Former Director, IIT Kanpur
Professor Sanjay Govind Dhande, former Director of IIT Kanpur, is an innovative technologist, an acclaimed academician, an eminent researcher, a visionary institution builder and an able administrator, whose contributions are acknowledged not only in India but also in many other countries. Dr.Dhande is recognized as a founder of the technology of Computer Aided Design in India with contributions in both academia and industry. He led the initiatives of introducing several other computer based technologies like Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, Rapid Tooling and Reverse Engineering.
He was a member of Scientific Advisory Council to Prime Minister, Telecom Regulator Authority of India, National Manufacturing Competitive Council and National Innovation Council. He has served twice on the board of Nyvellie Lignite Corporation. Presently, he is a member of the International Academic Advisory Panel (IAAP) of Government of Singapore. He is also a member of University Grants Commission and is on the board of ONGC Videsh as an independent Director. He is a member of National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) of Prime Minister of India. Prof. Dhande is currently serving as Founder Director of Mahindra Ecole Centrale in Hyderabad.
Prof. Dhande is a recipient of a number of Awards and Fellowships. He is a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering, Maharashtra Academy of Sciences, Institution of Engineers and Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering. He has also been awarded the degree of Doctor of Science by the Uttarakhand Technical University, Dehradun in recognition for his contributions in the fields of technical education and engineering research & technology. He also received the degree of Doctor of Letters from Mahavir Vardhaman Open University of Rajasthan. He has also received Honorary Doctorate of Science from NIT Bhopal and NIT Kurukshetra.
For his outstanding contributions to science & technology as well as the academic world of India, Prof.Dhande was conferred the prestigious Padmashree award by President of India in 2013.