Vice Chancellor - (Page Update in Progress)

 

Professor Ganapati D. YADAV

B. Chem. Eng. Ph.D. (Tech.), D.Sc. (Hon. Causa, DYPU), D. Eng. (Hon. Causa, NIT-Agartala), FTWAS, FNA, FASc, FNASc, FNAE, FRSC (UK), FIE (India), FISTE , FIChemE (UK), FIIChE, FICS

Vice Chancellor and R.T. Mody Distinguished Professor Tata Chemicals Darbari Seth Distinguished Professor of Innovation and Leadership J.C. Bose National Fellow (Govt. of India) Padmashri Conjoint Professor, University of New Castle, Australia Adjunct Professor, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada Adjunct Professor, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia Founding Chair, ACS India International Chapter President, Maharashtra Academy of Sciences Former President, Catalysis Society of India Former President, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers Council Member, Indian National Science Academy (2019-)


Professor G. D. Yadav is the Founding Vice Chancellor and R.T. Mody Distinguished Professor, and Tata Chemicals Darbari Seth Distinguished Professor of Innovation and Leadership of the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai, which is a Category I Deemed-to-be-University having Elite Status and Centre of Excellence given by State Assembly on par with IITs/IISc/IISERs. He is J.C. Bose National Fellow and Adjunct Professor at University of Saskatchewan, Canada, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia and Conjoint Professor, University of New Castle, Australia. He is one of the most prolific and productive academicians in India having been decorated with many rare honours, awards, accolades, fellowships as well as with live connectivity with industry and industry associations, professional societies, science academies, policy making bodies of the government. Despite being at the helm of affairs, he is still involved in publishing, patenting and transferring technologies

Civilian Honour and Honorary Doctorates

He was conferred Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour, by the President of India in 2016 for his outstanding contributions to Science and Engineering. He is conferred honorary doctorates by two universities: D.Sc. (Hon. Causa) by DYPU, Kolhapur) and D. Eng. (Hon. Causa) NIT-Agartala.

Research Interests

He is one of the most prolific academician-cum administrators who is internationally recognized by many prestigious and rare awards, fellowships and honours for his seminal contributions to education, research and innovation in green chemistry and engineering, catalysis, chemical engineering, biotechnology, nanotechnology, energy engineering and development of clean and green technologies. He has been a champion of chemical sciences and industries and has been closely associated with many of them as adviser, and works closely with industries associations including FICCI and CII.

Leadership

He has provided inspiring leadership to the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE), Catalysis Society of India, and Maharashtra Academy of Sciences. As President of IIChE in 2001, he changed the face of IIChE and made it a vibrant body with institution of 51 national awards through donations. He has been Chairman of CHEMCONs for a record number of 13 times bringing crores of donations to organization them over the years. He has metamorphosed ICT with phenomenal collection of funds to the tune of Rs 830 Cr during past 10 years. Besides, he has been responsible for starting of two new campuses of ICT in Bhubaneswar with complete support of IOCL to the tune of Rs 500 Cr and Marathwada with the State of Maharashtra with Rs 397 Cr grant. Both these campuses have started innovative programmes with trimester system with alternate term in industry with 5 years Integrated M. Tech. (Chemical Engineering) as major and 7 minor degrees. During his tenure as the VC, the ICT has made phenomenal progress having been declared as Category I institute on par with IITs/IISc through GR of MHRD/UGC, having started 23 new academic programmes and several centres of excellence. ICT IOC Bhubaneswar has active collaboration for Exec M Tech programme with joint degree with IIT Kharagpur. Dual Ph.D. degree programme have been startred with Michigan State University, USA, University of New Castle, Australia. He pioneered education and research in Green Chemistry in India and also started a multi-disciplinary M. Tech. in Green Technology. A record of 171 active MOUs are in place with national and international industries, IITs, 7 CSIR labs and international universities in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, Germany, France, Spain, Japan, Finland, Ethiopia and Sri Lanka. ICT has won many awards due to his visionary leadership including, FICCI University of the Year 2018, QS BRICS ranking 115 (2019). In NIRF is 12th in Engineering, 4th in Pharmacy, 15th among Universities, and 27th among all. In October 2019, Times Higher Education ranked ICT for the first time and placed at 501-600, ahead of many centrally funded institutes. Highest number of Prime Ministers Fellowships are awarded to ICT for its industrial connectivity and projects. A lot of public awareness programmes in Science and Chemical Sciences in particular are supported by ICT. In TEQIP ICT is number 1 institute in India. In the Prime Minister’s 100 day programme four ICT technologies have been short listed as game changers with full support of PSUs: 2 G ethanol, waste to value MSW and MLW (DST, DBT and MPNG), DDT-alternative (MCF and Health Ministry). His work on hydrogen production through water splitting is on commercial trials.

ICT’s Growth during last 10 years

He metamorphosed the ICT during his tenure in development and renovation of all , campus development generated phenomenal resources. All faculty members, including INSPIRE fellows could get Ph D students due to his efforts which result in more publications and also got extension in service up to 65 years. The following statistics reveals exceptional institution progress made under his leadership during his tenure as Vice Chancellor. A total of 53 distinguished researchers and academicians from leading universities and industries across the world have been appointed as Adjunct Professors.

No. Performance Yardstick 2008-09 2018-19 % Growth Total
1. R & D Project Funding Rs 14.9 Cr Rs. 54.8 Cr 267.7 Rs 361.3 Cr
2. Endowment corpus Rs 3.3 Cr Rs. 13.3 Cr 303 Rs 85.9 Cr
3. Industrial Consultancy Rs. 0.9 Cr Rs. 7.7 Cr 755 Rs 32.4 Cr
4. No. of Campuses 1 3 - 3
5. Campus area 16 acres 239 acres - 223 Acres
6. Additional investment for new campus - Rs. 997 Cr - Rs. 997 Cr
7. Actual receipt of investment (2018-19) - 115 Cr - Rs 123 Cr
8. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Award (5 IN TOTAL) - US$ 500,000 - US$ 500,000
9. Publications 223 565 153.3 3924
10. Ph.D. registered 298 (several without adequate fellowship) 634 (max 735 in 2017-18) all with fellowships 112 634
11. Prime Minster’s Fellowships 0 14 max in ICT 14
12. Ph. D. graduated 60 141 133.33 937
13. Masters graduated 118 254 254 1882
14. Bachelors graduated 228 223 - 2319
15. New academic programmes started 0 23 - 23
16. Patents Applied 14 17 Ave. 32 /year 317
17. Patents granted 8 29 265.5 115
18. MOUs 17 190 1017 190
19. UGC Faculty Recharge 0 16 - 16
20. DST INSPIRE/Ramanujan/ Ramalingaswamy Fellows 0 7 - 7
21. NAAC - A++ (3.77/4.00) - Highest
22. NBA 7 All programmes - All
23. Weighted citation impact (SCOPUS, Sci-Val) - 1.08 (same as IISc) - Third best in India
24. NIRF Rank (2019)
(a)Engineering
(b)Pharmacy
(c)Universities
All institutes
-
12
4
15
27
- Every year the rank is improved. Per capita, ICT is the best.
25. TIMES Ranking 2019 - 501-600 First time entry Ahead of many CIF

Research Productivity

He is one of the topmost engineering scientists and academicians in India, who despite being an administrator, is still actively involved in guiding Ph.D., patenting, publishing, consulting and transferring technologies to industry. He has published in cross disciplinary areas ranging from Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Biotechnology, Energy Engineering and Phase transfer catalysis. In one of his pioneering paper in Tetrahedron Letters he disproved a theory proposed by famous Belgian Chemist Lazlo on inversion in rates of clay catalysed Fridel-Crafts reactions. He was the first author from India to public on PTC way back in 1975, has also been responsible for the Yadav-Sharma mechanism of solid-liquid PTC and is the foremost scientists in that area from India till date. His work on PTC was commercialized before submission of his Ph. D. work. His research productivity is phenomenal: supervision of 97 doctoral (Chemical Engineering and all branches of Chemical Technology, Chemistry, Biochemical Engineering & Biotechnology) and 115 masters theses, 37 post-doctoral fellows, 439 original research papers, 99 national and PCT patents; 3 books; h-index of 56, i10 index of 246; 11,350+ citations in journals, patents, books and monographs.

(https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=tC8UjR0AAAAJ&hl=en).

He has one of the largest research groups in India with 21 Ph.D., 5 PDF, and 14 Masters Students working on fundamental as well as industry funded projects. In 2019 so far he has published 19 papers in high impact factor journals. All his projects have been industry funded for the past 15 years suggesting their relevance but have academic punches imbedded in them. He has given over 700 lectures/seminars/orations/award lectures across the globe during his illustrious career.

Awards and Accolades

He has won over 125 national and international honours, awards, orations, fellowships, editorships, etc. Several Life Time Achievement Awards have been bestowed on him by prestigious organizations- Indian Chemical Council (D.M. Trivedi Life Time Achievement Award), Indian Council of Chemists (Gold medal and Life Time Achievement Award), and Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (Dr B.P.. Godrej Life Time Achievement Award), and Vellore Institute of Technology among others.

He is an elected Fellow of all National Science and Engineering Academies in India which is rare: Indian National Science Academy (INSA), Indian Academy of Sciences (IASc), National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI), Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) and The World Academy of Sciences, Trieste (TWAS). He was elected as Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry, UK and Institution of Chemical Engineers, UK by the Presidents of these two bodies to initiate collaboration with UK and India. He is life fellow Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, Indian Chemical Society, and Indian Society for Technical Education (Honorary), among others.

In 2019 he was awarded by Murarka Trust the very first award as the most productive and innovative professor in ICT and his research group was adjudged as the best.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) published a Festschrift (special issue) of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research (2014) in his honour with 65 original research papers from scientists from all over the world. He is the Founder President ACS India International Chapter.

Editorial Boards

He is on editorial boards of prestigious journals like: ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, Green Chemistry, Applied Catalysis A: Gen, Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chem., Catalysis Communications, International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering, Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, Current Catalysis, etc. He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Catalysis in Green Chemistry & Engineering (2017, Begell House, USA).

International Awards

Other noteworthy recognitions include: Member Asia Pacific Congress on Catalysis (APCAT-8) in China, Chairman, APCAT-7, Jan. 17-21, 2017 Mumbai; Fellow Royal Society of Chemistry, UK and Institute Chemical Engineers UK; Canadian Catalysis Foundation’s Cross-Canada Lectureship; John van Geuns Lectureship, Amsterdam University; Park Reilly Distinguished Speakership, Waterloo University; Visiting Professorship, Lunghwa University of Science and Technology, Taiwan; He is elected Chairman of Asia Pacific Conference on Catalysis, and is on governing council of APCAT, the confederation of catalysis societies from Asia Pacific region. He is a member, International Advisory Board, The State Key Laboratory for Catalysis, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, The Chinese Academy of Sciences. He served as Director, Asia-Pacific Confederation of Chemicals Engineering Institutes. He was chosen by the British Council as Academic Leader along with UGC Chairman for Going Global Summit in Berlin in May 2019 on higher education.

National Awards

He is recipient of honours such as IIT-Roorkee’s Khosla National Award; IIChE H.L. Roy Memorial Lecture; RPG Life Sciences’ Padma Vibhushan MM Sharma Medal; Institution of Engineer’s Eminent Engineer Award; Ashland Padma Vibhushan CNR Rao Medal; Dr. Anji Reddy Innovator of the Year Award; Dhirubhai Ambani Oration Award- IIChE-Reliance Industries; UPL Sandra Shroff Award, Anna University’s National Award for the Most Outstanding Academician (ISTE); VASVIK Foundation Award for Excellence in Research, Best Teacher Award, Maharashtra Govt.

His contributions to development of the Chemical Engineering profession in India are incomparable. As President of the IIChE (2001), he established 51 national awards through endowments. He has been a member or chaired several national and international committees of MHRD, DST, DBT, UGC, AICTE, CSIR, the PSA’s on Green Chemistry, the Planning Commission’s Pan India S&T Committee, and the Government of Maharashtra’s Rajiv Gandhi S&T Commission Peers Group. He is Chairman, Research Council, CSIR-CSMCRI, member of RC of IICT Hyderabad and NIIST Trivandrum. He has served as a Chairman/member of Selection Committees of directors of many CSIR labs. He is Chairman, Advisory of DST-National Centre for Catalysis Research, IIT-Madras and international PAC in Chemical Sciences of DST. He is a member of Maharashtra Innovation Council. He is member of DAE-BRNS Council and UGC Expert Group on MOOC, and Chairman of AICTE Committee on Professional Societies Associate Membership. He is Governing Council member of DAE-BRNS/

He is Chairman, Waste Management Expert Committee, DST. He has been actively involved as Chairman or member of many policy making committees of UGC, AICTE, NAAC, DST, DBT, CSIR, CII, FICCI, ICC, IIChE, ACS, among others, and is one of the most active scientists and administrators in India. He was a member of review of functioning of Central Insecticide Board and Registration Committee of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Review Committee of IISER Pune, Member of Selection Committee of Directors of IIIT, MHRD, etc. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of Ministry of Chemicals for promotion of Indian Chemical Industry.

Live Connection with Industry

All his projects are industry sponsored. He serves as Independent Director on three renowned public limited companies: Aarti Industris Ltd, Godrej Industries Ltd, Meghmani Organics Ltd, and Bhageria Industries Ltd, and two limited companies, Clean Science and Technology Pvt Ltd and Roha Dyechem Pvt Ltd. He is on the Apex Research Advisory committees of IOCL and ONGC Energy Trust.

Media Coverage

  1. A documentary on his life’s story is available in English and Marathi on YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIlxaDFBefE&feature=youtu.be (English)
    https://youtu.be/eKZo_cvuJ50 (Marathi)
  2. Interview in Marathi programme DeshYatra IBN Lokmat channel (March 2016)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vyZHJ7Jqfs
  3. Zee 24 Taas ANTARANG programme in Marathi (2 hours interview in two parts)
    Part I: August 18 and 19, 2018: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fQIvTvFq4oU
    Part II: August 25 and 26, 2018: https://youtu.be/9CrTJ1gysw0
  4. His views on Chemical Engineering profession are given in a TEDxICTMumbai:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viGTk_2Q-L4
  5. The University song written by him:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnHJ_1uTKHU
  6. My vision is to make ICT one of the top 100 institutes in the world in 10 years”
    http://news.careers360.com/my-vision-make-ict-one-top-100-institutes-world-10-years
  7. Role of packaging in raising the safety net for potable water consumption
    https://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/industry/role-of-packaging-in-raising-the-safety-net-for-potable-water-consumption/71073843 (Economic Times, Health Section in all editions, 11th September 2019)