Chair Professor, CSE, IIT Bombay
Prof. Phatak obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from SGSITS Indore in 1969, and his M Tech and PhD from IIT Bombay. He has been serving with IIT Bombay since 1971. He headed the Computer Science Engineering (CSE) department of the Institute from 1991 to 1994. He was the first Dean of Resources of the Institute from 1995 to 1998. Prof. Phatak was the founding head of the Kanwavl Rekhi School of IT from 1998 to 2002. He briefly served as head of S J Mehta School of Management, from 2004 to 2005. He is currently Subrao M. Nilekani Chair Professor, in the CSE department. His research interests are Data Bases and Information Systems, Software Engineering, System Performance Evaluation, IT enabled Education, and IT strategy planning. His primary research inclinations are in Technology application and deployment. He was conferred the Padma Shri award by the Government of India, for his services in Science and Technology.