The prestigious ‘V Krishnamurthy Award for Excellence’ was presented to eminent scientist and former Director-General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, RA Mashelkar.
Raghunath Anant Mashelkar, also known as Ramesh Mashelkar is an Indian chemical engineer and a former Director General of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), a chain of 38 publicly funded industrial research and development institutions in India.
- Mashelkar has made contributions in transport phenomena, particularly in thermodynamics of swelling, supers welling and shrinking polymers, modelling of polymerisation reactors, and engineering analysis of Non-Newtonian
- Mashelkar is the former President of the Indian National Science Academyand the UK Institution of Chemical Engineers (2007–08). He served for over eleven years as the director general of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research,world’s largest chain of publicly funded industrial R&D institutions, with thirty-eight laboratories and about 20,000 employees.
- He is the third Indian engineer to have been elected as fellow of Royal Society(FRS), London in the twentieth century. He was elected foreign associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences in 2005, only the 8th Indian since 1863 to be selected.
- On 28 April 2008, he was elected as the foreign associate of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. He is the first Indian to have received this honour. He was elected foreign fellow of US National Academy of Engineering (2003), International Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering UK (1996), and Fellow of World Academy of Art & Science, USA (2000).
- Twenty-six universities have honoured him with honorary doctorates, which include University of London, University of Salford, University of Pretoria, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Delhi University and Gyan Vihar University.
- In the post-liberalized India, Mashelkar has played an important role in shaping India’s science and technology policies. He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister and also of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet set up by successive governments.
- He chaired twelve committees established to examine a variety of issues including higher education, national fuel policy, the drug regulatory system and the agriculture research system.
About V Krishnamurthy Award :
The award is instituted by Centre for Organisation Development (COD) to honour individuals who have set high standards of achievement in pursuit of excellence in their respective professions.
- Former Governor of Tamil Nadu K Rosaiah presented the award to Mashelkar at the Centre for Organisation Development (COD) in the presence of Habil F Khorakiwala, Founder Chairman, Wockhardt Group and Chairman of the Board of Governors, COD among other dignitaries.
- It is noted that CSIR is today ranked amongst the top ten achievements of India in science beginning with the great mathematician Ramanujun.
- Dr. V. Krishnamurthy is the doyen among Indian managers, whose visionary leadership, institution building capability and pursuit of excellence, with concern for people, led to transformation of two gigantic public enterprises – BHEL and SAIL, and nurturing of a new automobile company (Maruti) which revolutionized the automobile and engineering sectors in India.
- Besides, chairmanship of these three companies, Dr. Krishnamurthy was also Secretary, Industries, Government of India, for three years. He was associated with a number of academic and professional institutions.
- During his distinguished career, he received many honors and awards, including Padmabhushan (1986) and Business Man of the year (1987). Dr. Krishnamurthy has left profound impact of his vision, dynamism and humanism on everyone who came in contact with him.
- Centre for Organization Development had the privilege of his guidance as chairman of the Board of Governors for the first 18 years.