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MS Dasgupta

PhD Guidance

  • Ravinder Singh/"Strategic Sourcing from Risk Management Perspective: A study of Indian Automobile Industry" (Co-supervisor)/ Completed on June 15, 2019.
  • Krishna Manasvi /" A Study of the Mango Supply Chain with an Emphasis on Orchard Operations" (Supervisor)/ Completed on July 5, 2023.
  • Aman Kumar Joshi/"A Study of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Adoption in Indian MSME Manufacturing Sector" (Supervisor)/ Completed on  Jan 9, 2024.
  • Hariprasad Ambadapudi/"A Study on the State of Supply Chain Finance for Indian MSMEs working in the Automobile Sector" (Supervisor)/ Thesis Writing stage.
  • Ritesh Ashok Deore/ Circularity Assessment of the Indian Automotive Sector (Supervisor)/ Data analysis stage.

Projects

Early Career Research Grant by SERB (2019-2022) “Rod-shaped polymeric nanoparticles for targeted delivery of artemisinin-derivatives to plasmodium-infected erythrocytes for improved intravenous therapy of cerebral malaria” as PI, 44.30 Lakhs.

DBT sponsored R&D project (2018-2022)” Development and evaluation of lipid-based nanoparticles of Quinapyramine and Isometamidium chloride for treatment of trypanosomiasis in camels” as PI, 44.72 Lakhs


Research Projects


Research Projects/Consultancy

Projects/Consultancy /Workshop

Consultancy: 

  • Client: Zuari Industries,Goa. Topic: Communication Skills for Managers/Executives Period: 15 Days (every quarterly @ Rs. 40000/-, 2005-2008)
  • Client: Technochem, Indore Topic: Oral and Written Communication Skills for Managers/Executives Period: 2 weeks (every quarterly @ Rs. 60000/-, 2009) 
  • Client: Frontline officers and Managers of CIPLA Biotec, Verna, Goa,30 participants. Topic: Technical Writing.  Period: 12 July-05 October 2016 (6 sessions/12 Hours)  Amount:  6.65Lakhs 

 

Workshop: 

  • Coordinator and Resource Person , Theme: Innovative Pedagogies for  Enhancing the Employability Skills of Students 4th September 2013 – 6th September 2013, Dept of HSS, BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa Campus.  
  • Resource Person , Topice: Effective Communication Sep 2023National Prodctivity Council, Ministry of Commerce, India.
  • Resource Person , Topice: Grant Writing Workshop Sep 2023, Goa State Higher Education Council, Goa State Research Foundation & the Directorate of Higher Education

 Project

  •  Completed : (Major Project Funded by- Indian Council of Social Science Research, Ministry of HRD: Title: “Exploring Spiritual Quotient and Analyzing its Impact on the Research Performance of University Teachers” Amount: 6.57 Lakhs

Sponsored Projects

  • DST-FIST Grant-135 lakhs 2022 to 2027 (Co-ordinator of the Project)
  • Mechanistic insights of CO2 methanation using core-shell catalysts, 32 Lakhs (In Progress) Co-PI
  • Harnessing the Duality of Mesoporous Core-shell Materials for CO2 Capture and Methanation-CSIR-25 lacs-(2022-2025-In Progress)-Co-PI
  • Waste Minimization and carbon capture by coa-fly ash based sorbents-A Two edged sword, CSIR, 18.85 lakhs-(2019-2022)-PI
  • Development of cost-effective adsorbents for heavy metal removal from industrial effluent, HBL Power Systems, 5 Lacs, Hyderabad-(2020-2021)-PI

Sponsored Projects

As Principal Investigator

  • BITS Research Initiation Grant (2013-14)

           Title: Equation of state for the massive neutron stars with antikaon condensates.

  • “START-UP GRANT” Under UGC-BSR   (FRPS) 

           Title: Equation of state of Dense matter for core-collapse supernova 

  •  DST- Start-Up Research Grant (Young Scientists) (2014-17) 

          Title: Gravitational waves from oscillations and instabilities in neutron stars

  • DAE-BRNS project (2018-21)

          Title:"Fundamental Physics in Strong Gravitational field of Neutron Stars" 

  • DST-CRG project (2023-) 

         Title:” Bayesian Analysis of Neutron Star Equation of State”

As Co-PI

 
  • DST-SERB CRG (2020-24)
Title: "Investigating the Equation of State of Neutron Stars via Emitted Gravitational Waves" 
PI-Dr Swastik Bhattacharya

Doctoral Supervision

 

Completed

  • Divya Dosaya - Teacher Professionalism and Student Achievement: An Empirical Study at Secondary School Level.
  • Nayan Jyoti Nath - Communication for Health: Reckoning Health Settings in India's Borderland.
  • Mounika Prashanthi - Learning Ecology and Student Well Being: Towards an Integrated Approach of School as a Learning Organization.
  • Deepanjana Chakraborty - Socio-Emotional Competencies and Educational Attainments: Probing Higher Education Readiness in the Transitional Phase

Ongoing

  • Ranjini S Nadig - Higher Education and Technological Interventions in the Contemporary Milieu.

Sponsored Projects

  • An Empirical Study on Accountability and Learning Outcomes in Public School Systems in Rajasthan [ICSSR Impress][Sanction No. IMPRESS/P3381/244/2018-19/ICSSR] (Project Cost: INR 10,00,000/-)
  • Development & Validation of a Prototype of a Web/Mobile App Based Positive Psychological Intervention for Adolescents [Sanction No.24/2016/ICMR-ICSSR-SBR] (Project Cost: INR 17,01,650/-)
  • Efficacy & Effectiveness of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) activities for Health Awareness and Promotion Among Women in Rajasthan: Towards a HOPE Approach [Sanction No.16/2016/ICMR-ICSSR-SBR] (Project Cost: INR 25,11,490/-)
  • A Study of Lucite Ceiling in Science and Technology- Research Initiation Grant (Project Cost: INR 2,00,000/-)

Sponsored Research Projects

Project 1.

 Principal Investigator: Prasanna Kumar  

Co-Principal Investigators: Dr. Amit Setia and Dr. Manoj Kumar Pandey
 
Title of the Project: Promotion of  Mathematical Sciences in Goa 

Funding Agency/Amount: Elsevier Mathematical Sciences Sponsorship Fund (E-MSSF)/ $2000/( Two thousand American Dollars   )

Duration: 1-year (January-2017 to December-2017) 

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Project 2.
 
Principal Investigator: Prasanna Kumar

Title of the Project:  A Study on the Inequalities Involving Complex Polynomials

Funding Agency/Amount: National Board for Higher Mathematics/ 13.041  lac ( Indian Rupees thirteen lac four thousand and hundred   )

Duration: 3-years (April-2017 to March-2020)

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Project 3.

Principal Investigator: Prasanna Kumar

Title of the Project: Bernstein Type Inequalities for the Polar Derivative of a Polynomial

Funding Agency/Amount: Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), Govt of India / Rs 16.46 lac

Duration: 3-years (April-2017 to March-2020)

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Sponsored Research Projects

1. Title: Investigating the role of electronic cigarettes in oral cancer using 3D tissue engineered human oral mucosa model

Funding agency: Al Jalila Foundation Research Grants, UAE

Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Amount: AED 300,000

Duration: 2024-2026 (2 years)

 

2. Title: Cloning, protein expression and verification of Collagen Types III, II and other commercially important recombinant collagens in E.coli and Pichia pastoris

Funding agency: Human Biosciences Inc, Gaithersburg, MD, USA

Amount: AED 536, 000 (1 Crore, 19 lakhs INR)

Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Duration: 2022-2024 (2 years)


Research Projects

Sponsored Research Projects

As Principal Investigator 

1.    A computational investigation on the reaction paths and spectroscopic properties of crown ethersFunding Agency BRNS (2019-2022)

 

 

2. Spectroscopic investigation of the properties of low-lying electronic states of some chemopreventive retinyl nitrones and comparison of their light-induced properties with retinyliminium ions-Funding Agency CSIR (2012-2015)

 

 

3.    Spectroscopic properties of some low-lying electronic states of alkali metal-rare gas and alkaline earth metal-rare gas moleculesFunding Agency DST (2009-2012) 

 

As Co-PI
Photophysical studies of some selected DNA damage reactions-  Funding Agency CSIR (2012-2015)
[Principal Investigator Prof. Sujit Kumar Ghosh VNIT , Nagpur]

 

Projects done by M.Sc. Chemistry & Engineering (Computer Science) students

Projects done by M.Sc. Chemistry students

THEORETICAL STUDY OF PHOTOCHEMICAL BEHAVIOUR OF PROTONATED SCHIFF BASES AND COUNTER ION EFFECTS ON THEIR PHOTOISOMERIZATION PROCESSES 

Nitish Pal (DST-INSPIRE summer project

student from NISER, Bhubaneshwar)

Photoisomerization of azobenzene and its derivatives

Shuja Jameel Siddiqui

Isomerization in Rhodopsin and Bacteriorhodopsin

Pranav Anil Upadhyay

Radiative and non-radiative paths of molecular rotor systems

Namrata Rajesh Ahuja

Photo-isomerization through OBF, HT and BP motions

R Harshith Harithsa

Study of Properties of Spin-Trapping Agents

Abhinav Verma

  
  

A study on the Rhodopsin Protein and its photo-isomerization channels

Sukhlecha Aditya Vijayraj

Isomerization Paths of Push-Pull systems

Anmol Agarwal

Various Methods in Computational Chemistry

Prasann Agarwal

Hula-Twist (HT) and One-bond-flip (OBF) motions during photo-isomerization processes

Rakshit Chandra

Effects of solvents on the planar and twisted excited states of some fluorescent push-pull systems 

Rakshit Chandra

Environmental effects on molecular Rotors

Adithya R.

Theory and applications of conical intersections

K. Kartikeyan

A study project on radiative emission processes

Anmol Agarwal

A computational study of some Molecular Rotors systems

Riddhish Pandharkar

A study of hybrid ONIOM methods

Harshita Lulla

Computational Study of Push –Pull effect on conjugated polyenes by varying substituents on both sides of Polyenes

Harshil Garg

A spectroscopic study of the Fluorescent Molecular Rotors

Riddhish Pandharkar

Different Mechanisms of Fluorescence Quenching Processes

Harshil Garg

Electronic spectra of some biologically important chelate complexes-a computational study

Jayanti Jain

Study of spectroscopic properties of Ground State and some low lying excited states of halonium ions 

Pranav Triguna

A spectroscopic study of the low-lying electronic states of 2, 4-Pentadien-1-iminium cation

Popuri Sathya Sriamrutha

A study of different basis sets and basis set errors

Govindwar Rahul Pramod

Projects done by Computer Science students

Application of Machine Learning in Computational Chemistry

Devansh Dixit

Predicting Molecular Energy Using Neural Networks

Tarun Chordia

Regression ML technique in Computational Chemistry

 Chintan Sharma


Valorization of cashew apple and its waste pulp- An economic boost to cashew farmers

Funded by Goa Energy Development Agency (GEDA)

Amount- Rs24,40,000

Investigators- Prof. R. Vivek, Prof. S.D. Manjare and Dr. Jayita Chopra

Durations- 3 Years

and its waste pulp – An

Economic boost to cashew farmers


Sanctioned Projects

  1. Microfluidics sperm cell sorting device: addressing male infertility factor (PI)- SERB-DST 2020-2022
  2. Development of enhanced heat pipes with superhydrophobic and superhydrophilic surfaces and wettability gradient for high density electronics cooling (Co-PI)- SERB-DST 2022-2024
  3. Isolation of white blood cells in a microfluidic device with applications to point-of-care diagnostics (PI)- BITS-BioCyTiH foundation (DST)- 2023-24

Projects

Extra-mural projects as principal investigator (Completed and ongoing)

 

Sr. No

Title of the projects

Funding agency

Fund (Lakh)

Duration

1

Cell-penetrating peptide octa-arginine anchored, multifunctional poly(amidoamine) dendrimer to promote the delivery of chemotherapeutics in cancer

DBT-BIO-CARe

Ref No. B.T./Bio-CARe/07/10003/2013-14

37.04

2014-2017

2

D-α tocopherol conjugated copolymer-based micelles for improved delivery of chemotherapeutics with reversal of multiple drug resistance

DST-Fast Track

(NO. SB/FT/CS-127/2013)

22.4

2014-2017

3

Tumor-targeted nanomedicines for photodynamic therapy

DST (Indo-Belarus)

(INT/BLR/P-11/2014)

9.58

2015-2017

4

Sustained release injectable depot formulation

Daewoong Pharmaceuticals, Hyderabad, India

22

2015-2017

5

Development of epigenomes-targeted liposomes for the cancer-specific delivery of chemotherapeutic drug

Sun Pharmaceutical Advanced Research Company, Vadodara, India

29

2016-2019

6

Development of paclitaxel nano-formulation (CONSULTANCY)

Dr. Reddy's Laboratory, Hyderabad, India

8.27

2017-2019

7

Understanding the role of antimicrobial peptide S100A12 (Calgranulin C) in Host Defense during Pseudomonas Keratitis and Developing nano-tools for efficient Delivery of S100A12

DST-SERB (E.M.R./2016/001514)

(PI from BITS-Pilani)

55

5.06.2017-4.06.2020

8

Near-Infrared Light Degradable Nanomicellar Chemo-Photodynamic Therapy using Aerobic Chlorin e6 Conjugate for Oropharyngeal Carcinomas

DST-SERB-Core research Grant

30.72

Ongoing

May 7 2019-

(2019-2022)

9

Tailor-made, Tumor-Targeted Vitaprotein Nanoparticles of Lapatinib and Letrozole as NanoChemo-Cocktail for Hormone-Receptor-Amplified Advanced Metastatic Breast Cancers Treatment

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Govt. of India

29.76

Jan 2023

 

Extra-mural finding as Co-PI

 

Sr. No

Title of the projects

Funding agency

Fund (Lakh)

Duration

1

Design, Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of HDAC Selective Inhibitors as Long-term Memory Enhancers

DST-SERB-CRG

21.6

2016-2019

2

Bifunctional gene-expression modulating chemotherapeutic agents as an improved treatment strategy for cancer

CSIR

19.14

2018-2021

(Ongoing)


Sponsored Projects

 

  • Fellowship/Grants (Ongoing)

As PI: 

2022-24 : SERB-Start-up Research Grant (SRG)

Funding Agency: DST-SERB, India.

2022-2025: ICMR -Ad hoc Grant (Two)

Funding Agency: ICMR, India.

2020-2025: Outstanding potential for excellence in Research and Academics (OPERA) Fellowship

Funding Agency: BITS-PILANI (Hyderabad Campus), India.

2023-2025 : SPARKLE 

Funding Agency: BITS-PILANI (Hyderabad Campus), India.

As C0-PI: 

2022-24 : SERB- SURE

Funding Agency: DST-SERB, India.

  • Fellowship/Grants (Completed)

2021-23: Additional competitive RIG 

Funding Agency: BITS-PILANI (Hyderabad Campus), India.

2020-22: Research Initiation Grant (RIG)

Funding Agency: BITS-PILANI (Hyderabad Campus), India.


Title: Modelling and Forecasting the Effects of Long Term Interventions on COVID-19 using Network-based Approach
Funding Agency: DST- SERB (MATRICS Special Call)
Duration: 1 year, 2020-2021 

Title: Modeling of Recurrent Infectious Diseases: Understanding the Sustained and Non-periodic Epidemic Patterns
Funding Agency: DST- SERB (MATRICS)
Duration: 3 year, 2021-2024


Research Project

Ongoing:

  1. A Ga2O3-HEMT Biosensor-Based Non-invasive, Intelligent, and Portable Diagnostic System; Funding Agency: TIH Roorkee; Role: PI; Amount: 11 Lakh; Sanction date: October 2023
  2. Design and Development of Germanium-Tin (GeSn) Infrared Detectors; Funding Agency: CREST, BITS Pilani; Role: PI; Amount: 20 Lakh + 1 Ph.D. student; Sanction date: October 2023
  3. Part of the core team of SATHI project (Sanctioned to BITS Pilani, December 2023).
  4. Mist Chemical Vapor Deposition (Mist-CVD) Growth of Ga2O3 for Switching Diodes; Funding Agency: BITS Pilani; Role: PI; Amount: 7 Lakh; Sanction date: 09/2021-03/2024

Completed:

  1. Conceptualization and Implementation of Submonolayer (SML) InAs Quantum Dot (QD) Based Solar Cell; Funding Agency: BITS Pilani; Role: PI; Amount: 2 Lakh; Sanction date: 12/2020-12/2022

Research

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Research Interests

  1. Statistical Mechanics.
  2. Disordered Systems.
  3. Phase Transition and Critical Phenomena.
  4. Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics (LEFM).
  5. Seismic events & Earthquake Statistics.
  6. Porous Media.
  7. Effective Rheology of Multi-phase Flow.
  8. Propagating Interface Through Disordered Systems - Mechanical and Fluid.
  9. Quantum Dot Synthesis and Evolution.

Sponsored Research Projects

  • Co-Principal Investigator: Design, Implementation and ML-based Modeling of Gallium Oxide based Junction Barrier Schottky Diodes (JBSD) for Extreme   Environment and High-Power Applications, Centre for Research Excellence in Semiconductor Technologies (CREST), BITS Pilani, 2 years, January 2024 -January 2026 and Rs. 30 Lakhs (Ongoing).
  • Principal Investigator: Design and Development of Low Power VLSI circuit based on MOS based biosensor, Student Program for Advancing Research, KnowLedge, and Entrepreneurship (SPARKLE), BITS Pilani, November -2024 and Rs.1 Lakh. (Ongoing).
  • Co-Principal Investigator: Development of PCDA-liposome based detection kit for Alzheimer’s disease biomarker, Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB), Govt. of India: 3 Years, March 2017- March 2020, and Rs. 2663200=00. (Completed)
  • Principal Investigator: Investigation of Schottky contacts to Silicon Carbide (SiC) using I-V and C-V techniques, University Grants Commission (UGC), 3 years, February-2011- February 2013 and Rs. 10,77,800.00. (Completed)

Sponsored Projects

Title of the Project:  Promoting Mathematical Sciences in Goa 

Principal Investigator: Prasanna Kumar  
Co-Principal Investigators: Dr. Manoj Kumar Pandey and Dr. Amit Setia
 

Funding Agency/Approx.Amount: Elsevier Mathematical Sciences Sponsorship Fund (E-MSSF)/ $2000/( Two thousand American Dollars )

Duration: 1-year (2017)


Research Projects

Completed Research Projects

S. No

 

Title

 

Cost in Lakh

 

Duration

 

Role as PI/Co-PI

 

Agency

 

1

Investigation of magneto-optical effects in composite magneto-plasmonic nanostructures for sensing applications

32.70

2013 - 2016 (3 years)

Kannan Ramaswamy (PI)

DST – SERB (EMR)

2

Investigations of the effects of photon up-conversion

materials on the electrical performance of ferroelectric semiconductor heterojunction photovoltaic

devices

35.6

 

 

 

2018 – 2021 

(3 years)

 

 

 

 

 

Kannan Ramaswamy

( PI)

 

 

DST- – SERB (EMR)


Research Project Completed as P.I.

 

1. Hypergraceful Graphs (Fast Track Proposals for Young Scientist)

DST No.: SR/FTP/MS-01/2003.
Total Amount: Rs.7,92,000/-. For three years.
This project was transferred from ISI Kolkata to BITS Pilani Goa Campus after joining
the mathematics department of BITS Pilani Goa Campus in  Dec. 2005. (First Sponsored Project of BITS Pilani
Goa Campus).
Duration: Jan. 2006- July. 2009.
 
Funding Agency: Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India.

 

2. Studies on Neighborhood Magic Graphs. (Reference No. SR/S4/MS: 734/11).

Total Amount: Rs.12, 69,360/-

Duration: July 01, 2013 to June 30, 2016.
 
Funding Agency: Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India.
 
3. Magic and Antimagic Labeling of Graphs.

Reference No. CRG/2018/0025236.

Total Amount: Rs.19, 54,832/-

Duration: May 27, 2019 to May 26, 2022.
 
Funding Agency:  Science and Engineering Research Board, Govt. of India.

Research Project

  1. Principal InvestigatorEarly-Universe Physics in Teleparallel Cosmology, SERB-DST (MATRICS), New Delhi. File No.: MTR/2023/000371. 6,60,000 INR. (January 2024-December 2026). Ongoing.
  2. Principal Investigator"Probing and Constraining the Cosmological Parameters in Geometrically Extended Gravity with Combined Pantheon Sample", Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi. Letter No.: 03/1493/23/EMR-II. 25,69,627 INR. (November 2023-October 2026). Ongoing
  3. Working group member, CA22113-Fundamental Challenges in Theoretical Physics(Cosmoverse). European Cooperation in Science and Technology (eCOST) from 10.10.203 to 09.10.2027.
  4. Working group memberCA21136-Addressing observational tensions in cosmology with systematics and fundamental physics (Cosmoverse). European Cooperation in Science and Technology (eCOST) from 21.10.2022 to 20.10.2026.  
  5. "DAAD Research Internship in Science and Engineering (RISE)-2019", Physical and geometrical aspects of anisotropic dark energy cosmological models(IN-PH-4078). Intern: Janik Kruse, Padeborn Universitat (31.07.19-11.10.19). Completed.
  6. Principal Investigator: "Bianchi Type Cosmological Models in Modified Theories of Gravitation", SERB, DST, New Delhi. D.O. No.: SR/S4/MS:815/13. 14,44,800 INR. (June 2014- May 2017). Completed.
  7. Principal Investigator"Study on Cosmological Models of the Universe with Wet Dark Fluid in Alternative Theories of Gravitation" , UGC, New Delhi, F.No.: -42-1001/2013(SR). 1,90,000 INR. (March 2014- February 2016). Completed.

Faculty Research Interests

Long-term interests: Auditory Neuroscience and Pharmacology

Findings from the early 1900s by Jasper, Penfield, Magoun, and Morruzi (considered among the most eminent scientists in neuroscience for their work) led to a series of questions on the role of the brainstem and cortex. It is still unclear from the sensory perspective on the role of these brain regions, how inter-dependent these structures are, what they code, and how they work together to form a sensory perception? Our lab is interested in answering these questions from the auditory perspective. To this end, we plan to use aging and tinnitus (pathology of the central auditory system) models and answer the questions on:

How are the brain dynamics affected? (using electrophysiology/ microiontophoresis/ optogenetics/ behavior/ molecular biology tools) - Collaboration with Dr. Ramendra Kishor Pal and Prof. Sabareesh for tool development.

What does the altered brain dynamics mean? (Using computational models and deep neural networks – a collaborative work with Prof. Venkateswaran Rajagopalan – BITS Pilani/ Hyderabad)

Short-term goals

  • Impact of hearing loss on mental health and cognitive function
  • Mechanisms of the basal forebrain mediated impact on auditory cortical function
  • New small molecules for targeting drug-resistant epilepsy
  • Developing novel edible electrodes for neuroscience applications
 
Techniques: 
Extracellular electrophysiology; Behavior; Pupillometry; Sound stimuli generation; Optogenetics; and Molecular biology 
 

Sponsored Research Projects

Total Research Grant Sanctioned: Rs. 1,13,18,696 (PI: Rs. 1,03,18,696 & Co-I: Rs. 10,00,000)

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Title of the Project

Funding Agency

Fund Sanctioned

Duration

Role

Status

1

Bioinspired patterns to improve the mucoadhesion of polymeric patch on the corneal surface

Cross-Disciplinary Research Framework (CDRF), BITS-Pilani

Rs. 20,00,000

2 years (2023-2025)

Co-Investigator

Ongoing

2

Influence of wetting regime on evaporative drying of a sessile drop on a topographically patterned surface

SERB CRG

Rs.56,68,696

3 years (2022-2025)

Principal Investigator

Ongoing

3

Development of superomniphobic surfaces for self-cleaning and antimicrobial applications

DST INSPIRE

Rs.35,00,000

5 years (2017-2022)

Principal Investigator

Completed

4

Underwater superoleophobic surfaces for oil/water separation

Additional Competitive Research Grant, BITS Pilani

Rs. 9,50,000

2 years (2019-2021)

Principal Investigator

Completed

5

Soft lithographic fabrication of superhydrophobic surfaces and durability studies

Research Initiation Grant, BITS Pilani,

Rs. 2,00,000

2 years (2018-2020)

Principal Investigator

Completed


Sponsored Projects

  • National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber- Physical Systems (NMICPS) Grant
    • Project Title: A Ga2O3-HEMT Biosensor-Based Non-invasive, Intelligent, and Portable Diagnostic System
    • Sponsoring Agency: DST by iHUB Divyasampark, IIT Roorkee
    • Co-PI: Dr. Sandeep Joshi
    • Amount : ₹ 10 Lakhs
    • Duration: Oct. 2023 -- Oct. 2024
  • POWER Research Grant
    • Project Title:A Holistic Integration of NTNs for 5G and Beyond Wireless Communications: Connecting Anything, Anytime, Anywhere
    • Sponsoring Agency: SERB-DST, Govt. of India
    • C0-PI: Dr. Sandeep Joshi
    • Amount : Sanctioned
    • Duration: Jun. 2023 --
  • Start-up Research Grant (SRG)
    • Project Title: Intelligent Reflecting Surface (IRS) Assisted 5G and Beyond Communications: Modeling, Design, and Analysis
    • Sponsoring Agency: SERB-DST, Govt. of India
    • PI: Dr. Sandeep Joshi
    • Amount : ₹ 30.84 Lakhs
    • Duration: Jan. 2022 -- Jan. 2024
  • Industrial Research Consultancy Project
    • Project Title: 5G Cellular Over-the-air (OTA) Scanner
    • Sponsoring Agency: Hughes Systique Private Limited
    • PI: Dr. Sandeep Joshi
    • Amount : ₹ 12.03 Lakhs
    • Duration: Jul. 2021 -- Nov. 2023
  • Additional Competitive Research Grant (ACRG)
    • Project Title: Device-to-Device Communications in 5G Cellular Networks: Channel Modeling and Performance Analysis
    • Sponsoring Agency: BITS Pilani
    • PI: Dr. Sandeep Joshi
    • Amount : ₹ 10 Lakhs
    • Duration: Feb. 2021 - Jan. 2023
  • Research Initiation Grant (RIG)
    • Project Title: Device-to-Device Communications in 5G and Beyond Networks: Performance Analysis
    • Sponsoring Agency: BITS Pilani
    • PI: Dr. Sandeep Joshi
    • Amount : ₹ 2 Lakhs
    • Duration: Sept. 2020 - Dec. 2022
  • Outstanding Potential for Excellence in Research and Academics (OPERA) Award
    • Sponsoring Agency: BITS Pilani
    • Duration: Aug. 2020 --

Ongoing:

  • Developing efficient methods for approximating generalized inverses of tensors and solving multilinear systems, SERB-SURE, Govt. of India (18.8 Lakhs, 2023-26, PI: Prof. J.K. Sahoo).
  • Design, development, and performance investigation of neck exoskeleton in prevention and reduction of the neck pain, DHR, Govt. of India (51.96 lakhs, 2023-26, PI: Dr. Ganesh M. Bapat and Co-PI: Prof. J.K. Sahoo).

Ongoing Projects on Computer Vision


Sponsored Projects

2

Blast Response of Functionally Graded Auxetic Sandwich Structures with Tunable Material Properties

    • Status10%

    Principal Investigator

    Dr. Gaurav Watts

    Amount Sanctioned

    17.30 Lakhs

    Agency

    SERB-DST

    Scheme

    SERB-SURE

    Duration

    2023-2026

    3

    Development of Low-Cost Federated Learning Empowered Digital Twin Framework for Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of Roads and Bridges built under PMGSY

      • Status10%

      Principal Investigator

      Dr. Shashank Gupta 

      Co-Investigators

      Dr Gaurav Watts
      Dr Shuvendu N Patel

      Amount Sanctioned

      11.88 Lakhs

      Scheme

      I-DAPT HUB Foundation, IIT BHU, Varanasi

      Duration

      2023-2025


      Research Projects

       

      Completed Projects (4)

      • Pratham Education Foundation project “Evaluation for Teach India Campaigns in Rajasthan”. January 2012- March 2012 (Rs. 50,000)
      • UGC major research entitled “Developing Teaching Modules for English Learning through Multimedia Technology for Rural Children from Class V –VIII”.  January 2010- September 2012 (Rs. 7,00,000)
      • DST project “Rural women empowerment and sustainable growth” in collaboration with MNIT, Jaipur. March 2015- April 2019 (Rs. 30,00,000)
      • ICSSR project "A Study on Impact Assessment Tools to Regulate Positive Thinking in the Society during COVID-19". March 2021- November 2021. ( Rs. 7,80,000)

       

      Ongoing Projects (2)

      • Received the project "Recycling for Conservation of Environment" under Technology Development and Utilization Program for Women (TDUPW) Program of A2K+ Scheme of DSIR- Reg. ( Rs 22,00000)
      • Received the Project: Bringing back peacocks to Pilani, funded by BITS Alumni 1987 batch, February 2017. (Rs. 12,00,000 initial)

      Externally Funded Research Projects

       

       

      SERB / DST Core Research Grant (CRG) 

      Title: 'Single Step' Conversion of CO2 from Thermal Power Plant Exhaust to Dimethyl Ether (2022 - 25) (Co-PI)

       

      DST / IC-IMPACTS Centres of Excellence Canada

      Title: Valorization of CO2 to Fuel over MOFs derived SACs: A Machine Learning Guided Experimental Approach (2023 - 25) (Co-PI)

       

      Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), India

      Title: Single Step Hydrogenation of CO2 to Ethanol with H2 from Water-splitting over Single Atom Catalysts & Single Atom Bimetallic and Trimetallic Alloys in Flow Reactor (2023 - 26) (Co-PI)

       

      India-Taiwan Programme of Cooperation in Science & Technology / INAE-DST

      Title: Solar Fuels: Green H2 via Solar Thermochemical Splitting of Water and Conversion of CO2 to CO over Reducible Oxides (2024 - 27) (Co-PI)

       

      Indo-German Science and Technology Centre (IGSTC) / DST and BMBF Funding

      To organize Indo-German Workshop on "Catalysis for Circular Economy towards Sustainable Energy” at BITS Pilani, Hyderabad during 20 - 23 September 2023 (Co-Convener) 

       

      Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (CEFIPRA) / DST

      To organize Indo-French Workshop on "Cross Fertilization between Academia and Industry: Towards Safer and Efficient Catalytic Processes" at Universita De Lille, France during 22 - 24 May 2024 (Co-Convener)

          

       

       


      Sponsored Projects

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      SERB-SRG (Start-up Research Grant)

      Bio-inspired flow dynamics of tandem flapping foils

      NRB_Patron

      DRDO-Naval Research Board

      Propulsive performance and hydroacoustics of tandem flapping foils for bio-inspired marine applications


      Funded Research Projects

      Extramural Research Projects:

      Sr. No

      Project Title

      Funding Agency

      Grant Amount ()

      Duration/Status

      1

      Design, development, and performance investigation of neck exoskeleton in prevention and reduction of the neck pain.

      Department of Health Research, Govt of India

      51.96 Lakhs

      2023-26 (Ongoing)

      PI

      2

      Design of knee unloader braces to improve outcomes of surgical knee procedures using a musculoskeletal simulation-based approach.

      VISSCO Industry Sponsored

      17 Lakhs

      2022-24 (Ongoing)

      PI

      3

      Investigating the performance of neck exoskeleton in reducing the neck pain.

      Delsys De Luca Foundation, USA

      2.45 Lakhs (USD 3000- Equipment)

      2020-22 (Completed)

      PI

      4

      Investigation of roll-over shape in healthy older individuals.

      UCRCA, University of Nebraska Omaha, USA

      USD 5000

      2019-20 (Completed)

      PI

      Institute Sponsored Research Projects:

      Sr. No

      Project Title

      Funding Agency

      Grant Amount ()

      Duration/Status

      1

      Design and development of a cost-effective multi-grasp myoelectric upper limb prosthesis.

      CDRF- BITS Pilani

      20 Lakhs

      2023-25 (Ongoing)

      Co-PI

      2

      Development of Reverse Engineered Computer Aided Modeling and Manufacturing (RECAMM) approach to improve ankle-foot orthosis fabrication.

      ACRG- BITS Pilani

      10 Lakhs

      2021-23 (Completed) PI

      3

      A computational simulation study on the effects of joint misalignments in lower limb orthoses.

      RIG-BITS Pilani

      2 Lakhs

      2020-22 (Completed)

      PI


      Ongoing Project

      SERB Matrics grant titled "Irreducibility of GLP and related Diophantine problems"- Ongoing from January 2023-2026.


      Research Project Details

      Ongoing

      “Measuring Digital Capability among the Rural Women in the Post COVID Era: A Study from Rural Odisha”. Co-Principal Investigator, Funding Agency: ICSSR, New Delhi, Duration: 2023-24.


      Completed
      1. “Higher-Harmonic generation in gases and solids and their implications in attosecond science”
        Role : Principal Investigator (PI)
        Co-PI : Dr. Jayendra N. Bandyopadhyay, Dept. of Physics, BITS Pilani, Pilani, India.
        Duration : Dec 2020 - Dec 2023
        Funding Agency : Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India.
        Amount : ∼ 23 Lakhs
      2. “Generation and Characterization of Attosecond Pulses with Specific Polarization and its Applications”  
        Role : Principal Investigator (PI)
        Co-PI : Dr. Jayendra N. Bandyopadhyay, Dept. of Physics, BITS Pilani,Pilani, India.
        Duration : March 2017 - March 2020
        Funding Agency : Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India.
        Amount : ∼ 16.5 Lakhs
      3. “Study of laser interaction with atomic clusters and preformed plasma”
        Role : Principal Investigator
        Duration : March 2014 - March 2017
        Funding Agency : Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India.
        Amount : ∼ 15 Lakhs

      Sponsored Research Projects

      1. SERB sponsored SRG (Start-up Research Grant) project titled “Development of a high-efficiency, all-weather Atmospheric Water Generator (AWG) comprising of low-temperature-swing driven desiccant coated fin-tube heat exchangers” (29.7 lakhs)

      2. BITS sponsored project titled "Low-grade heat driven desiccant-dehumidifiers for hyper-efficient air-conditioning" (9.59 lakhs)

      3. BITS sponsored project titled "Simulation study of desiccant-wheels coated with desiccant-material having a non-conventional sorption-isotherm" (2 lakhs)


      Funded Projects

      Interpretation of Tuberculin Reaction Using Medical Photography and Computer Aided Diagnosis

      Duration of the project : 2 Years (Dec-2019 to Mar-2022)

      OBJECTIVES and DESCRIPTION
      • Design and develop Computer Aided Systems for minimizing errors and bias in medical observations.
      • Design and develop image processing algorithms for object detection and performing geometric operations in medical images.
      • Develop smart data storage and retrieval systems leveraging cloud and security frameworks for healthcare data
      In this project, Medical photography (not medical imaging) is primarily used to record Tuberculin skin test images. The images captured from the forearm are processed for extracting relevant features. The image of the forearm and the relevant features are recorded twice: first, at the time of injecting the tuberculin fluid into the skin; finally, after 48 hours from the time of injection. The difference in the features of the wheal may enhance clinical decision making. The proposed system eliminates the traditional error-prone interpretation process of the Tuberculin Skin Tests. Using Computer Aided Diagnosis would eliminate the bias involved in the process of medical observation and reporting, moreover the patient need not report to the health centre in person.

      Projects

      Sponsored Projects, Completed
      • Bioremediation of Red mud using acidogenic fermentation byproducts and by Biopiling, BITS Pilani Principal Investigator: Dr. Srikanth Mutnuri, Co-investigators: Dr.Vivek R, Dr.Saroj Baral, Dr Sharad Sontakke, Dr Anirban Roy, Dr. Bharat B Gulyani, Dr. Nishant Pandya, Dr Neeru Sood, Dr Trupti Gokhale, BITS Pilani - ABSTC project, June 2018, duration 1 year, Rs. 71.5 Lac.
       
      • Collaborative research project approved under the Research Initiation Grant of BITS Pilani. Topic: Development of Computer Aided Product Design Tool for Mixtures. PI: Dr. Nishant Pandya, BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus, Co-I:Prof. (Dr.) Vincent Gerbaud, Director – Research, Université de Toulouse, INP, CNRS, LGC, France. Duration 2 years starting from 13.10.2016

      Funded Project

      1.Project under BITS Pilani Cross Disciplinary Research Fund (CDRF)

      Project Title: Virtual Reality Assisted Mobile Manipulators for Industrial Applications

      Collaborators: Dr. V. Kalaichelvi(EEE) (PI), Dr. Sujala D. Shetty(CS) (PI) , Dr. R. Karthikeyan (Mechanical)(PI)

      Amount: INR 30 Lakh

      Duration: 2 Years


      Sponsored Projects

      DST SERC Fast-Track: Synthesis of some selected nitrogen based heterocycles as potential anti tubercular agents [June 2010-July 2013]

      CSIR: Synthesis of modified TosMIC & BetMIC for use as key reagents in the synthesis of boronated heterocycles [Nov 2013-Nov 2016]

      CSIR: Design and synthesis of diverse pyrrole-pyridine based molecules as selective sensors for Zn2+ and F- [June 2019-June 2022]

      DST-SERB (CRG): Development of sensors for studying changes in zinc homeostasis in different cellular events [July 2023-onwards]


      RESEARCH INTEREST

      PROCESS CONTROL

      CONTROL SYSTEMS 
      NEURAL NETWORKS
      FUZZY LOGIC
      CONTROL SYSTEMS IN ROBOTICS
      MECHATRONICS 
       
       RESEARCH WORK:
       
       Guided one Ph.D student Mrs.Abhilasha Singh 
       Proposed Topic of Research :
      Vision  based Path Planning for Robotic Applications using Intelligent Techniques                                                 
      Program Chair for MoSICom 2020 - Organized International Conference on Modelling,Simulation and Intelligent Computing as one of the Program Chair along with Dr.Nilesh Goel and Dr.Shazia Hasan from January 29-31 2020.
       
      COMPLETED RESEARCH PROJECTS:

      Inter departmental Projects  (02) – (EEE-Mech-CS)

      1.Development of Computer Application for Prediction of Cement StrengthSave changes

      2.Development of Mobile Application for Raw Mix & Fuel Cost Optimization

       
      ON GOING RESEARCH PROJECT

      BITS-CDRF (Cross-Disciplinary Research) funded project

      Title of Project: Virtual Reality-Assisted Mobile Manipulators for Industrial Applications

      Research Projects

       Project Names: APP based learning for Python program
      • Funding Agency: Sixth Sense Ltd.
      • Amount:15.81 L (INR)
      • Role: Co-PI
      • Remarks: Expertise: Development of an efficient pedagogical approach for the question builder module of the APP and analysis of the suitability and the requirements of customers' use of the system based on their socio-cultural and economic background and its influence on their learning outcome.

      • Status- Completed

       Project Name: Revisiting employment relations in domestic work from a socio-economic perspective in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic
      • Funding Agency: Goa Institute of Management
      • Amount:4.9L (INR)
      • Role: Co-PI

      • Status- Completed

      Sponsored Projects

      Government Funded:
      • Ongoing (PI): Dynamics of active particles near a non-isothermal fluid-fluid interface. (2021-2026). Funded by DST-INSPIRE (35 lakhs).
      • Accepted (Co-PI): Carbon dioxide-fuelled Janus Nano Flask Motors for Targeted Delivery of Therapeutic Cargo in Helicobacter pylori Infection. Funded by STARS-IISC (47 lakhs). (PI: Prof. Swati Biswas).
      Institute Funded:
      • Ongoing (PI): Spontaneous motion of active particles in complex fluids. Scheme name: RIG (2 lakhs).
      • Ongoing (PI): Self-powered micromotor device for the treatment of Helicobacter pylori infection. Scheme name: NFSG (18 lakhs). 
      • Ongoing (PI): Automatic droplet generation platform using ML and computer vision. Scheme name: SPARKLE (2 lakhs). (Co-PI: Dr. Jayaprakash)

      Sponsored Projects

      1. Funding Agency: SERB, DST 
      Title: Photocatalytic NOx abatement: From mechanism and material properties to catalytic performance (2014-2017) (Principal Investigator)

      2. Funding Agency: Competitive Research Grant, BITS Pilani
      Title: Photocatalytic hydrogen production (2015-2017) (Principal Investigator)

      3. Funding Agency: CSIR
      Title: Photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to biofuels (2017-2020) (Principal Investigator)

      4. Funding Agency: CSIR
      Title: CO2 capture from flue gases using regenerable solid adsorbents (2015-2018) (Co- Principal Investigator)

      5. Funding Agency: HBL Power Systems Limited (Industry)
      Title: Preparation and characterization of electrode material for Lithium ion Batteries (2018-2020) (Principal Investigator)

      6. Funding Agency: HBL Power Systems Limited (Industry)
      Title: Zn Air Battery (2019-2021) (Principal Investigator)

      7. Funding Agency: SERB, DST
      Title: ‘Single step’ Conversion of CO₂ from Thermal Power Plant Exhaust to Dimethyl Ether (2022-2025) (Principal Investigator)

      8. Funding Agency: DST, International Cooperation Division 
      Title: Valorization of CO2 to Fuel over MOFs derived SACs A Machine Learning Guided Experimental Approach (2023-2025) (Principal Investigator)

      9.Funding Agency: Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (Industry)
      Title: Single Step Hydrogenation of CO₂ to Ethanol with H₂ from water-splitting over Single Atom Catalysts & Single Atom Bimetallic and Trimetallic Alloys in Flow Reactor (2023-2026) (Principal Investigator)

      10. Funding Agency: INAE, India-Taiwan Program of Cooperation in Science & Technology Joint Research Project
      Title: Solar Fuels: Green H2 via Solar Thermochemical Splitting of Water and Conversion of CO2 to CO over Reducible Oxides (2023 - 2026) (Principal Investigator)


      Sponsored Research Projects Completed

      • “Five years of the e-NAM platform: Examining Factors Influencing its adoption and primary usage across product categories and states” by Chaudhary Charan Singh National Institute of Agricultural Marketing (CCS-NIAM), Jaipur; Approved budget: Rs. 5,00,000; Role: Project Director 
      • "Use of Social Media as a Driver for Innovation in Higher Education in India"  under Impactful Policy Research in Social Science (IMPRESS) scheme of Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR); Approved Budget: Rs. 10,00,000; Role: Project Director 
      • "Empirical Investigation of Antecedents of Negative Word of Mouth in Online Social Network Sites" under Research Initiation Grant from BITS Pilani; Approved Budget: Rs. 2,00,000; Role: Principal Investigator

      Research Grants

      1.  Research Initiation Grant (RIG): June 2023–May 2025, Sanctioned Amount: 20,000 AED

                  Funding Agency: Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani


      Research Interest

      • Online Social Media Marketing
      • Online Trust
      • e-Commerce
      • Omni-channel Retailing
      • Digital Marketing
      • Green Marketing

      Student Research group Projects

      SPARKLE Grant Award 2023

      Title: Do batteries breathe? Identifying state-of-health of Li-ion batteries using acoustic sensing & machine learning

      Amount: Rs. 2 Lakhs


      Sponsored Research Projects

      Project Completed (03)

      Title: Detection Development of a fault diagnosis scheme for Aero-Bearing with multiple localized defect using non-linear mathematical modeling and experimental analysis

      Funding Agency: AR&DB (Aeronautics Research & Dev. Board)

      Duration: 3 Years (October 2018- October 2021)

      Amount: 15.55 Lakhs

      Role in Project: Principal Investigator (PI)

       

      Title: Design and Development of Condition based Monitoring of Pipelines using Wireless Sensor Networks

      Funding Agency: Gas Authority of India ltd. (GAIL)

      Duration: 3 Years (2012- 2014)

      Amount: 71.36 Lakhs

      Role in Project: Co- Principal Investigator (Co-PI)

       

      Title: Condition monitoring of dynamic systems by vibration response analysis

      Funding Agency: BITS Pilani

      Duration: 2 Years (2011- 2013)

      Amount: 2  Lakhs

      Role in Project: Principal Investigator (PI)


      Projects

      Funded Research Projects

      Funding Agency, Title of Project [Year], Amount in Rs.

      1. B.I.T.S Pilani, "Design and Development of robotic exoskeleton for upper limb rehabilitation and assistance", [April 2011-March 2013], 1.51 Million.
      2. Ministry of Information and Technology, (MIT) "Development, Design and Engineering of 28-DOF Humanoid to avoid obstacles and handle specified objects in the environment", [April 2012-March 2015], 4.5 Million.
      3. Indo-US S&T Forum Research Fellowship to Pursue research in the areas of Rehabilitation Robotics (Physical Health) in the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Illinois, affiliated to Northwestern University (Feb 17th - 15th July 2013), 1.12 Million.)
      4. ISRO – Propulsion Research Center, Mahendragiri, India, received Purchase Order for Product "Development of a Robotic system to access the engine nozzle divergent for mounting nozzle closure at CE20 HAT facility", worth 4.6 Million for a duration of 18 months. (Funding Expected in Sept 2023)

      Sponsored Projects  

       
      Ongoing
      Targeting neurovascular unit (NVU) for therapeutic modulation of blood-brain barrier (BBB) function in CNS diseases” DBT Ramalingaswamy Fellowship,  BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, India (80 Lakhs) (2023-2027)
       
      Establishment of a blood-brain barrier model (BBB) for studying the invasion of Toxoplasma gondi into the brain across BBB in cerebral toxoplasmosis” in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Nishith Gupta, BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, India (10 Lakhs)  (2023-2024)
       
      Completed
      Effect of Wnt signalling on transcellular transport in an in vitro model of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) ” funded by Goethe University Clinic, Germany (8.5 Lakhs) (2010-2012)
       
       
      Role of muscarinic receptors at the blood-brain barrier in amyloid beta transport” funded by AC Immune Inc., Switzerland (26.5 Lakhs) (2012-2014)
       
       
      Role of the VE-PTP inhibitor AKB 9785 in the rescue of VEGF mediated brain endothelial permeability”  funded by Aerpio Pharmaceuticals Inc., USA (35 Lakhs) (2015-2018)
       
      Transmigration of meningeal pathogens into the brain across the blood-brain barrier and its therapeutic targeting in preclinical disease models” in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Volkhard Kempf, funded by German Research Foundation, Germany (90 Lakhs) (2015-2020)
       
       
      Dual role of S1P signalling at the BBB: early tightening & late disruptive effects” funded by Leducq Foundation Sphingonet Consortium, USA (18 Lakhs) (2017-2019)
       
      Development of FACS-based method for isolation and analysis of NVU cells, and its application to neurological diseases with BBB dysfunction” funded by Edinger Foundation, Germany (65 Lakhs) (2019-2022)

      Research Projects

      Number of Ongoing Sponsored Project  : 10
      Total Project Fund Sanctioned                : Rs. 1,68,56,890
       
      1.  Project Title             Development, optimization and evaluation of stable multidose injectable formulation of anticancer drug
       Funding Agency        Industry funded research project
       Fund   Approved(Rs.)  21,44,000
       Duration                    July 2023- June 2025
         
       2. Project TitleDevelopment, optimization and characterization of anticancer drug loaded stable liposomal formulation
       Funding Agency Industry funded research project
       Fund Approved (Rs.) 22,00,000
       Duration August 2023-August 2025
         
       3. Project Title Long-Acting Injectables (LAI)
       Funding Agency Novartis Healthcare
       Fund Approved (Rs.) 5,28,050
       Duration 2021-2023
         
       4. Project Title              Novel Therapeutic approaches for the treatment of Leukemia
       Funding Agency      ICMR
       Fund Approved   (Rs.)   42,00,000
       Duration                  2021-2024      
         
       5. Project Title           Development & optimization of stable anti-leukemic drug loaded long   circulating liposomes
       Funding Agency Parenteral Drug Association, India Chapter
       Fund Approved   (Rs.) 30,00,000
       Duration 2020-2023
         
       6. Project Title  Novel formulation for oral bioavailability enhancement of anticancer drug
       Funding Agency Slayback Pharma
       Fund   Approved(Rs.)   20,68,540
       Duration 2020-2022
         
       7. Project Title Development and characterization of a novel lipid based Nano emulsion for parenteral   drug delivery
       Funding Agency      Slayback Pharma
       Fund Approved   (Rs.) 8,14,200
       Duration 2020-2022
         
       8. Project Title           Surface Modified Nanoparticulate Carrier System for the Effective Delivery of   Antileukemic Drug
       Funding Agency BITS Pilani - Additional Competitive Research Grant
       Fund Approved   (Rs.) 10,00,000
       Duration 2019-2021
         
       9. Project Title Development & characterization of nano-emulsion based drug product for the   management of emetogenic cancer chemotherapy
       Funding Agency Slayback Pharma
       Fund Approved   (Rs.) 7,02,100
       Duration 2018-20
         
       10. Project Title Development, Optimization and Characterization of nanostructured carrier system for   effective delivery of anticancer therapeutics
       Funding Agency BITS Pilani – Research Initiation Grant
       Fund Approved (Rs.) 2,00,000
       Duration
       2018-2020 
         
         
       

       


      Research

      Trust Areas of Research:

      Advanced nanostructured materials: Development of Novel but Cost-effective synthesis routes to prepare nanomaterials and Demonstration of the performances of the synthesized materials and lab scale fabricated prototypes/ devices. Some of the synthesized nanostructured materials are: (i) varieties of single phase ferrites, (ii) hard-soft ferrite nanocomposites, (iii) pure metal and metal alloy nanoparticles, (iv) TiO2 (v) nanoparticles with engineered bandgap energy, (vi) nanoparticle loaded porous materials, (vii) reduced graphene oxide-nanoparticle based nanocomposites, (viii) biomass derived porous carbon- nanoparticle based nanocomposites, (ix) graphitic carbon nitride (gC3N4)- nanoparticle based nanocomposites, (x)  polymer based nanocomposites, etc.

       
      Applications of the designed and synthesized materials in the following areas: 

       

      Materials and Technology for Energy Harvesting from Renewable Sources: Nano-materials to develop high performance mechanically flexible all solid state supercapacitor devices.
       

      Advanced Materials for the Wastewater and Contaminated Water Treatment Technology :   Advanced photo-catalysts to treat  wastewater, discharged from  dye- based industries under natural  sunlight irradiation.

      Adsorbents to treat flouride contaminated water.
       
      Advanced catalysis: Heterogeneous  versatile catalysts for model organic reactions.
       

      Materials for Defense Applications: Microwave absorbing smart nanocomposites.

      Fundamental Science: Use of Quantum Mechanical Calculations (DFT) for designing the nanomaterials and, to predict and explain their properties. 

      Some representative developed materials and prototypes

      List of Sponsored Research Projects:

       

      (A) Ongoing Projects

       

      (A) Ongoing Projects

      22) Project Title: Development of New and Novel Nanostructured Materials

      Funding amount: Rs 35 lakhs

      Funding Agency: Dempo Charities Trust

      Principal Investigator: Dr. N N Ghosh

      Collaboration: Dempe College of Arts and Science

      Status: Ongoing (Started March 2023)

      Duration 5 years

       

      21) Project Title: “DBT- Builder BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa campus Interdisciplinary Life Science Program for Advanced research and Education”

      Funding amount: Rs 8.43 crore

      Funding Agency: DBT

      Role of Dr. N N Ghosh: Research Group Leader (Biomaterials Group) and Co-coordinator

      Status: Sanctioned Started November 2022

      Duration 5 years

       

      20) Title: Radioactive Ion Beam irradiation of a multifunctional nanocomposite composed of multiferroic BiFeO3 nanoparticle and semiconducting graphitic carbon, for tuning its electronic structure and properties and its application in the fabrication of high-performance mechanically flexible all-solid-state supercapacitor device and photo-catalyst for Industrial dye-containing wastewater treatment under natural sunlight and solar power generated simulated solar light.

      Sanction reference no. is: CRS/2021-22/02/522

      Funding Agency: University Grant Commission and Department of Energy (UGC DAE) Consortium For Scientific Research

      Name of Principal Investigator: Dr. N N Ghosh

      Principal Collaborator from UGC-DAE CSR: Dr. Sandeep Sitaram Ghugre (Director, Kolkata Center)

      Status: Sanctioned (30th March 2022), Started 1st April 2022

      Duration 3 years

       

      19) Title: Investigations on synthesis of a polymer which will exhibit photoresponsive features and its structural characterization

      Funding Agency: BITSAA

      Name of Principal Investigator: Dr. N N Ghosh

      Status: Started 2nd May 2022

       

      18) Development of Novel Biolilm Resistant Coat for Implant Devices from Moringa Leaf Extract

      Name of Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. N N Ghosh

      Funding agency: Indian Council of Medical Research

      Status: Ongoing (Starting December 2019)

       

      (B) Completed Projects

      17) International Project: Newton Research Collaboration Programme award (Reference NRCP/1415/244, code: FEFE.RSDP18534)

      Funding Agency: The Royal Academy Of Engineering (UK)

      Amount: £4635

      Name of Scientist (India): N N Ghosh

      Name of Scientist (UK): Professor Gerard Franklyn Fernando (University of Birmingham)

      Status: Completed (2015- 2016)

       

      16) International Project: Title: Development and characterisation of nanomaterials for biosensors and biocatalysts (reference number INT/UK/UKIERI/P-41/2013)

       Funding agency: UKIERI (DST and British Council)

       Amount: Rs 91 lakh

      Status: Starting May 2013

      Completed (March 2016).

      Indian Lead scientist: Dr Narendra Nath Ghosh,

      UK lead scientist: Prof. Paul Anthony Millner, University of Leeds

       

      15) International Project: The Royal Academy Of Engineering for Research Exchanges with China And India Award (2010)

      Funding Agency: The Royal Academy Of Engineering (UK)

      Name of Scientist (India): N N Ghosh

      Amount : GBP 2870

      Name of Scientist (UK): Professor Gerard Franklyn Fernando (University of Birmingham)

      Status: Completed (2011)

       

      National Projects: 

       

      14) Title: Development of Mesoporous Silica (or Alumina)- SiC-metal nanoparticle based nanocomposites for Radar Absorption Application at High Temperature (ERIP/ER/201803003/M/01/1737)

      Funding Agency: Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), India

      Amount: Rs 15 lakhs

      Name of Principal Investigator: Dr. N N Ghosh

      Status: Completed Sanctioned (October 2018- August 2022)

       

       

      13) Title: Development of Photocatalyst embedded Graphene based membranes for Treatment of Dye containing waste water under sunlight.

      Funding Agency: The Aditya Birla Science and Technology Company Private Limited and BITS Pilani

      Amount: Rs 53 lakhs

      Name of Principal Investigator: Dr. N N Ghosh

      Status: (Starting June 2018)

      Completed (31st march 2021)

       

      12) Title: Design and synthesis of graphene oxide based AIE-sensor for selective detection of Hg(II) and organic mercury in aqueous medium

      Funding Agency: DAE-UGC consortium, India

      Amount: Rs 7 lakhs

      Name of Principal Investigator: Dr Amrita Chatterjee

      Name of Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. N N Ghosh

      Status: Starting March 2017

                  Completed 31st March 2020

       

      11) Title: “Investigation on microstructures of hard-soft ferrite nanocomposites and influence of microstructure on their properties” (Ref: CSR-KN/CRS-68/2014-15/ 508)

      Funding Agency: University Grant Commission- Dept. of Atomic Energy Consortium for Scientific Research, India

      Amount: Rs 7,00,000/-

      Name of Principal Investigator: N N Ghosh

      Status: Completed

       starting 2014

      Completed March 2017

      Duration: 3 years

       

      10) Title "Development of Polymer-Ferrite (and/ or Graphene Nanocomposites having High Thermal Stability and Microwave Absorption Property for Radar Absorbing Coating Applications (ERIP/ER/1305004/01/1523)

      Funding Agency: Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), India

      Amount: Rs 14,59,000/-

      Name of Principal Investigator: N N Ghosh

      Status: Completed

                  (starting 2014)

                 (Completed 2017)

      Duration: 3 years

       

      9) Title: “Preparation of Magnetically Separable, Mesoporous TiO2 Catalysts and Study of their Catalytic Properties” CSIR Sanction letter No 02(147)/13/EMR-II)

       Funding Agency: CSIR, New Delhi

      Amount 16,30,000/-

      Principal Investigator: Dr. Narendra Nath Ghosh

      Status: Completed

       (Staring date: 1st December, 2013)

      Completed December 2016

      Duration: 3 years

       

      8) Title: Development of Nanostructured High Surface Area Alumina and Silica based adsorbent with Tailored Pore structure for Removal of Fluoride ions from Ground Water  (Sanc no: 2010/37C/2/ BRNS/ 827)

      Funding Agency: Board of Research in Nuclear Science (BRNS), India

      Amount: Rs 29,07,150/-

      Name of Principal Investigator.: N N Ghosh

      Status: Completed (2014)

      Duration: 3 years

       

      7) Imprinted polymer for sensing and removal of selected antibiotic and pesticide residue”Project no. NFBSFARA/PHT-4007/2013-14      

      Funding Agency: National Funds for Basic and Strategic Research in Frontier Areas of Agricultural Science, ICAR, New Delhi

      Principal Investigator: Prof. Sunil Bhand

      Co-Investigator :Prof. NN Ghosh

      Cooperating Centre PI: Dr. Y.S. Rajput

      Cooperating Centre PI: Prof Sudhir Chandra

      Total Sanctioned Amount: Rs. 125.25511 Lakh,  

      Status: Completed (1st October 2013 to 31st March, 2015). 

       

      6) Multi-institute Consortium Project entitled “Novel biosensors techniques for analysis of pesticide residues, aflatoxin, heavy metals and bacterial contamination in milk Project no. Comp4/C10125.

      Funding Agency: National Agricultural Innovation Project, ICAR & The World Bank.

      Prof. Sunil Bhand (Consortium PI)

      Co-Investigator (Prof. NN Ghosh)

      NDRI Karnal: Dr. Naresh Kumar Consortium (partner)

      IIT Delhi: Prof Sudhir Chandra & Prof Ratnamala Chatterjee (partner)

      Punjabi University Patiala: Prof Neelam Verma (partner)

      Total funding 2943.736 lakh

      Status: Completed (Feb 2008- March 2014).

       

      5) Title: "Development of a novel aqueous solution based “one pot” synthesis route for hard-soft-ferrite nano-composites and their properties.”

      (ERIP/ER/0904500/M/01/1204)

      Funding Agency: Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), India

      Amount: Rs 14,98,000/-

      Name of Principal Investigator: N N Ghosh

      Status: Completed (2013)

       

      4) Title: Preparation and characterization of Nano- Ferrite Powders and Polybenzoxazine-Nanoferrite Composite (ERIP/ER/060/5042/M/01/929)

      Funding Agency: Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), India

      Amount: Rs 16,53,300/-

      Name of Principal Investigator: N N Ghosh

      Status: Completed (2010)

       

      3) Title: Synthesis of Mesoporous Silica and Alumina based Oxide Materials (SR/S1/IC-39/2006)(SERC)

      Funding Agency: Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, India

      Amount: Rs 21,79,400/-

      Name of Principal Investigator.: N N Ghosh

      Status: Completed (2010)

       

      2) Title: Studies on Moulding Compounds and Compression Moulding Techniqes for Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Fasteners

      Funding Agency: DST, India

      Principal Investigator: Prof. B G C Babu (Dept of Mechanical Engineering)

      Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. N N Ghosh

      Total Amount: 19,51,200/-

      Status: Completed (2010)

       

      1) Title: Techno-economic feasibility studies on an alternative process route for removal of methanol, ammonia and carbon di-oxide from process condensate in an ammonia fertilizer plant.

      Funding Agency: Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizer, India

      Principal Investigator: Prof. Srinivas Krishnaswamy (Dept of Chemical Engineering)

      Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. N N Ghosh

      Total Amount: Rs. 86,98,800/-

       

      Status: Completed (2010)


      Sponsored Research Projects

       

      Project Title

      Hyper spectral Image analysis and Machine learning for germ detection and precision agricultural

      Role

      Co-Principal Investigator

      Funding Agency

      IITI DRISHTI CPS Foundation

      Amount

      Rs. 9,90,000/-

      Status

      On-going (2022-2023)

       

      Project Title

      Development of A Real Time Crop Advisory System Exploiting Nanotechnology Based Nitrogen Sensor with Internet of Farming (IoF) Framework

      Role

      Co-Principal Investigator

      Funding Agency

      Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India., New Delhi

      Amount

      Rs. 46,15,240/-

      Status

      On-going (2021-2024)

       

      Project Title

      Intelligent planning of Prosumer Microgrid (PMG) Load Management in Smart Cities for Optimal Energy Consumption

      Role

      Co-Principal Investigator

      Funding Agency 

      BITS Pilani and La Trobe University (Australia) under Asian Smart Cities Research Innovation Network (ASCRIN) Scheme

      Amount

       Approx. Rs. 12,00,000/- (Fellowship of a full time Ph.D. scholar)

      Status

      On-going (2022-2026)

       

      Project Title

      IoT Based Energy Management System of a Microgrid with Vehicle to Grid (V2G) Feature 

      Role

      Principal Investigator

      Funding Agency

      Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, New Delhi

      Amount

      Rs. 47,53,100/-

      Status

      On-Going (2019-2023) 

       

      Project Title

      Management of Distributed Energy Resources in Smart Cities: Challenges and Advanced Control Strategies 

      Role

      Principal Investigator

      Funding Agency

      Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), Govt. of India, New Delhi- Under SPARC  (Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration) 

      Amount

      Rs. 42,50,000/-

      Status

      On-Going (2019-2022) 

       

      Project Title

      Development of Improved Design and Control Techniques for Unified Power Quality Conditioner with Distributed Generation (UPQC-DG)

      Role

      Principal Investigator

      Funding Agency

      Central Power Research Institute (CPRI), Bangalore under Ministry of Power, Govt. of India.

      Amount

      Rs. 21,09,000/-

      Status

      Completed (2019-2022)

       
       

      Project  Title

      National Mission Project on Education through ICT: Developing suitable pedagogical methods for various classes intellectual calibers and research in e-learning

      Title of Course: Advanced Electrical Machines

      Role

      Principal Developer

      Funding Agency

      Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), Govt. of India, New Delhi

      Amount

      Rs. 7,00,000/-

      Status

      Completed (2016-2017)

       

      Project Title

      Inter-area oscillation Control using Embedded Energy Storage in Interconnected

      Power System with Distributed Generation

      Role

      Principal Investigator

      Funding Agency

      Seed Grant Scheme, BITS, Pilani

      Amount

      Rs. 11,50,000/-

      Status

      Completed (2011-2013)


      Research Interest

      • English Language and Literature
      • Professional Communication and Soft Skills
      • Minority Literature
      • Comparative  Literature
      • Post colonial literature
      • Indian literature

            Thesis Evaluation:

            Examined and evaluated a Ph.D Thesis for EFL University.( 2020 ) 
       
      Sanctioned Project :
       

      Sl.

      No.

      Project Name

      Principal Investigator

       Funding  Agency

      Sanctioned Amount

      Duration

      1

      Self and Social Exclusion: Representation of Parsi community in Theatre and Films

      Dr.M.G.Prasuna

      UGC

      Rs.7,28,600

      3 years

       
      Doctoral Thesis Guided :
       
      Name of the Research Scholar                    Thesis Title 
       
      Swati Alok                                           Application of Theory of Planned Behaviour in Conflict Management 
       
      Doctoral Theses Guiding :
       
      Shruti Chakraborthi                          Alternative narratives to Mahabharatha in select modern fiction 
       
      Saritha Sasidharan                           Gender and LGBTQ representations in literature           
       
      Aysha Femin                                      Faith Healing  
       
      First Degree Thesis Guided :
       
      V. Abhinay Teja                                    The Role of Humanities in Technical Education   
       
       
      Reading Course Guided :
        
      Dilip K V S R -Trends and Analysis of the Spoken Language. 
       
      Vamsee Kotaru -Akhil Sharma’s ‘Family Life’ and ‘Jerry Pinto’s ‘Em and the Big Hoom’ _ A Comparative Study.
                                                
      B. Arvind -The Effect of Social Group on an Individual’s Language Use : A Campus Lingo Case Study.
                                                                   
      J. Susruth Sathyanvesh -A Critical Analysis of Arundhati Roy’s “The God of Small Things“. 
       
      • Reviewed a research article titled ‘ Is it obscurity or the polemics of symbolism ? A study of Wole Soyinka’s poetry for the International  journal “ Asian Journal of Language, Literature and Culture Studies”.( August 2018 ) 
      • Reviewed a book  titled  Technical Communication for Engineers for  Cambridge University Press ( June 2018 )
      • Evaluator - Cambridge University Press
      • Member, Board of Studies, Anurag University, Hyderabad
      • Member, Board of Studies, Lords College of Engineering, Hyderabad
      • Member, Board of Studies, Gayatri Vidya Parishad College of Engineering, Vishakhapatnam.
      • Guiding students in study oriented projects in the areas of the Role of Humanities, Professional Communication, Indian Writing in English
      • Member, Doctoral Research Committee
      • Member, Doctoral Advisory Committee
      • Examiner, Ph.D qualifying exam and Ph.D Viva-voce

      Research Interests


      Research


      Sponsored Projects

      Quantum back-action evasion using reservoir engineering and hybrid quantum systems (2021-23)
      Sponsor: Science and Engineering Research Board, India.

       

      Research Projects

      • As PI: "Characterization of surface errors in machining of thin-walled curved geometries" funded by SERB,DST, Government of India, 13th July, 2013  to 12th July, 2016, Completed, Project cost: INR 26.13 lacs.
      • As Co-PI: "Study of lubricant and application method for enhanced surface finish and reduced draw load on cold drawn steel tubes", Sponsored by Tube Investment India Ltd (TIIL), Chennai, August, 2017 to August, 2020, Completed, Project cost INR 27.44 lacs.

      Research and Consultancy Projects

      1. “Investigations on Impacts of Variations in Local Site and Climatic Conditions on Field Performance of Grid-connected Solar Photovoltaic and Small Wind Energy Systems at BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa-Campus” funded by BITS Pilani under the Cross Disciplinary Research Framework (CDRF) September 2023 – September 2025, Total cost Rs 45,00,000/- (Other collaborators Prof M K Deshmukh from Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Prof Chandradev Sharma  from Department of Physics).
      2. "Investigation on operating performance of Rotary Kiln in coke calcination process: Modeling and Simulation studies" funded by Goa Carbon Limited, Goa, Total cost Rs 30,18,440/- November  2023 – October  2025 (PI: Dr Amol Deshpande Department of Chemical Engineering).
      3. “Environmental Impact assessment of the process for the production of, 1-((1,1-bis (4-Fluorophenyl) Propan-2-yl) oxy)- 1-Oxopropan-2-Aminium chloride (BFPA HCl)”, funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost Rs. 4,78,000/- August 2023- March 2024.  
      4. “Development of Bio-Based Antioxidant for Application in Rubber Composites- A Sustainable Material” funded by Apollo Tyres, Chennai, Total cost Rs 38,00,000/-, September 2023 – August 2026.  
      5. “Value-added products from cashew apple and its pulp wastes - An Economic boost to cashew farmers” funded by Goa Energy Development Agency (GEDA), Total cost Rs 32,06,060/- September 2023 to September 2026 (PI: Prof Vivek Rangarajan, Department of Chemical Engineering).
      6. “Life Cycle Assessment Study of Chlorfenapyr, Disulfur, NPPT and MPDC” funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost Rs.  2,12, 400/- April 2023 – Jan 2024.
      7. “Study on effective recovery & modification of carbon black from waste/scrap tyres, and its application in fabrication of membranes for water desalination/purifications” funded by CSIR –HRDG, New Delhi, Total cost Rs 27,00,000/- July 2023 to June 2026. (In collaboration with Dr. Hiren D. Raval (Co-PI), Principal Scientist, Membrane Science and Separation Technology Division, CSIR -CSMCRI, Bhavnagar).
      8. Environmental Impact Assessment of 2, 6, Difluroaniline and 4,4-Dimethoxy-2-butanone (DMB) funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost Rs. 8,85,000/- October 2022- May 2023
      9. “Environmental Impact Assessment  of  DIMPA (2-(4-Chloro-2,6-dimethylphenyl)acetic acid), Revysol (Mefentrifluconazole), BAS-560I (Fenmezoditiaz,(3R)-3-(2-chlorothiazol-5-yl)-8-methyl-7-oxo-6-phenyl-2,3,7,8-tetrahydro[1,3]thiazolo[3,2-a]pyrimidin-4-ium-5-olate), Amino Ethyl Phenol, Mandipropamid, and Ortho substituted Phenyl Amide”  funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost Rs. 25,00,000/- July 2022 – December  2023.
      10. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Study  of  Thiamethoxam, Pretilachlor,    CPTAP,  TCAN and     Metobromuron funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost Rs.  2,06,000/- November 2022 – March 2023
      11. Modeling and Simulation of  production processes of Dichlorophenyl (DCP) Ketone and Triflumezopyrim (RAB) 55 funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost Rs. 8,26,000/- November  2021 – April  2022
      12. “Modeling and simulation of production processes of Picoxystrobin, MOAT (N Methoxy 1 -(246  Trichloroprophenyl)Propane -2  amine), and DCF-TFAP (Dichloro Fluro Trifluro Acetophenone)” funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost Rs. 12,62,000/- October 2021 – June 2022.
      13. “Synthesis  of Carbon-Silica Dual Phase Filler using modified approach”, Funded by Fluor & Compounds, India, Koura Global, Vadodara, Gujrat, Total Cost Rs 1,25, 000/- October 2021 – May 2022.
      14. “Performance assessment of the manufacturing process of pig iron, Vedanta Limited, Goa” funded by Vedanta Limited, Goa, Total cost Rs 7, 02,000/- April 2021-April 2023
      15. “Study on recovery of high volatile components during the feni production” funded by Department of Chemical Engineering, BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa Campus Goa, Total cost Rs 2,00,000/- April 2021- December 2022
      16. “Air Dispersion Study (Modeling) of Coal Particles Released during the manufacture of calcined petroleum coke (CPC)from raw petroleum coke (RPC) at Salcet Plant of Goa Carbon” funded by Goa Carbon Limited, Goa, Total cost Rs 11,00,000/- March 2021- December   2022
      17. Life Cycle Assessment of Dorf Ketal Chemicals Pvt Ltd, Mumbai, Total Cost Rs 1,00,000/- May 2020- August 2020.
      18. Environmental impact assessment of production process of soft gelatin capsules” funded by Proctor and Gamble, Mumbai, Total Cost Rs 3, 89,400/-, August 2020 –March 2021.
      19. “Environmental Impact Assessment of 5-chloro-2-cyclopropyl-6-hydroxypyrimidine-4-carboxylic acid (MAT 26)” funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost Rs 4,24,800/-, September  2020 –March 2021.
      20. Life Cycle Assessment Study for M/s Shree Pushkar Chemicals & Fertilizers Limited, at MIDC, Lote, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, Total Cost Rs 1,29,800/-, February 2020- September 2020.
      21. “Study on performance comparison between MTB process and TMX-OZA process” funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost Rs. Rs 4, 01,200/-, March 2020 – October 2020. December 2019- June 2020.
      22. “Life Cycle Assessment study for Laxmi Organic Industries Ltd” funded by Laxmi Organic Industries Ltd, Mahad, Mumbai, Total cost  Rs 6,75,000/-
      23. Performance assessment studies on the production process of Tri-chloroanilene (T-CAN)” funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost  Rs 4, 01,200/-, December 2019 – July 2020.
      24. “Study on treatment of emerging contaminants using ozonation”, funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost Rs 1, 50,000/-, August 2019 – May 2020.
      25. “Prime Minister's Fellowship Scheme for Doctoral Research awarded to a PhD student Mr Chandresh Dwivedi” funded by SERB in coordination with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and industry partner Apollo Tyres Ltd.,  Total  cost Rs 24,00,000/-, July 2019 – July 2022.
      26. “Performance assessment studies on the production process of BFBTF” funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost Rs 3, 54,000/-, March 2019 – February 2020.
      27. “Water Audit for Ammonia, Urea, &  Phosphate Fertilizers Units and Utility & Storage sections,” funded by  Zuari  Agro Chemicals Limited, Goa, Total cost Rs 8,51,960/-.May 2019 – April 2020.
      28. Design and Development of cost effective method for synthesis of “carbon-silica based hybrid Fillers” for application in Rubber Products, ”funded by Apollo Tyres, Chennai, Total cost Rs 35,00,000/-, April 2019 – July 2022.
      29. “Performance assessment studies on the production process of MNQ” funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost Rs. 3, 54,000/-, May 2019 – October 2019.
      30. “Environmental Audit for Ammonia, Urea, &  Phosphate Fertilizers Units and Utility & Storage sections, ”funded by Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited, Goa, Total cost Rs 8,51,960/-. January 2019 – March 2020.
      31. “Study on Dispersion of Particles Generated from Handling of Cargo at Mooring Dolphins for Mormugao Port Trust Goa”funded by Mormugao Port Trust (MPT), Vasco, Goa, Total cost Rs 16,75,600/-, September 2018 – December 2019.
      32. “Life Cycle Assessment study for Maharashtra Aldehydes and Chemicals Ltd” funded by Maharashtra Aldehydes and Chemicals Ltd, Mahad, Mumbai, Total cost Rs 6, 90,000/-, November 2018-April 2019.
      33. “Performance assessment studies on the production process of   Thiamethoxam” funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost Rs.  3, 00,900/-, July 2018 – December 2018.
      34. “Optimization studies on fermentation of cashew apple juice for feni production in   Goa” Funded by M/s Navika Nursery  Total cost  Rs. 2, 50,000/- February 2018- December 2020.
      35. “Performance aassessment studies on the production process of MTB (a herbicide)” funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad,Total Cost Rs. 2, 44,850/-September 2017 – March 2018.
      36. “Performance aassessment studies on the production process of CPTAP” funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost Rs. 2, 56,650/- July 2017- February 2018.
      37. “Process improvements in Urrakh and Feni production in Goa” Funded by Department of Science and Technology, Govt of Goa,  Total cost Rs. 7,50,000/-November  2018 – December 2021.
      38. “Environmental Impact assessment studies on increased production of   Pretilachlor”,   funded by Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad, Total Cost Rs. 1,72,500/- November 2016 - May 2017.
      39. Feasibility studies  on Common Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage & Disposal Facility at Pissurlem Industrial Area, Goa funded  by SMS ENVOCARE LTD, Total cost Rs 50,000/- March 2017-April 2017.
      40. “A Parametric Study of the Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cell Performance” funded by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) Total cost Rs. 10, 47,000/- August 2007 – March 2011.
      41. “Application of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to DAP Production”  funded by Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Govt. of India  Total cost Rs. 27,00,000, January 2008 – March 2010.
      42. “Design, Modeling and Simulation of a High Efficiency Solar Distillation Unit”, funded by BITS Pilani, Rajasthan, Total cost Rs.  1,25,000/-, January 2004 - May 2005.
      43. “Adsorption Equilibrium Study For Different Adsorbate – Adsorbent System” funded by UGC, Delhi (minor project) and partly by BITS Pilani, Rajasthan, Total grant Rs. 1, 00,000/- January 2001 - December 2002.
      44. Investigating the effect of co-digestion and advanced sludge pre-treatment methods on the anaerobic conversion potential of the organic wastes” funded by DBT, New Delhi, Total cost  Rs 27,48,800/-, July 2013 - June 2016, This project is in collaboration with NIT Warangal (PI: Prof PV Rao. Associate Professor Dept of Chemical Engg
      45. “Development of Environmental Pollution control Laboratory” funded by KK Birla Academy, New Delhi, Total grant Rs.  8, 00,000/-, August 2000 - May 2002 (PI: Prof R.K. Gupta, Professor, Dept of Chemical Engg).

      RESEARCH INTERESTS & SCHOLARS

       

      RESEARCH  INTERESTS
      •  Machine Dynamics, Vibration & Control
      •  Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos
      •  Optimization using Genetic Algorithms.
      •  Acoustics
      •  Vibration Based Condition Monitoring using Machine Learning

       

      RESEARCH SCHOLARS

      Sr. No.

      Name of candidate

      Title of Ph.D. Thesis

      1

      K.V.R.B. Prasad

       Genetic algorithms for optimum design of turbo-alternator (January 2012)

      2

      Raghavendra D. Naik

       Stability, Resonance and Bifurcation in Vehicle Suspension System (October 2014)

      3

      Kiran D. Mali

      Vibration Analysis Perforated Plates (January 2016)

      4.

      D.K.Mohanty

      Effect of Fouling on the Performance of a Heat Exchanger (July, 2012)

      5.

      Varinder Singh

      Development of Models for Analysis and Design of Integrated Manufacturing System. ( October, 2013)

      6.

       Amit Rajput

      Preparation and characterization of polybenzoxazine-ferrite based magnetic nanocomposite, Prof. N.N. Ghosh (Supervisor), Prof. P.M. Singru(co-supervisor) ( October, 2013)                              

       7.

       Vivek Chandran

      Gyro-less Attitude and Attitude-Rate Estimation For A Satellite Using Non Linear Models and Star Vector Observations. Supervisor: Dr. N.S. Manjrekar, EEE., Co-supervisor (Prof. P.M. Singru) (January, 2024)

      8.

       Chandrashekhar Chauhan

       An acoustic study, characterization and Standardization of Sarswati Veena: Co-supervisor: Prof. Radhika Vathsan, Physics , (August , 2023)    

      9.

       Ramesh Bhat

      Vibration Based Ship Propeller Condition Monitoring using Machine Learning (Ongoing), Co-supervisor: Prof. R.S. Joshi, Computer Science (Joined August 2023)

      10. 

       Avdhut Jakhi

      Feature Engineering for Condition Monitoring of Machines Using Vibration Signature Analysis using Machine Learning (ongoing), Co-supervisor: Prof. R.S. Joshi, Computer Science (Joined November 2023)

       

      RESEARCH FUNDING:
      1. National MEMS Design Center from NPMASS. Coventorware, Comsol, Intellisuit Softwares are received throgh this grant.
      2. DST -FIST grant of Rs. 80 lakhs for Mechanical Department, out of which Rs. 25 lakhs are for Dynamics & Vibration Lab. (2011-2016)
      3. RO-RO Challenge for C130J Aircraft (Lockhead Martin Corporation) 2015-16 , US$ 25,000
      4. DST -SERB the project titled, "An acoustic study, characterization and standardization of the Sarasvati Veena ". approved on January 4, 2017, amount Rs. 36..96 Lakhs under EMR Grant scheme. Co-PI: Prof. Radhika Vathsan, Physics
      5. BITS CDRF grant title , "Feature Engineering for Condition Monitoring of Machines Using Vibration Signature Analysis using Machine Learning " ( PI : Prof Ramprasad Joshi, Prof. P.M.Singru), Rs 20 lakhs (C1/23/135) 
      6. BITS Sparkle grant  for Staircase Climbing wheelchair, Rs 2 lakhs
      7. BITS grant under Teaching Learning Center " Software for Machine Component Design ", Rs 77,500 

      Funded Projects & Fellowships

      Project/Fellowship

      Funding Agency

      Year

      Project Type

       MASTIC: ML-Aided Secure SoC and Analytics (Role: PI)

       Axiado   

       2021-2024

       R & D

       MUT-DROCO: Multipath Networking Test-bed for Drone Communications (Role: PI)

       DST-SERB, Govt. of India.

       2020-2022

      R&D

      NANCY: Neural Adaptive Network Coding methodologY for video distribution through wireless networks (Role: Advisor)

      TCS, India

      2019-2023

      Fellowship for PhD Student 

      Real Time Performance Analysis of Network Coding Implementation (Role: PI)

      BITS Pilani, India

      2020-2022

      R&D 

      Network Coding for Multipath Transport (Role: PI)        

      AnsuR, Norway   

       2019-2020   

       R&D

      Visiting Researcher Fellowship, Oslo, Norway (Role: Research Fellow)  

      AnsuR, Norway

      2019

      Fellowship

      Network Coding with Deterministic Coefficients for Unreliable Networks (Role: PI)

      AnsuR, Norway

      2018-2019

       R&D

      HENCSAT: Highly Efficient Network Coding for Satellite Applications (Role: Work Package Manager)

      European Space Agency, Netherlands

      2016-2019

       R&D

      SatNetCode: Satellite Network-Coding for High Performance, Semantic-Aware Mission Critical Visual Communications (Role: Work Package Manager)

      European Space Agency, Netherlands 

      2015-2018

       R&D

      PhD fellowship (PIF) from Government of Spain, UAB, Barcelona, Spain (Role: Research Fellow)

      Government of Spain, Barcelona, Spain.

      2009-2014

       Fellowship

      Visiting Researcher Fellowship, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada (Role: Research Fellow)

      Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. 

      2008

       Fellowship

      National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) Fellowship

      National Council of Educational Research and Training, India. 

      2002

       Fellowship

       


      Acknowledgement

      Ongoing Projects

      2024–2026
      Physiological and pharmacological significance of formate-nitrite transporters in Toxoplasma gondii: ICMR Research Grant, ca. INR 7 million

      2022–2024
      Biosensor monitoring in Toxoplasma gondiiIndo-Japan Scholar Mobility Program by DST-JSPS (co-PI, Takeharu Nagai @ Osaka University, Japan), ca. INR 1 million

      2022–2025
      Pyruvate homeostasis in Toxoplasma gondii: DST-SERB Core Research Grant, ca. INR 6 million

      2021–2025
      Lipid and cyclic nucleotide signaling in Toxoplasma gondii: IA/S/19/1/504263 by Wellcome Trust – DBT (India Alliance) Senior Fellowship, ca. INR 45 million

       
      Previous Grants

      2019–2021
      A novel lipid-regulated calcium homeostasis in Toxoplasma gondii. GU1100/4-3 from German Research Foundation, ca. 260,000 €

      2019–2020
      Functional and physiological significance of phosphatidylethanolamine biogenesis in Toxoplasma gondii: GU1100/15 from German Research Foundation, ca. 10000 €

      2017–2020
      Cyclic nucleotides-mediated ion homeostasis in the malaria parasite: IRTG2290 from German Research Foundation; co-PI: Alexander Maier (ANU), ca. 230,000 €

      2016–2020
      Metabolic basis of obligate intracellular parasitism: GU1100/8 & GU1100/13 from German Research Foundation, ca. 520,000 €

      2015–2018
      Optogenetic dissection of cyclic NMP signaling T. gondii: GU1100/7 from German Research Foundation, co-PI: Peter Hegemann, ca. 197,000 €

      2015–2021
      Cyclic NMP signaling and metabolic regulation in T. gondii: GRK2046/A2 from German Research Foundation, ca. 460,000 €

      2014–2017
      Synthesis vs. import of host-derived phospholipids by T. gondii: GU1100/4-1 from German Research Foundation; co-PI: Maik Lehmann, ca. 320,000 €

      2013–2016
      Carbon metabolisms of acute and chronic stages of T. gondii: GU1100/3-1 from German Research Foundation, ca. 160,000 €

      2010–2012
      Phosphatidylcholine synthesis as a drug target in T. gondii: Young scientist grant from European Society of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, 20,000

      2009–2014
      Biogenesis of inositol-lipids in T. gondii: GRK1121/A7 from German Research Foundation, co-PI: Andreas Herrmann (HU, Berlin), 362,000 €

      2009–2013
      Modeling of lipid biogenesis in Toxoplasma-infected human cell: SBF618/C7 from German Research Foundation, co-PIs: Herrmann Holzhütter (Charité, Berlin) and Richard Lucius (HU, Berlin), ca. 411,000 €

      2009–2011
      High-throughput anti-coccidian drug screening using YFP-parasite, Novartis Animal Healthcare, co-PI: Richard Lucius (HU, Berlin), ca. 33,000 €

      2009–2011
      In vivo parasite-host interactions in the Eimeria-mouse model. Manuela Schmid (doctoral student) & Nishith Gupta (host PI), Helmholtz Foundation, ca.120,000 €

      2008–2010
      Central carbon metabolism of T. gondii. Martin Blume (doctoral student) & Nishith Gupta (host PI), Helmholtz Foundation, ca.120,000 €


      RESEARCH PROJECT GRANTS 

      Ongoing Projects:

       

      Topic: Development of Intelligent System for Sustainable Micro-manufacturing of Microneedle Arrays of Difficult-to-cut Materials with an Application to Bio-fabrication 

       Role: Co-Principal Investigator

       Agency: SERB

       Funding sanctioned: 22.37 Lakhs

       Duration: 2023-2026

       

       Completed Projects:

      Topic: Simulation and analysis of cellular materials against blast loading 

       Role: Principal Investigator

       Agency: CVRDE (DRDO) 

       Funding sanctioned: 9.77 Lakhs

       Duration: 2021-2023

       

      Topic: Novel casting approach to improve quality of aluminum alloy casting

       Role: Principal Investigator

       Agency: DRDL

       Funding sanctioned: 9.84 Lakhs

       Duration: 2017-2020

       

      Topic: Studies related to control of porosity in casting

       Role: Principal Investigator

       Agency: ISR

       Funding sanctioned: 8.03 Lakhs

       Duration: 2016-2019

       

      Topic: Novel minimal SLM application method for performance improvement in turning

       Role: Principal Investigator

       Agency: DST-SERB

       Funding sanctioned: 40.16 Lakhs

       Duration: 2013-2017

       

      Topic: Solid lubricant coated tools for sustainable machining

       Role: Principal Investigator

       Agency: CSIR

       Funding sanctioned: 18.52 Lakhs

       Duration: 2012-2015

       

      Topic: Development of novel coated tools for green machining

       Role: Principal Investigator

       Agency: BITS-SG

       Funding sanctioned: 11.80 Lakhs

       Duration: 2011-2013

       


      Research Projects

       
      5. SERB-POWER Grant- (2022-2025):

      Design and Simulation of Improved Polysaccharide based Membranes, the Future Must for Food Packaging

      4. SERB MATRICS Grant- (2022-2025):

      Design and simulation of oligosaccharide wrapped super-paramagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles as promising theranaustics

      3. SERB Core Research Grant- (2019-2022): 
       
      High potency of complex dietary β-glucan fibers as Cholesterol and Low-Density Lipoprotein lowering agents: A comprehensive mechanistic investigation through advanced dynamical simulations
       
      2. DST-SERB Young Scientist Grant-(2015-2018):

      Investigation of the folding of Cysteine-rich Neurotoxins in Ionic Liquid by Molecular Dynamics Simulation and Quantum Mechanical Calculations

      1. BITS research initiation grant- (2013-2015)

      Research Projects

      "Treating waste water using pilot plant ", Sponsored by Ocean Corner Water Treatment Equipment & Chemicals (L.L.C) Dubai, UAE (As Co Investigator).


      Projects

       

      Sponsored Research Projects

       

      1. SPARC Project: MHRD Sponsored Grant (Indo-UK Project)

      Title: Concrete and value-added chemical production, Role: PI, 2023-2025, BITS- Leeds University Joint Project, Amount: 47 Lakhs (Ongoing)

       

      1. Core Research Grant: SERB-CRG

      Title: Alternative Construction Technology for the Seismic Prone Areas, BITS-NIT Trichy Joint Project, 2022-25, Amount:21.46 Lakhs (Ongoing).

       

      1. DST-TDP Research Grant

      Title: A potential supplementary cementitious material, BITS-IIT Bombay Joint Project, 2023-26, Amount:50 Lakhs (Ongoing).

       

      1. Cross-Disciplinary Research Framework (CDRF) Research Grant

      Title: Eco friendly concrete and value-added chemical production, 2023-25, Role: PI, Amount:20 Lakhs (Ongoing).

       

      1. Nehru- Fulbright Visiting Specialist program, 2023

      Title: Sustainable concrete construction -An engineering education perspective; Role: PI, BITS- Clarkson University USA Joint work; 2023 (Completed)

       

      1. SPARC Project-MHRD Sponsored Grant (Indo-Japan Project)

       Title: Bagasse and Its Sustainable Utilization as a Raw Material in an Innovative Industrial Process, BITS- Kyushu University Japan Joint project, 2019-2023, Amount: 32 Lakhs (Completed)

       

      1. MHRD Sponsored National Mission Project on Pedagogy

      Title: "Learner-centric Outcome based Pedagogy project. Construction materials and Technology” Role: PI; Amount: Rs 7 lakhs (Completed)

       

      1. OPERA (Outstanding Potential for Excellence in Research and Teaching) Grant Title: Devolvement of agro-waste based binders, Duration: 2015 - 2020, Role : PI; Amount: 22.2 Lakhs (Completed)

       

      1. Research Initiation Grant

      Title: Assessment of Pozzolanic Performance of Sugarcane Bagasse Ash from Different Disposal Sites, Sponsor: BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus, Duration: 2016 - 2018, Amount: 2 Lakhs (Completed).

       

      1. Additional Competitive Grant

      Devolvement of low carbon ternary cement for durable and sustainable cement, Duration: 2016 - 2018, Role: PI, Amount: 9.25 Lakhs (completed)

       

      Consultancy projects

      1. Assessment of potential of Industrial Shed Exposed to Fire Accident.

      Sponsor: Nilgiri Oil & Allied Industries, Hyderabad. Duration: Aug 2018-Nov 2018

      Amount: 4.13 Lakhs (Completed)

      1. Condition assessment of Raw Mill- Field and Laboratory investigation

      Sponsor: Star Cement Co. L.L.C.

      Duration: July 2019 -Sept 2019

      Amount: INR 5.15 Lakhs (Completed)

      1. Non-destructive testing of Coal Mill- Field and Laboratory investigation

      Sponsor: Star Cement Co. L.L.C.

      Duration: INR 4.6 Lakhs, June 2020 - Dec 2020, (Completed) 


      Sponsored Projects

      Finding Agency

      Project Title

      Approved Fund

      Duration

      DST SERB-CRG

      Therapeutic potential of endogenous peptides in hypertension

      36 Lakhs

      2021-2024

      ICMR

      Role of novel endogenous peptides in cardiometabolic disorders

      29 Lakhs

      2021-2024

      ICMR

      Therapeutic potential of novel MAD2 inhibitors in ovarian cancer

      35 Lakhs

      2022-2025

      ISSAR Pharmaceuticals

      Pre-Clinical Efficacy Evaluation of synthetic Peptides  For the Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease & Sepsis

      29 Lakhs

      2020-2023

      Department of Science and Technology  (DST) and SERB Under Young Scientist Scheme)

      Role of double stranded RNA dependent protein kinase (PKR) in hypertension: Mechanism and prevention

      27 Lakhs

       2015-2018

      CSIR

      Pharmacological evaluation of novel double stranded RNA dependent protein kinase (PKR) inhibitors for diabetic cardiomyopathy”.

       

      24 Lakhs

      2015-2018

      BITS (Under additional Competitive grant)

      Evaluation of novel pharmacological agents targeted at methylglyoxal in diabetic cardiomyopathy

      10 Lakhs

      2015-2017

      UGC

      Evaluation of pharmacological agents targeted at double stranded RNA dependent protein kinase (PKR) in type 2 diabetes mellitus

      6 Lakhs

       2014-2016

      BITS (Research Initiation Grant)

      Role of methyglyoxal in diabetic cardiomyopathy

      2 Lakhs

      2014-2016


      Ongoing Undergraduate Projects

      • Shreyya Nair (Biotech)– Growth Kinetics and Experimental Optimization of Yeast and Pichia pastoris Biomass (FD Thesis)
      • Krishna Sunil (Chemical)– Lignocellulosic biomass to ethanol conversion-Coupled experimental and modelling study (Laboratory Project)
      • Shreya Varanasi (Chemical)-Lignocellulose to ethanol conversion (Laboratory Project)

      • Shreyya Nair (Biotech)– Growth Kinetics and Experimental Optimization of Yeast and Pichia pastoris Biomass (FD Thesis)
      • Krishna Sunil (Chemical)– Lignocellulosic biomass to ethanol conversion-Coupled experimental and modelling study (Laboratory Project)
      • Shreya Varanasi (Chemical)-Lignocellulose to ethanol conversion (Laboratory Project)

      • Shreyya Nair (Biotech)– Growth Kinetics and Experimental Optimization of Yeast and Pichia pastoris Biomass (FD Thesis)
      • Krishna Sunil (Chemical)– Lignocellulosic biomass to ethanol conversion-Coupled experimental and modelling study (Laboratory Project)
      • Shreya Varanasi (Chemical)-Lignocellulose to ethanol conversion (Laboratory Project)
      • Shreyya Nair (Biotech)– Growth Kinetics and Experimental Optimization of Yeast and Pichia pastoris Biomass (FD Thesis)
      • Krishna Sunil (Chemical)– Lignocellulosic biomass to ethanol conversion-Coupled experimental and modelling study (Laboratory Project)
      • Shreya Varanasi (Chemical)-Lignocellulose to ethanol conversion (Laboratory Project)
      • Shreyya Nair (Biotech)– Growth Kinetics and Experimental Optimization of Yeast and Pichia pastoris Biomass (FD Thesis)
      • Krishna Sunil (Chemical)– Lignocellulosic biomass to ethanol conversion-Coupled experimental and modelling study (Laboratory Project)
      • Shreya Varanasi (Chemical)-Lignocellulose to ethanol conversion (Laboratory Project)

      Sponsored Projects Through RIG

      Conversion of sustainable biomass materials for biomedical applications

      Conversion of sustainable biomass materials for biomedical applications


      Sponsored Projects

      1. Title: Meshfree adjoint based sensitivity analysis for 3D aerodynamic design. 
        Co-PI: Keshav S. Malagi, Computational and Theoretical Fluid Dynamics Division, CSIR - National Aerospace Laboratories, Bengaluru.
        This research is funded by CSIR under the Extra Mural Research scheme (EMR-II).
        Status: Ongoing. Duration: July 2023 - July 2026. 
      2. Title: GPU accelerated meshfree adjoint solver for inviscid compressible flows.
        Co-PI: Bharat Kumar Sharma, NVIDIA Corporation.
        This research is sponsored by NVIDIA under NVIDIA's AI Technology Center (NVAITC) program. 
        Status: Ongoing. Started in April 2021.
      3. Title: Development and application of a meshfree adjoint approach for aerodynamic shape optimisation. 
        Co-PI: Dr. N. Kishore Kumar, Department of Mathematics, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus. 
        This research is funded by Aeronautics Research and Development Board (AR&DB), DRDO. 
        Status: Completed. Duration: October 2020 - October 2022.
      4. Title: Development of an unstructured grid-based adjoint solver for compressible turbulent flows.
        Co-PI: Prof. C. Praveen, Center for Applicable Mathematics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bengaluru. 
        This research is funded by DST-SERB under the Extra Mural Research scheme. 
        Status: Completed. Duration: March 2017 - March 2020.

      Sponsored Projects

      1. Title of the project: Security for transmission of images in an open network
      Amount: 6,00,000 INR
      Period: 2013-2015
       
      2. Title of the project: A certain study of wavelet analysis and its applications
      Amount: 1,36,000 INR
      Period: 2013-2015
       
      3. Title of the project: Development of an encryption algorithm for secure transmission of color images
      Amount: 15,08,053 INR
      Period: 2016-2019 
       
      4. Title of the project: Uncertainty Principles in Generalized Function Spaces: Theory and Applications 
      Amount: 3,47,500 INR
      Period: 2023-2026 

      Areas of Active Research:


      Sponsored Projects

      S. No.

      Sponsoring Agency

      Project Title

      Role & Other investigator(s)

      Duration

      Budget in Rs.

      9.        

      Cross-Disciplinary Research Framework (CDRF) at BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad

      Design of Catalysts and Reactors for Green Hydrogen via photo- and photoelectro-catalysis

      PI

      Co-PI: Prof. Sounak Roy

      2 Years

      (2024 - 2026)

      20,00,000/-

      8.        

      Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)

      Harnessing the Duality of Mesoporous Core-shell Materials for CO2 Capture and Methanation

      PI

      Co-PI: Prof. I. Sreedhar

      3 Years

      (2023 - 2026)

      25,77,696/-

      7.        

      Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) - Core Research Grant (CRG)

      'Single step' conversion of CO2 from Thermal Power Plant Exhaust to Dimethyl Ether

      Co-PI

      PI: Prof. Sounak Roy

      Co-PI: Prof. B.M. Reddy

      3 Years

      (2022 - 2025)

      44,69,696/-  

      6.        

      DRDO - Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL)

      Synthesis and characterization of vrantage VW 10200 FRP

      Co-PI

      PI: Prof. D. Purnima

      Co-PI: Dr. Chanchal Chakraborty

      1.5 Years

      (2022 - 2024)

      15,20,000/-

      5.        

      Department Level Project

      -

       

      Co-investigator for DST-FIST (Level-I)

      Project approved in March 2022.

      1,35,00,000/-

      4.        

       

      University Level Project

      -

      Co-investigator for DST-PURSE Project

      4 Years

      (2022 - 2026)

      23,40,12,320/-

      3.        

      Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) - Core Research Grant (CRG)

      Mechanistic insights of CO2 methanation using core-shell catalysts

      PI

      Co-PI: Prof. I. Sreedhar

      3 Years

      (2021 - 2024)

      32,04,660/-

      2.        

      Additional Competitive Research Grant (ACRG) at BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad

      Synthesis of Core-Shell Nanoparticles (CSNs) for Photocatalytic Reforming

      PI

      2 Years

      (2019 - 2021)

      10,00,000/-

      1.        

      Research Initiation Grant (RIG) at BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad

      Nanocomposites Synthesis and Stability Enhancement for Methane Combustion

      PI

      2 Years

      (2018 - 2020)

      2,00,000/-

       


      Sponsored Research Projects

      Research Projects: Completed/Ongoing/Approved/Sanctioned


      1) Title: Applications of Supervised Machine Learning Algorithms to Analyze the Drivers of Early-Stage Entrepreneurial Activities in India: The Role of Socio-cognitive Traits and Institutional Environments 
      Funding Agency: Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), DST, Government of India
      Duration: Two years    
      Role: Principal Investigator 
      Status: Ongoing (2023- 2025)
       
      2) Title: Impact of Indigenous S&T innovations developed by Start-ups incubated in Academic Institutes in India 
      Funding Agency: PCPM (NSTMIS), DST, New Delhi, India
      Duration: Two years    
      Role: Co-Principal Investigator (PI-Dr. Rajorshi Sen Gupta)
      Status: Ongoing (2023- 2025)
       
      3) Title: Impact of E- National Agriculture Market (e- NAM) on the Farmers from Goa and Maharashtra
      Funding Agency: ICSSR (Indian Council of Social Science Research), New Delhi, India
      Duration: Two years 
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Status: Ongoing (2022- 2024)
       
      4) Title: Impact of “Make in India” and new IPR Policy on Innovation of MNCs and Indian MSMEs in Medical  Device Sector
      Funding Agency: Impactful Policy Research in Social Sciences (IMPRESS)Scheme, ICSSR, New Delhi, India
      Duration: Two years    
      Role: Co-Principal Investigator (PI-Dr. Rajorshi Sen Gupta)
      Status: Completed (2019- 2021)
       
      5) Title: Mining Closure, Economic Disruption & Local Level Sustainability: A Case Study of Goa, India 
      Funding Agency: ICSSR (Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi)                
      Duration: Two years (2014 - 2016)    
      Role: Principal Investigator 
      Status: Completed (2014-2016)
       
      6) Title: Natural Disasters, Socioeconomic Vulnerability and Policy Responses: A Comparative Study of Odisha and Uttarakhand in India
      Funding Agency: UGC, New Delhi 
      Duration: Two years (2014 - 2016) 
      Role: Principal Investigator 
      Status: Approved (2014- 2016)

      Sponsored Projects

      (i) DST Fast track project titled ‘Synthesis and spectral, redox and solid state coordination properties of asymmetric and highly functionalised thienyl- and furyl- porphyrins’ (SR/FTP/CS-57/2007) (Completed, 19.9 lakhs)

      (ii) CSIR project titled ‘An investigation on derivatives of meso-tetrathienylporphyrin as dyes in dye sensitised solar cells (DSSCs)’ (02(0076)/12/EMR-II) (Completed, 16.18 lakhs)

      (iii) SERB project titled ‘Steric and Conformational Influences on the Performance of Nonplanar and Highly Functionalized Phenyl- And Heteroaryl- Porphyrins in the Sensing of Anions and Heavy Metal Ions’ (EMR/2016/002367) (Completed, 28.2 lakhs)


      Projects

      Title of the Project: Challenging the representation of women in the matrilineal communities of Kerala through selected fiction.
      Funding Agency: Research Initiation Grant (Bits-Pilani )
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Amount Sanctioned: 2 Lakhs
      Status: Completed


      Sponsored Projects

      Ongoing Projects

      1. Research grant funded by BITS Pilani, Hyderbad Campus under Outstanding Potential for Excellence in Research and Academics (OPERA) (22 Lakhs) (December 2018-December 2023) as PI
         

      Completed Projects

      1. Harvesting of Energy from Underwater Currents through Coupled Vortex Induced Vibration, Flapping Dynamics, Electro-Magnetic Induction and Piezoelectric Effects, funded by SERB under Startup Research Grant (SRG) (27.36 Lakhs) (October 2019 - October 2021) as PI
      2. Numerical and Experimental Investigation of Insect/Bird Flight Inspired Flexible Flapping Wing Propulsion, funded by BITS Pilani, Hyderabad campus under Advanced Competitive Research Grant (ACRG) (9.5 Lakhs) (September 2019 - September 2021) as PI
      3. Flow induced vibration/flapping dynamics of multi-layered flexible foil in a uniform flow, funded by BITS Pilani, Hyderbad Campus under Research Initiation Grant (RIG) (2 Lakhs) (March 2019- March 2021) as PI
      4. Development of heterogenous MPI-CUDA based parallel 3D fluid-structure solver, funded by NVIDIA under Hardware Grant Program (October 2021 - October 2022) as PI

      Research Projects

      1. Outstanding Potential for Excellence in Research and Academics (OPERA)

       

      PI: Dr. SAYAN KANUNGO 

       

      Funding Agency: Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India

       

      Amount: INR 21 Lakhs. 

      Duration: August 2018 to July 2023;

      Present Status: Completed.

       

       

      1. Start-up Research Grant (SRG)

       

      PI: Dr. SAYAN KANUNGO 

       

      Project Title: Investigation of Van der Waals Hetero-structures of Transition Metal Di-Chalcogenides (MX2) and Tin Di-Chalcogenides (SnX2) for Broad-band Photodetector Design

       

      Funding Agency: DST-SERB, Govt. of India. 

       

      Amount: INR 11.2 Lakhs

      Duration: January 2021 to January 2023;

      Present Status: Completed

       

       

       

      1. Asian Smart Cities Research Innovation Network (ASCRIN) Joint Ph.D. Program

       

      Lead PI: Dr. SAYAN KANUNGO (BITS-Pilani)

       

      PI: Prof. ING KONG (La Trobe)

       

      Project Title: Field Enhanced Volatile Organic Compounds Detection in Doped Platinum Di-chalcogenides- Theoretical Investigation to Experimental Realization

       

      Funding Agency: La Trobe University, Melbourne, and Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India. 

       

      Amount: INR 20 Lakhs (Approx.)

      Duration: July 2023 (Approved)

      Present Status: Ongoing

       

       

      1. Cross-Disciplinary Research Framework (CDRF)

       

      Lead PI: Dr. SAYAN KANUNGO (EEE Department)

       

      PI: Dr. NILANJAN DEY (Chemistry Department)

       

       

      Project Title: Precursor Design and Optimization for Atomic Layer Deposition of Two-Dimensional Semiconductors on Different Inorganic Oxide Surfaces- an Ab- initio Theoretical Calculation and Experimental Realization based Complementary Approach

       

      Funding Agency: Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India
        

      Amount: INR 20 Lakhs. 

      Duration: November 2023 to November 2025;

      Present Status: Ongoing.

       

       

      5. BITS-RMIT Joint Ph.D. Program

       

      Lead PI: Dr. SAYAN KANUNGO (BITS-Pilani)

       

      PI: Prof. RAVICHANDAR BABARAO (RMIT)

       

      Project Title: Theoretical Investigation of Pollutant Gas Sensing using Engineered Novel 2D-Materials

       

      Funding Agency: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University, Melbourne, and Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India. 

       

      Amount: INR 20 Lakhs (Approx.)

      Duration: November 2023 (Approved)

      Present Status: Ongoing

       


      On going projects

      Project Title: Design and Development of MEMS Gyroscope for NAVAL Applications

      Funding Agency: DRDO-NAVAL RESEARCH BOARD (NRB)

      Duration: October 2020- December 2023

      Project Total cost: Rs. 46.5 lakhs


      Research

      About My Research

      Passionate about both experimental and theoretical research, my current focus revolves around unraveling the fundamental intricacies governing the electronic structure and properties of transitional metal-doped pure and hybrid semiconductor nanoclusters, superatoms, nanotubes, lithium-ion batteries, and their applications in pollution control. I delve into water electrolysis, hydrogen storage, and hydrogen fuel, employing various wave function-based methods in 'quantum chemistry' and 'Density Functional Theory (DFT)' to address these multifaceted challenges.

      In the realm of experimental research, I specialize in studying magnetism at low temperatures through Mossbauer spectroscopy. My experimental endeavors are closely intertwined with industrial materials, metallurgy, mineral sciences, and fuel research, contributing to a comprehensive understanding of these fields.

      Furthermore, I take pride in my substantial contribution to calculating the Ti-C-based ternary alloys phase diagram, a pivotal aspect with implications in defense. This diverse research portfolio reflects my commitment to advancing knowledge and addressing real-world challenges at the intersection of materials science, physics, and engineering.

      I regularly serve as a reviewer for the following journals across various fields:

      DST Project ongoing 2023 as PI from 21 March 2023 for 36 months

      • File Name :CRG/2022/003249
      • Project Title :Study of renewable photocatalytic water splitting for hydrogen generation and storage in hydrogen fuel cell
      • Proposed amount: 28,72,826/-

      DST Project Completed

      • "Substrate Supported Transition Metal Doped Alkaline Earth Clusters as Hydrogen Storage Materials and Their Applications in Hydrogen Fuel Cell" by Debashis Bandyopadhyay
      • Reference Number: 182017002877, Dated: 27th July 2017 for 36 months
      • Project amount: INR: 2413200/-

       

      Sponsered Research Projects

      8. Title: “Doubling farm women’s income: Entrepreneurship development through post-harvest and technology integration in arid zones”
      Funding Agency: Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India, New Delhi (SEED-ASACODER scheme).
      Duration: 3 Years (June 2021- May 2024)
      Consortia Partners: BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus and CAZRI, Jodhpur
      Amount: 2.3586541 Crore (BITS Pilani Grant 70.20481 Lakh)
      Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI)

      7. Title: “Development of a Real Time Crop Advisory System Exploiting Nanotechnology based Nitrogen Sensor with Internet of Farming (IoF) Framework”
      Funding Agency: Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India, New Delhi.
      Duration: 3 Years (April 2021-March 2024)
      Amount: 46.15240 Lakhs
      Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI)

      6. Title: “Integrated approach for the efficient removal and recovery of heavy metal catalyst (Zinc) used in viscos fiber industries”
      Funding Agency: BITS, Pilani and Aditya Birla Science and Technology Company Pvt. Ltd. (ABSTCPL), Mumbai
      Duration: 2.5 Years (June 2018-November 2020); Completed in March 2020
      Amount: 49.42 Lakhs
      Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI)

      5. Title: “Mechanistic studies on extracellular biosynthesis of metal nanoparticles”
      Funding Agency: Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India, New Delhi (Nano Mission scheme).
      Duration: 4 Years (February 2013- January 2017)
      Amount: 50.14566 Lakh
      Principal Investigator (PI)

      4. Title: “Investigations on metal tolerance ability of soil fungi and their potential towards nanoparticle synthesis”
      Funding Agency: University Grant Commission (UGC), Govt. of India, New Delhi.
      Duration: 3 Years (April 2013 to March 2016)
      Amount: 15.05800 Lakh
      Principal Investigator (PI)

      3. Title: “Nano technology for enhanced utilization of native phosphorous by plants and higher moisture retention in arid soils”
      Funding Agency: Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Govt. of India, New Delhi (NAIP scheme).
      Duration: 6 Years (July 2008-March 2014)
      Consortia Partners: BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus; IIT, Mumbai; PAU, Ludhiana; IISS, Bhopal and CAZRI, Jodhpur
      Amount: 6.147119 Crore (BITS Pilani Grant 41.539 Lakh)
      Consortium Co-Principal Investigator (CCPI)

      2. Title: “Natural and Engineered Lipases for Biodiesel Production”
      Funding Agency: Aditya Birla Group (ABG), Mumbai.
      Duration: 2 Years (October 2011-September 2013)
      Amount: 10 Lakh
      Co-Principal Investigator (CPI)

      1. Title: “Conservation of some endangered medicinal plants of Indian Thar Desert by arbuscular mycorrhizae”
      Funding Agency: Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India, New Delhi (Young Scientist scheme).
      Duration: 3 Years (February 2003-September 2005)
      Amount: 11.28 Lakh
      Principal Investigator (PI)


      Sponsored Projects

      Research Initiation Grant (RIG), BITS Pilani:  

      Title : Testing the Hypothesis that the Null is the Union of Multiple Cones 
      Duration : 19.05.2021 to 18.05.2023
      Amount : 2 lakhs 

      1. Research Initiation Grant (RIG), BITS Pilani:  

      Title : Testing the Hypothesis that the Null is the Union of Multiple Cones 

      Duration : 19.05.2021 to 18.05.2023

      Amount : 2 lakhs 


      Sponsored Projects

      Research Initiation Grant (RIG), BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus

      PI: Sushil Bhunia
      Title: Conjugacy classes of centralizers in algebraic groups.
      Duration: August 2022 to July 2024.
      Amount: 2,00,000 INR.


      Ongoing Projects:

      1. Start-up Research Grant (SRG)

      Title: Simulation-based optimization framework for waste cold recovery in LNG regasification terminals.
      Role: PI   ||  Funding Agency: DST-SERB  || Amount: Rs. 15.05 lacs || Duration: 2022-2024 

       

      2. Cross-Disciplinary Research Framework (CDRF) Grant

      Title: De novo design of antibacterial peptides to combat antimicrobial resistance. 
      Role: PI || Funding Organization: BITS Pilani ||  Amount: Rs. 27 lacs || Duration: 2 years [2023-2025]
      Other Principal Investigators
      1. Prof. Swati Biswas (Department of Pharmacy, BITS Pilani-Hyderabad Campus)
      2. Dr. Debirupa Mitra (Department of Chemical Engineering, BITS Pilani-Hyderabad Campus)

      3. DST-FIST (Level-I) Grant (Department level)

                Role: Co-investigator || Funding Organization: DST || Amount: Rs. 1.35 crores       

      Completed Projects:

      1. Research Initiation Grant

      Title: Technoeconomic feasibility analyses of sustainable energy systems using simulation based optimization paradigm. 
      Role: PI  || Funding Organization: BITS Pilani || Amount: Rs. 2 lacs ||  Duration: 2 years [2020-2022]

      Research Projects

      Sponsored Research Projects  

      1. Principal Investigator for DST project titled "Fourier Analysis and Development of Two-Dimensional Finite Element Schemes for Shallow water equations and Transport Related Systems" (July 2012-July 2015, Amount: Rs. 11,00,000)

      2. Principal Investigator for CSIR project titled "Experimental and Computational studies of Surface Water Quality Parameters from Morphometry and Spectral Characteristics" (November 2019-November 2022, Amount: Rs. 33,16,334, Co-I: Dr. R R Murari Varma, Dr. K. Rajitha) 
       
      3. Principal Investigator for BITS, Pilani sponsored CDRF project titled “Study of Emerging contaminants (ECs) in drinking water sources in Hyderabad city” (September 2023-September 2025, Amount: Rs. 50,00,000 approximately)
       
      Sponsored Consultancy Projects 
       
      1. Team Member for Proof checking of Minor and Major Bridges Design and Drawing, IL&FS Engg. Construction Compnay Ltd., 9.5 lakhs, 13th June 2017 to 10th March 2018.
       
      2.  Team Member for Testing of index and engineering properties of soil for construction of earthen dam as a part of Palamuru RangaReddy Lift Irrigation Scheme (PRLIS) and Dindi Lift Irrigation Scheme (DLIS), Government of Telangana, 81.96 lakhs, October 2016 to September 2019.  
       
      3. Team Member for Pilot Time Motion studies under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) for Govt. of Telangana and Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, 4.0 lakhs, April 2018 to September 2018.

      Research projects

      • Inspire Faculty Grant (2023-27)
        Project title: Probing compact objects with gravitational waves
        Total amount: Thirty Five lacks (Rs. 35,000,00)

      Research projects

      Ongoing

      Project 1
      Title: Public transport policies and women’s mobility in Indian cities
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Funding Agency: Azim Premji University’s Research Funding Programme 2021
      Grant Amount: INR 10,00,000

      Project 2
      Title: The co-benefits of expanding water supply in urban India - Evidence from a quasi-experiment
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Funding Agency: South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics-International Centre For Integrated Mountain Development (SANDEE-ICIMOD)
      Grant Amount: USD 25,000

      Project 3
      Title: A Study on Factors Affecting Students’ Academic Performance
      Role:  Joint Investigator
      Funding Agency: BITS Pilani

      Completed

      Project 4
      Title: Women’s Falling Participation in Labour Force in India: A Ground Level Investigation into Factors and Obstacles in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Funding Agency: National Human Rights Commission, India
      Grant Amount: INR 11,86,290

      Project 5
      Title: Socio-Economic Impacts of Cyclones and the Coping Strategies of the Local Communities in Odisha, India with a Special Focus on Women
      Role: Team Member
      Funding Agency: Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute under Shastri Institutional Collaborative Research Grant (SICRG) 2020-21
      Grant Amount: INR 10,00,000

      Project 6
      Title: Urban Low-Income Households’ Savings: Understanding Issues and Challenges in Indian Context
      Role: Lead Researcher
      Funding Agency: Dvara Research under Household Finance Research Initiative, 2020
      Grant Amount: INR 14,05,000

      Project 7
      Title: Sustainability of Cashless Banking in Unorganized Retail Sector: A Comparative study of two districts of Telangana
      Role: Joint Investigator
      Funding Agency: Indian Institute of Banking & Finance, under Macro Research Proposals for the year 2018-19 
      Grant Amount: INR 2,50,000

      Project 8
      Title: Does Financial Awareness lead to Better Financial Inclusion Outcomes? An Investigation
      Role: Co-Project Director
      Funding Agency: Indian Council of Social Science Research, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, under IMPRESS Scheme, 2019
      Grant Amount: INR 4,50,000

      Project 9
      Title: An investigation into child nutrition in India
      Role: Principle Investigator
      Funding Agency: BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus under Research Initiation Grant, 2018
      Grant Amount: INR 1,90,000


      Cross-Disciplinary Research Fund (CDRF)

      Title: Development of Surface Plasmon Resonance-Assisted OFC-Based Multichannel Sensing Device 
      Role: Co-Principal Investigator
      Duration: 2 Years (2023-2025)
      Amount: ₹30,00,000
      Sponsoring Agency: BITS CDRF
      Status: Ongoing  

      Industrial Project

      Title: Memristor for Neuromorphic and In-Memory Computing Applications 
      Role: Co-Principal Investigator
      Duration: 3 Years
      Amount: ₹31,00,000
      Sponsoring Agency: Ceremorphic Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
      Status: Ongoing
      No. of Publications: 01 (Communicated)

      Additional Competitive Research Grant (ACRG)

      Title: 2D-Materials Based Advanced Photodetectors. 
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Duration: 2 Years (August 2021 to August 2023)
      Amount: ₹10,00,000
      Sponsoring Agency: BITS
      Status: Completed  
      No. of Publications: 04
       
      Related Publications
      1. S. Mathew, K. K. Sai Chandu, S. Halder, G. Polumati, C. Chakraborty, P. Sahatiya, and Subhradeep Pal*, "Band Alignment and Charge Transport study of Au nanoparticles decorated over MoS2/MoSe2 Hybrid Heterostructure for Plasmon Enhanced Photodetection,Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing, vol. 156, 107302, March 2023, doi: 10.1016/j.mssp.2022.107302   [IF: 4.1].
       
      2. Keerthi C. J., T. Mishra, S. Hussain, A. Rajeev, P. Sahatiya, and Subhradeep Pal*, "ReS2-MoSSe Heterostructure Based High Performance Broadband Visible Photodetector," Accepted in IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, November 2023 [IF: 3.1].
       
      3.  S. Halder, Keerthi C. J., C. Chakraborty* and Subhradeep Pal*, "Donor-Acceptor Covalent Organic Framework for High-Performance Broadband Flexible Photodetector," Accepted in  IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics,  November 2023 [IF: 4.9]
       
      4. Keerthi C. J., S. Halder, P. Sahatiya, C. Chakraborty, and Subhradeep Pal*, "Surface Plasmon Resonance Assisted Donor-Acceptor Type Covalent Polymeric Framework for Hybrid Photodetectors," Submitted to Applied Physics Letters, October 2023.

      Research Initiation Grant (RIG)

      Title: Development of thin-film MXenes based NIR photodetectors for photonic integrated circuits. 
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Duration: 2 Years (April 2021-April 2023)
      Amount: ₹2,00,000
      Sponsoring Agency: BITS
      Status: Completed
      No. of Publications: 02
       

      Related Publications

      1.  Keerthi C.J., S. Halder, S. Siraj, C. Chakraborty, P. Sahatiya, Subhradeep Pal*, "A MoSSe/MXene-based High-Performance UV-Vis-NIR Photodetector," IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, vol. 35, no. 14, pp. 801-804, July 2023,  doi:10.1109/LPT.2023.3281637 [IF: 2.6].

      2. Soumi Saha, Keerthi C. J., S. Roy, P. Sahatiya, S. S. Dan and Subhradeep Pal*, "Engineering Oxygen Vacancies in CeO2 for High-Performance UV-Vis Photodetector," IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, vol. 35, no. 22, pp. 1207-1210, November 2023, doi: 10.1109/LPT.2023.3311869 [IF: 2.6].


      Research Projects

       
       
      9. Nanofabrication of semiconducting heterojunctions exhibiting highly efficient photodisinfection characteristics - Funded by BITS Center of Excellence, Center for Research Excellence in Semiconductor Technologies (CoE CREST), sanctioned September, 2023, start date 11th Nov, 2023), jointly with Prof. R. Ganesan.
       

      8. Performance Evaluation of Problematic Soils Treated with Different Bacterial Strains as a Foundation Material - Funded by BITS Cross-Disciplinary Research Framework (CDRF), sanctioned September, 2023, start date 28th Nov, 2023), jointly with Prof. A. Guha Roy, Prof. S. Ganesh & Dr. A. Raghuram.

      7. Development of a wound dressing material with a simultaneous dual function of antibacterial and visible colorimetric detection of infection - DST SERB CRG, (Sanctioned date 19th June, start date 9th Aug, 2023 -2026), PI. 

       
      6. Semiconductor-based thin-film coatings for mitigating nosocomial infections through antibacterial action under dark-light dual mode' - DST SERB POWER, (sanctioned date 18th July, start date 3rd Aug, 2022-2025), PI. 
       
      5. “Economic Construction Practice Using Bacterial Inclusions in Concrete to Improve its Durability”, CSIR --21.24 lakhs---  1st September, 2018-31st March, 2022 - Co-PI. [22(0770)/18/EMR-II]
       
      4. "Evaluation of the efficiency of bacterial inclusions in concrete" - Aliens Developers Pvt. Ltd. --1st August, 2019-31st, July, 2022 - 11.40 Lakhs... Co-PI. MoU signed between BITS & Aliens on 28th July, 2019.
       
       3. Microbial lipase-catalyzed production of ester intermediates for various processing applications in pharmaceutical and food industries --- UGC-MRP---13 lakhs (approx.), approved in April, 2015 --- PI.
        
      2. Enzymatic Production Of Tagatose And Fructose---DST, SERC, FAST TRACK--- 12 lakhs approx. (2006-2009) --PI. (SR/FT/L-46/2005). 
       
       1. Discovery Of Novel Modulators Of NAD+ Dependent Protein Deacetylase Sirt 1 For The Treatment Of Various Disorders----DBT----30 lakhs approx. (2011-2014)---Co-PI. (BT/PR13326/BRB/10/749/2009 (Letter II).

      Research Projects

      1. In situ Wittig-Horner reactions in dioxygen: Direct and facile access to versatile vinylene-linked small and polymeric π-conjugates as potential molecular materials
      2. Testing on-spot food quality focusing with detection of mainly biogenic amines for the defense personnel using simple fluorophores
      3. In search of unsymmetrically substituted anthracenyl π-conjugates as tunable mechanofluorochromic small molecules
      4. Investigations on naphthalene and anthracene based phosphonates/ phosphates: important sources for alkene based new AIEgens and polyarylalkanes
      5. Investigations on synthetic and catalytic reactions of unsaturated organophosphonates with oxaziridines
      6. Finding Aggregation-Induced Emission Active Materials: Design, Synthesis and Photophysical Studies of Sterically Hindered Triarylethenes and Tetraarylethenes


      Research Projects

       

      Completed Projects:

      • Funding Agency: National Human Rights Commission

      Title: Women's Falling Participation in Labor Force in India - A Ground Level Investigation into the Factors and Obstacles in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana

      Role: Co-Investigator

      Grant Amount – 11.86 Lakhs

      • Funding Agency: Shastri Institutional Collaborative Research Grant (SICRG) 2020-21 by Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute

      Title: Socio-Economic Impacts of Cyclones and the Coping Strategies of the Local Communities in Odisha, India with a Special Focus on Women

      Role: Principal Investigator (In collaboration with Professor Dolagobinda Pradhan,  Kwantlen Polytechnic University)

      Grant amount Rs.10 Lakhs

      • Funding Agency: ICSSR

      Title: Impact of Modern Organized Multi Brand Retail Trade (MOMBRT) on Street Vendors: Case Study of Two Capital Cities (Hyderabad and Bhubaneswar)

      Role: Principal Investigator

      Grant Amount Rs. 4,50,000

      • Funding Agency: DVARA Research Foundation

      Title: Urban Low-Income Households’ Savings: Understanding Issues and Challenges in Indian Context

      Role: Co-Investigator

      Grant Amount – 14,05,000

      • Funding Agency: Indian Institute of Banking and Finance (Macro Research Proposal Award 2018-19)

      Title: Sustainability of Cashless Banking in Unorganized Retail Sector: A Comparative Study of Two Districts of Telangana

      Role: Principal Investigator

      Grant Amount: Rs. 2,50,000/.

      • Funding Agency: BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus

      Title: Role of Informal Institutes for Small and Micro Entrepreneurs: An Empirical Assessment

      Role: Principal Investigator

      Grant Amount: Rs.1,82,000

      Ongoing Projects:

      • Funding Agency: BITS Pilani

      Title: Post Maternity Health Literacy (PMHL) among Working Women of Low Economic Strata in India: Challenges, Effects and Intervention through Training

      Role: Principal Investigator (In collaboration with Dr. Bidisha Banerjee, BITS Pilani, Goa Campus

      Grant Amount: Rs.20,000,00/- on the topic, “” (2023)

      • Funding Agencies: Monash University (Australia) and Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia    ERIA (Indonesia)

      Broad Theme: Global Trade and Economic Recovery in the Post Pandemic World

      Duration: 2022-2023

      Research Team: Mini Thomas, Archana Srivastava and Keerti Mallela 

       

       

       


      Sponsored Projects

      (1) Broad Theme: Sustainable Development Goals: Midway Assessment and the Road Ahead

      Duration: 2023-2024

      Status: Ongoing

      Principal Investigator: Prof. Mini P. Thomas

      Co-PI: Dr. Sanjeev Vasudevan (Madras School of Economics)

      Funding Agency: Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), Tokyo

       

      (2) Broad Theme: Global Trade and Economic Recovery in the Post Pandemic World

      Duration: 2022-2023
      Status: Ongoing
      Research Team: Prof. Mini Thomas, Prof. Archana Srivastava and Dr. Keerti Mallela 
      Funding Agencies: Monash University (Australia) and Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia ERIA (Indonesia)
       

      (3) Title: "Financial Inclusion through Urban Cooperative Banks: An Exploratory Study of Telangana State"

      Duration: 2019-2022
      Amount: INR 560000 
      Status: Completed 
      Role: Principal Investigator 
      Funding Agency: MHRD-ICSSR (IMPRESS Scheme), Government of India
       

      (4) Title: "Determinants of Total Factor Productivity Growth in India’s Service Sector"

      Duration: 2017-2019
      Amount: INR 200000
      Status: Completed 
      Role: Principal Investigator 
      Funding Agency: Research Initiation Grant, Sponsored Research and Consultancy Division, BITS Pilani

      Research Projects

      Title: Probing into the molecular mechanisms of “conditional pathogenesis”- a phenomenon where beneficial soil microbes turn pathogenic to plants, under adverse environmental conditions.
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Funding Agency: Scientific and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India
      Status: approved to be sanctioned
       
      Title: Allele mining for the epigenetic regulator NGR5 and other yield-associated gene (GRF4) and their modulation using multiple genomic and molecular approaches to enhance rice yield under low nitrogen conditions.
      Role: Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator- Dr. Gireesha Mohannath)
      Funding Agency: National Agricultural Science Fund-Indian Council of Agricultural Research (NASF-ICAR), Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India
      Amount: 1.47 crores
      Status: Ongoing
       
      Title: Molecular mechanisms in plant-rhizobacterial interaction for abiotic stress tolerance
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Funding Agency: Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India
      Amount: 28 lakhs
      Status: Ongoing

       

      Title: Conditional pathogenesis: understanding why potentially beneficial rhizobacteria turn pathogenic under certain environmental conditions.

      Role: Principal Investigator

      Funding Agency: Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India

      Amount: 45 lakhs

      Status: Completed

       

       
      Title: Delineating the impact of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria on plant polyamine metabolism: novel insights    into plant-PGPR interactions
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Funding Agency: Scientific and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India
      Amount: 25 lakhs
      Status: Completed
       
      Title: Elucidating signaling mechanisms in plant responses to drought stress mitigation by beneficial soil bacteria
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Funding Agency: BITS-Pilani (Seed Grant Scheme)
      Amount: 13.7 lakhs
       Status: Completed

      Sponsored Projects

       

      1. Start-up Research Grant (SRG)

      Sponsored by: Science and Engineering Research Board, India

      Sanctioned Amount: 3,300,000 INR

      Duration: 2 years (2022-2024)

      Status: Ongoing

       

      1. Additional Competitive Research Grant (ACRG)

      Sponsored by: BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad campus

      Sanctioned Amount: 600,000 INR

      Duration: 2 years (2021-2023)

      Status: Ongoing

       

      1. Research Initiation Grant (RIG)

      Sponsored by: BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad campus

      Sanctioned Amount: 200,000 INR

      Duration: 2 years (2021-2023)

      Status: Ongoing 


      Research Projects

      ONGOING

      PROJECT 1

      ·      Title: Impediments to Women Entrepreneurship in India: a multi-stakeholder, multi-stage, multi-state perspective  

      ·         Role: Principal Investigator

      ·         Funding Agency: Indian Council of Social Science Research, Ministry of Human Resource, 2022

       

      PROJECT 2

      ·  Title: Women’s Falling Participation in Labour Force in India: A Ground Level Investigation into Factors and Obstacles in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana

      ·         Role:  Co-Principal Investigator

      ·         Funding Agency: National Human Rights Commission, (NHRC), India

       

      COMPLETED

      PROJECT 1

      ·      Title: Evaluation of Determinants of Iron Deficiency Anemia among the SC/ST Non-Pregnant Women of Mancherial District of Telangana State followed by Intervention and Analysis of its Reach & Efficacy”

      ·         Role: Co-Principal Investigator

        ·         Funding Agency: DST-TSCOST (Telangana State Council of Science and Technology) 2022 
        ·         Completed: March 2023

       

      PROJECT 2

      ·   Title: Post-COVID Workplace: Implications of Long-Term Work from Home in India’s IT/ITES Sector

      ·         Role:  Principal Investigator

      ·         Funding Agency: GOA Institute of Management, Research grant

      ·         Completed: Feb 2021

        

      PROJECT 3

      ·     Title: Investigation of Knowledge on Dengue Fever Followed by Education and its Post Impact Behavioral Changes Among the Rural Communities of Shameerpet Mandal of Ranga Reddy District of Telangana State.

      ·         Role:  Co-Principal Investigator    

      ·         Funding Agency: ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research)- ICSSR joint project

      ·         Completed: April 2019 

       

      PROJECT 4

      ·      Title: Determinants of Women Empowerment and Trickle-Down Effect of the Same on Children’s Overall Educational and Health Development: Challenges, Effects and Intervention through Training

      ·         Role:  Co-Principal Investigator

      ·         Funding Agency: Indian Council of Social Science Research, Ministry of Human Resource

      ·         Completed: April 2019

       

       PROJECT 5

      ·      Title: Career Persistence of Indian Women Professionals in Information Technology (IT) Sector: Brakes, Accelerators, Challenges and Opportunities

      ·         Role: Principal Investigator

      ·         Funding Agency: Indian Council of Social Science Research, Ministry of Human Resource

      ·         Completed: August 2018

       

      PROJECT 6

      ·         Title: An examination of Conflict style preferences in India

      ·         Role: Principal Investigator

      ·         Funding Agency: BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus under Research Initiation Grant, 2018

      ·         Completed: March, 2018


      Projects

      Research Interest

      • Solar Thermal Systems Design and Optimization
      • Thermodynamic Optimization and Second Law Analysis of Thermal Systems
      • Thermal Management 
      • Concentrating Photo-Voltaic Systems 
      • Earth Air/Water Heat Exchangers
      • Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
      • Supply Side and Demand Side Management (DSM)
      • Energy Planning, Analysis and Review of Energy Efficiency proposals.
      • C. Engines
      • Refrigeration and Air conditioning
      • SPIRITUAL THERMODYNAMICS

       

      Projects Awarded (Ongoing)

      DRDO Project 

      Methodology for Specifications generation and system identification of environmental control system based on requirement analysis and system modelling,  

      PI: Prof. Chennu Ranganayakulu,

      Co-PI: Prof. Manoj Kumar Soni, Amount: 22.335 Lakhs,
      Agency: DRDO

       

      Projects completed

      Industrial Project:

      Project Title: Design and Development of Fixed and Floating Solar PV Installations for Water Management Infrastructures

      PI: Prof. R.K. Mittal

      Co-PI: Prof. Manoj Kumar Soni

      Amount Rs. 11.36 Lakhs

      Industry: First Green Consulting Pvt Ltd,  MA 74, DLF Ph III Gurgaon Haryana 122002 

       

      Consultancy Project:

      Project Title: National Mission Project on Education through ICT: Developing suitable pedagogical methods for various classes (Energy Technology) intellectual calibers and research in e-learning - Anchored by IIT Kharagpur

      Association: Developer

      Sponsoring Agency: MHRD

      Amount: Rs. 0.7 million

      Project Status: Completed  

       

      Executive Training programs

      • Conducted a two days executive training program for executives of Grasim Industries at Grasim Industries, Nagda, MP, on "Boiler Technology" on 23rd and 24th August 2018.
      • Conducted a two day executive training program for executives of Grasim Industries at Grasim Industries, Nagda, MP, on "Steam and Power Balance" on 22nd and 23rd September 2017
      • Conducted a two days executive training program for executives of Grasim Industries at Grasim Industries, Nagda, MP on "Boiler Technology" on 30th and 31st May 2017.
      • Conducted a two days executive training program for executives of Grasim Industries at Grasim Industries (Cellulosic Division), Vilayat, Gujrat on "Power Plant Engg - Power Plant Performance Calculation" on 24th and 25th March 2017.

      (10) Small-scale Resistance Welding of Various Configurations of Fuel Assembly in PHWR: Model development, weld-schedule testing and quality enhancement

      Objectives: The primary objective is to develop a Finite-Element based transient 3D electrothermal-mechanical model considering the instantaneous contact surface(s) behavior and validate against the measured data on nugget diameter, maximum voltage and dynamic resistance for a Strip-On-Strip and Wire-On-Wire Resistance Spot Weld (RSW) joints. Subsequently, extend the validated model and test the weld schedules of three differently configured resistance weld joints (Spacer-pad to clad tube, End-cap to clad tube and End-plate to end plug) of Fuel Assembly used in Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR).  Finally, minimize the quality variation band by optimizing the respective weld schedules.

      PI: Jeevan Jaidi

      Sponsored by: Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS), DAE

      Project duration & amount: 3 years & Rs. 49.96 lakh (proposal seminar given on 22/08/2022


      (9) Process and hybrid tool design for higher productivity in FSW butt-joints of thick Al-alloy 2219 plates

      Objectives: Design the hybrid tool profile with optimum process parameters for FSW butt-joints of AA2219-T8 thick plates (up to 15 mm) with enhanced welding speeds (up to 1000 mm/min).

      PI: Jeevan Jaidi

      Sponsored by: Aeronautics Research and Development Board, DRDO

      Project duration & amount: 3 years (Sept 2021-Sept 2024) & Rs. 33.12 lakh


      (8) Heat Transfer Enhancement Study of Li-ion Battery Pack

      Objectives: To design and suggest the optimum coolant conditions such that the maximum temperature (hot spot) on Cell (or Pouch) surface lies within the permissible limit of 25-30°C and the variation of maximum temperatures across the battery is less than 5°C.

      Role: Principal investigator

      Sponsored by: HBL Power Systems Pvt Ltd., Hyderabad

      Project duration & amount: 6 months (Jan 2018- June 2018) & Rs. 5.31 lakh


      (7) 300 kW Motor-Controller: Thermal Simulations and Analysis to Study Hot Spots

      Objectives: To perform detailed thermal simulations and predict the “Hot Spots” on Controller-Shell surfaces for different motor speeds, Controllers (Derlin and MOSFET) and Controller capacities. Subsequently, based on the predicted peak temperatures on Controller surface, suggest the reliable and economical Controller for the 300kW Motor-Controller used as part of underwater propulsion system.

      Role: Principal investigator

      Sponsored by: HBL Power Systems Pvt Ltd., Hyderabad

      Project duration & amount: 3 months (May - July 2016) & Rs. 2.5 lakh

      1. 300 kW Motor-Controller: Thermal Simulations and Analysis to Study Hot Spots
      1. 300 kW Motor-Controller: Thermal Simulations and Analysis to Study Hot Spots
      1. 300 kW Motor-Controller: Thermal Simulations and Analysis to Study Hot Spots
      1. 300 kW Motor-Controller: Thermal Simulations and Analysis to Study Hot Spots

      (6) CFD based Process Optimization of Flotation Cell and Scale-up for Larger Cells

      Objectives: To redesign the Flotation Cell process parameters by comparing the proposed CFD based predictions with the experimental data in terms of the air bubble size, dispersion and residence time. Subsequently, propose and develop the process maps for large size Flotation Cells using the concepts of scale-up.

      Role: Principal investigator

      Sponsored by: Tenova Delkor India, Bangalore

      Project duration & amount: 12 months (Dec 2014- Dec 2015) & Rs. 33.16 lakh


      (5) Process Modeling and Validation of Flotation Cell: Development of 3-D Multiphase Turbulent Model

      Objectives: To develop three-dimensional Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model and predict the water-air bubbly flow dynamics in terms of air bubble size, dispersion and residence time in industrial Flotation Cell. Subsequently, to optimize the design and process parameters for maximum dispersion and residence time of air-bubbles and thereby enhance the Flotation Cell process efficiency. Finally, the selection of best macro-scale models for turbulent two-phase water-air bubbly flow used for scale-up.

      Role: Principal investigator

      Sponsored by: Tenova Delkor India, Bangalore

      Project duration & amount: 4 months (June 2014- Sept 2014) & Rs. 7.83 lakh

       


      (4) Effect of the Dynamic Contact Angle (DCA) on Inkjet Droplet Characteristics

      Objective: To elucidate dynamic contact angle (DCA) effect on drop characteristics (size and velocity) formed at a commercial piezo-electrically driven drop-on-demand printhead.

      Role: Principal investigator

      Sponsored by: DuPont R&D, U.S.A

      Project duration & amount: 3 months (Year 2006) & Rs. 12 lakh


      (3) Model based Optimization of Continuous Carburizing Operation

      Objective: To design optimum process cycles for carburization of different auto components in continuous carburizing and heating furnace (CCHF).

      Role: Co-Principal investigator

      Sponsored by: Tata Motors, Pune

      Project duration & amount: 6 months (Year 2005) & Turnkey project (Rs. Not Available)


      (2) Model based Optimization of Roller Hearth Annealing Operation

      Objective: To design optimum process cycles for annealing bundles of high speed steel (HSS) rods in a roller hearth furnace.

      Role: Principal investigator

      Sponsored by: GKW Steels Pvt Ltd., Titlagarh, Orissa

      Project duration & amount: 6 months (Year 2004) & Turnkey project (Rs. Not Available)


      (1) Studies on Weld Pool Convection and Evolution of Macro-microstructures in GMAW Process

      Objectives: To study the heat effects on weld pool geometry and final micro-structures in low-carbon alloy steel weldments.

      Role: Doctoral Scholar under Prof. Pradip Dutta, IISc, Bangalore

      Sponsored by: DST, India

      Project duration & amount: Year 2003


      RESEARCH CONTRIBTIONS

      Associate Professor, BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus, India                                                                    Mar 2023 – Till date

      Assistant Professor, BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus, India                                                                July 2015 – Feb 2023

      FUNDED RESERACH PROJECTS: 2

      DST SERB Research Grant: Improving the seismic performance of dynamically similar buildings using damper connected control technique                                                                                                                                        July 2017- Jan 2021

      • Role: Principle Investigator
      • Funding: Rs. 43,14,540/-

      DST CRG Research Grant: Low-cost fibre reinforced elastomeric isolation using locally available materials - design methodology, numerical and experimental investigation                                                                           Dec 2021- Nov 2024

      • Role: Principle Investigator
      • Funding: Rs. 47,99,696/-

      Ph.D. Thesis Guided: 2

      • Hareen Cherukuru B V, Energy-based damper design methodology to mitigate seismic torsional response of buildings: development, numerical and experimental verification, PhD, 2022. Received Senior Engineer – Structural R&D position at Thornton Thomasetti, Pune.
      • Ramakrishna U, Improving the seismic performance of dynamically similar buildings using damper connected control technique, PhD, 2021. Received H.O.D position at VBIT Hyderabad and a licenced Consulting Engineer.

      Ongoing Ph.D. Thesis: 2

      • Ambili P, Low-cost fibre reinforced elastomeric isolation using locally available materials – design methodology, numerical and experimental investigation, PhD, 2022-till date, Sponsored by DST-SERB.
      • Sheik Mohammed Zoheb Nawaz, Low-cost base isolation technique for masonry structures using natural rubber, PhD, 2019 – till date, Dr. Kalyana Rama J (Co Guide), Mahindra Ecole University, Hyderabad.

      Post Graduate (PG) Thesis Guided: 7

      • Shrinivas N Vyasasmudra, Low-cost base isolation system for low-rised rc building using natural rubber, PG, 2022. Received Design Engineer position at STRUCTCON Designs, Mumbai.
      • Razal Abdulla T K, Energy based optimal design methodology for unbonded fibre reinforced elastomeric isolator, PG, 2021. Received Design Engineer position at Thornton Thomasetti, Pune.
      • Sistla Saiteja, Numerical and mathematical modelling of fibre reinforced elastomeric isolators using locally available materials, PG, 2020. Received Ph.D position at University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
      • Chakravarthula B Ajay Mani Tej, Two stage damage assessment of structure with minimal structural data through dynamic analysis of categorized building, PG, 2019. Received Ph.D position at IIT Madras.
      • Chakravarthula B Ajay Mani Tej, Structural health assessment of existing buildings without base line data using inter-storey drift correlation, PG, 2018. Received Ph.D position at IIT Madras.
      • Rajasugantha A, Nonlinear study on the connected control technique for similar building using viscous damper and optimization technique, PG, 2017. Received teaching position at Ace Academy
      • Stuti Mandal, Experimental characterisation and numerical investigations of seismic base isolators and base isolated structures. PG, 2017, Dr. Vasant A. Matsagar (PI), IIT Delhi. Received Design Engineer Position at Thornton Thomasetti, Pune.

      Under Graduate (UG) Thesis Guided: 5

      • Kotha Chakravarthi, Seismic Response of Ductile RC Frames with and w/o Dampers, UG, 2021. Received Master’s program at the University of Texas at Austin.
      • Ghantasala Varun, Response of Asymmetric Structures with Infill Walls using SEISMOSTRUCT, UG, 2020. Received Research Assistant position at the Virginia Tech, U.S.
      • T Devi Sriya, Application of Micro-modelling for Compressive Strength of Masonry Structures, UG, 2020. Received Master’s degree at the Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, Georgia.
      • Pritish Dey Sarkar, Rotation Capacity of Prestressed Beams And Corrosion Effect on Steel Rebars under Seismic loading, UG, 2019, Dr. Luigi di Sarno (PI), University of Liverpool, UK. Received Master’s degree at Stanford University, CA.
      • N Vedavyas C M Reddy, Application of IoT in structural health monitoring, UG, 2019. Community Manager at NxtWave, Hyderabad.

      Post Graduate (PG) Research Practice Guided: 17

      • Venkatasalam K L, Triaxial damper design for coupled control technique in adjacent buildings, PG, 2017.
      • Ajay Mani Teja, Improving the seismic performance of structure using Magnetorheological Elastomer based TMD, PG, 2018.
      • Sai Pavan Kumar, Optimal configuration of viscous dampers connected to adjacent similar buildings using PSO, PG, 2018.
      • Sammed Jinendra, Structural health assessment of bridge using wireless sensors and hilbert transform, PG, 2019.
      • Mehta Manish Manoj, Low cost spread base isolation technique for masonry buildings using natural rubber pads, PG, 2019.
      • Anshuman P, Structural health monitoring of transmission tower and conducting wires due to ambient vibration, PG, 2019.
      • Prathik Anand Krishnan, Effect of wind on adjacent similar tall buildings, PG, 2019.
      • Razal Abdulla, T K, Micro-modelling of masonry structures in opensees, PG, 2020.
      • Varada Vinod Nambiar, Response of asymmetric structures with infill walls using seismostruct, PG, 2020.
      • Ashmita pathak, Low cost earthquake protection technique for buildings on hilly (sloping) terrain, PG, 2021.
      • Rishika venu, Practically feasible, innovative low cost seismic protection technique for buildings, PG, 2021.
      • Sandeep satapathy, Optimzation of base isolation and super-structure  with fiber reinforced elastomeric isolator, PG, 2021.
      • Shrinivas n vyasasamudra, structural health monitoring of railway bridges under moving train load using openstaad, PG, 2021.
      • Geet .d. Makwana , Evaluation of ageing effects on rubber isolators coated with bitumen, PG, 2022.
      • Nishant, Low cost elastomeric base isolator using natural rubber with holes filled with sand, PG, 2022.
      • Aditya Rajendra Mokadam, Rubber based partial slipping isolator for masonry building - earthquake engineering, PG, 2022.
      • Pritam Priyadarshan Panda, Unbonded fiber reinorced elastomeric isolator with locally available low-cost fibers, PG, 2023.
      • Ankit Ullegaddi, 3d printed concrete for seismic application, PG, 2023.
      • Aslam Muhammed S, Study on methods to increase the vertial stuiffness of unreinforced rubber, PG, 2023.
      • S, Low weight high strength and high ductile concrete for seismic aplications, PG, 2023.

      Research Lab/Equipment’s Established:

      • Strucural Dynamics Lab: APS 113 Shaker system, MTS Actuator 250KN, Acceleromers, Impact hammer, Data Acquisition.
      • Shake Table Setup: Uniaxial earthquake simulation table with size of 2m×3m and payload of 12 ton, Sesimic accelerometers,
      • Base Isolator Test Setup: To test isolatotors under simultanious vertical and horizontal loads, Laser displacement sonsors.
      • Pushover Test Setup: Strong supporting frame to test structures under latteral loads.

       

      Research Scholar, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India                                                    July 2010 – Aug 2014

      • Frequency response function (FRF) based structural damage assessment using particle swarm optimization (PSO): numerical and experimental studies - Damages in framed structures are assessed using combined frequency & FRF emplying unified PSO. The extensive study of the proposed method shows an improvement in the accuracy of damage prediction and encourages its application for structural damage assessment purpose. Related journal papers are published.
      • Structural optimization of rotating disk using genetic algorithm: A constraint non-linear optimization procedure based on genetic algorithms has been used for designing rotating disk. Related journal paper is published.
      • Response surface equations for natural frequencies of damaged cantilever beam: Developed a simplified response equation representing first six natural frequencies in terms of damage locations and damage depths for a particular cantilever beam.

      Research Assistant, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India                                             July 2006 – June 2008

      • Gas turbine axial flow compressor rotating disk was optimized for its weight, within design requirements. Further the geometry based sensitivity analysis and probabilistic fatigue life of the disk was estimated.
      • Optimization of cantilever plate with varying thickness using NASTRAN (FEM Method). Optimize the weight under static and dynamic loads by keeping design variable as thickness, and constraints as stress, displacement and first natural frequency.

      Sponsored Projects

      RESEARCH INITIATION GRANT
      • PI: Farida Parvez Barbhuiya
      • Funding Agency: BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus
      • Amount: INR 2 lakh 
      • Duration: March 2021- February 2023
      • Status: Completed

      Research Experience

      Areas
      1. FACTS devices in application to Power System stability, Power Quality, Renewable energy sources, Frequency, and voltage stability in Hybrid Systems, reactive Power Compensation using FACTS devices in Microgrids.
      2. Modeling of the FACTS device, and FACTS based controller design for enhancing the stability of the power system. Other areas are mathematical modeling, control designs, and Modal analysis.
      3. Battery Modeling, Remaining Useful Life Prediction, Data Driven Models, Digital Twin
      Grants

      1. Research Initiation Grant (RIG)-Rs 2 Lakhs, sponsored by BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus, Project Title: “Placement of FACTS device: Interline Power Flow Controller, in Multi-machine Power System to increase the power system stability”

      2. ITS travel grant granted from SERB to 53rd International Universities Power Engineering Conference (UPEC 2018), Glasgow, Scotland. Presented two conference papers.

      3. Project Title: “Management of Distributed energy resources in smart cities: Challenges and Advanced control strategies” MHRD (SPARC), Rs 42,55,900,  Dr. Hitesh Datt Mathur, Dr. Bijoy Mukherjee, Dr. Alivelu M Parimi, Prof. Houria Siguerdidjane, Centralesupelec, France, 2019-2023, Two years project extended.

      4. Project Title: “Intelligent planning of Prosumer Microgrid (PMG) Load Management in Smart Cities for Optimal Energy Consumption” Approved proposal for ASCRIN Scheme between LaTrobe and BITS Pilani for joint collaboration on supervising a PhD student, March 2021: Collaborators: Dr. Alivelu M Parimi, Prof. Mathur (Indian Campuses) and Prof. Abdun Mahmood and Prof. Naveen Chilamkurti. Starting date Jan 2022.

      5. Project Title: “Design and development of a multisensory system for health monitoring of defence stored article” Center for Advanced Systems (CARS) project Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Rs 10 Lakhs, 18 months from Jan 24th 2022 to July 23 2023 Prof Sandip S Deshmukh, Dr. Parikshit Sahatiya, and Dr. Alivelu M Parimi.

      6. Project Title: “Prediction of RUL (Remaining Useful Life) of the Lithium-Ion Battery pack using machine learning techniques for second life usage”, HBL, Rs. 13,22,600, August 2022 for two years, Dr. Alivelu M Parimi, Dr. Parikshit Sahatiya, Dr. Ankur Bhattacharjee, Prof Sandip S Deshmukh.

      7. Project Title: “Regeneration of Graphite anode and Li Metal recovery from used LFP Batteries”, HBL, Rs. 15,56,300 August 2022 for two years, Dr. Afkham Mir, Dr. Alivelu M Parimi, Dr. Ankur Bhattacharjee, Prof Sandip S Deshmukh

      8. Project Title: “Fault Prediction Modeling, Power system dynamics and stability study in digital substation solutions integrated with DER”, ABB, Rs 18 Lakhs, August 2023 for three years, Dr. Alivelu M Parimi and Dr. Mayukha Pal (ABB).

      9. Project Title: “Development of a prototype model for optimal load balancing strategy in a Peer-to-Peer energy trading network of renewable energy prosumers with economic benefits”, Cross Disciplinary Research Framework (CDRF), Rs 20 Lakhs approved Sept. 2023, for two years, Prof Sandip S Deshmukh, Prof. Alivelu M Parimi

      10. Project Title: "Computer vision-based search and surveillance system for detecting human activity", ARDB DRDO, Rs. 4976925 December 2023 for three years, Prof. Sandip S Deshmukh,  Prof. Alivelu M Parimi, Aruna Malapati, Dr. Paresh Saxena.

      Collaborations

      Industrial collaborations

      HBL Power Systems Ltd. | LinkedIn    ABB Logo PNG vector in SVG, PDF, AI, CDR format

      Academic collaborations

      File:UTP-logo.png - Wikipedia  File:CityU logo.svg - Wikipedia  File:RMIT University Logo.svg - WikipediaLa Trobe University: Conciliation – Theory & Practice subject – Conflict  Resolvers Network

      Government collaborations

      Defence Research and Development Organisation - Wikipedia                MHRD develops framework to rank higher education institutes - Elets Digital  Learning

      other collaborations

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      Sponsored Projects

      1. State University Research Excellence grant (Grant of 22 lakh rupees), by Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Government of India, 2023-2026 (PI)
      2. Core research grant (Grant of 17 lakh rupees), by Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Government of India, 2023-2026 (Co-PI)
      3. DST INSPIRE fellowship grant (Grant of 35 Lakh Rupees), by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, 2021-2026 (PI)
      4. OPERA grant (Grant of 21 lakh rupees), by BITS Pilani, 2020-2025. (PI)
      5. Research Initiation Grant ( Grant of 2 Lakh Rupees), by BITS Pilani Hyderabad, 2021-2023.  (PI)

      Research Projects

      Sponsored Projects

       

      Sl No.Project TitleRoleDuration Amount in Lakh (₹)

      Funding

      Agency 
      Status
       
      1Investigation of the weldability of the mild steel during A-TIG weldingPI2019-2021 2 BITS-PILANI Completed
      2Investigation of the mechanical properties of A-TIG welded mild steel and Ti6Al4V alloyPI2019-2021 9.5 BITS-PILANI Completed
       3 Development of the Ti6Al4V alloy structure using wire arc additive manufacturing process for aerospace application PI 2021-2024 18.3 SERB Ongoing
       4 Designing a low-cost additive manufacturing technology for magnesium-based implants PI 2023-2025 28.106 DBT Accepted

       

      Projects open for Students

      • Metal additive manufacturing
      • Temperature distribution study during additive manufacturing
      • Dissimilar metal joining
      • High temperature mechanical property study

      Research Projects

      Core Research Grant (2023-2026) (Ongoing) 
      Funding Agency- SERB (Govt. of India) 
      Amount - 17 Lakhs (Approx.)  
      Duration - 3 Years   
      Title - A novel phase field framework for microstructure driven crack propagation in polycrystalline materials


       Research Initiation Grant (RIG) by BITS Hyderabad (Completed) 

      Amount - 2 Lakhs 
      Duration - 2 Years  
      Title - Effect of fillers on the mechanical performance of adhesively bonded joints


      Sponsored Projects

      The Effect of Mantras on the Human Mind, Personality and Life.
       
      Period: 2 years (Sept, 2013-Sept, 2015)

      Co-Investigator: Reach Beyond NGO #495/2011 Centre for Positive Psychology

       

      Funded Projects

      Number of ongoing Projects  Number of Completed Projects  Number of Projects under Review
       050305
       
      Completed
      • Funding Scheme: Research Initiation Grant, Funding Agency: BITS,
      Sanctioned Amount: INR 2,00,000,   Role: PI,
      Project Title-Development Effect of Inherent Non-linearity on operational Failure of Damaged Structural Elements. 
      Duration: from 02/11/2019 to 01/11/2021.
       
      •  Funding Agency: DRDO
      Sanctioned Amount: INR 9,76,000,   Role: Co-PI,  (PI: Dr. Sabareesh GR)
      Project Title- Fabrication and Vibration Testing of 3-D Printed Polymer Structures 
      Duration: 2021-2022.
       
      • Funding Scheme: Additional Competitive Research Grant, Funding Agency: BITS,
      Sanctioned Amount: INR 10,00,000,   Role: PI,
      Project Title-Development of a robust and efficient crack detection technique for wind turbine rotor 
      blades using nonlinear vibration response characteristics,   
      Duration: from 02/11/2020 to 01/11/2022. 
       
         

      Ongoing

       
      •  Funding Agency: ICMR
      Amount: INR 1,892,236.80     Role: PI,                  
      Project Title-  Design and Development of a Miniature Broadband Vibration Energy Harvester to Power Biomedical Implantable Device
      Status: Ongoing
      •  Funding Agency: BRNS
      Amount: INR 2569600    Role: Co-PI,                  
      Project Title- Development of a meta-material based vibration isolation frame for housing fuel bundles
      Status: Ongoing
       
      •  Funding Agency: DST
      Amount: INR 4118000    Role: Co-PI,                  
      Project Title- Development of Robotic-Milling System using Topology Optimization Method
      Status: Ongoing 
       
       

      Consultancy Project 

      • Funding Agency: Poddar Infra Pvt. Ltd.
      Amount: INR 1765280            
      Project Title-  Development of an integrated software and hardware-based system to estimate the axial
      stresses in hangers used in network arch bridges
      Status: Ongoing
       
      • Funding Agency: MPM Pvt. Ltd.
      Amount: INR 2,13000         
      Project Title-  Development of Image processing method for casting industry
      Status: Approved     

      Research Projects

      High Speed Micromachining Process Development for Thin Beam Manufacturing

      Funding Agency: BITS, Research Initiation Grant
      PI: Dr. Kundan Kumar Singh
      Grant: 2 Lakh
      Duration:2019-2021
       

      Chatter Identification & Control for Thin-walled Workpiece Machining 

       
      Funding Agency: BITS, ACRG
      PI: Dr. Kundan Kumar Singh
      Grant: 10 Lakh
      Duration:2020-2022
         

      Fabrication and Vibration Testing of 3D Printed Polymer Structures

       
      Funding Agency: DRDO
      PI: Dr. Sabareesh G R
      Co-PI: Dr. Kundan Singh 
      Grant: 9.76 Lakh
      Duration: 2021-2022 

      Research Projects

      SPARKLE fund (2 lakhs INR), 2023, BITS Pilani Hyderabad campus, for the project titled " Corporate Bankruptcy prediction." (Ongoing)

      Additional Competitive research grant (8.5 lakhs INR), 2020, BITS Pilani Hyderabad campus, for research titled “ Minority investor protection and Business group ownership structure in India.” (Completed)

      R.I.G. Grant, of 2 lakhs, 2019, BITS Pilani Hyderabad campus, for research proposal titled “ Mobilizing Clean energy finance.” (Completed)


      Completed Projects

      • Wind Resistant Design for proposed LIGO India Observatory funded by IUCAA (DST) between 2018 to 2021 as a Co-PI (Grant Amount: 45.02 Lakhs).
      • Analysis and Design modifications to the existing form of Laparoscopic Forceps funded by BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus between 2017 and 2021 as a PI (Grant Amount: 2 Lakhs).

      Sponsored Projects

      S.No

      Project Title 

      Investigators

      Funding

      Agency

       Amount

       Duration

       1

       Designing a low cost additive manufacturing technology for magnesium based implants

       Dr. Pavan Kumar P (Co-PI)
      Dr. Ravi Shanker V (PI)

       DBT

       Rs 28,00,000

       

      2

      Developmental studies on influence

      of temperature on Carbon/Epoxy

      composites

       

      Dr. Pavan Kumar P (PI)
      Prof. Ramesh Babu A (Co-PI)

      ASL-DRDO

       Rs.45,78,518

       2022-2025

      3

      3D printing of graphene based

      nanocomposites for energy

      storage applications 

      Dr. Pavan Kumar P (PI)

      SERB-DST

       Rs.24,30,040

       2019-2022

       4

      Linear Contraction measurement

      in aluminum alloys during

      solidification 

       Dr. Pavan Kumar P (PI)

       BITS-Pilani

       Rs.2,00,000

       2017-2019


      Sponsored Research and Consultancy Projects

      Sponsored Research Projects

      7) India-Japan Cooperative Science Programme between JSPS (Japan) and DST (India) (Duration: 2023-2025) - Project Title: "Performance Evaluation of Soft Soil Treated with a Novel Geopolymer of Microbially Induced Calcium Carbonate Precipitation in Waste Material for Sustainable Development", Role: Indian PI, Japanese PI: Dr. Toshiro Hata (Hiroshima University, Japan) - (Amount: INR 7,53,500) - on-going
       
      6) SERB Power Grant (DST-SERB) (Duration: 2021-2024)- Project Title: "Performance Evaluation of Construction and Demolition Waste as Stone Column Material for improving Bearing Capacity of Soft Soil" Role: PI - Project ID: SPG/2021/001552 (Amount: INR 28,92,296) - on-going

      5) Asian Smart Cities Research and Innovation Network (ASCRIN) (Duration: 2021-2025) - Project Title: "Feasibility Studies for reusing Construction and Demolition Waste for Smart Cities", Role: Indian PI, Australian PI: Dr. Aboel Naga Hossam (LaTrobe University, Australia), Indian Co-PI: Dr. G.V. Ramana (IIT Delhi) - on-going

      4) Indo-Austria Scientific and Technological Cooperation between WTZ (Austria) and DST (India) (Duration: 2019-2021) - Project Title: "Implementation of plants and treated natural fibers to enhance the strength properties of soft soil and to decrease the rate of surface erosion (Nat-Treat)", Role: Indian PI, Austrian PI: Dr. Wei Wu (Universität für Bodenkultur BOKU), Indian Co-PI: Dr. A. Kar, Austrian Co-PI: Dr. M. Acharya (BOKU) (Amount: INR 6.40 lakhs) Project ID: INT/AUSTRIA/BMWF/P-22/2018 - completed

      3) Early Career Research Award (DST - SERB) (Duration: 2016-2020)- Project Title: "Performance Evaluation of Backfill Soils partially replaced with Building Derived Materials" Role: PI - Project ID: ECR/2016/000522 (Co - PI: Dr. A. Kar, BITS Hyderabad and Dr. N. James, IIT Ropar) (Amount: INR 24.43 lakhs) - completed

      2) Additional Competitive Research Grant for New Faculty (Duration: 2016-2018) - Project Title: "Performance of Building Derived Materials on Bearing Capacity of Soft Soil under Static Loading Conditions". (Amount: INR 9.2 lakhs) Role: PI - completed

      1) Research Initiation Grant (RIG): BITS- Pilani Hyderabad Campus (Duration: 2015-2017) - Project Title: “Effect of variation of soil parameters on performance of stone column improved ground: a probabilistic risk factor based approach". (Amount: INR 2 lakhs) Role: PI - completed
       
       

      Sponsored Consultancy Projects

      4) PI for Soil Report Vetting for Soil Investigation for GITAM, Visakhapatnam Campus, sponsored by Santosh Soil Investigation Services  - Amount: INR 0.50 lakhs (total cost) - completed 

      3) Team Member for conducting Work Time Motion studies under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) for Govt. of Telangana and Govt. of Andhra Pradesh - completed

      2) Team Member for Proof-checking of design of retaining walls for "Rehabilitation and Upgrading to 2-lanes/2-lane with paved shoulder configuration and strengtheninh of Birpur-Bihpur section of NH-106 in the state of Bihar under Phase 1 of NHIIP on EPC basis", Sponsor:  IL&FS Engineering and Construction Company Ltd. - Amount: INR 9.5 lakhs (total cost) - completed

      1) Team Member for Testing of index and engineering properties of soil for construction of earthen dam as a part of Palamuru RangaReddy Lift Irrigation Scheme (PRLIS) and Dindi Lift Irrigation Scheme (DLIS), Government of Telangana - Amount: INR 81.96 lakhs - completed  

      Projects and grants

      Sponsored projects
       
      1.Funding Agency: BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus Research Initiation
         Project Title: Women on board and corporate policies in India (Sep 2019-Sep 2021)     
         Grant Amount: INR 2,00,000 
       
      2. Funding Agency: Dvara Research Foundation- Household Finance Initiative (with Dr. Priya Rampal)
          Grant Amount: INR 2,70,000 
          Project Title: Socio-economic determinants of household investment portfolio in India (July, 2020-April, 2021)  

       

      Other grants

      1. Travel grant to attend Middle Eastern Universities Development Conference, 2023 - New York University, Abu Dhabi
      2. Travel grant to attend Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, April 2020 
      3. Travel grant to attend International Corporate Governance Society Conference, October 2018 
      4. Travel grant to attend INET Annual Conference in Hong Kong, April 2013

      Research Project

      Sponsored Projects

       

      1. Title of the project

      Construction of arbitrary Tensor Networks using cross approximation techniques (jointly with Prof. Jan Schneider, Westsächsische Hochschule, Zwickau, Germany)
       
      Role: PI
       
      Funding Agency
       
       National Board of Higher Mathematics, India 
       
      Status
       
      Completed
       

      2. Title of the project

      Spectral element methods for elliptic and parabolic interface problems in  R2 on parallel computers (jointly with Dr. Pankaj biswas, NIT Silchar, India)
       
      Role: PI 
       
      Funding Agency
       
       National Board of Higher Mathematics, India 
       
      Status 
       
       Completed
       
       
      3.  Title of the project
       
      Spectral element solvers for stationary and non-stationary Stokes equations (Jointly with Dr. Subhashree Mohapatra, IIIT Delhi)
       
      Role: Co-PI 
       
      Funding Agency
       
      National Board of Higher Mathematics, India 
       
      Status
       
      Ongoing

      PhD topics in Fluidization and Petroleum Engineering (contact email: priya@pilani.bits-pilani.ac.in)


      Research Projects

      DETAILS OF INTERNAL PROJECT PROPOSALS
       
      Project Proposal(s) submitted to BITS-Pilani (till date): 1          
       
      Project Proposal(s) accepted by BITS-Pilani (till date):   1         
       
      Project Proposal(s) under-review/rejected (till date):      0
       
      PROJECT DETAILS
       
      Funded by BITS-Pilani through the Research Initiation Grant (RIG)
       
      PI: Debopam Chakraborty                 
       
      Project TitleOn generating some new families of congruent and non-congruent numbers.
       
      Amount: INR 1.5 Lakh.                     
       
      Duration: April, 2019 to April, 2021.
      DETAILS OF EXTERNAL PROJECT PROPOSALS
       
      Project Proposal(s) submitted for funding (till date):   1
       
      Project Proposal(s) accepted for funding (till date):      1
       
      Project Proposal(s) under-review/rejected (till date):   0                                     
       
      PROJECT DETAILS
       
      Funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST-SERB) through the START-UP research grant (SRG)
       
      PI: Debopam Chakraborty           
       
      Project Title:  Fine Selmer groups and class number divisibility of ideal class groups: A look into the rank computation of elliptic curves.
       
      Amount: 14,21,805 INR.               
       
      Duration: January 2021 to January 2023. 

      Extramural/ Intramural Grants

      Intramural grant - Completed

      BITS-RIG: 2 lacs - Startup to setup the laboratory working on Hearing loss models - 2021-22

      Intramural grant

      BITS-ACRG: 10 lacs - Competititve grant to help procure equipment to work on hearing loss using electrophysiology - 2022-24

      Intramural grant

      BITS-CDRF: 30 lacs (PI for multi-PI grant)- Competitive grant to work on design/fabrication of biodegradable electrodes, measure electrophysiological changes in hearing loss and perform computational analyses - 2023-25

      Extramural grant

      SERB SRG: ~30 lacs - To decipher the role of basal forebrain neurons in modulating the activity of the auditory cortical neurons - 2022-25

      Extramural grant

      ICMR IIRP: ~54 lacs - Small molecule therapeutics for drug-resistant epilepsy - 2024-27

      Sponsored Projects

      • Geometric tolerancing and precision measurement skill enhancement, Mitutoyo South Asia Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, 93 lakhs, January 2020 – December 2023
      • Joint Indo-German Academy towards Sustainability in Engineering, Education and Entrepreneurship, German Academic Exchange Programme, January 2020 - December 2023, 200000 €.
      • Indo-German Challenge for Sustainable Production, Stifterverband, Germany, January – December 2022. 14.3 Lakh INR.
      • Assessment of problem solving and social skills in engineering education: Bridging the gap between academia and industry, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), 2020-2021, 7.94 lakhs
      • Life Style Life Cycle Assessment, UNEP, IGES, Japan, Swechha, BITS Pilani, September 2019-September 2020, 25000 USD (Indian Funding)
      • Indo-German Challenge for Sustainable Production, Stifterverband, Germany, January – December 2019. 42,000 €.
      • Joint Indo-German Experience Lab at BITS Pilani, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Programme) and FESTO, January 2016 - December 2019, 346954 €.
      • 3-Cycle studies in India, AKB Stiftung, Germany, 2005-2006, 5000 €
      • Development of drivers, barriers and key performance indicators for implementation of green manufacturing in Indian Micro, Small and Medium Ceramic Enterprises, UGC Major Research Project, (PI)2013, INR 9.91 lakhs
      • Development and validation of sustainability measurement framework for manufacturing industries (Co-PI), UGC Major Research Project, 2013, INR 3.22 lakhs
      • Automotive Life Cycle Engineering, DAAD and Volkswagen, Jan 2013 – December 2016, 94 423 €.
      • Fund for Improvement of S&T Infrastructure in Higher Educational Institutions (FIST), DST, Coordinator, 2012-2017, 163 Lakhs
      • Lean and Green Manufacturing, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Programme), 2010-2011, 54030 €.

      Agro-homoeopathy: Potential of Homoeopathy as a tool to manage phytopathogen / nematode complex for a sustainable agriculture

      Agency

      CCRH-AYUSH

      Amount Sanctioned

      30.32580 Lakhs

      Duration

      2018 - 2022

      Role

      Co-PI


      Evaluation of Determinants of Iron Deficiency Anaemia among the SC/ST Non-Pregnant Women of Mancherial District of Telangana State followed by Intervention and Analysis of its Reach & Efficacy

      Agency

      DST-TSCOST

      Amount Sanctioned

      4.0 lakhs

      Duration

      2022-2023


      Synthesis of novel coumarin-based lignans targeting pro-inflammatory cytokines for the treatment of chronic kidney diseases

      Agency

      DST - CRG

      Amount Sanctioned

      33.91540 lakhs

      Duration

      2021-2024(ongoing)


      Investigation of Knowledge on Dengue Fever Followed by Education …. Shameerpet Mandal of Ranga Reddy District of Telangana State

      Agency

      ICMR-ICSSR

      Amount Sanctioned

      10.89792 lakhs

      Amount Sanctioned

      2017-2019


      Investigation on pro-inflammatory cytokine inhibitory low molecular weight metabolites of Pseudomonas sp. ABS-36 for the treatment of renal injury

      Agency

      DST

      Amount Sanctioned

      24.39363 lakhs

      Duration

      2017-2020


      Investigation of Natural Coumarinolignans …Agents in Rheumatoid Arthritis.

      Agency

      CSIR

      Amount Sanctioned

      21.026 lakhs

      Duration

      2012-2015


      Lead Identification from Rubiaceous Plants for Treating Cancer

      Agency

      BITS-RIG

      Amount Sanctioned

      2.0 lakhs

      Duration

      2012-2014


      Projects

      Sponsored Projects

       

       

      Externally Funded Projects:
       
      1. Project Title: Completely Positive Maps and Quantum Conditional Entropy
          Funding Agency: MATRICS - Science and Engineering Research Board [SERB] 
          Sanctioned Amount: 6,60,000 INR
          Status: Ongoing [2023-2026]
       
      Internally Funded Projects:  
       
      1.  Project Title: Conditional von Neumann entropy and its implications in quantum information processing tasks                              
           Funding from: Research Initiation Grant [RIG], BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad Campus
           Sanctioned Amount: 1,96,000 INR 
           Status: Completed [2019-2021] 

       


      Research Project(s)

      • “Impact of the Intellectual Property System on Economic Growth” - Multi Country WIPO-UNO Joint Research Project (Japan India China Korea Malaysia and Vietnam)  Sponsored by WIPO, JAPAN (2007). (with Prof. SK Verma)
      • Involved in UGC Major Research Project: “An Empirical Test of Causal Relationships of Total Quality Service Constructs for Indian Hospital Industry"

      Research Project Grant


      Quality Control Studies and Standardization of Safflower Petals of Different Indian Cultivars as per World Health Organization (WHO) Requirement.

      Agency

      UGC

      Amount Sanctioned

      10.53842 lakhs

      Duration

      2011-2014


      Research Projects

      Ongoing

      International Project  
        
      Cooperative Research Project of Research Center for Biomedical Engineering, Japan

      Title of ProjectModelling for microfabrication and biomedical applications

      Role: Member Investigator
      Duration: One year (2022-2023) 
      Grant amount: JPY 600,000   
       
      National Project
       
      Mathematical Research Impact Centric Support (MATRICS) Grant funded by SERB-DST
       
      Title of ProjectA posteriori error analysis for evolution equations with positive type kernels 
       
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Duration: Three years (2023-2026) 
      Grant amount: INR 6.60 lakhs
        
       

      Completed

       
      International Projects 
        
      Postdoctoral Research Fellowship funded by Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Brazil
       

      Title of Project: Efficient Numerical Solution of the Inverse Stefan Problems using the Method of Fundamental Solutions

      Duration: Three years (2016-2019) 
      Grant amount: R$297.186,79  
       
      National Projects
       
      Start-up Research (SRG) Grant funded by SERB-DST
       

      Title of ProjectAdaptive and efficient method of fundamental solutions for the numerical reconstruction of boundary data in two-phase inverse Stefan problems 

       
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Duration: Two years (2019-2021) 
      Grant amount: INR 10.45 lakhs
       
      Additional Competitive Research Grant (ACRG) funded by BITS-Pilani
       

      Title of ProjectEfficient reconstruction of boundary data using the method of fundamental solutions for the two-phase inverse Stefan problem 

       
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Duration: Two years (2019-2021) 
      Grant amount: INR 7 lakhs 
       
      Research Initiation Grant (RIG) funded by BITS-Pilani 
       

      Title of ProjectAdaptive discretizations of parabolic integro-differential equations by finite element methods

       
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Duration: Two years (2019-2021) 
      Grant amount: INR 2 lakhs   
       
       

      Sponsored Research Projects

      Total Number of Approved/Ongoing Projects: 07

      Total Research Grant Sanctioned: Rs. 2,13,78,368 (PI: Rs. 1,26,98,308 & Collab/Co-I: Rs. 86,80,060)

      Title of the Project

      Funding Agency

      Fund Sanctioned

      Duration

      Role

      Development and characterization of injectable biologics

      Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, India

      Rs.5,00,000

      2023-2026

      Principal Investigator

      Preclinical development of long acting delivery systems to treat posterior uveitis.

      Department of Health Research (DHR), India

      Rs.49,00,028

      2023-2026

      Principal Investigator

      Biomimetic corneal patch for treating fungal keratitis

      Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India

      Rs. 24,98,280

      2022-2025

      Principal Investigator

      Investigate natural drugs as a non-invasive therapeutic option in mitigating keratoconus

      Velux Stiftung, Switzerland

      Total budget sanctioned: 1,59,82,620; 

      BITS: 44,80,060

      2022-2024

      Collaborator

      Therapeutic potential of drug loaded light-responsive sustained release gel depot in treating diabetic retinopathy

      Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India

      Rs. 28,00,000

      2021-2024

      Principal Investigator

      Nanocarriers for delivery of ocular therapeutics to treat ocular infection

      Parenteral Drug Association, India Chapter

      Rs. 20,00,000

      2020-2023

      Principal Investigator

      Novel Therapeutic Approaches for the treatment of Leukemia

      Department of Health Research (DHR), India

      Rs. 42,00,000

      2020-2023

      Co-Investigator

       Research Projects Completed

      Total Number of Completed Projects: 04

      Title of the Project

      Funding Agency

      Fund Sanctioned (Rs)

      Duration

      Role

      Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic evaluation of new chemical entities for ocular diseases

      Incilia Therapeutics

      Rs. 8,14,200
       

      2019-2022

      Principal Investigator

      Screening of Novel Chemical Entities for Dry Eye Disease

      Incozen therapeutics private limited

      Rs. 1,20,360

      2021-2022

      Principal Investigator

      Fate of Drug Encapsulated Lipid Vesicles after Subconjunctival Delivery

      BITS Pilani, Hyderabad (Competitive research grant)

      Rs. 10,00,000

      2019-2021

      Principal Investigator

      Optimization and characterization of deformable vesicle nanocarriers for ocular therapeutics

      BITS Pilani, Hyderabad (Research Initiation Grant)

      Rs. 2,00,000

      2018-2020

      Principal Investigator


      Sponsored Research Projects

      As Principal Investigator (PI):

       
      1. Research Initiation Grant (RIG) : 2 lakhs.
         Sponsored by : BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad campus.
          Project Title : Development of New Synthetic Methodologies for Fluoroalkylation 
          Reactions by Visible-light Photoctalysis: Access to New Classes of Potent Molecules. 
          Duration : 24 months; April, 2018 - April, 2020. (Completed
       
       
      2. Additional Competitive Research Grant (ACRG) : 8 lakhs.
          Sponsored by : BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad Campus
          Project Title : Synthesis of Highly Functionalized and Medicinally Potential Bioactive
          Heterocycles through Trifluoromethylative Cyclization Strategy.
          Duration : 24 months; September, 2019 - September, 2021. (Completed
       
       
      3. Industry Project (Research and Development) 10.07 lakhs.  
         Sponsored by Chanceux Labs LLP, Hyderabad.
         Project Title : Synthesis and Development of  Pharmaceuticals (Code: CXL-001).
         Duration : 24 months; December, 2020 - December, 2022. (Completed)
        
       
      4. CSIR - Extra Mural Research Grant (CSIR-EMR) : 28.11 lakhs.
          Sponsored by : Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Govt. of India
          Project Title : Development of Cost-effective, Electrophilic Trifluoromethylating Reagents and Their Application to the Syntheses of New Classes of Medicinally Potential Trifluoromethylated Heterocycles.
      Duration : 3 years; August, 2021 - July, 2024. (Ongoing)
       
       
      5. SERB - Core Research Grant (SERB-CRG) : 43.48 lakhs.
           Sponsored by : Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Govt. of India.
           Project Title : Electrochemical green synthesis of medicinally potential organo-chalcogenides and chalcogenoxides and evaluation of their anti-cancer activities in search of novel anti-cancer agents.
           Duration : 3 years: 25th January 2024 - 24th January 2027 (Ongoing)

      Ongoing Research

      There are several ongoing projects in our lab. Please contact me for more information.

      1. Antimicrobial Dressings for Wound Healing Applications: We are trying to develop facile strategies for the fabrication of antimicrobial dressings that can aid in prevention and mitigation of wound infections. A part of this work is in collaboration with Prof. Swati Biswas from Pharmacy department @BPHC.
      2. Copper-containing Coatings for Antimicrobial ApplicationsWe are working on fabrication of copper-based coatings for application as antimicrobial surfaces for infection control.
      3. Machine-learning Based Model Development of Antimicrobial PeptidesWith a steady rise in antimicrobial resistance, the world is now speeding up the discovery of novel antimicrobial therapeutics. In collaboration with Dr. Arnab Dutta and Prof. Swati Biswas, we are trying to discover novel antimicrobial peptides using an integrated computational-experimental approach.
      4. Nanopatterned Surfaces for Antimicrobial ApplicationIn this project, we are exploring surfaces patterned with micron-scale and nano-scale structures for the development of fouling-resistant and mechano-bactericidal surfaces. This work is in collaboration with Dr. Nandini Bhandaru.
      5. Development of Bacteria Detection SensorsIn collaboration with Dr. Ramendra Pal, we are trying to develop point-of-care diagnostic tools for the detection of infection in wounds. 

      Sponsored Projects

      1. Research Initiation Grant (RIG), "Copper-containing coatings for antimicrobial applications", Principal Investigator, Amount: 2 lakhs, Duration: 2021-2023, Funded by: BITS
      2. Additional Competitive Research Grant (ACRG), "Multifunctional antimicrobial hydrogels for next-generation wound dressings", Principal Investigator, Amount: 2 lakhs, Duration: 2021-2023, Funded by: BITS
      3. DBT BME, "A Point-of-Care Tool for Monitoring Bacterial Infection in Wounds", Co-Principal Investigator, Amount: 22.5 lakhs, Duration: 2023-2025, Funded by: DBT
      4. Cross-disciplinary Research Fund (CDRF), "De novo design of antibacterial peptides to combat antimicrobial resistance", Amount: 30 lakhs, Duration: 2023-2025, Funded by: BITS

      Projects

      • Worked on the project granted by BITS- HYDERABAD campus, on "An application of Optimal Homotopy Asymptotic method in the study of the flow of non-Newtonian fluids through a pipe" from Jan 2013- Jan 2015, 2 Lakhs.
      • Worked as a Co-P.I for the project entitled "Study of the Impact of ICT in Secondary Education" jointly with BITS- Goa campus, 9 Lakhs from June 2013-April, 2015.

      INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIONS

      • Collaborative researcher for the MoD Project entitled: "Analysis of Blood Flow Characteristics in Carotid Artery Bifurcation and Design of a Simulator," Military Technological College, Muscat, Oman, 2022- 23. 
      • Invited as an "Honorary Associate" by the Department of Bio-Medical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, from May to July 2016.

      Research Interests

      Areas of Research Interest:  Fluid Dynamics, Machine Learning, Quantum Computing. 

       Currently working on

                Steady/ unsteady flows of non-Newtonian fluid through rigid/ elastic circular pipes with applications in Human Circulatory system.

                Approximate analytical solutions / numerical solutions to Heat transfer problems in porous media 

                Fluid flow problems in non-conventional coordinate systems 

                Data Analysis 

       
       

       

      Students

      Karthik A. 

       A Study of Fluid flow in Tapered Elastic Pipes with Applications in Human Arterial System. (Thesis Defended)

      Ketana K. 
                 Title of the thesis:  A study on Statistical and Machine Learning Models for the blood flow in the Human circulatory System 
       
      Debismitha Nayak. 
                 Title of the thesis: A Pipeline Network Model for Arterial Blood Flow Analysis in Humans

      Research Projects

      Ongoing:

      Title

      Agency

      Duration

      Amount

      Role

      Bio-CPS Device Security

      DST, Govt. of India (National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems)

      2022-2024

      28.68 lakhs

      C R Hota (PI), Sameera Muhammed Salam (Co-PI)

       

      Submitted:

      Title

      Agency

      Duration

      Amount

      Role

           
      Correctness, Safety and Neutrality of Fine-Tuned Data for AI-based Multilingual Chatbots
      DST-RSF (Indo-Russian) 3 years 1.14 crores 

      C R Hota (PI), Maxim Bakadev (PI from Russia), Saikishore J (Co-PI) 

           

       

      Completed:

      Title

      Agency

      Duration

      Amount

      Role

      Building Lightweight Tamper-proof Codes for IoT Devices

      MeitY, Min. of Electronics & IT, Govt. of India & NWO,Netherlands

      2015-2020

      42.94 lakhs

      PI

      Automated Detection of Security Threats in P2P Networks

      DeitY, Govt. of India

      2012-2015

      61.95 lakhs

      PI

      Designing & Implementing Efficient Overlay Networks over IP

      UGC, Govt. of India

       

      2011-2014

      12.78 lakhs

      PI


      Sponsored Projects

      • Research Initiation Grant (RIG), BITS Pilani.

        PI: Nijjwal Karak
        Title: Theory of weekly differentiable function spaces
        Duration: December, 2020 to December, 2022
        Amount: 2,00,000 INR

      • Start-Up Research Grant (SRG), DST-SERB

        PI: Nijjwal Karak
        Title: Embeddings and extensions of Sobolev-type spaces
        Duration: December, 2021 to December, 2023
        Amount: 15,09,816 INR

      Research Projects

      Completed  

      1) Sponsor and Scheme: Research Initiation Grant (RIG)
       
            Title of the project: On theoretical and numerical aspects of renewal equation with diffusion
            Duration: 2 years (2019-2021)
            Grant: Rs. 2,00,000.00
       
      2) Sponsor and Scheme: SERB-DST; National Postdoctoral Fellow (NPDF)
       
            Title of the project: On theoretical and numerical aspects of the renewal equation in population dynamics
            Duration: 2 years (2017-2019)
            Grant: Rs. 19,20,000.00 

      Research Projects

      Students Projects

      • 2023-24 (First)
        • Oblivious Two-way Ownership Verification in Deduplicated Cloud Computing Systems (Ongoing)
        • A Comprehensive Survey on Recent Advances in Ownership Verifications in Deduplication Systems (Ongoing)
      • 2022-23 (Second)
        • Secure and Efficient Key Management for Deduplicated Cloud Storage System (Completed, Work accepted in IEEE SINCONF 2023)
        • Randomized Encryption Mechanism for Deduplicated Cloud Storage System (Completed, Work submitted to Elsevier Computer Communications)
        • Secure and Efficient Data Deduplication Framework for Internet of Things and Fog Computing (Completed, Work published in IEEE COMPSAC 2023)

      Sponsored Projects

      • Secure Deduplication Framework for IoT and Fog Computing Systems
        Funded by: BITS Student Program for Advancing Research, Knowledge, and Entrepreneurship (SPARKLE)
        Funds: 2,00,000/-
        Duration: Dec 2023 to Dec 2025
      • Secure and Storage Efficient Framework for Integrated Edge-Cloud Computing Systems
        Funded by: BITS New Faculty Seed Grant (NFSG)
        Funds: 20,00,000/-
        Duration: Nov 2023 to Nov 2025

      Research Interest and collaborations

      1. Research themes:  Driven systems
       
      Central question: Is it possible to tune the functionality of a material so that it supports non-trivial properties not present in the static system?
       
      Prime examples: 1. Topological phase is engineered out of non-topological phase (Floquet topological insulator), 2. current is suppressed in the time-evolved state while starting from a current-carrying ground state (dynamical localization), 3. long-lived thermal state in a driven classical system (Floquet prethermalization) and many others: see publications 5, 26, 32, for example.
       
      Open questions for future research: Minimise the heating to achieve the target state, consequences of temporal noise, and many more ... 
       
       
      2. Research themes:  Topological phases of matter
       
      Central question: How one can characterise various topological phases in non-interacting systems? are they robust against interaction, disorder? How does drive modify the situation?
       
      Prime examples: 1. Higher-order topological phase is engineered out of lower-order topological phase (static and Floquet higher-order topological insulator), 2. proximity induced topological superconductivity (static and Floquet higher-order topological superconductor), 3. real space examination of transport signatures, currents (topological Anderson insulator), 4. drive-mediated dynamical synchronization transition in interacting system and many others: see publications 13, 15, 24, 28, 35 for example.
       
       

      Open questions for future research: Floquet Anderson insulators and higher-order analogues, translation activity in presence of defects, application to twisted systems and many more ...  

       
       
      3. Research themes:  Quantum transport 
       
      Central question:  How do we come to know about the system of interest from the conductivity tensors? How do transport coefficients change in different regimes such as semi-classical Boltzmann regime, quantum regime and  mesoscopic regime?    
       

      Prime examples: 1. Electrical Hall and thermal Hall conductivities in Weyl semimetal where  Berry curvature plays crucial role (chiral anomaly mediated transport), 2. linear and non-linear conductivity tensors (planar Hall conductivity, circular photogalvanic effect), 3. Landauer Buttiker technique (scattering matrix formalism), Landau levels and Kubo formula (quantum regime) and many others: see publications 16, 23, 27, 36, 41 for example. 

        

      Open questions for future research: Current through Josephson junction, Boltzmann transport in superconductor, effect of non-Hermiticity, twisted systems, and many more ...     

       
       
      4. Research themes: Many-body correlated phenomena
       

      Central question: How magnetism and superconductivity emerge in an interacting system? How does the localization property change in an interacting many-body disordered systems?

       
      Prime examples:  1. Hubbard interaction-mediated magnetism in graphene like systems, 2. algebraic localization in long-range hopping models (sub-extensive growth of entanglement entropy with many-body dynamics), 3. interaction-induced charge order and many others: see publications 13, 17, 18 and upcoming ones for example.   
       
       

      Open questions for future research: Develop  new techniques such as Gutzwiller mean field, renormalization group analysis (analytically) and DMRG (numerically), application to various twisted systems, long-range models, interplay between drive and many more ...

       

       

       
       
       
      5. Research themes:  Quantum information and computation
       

      Central question: How to engineer high-entangled states and characterise them with appropriate measures? How to prepare such states from solid-state systems even in the presence of disorder?  

       
      Prime examples: 1. Majorana zero modes as qubits (topological superconductivity), 2.  Floquet anomalous Majorana modes as a possible route to withstand the disorder to some extent (dynamical robustness of Majorana boundary modes) and many others: see publications 28, 39 for example. 
       
      Open questions for future research: Quantum thermodynamics of open topological systems, quantum engines and batteries from build from topological systems, quantum computations with braiding of Majorana qubits and many more ...  
       
       
      6. Research themes:  Quantum phase transition and quantum quench
       
      Central question: How the defects are generated following a quench through a quantum critical point?
      How do various quantum information theoretic measures change with quench rate and the critical exponents associated with the quantum phase transition?
       
      Prime examples: 1. Unusual scaling of decoherence factor for various quench protocols and paths (renormalization of Kibble-Zurek law), 2. entanglement between two spins globally connected with the spin chain environment (concurrence in central spin model) and many others: see publications 1, 2, 9, 10 for example.
         

      Open questions for future research:  Quantum correlations, entanglement for various quantum spin, fermionic models in equilibrium and out-of-equilibrium, non-Hermitian counter parts, explorations in spin liquid and spin glass systems, and many more ...

       

       

       
       
      Collaborations: 
       
      Collaborators outside India: 
       
      1. Prof. Annica Black-Schaffer, Uppsala University, Sweden
      2. Prof. Takashi Oka, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan (formerly at MPIPKS, Germany)
      3. Prof. Carsten Honerkamp, RWTH Aachen University,  Germany
      4. Prof. Dante M. Kennes, RWTH Aachen University,  Germany
      5. Prof. Bitan Roy, Lehigh University, USA
      6. Prof. Vladimir Juricic, NORDITA, Sweden 
      7. Dr. Robert-Jan Slager, University of Cambridge, UK 
       
       
      Collaborators inside India:
       
      1. Prof. Amit Dutta, IIT Kanpur, India (Ph.D. supervisor)
      2. Prof. Arijit Saha, IOP, India
      3. Prof. Diptiman Sen, IISc, India
      4. Prof. Atanu Rajak, IIT Hyderabad, India
      5. Prof. Ranjan Modak, IIT Tirupati, India
      6. Prof. Saptarshi Mandal, IOP, India 
      7. Prof. Banasri Basu, ISI Kolkata, India
       
       
       
      Apart from the above collaborators, I am also very much grateful to my other academic coworkers, friends such as  Dr. Snehasish NandyDr. Banasree SadhukhanDr. Sanjib K. Das, Dr. Xiong Feng, Arnob K. Ghosh, Debashish Mondal, Sudarshan Saha, Prof. Uma DivakaranProf. Tutul Biswas  
       
      For interested students: Please feel free to drop by D-323 or write to me for a detailed discussion on research topics 
       

      Projects

      1.Title: Photovoltaic Fed Microgrids: Integrated Intelligent Harmonic Control to Enable Electric Vehicle Charging

      Role: Principal Investigator

      Funding agency: Central power Research Institute, Banglore

      Amount: 20.55 Lakhs

      Duration: Two years (Feb 2023-Jan 2025)

      Status: Ongoing

      2.Title:Modelling the Drivers and Barriers of Electric Vehicle Penetration in Emerging Economy: A study of Indian Market

      Role: Principal Investigator

      Funding agency: ICSSR-IMPRESS, New Delhi

      Amount: 5.25 Lakhs

      Duration: Two years (Sept 2019-2021)

      Status: Completed

      3. Title: Design and development of an efficient soft-switching converter with adaptive maximum power point tracking (MPPT) controller for a standalone photovoltaic power generation system

      Role: Co-Principal Investigator

      Funding agency: Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), New Delhi

      Amount: 29.39 Lakhs

      Duration: Two years, 2014-2016

      Status: Completed

      4. Title: Inter-area oscillation control using embedded energy storage in interconnected power system with distributed generation

      Role: Co-Principal Investigator

      Funding agency: Seed Grant Scheme, BITS, Pilani

      Amount: 11.15 lakhs

      Duration: Two years, March 2011-2013

      Status: Completed


      Research Area

      • Energy Optimization in Hybrid/Electric Vehicles (XEVs)
      • Battery Modelling, SoC Estimation, Hybrid Energy storage System for XEV applications
      • Mitigation of Power Quality issues, Active power filters
      • Distributed Generation and controls of smart grid/Micro grids/Charging grids.
      • Applications of AI techniques to Power Systems and Control Systems

      CO2 Utilization and Sequestration to Prepare Sustainable Structural Concrete Mix Using Recycled Aggregate


      Cement Composite Based Thermoelectric Material for Building Energy Harvesting


      Innovative Accelerated Carbonation Process for the Preparation of Ready-mix Recycled Aggregate Concrete


      Sponsored Research Project

      Completed Projects

      • Principal Investigator, Young Scientist Project (Funding Agency-DST-SERB: SR/FTP/MS-038/2011), Duration (Dec. 2014 – Nov. 2017, Amount: Rs. 11.62 Lacs)
      • Project Coordinator (Indian side) of joint Indo-Russian Project (Funding Agency-DST: INT/RUS/RFBR/P-212), Duration (Aug. 2015- Feb 2018, Rs. 12.86 Lacs)

      R & D Projects

       

      Projects Undergoing:

      • As PI: Seed funding to ideas/startups and Entrepreneurship development activities. The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), Govt. of India for the implantation of Technology Incubation and Development of Entrepreneurs (TIDE 2.0) Scheme As a Group-2 TIDE 2.0 Centre(G2C) at PIEDS at BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus, Meity/IPR/TIDE/16(19)/2019, Duration 60 Months, Grant Rs   3.10 Crores.
      •  As Co PI Doubling Farm Women’s income: Entrepreneurship development through post-harvest     and technology integration in arid zone) submitted with CAZRI, Jodhpur to DST under the ASAR   Programme of SEED Division Duration in Month 36, Budget  70 Lakh File No.ASACODER-   018/2018

       

      Projects Completed:

      • As PI: Measuring the Impact of Socially Responsible Supply Chains and Development of Framework for Implementation, Sponsored by:ICSSR, Start date JAN 2018, Completed JAN 2020. Duration in Months:24, Budegt INR 550000
      • As Co-PI: Concurrent evaluation of food distribution under National Food Security Act (NFSA 2013), Aug 2018, Completed in June 2019. Duration 24 Months, Budget INR 720000.
      • Consultancy project on Supply chain improvement project in Jaipur Rugs Completion date 2015
      • MDP: Management Development programme was conceptualized, designed, marketed and conducted a Co-coordinator and resource faculty for Shree Cement on: “Effective Projects management” during 5-7 June, Shree Cement Beawar Rajasthan. Total amount INR 200000

       

      Submitted Projects:

      • As PI: Stakeholder priority assessment for Urban logistics to improve urban life quality,   Scheme for Trans-Disciplinary Research for India's Developing Economy (STRIDE),     Duration  36 months, Budget Rs 3209800
      •  As PI: Effect of Covid 19 on employment in Manufacturing sector, , Impress, ICSSR,   Duration 09 months, Budget Rs 550000
      •  As PI:  Investigating the Demand-Supply mismatch in Higher Education Sector (Science   and Technology Institution) in India and Its Economic Costs, CHORD (MSTMIS) DIVISION,   Department of Science and Technology, Duration 36 months, Budget Rs 2032800
      •  As Co-PI:  Creating Entrepreneurship Education Ecosystem (EEE) in Indian Higher   Education, Scheme for Trans-Disciplinary Research for India's Developing Economy   (STRIDE), Duration 36 months, Budget Rs 2995790
      •  As Co-PI:  Evaluating Working Capital Management for Make in India Competitiveness: A   Study of Small and Medium Enterprises in Rajasthan, , Impress, ICSSR, Duration 24   months, Budget  Rs 1150000
      •  As Co-PI  Study of E-Waste Management in Science and Technology Institutes of India and   development of Social relevant models for Effective E Waste Management, Impress,   ICSSR,  Duration 24 months, Budget Rs 1060500
      •  As Co-PI:  The Diffusion of Electric Vehicles in India: Exploring Supply Chain Strategies,   Social Impact, and Consumer Preference Scheme for Trans-Disciplinary Research for   India's  Developing Economy (STRIDE), Duration 36 months, Budget Rs 3209800
      •  As Co PI:  Study the Implications of National and Corporate Culture on Buyer-Supplier Relationship   in Manufacturing Supply Chain,  SPARC 2019-2020., Duration 36 Months, 4632000
       

       


      Research Project

      • Postbuckling analysis of CNT-Reinforced composite plates under different types of in-plane mechanical loads. Amount- INR 2 lakhs, Research Initiation Grant, BITS Pilani, Duration-2 years, Dec. 2017- Nov. 2019, (Completed)
      • Failure analysis of MWCNTs-reinforced laminated composite plate subjected to mechanical loads. Amount- INR 8.8 lakhs, Additional Competitive Research Grant, BITS Pilani, Duration-2 years, Feb. 2019 - Jan. 2021, (Completed)
      • Development of Semi-Analytical Methodology as a Design Aid for Small-Scale Structures using Non-Classical Continuum Mechanics. DST-SERB (SUR/2022/000828), Duration-3 years, (Approved)
      • Structural stability analysis of thin-walled steel structures subjected to elevated temperature due to fire. Amount-INR 52.0804 lakhs, The Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC), Duration-2 years, (Approved)

      Research projects

       

      Current Research projects

      • One ICMR proposal is approved (as Co-PI).

      Past Research projects:

      1. As PI: "Phytochemical and Metabolic Characterization of Prosopis cineraria pods (sangri) as Potential Nutraceuticals", sponsored by DST-SERB, Dec 2012 - Dec 2015, "completed", Rs. 22 Lakhs.
      2. As Principal Developer of the course 'Science of Living Systems' (alongwith Prof. Rajesh Mehrotra and Dr. Manoj Kannan as co-developers) in the project "Developing Suitable Pedagogical Methods for Various Classes, Intellectual Calibres and Research in e-Learning", sponsored by Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India, Aug, 2016-Dec, 2016, "completed", (PI: Dr. Bani Bhattacharya, IIT Kharagpur), Rs. 7 lakhs.
      3.  As Project team member: "Bring back the Peacocks", sponsored by BITSAA, Feb 2017-till date - "ongoing", (PI: Prof. Sangeeta Sharma, Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences, BITS, Pilani, Pilani Campus), Rs. 10 lakhs.
      4. Assisted Sr. Prof. Rajiv Gupta, Civil Engg. Dept., in designing biochemical assays for nail fluoride testing, in the project "Costs and Remediation of Groundwater Contamination in India", sponsored by College of Arts and Sciences, at University of Virginia, USA. Dollar 1.50 lakhs.

      Faculty advisor in funded First degree student projects

      1.  Bryophyte based Bio-filter development for combating air pollution.
      2. Characterization of hydrolytic enzymes and bioactives in peel extracts from local fruit and vegetable cultivars for potential development of sustainable, bio-based cleaning agents.

      Research

       

      Major Thrust Area of Research

      • Molecular Parasitology with special emphasis to Molecular Biology of Infectious Diseases
      • Apicoplast of Plasmodium sp.


      I'm currently working on the apicoplast of Plasmodium vivax. We are the first group to report complete sequences of some major coding regions from P. vivax apicoplast Genome where we have characterized the differences between the major coding regions of apicoplast genome of P. vivax in comparison with that from P. falciparum and other Plasmodium species.

      My group is also looking into various nuclear encoded proteins that are hypothesized to be targeted to the apicoplast and may be invovled in the various metabolic pathways believed to be functional within the organelle.

       

      Other Areas of Research Interests

      • Malaria Parasite Biology and Immunology, Host – Parasite Interaction studies, Cancer Cell and Molecular biology, Cancer Gene Transcriptional and Translational Regulation, Drug target identification and designing.

       

      Projects Completed

      • University Grants Commission, Govt. of India funded major project "Characterization of Isoprenoid biosynthetic pathway enzymes from Plasmodium vivax" (2013-2016)
      • DST Fast Track project (2010-2013): Cloning and Characterization of the major regions of the plastid DNA from Plasmodium vivax

      Projects


      Financial support received:

      DST-TIDE: “Design and development of a power assistive hybrid e-trike (PAH e-trike) for differently abled person in rural and urban regions of India.” (Joint project with Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute, CEERI -Pilani),

      Duration: 2017-2021

      Total sanctioned amount Rs. 67.76 Lakh as Co-PI

       

      UGC Major Research Project: “Design and Development of Test Rig to understand Dynamics of Nanorobots”

      Duration: 2012-14

      Grant of Rs 9.37 Lakhs as Co-PI


      Sponsored Research Projects

       

      Completed Projects

      • Title: Development of ecofriendly nonionic surfactant coupled ultrasonic extraction technology for conophylline, an anti- diabetic lead molecule and its comparison with conventional extraction techniques [Funded by BITS Pilani (Research Initiation Grant)] – Principle Investigator [2 lakhs]
      • Title: Development of botanical based novel formulation with mosquito larvicidal action for Indian population. [Funded by DST-SEED (SYST), New Delhi] - Principle Investigator [12.19 lakhs]
      • Title: Exploring The anti-obesity potential of selected Ayurvedic medicinal plants using pancreatic lipase inhibition assay and synergy guided fractionation approach [Funded by DST- SERB (YSS), New Delhi]- Principle Investigator [27.30 lakhs]
      • Title: Development and evaluation of lipid based nanoparticles of Quinapyramine and Isometamidium chloride for treatment of trypanosomiasis in camels. [Funded by DBT, New Delhi]- Co-Principle Investigator [43.52 lakhs]
      • Title: Industry-Academia Symposium on Analytical Sciences [Funded by BIOCON-BMS, Bangalore] - Coordinator [1.74 lakhs]
      • Title: Design, Synthesis, Biological Evaluation and Molecular Modelling Oxoacetamides as New Class of Potent Pancreatic Lipase Inhibitors. Funded by CSIR]-Mentor [3.92 lakhs]
      • Title: Design, Synthesis, Biological Evaluation and Molecular Modelling Studies of Indolyl Oxoacetamide Quinazolinone Based Hybrid Analogs as Potential Pancreatic Lipase Inhibitors for Obesity Treatment. [Funded by DST-SERB (CRG), New Delhi] - Principle Investigator [35.05 lakhs]

       

      On going Projects

      • Title: Interdisciplinary Life Science Programme for Advanced Research and Education in Epigenetics and Genome Editing. [Funded by DBT]- Principle Investigator [9.10 crores]
      • Title: Development and evaluation of endophytic bacteria based formulation against clinical MRSA and VRSA strains. [Funded by DST-SEED (SYST) New Delhi] – Co-Principle Investigator [29.28 lakhs]
      • Title: Design, Molecular Modeling, Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Coumarin Analogues as Potential Pancreatic Lipase Inhibitors. [Funded by DST New Delhi Under INSPIRE Programme] – Mentor [19.60 lakhs]
      • Title: Design, Molecular Modelling, Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Chromone Analogues as Potential Pancreatic Lipase Inhibitors.[Funded by DST New Delhi Under INSPIRE Programme] – Mentor [19.60 lakhs]

       

      Industry Projects

      • Consultancy project on Probiotics [Funded by Tablets (India) Limited, Chennai]- Principle Investigator [5.74 lakhs]

      Approved Projects

      • Title: Design, Synthesis and Evaluation of Thiazolidinedione Hybrid Analogues as Potent Pancreatic Lipase Inhibitors for Obesity Treatment. [Funded by ICMR, New Delhi] - Principle Investigator [32 lakhs]


      *Candidates with INSPIRE/ CSIR/ ICMR/ UGC - JRF/SRF fellowships and interested to work in the area of Pharmacognosy / Phytochemistry / Natural Products/ Pharmacology of herbal drugs/ Formulation and Analysis of herbal drugs, can contact by sending curriculum vitae to Dr. Atish T. Paul (atish.paul@pilani.bits-pilani.ac.in)


      Research Area(s)

      • Educational Informatics [The primary focus is to investigate how the intersection of Technology and Education helps deliver and manage teaching-learning processes.]
      • Governance Informatics [In Governance Informatics, the objective is to explore the use, design and consequences of Technology interventions in governance domains such as social welfare delivery, surveillance, privacy and administration.]
      • Technology Adoption Behavior [Technology Adoption research explores the user behavior when the user is interacting with other users and technology artifacts - what motivates and encourages a user to adopt specific technology interventions.]
      • Discourse Analysis of Computer-Mediated Communication [The main focus in this area is to understand the nuances of text and other discourse types generated in Social Media/online/virtual communities through specific approaches such as Sentiment Analysis, Influencer Analysis, Linguistic Analysis.]
      • Cultural Studies [Language and communication being an inherent part of any culture, this area focuses on exploring the contours of intersections of a global culture emanating from a networked society with inherent convergence of heterogeneous identities.]

      Research Projects


      1. An Empirical Study on Accountability and Learning Outcomes in Public School Systems in Rajasthan.

      (Co-Principal Investigator)
      Amount: 10 Lakhs
      Grant Agency: IMPRESS-ICSSR (2019-2021) COMPLETED

      2. Awareness, Uses and Implications of Web2.0 in Supplementing Classroom Teaching at Undergraduate Level

      (Principal Investigator)
      Amount: 7.84 Lakhs
      Grant Agency: UGC (2013-15) COMPLETED

      3. Integrating New Media Technologies in Teaching at Higher Education

      (Principal Investigator)
      Amount: 1.95 Lakhs
      Grant Agency: BITS Pilani [Research Initiation Grant] (2012-13) COMPLETED

      4. Developing Teaching Modules for English Learning Through Multimedia Technology for Rural Children from Class V-VIII

      (Co-Principal Investigator)
      Amount: 4.50 Lakhs
      Grant Agency: UGC (2009 - 2011) COMPLETED


      Extra-Mural Funded Projects

      Ongoing
      1. As a principal Investigator received Industry Research Project "Educational Virtual Roleplay through Interactive Design and Integration Using OpenAI", from Trajectorie Business Solutions Pvt. Ltd, India (September 2023 - December 2023)
      2. As a principal Investigator received Industry Research Project "Creating UI/UX for Different Question Types", from Trajectorie Business Solutions Pvt. Ltd, India (August 2023 - November 2023)
      3. As an Overseas Applicant received an International Joint Research Grant entitled “Diagnosis of respiratory diseases from lung images using self-supervised deep learning” along with University of York funded by Royal Society, United Kingdom (2023 to 2025)
      4. As a Principal Investigator received the project entitled "Cognitive Computer Vision Based Sign Interpretation and Generation Network for Signer Education" funded by Birla Institute by Technology Pilani, Dubai Campus under Research Initiation Grant (RIG) (2023 to 2025)
      5. As a Co-Principal Investigator received the project entitled "Al Based Early Detection of Hormonal lmbalance and Poly-Cystic Ovary Syndrome in Young Women" funded by AICTE under Research Promotion Scheme (RPS) (2022-2025) 
         
      Completed
      1. As a principal Investigator received Industry Project "100% Virtual RolePlay using Generative AI" from Trajectorie Business Solutions Pvt. Ltd, India (June 2023 - August 2023)
      2. As a Co-Principal Investigator received the project entitled "Regional atmospheric visibility forecasting model using soft computing techniques" funded by iDEX-DIO, DRDO under DISC 4 Challenge (25.8 Lakh) (2021-2023)
      3. As a Principal Investigator received a research project entitled "Deep Neural Architecture for Multimodal and Multilingual Sign Language Translation and Recognition" funded by Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB) New Delhi under Startup Research Grant (SRG) Scheme (14.5l Lakh) (2019-2021)
      4. As a Principal Investigator received bilateral research project entitled "Hybrid Deep Learning for Indo-Russian Sign Language Recognition" jointly funded by Department of Science & Technology (DST), India and Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), Russia under Indo-Russian Joint Grant (22.64 Lakh-Indian Side) (2020-2022)
      5. As a Principal Investigator received a consultancy project entitled "Reinforcement Learning for TVSC" funded by TVS Credits, India (15.26 Lakh) (2021-2022)
      6. As a Principal Investigator received a consultancy project entitled "Recommender Systems for TVS Group Applications" funded by TVS Motors, India (11.3 Lakh) (2021-2022)

      Research Grants

      Completed

      • Principal Investigator for “Multiobjective Evolutionary Approach for Solving Water Distribution Network Design Optimization” funded by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, India. (Grant No. 22(0723)/17/EMR-II dated 16.05.2017; July 2017-June 2020; 18,46,000/-)
      • Principal Investigator for “Multiobjective Reservoir Optimization Using Swarm Intelligence Algorithms” funded by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, India. (Grant No. 25(0193)/11/EMR-II dated 02.02.2011; April 2011-March 2014; 11,18,000/-)
      • Principal Co-Investigator for “Experimental and Numerical Investigations on Sandwiched Modular Multilayer Self Compacted Cement Concrete Pavements” funded by Aditya Birla Group (ABG), Mumbai, India. (October 2011-September 2013; 10,00,000/-)

      Research Funding

      • BITS Additional Competitive New Faculty Grant
        Principle Investigator. Project titled "Investigations into Issues in Deploying Software Defined Networks on Traditional Network Infrastructure". 2015-17. Funding 8.2 lakhs.
      • NVIDIA Academic Hardware Grant Program
        Project titled "Processing and Analyzing High Speed Traffic For Accurate Network Forensics". Grant of 2 Bluefield-2 P-Series 25GbE Crypto Disabled DPUs. Aug 2021. Funding ~$2,877.98 ~2.36 lakhs.
      • CAIR DRDO
        Co-PI. Project titled "Efficient domain-specific storage and query system for High-speed IP flow analysis". Grant of ~46lakhs. July 2022.

      Sponsored projects

      Ongoing projects
      1. Title: Calpain mediated disruption of axon-glia interaction in peripheral neuropathies
      Funding agency: DST INSPIRE Faculty fellowship
      Fund sanctioned: Rs. 35 lakh
      Duration: 2021-2026
      Role: Principal Investigator

      2. Research Initiation Grant
      Funding agency: BITS
      Funds sanctioned: Rs 2,00,000
      Duration: 2022-2024
      Role: Principal Investigator

      3. Title: Calpain mediated disruption of axon-glia interaction in peripheral neuropathies
      Funding agency: ICMR
      Fund sanctioned: Rs. 73 lakh
      Duration: 2023-2026
      Role: Principal Investigator


      Completed projects
      1. International Society of Neurochemistry (ISN) CAEN 1B award
      Funding agency: International Society of Neurochemistry (ISN)
      Fund sanctioned: USD 4919 (INR 3,80,000)
      Duration: 2022-2023
      Role: Principal Investigator

      2. Title: Exploring the therapeutic role of Panax ginseng in drug-induced peripheral neuropathies
      Funding agency: The Korean Society of Ginseng (KSG), South Korea
      Fund sanctioned: KRW 5 million (INR 3,12,000)
      Duration: 2022-2023
      Role: Principal Investigator


      Research/Industry Projects:

      Ongoing Projects:

      1)    ADE-DRDO Project on Methodology for Specification generation and system identification of Environmental Control System for new Aircraft Program, Cost  Rs 23.5 Lakhs – Duration 2.5 Year till June 2024.

      2)    M/s Rangsons Aerospace Pvt. Ltd, Bangalore, Consultancy guidance of Thermal projects, Rs 21.24 Lakhs for 3 years starting September 2021.

      3) ARDB-DRDO Project on "Development of All-Electric Environmental Control System for Fighter Aircraft", Cost Rs. 58.2 Lakhs, till Feb. 2025.

      4) CASDIC-DRDO Project on "Development of Graphene/ Graphite Encapsulated high thermal conductivity heat sinks", Cost Rs. 28.72 Lakhs, till Jan. 2025.

       


      Sponsored Project


      Project (Sponsored Internal) – Completed (1)

      • Model Studies Demonstrating Gravity and Capillary Dominated Flow of Contaminants in Porous Media [PI – Amount 2.0 lakhs INR (2013-2015) funded by BITS RIG (Research Initiation Grant)]

       

      Project (Sponsored External) – Ongoing (1)

      • Design and development of fixed and floating solar PV installation for water management infrastructures, [Co-PI, Amount 11.36 lakhs INR (30th Sept. 2019 to 29th Sept. 2022), Industry Sponsored by First Green Consulting Pvt. Ltd.]

      SOP/ LOP/COP/Dissertation/Thesis Projects


      During Second Semester 2021 - 22, I would be offering the projects under the umbrella topics of:

      • Zero Trust Networks
      • Encryption techniques for preventing DDoS attacks
      • Machine Learning techniques for preventing DDoS attacks.

      If interested to work as project student (as Thesis/SOP/LOP/COP), send me a mail. For it, you must have done Computer Network course and "preferably" Network Security course. Please mention your current CGPA in your EMail.


      Research Projects

       

      Project Title: Wireless Network Virtualization: IEEE 802.11 Test-Bed Implementation and wireless NIC virtualization

      PI: Vishal Gupta

      Total Funding: 8.50 Lakh

      Duration: 2 years [February 26, 2016 to February 25, 2018]

       

      Consultancy Project Title: Developing suitable pedagogical methods for various classes, intellectual calibres and research in e-learning" under National Mission Project on Education through ICT.

      Sponsor: Mininstry of HRD, Government of India (through IIT Kharagpur).

      PI: Vishal Gupta

      Total Funding: 7 Lakh

      Status: The project is complete

       


      Sponsored Projects

       

      Completed Projects

       

      • "Characterization of major components of (FeS) Cluster assembly pathway in Plasmodium vivax". Duration: 3 years, Sanctioned amount 25.6 lakhs, Funding Agency: DST Young Scientist Start up Grant.
      • "Analysis of genetic diversity of malaria parasite from Bikaner, India". Duration: 2 years, Sanctioned amount 2 lakhs, Funding Agency: BITS- Research Initiation Grant
      • "Analysis of hypothetical and putative proteins dual targeted to apicoplast and mitochondria in Plasmodium vivax". Duration: 2 years, Sanctioned amount 6 Lakhs. Funding Agency: UGC - BSR Research Start up Grant for newly recruited faculties.

      Ongoing Projects

       

      • "Microbial Induced Calcite Precipitation (MICP) as a sustainable method for utilization of copper tailing" (Principal Investigator) Duration: 2years; Approved Budget: 20 Lakhs; Funding Agency: BITS CDRF Scheme; BITS Pilani.
      • “Understanding vir Genes: Potential Mediators of Cyto-adherence in Severe Malaria from Plasmodium vivax” (Co – Principal Investigator) Duration: 3 years;  Approved Budget: 1.15 crore; Funding Agency: ICMR
      • “Exosome as prognostic and Diagnostic marker”. (Co-Investigator) Duration: 2 years, Approved Budget: 50.91 Lakhs; Funding Agency: DST “BioCyTiH Foundation”.

      Research Projects


      Ongoing Research Projects:

      1. Principal Investigator (September 2018 onwards)- "Efficacy & Effectiveness of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) activities for Health Awareness and Promotion Among Women in Rajasthan: Towards a HOPE Approach" [Sanction No.16/2016/ICMR-ICSSR-SBR] (Amount Mobilized: INR 25,11,490/-)

      2. Co-Principal Investigator (September 2018 onwards)- "Development & Validation of a Prototype of a Web/Mobile App Based Positive Psychological Intervention for Adolescents" [Sanction No.24/2016/ICMR-ICSSR-SBR] (Amount Mobilized: INR 17,01,650/-)

      Research Projects Completed:


      1. UGC sponsored project entitled “Writing Competence: An Assessment of Tribal Students.”
      2. A video documentary entitled "Parivartan: Women Empowerment in Rural Shekhawati Region" Sponsored by UGC Centre of Women's Studies, BITS Pilani.


      Sponsored Research Project

       

      Sponsored Project

       

      Project Title : Hyper spectral Image analysis and Machine learning for germ detection and precision agricultural

      Role : Principal Investigator

      Funding Agency : Short Term Project Scheme of Technology Development Programme (DRISHTI CPS/TDP-ST/SL/2022/003) from IITI DRISHTI CPS Foundation.

      Amount : Rs. 9,90,000/-

      Status : On-going (2022-2023)


      Project Title : Multimodal Biometric based person Identification System

      Role : Principal Investigator

      Funding Agency : Additional Competitive Research Grant, BITS Pilani

      Amount : Rs. 9,00,000/-

      Status : Completed (2016-2018)


      Project Title : Person Re-identification (Re-ID) for Video Surveillance Applications

      Role : Principal Investigator

      Funding Agency : Research Initiation Grant, BITS Pilani

      Amount : Rs. 2,00,000/-

      Status : Completed (2015-2017)


      Ongoing Funded Projects

      Sl. No.Title of ProjectCost of ProjectDuration of ProjectRoleCollaboratorsDate of ApprovalSponsoring Agency
      1Low-cost empathetic robotic solution for caregiving (LERSCe)--Co-PIDr. Abhijit Das (CSIS, BITS),
      Dr. Aritra Mukherjee (CSIS, BITS),
      Dr. Abhishek Sarkar (ME, BITS),
      Prof. Simon Egerton (CSIT, La Trobe)
      July 21, 2023BITS-La Trobe University
      ASCRIN Program
      2Design, development and control of a low cost AI enabled 3-DOF compliant manipulator for intelligent Manufacturing 20 laks2 YearsPIAbhishek Sarkar (ME, BITS),
      Dr. Abhijit Das (CSIS, BITS)
      September 15, 2023BITS CDRF

      Research Projects as PI

       
      Ongoing Projects
      1.  ICMR 2022.  Elucidating the role of Transforming Growth Factor-β (TGF-β) regulated long-non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in Epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) and as therapeutic targets for Oral Cancer.
       
      Completed Projects
      1. DBT RLS Fellowship- Identification and characterization of long non-coding RNAs involved in Genome stability. Dec 2016- March2022
      2. DST SERB ECR-Understanding the role of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β) pathway in Glioblastoma. Dec2018-March 2022
      3. DBT-Elucidating the role of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in neuronal cell death during Japanese Encephalitis (JE). March 19- July 21.

      Projects as PI

      Sanctioned Projects. Awaiting Fund Release.

      1.  ICMR 2022.  Elucidating the role of Transforming Growth Factor-β (TGF-β) regulated long-non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in Epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) and as therapeutic targets for Oral Cancer.

      Completed Projects

      1. DBT RLS Fellowship- Identification and characterization of long non-coding RNAs involved in Genome stability. Dec 2016- March2022

      2. DST SERB ECR-Understanding the role of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β) pathway in Glioblastoma. Dec2018-March 2022

      3. DBT-Elucidating the role of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in neuronal cell death during Japanese Encephalitis (JE). March 19- July 21.


      Sponsored Projects

      1. “Study of cosmological models in bimetric theory of gravitation”, funded by University Grants Commission (UGC) F.41-1385/2012 (SR), Govt. of India, New Delhi: (2012-2014) , 1,80,000 INR. 

      2. DAAD - Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) Worldwide – 2018, 2019, 2023

                IN-PH-3348 - Theoretical study of compact stars and wormholes in modified gravity

                2018: Intern: Ms. Annika Kirschner, Nürnberg - Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm during 01-08-2018 to 26-09-2018.

                2019: Intern: Mr. Daniel Krogmann, Berlin - Technische Universität Berlin during 11-08-2019 to 12-10-2019. 

               2023: Intern: Ms. Marlene Funck, Hannover - Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover during 12-08-2023 to 24-09-2023. 

      3. “Cosmic acceleration with observational constraints of the universe in modified gravity”, funded by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), 03(1454)/19/EMR-II Dt.02/08/2019, Govt. of India, New Delhi (2019-2022), 19,21,496 INR

      4. “Astrophysical objects in modified theories of gravity: theoretical predictions and observational perspective”, funded by National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM), 02011/3/2022 NBHM(R.P.)/R&D II/2152 Dt.14.02.2022, Govt. of India under Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), (2022-2025), 16,80,900 INR

      5. Working group member of CA21136-Addressing observational tensions in cosmology with systematics and fundamental physics (CosmoVerse) by EUROPEAN COOPERATION IN SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (ECOST) from 21-10-2022 to 20-10-2026

      6. “Study of late-time cosmic acceleration in curvature-less and torsion-less theories of gravity with recent observations”, funded by Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), CRG/2022/001847, Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India, New Delhi (2023-2026),21,48,696 INR

      7. Co-PI of “A Fundamental Study on Cosmic Acceleration in Modified Gravity Approach”, funded by Ministry of Higher Education, Govt. of Malaysia, (2023-2026)  FRGS/1/2023/STG07/UM/02/3, RM109600.

      8. Working group member of CA22113-Fundamental challenges in theoretical physics (THEORY-CHALLENGES) by EUROPEAN COOPERATION IN SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (ECOST) from 10-10-2023 to 09-10-2027


      Sponsored Projects

       

      • Collaborating Sponsored Project 'Rainfall-Runoff Modelling for Lower Godavari Basin in a Changing Climate', Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, India; Co-Investigator: Prof D.Nagesh Kumar, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore [September 1, 2019-August 31,2022]
      • Collaborating Sponsored Project 'Integrated Urban Flood Management in India: Technology-Driven Solutions', Information Technology Research Academy (ITRA), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India; Co-Investigators: Prof PP Mujumdar, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore; Dr. Rominus Valsalam, C-DAC, Thiruvanathapuram; Prof. NV Umamahesh, National Institute of Technology, Warangal. [January 1, 2014-July 31, 2017]
      • Collaborating Sponsored Project 'Multicriterion Analysis for Ranking of Various General Circulation Models to Study Water Resources of India', Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, India; Co-Investigator: Prof D.Nagesh Kumar, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore [November 1, 2012-October 31, 2015]
      • Research and Development Project 'Artificial Neural Networks for Water Resources Planning: An Innovative Approach', Indian National Committee on Hydrology, Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR), Government of India.[February 2006-April 2010]
      • Sponsored Project 'Multiobjective Optimization in Irrigation Planning using Evolutionary Algorithms', Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, India. [November 2006-November 2009]
      • Research and Development Project 'Multicriterion Decision Making in Water Resources Systems', All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi, India. [May 1998-September 2000]

      Projects

      Industry Projects 

      Project 1 - CONDITION ASSESSMENT OF RAW MILL FOUNDATION - FIELD AND LABORATORY INVESTIGATION
      Status - Completed.
      About the project - The project assess the level of damage of the foundation of a vertical grinding mill at STAR CEMENT CO. L.L.C. Clinkerisation Unit- Ras Al Khaima. The multi- phased approach includes a comprehensive field and laboratory investigation. Includes:
      1. Detailed visual inspections to point out a qualitative and preliminary estimate of damage state as well as to identify key locations for detailed investigations.
      2. Field investigation includes:
      • Non-destructive testing with Acoustic emission, Ultrasonic pulse velocity (UPV), Half-cell potential (HCP), Rebound hammer, Ground penetrating radar (GPR) and break-out window test.
      • Sample collections for laboratory experiments
      • Topographic survey
      3. Laboratory investigation includes compression tests, depth of carbonation test and chloride contamination test as well as petrographic analysis.


      Project 2 – VISUAL INSPECTION OF AN UNDER PASS TUNNEL FOR AL NAKHLA CRUSHER, FUJIRA
      Status - Completed
      About the project – To perform a visual inspection of the external appearance of the structure as well as surface, interior and surrounding environment of the structure


      Project 3 – NDT of COAL MILL FOUNDATION
      Status - Completed
      About the project - The project is to conduct a series of non-destructive and laboratory tests to evaluated the level of damage of the foundation of a Coal Mill at STAR CEMENT CO. L.L.C. Ras Al Khaima. Scope of the work includes:
      1. Field investigations with Acoustic emission, Ultrasonic pulse velocity (UPV), Half-cell potential (HCP), Rebound hammer, Ground penetrating radar (GPR) and break-out window test.
      2. Laboratory investigations like compression tests, depth of carbonation test and chloride contamination test as well as petrographic analysis.


      Research Projects undertaken

       Ongoing-  

      S. No

      Title

      Cost in Lakh

      Duration

      Role as PI/Co-PI

      Agency

      1.

      Development of Theranostic Agents for Photodynamic/ Photothermal Treatment of Oral/Lung Cancer and Related Diseases

      800

      2022 -  2025

      Co-PI

      PROMOTION OF UNIVERSITY RESEARCH AND SCIENTIFIC EXCELLENCE (PURSE) SCHEME of DST, India

       

      Completed-

      S. No

      Title

      Cost in Lakh

      Duration

      Role as PI/Co-PI

      Agency

      1.

      Metal selective fluorescence modulation of biologically important chromophores: Effect of micellar charge, pH, and solvent

      2

      2012 - 2014

      PI

      BITS Pilani

      2.

      Towards metalloneurochemistry inside a niosome : a fluorescence spectroscopy approach

      24.98

      2014 - 2017

      PI

      DST-SERB

      3.

      Investigations on naphthalene or anthracene based phosphonates as potential sources for useful ketones and aldehydes leading towards new AIEgens and polyarylalkanes

          16.75

      2017 - 2020

      Co-PI

      CSIR

       
       
       

      Projects

      "I believe in innovation and that the way you get innovation is you fund research and you learn the basic facts."

      Bill Gates

      Research Initiation Grant

        • Under RIG Scheme of BITS Pilani 
        • Topic:  ThermoFluid investigation of freely falling three dimensional rigid and deformable objects.
        • Grant amount: 20,000 AED
        • Duration: November 22 to December 24

      Projects

      • Research Initiation Grant (RIG): BITS- Pilani Hyderabad Campus, Project Title: “Designing an Attribute Enhanced Spatially and Temporally Aware Role Based Access Control (AESTARBAC) Model for Electronic Healthcare Systems", Duration: 2017-2019, Grant Amount: 2 lakhs, Role: PI (Completed).
      • BITS-RMIT Joint PhD Program: Project Title: "Intelligent Deployment and Administration of Access Control Models", Collaborators: Prof. Iqbal Gondal (RMIT University) and Prof. Fabio Zambetta (RMIT University).
      • ASCRIN Scheme: Project Title: "Intelligent Intrusion and Anomaly Detection in Smart Air Pollution Monitoring Systems", Collaborator: Prof. Naveen Chilamkurti (La Trobe University).

      Projects

       1. Role: Advisor
      Title: Frustum CAM in Medical Ventilators
      Nature: Research
      Funding Agency: SRISTI, in collaboration with BIRAC, Department of Biotechnology, (INDIA)
      Amount Sanctioned: 1500000 INR (~75000 AED)
      Duration: - January'21 - December'23 
      Status: Completed 
       
      2. Role: Advisor
      Title: Extraction of Hydrogen from Waste Water
      Nature: Research
      Funding Agency: EXPO LIVE University Innovation Grant, Dubai (UAE)
      Amount Sanctioned: 25000 AED
      Duration: - February'18 - March'19  
      StatusCompleted 
       
      3. Role: Co-Prinicipal Investigator
      Title: Comprehensive analysis and customized solutions for Energy Auditing and Energy Conservation
      Nature: Consultancy
      Funding Agency:  Star Cements Pvt. Ltd., Ras Al Khaimah (UAE) 
      Amount Sanctioned: 12000 AED
      Duration: July'17 - August'18 
      StatusCompleted 

      Sponsored Projects

      • Project title – Design and Development of Underwater Acoustic Modem
      • Trust Area – Underwater communication
      • Funding Agency – BITS Pilani
      • Duration – 2 years (Nov 2018 – Oct 2020) 
      • Grant amount – 8.88 Lakhs
       
      In this project, an underwater acoustic modem will be developed for the shallow water UASN deployment. With two such modems, communication link will be tested between them by using a lab-based testbed set-up. Various modulation schemes, coding techniques and signal processing techniques can be tested using these modems.  
      • Project Title - Flying Ad hoc Network for disaster rescue operations (SERB     SRG/2019/001204)
      • Thrust Area – Wireless Sensor Networks, Airborne Networks
      • Funding Agency – Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB)
      • Duration – 2 years (Dec 2019 – Dec 2021)
      • Grant amount – 21.56 Lakhs
      During the disaster rescue operations, such as fires in building spaces or natural calamities such as floods and earthquakes, mini-UAV’s can be deployed which can fly at much lower altitudes. At times, multiple mini-UAVs are required in the network formation for improving capabilities, reducing completion time of mission, and for allowing sharing of tasks among themselves. In this project, an autonomous network of multiple mini-UAVs will be deployed for an example of disaster rescue operations.  
      In this project, we developed a Flying Ad-hoc Network Simulator (FANS) platform. This co-simulator platform interlinks Network Simulator (ns-3) and robot simulator (Gazebo) with help of Robot Operating System (ROS).
      • Project Title - Development of Underwater Acoustic Sensor Network for Monitoring of Coral Reef (BBF/BITS(G)/FY2022-23/BCPS-113)
      • Principle Investigator- Sarang Chandrashekhar Dhongdi
      • Co-PI – Prof. K R Anupama, Dept of EEE, BITS Goa
      • Thrust Area –Underwater Sensor Networks
      • Funding Agency – DST NM-ICPS
      • Duration - 01/09/2022 to 01/03/2024
      • Grant Amount - 34.86 Lakhs

      Coral reefs are a very important environment that maintain a great variety of life forms and are indicators of ocean health. Currently coral reefs are monitored using divers and researchers have been collecting data periodically on environmental conditions.  The current system does not provide real-time data through all seasons. In addition, it is invasive in nature.  The main objective of the proposal is to develop an underwater acoustic sensor network which can be deployed for monitoring the regional coral reef non-intrusively and through all seasons. For deployment of this network, series of underwater nodes would be developed with the capability of sensing, communication, data processing and networking.  Using these nodes an ad hoc self-configuring underwater acoustic sensor network will be built to monitor various parameters ocean environment using oceanographic sensors.

      • Project Title - Development of IoT system for monitoring gases
      • Principle Investigator- Sarang Chandrashekhar Dhongdi
      • Thrust Area –IoT
      • Funding Agency – BITS Pilani (Research Initiation Grant)
      • Duration – April 2018 to April 2019
      • Grant Amount – 2.0 Lakhs

      Government Projects (International & National)

      Govt. of Victoria (Australia) VESKI-SMRP Project (Completed):  "International Making data-driven quality management accessible to small scale dairy cooperatives in India" Investigators:  Prof. Navneet Goyal, Prof. Suman Kapur (Hyd Campus), Prof. Poonam Goyal, Dr. Ashutosh Bhatia, Collaborators: La Trobe University (Australia), IIT Kanpur, SensaData Pty Ltd, & The Product Makers (TPM) Pty Ltd ( AUD $ 1,70,000 ). 

      United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) Project for hosting US expert under Full Bright Nehru Scheme(Completed):  "High performance computing and IoT data analytics", Cordinator: Poonam Goyal ($11000)

      MeitY Research Project (Completed): " A New Distributed Computing Framework for Data Mining". Investigators: Prof. Navneet Goyal, Prof. Poonam Goyal & Prof. Sundar S. Balasubramaniam (120 Lakhs)

      CRG-SERB Research Project (Ongoing): "An automatic multi-modal learning system for image/video analytics" Investigator: Poonam Goyal  (35 Lakhs).


      Industry Projects

      Industry (Mercedes-Benz) Research Project (Jan 2024: Dec2024) (Phase II) "Mechanical Design using Generative AI", Investigators: Prof. Navneet Goyal, Prof. Poonam Goyal, and Dr. Amit Singh (24.75 lakhs)

      Industry (Adobe) Research Project (Ongoing): "Multimodal Learning" Investigator: Poonam Goyal (5 lakhs/problem/ semester)

      Industry (Micron Technology) Research Project (Jan 2024: Dec 2024): Layout Automation Tool using Generative AI, Graph NN, and Deep Reinforcement Learning, Investigators: Prof. Poonam Goyal, & Prof. Navneet Goyal, (Budget: 22.40 Lakhs)

      Industry (Founding Years Learning Solutions) Research Project (Ongoing): "Project SWATCH" Investigators: Prof. Navneet Goyal, Prof. Poonam Goyal, Dr Manish Dave, Dr Jennifer Ranjani (21.373 Lakhs)

      Industry (Mercedes-Benz) Research Project (Aug 2022: April 2023) (Completed) "Mechanical Design using Generative AI", Investigators: Prof. Navneet Goyal, Prof. Poonam Goyal, and Dr. Amit Singh (8 lakhs)

      Industry (Nucleus Software, Noida) Research Project (Ongoing): "Intent Analysis of Customers Based on Telephonic Conversations" Investigators: Prof. Navneet Goyal, Prof. Poonam Goyal (2.5 lakhs/semester)


      Research Projects[SPONSORED]

      [2023-2025] TITLE: Green Quantum Computing:  Benchmarking, Performance Analysis, Modeling and Optimization of Quantum computing algorithms and communication Protocols.

      SPONSORED BY BITS Pilani,Rajastan. 

      AMOUNT:20 LAKHS

       

      • [2016-17]  Title: Modeling, design, and performance analysis of device-to-device (D2D) wireless communication system (Research Initiation Grant of Rs/- 1,00,000 from BITS Pilani, Pilani campus, Rajasthan)
      • [2017-18]  Title: NASA's Radio Jove Receiver [Student: Ujwal Panda] (Prof. I. J. Nagrath Student Project Fund), Role: Project mentor Amount: 27475.00 
      • [Aug. 2020-Dec. 2020] IEEE UAV Innovation Challenge - VTS and Bangalore Section 
        BITS Student team: Vinay U. Pai, Rushabha Balaji, Sumukh Nitundil, Vinay Kanakeri
        Submitted idea: Pollution Mapping using Collaborative Green UAVs
        Start date: 03/08/2020; End date: 15/12/2020; Role: Project mentor 
        Achievement: One of the winning teams in the first stage. [Mail received on Oct. 24, 2020] 
      • Amount: 32000.00 INR 
      • [May 2022-23] The following research proposal has been selected to grant credits for research work under Quantum Computing Applications Lab (QCAL), Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY).
        Title: Quantum Algorithms for Efficient Wireless Energy Transfer in Renewable Sensor Networks.
        Team: Sainath Bitragunta, Shantom Kumar Borah
      • Credits: $4,200.00

      Research Grants

      1

      Consultancy for Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
      Project: Curating open educational resources for Interactive Flat Panels in Schools in Telangana (2023) 
      Role of the researcher: Subject matter expert for English
      Duration: 6 months (June 7, 2023) 

      Title: English for the EDI generation: Predicting and tracking the role of English and digital/mobile technologies in Higher Education across East and South Asia
      Duration: 3 years (2022-2025) 
      Amount: 249,594 GBP
      Funding agency: British Council
      Role of the researcher: CO-PI (PI: Prof. Agnes Kukul-Hulme, Open University, UK) 

      3 

      Title: Relationship between TOEFL iBT and Academic Writing Practices in English-Medium Universities of South Asia 
      Grant amount: 99,783.33 US Dollars
      Funding agency: Educational Testing Service
      Role of the researcher: CO-PI (PI: Prof. Tony Green, University of Bedfordshire, UK)

      4

      Title: IATEFL Projects Grant 2023 (‘ESL teaching strategies for linguistically diverse classrooms: An exploratory study’)
      Amount: 1500 GBP
      Funding agency: IATEFL (through FORTELL)
      Role of the researcher: PI (Dr Jani Reddy as CO-PI) 

      5

      Title: Swavalamban: A Co-constructed Online Professional Development Toolkit for English Language Teachers Working in Resource-constrained Schools in India 
      Duration: 6 months (September 16, 2022 - March 31, 2023)
      Amount: £23,771 
      Funding agency: British Council 
      Role of the researcher: PI for India [PI for the UK: Dr Taslima Ivy from the University of Manchester, Project Partners: Dr. Gary Motteram (Expert) and Dr Felix Kwihangana from the University of Manchester, and Ms Shambhavi Singh (Project Coordinator), an independent researcher from India] 

      6 

      Consultancy for British Council
      Duration: 1 year (March 2019 - March 2020)
      Amount: 1.5 lakhs
      Role of the researcher: Assistant Coordinator for AARMS (Aptis Action Research Mentoring Scheme) 

      7

      Title: An Evaluative Study of ESP Programmes in India
      Duration: Two years (06.10.2017 to 05.10.2019)
      Amount: 1.70 lakhs
      Funding agency: BITS Pilani
      Role of the researcher: Sole investigator

      8

      Title: Aptis Action Research Mentoring Scheme
      Duration: March 2017 March 2018
      Amount: 1 7 1,990 INR
      Funding agency: British Council
      Role of the researcher: Sole investigator 

      9

      Title: Using CEFR-based Bilingual Rating Scales to Improve the Writing Ability of ESL Learners
      Duration: One year (December 2015 December 2016)
      Amount: 1.48 lakhs Funding agency: British Council
      Role of the researcher: Sole investigator 

      Research Interests

      •     Machine Learning and Computer Vision
      •     Renewable Energy Planning & System Sizing
      •     Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
      •     IC Engines

       

      Sponsored Projects

      Ongoing: 

      • 2022 to 2025. As PI: DST-SERB funded research project on 'Development of a Cost Effective Solar Energy based Drinking Water cum Cold Storage Facility for Coastal Communities in India.
      • 2020 to 2023. As PI: DRDO funded research project on 'Machine Vision based Adaptive Quality Assurance System for Aerospace Vehicle Assembly Unit'.
      • 2022 to 2023. As PI: DRDO funded research project on 'Design and Development of a Multi Sensor System for Health Monitoring of Defence Stored Article'.
      • 2022 to 2024. As Co-PI: HBL funded research project on 'Prediction of RUL (Remaining Useful Life) of the Lithium-Ion Battery pack using machine learning techniques for second life usage'.
      • 2022 to 2024. As Co-PI: HBL funded research project on 'Regeneration of graphite anode and Li metal recovery from used LFP batteries'.

       

      Completed:

      • 2021 to 2022. As Co-PI: NVIDIA funded research project on 'Development of heterogeneous MPI-CUDA based parallel 3D fluid-structure solver'.
      • 2019 to 2020As PI: DRDO funded research project on 'Design and Development of an Automated Flow Calibration System for Fuel and Oxidizer Injectors of Reaction Control System'.
      • 2015 to 2017As PIBITS Pilani funded research project on 'Development of an integrated approach for modelling and management of micro grid operations'.
      • 2014 to 2017As Co-PICentre for Research Excellence in Waste, Water & Energy, BITS Pilani funded research project on 'Anaerobic co-digestion of food waste and organic fraction of municipal solid waste for the production of biogas and concomitant use of biogas as fuel for cooking and spent slurry as fertilizer.
      • 2014 to 2016As PIUGC funded research project on 'Design and development of an interactive decision support system for regional energy management'.
      • 2013 to 2015As PIBITS Pilani funded research project on 'Design and Development of an Urban Energy-Water Optioneering Tool (UEWOT)'.
      • 2009 to 2011. Team Member of a EPSRC funded ‘Ashford’s Integrated Alternatives’ (AIA) project headed by University of Exeter, UK from 2009 to 2011 (Completed on 31st March 2011)
      • 2008 to 2012. Team Member of a EPSRC funded ‘Regional Visions of Integrated Sustainable Infrastructure Optimised for Neighbourhoods’ (ReVISIONS) project headed by University of Cambridge, UK (Completed on 30th September 2012www.regionalvisions.ac.uk)

      RESEARCH PROJECTS

      ONGOING PROJECTS

      1. Indo-Japan Bilateral Research Project by DST-JSPS (2023-2025): "Systemic delivery of senescence associated miRNA-3140 in pleural mesothelioma tumor by a multifunctional cationic nanocarrier" (PI) Recommended
      2. Extramural project by ICMR (2019-2022): "Gel-based composite formulation containing asiaticoside and neurotensin for rapid healing of diabetic wounds" (PI) (25.67 lakhs)
      3. DBT Builder project (2021-2026): Nano-carrier mediated targeted delivery of therapeutics to suppress epigenetic modulation in diabetic nephropathy (Co-I) (9.018 Crores
      4. DST sponsored Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS) Technology Innovation Hubs (TIHs)- Member of the Bio-CPS team. "Exosome as prognostic and Diagnostic marker"  (Co-I) (50 lakhs)
      COMPLETED PROJECTS
      1. Core Research Grant by DST-SERB (2019-2022)"Peptide tethered multifunctional cationic nanocomplexes for delivery of IL-1 receptor antagonist for treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus" (PI)  (40.46 lakhs)
      2. Task force project under in Nanomedicine by ICMR (2019-2022): "Self-assembling, pH-sensitive temozolomide conjugate nanomedicine for treatment of glioblastoma multiforme" (Co-I) (25.12 lakhs)
      3. Nano-intervention in Management of Opthalmic Diseases by DBT (2018-2022): "cRGD decorated lipo-polymeric nanoplexes of CRISPR/Cas9 ribonucleoprotein (RNP) for the management of retinal dystrophic conditions"  (Co-I) (125 lakhs)
      4. Extramural project by DST Nanomission (2018-2021): "Umbilical Cord Mesenchymal Stem Cells Derived Exosomes as Biogenic Nanocarriers of miRNA and Chemotherapeutic Drug for Reversal of Chemoresistance in Breast Cancer" (PI) (Total-56.46 lakhs)
      5. Extramural project by DST-Rajasthan (2016-2020): "Cyclic RGD modified lipopolymeric micelles for targeted delivery of Tamoxifen in ER+ breast cancer" (PI) (12.53 lakhs)
      6. Young scientists Award by DST-SERB  (2015-2018): "Nano-formulation of lysophylline-fatty acid conjugate for effective treatment of diabetes" PI (26.90 Lakhs)
      7. BITS Research Initiation grant (2014-2016): "Development and Evaluation of Lipo-polymeric Micelles For Drug Delivery" (02 Lakhs)

      Sponsored Projects

      Ongoing Projects

      1. SERB-SURE Project
      Title: Development of covalent organic framework-based Vis-to NIR electrochromic smart windows for solar heat modulation
      Research Grant: 29.956 L
      Funded by: DST-SERB, Govt. of India
      Duration: October 2023- September 2026 
      Role: As PI 
       
      2. DST-Promotion of University Research and Scientific Excellence (PURSE) 
      Title: Waste-to-Energy: Technology Integration  for Production of Clean Energy from Organic Waste (Theme 3 for BITS Pilani) 
      Research Grant: 581.27 L for Theme 3
      Funded by: DST, Govt. of India
      Duration: March 2022- March 2026 
      Role: As Co-PI 
       
      3. DRDO-LSRB
      Title: Testing on-spot food quatity mainly focusing with detection of biogenic amines for the defence personnel using simple fluorophores 
      Research Grant: 28.89 L 
      Funded by: DRDO-LSRB
      Duration: 10/09/2021 - 09/09/2024 
      Role: As Co-PI
       
      4. DRDO-Contract for Acquisition of Research Services (CARS)
      Title: Synthesis and characterisation of virantage VW10200RFP
      Research Grant: 15.03 L 
      Funded by: DRDO-CARS
      Duration: 18/10/2022 - 17/04/2024 
      Role: As Co-PI
       

      Completed Projects

      1. Industry Sponsored Project by Hyderabad Battery Limited 
      Title: Developing the Conducting Cathode Materials for Li-ion Batteries. 
      Research Grant: 7 Lakhs
      Funded by: Hyderabad Battery Ltd.
      Duration: Dec. 2018 to Nov. 2019
      Role: As co-PI  

       2. Industry Sponsored Project by Hyderabad Battery Limited

      Title: Developing the Zn-air battery
      Research Grant: 13 Lakhs
      Funded by: Hyderabad Battery Ltd.
      Duration: May 2019 to Apr. 2021
      Role: As co-PI  
       
      3. DST-INSPIRE Faculty Project 
      Title: Nanostructured metallo-supramolecular polymers for stable ultrafast electrochromic display device 
      Research Grant: 35 Lakhs
      Funded by: DST, Govt. of India
      Duration: 13th Nov. 2017-12th Nov 2022 
      Role: As PI 
       
      4  Research Initiation Grant 
      Title: Metallo-supramolecular polymer based self-powered electrochromic devices
      Research Grant: 2 Lakhs
      Funded by: BITS Pilani
      Duration: 03.03.2021 to 02.03.2023
      Role: As PI
       
      5.  Additional Competitive Research Grant
      Title: Metallopolymer based electrochromic supercapattery: A dual performance smart windows
      Research Grant: 10 Lakhs
      Funded by: BITS Pilani
      Duration: August 2021-August 2023 
      Role: As PI 

       

      Name of the project:  "Design and deploy a LoRa-based Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) for precision agriculture application"

      Funding Agency: Technology-Innovation Hub (TIH), IIT Bombay

      Duration: 2022-2023

      Status: Ongoing

      Amount:  Rs. 1.8 Lakhs.

      Role: Mentor

      Name of the project: “LoRa-WSN- based IoT Communication Platform for Precision Agriculture”

      Funding Agency: Technology-Innovation Hub (TIH), IIT Bombay

      Duration: 2022-2023

      Status: Ongoing

      Amount:  Rs. 25.289 Lakhs.

      Role: PI

      Name of the project: Design and implementation of protocols for autonomous FANETS for search and rescue application 

      Funding Agency: BITS-Pilani (Additional Competitive Research Grant for New Faculty)

      Duration: 2021-2023 

       Status: Ongoing

      Amount:  Rs. 10 Lakhs

      Role: PI

      Name of the project: Design and implementation of algorithms for drone-based surveillance application

      Funding Agency: BITS-Pilani (Research Initiation Grant)

      Duration: 2020-2021

      Status: Completed

      Amount:  Rs. 1.5 Lakhs

      Role: PI

      Name of the project:  " Computational Learning through Context Adaptation for Effective and Efficient Agriculture "

      Funding Agency: National Science Foundation, USA amd Technology-Innovation Hub (TIH), IIT Bombay

      Duration: 2022-2023

      Status: Ongoing

      Amount:  Rs.2.48 Lakhs.(BITS-Pilani’s Share)

      Role: Co-PI

      Name of the project:  " AI (Artificial Intelligence) in Soil Management for Diversified Agricultutre "

      Funding Agency: ISRO Bengaluru under YUKTI-Sanchita Scheme

      Duration: 2023-2024

      Status: Sanctioned.

      Amount:  Rs.18.53 Lakhs.

      Role: Co-PI

            Funding Agency: ISRO Bengaluru under YUKTI-Sanchita Scheme

            Duration: 2023-2024

            Status: Sanctioned.

            Amount:  Rs.18.53 Lakhs.

            Role: Co-PI


      BE Projects – Study Project / Lab Project / Design Project

      1. Application of environmental impact assessment method for integrated solid waste management activities.
      2. Implementation of Process Integration in LCA
      3. Physicho-Chemical Analysis & Environmental Impact Assessment of Textile Industry Effluent
      4. E- waste management
      5. Life Cycle Inventory Analysis on Bio-Medical Waste Management between different Health Care Institutions of Southern Tamilnadu, India
      6. Life cycle for coal fired power plants assessment
      7. A detailed study on carbon credits and carbon footprints
      8. Environmental rules, regulations and permits
      9. Risk Management for Chemical Industries
      10. Life cycle assessment for urea production plant
      11. Life cycle inventory analysis for sugar plant
      12. Role of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Nanotechnology
      13. Implementation of Fuzzy Logic for Environmental Impact Assessment
      14. Solvent-Solvent extraction of products from Carbon dioxide mitigation
      15. Removal of heavy metals from waste water using graphene oxide based nano adsorbents
      16. Non-photosynthetic conversion of flue gases (CO2/SOx/NOx) in lab scale bioreactor
      17.  Experimental approach for design & development of anaerobic reactor for conversion of mess waste (solid waste) into bio-gas
      18.  Life cycle assessment (LCA) of RO systems
      19.  Estimation of emission factors from various data sets available in literature or other sources/ Bodies.
      20.  Life cycle assessment studies of flue gas
      21.  Life cycle inventory analysis (LCI) for comparative analysis for removal of flue gases from various methods
      22. Development of effective technology for defluoridation of drinking water using nanoadsorbents
      23.  Solvent solvent extraction for the recovery of products from carbon dioxide mitigation
      24.  Modeling and simulation of continuous bioreactor for the CO2 mitigation
      25.  Lab to pilot scale studies for effective development of biofilter system
      26.  Strategies of data collection for life cycle assessment of process
      27.  Life cycle assessment of fuel cells using Umberto Nxt tool (LCA tool)
      28. Anaerobic digestion of food waste
      29. Life cycle inventory studies of anaerobic digestion of food waste
      30. Analysis of design parameters for anaerobic digestion of food waste
      31. Life cycle assessment of fuel cells using Umberto Nxt tool (LCA tool)

       

       

      S No.

      Name of Candidate

      Title of the Project

      Date of Completion

      1.

      Isha Nagpurkar

      CO2­ Mitigation by Microalgae

      December, 2012

      2.

      Pratibha Pal

      CO2 mitigation using mixed culture

      December, 2013

      3.

      Garima Verma

      Development of an efficient system for defluoridation of drinking water using nano adsorbents

      May, 2016

      4.

      Siva Krishna

      Reactive extraction of products obtained from CO2 mitigation

      May, 2016

      5.

      Harshal Dongre

      Removal of trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE) using biofiltration technique

      May, 2016

      6.

      Ch. Ramakrishna

      LCA of biodiesel production from microalgae grown in wastewater

      May, 2017

      7.

      Akshay Khandelwal

      Development of Continuous Bio-mitigation of CO2 and Recovery of

      Products (Fatty acids and Fatty alcohol) from Leachate

      May, 2019

      8.

      Shrinidhi

      LCA of Recycling Spent LiBs from Electric Vehicles

      May, 2020

      8.

      Aravindh N.

      Bio mitigation of flue gases (CO2, SOx, NOx) through algal route

      May, 2021

      9.

      Arjun S.

      Experimental understanding and life cycle impact assessment of anaerobic digestion of food waste

      Ongoing


      Research Projects

      Title of the Project

      Funding Agency

      Participation

      Amount (Lakhs)

      Year

      Status

      Process development for bio-mitigation of flue gases (CO2, SOx, and NOx) using chemolithotrophs and production of value-added products.

      SERB

      PI

      31.61

      2019 - 2022

      Ongoing

      Removal of Volatile Organic Compounds (Chlorinated  VOCs, Non methane hydrocarbons, ethylene glycol) from waste streams using Biofiltration 

      DST-  fast-track

      PI

      14.5

      2012 – 15

      Completed

      Removal of Heavy Metals from Industrial Wastewater using Biofiltration

      UGC

      PI

      5.50

      2012 – 15

      Completed

      Experimental Studies on Bio-mitigation of CO2

      BITS Pilani

      PI

      1.2

      2011-2013

      Completed


      Research Project

      1. ‘Ayushman Bharat: Outreach and Efficacy across States in India’, funded by ICSSR (ongoing). (Co-PI)
      2. ‘A Study of Ranking of Higher Education Institutes in India’, funded by BITS-Pilani (ongoing). (PI)
      3. ‘CSR Budgeting and its Consequences for Corporate Financial and Societal Performance’, funded by RWTH, University of Aachen, Germany (ongoing). (Co-PI)
      4. ‘Ancillary Benefits of Climate Policy Activities and their Assessment by Different Agents: A Consideration on the basis of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)’, funded by University Grant Commission, India and DAAD, Germany (completed in February, 2021). (PI)
      5. ‘Creating a Market for Indian Refined Gold’, funded by India Gold Policy Research Centre (completed in December, 2019). (Co-PI)
      6. ‘Preparation of District Development Report of Purba Medinipur District’, funded by Government of West Bengal (Completed in July, 2022). (PI)
      7. ‘Estimation of Import Elasticity of Gold in India’, funded by International Management Institute, Kolkata (Completed in May, 2016). (Co-PI)
      8. ‘Efficient Utilization of Funds at Rural Local Governments: the Case of West Bengal’, funded by Centre for West Bengal Economy, Jadavpur University (Completed in December, 2016). (PI)
      9. ‘Efficiency of VAT in West Bengal’, funded by Centre for West Bengal Economy, Jadavpur University (Completed in February, 2015). (PI)
      10. ‘Determinants of Stamp Duty Revenue in West Bengal’, funded by Centre for Training and Research in Public Finance and Policy, Kolkata (Completed in December, 2014). (PI)
      11. ‘Determinants of Stamp Duty Revenue in Indian States’, funded by Centre for Training and Research in Public Finance and Policy, Kolkata (Completed in October, 2012). (PI)
      12. ‘Valuation of an Ecosystem and its Impact on Livelihood Support: The Case Study of East Kolkata Wetlands’, funded by South Asian Network for Development and Environment Economics (Completed in December, 2010). (Co-PI)
      13. ‘Trade Policy and Increasing Return Based Agglomeration: Is There Any Evidence in India?’, funded by UNCTAD-Government of India-DFID Project, Young Scholar Programme (Completed in November, 2008). (PI)
      14. ‘Aspects of Behavior of the Multinational Corporations: Technology Transfer and Selection of Product Quality’, funded by Jadavpur University (Completed in February, 2007). (PI)
      15. ‘Globalization, Income Inequality and Regional Disparity : Analyzing the Indian Experience in the 1990s’ (with R. Acharyya, S. Marjit and S. Kar), funded by South Asia Netwok for Economic Research Institute, New Delhi. (Completed in February, 2006). (Co-PI)
      16. ‘Export Potential of Education from Jadavpur University’ (with J.R. Burman), funded by DSA Centre for Regional Economic Studies, Jadavpur University. (Completed in March, 2004). (Co-PI)

      Research Project

      Ongoing research project details:

      Industry Sponsored

      • EON’s DINI (Diet-Infection-Nutrition-Immunity) Axis approach – Proof of Concept: Immunomodulatory Nutritional Intervention for CRC Management (PI)

      Government funding

      • DBT Grant: Glucocorticoid receptor (GR)-targeted liposomal nano-platform for drug sensitization, EMT reversal toward effective treatment of aggressive oral cancer (Multi-Institutional Grant: PI), EON (May 2021 - May 2023)
      • DBT Grant: Antibacterial, host-modulating and regenerative nanofibers membrane for guided tissue regeneration (Multi-Institutional Grant: PI) (Nov 2022 - Nov 2025)
      • DST Grant: CRISPR mediated genetic correction of Sickle Cell disease towards clinical trials in a small patient cohort” (Multi-Institutional Grant: as collaborator with CSIR-IICT)

      PI of research funding for fellowship

      • ICMR-SRF Project: Folate receptor mediated targeting of Oral Cancer: therapeutics and mechanistic investigation of tumor regression (PI).
      • JRF-Lady Tata Memorial Trust Award:  Investigating the role of GR mediated liposomal delivery system against OSCC and Tumor Microenvironment for targeted therapeutics (PI)

      Completed research Project:

      • In house sponsored project: OC3-Centre for Human Diseases Research (CHDR), Test the efficacy of SHR-mediated drug delivery system for oral cancer.
      • DBT Grant: Transgenic Embryonic stem cell models for studying the role of elevated levels of DNMT1 and DNMT3A in neuropsychiatric disorders funded by DBT, India. (Co-PI) 
      • In house sponsored project: Development of personalized DNA markers in breast cancer patients for early diagnosis and prognosis using a non -invasive method. Seed Grant (Co-PI)
      • In house sponsored project: Screening of steroid hormone receptors and their ligands for targeted delivery of cationic liposome in cancer cells, Research Initiation Grant. (PI).

       Collaborators:

      1. Industrial collaborator: Dr. Anubhab Mukherjee, Principal Scientist, Esperer Onco   Nutrition, Mumbai
      2. Dr. Rajkumar Banerjee (CSIR-IICT, Hyderabad)
      3. Dr. Madhusudan Rao Gummanur, (ACDS, Secunderabad).
      4. Dr. Jyotsnendu Giri, (IIT, Hyderabad)
      5. Dr. Venkata Srilakshmi P (NIT, Warangal)

      Acknowledgment:

      I thank Director, BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus for providing fund through CHDR. I also thank DBT, DST, ICMR, EON & Lady Tata Memorial Trust for sponsoring research grant/ fellowship. I sincerely thank my collaborators and highly appreciate their support in running our collaborative grants. 


      Research Projects

      Principle Investigator: Uma S. Dubey
       
      Title:  Investigating the role of Aryl hydrocarbon receptors in mediating the anticancer  
      properties associated to camel milk.
      Amount: Rs. 7,43,200 
      Funding agency: DST Rajasthan 
      Duration: 2016-2019
       
       Investigators: Suman Kapur (PI) ; Uma Dubey (Co-PI).  
      Title: Functional Mutations in the Opiod Receptors and their impact on immune cell function.
      Amount: Rs. 55.76 Lakhs
      Funding Agency: ICMR
      Duration: 2009-2012. Years
       
      Uma S. Dubey (PI)
      Title: A study on Immunomodulatory properties of Glycyrrhizin.
      Funding agency: UGC
      Amount: Minor grant
      Duration: 2002-2003 
       
       

       

      ONGOING PROJECTS

      1. SERB-CRG: 38.32 Lakhs (December 2021-November 2024) [as Principal Investigator]
       
      Title: Enriching Unnatural Amino Acids (UAAs) Toolkit via Transition-metal Catalyzed Site Selective Functionalization/Annulation of Distal C(sp2)-H bonds
       
      2. CSIR-EMR: 27.14 Lakhs [July 2021-July 2024) [as Principal Investigator]
       
      Title: Metal-catalyzed and metal-free strategies for the synthesis of of modified bile acids as novel anticancer agents 
       
      3. SERB-CRG: 36 Lakhs (February 21, 2023: Approval Letter Received) [as a Co-Investigator] [Principal Investigator: Dr. Deepak Chitkara]
       
      Title: Novel non-viral vectors comprising functionalized-lipids and amphiphilic polymers for delivery of mRNA-based Therapeutics
       

      COMPLETED PROJECTS

      1. Research Initiation Grant: BITS Pilani: 2 Lakhs [May 2012-May 2014] [as Principal Investigator]
       
      Title: Design & Synthesis of Bile acid-Nucleosides conjugates linked via amino acids as potential anticancer agents.  
       
      2. UGC Startup Grant: University Grant Commission: 6 Lakhs [April 2013-March 2015] [as Principal Investigator]
       
      Title: Novel α-Amino, α-Aminoxy and α-Hydrazino acids Linked Bio-conjugates: Design, Synthesis and Biological Evaluation. 
       
      3. BITS SEED Grant: BITS, Pilani: 9.80 Lakhs [February 2012-February 2014] [as Principal Investigator]
       
      Title: Design of Ionic Liquid linked Benzotriazoles as useful Synthetic Auxiliaries in Organic Synthesis.  
       
      4. DST fast track: 24.7 Lakhs [September 2013-September 2016] [as Principal Investigator]
       
      Title: Design of Synthetically Tunable Azino-fused Chromene Conjugates as Potential Organogelators 
       
      5. BITS Additional Research Grant: 4.5 Lakhs [February 2016-February 2018] [as Principal Investigator]
        
      Title: Design and Synthesis of Multi-functional Smart Low Molecular Weight Gelators (LMWGs)  
       
      6. SERB-CRG: 33.28 Lakhs [October 2017-February, 2021) [as Principal Investigator]
       
      Title: Transition metal-catalyzed synthesis of fused heterocycles via C-C/C-N bond forming strategies

      7. Joint Industrial Project with Sub Pharmaceuticals Limited: 14.5 Lakhs (January 2021-January 2023) [as Principal Investigator]
       
      Title: Design and Synthesis of API Impurities-II 
       

      Research Profile

       

      Research Interests:

      • Microwave Engineering.
      • Antenna Design (High Power Microwave).
      • Waveguides
      • Surface wave transmission line
      • Microwave Sensor development.
       

      Research Facilities in Department:

      CST Microwave Studio (Simulation Software), Vector Network Analyzer (20 GHz),  Anechoic Chamber (Antenna Testing), Multiple antenna experiment kits, Waveguide test benches, RF cables, RF Connectors.
       
       

      Research Projects:

      (1) Additional Competitive Research Grant from BITS, Pilani for Project titled "High power compact UWB TEM antenna and mode converter design "  [Nov. 2018-Oct. 2020]

      (2) Industrial Consultancy Project for Intel Technology India pvt. ltd. Project Investigator : Ashish Chittora , Co-PI: Prof. M. K. Deshmukh [Duration: Feb., 2021-March, 2022]

      Research Projects

      Role and Name of the project

      Funding agency

      Sanctioned

      Date of completion

      Amount in Rs.

      Duration

      PI

      Remote sensing enabled public policy analysis of air-pollutants in peri-urban environments: An Indo- Australian case study – (RESPIRE)

      Asian Smart Cities Research and Innovation Network (ASCRIN) La Trobe University

      March, 2021

      March 2026

      Rs. 14,88,000

      5 years

      Co-I

      Team III: Waste-to-Energy: Technology Integration for production of clean energy from organic waste

      DST (PURSE 2020 program)

      TPN-57086

      February, 2021

      Feb 2025

      Rs. 26.0 Crores

      4 years

      Project Partner-

      Institutional Changes for Rural Innovation: The Civic Space and the State in India, the 1980s through 2010s

      Ford Foundation

      September, 2020

      (Completed)

      May 2023

      (Completed)

      Rs. 68,40,000

      (US $ 95,000)

      2 Years

      Principal Investigator (PI)-

       

      Alternative ways of understanding ecological conservation practices to enable justice for all

      NALSAR, Hyderabad

      September, 2018

      (Completed)

      01.09.2018 to 30.06.2019

      (Completed)

      Rs. 2,95,000

      8 months

      Principal Investigator (PI)-

       

      Resistance to the Western Ghats Conservation and Undercurrents:  A study of the people’s protest and the role of the local bodies in Idukki, Kerala

      Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Kerala

      Sept, 2018

      (Completed)

      01.09.2018 to
      31.03.2020

      (Completed)

       

      Rs. 3,15,000

      16 months

      Principal Investigator (PI)-

       

      Political Ecology of South India

       

      Outstanding Potential for Excellence in Research and Academics (OPERA)

      Aug, 2017

      (Completed)

      Aug, 2017 to Aug, 2022

      (Completed)

      Rs. 22,80,000

      5 years

      Principal Investigator (PI)-

       

      Alternative ecological ways of being

      Research Initiation Grant

      28th Aug, 2018

      (Completed)

      Aug, 2018 to Aug, 2020

      (Completed)

      Rs. 2,00,000

      2 years


      Sponsored Research Projects

      1. Research Initiation Grant (RIG): BITS- Pilani Hyderabad Campus (Duration: 2023-2025) - Project Title: “Modelling the Influence of Climate Change on the Stability of Soil Slopes". (Amount: INR 2 lakhs) Role: PI - Ongoing

      Ongoing projects

      DBT - Ramalingaswami Fellowship Project (2019-2024) [PI]
      Exploring known and novel HSPs and HSFs in a thermotolerant plant Prosopis cineraria by genome-wide studies, and application of genome editing for enhanced heat stress tolerance in rice.
       
      DST-SERB - Start-up Research Grant (2022-2023) [PI]
      Root system architecture and root-omics during drought and thermotolerance in Prosopis cineraria, a promising plant of desert
       
      BITS - Cross-Disciplinary Research Framework (CDRF) (2023-2025) [PI]
      Growth assessment, phenotyping and biochemical characterization of edible desert plants with machine learning approaches for environmental impact evaluation
       
      Completed projects
       
      Research Initiation Grant (2021-2022) by BITS Pilani

      Research

      I am fascinated by the area of Integer Partitions. A partition is a natural object: it answers the question "In how many ways can we split up a positive integer n into a sum of smaller positive numbers?" Partitions have connections to a wide variety of fields like Combinatorics, Number Theory, Hypergeometric Series, Lie Algebras, Statistical Physics, and many more. As with many areas in mathematics, one of the earliest drivers of research in partitions was Leonhard Euler, and more recently, it received a fillip through Ramanujan's fundamental contributions in the first two decades of the 20th century and whose impact continues to be felt to this day. Two books for a good introduction are: 

      • Number Theory in the Spirit of Ramanujan by Bruce Berndt
      • Integer Partitions by George Andrews and Kimmo Eriksson

      Ongoing Projects

      • Waste cooking oil biodiesel microemulsion as a sustainable alternative fuel for CI engines: Rs. 2,00,000 (to be started)

          Funding: SPARKLE Grant, BITS Pilani 

      • Development of alcohol-gasoline-water microemulsion fuels for spark-ignition engines: Rs. 9,50,000 (2021-2023)
          Funding: Additional Competitive Research Grant, BITS Pilani 

      Research Projects

      Ongoing Projects

      • “Development of Deterioration Model for Top-Down Cracking in Bituminous Surfaces” (Rs. 1,55,10,000/- as a Principal Investigator and Dr. Akshay Gundla as a Co-Principal Investigator) as a part of the Project - “Development of Damage Prediction-based Mechanistic Empirical Pavement Design Guidelines for India” (Rs.10,58,69,000/-) sponsored by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India, New Delhi (March 2023 to December 2026)
      • Mitigation strategy to counter top-down cracking due to non-uniform contact stresses in Flexible Pavements (Rs. 26,50,000/- as a Principal Investigator and Dr. Chandu Parimi as a Co-Principal Investigator). Sponsored by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), New Delhi (August 2020 - December 2023).

      Completed Projects 

      • Experimental investigation of half warm asphalt mixture using polymer bitumen emulsions - laboratory studies (Rs. 2,00,000/- as a Principal Investigator) Research Initiation Grant (RIG400) sponsored by BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus. Start date: 4th September 2015 Date of completion: 31st March 2018.
      • Preparation of state-of-the-art report (SOAR) on utilization of higher percentage of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) in hot asphalt mixes (HAM) with warm mix additives - laboratory and field evaluation (Rs. 6,25,000/ - as a Principal Investigator) - Sponsored by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRT&H). Start date: 15th September 2017 Date of Completion: 23rd January 2019.
      • Semi field evaluation of geo-composite drainage layer (GDL) as a sub - base for sustainable pavement construction (Rs. 4,00,000/ - as a Principal investigator). Sponsored by M /s. Strata Geosystems (India) Private Limited, Mumbai. Start date: 15th December 2019 End date: 15th June 2021.
      • Laboratory performance of bituminous mixtures with shell bio-based additive (Rs. 8,61,400/- as a Principal Investigator). Sponsored by Shell India Markets Private Limited, Bangalore. Start date: 21st December 2021 - End date: 31st December 2022
      • Feasibility study to assess the use of waste plastic aggregate in the design and performance of BC-I and BC-II mixtures for sustainable pavements (Rs. 6,50,000/- as a Principal Investigator). Sponsored by K.K Waste Management Private Limited, Bengaluru, India. Start date: 1st September 2021 - End date: 31st August 2022.
      • Field Evaluation on the Effect of Binder Reduction due to Traffic Movement and its effect on Binder Aging (Rs. 9,90,000/ - as a Principal investigator and Dr. Prasanta Sahu as a Co-Principal Investigator) - Sponsored by the office of Engineer - in - Chief, Roads and Buildings Department, Government of Telangana. Start date: 1st June 2019. End date: 31st May 2021.
      • Evaluation of the efficiency of Bacterial Inclusions in Concrete (Rs. 11,70,000/- as a Co-Principal Investigator and Dr. Arkamitra Kar as a Principal Investigator), Sponsored by M/s. Aliens Group, Hyderabad. Start date: 10th August 2019 - End date: 9th August 2022.
      Consultancy Projects
       
      • Six Laning of National Corridor NH 19 from Panagarh to Palsit from Km. 521+120 to Km. 588+870 (Total Design Length 67.750 Km) in the state of West Bengal under Bharatmala Pariyojana Civil & Associated works on EPC basis - Vetting of Bituminous mix designs (7 mixture designs, Rs. 2,06,500/- as Principal Investigator).
      • Vetting of SMA Design Mix, Rutting rectification works of E Taxi GMR Airfield (Rs. 1,41,600/- as a Principal Investigator). Sponsored by the Vishwasamudra India Pvt Ltd., Telangana. Start date: October 2022
      • Rutting Analysis for BC-I mix using HINCOL PMB as per AASHTO T324 (Rs. 88,500/- as a Principal Investigator).  Sponsored by the HG Infra Engineering Ltd. Start date: September 2022
      • Design of Bituminous mixture as per BC-I grading with PG76E-10 binder for Mancherial site, Telangana State (Rs. 88,500/- as a Principal Investigator). Sponsored by the TikkiTar-Shell India, Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Start date: August 2022 – Date of completion: September 2022.
       
      • Design of Bituminous mixture as per BC-II grading with PG76E-10 for Radial road ext-7, R&B Department, Telangana State (Rs. 88,500/- as a Principal Investigator). Sponsored by the Roads and Buildings Department, Radial roads, Government of Telangana, India. Start date: January 2022. Date of completion: March 2022.
      • Design of Bituminous mixture as per BC-II grading with PG76E-10 binder for Bijapur road, R&B Department, Telangana State (Rs. 88,500/- as a Principal Investigator). Sponsored by the Roads and Buildings Department, Goshamahal, Government of Telangana, India. Start date: January 2022. Date of completion: March 2022.
      • The assessment of the quality of VG30, VG40, PMB40, and PG76E-10 grade binders (Rs. 1,29,300/- Principal Investigator). Sponsored by M/s. Bitumen Corporation India (BITCOL) Pvt Ltd, Mumbai. Start date: November 2021. Date of completion: February 2022.
      • Design of Bituminous mixture as per BC-I grading with both the PG76E-10 and VG30 binders for Yadadri temple flyover, R&B Department, Telangana State (Rs. 88,500/- as a Principal Investigator). Sponsored by Roads and Buildings Department, Bhongiri, Government of Telangana, India. Start date: November 2021. Date of completion: December 2021.
      • Collection of additional Bituminous core samples from the Agapally to Kalwakurthy road as a part of the quality audit (Rs. 66,080/- as a Principal investigator). Sponsored by the office of Engineer-in-Chief, Roads and Buildings Department, Government of Telangana. Start date: January 2021. Date of completion: February 2021.
      • Testing Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) material for bituminous mixtures (Rs. 27,750/- as a Principal investigator). Sponsored by M/s. Ashoka Buildcon, Nashik. Start date: July 2017. Date of completion: August 2017.
      • Collection of additional Bituminous core samples from the Maheswaram gate to Thimmapuram road as a part of the quality audit (Rs. 59,000/- as a Principal investigator). Sponsored by the office of Engineer-in-Chief, Roads and Buildings Department, Government of Telangana. Start date: January 2021. Date of completion: February 2021.
      • Assessment of damages to the highway property at GMR Pochampalli expressway on NH - 44 (Rs. 3,10,000/- as a Principal investigator) sponsored by M/s. Team Insurance Surveyors and Loss, New Delhi. Start date: October 2020. Date of completion: March 2021.
      • Inspection and quality audit report for the roads from Maheshwaram gate to Thimmapuram road and Agapally to Kalwakurthy Road (Rs. 2,50,000/- as a Principal investigator). Sponsored by the office of Engineer-in-Chief, Roads and Buildings Department, Government of Telangana. Start date: February 2020. Date of completion: October 2020.
      • Consultancy report on repair of rain-damaged stabilized Wet Mix Macadam (WMM) layer near Lucknow, Basti, UP. (Rs. 47,200/- as a Principal investigator) Sponsored by M/s. P.P. Pandey Infrastructure Private Limited, Lucknow. Start date: January 2020. Date of completion: February 2020.
      • Testing of soil for Palamuru RangaReddy Lift Irrigation Scheme (PRLIS) project (Rs. 81,96,000/- as a Member). Sponsored by M/s. Palamuru RangaReddy Lift Irrigation Scheme (PRLIS), Irrigation Department, Telangana State. Start date: October 2016 Date of completion: September 2019.
      • Laboratory Testing of Aggregate (Rs. 1,29,800/- as a Principal investigator). Sponsored by M/s. Palamuru RangaReddy Lift Irrigation Scheme (PRLIS), Irrigation Department, Telangana State. Start date: August 2017. Date of completion: October 2017.
      • Bitumen & Aggregate Testing (Rs. 51,000/- as a Principal investigator). Sponsored by M/s. Ashoka Buildcon, Nashik. Start date: August 2018. Date of completion: October 2018.
      • Proof Checking of Vehicle UnderPass (VUP) (Rs. 1,80,000/- as a Member). Sponsored by M/s. GeoSewa, Hyderabad. Start date: December 2017 - Date of completion: March 2018.
      • Proof checking of Bridges (Rs. 11,21,000/- as a Member). Sponsored by Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services. Start date: August 2017 - Date of completion: November 2017. 

      Completed Projects

      • Microemulsion fuels as an alternate for spark ignition engines: Rs. 2,00,000 (2021-2023)

          Funding: Research Initiation Grant, BITS Pilani

       


      Sponsored Research

      Project Title : Development of a Deterioration Model for Top-Down Cracking in Bituminous Pavements

      Role: Co-PI (PI - Prof. Sridhar Raju)

      Funding Agency - Ministry of Roads Transport and Highways (MoRTH), Government of India

      Grant Amount : INR 1.55 Crore


      Research Interests

       

      • Approximation Algorithms
      • Theoretical Computer Science
      • Computational Geometry
      • AI and ML 

      Research Funding (2017-present)

      Ongoing Projects:

      February, 2023- present: PI/ Understanding the onset and progression of Parkinson's disease via regulating mitochondrial dynamics. (Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi, India)

      2020- Present: Co-PI: To study and gain mechanistic insights into the regulation of Salmonella pathogenesis by endogenous CRISPR-Cas system."  PI: Prof. Sandhya Marathe,  (Department of Biological Sciences, BITS Pilani, Pilani), and Dr. Vidya Negi (NIT, Rourkela, Current Affiliation for Dr. Negi: IISER Mohali) [Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi, India)

      Completed Projects:

      2019-2021:PI/ Understanding the genetic interactions of parkin and α-Synuclein affecting pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease”. (Start Up Research Grant, from Science and Engineering Research Board, Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, India)

      2019-2021: PI/  Insights into genetic interactions manifesting into onset and progression of Parkinson’s Disease.  (Additional Competitive Research Grant for new faculty at BITS Pilani)

      2017-2019: Research Initiation Grant at BITS Pilani


      Sponsored Research Projects

      • Principal Investigator: Development of a Digital Ecosystem for Leather Authentication and Species Identification, Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB), Govt. of India: 3 Years, January 2023- January 2026, and 30.77 Lakh (INR). [Ongoing]
      • Principal Investigator: Development of FPGA-Based Dynamically Reconfigurable Smart-NIC with Accelerator IPs For Efficient Distributed Hardware Acceleration, Cross-Disciplinary Research Framework (CDRF), BITS Pilani: 2 Years, January 2024- January 2026, and 30.00 Lakh (INR). [Ongoing]
      • Principal Investigator: MPSoC Based Automated Digital Signal Processing System for Tokamak Reflectometry, Mega Science Scheme Committee, Board of Research in Nuclear Science (BRNS), Govt. of India: 3 Years, April 2021- March 2024, and 25.29 Lakh (INR). [Ongoing]
      • Mentor: Image Processing and Machine Learning Techniques for Species Identification, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), RSP: 4 years, July 2019 - June 2023, and approx. 23 Lakh (INR). [Ongoing]
      • Principal Co-Investigator: Development of Remotely Configurable Arbitrary Ramp Generator for FMCW Reflectometry, Plasma and Fusion Research Committee, Board of Research in Nuclear Science (BRNS), Govt. of India: 2 Years, April 2017- March 2019, and 28.025 Lakh (INR). [completed]
      • Principal Investigator: FPGA Based Fuzzy Logic Picomotor Controller for Laser Beam Pointing Stability Correction, Plasma and Fusion Research Committee, Board of Research in Nuclear Science (BRNS), Govt. of India: 2 Years, April 2016- March 2018, and 24.46 Lakh (INR). [completed]
      • Principal Investigator: Design and Analysis of MEMS Switches for the Arc-less Operation and Control of Electric Energy Processing Systems, Additional Competitive Research Grant (BITS-Pilani): 2 Years, August 2015 – August 2017, and 7.50 Lakh (INR).[completed]
      • Principal Investigator: Hardware Implementation of Time Frequency Distribution of Mirnov Oscillations in Tokamak Using the Hilbert-Huang Transform, Board of Research in Fusion Science & Technology (BRFST), Government of India: 2 Years, September 2012 – August 2014, and 22.58 Lakh (INR). [completed]
      • Co-Investigator: Analysis of Motherboard Manufacturing Process [Gigabyte make], D-Link Pvt. Ltd. Verna, India: May 2006. [completed]

      Funded projects

      • Research Initiation Grant, BITS Pilani, Pilani, India (Sanctioned on October 15, 2018; duration: 2 years). Amount: 2 lakhs. Role: PI  (Completed)
       
      • Additional Competitive Research Grant, BITS Pilani, Pilani, India ( Sanctioned on January 7, 2020; duration: 2 years).  Amount: 8.25 lakhs. Role: PI (Completed)

          

      • DBT -BME- (Phase-I Category) Grant, India ( Sanctioned; duration: 1.5 years).  Amount: 15 lakhs. Role: Co-PI (Ongoing)

       


      Projects


      Research Projects

      Sponsored Research projects

      Ongoing

      As PI - "Study of emerging Pollutants in Driniking Water Sources " Funded by BITS, Pilani under Cross-Disciplinary Research
      Framework (CDRF) (Reference: C1/23/209 dated 15/09/2023) (2023-2025) ( Rs 30 Lakhs) (C0-PI - Jagadeesh Anmala, Civil Engineering, and  Prof. Krishnan R, Deparment of Chemistry)

       

      Completed

      As Co- PI - CSIR project titled "Experimental and Computational studies of Surface Water Quality Parameters from Morphometry and Spectral Characteristics" (09/2019-09/2022, Amount: Rs. 41,98,080)  (PI: Prof Jagadeesh Anmla ; Co-PI Dr. K Rajitha)

      As Co-Investigator for “Multiobjective Evolutionary Approach for Solving Water Distribution Network Design Optimization” funded by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, India. (Grant No. 22(0723)/17/EMR-II dated 16.05.2017; May 2017-April 2020; Rs.18,46,000/-)

      As PI - Research Initiation Grant of 2 Lakhs by BITS Pilani for the proposal titled " Suitability of available integrated surface and subsurface hydrological models with reference to India subcontinent having high evapotranspiration and large regolith storage" (2012-2014)

      Consultancy Projects

      Team Member for Testing of index and engineering properties of soil for construction of earthen dam as a part of Palamuru RangaReddy Lift Irrigation Scheme (PRLIS) and Dindi Lift Irrigation Scheme (DLIS), Government of Telangana -  - 81.96 lakhs - completed  

      Pilot Time Motion studies under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) for Govt. of Telangana and Govt. of Andhra Pradesh April 2018- September 2018


      PROJECT

      • Completed entitled "Waste Management of Generated Sludge from Indian Steel and Steel Related Plants: A Sustainable Business Model" under Ministry of Steel, Government of India, as Co-Principal Investigator, Prof. Srikanta Routroy as Principal Investigator and Prof. Anupam Singhal as Co-Principal Investigator, Rs. 38,04,600/-, 20.11. 2018 – 31.03.2022.
      • Completed project entitled "Effect of Partial replacement of cement with marble slurry on concrete", DST-SERB, 01.08.2014-31.03.2018, 28.38 lakhs, PI: Dr. Anshuman, Co-PI: Dr. Dipendu Bhunia
      • Completed the project entitled "Investigation of the Effect of Carbonation on the Properties of Concrete" received from from DST, New Delhi Rupees 34 Lakhs, as a Principal Investigator and Prof. S.B.Singh (Co-principal Investigator), 30.07.2012 to 28.02.2016.
      • Completed the project entitled "Investigation into the Behavior of Coupling Beam" under the category of Research Initiation Grant of Rupees 2 Lakhs received from BITS, Pilani as a Principal Investigator and Prof. S.B.Singh (Co-principal Investigator) on 14.12.2011 to 15.12.2013.

      Sponsered Projects

      1. Research Initiation Grant: "Experimental investigation of suspended nano-solid particles lubricant in eco-friendly machining of turbine blade materials for better surface finish", Source:BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad campus  Amount: Rs.2 lakhs.2014-16. PI
      2. Additional Research Grant: "Heat transfer modeling of cold water mist at the cutting zone using FSI model in machining of turbine blade materials" , Source: BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad campus, Amount: Rs. 9 lakhs2015-17. PI
      3. Grant-In-Aid scheme of ARMREB: “Machinability assessment and material characterization of Tungsten Heavy Alloy Used in Defence applications as KE penetrators”, Amount: Rs. 16.87 Lakhs 2019-21. Co-PI, PI-Dr.Amrita Priyadarshini
       

      Funded Projects

      Sponsored Projects

      1.  Title of the Project:  Challenges to the scalability of women-led enterprises: A case study of the MSME units in Telangana State

      Principle investigator: Dr. Suchismita Satpathy

      Co-PI: Dr. Pranesh Bhargava, Dr. Thota Nagaraju 

      Funding Agency: Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) India, Minor project 2022
      Total Sanctioned amount: INR 4,00,000/ (Four Lakhs)
      Duration: 1 years

      Status: Ongoing 

      2. Title of the Project: Structured Dialogues for Sustainable Urban Water Management

      WP 2 Anthropology of water

      Principle investigator: Dr. Suchismita Satpathy

      Co-PI: Prof. Biswanath Dash 

      Funding Agency: Department of Science and Technology (DST) India
      Total Sanctioned amount: INR 57,26,400/ (Fifty seven lakhs twenty six thousand four hundred)
      Duration: 5 years

      Status: Ongoing
      3. Title of the Project: Understanding commercialization of Breast milk from Sociological perspective

      Principle investigator: Dr. Suchismita Satpathy

       Funding Agency: AIA Hyderabad

      Total Sanctioned amount: INR 1,87, 000 (One lakh eightyseven thousand)

      Duration: 2 Years

      Status: Ongoing

      4. Title of the Project: Measuring Segregation in Hyderabad: Introspecting Multiple Indexes and Multiple Pattern

      Principle investigator: Dr. Suchismita Satpathy 

      Funding Agency: BITS Pilani Hyderabad
      Amount: INR 2 lakhs (Two Lakhs)

      Duration: 2 years 

      Status: Completed


      Sponsored Projects

      Modeling the hydrodynamics of various wave energy converter devices in real sea conditions

      Principal Investigator

      Prof. Santanu Koley

      Project Type

      Sponsored

      Agency

      DST, Govt of India

      Amount Sanctioned

      35.00 Lakh

      [01/04/2019 to 31/03/2024]

      Mathematical modelling of oscillating water column wave energy converter devices under irregular and multidirectional incident waves

      Principal Investigator

      Prof. Santanu Koley

      Project Type

      Sponsored

      Agency

      SERB, Govt of India

      Amount Sanctioned

      21.87 Lakh

      [25/02/2022 to 24/02/2025]

      Hypersingular Integral Equation Techniques for Wave-structure Interaction Problem

      Principal Investigator

      Prof. Santanu Koley

      Project Type

      Sponsored

      Agency

      BITS-Pilani

      Amount Sanctioned

      2.00 Lakh

      [26/03/2019 to 25/03/2021]

      Modeling the Hydrodynamics of porous breakwaters in ports and harbors under irregular and multi-directional incident waves

      Principal Investigator

      Prof. Santanu Koley

      Project Type

      Sponsored

      Agency

      BITS-Pilani

      Amount Sanctioned

      7.00 Lakh

      [19/09/2019 to 18/09/2021]

      Making Transcripts and Lecture Notes for the Marine Hydrodynamics NPTEL course

      Principal Investigator

      Prof. Santanu Koley

      Project Type

      Consultancy

      Agency

      IIT Madras

      Amount Sanctioned

      55,500 INR

      [01/09/2018 to 31/08/2019]

      Modelling and development of hybrid solar-wave energy harvester  (SOLWAVE)

      Principal Investigator

      Prof. Santanu Koley

      Project Type

      Sponsored

      Agency

      BITS-Pilani

      Amount Sanctioned

      20 Lakhs (Equipment) + Manpower (JRF for Five Years with Fellowship 37000 - 42000 per month)

      [15/09/2023 to 14/09/2028]

      Create and use of graphics in the teaching and learning processes

      Principal Investigator

      Prof. Santanu Koley

      Project Type

      Teaching and Pedagogy Category

      Agency

      TLC, BITS Hyderabad

      Amount Sanctioned

      0.5 Lakh (Adobe Illustrator Software License)

      [2023-2024 First and Second Semesters]

      Multi-objective optimisation for drone propeller designs

      Principal Investigator

      Prof. Santanu Koley

      Project Type

      Sponsored

      Agency

      BITS-Pilani - RMIT University, Australia

      Amount Sanctioned

      One JRF for Five Years


      2023

      1. SERB SURE Research Grant (Funding Agency: SERB-GOI, 2023 - 2026) worth INR ~27 Lakhs.

      2022

      1. Additional Competitive Research Grant (ACRG) (Funding Agency: BITS Pilani, 2022 - 2024) worth INR 10 Lakhs.
      2. Research Initiation Grant (RIG) (Funding Agency: BITS Pilani, 2022 - 2024) worth INR 2 Lakhs.

      Ongoing Projects

      1. Project Title: Doubling Farm Women’s income: Entrepreneurship development through post-harvest and technology integration in arid zone: Funding Agency: DST-SEED (ASACODER), Ministry of Science and Technology, GoI;Indian Institutions involved: CAZRI Jodhpur and BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus; Duration: 3 Years (June 2021-May 2024); Total Sanctioned Amount: 235.86541 Lakhs; Total Sanctioned Amount to BITS Pilani: 70.20841 Lakhs; Co-PI
      2. Eco-Friendly Solution with Metal Recovery and Value Added Products from Stainless Steel Spent Pickle Liquor: A Zero Waste Business Model [Approved]; Funding Agency: Ministry of Steel, New Delhi; Industrial Partner: Jindal Stainless Limited; Institutions involved: CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur and BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus; Total Sanctioned Amount: 125.164 Lakhs; Total Sanctioned Amount to BITS Pilani: 34.614 Lakhs; PI

      Completed Projects


      1. A study on sludge minimization during the treatment of pickling effluent and sludge utilisation, Funding Agency: Aditya Birla Group, Principal Investigator, Amount: Rs. 10 lakhs.

      2. GIS based characterization of ground water in Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, Funding Agency: Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi, Principal Investigator, Amount: Rs. 18 Lakhs.

      3. Development of Copper Bio-Leaching methodology/technique from tailing waste at Hindustan Copper Limited, Khetri, Funding Agency: Ministry of Mines, New Delhi, Principal Investigator, Amount: Rs. 30 Lakhs.

      4. Zinc Recovery from Industrial Waste using Bioleaching, Funding Agency: BITS Pilani, Proposal under centre of Research Excellence in “Waste , Water and Energy Management”, Co-Investigator, Amount: Rs. 48 lakhs.

      5. Waste Management of Generated Sludge from Indian Steel and Steel Related Plants: A Sustainable Business Model”. Funding Agency: Ministry of Steel, New Delhi. (Rs. 38 Lakhs); Co-PI

      6. Development of Advanced Environmental Engineering Laboratory including a Faecal Sludge Management Laboratory (AREL-FSM); Funding Agency: Aditya Birla Finance Limited, Veraval, Gujarat; Funding Amount : Rs. One Crore; Co-PI



      Projects Ongoing and Completed

      1.  Project Title: Edge-FL-based intelligent IDS to safeguard Sustainable HetIoT applications against DDoS cyberthreat, Funding Agency: University of Sharjha, UAE, Amount:10000 AED, Current Status: Ongoing, 2023-24. 
      2. Project Title: 100% Virtual Roleplay, Funding Agency: Trajectories Solutions, India, Amount: 16500 AED, Current Status: Ongoing, 2023-24.
      3. Project Title: Distributed Deep Reinforcement Learning for Wireless Channel Allocation, Funding Agency: Israel Planning and Budgeting Committee and Israel Science Foundation, Isreal, Amount: 170000 NIS, Current Status: Completed, 2019-2020.
      4. Project Title: Green and Secure Medium Access Protocol for WSN, Funding Agency: SIT and GISFI, India, Amount: 2500000 INR, Current Status: Completed, 2012-2015.
      5. Project Title: Energy-Aware Medium Access Control for WSN, Funding Agency: Board of College and University Development,Pune, India, Amount: 160000 INR, Current Status: Completed, 2011-2013.

      1. A Target Guided Approach for Design, Synthesis, and Screening of Host-directed Therapies for TB associated Metabolic Disorder (PCOS) in Women (Role: Co-PI)

      • Project duration: Oct 2023 –  Sep  2025
      • Amount sanctioned: ₹ 30 lakhs
      • Funding Agency: CDRF - BITS Pilani
      • Project status: Ongoing

      2. Discovery and Biological Evaluation of Novel Dual Inhibitors of DprE1 and InhA as Potential Anti- Tubercular Agents (Role : PI)

      • Project duration: Sep. 2023 – Aug. 2026
      • Amount sanctioned: ₹ 34.52 lakhs
      • Funding Agency: Department of Science & Technology,  - CRG, New Delhi
      • Project status: Ongoing

      3. Design, Synthesis and Evaluation of Novel Thiochromene Analogs as Potential Anti-leishmanial agents (Role : Co-PI)

      • Project duration: Sep. 2023 – Aug. 2026
      • Amount sanctioned: ₹ 36.56 lakhs
      • Funding Agency: Department of Science & Technology,  - CRG, New Delhi
      • Project status: Ongoing

      4. Design, Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of 1,2,3-triazole Hybrids as Novel Quorum Sensing Inhibitors (Role : PI)

      • Project duration: Apr. 2022 – Mar. 2025
      • Amount sanctioned: ₹19.2 lakhs
      • Funding Agency: Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi
      • Project status: Ongoing

      5. Development of novel anti-leishmanial analogs loaded with novel Nano-formulations (Role : Co-PI)

      • Project duration: Apr. 2018 – Mar. 2021
      • Amount sanctioned: ₹ 60 lakhs
      • Funding Agency: Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi
      • Project status: Completed

      6. Structure Based Rational Design and Synthesis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis inhibitors (Role : PI)

      • Project duration: Jan. 2014 –  Dec.2017
      • Amount sanctioned: ₹ 22 lakhs
      • Funding Agency: Department of Science & Technology, SERB New Delhi
      • Project status: Completed

      7. Synthesis and Biological Activity of Various Triazoles as Effective Antifungal Agents (Role : PI)

      • Project duration: Nov.2012 – Oct.2015
      • Amount sanctioned: ₹ 21.44 lakhs
      • Funding Agency: Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi
      • Project status: Completed

      8. Synthesis and Pharmacological Evaluation of Bishomo(hetero) arylpiperazines as atypical antipsychotic agents (Role : PI)

      • Project duration: Apr. 2011 – Mar.2014
      • Amount sanctioned: ₹ 6.44 lakhs
      • Funding Agency: University Grants Commission, New Delhi
      • Project status: Completed

      9. Synthesis and Pharmacological Evaluation of Various Indole Analogues for the Treatment of Schizophrenia (Role : PI)

      • Project duration: Jul. 2010 – Aug. 2013
      • Amount sanctioned: ₹ 18.28 lakhs
      • Funding Agency: Department of Science & Technology, Fast Track Scheme, New Delhi
      • Project status: Completed

      10. 3-Benzisoxazolyl piperidines and Quinoxalinyl Piperazines as Potential Atypical Antipsychotic Agents (Role : Co-PI)

      • Project duration: Jan. 2005  – Dec. 2007
      • Amount sanctioned: ₹ 4.94 lakhs
      • Funding Agency: University Grants Commission, New Delhi
      • Project status: Completed


      Strengthening of local soil using Fly Ash (Principal Investigator) Funding Agency : University Grants CommissionFunding Amount: 2,00,000/- Status: Completed (2013-15), Three journal publications based on the project


      Projects Ongoing

      Project Title: Characterization of Indigenous Cow's Dung and Urine for Scientific Advancement and Development of Utility Items
      Association: Co-Principal Investigator
      Sponsoring Agency: Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt of India.
      Amount: Rs. 31,04,162/-

      Project Title: Biomass Pellets/Briquettes Assessment in Gujarat & Maharashtra States
      Association: Principal Investigator
      Sponsoring Agency: Sardar Patel Renewable Energy Research Institute, Anand
      Amount: Rs. 12,49,500/-


      Projects Completed

      Project Title: Modeling and Simulation of Viscose Flow through JetPack Assembly
      Association: Principal Investigator
      Sponsoring Agency: Aditya Birla Group, Birla Cellulosic, Kharach.
      Amount: Rs. 5.52 Lakhs


      Project Title: Production of hydrogen-rich fuel gas from Jatropha residue cake
      Association: Principal Investigator
      Sponsoring Agency: Department of Science and Technology (DST) under FAST TRACK Scheme
      Amount: Rs. 27.06 Lakhs


      Project Title: National Mission Project on Education through ICT: Developing suitable pedagogical methods for various classes (Energy Technology) intellectual calibers and research in e-learning - Anchored by IIT Kharagpur
      Association: Co- Developer
      Sponsoring Agency: MHRD
      Amount: Rs. 7.00 Lakhs


      Project Title: Design and development of a novel biomass stove for cooking application
      Association: Principal Investigator
      Sponsoring Agency: BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus under Advanced Competitive Research Initiation Grant (ACRIG)
      Amount: Rs. 9.00 Lakhs


      Project Title: Experimental investigations on Catalytic Treatment of Producer Gas
      Association: Principal Investigator
      Sponsoring Agency: Ankur Scientific Energy Technologies Pvt Ltd.
      Amount: Rs. 7.026 Lakhs

       


      Sponsored Research Project

      Research Projects (as PI)

      Sr. No.

      Project Title

      Funding Agency

      Period

      1.

      Synthesis and C-H bond functionalization of N-heterocycles employing novel pincer-type complexes of late transition metals

      DST-SERB

      Dec. 20 - Nov. 23

      2.

      Synthesis of heterocycle-fused chromenones and quinolinone through transition metal-catalyzed cascade reactions.

      CSIR

      July 19 - June 22

      3.

      Synthesis of novel N-fused polycyclic compounds through transition metal catalyzed cascade/C–H functionalization reactions

      DST-SERB

      Jan. 17-Dec 20

      4.

      Exploration of novel ionic liquid-supported sulfonyl reagents for organic synthesis

      CSIR

      July 13 – Dec. 16

      5.

      Novel synthetic methodologies for biologically important compounds using lanthanide triflates as Lewis acids in ionic liquids

      UGC

      Feb 11 – Jan 14

      6.

      Synthesis of novel ionic liquid supported reagents and their use in various organic transformations under eco-friendly conditions

      CSIR

      Aug 08 – March 12

      7.

      Novel safety catch linkers for solid phase synthesis of organic compounds with potential medicinal applications

      DST

      Sep. 07 – Oct 10

      Research Projects (as Co-PI)

      Sr. No.

      Project Title

      Funding Agency

      Period

      1.

      Targeting the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) of SARS-COV2 for the development of inhibitors

      DST-SERB

      Aug. 2020 - Dec. 2021

      2

      Design, synthesis, and biological studies of novel cationic porphyrin hybrids as potential anticancer agents

      DST

       Oct. 2007-March 2011

      3

      Development of a novel synthetic method for anti-HIV drugs

      Ranbaxy

      Aug. 10 – Dec. 17

       

       


      Case Study and Report Developed

       

      Case Study Developed and Published

      Published (July, 2020) in The Case Centre, Cranfield University, Wharley End Beds MK43 0JR, UK

      • Jaipur Rugs: A Socially Responsible Supply Chain- Connecting Marginalized Producers to Global Markets (Case) with reference 720-0037-1 (Authors: Satyendra K Sharma and Srikanta Routroy).
      • Jaipur Rugs: A Socially Responsible Supply Chain- Connecting Marginalized Producers to Global Markets (Teaching note) with reference 720-0037-8 (Authors: Satyendra K Sharma and Srikanta Routroy)

      Published (April, 2019) in The Case Centre, Cranfield University, Wharley End Beds MK43 0JR, UK

      Reports Developed

      • M Thakur, S Routroy, MS Dasgupta, R Slizyte, EC Cowan, N Kaushik (2021), "Exploitation of ReValue results: ReValue Project Deliverable 4.3", SINTEF Ocean AS  2021-08-25, OC2021 A-072- Unrestricted, pp. 1-12
      • Dasgupta, Mani Sankar; Routroy, Srikanta; Bhattacharyya, Souvik; Sultan, Abdullah; Saini, Santosh Kumar; Gupta, Khushboo; Kaushik, Nutan; Widell, Kristina Norne; Tveit, Guro Møen; Thakur, Maitri (2021) ReValue Project Report Deliverable D1.1: Value stream map and supply chain interdependencies in India. ISBN 978-82-7174-375-8
      • Dasgupta, M. S., Routroy, Srikanta, Bhattacharyya, S., Sultan, A., Saini, S. K., Widell, K. N., & Thakur, M. (2020). ReValue project Report–D1. 3: Report on energy efficient refrigeration systems-Surimi case, ISBN 978-82-7174-394-9.
      • Dasgupta, M. S., Routroy, Srikanta, Bhattacharyya, S., Sultan, A., Saini, S. K., Gupta, K., ... & Thakur, M. (2020). ReValue project Report–Deliverable 1.2-Logistics and Cold Chain Management Concepts- A-094. RCN 978-82-7174-393-2
      • A K Vaish, Satyendra Kumar Sharma and Srikanta Routroy, (2019), “Evaluation Study of National Food Security Act 2013 in Churu District, Rajasthan”, project report submitted to the Department of Food and Public Distribution, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, GoI.
      • A K Vaish,  Satyendra Kumar Sharma  and Srikanta Routroy, (2019), “Evaluation Study of National Food Security Act 2013 in Kaurali District, Rajasthan”, project report submitted to the Department of Food and Public Distribution, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, GoI.
      •  A K Vaish, Kishna M and Srikanta Routroy, (2018), “Concurrent Evaluation of NFSA 2013: A Case of Sheopur District, Madhya Pradesh”, project report submitted to the Department of Food and Public Distribution, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, GoI.
      • A K Vaish, Srikanta Routroy and Kishna M, (2018), “Evaluation Study of National Food Security Act 2013 in Dungarpur District, Rajasthan”, project report submitted to the Department of Food and Public Distribution, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, GoI.
      •  A K Vaish, Kishna M and Srikanta Routroy, (2018), “Concurrent Evaluation of NFSA 2013: A Case of Neemuch District, Madhya Pradesh 2018”, project report submitted to the Department of Food and Public Distribution, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, GoI.
      • A K Vaish, Srikanta Routroy and Kishna M, (2018), “Evaluation Study of National Food Security Act 2013 in Jhunjhunu District, Rajasthan”, project report submitted to the Department of Food and Public Distribution, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, GoI

       

       


      Sponsered Research Projects

       

      Project On-Going

      Project Details:

      “Integrating supply chains in smart cities for enhanced community service: A business and environmental sustainability approach”-Asian Smart Cities Research and Innovation Network (ASCRIN), La Trobe University, Australia, 2021 - 2025. This is a collaborative project between BITS Pilani and La Trobe University, Australia.

      Research Team:

      BITS Pilani: Prof. Srikanta Routroy (PI) & Prof. Prasanta Kumar Sahu (Co-PI)

      LA TROBE University: Prof. Sean Arisian (PI), & Prof. Aniruddha (Ani) Desai (Co-PI)

      Interested PhD Student:

      The project will start from January 2024. The candidates having ME/MTech (Industrial/Production/Mechanical/Transportation) are encouraged to send theirs CV to Prof. Srikanta Routroy (srikanta@pilani.bits-pilani.ac.in).

       

      Project Title: Lean Supply Chain Designs to Reduce Food Waste for Business and Environmental Sustainability: An Indo-Australian Study

      Research Team:

      BITS Pilani: Prof. Srikanta Routroy (PI) and Dr. Prasanta Kumar Sahu (Co-PI)

      RMIT University: Professor Prem Chhetri (PI) and Prof. Mathews Nkhoma (Co-PI)

      PhD Student: Rishabh Gupta

      Title: Eco-Friendly Solution with Metal Recovery and Value-Added Products from Stainless Steel Spent Pickle Liquor: A Zero Waste Business Model

      Funding Agency: Ministry of Steel, New Delhi

      Industrial Partner: Jindal Stainless Limited
      Institutions involved: CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur and BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus

      Total Sanctioned Amount: 125.164 Lakhs

      Total Sanctioned Amount to BITS Pilani: 34.614 Lakhs

      Investigators in the Project from BITS Pilani:

      Anupam Singhal as Principal Investigator (PI)

      Srikanta Routroy as Co-Principal Investigator (PI)

      Title: Doubling Farm Women’s income: Entrepreneurship development through post-harvest processing and technology integration in arid zone

      Funding Agency: DST-SEED (ASACODER), Ministry of Science and Technology, GoI

      Indian Institutions involved: CAZRI Jodhpur and BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus

      Duration: 3 Years (2021-2024)

      Total Sanctioned Amount: 235.86541 Lakhs

      Total Sanctioned Amount to BITS Pilani: 70.20841 Lakhs

      Role in Project: Principal Investigator (PI)

       

       

      Title: Opportunities and Challenges in Enhancing Farm Income through Farmer Producer Organizations

      Funding Agency: Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR, MHRD, New Delhi).

      Duration: 2 Years (March 2022-Feburary 2024)

      Total Sanctioned Amount to BITS Pilani: 7.5 Lakhs

      Role in Project: Co-Project Director

       

       

      Title: “Design and development of crop residue-based roof insulation with Phase Change Materials for livestock rearing shelters: An environment-friendly business model for doubling farmer women’s income in Arid and Semi-Arid zones”

      Funding Agency: DST, New Delhi.

      Duration: 3 Years (February, 2023-January, 2026)

      Total Sanctioned Amount to BITS Pilani: 40 Lakhs (Approximately)

      Principal Investigator (PI): P Srinivasan; Co-Principal Investigator (PI): Srikanta Routroy

       

       

       

      Project Completed (06)

       

      Title: Waste Management of Generated Sludge from Indian Steel and Steel Related Plants: A Sustainable Business Model

      Funding Agency: Ministry of Steel, New Delhi

      Duration: September 2018- March 2022

      Amount: 38.046 Lakhs

      Role in Project: Principal Investigator (PI)

       

      Title: Innovative technologies for improving resource utilization in the Indo-European fish value chains

      Funding Agency: DBT, New Delhi

      Duration: 3 Years (2018- August 2021)

      Total Sanctioned funding: 800,000 Euro

      Amount Sanctioned to BITS Pilani: 62.092 Lakhs

      Indian Institutions involved: Amity University; BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus (Prof. Souvik Bhattacharyya (PI); Prof. MS Dasgupta (Co-PI) and Prof. Srikanta Routroy (Co-PI))

      Institutions involved from other countries: SINTEF, Norway and Grupo CARINSA, Spain

       

      Title: Development of e-waste management strategies for selected e-products in Rajasthan

      Funding Agency: DST Rajasthan

      Duration: 2018- 2022

      Amount: INR 7.536 Lakhs

      Role in Project: Co-Principal Investigator (PI)

       

      Title: Design of Healthcare Supply Chain for Enhancing Availability and Reducing Wastage of Generic Medicines for Rural Areas in Rajasthan.

      Funding Agency: DST Rajasthan

      Duration: Sept 2016-January 2021

      Sanctioned Amount: INR. 5.886 Lakhs

      Role in Project: Principal Investigator (PI)

       

      Title: Design of Supplier Development Implementation Framework for Indian Manufacturing Industries

      Funding Agency: UGC, New Delhi

      Duration: 3 Years (2013-2016)

      Sanctioned Amount: INR. 9.408 Lakhs

      Role in Project: Principal Investigator (PI)

       

      Title: Concurrent Evaluation of the implementation of NFSA (State: Rajasthan & Madhya Pradesh)

      Funding Agency: Department of Food & public Distribution, Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi

      Duration: One Year: Third and Fourth Quarter, 2018; First and Second Quarter, 2019

      Faculty Involved: Arun Vaish, Srikanta Routroy, Krishna M

      Sanctioned Amount: INR 7.2 Lakh


      Academic (BE/ME) Projects

      BE/ME Students work with me on the following broad project areas. Appropriate students with the required skills can approach me for the projects.

      S.N.Title of ProjectType of ProjectSkillset RequiredOutcome Expected
      1IoT and data-driven approach for observation and control of a power conversion systemLabCGPA>7.5, IoT, data-analysis, Basic Power Electronics, DSP/Micro-controller programmingLaboratory prototype
      2Microcontroller/DSP/FPGA-based control of Power Electronic converters for solar PV integrationLabCGPA>7.5, Control Systems, Basic Power Electronics, DSP/Micro-controller/FPGA programmingLaboratory prototype
      3Simulation-based study of a bidirectional DC-DC converter for interfacing battery energy storageStudyCGPA>8.0, Control Systems, MATLAB programming, Basic Power ElectronicsGood review paper

      Funded projects

      I have been working in power quality and renewable energy integration.

      I have the following ongoing projects in this area:

      1. As PI in "IoT and Digital Twin Enabled Enhanced Operation and Control of a Solar PV and Battery Integrated Smart Microgrid" funded by BITS-Pilani under the Cross-Disciplinary Research Fund (CDRF) scheme (Rs. 30 lakh), a cross-disciplinary project with Dr. Sumanta Pasari (Mathematics department, BITS-Pilani, Pilani campus) and Dr. Udayan Chanda, Management, BITS-Pilani, Pilani Campus.

      Following are completed projects:

      1. As Co-I in "Development of Improved Design and Control Techniques for Unified Power Quality Conditioner with Distributed Generation" funded by Central Power Research Institute Bangalore (Rs. 21.09 lakh).
      2. As PI in " Advanced design and control strategies for DSTATCOM integrated with Solar PV and Battery Energy Storage System" funded by BITS-Pilani under the Research Initiation Grant scheme (Rs. 2.0 lakh).
      3. As PI in "Investigations on Start-up Methods and Operating Techniques for Distributed Energy Resource Integrated Distribution Static Compensator" funded by BITS-Pilani under Additional Competitive Research Grant (Rs. 10.0 lakh).

      Ph.D. Students

      1. Ms. Shreya Sangal (Thesis theme: Business applications of Blockchain, LinkedIn Profile).
      2. Mr. Vatsal Tripathi (LinkedIn profile)
      3. Mr. Bharat Bhushan (LinkedIn profile)

      Research

       

      Research Areas

      Big Data Analytics, High Performance Computing, Stream Analytics, Parallel Data Structures and Algorithms for ML/DM, Federated Learning, Computer Vision, Materials Informatics, Human-Computer Interaction

      Sponsored Research Projects

      Project: Resolving Bottlenecks of Cross-Device Federated Learning using Anytime Algorithms
      Funding agency: BITS Pilani (under the Additional Competitive Research Grant)
      Amount: Rs. 9.98 lakhs 
      Duration: Two years (2022-2024)
      Status: On-going 
       
      Project: Enhancing emotion and demographic inference for low-resolution video feeds in the Indian context
      Role: Co-Principal Investigator
      Funding agency: kwipic.in
      Amount: Rs. 6 lakhs 
      Duration: Two years (2022-2024)
      Status: On-going 
       
      Project: A multi-core framework for anytime mining of multiple high speed streams
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Funding agency: BITS Pilani (under the Research Initiation Grant for new faculty)
      Amount: Rs. 2 lakhs 
      Duration: Two years (2021-2023)
      Status: Completed
       
      Project: A New Distributed Computing Framework for Data Mining
      Role: Research Assistant (while pursuing PhD)
      Funding Agency: MeitY, Govt. of India
      Amount: Rs. 121.00 Lakhs
      Duration: Three years, 6 months (2012-2016)
      Status: Completed
       
       

      Specific Research Projects currently working upon

      • Anytime Mining of Data Streams (Sequential and Parallel)
      • Facial Emotion Recognition in the Indian Context
      • Chemical Properties Prediction in Additive Manufacturing
      • Federated Learning for Computational Photography
      • Federated Learning based Data Mining Algorithms
      • Parallelization of Clustering Algorithms
      • Human Computer Interaction Studies for LLMs

       

      For Students

      For Students at BITS Pilani who wish to apply for a project-type course (SOP, RP, SAT, thesis, dissertation, etc.) with me, the list of projects along with the pre-requisites has been mentioned below (next subsection).
       
      Students will be chosen on the following criteria: 
      • Sound knowledge of concepts related to the project (as per in the pre-requisites given below for each Project).
      • Excellent programming skills in C/C++/ Python (Pandas, TensorFlow, Keras, and PyTorch).
      • Strong paper writing skills and willing to write a research paper with me (and not just code!).
      • Available to work for a year (or more).
      I do not offer projects to students outside BITS Pilani.
       
       

      List of Projects offered for 2nd Sem 2023-24

      Anytime Mining of Data Streams and Large Static Data

      • This Project aims at design and development of data structures and algorithms for anytime mining (classification, clustering, frequent pattern mining, anomaly detection) of data streams and large static datasets.
      • The above designs shall be parallelized for shared memory and distributed memory architectures.
      • Pre-requisites: Very strong coding fundamentals in C/C++. Students who are active in Competitive Coding are strongly encouraged to apply in this. Having fundamentals related to Parallel Programming such as MPI would also be benefecial (although not compulsory). Students having background of Data Mining Algorithms shall also be preferred.

      Facial Emotion Recognition for the Indian Context

      • This Project aims at developing a Facial Emotion Recognition System for the Indian context considering our indegenious ethnic diversity. Age and Gender detection is also a part of this project.
      • We would be developing Deep Learning models for the same.
      • Pre-requisites: Very strong hands on experience on Deep Learning related technologies, especially CNN, RNNs, Trasnformers, etc. 

      Computational Photography using Federated Learning

      • This Project aims at developing federated learning models for tasks related to computational photography such as Bokeh rendering, Image Restoration and Image Signal Processing. 
      • Pre-requisites:Very strong hands on experience on Deep Learning related technologies, especially CNN, RNNs, Trasnformers, etc. Students have hands-on experience in using Pysyft and other FL related libraries would be preferred.

      Human Computer Interaction Studies for LLMs

      • This Project aims at conduct Human Computer Interaction Studies for various LLM technologies such as ChatGPT and other tools that are openly available or built in-house. The work involves understanding the use cases of LLM technologies, conduct surveys & interviews, perform thematic analysis to extract insights of the study conducted, and present them as a research article. 
      • Pre-requisites: Basic understanding of LLMs and their use cases, programming in python to build rapid prototypes, good technical writing and communication skills.

      To Apply

      Please send your application via email along with the details of your CGPA, grades in all the courses done so far, projects done so far, knowledge on the relevant topics related to the project you are applying for and preference order of the projects wish to apply for.


      Sponsored Projects

       

      1. Project Name: RESilience-by-DEsign (RESIDE)—an open-source software tool for ranking cyber-attacks and performing quantitative safety-security risk assessment for critical infrastructures under adversarial attacks. Funding agency: Data Security Council of India (5.81 Lakhs), Time-line: 2022, Outcome of the project: Cyber resilience tool (Available freely at: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bits.riskio), Role: Principal Investigator
      2. Project Name: Predictor and Analyzer of Security Threats (PAST): A model based risk analysis framework for critical interconnected infrastructures. Funding agency: IHUB-NITIHAC Foundation (IIT Kanpur, DST, 18.14 Lakhs), Time-line: 2021-2024, Outcome of the project: Tool for Cyber risk assessment of  interconnected architectures (http://afmt-simulator.com/), Role: Principal Investigator  

       

       

       

       


      Sponsored Research Projects

       

        • 2017-18, "An Economic Appraisal of Renewables Versus Non-renewables: A Case of Rajasthan" project report submitted to Indian Council of Social Science Research [ICSSR], GoI. [Role: Principal Investigator]
        • 2018-19, "Concurrent Evaluation of Implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA) 2013", Project sponsored by the Department of Food and Public Distribution, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, GoI [Role: Co-investigator and total sanctioned amount is ₹7.5 Lakh]
        • 2021-24, "Doubling Farm Women's Income: Entrepreneurship Development through Post Harvest and Technology Integration in Arid-zone", Funded by DST-SEED/ ASACODER, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India [Role: Co-investigator and total sanctioned amount is ₹2.35 crore]
        • 2022-24, "Opportunities and Challenges in Enhancing Farm Income Through Farmer Producer Organizations: A Case Study of Rajasthan" Project sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research [ICSSR], GoI. [Role: Principal Investigator and Sanctioned Amount ₹5 Lakh]
        • 2023-24, "Understanding Millet Crop Patterns, Productivity, Consumption, and Farmers' Income in Jodhpur and Jhunjhunu Districts of Rajasthan: A Study on the Year of Millets 2023 Scheme" Project sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research [ICSSR], GoI. [Role: Co-investigator and total sanctioned amount is ₹5 Lakh] {Jointly with Venkatesha Murthy, Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur}

       

       

      The reports of sponsored projects

      • 2018, "An Economic Appraisal of Renewables Versus Non-renewables: A Case of Rajasthan" project report submitted to Indian Council of Social Science Research [ICSSR], GoI.
      • 2018, "Concurrent Evaluation of NFSA 2013: A Case of Sheopur District, Madhya Pradesh, project report submitted to the Department of Food and Public Distribution, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, GoI.
      • 2018, "Concurrent Evaluation of NFSA 2013: A Case of Neemuch District, Madhya Pradesh, project report submitted to the Department of Food and Public Distribution, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, GoI.
      • 2019, "Concurrent Evaluation of NFSA 2013: A Case of Gwalior District, Madhya Pradesh, project report submitted to the Department of Food and Public Distribution, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, GoI.

      Grants

      • International Travel Award - For delivering an invited talk and chairing a session at the Conference on Experimental Design and Analysis (CEDA 2023).

                 Funding Agency: Organizing Committee CEDA2023, Academia Sinica, Taiwan. 

                 Amount: NTD 36106 + Accommodation and Registration Fee.

      • RIG - Algebraic and Computational Methods for Construction of Mixed-level Screening Designs

        Funding Agency: Birla Institute of Technology and Science-Pilani, Goa
        Duration and Amount: 2 Year (2021-2023), INR 2,00,000
      • SERB ITS - 2015, International Travel Grant for DEMA2015, Sydney, Australia.

      • NBHM Travel Grant for ICIAM 2015, Beijing, China.

       

       


      Research Activities

      Research Projects

      • Textile Industry wastewater treatment by moving bed biofilm bioreactors and photocatalysis” Cross Disciplinary Research Framework (CDRF), BITS Pilani, Vincent Shantha Kumar& Dr. Prakash Kumar (BITS Pilani Dubai Campus); Prof. Srikanth Mutnuri (BITS Pilani Goa Campus), INR 30 Lakh (AED:132,685) Sept 2023 to Sept 2025 (Ongoing).
      • Core Project Member, STINT (The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education), “Collaboration for net-zero emission targets of Sweden and India - Higher education institutions approach”, SEK 150 000 (AED 53,600), January 2023 – February 2024. (Ongoing)
      • Research articles published in collaboration with the Shimadzu Middle East in high impact factor journal.

      https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2022.133616

      https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molstruc.2022.133194

      • "Development of Photocatalyst Embedded Graphene based Membranes for Treatment of Dye-Containing Wastewater under Sunlight" sponsored by Aditya Birla Science and Technology Co. Pvt. Ltd (ABSTC) Mumbai, April 2018- April 2020, INR 53.2 L, Co-PI.
      • McWane Gulf LLC, UAE have sponsored industrial cut valves worth 4000 AED to Dr Prakash Kumar B G and Dr Amaranath G, as a token of appreciation for their safety analysis to predict TNT equivalency and potential damage to structures due to compressed gas cylinders in their industry.

      • "Treating waste water using pilot plant ", sponsored by Ocean Corner Water Treatment Equipment & Chemicals (L.L.C) Dubai, UAE (PI).
      • "Optimization of Selected High Yield Grass Species for Biomass and Bioenergy Applications Using Saline and Recycled Wastewater", sponsored by BPDC (Seed Grant), Feb 2017 - Jan 2020, AED 245,000, Co PI.
      • Cultivation of Microalgae using Tubular Photobioreactor for biomass production. The custom built photobioreactor is used for lab scale research on high quality microalgal biomass production for applications in nutritional supplements, biodiesel production and Carbon sequestration.

      Research Interests  

      • Solar Photocatalysis
      • Waste Water Treatments
      • Biofuels from Biomass, Activated Carbon from Biomass
      • Separation Processes

      Journal Reviewer

      • Chemosphere (Elsevier)
      • Chemical Engineering Journal (Elsevier)
      • Carbohydrate Polymers (Elsevier)
      • Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering (Elsevier)
      • Groundwater for Sustainable Development (Elsevier)
      • International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (Elsevier)

      Professional Membership

      Life Associate Member of Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE)

      International Visits

      Attended Process Safety Faculty Workshop, conducted by American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) on 6th to 9th Aug, 2018 at the Chemours Company, Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA.
       
      Delivered an invited talk entitled "Current Developments in Mass Production of Microalgae for Industrial Applications", at symposium on Current Perspectives and Challenges in Chemical Engineering and Technologies, May 14th, 2015, Salalah College of Technology, Salalah, Oman.
       
      B.G. Prakash Kumar*, Roseline and Lima Rose Miranda, “Photocatalytic Degradation of Remazol Brilliant Red by TiO2-UV Process”, International Conference on Chemical and Environmental Engineering (ICCEE 2012), April 25-26, 2012, Paris, France.
       
      Ankit Sachdeva, Veena V.D, Meyyappan, N, Prakash Kumar B.G* ‘Reliability of Solar Energy System’, International Conference on Harnessing Technology (ICHT), Feb 2011, Caledonian College of Engineering, Muscat, Oman.
       
      Prakash Kumar B. G*., Gulyani B. B., Vijaikumar B., Lima Rose Miranda, ‘Chemical Activation of Mango Seed Coat (Mangifera Indica L) – Preparation and Characterization’ Proc. International Conference on Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering (CBEE 2009), Oct 2009, Nanyang Technological Institute, Singapore. 

       

       

       


      Sponsored Projects

       

      Sponsored Projects (Completed)

      1. Title: A parameter-uniform approximation for singularly perturbed parabolic reaction-diffusion boundary value problems
        Scheme: Mathematical Research Impact Centric Support (MATRICS)
        Funding Agency: DST-SERB
        Amount (in lakhs): 6.60


      2. Title: Development of uniformly convergent methods for two-parameter singularly perturbed boundary value problems
        Scheme: Core Research Grant (CRG)
        Funding Agency: DST-SERB
        Amount (in lakhs): 16.874

      Research Interests and Students

      Groundwater Hydrology, Experimental Hydraulics, Contaminant Transport, Urban Flooding, Sustainable Water Management, Coastal Aquifers

      Current Projects:

      1. "Experimental and Numerical Study of Saltwater Intrusion Control Measures under Tidal Influence" funded by SERB-SURE (25.78 Lakhs)
      2.  "Instabilities in Upper Saline Plume and its Interactions with Pumping Well in Coastal Aquifers" funded by BITS Pilani for Research Initiation Grant.

      Research Scholar:

      1. Pratik Shashwat (Aug 2023 - )

      Sponsored Projects

      Sponsoring Agency

      Amount

      University Grant Commission (UGC), New Delhi

      (completed)

      FAST-Track Project, Department of Science and Technology (DST), New Delhi [2012-2015]

      (completed)

      RIG, Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani [2012-2014]

      (completed)

      OPERA-Grant by BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus[2014-2019]

      For 5 years (completed)

      CRG, Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani [2015-2017]

       (completed)

      DST-SERB, New Delhi [2017-2020] 

       (completed)

      DST-SERB New Delhi N-PDF Fellowship project to Dr. Sateeshvarma Vanaparthi[2017-2019]

       (completed)

      Praveen Lab. Pvt. Ltd., Surat[2019-21][Industrial Project]

      (on-going)

      DST-SERB, CRG-Project, New Delhi [2020-2023] 

      (on-going)


      Ongoing

      Design and Development of MEMS Gyroscopes for Naval Applications

      Role

      PI

      Project Type

      Extramural

      Agency

      NRB DRDO

      Amount Sanctioned

      46.70 Lakh