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D.P. Kothari named IEEE Fellow

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VELLORE: D.P. Kothari, senior professor and advisor to the Chancellor of VIT University, Vellore, has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), New Jersey, U.S., this year.

He is among 321 individuals throughout the world, including three in India, to be elevated to IEEE Fellow this year.

The IEEE is the world's leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity.

Through its 385,000 members in 160 countries, the association is a leading authority on a variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.

According to an IEEE release, Mr. Kothari has been recognised by the IEEE for his contributions to electrical engineering education. “His dedication and commitment towards research and education had inspired a generation of electrical engineers, and he has been an author of several books and a research guide for many researchers. His style of administration as the Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and Vice-Chancellor of VIT University, Vellore was unique.”

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.

It is the highest grade of membership and is recognised by the technical community as a prestigious honour and an important career achievement.

Before joining the VIT, Mr. Kothari has served as head, Centre for Energy Studies, IIT Delhi (1995-97), Principal, Visvesvaraya Regional Engineering College, Nagpur (1997-98), Deputy Director (Administration, IIT Delhi (2003-06) and Director in/charge, IIT Delhi (2005). He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India), Fellow of National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of National Academy of Sciences and Life Member of the ISTE (Indian Society for Technical Education). He has published/presented 640 papers in national and international journals/conferences.

He has authored/co-authored 22 books.

The University Grants Commission presented Mr. Kothari the UGC National Swami Pranavananda Saraswati Award for 2005 on Education for his outstanding and scholarly contribution. The World Management Congress, New Delhi, gave him the Lifetime Achievement Award for ‘Educational Planning and Administration' in December 2009.

The other two Indians who were made Fellows of IEEE this year are Subhasis Chaudhuri of Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay and Biswadip (Bobby) Mitra of Texas Instruments (India) Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore.

Mr. Chaudhuri was recognised for his contributions to graduate-level education in electrical engineering, while Mr. Mitra was recognised for his leadership in the semi-conductor industry and very large-scale integrated circuit design.

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