work includes development of an environmental control system based on Body Part Movement, Voice and Brain Wave Simulations and their practical applications etc. With his work he helped to improve the quality of life of the persons of disability. His passion towards societal application of Embedded System and Sensor Networking Technology took him to diverse fields including Wild Life Research, Chandrayan Mission and Health Care. His notable and outstanding works in R&D won Prof. Prabhat Ranjan many accolades including HP Innovate award 2009, NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Award 2012 and the prestigious Bihar Gaurav Samman in 2012. Presently, Prof. Prabhat Ranjan has taken over as Executive Director, Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Science and Technology.