Shri B.K. Birla & Shrimati Sarala Birla Chair Professor,
Dr. Ranendra Narayan Saha is Shri B K Birla & Shrimati Sarala Birla Chair Professor (Senior Professor of Pharmacy) and Director of BITS Pilani Dubai Campus. In 2011 he has been awarded Shri B. K. Birla and Shrimati Sarala Birla Chair Professorship at BITS Pilani for contributions in teaching and research. He has vast experience in the field of Pharmacy especially in Pharmaceutics, novel drug delivery systems and Pharmacokinetics. He received “Pharmacy Professional of the Year 2013” Award given by Indian Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and Technologists. He is also recipient of “The Best Pharmacy Teacher Award” for the year 2005, awarded by Association of Pharmaceuticals Teachers if India (APTI), in recognition of his contribution in teaching and research in the field of Pharmacy.
He has more than 33 years of teaching, research and administrative experience. He is also a Senate and Research Board Member of BITS, Pilani. Has hold several administrative position before being appointed Director of BITS Pilani Dubai Campus. He was Head, Dept of Phramcy, In-charge of Doctoral Programme, Dean of Faculty, Dean of Educational Development Division, Deputy Director (Administration) of BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus, Deputy Director (Research and Educational Development) of BITS Pilani (university) and driving research agendas for all 4 campuses of BITS Pilani.
He has successfully completed several projects funded by industries and government funding agencies. He has transferred 5 product technologies to Pharma industries. One controlled release product designed by Dr. Saha has been granted Indian Patent and commercialized and launched to Indian market from 2005 by Ipca Laboratories limited, Mumbai by the name Zerodol CR and Movon CR. Presently he is working on projects sponsored by Industries and Government agencies.
He has already guided 16 doctoral students and is currently supervising 8 doctoral candidates. He has guided about 100 M.Pharm Dissertation Projects and many project students in various laboratory oriented, study oriented, and special projects in the undergraduate and post graduate level.
He is on advisory board and selection committee member of a number of Universities in India and abroad. He has published more than 90 papers in international, national journals and presented more than 100 papers in Conferences/ Seminars/ Symposiums. He has also delivered several invited lectures at Seminars and Conferences, Universities in India and abroad.
He has visited abroad on several occasions on invitation from universities and associations to deliver lectures. He has organized several national and international conferences. He organized one International Symposium on Advances in Drug Delivery Systems at Damascus, Syria on invitation from ASST (Arab Societies of Science and Technology, Syria).
He is also member of many scientific associations and societies like Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India (APTI); Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA); Indian Society of Technical Education (ISTE); Controlled Release Society Inc., USA; American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), USA; American Chemical Society, USA; Controlled Release Society, Indian Chapter.