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Dr. R.A. Mashelkar

Faculty, R A Mashelkar - NIIT University

CSIR Bhatnagar Fellow
National Chemical Laboratory
Dr. Homi Bhabha Road

Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, National Research Professor, is presently also the President of Global Research Alliance, a network of publicly funded R&D institutes from Asia-Pacific, Europe and USA with over 60,000 scientists.

Dr. Mashelkar served as the Director General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and also as President of Indian National Science Academy.

Mashelkar has played a critical role in shaping India's S&T policies. He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister set up by successive governments.

Dr. Mashelkar has been bestowed some of the highest international honours. These include election as Fellow of Royal Society (FRS), London, Foreign Fellow of US National Academy of Science as well as Engineering, UK National Academy of Engineering, Australian Academy of Science, etc.

In 1998, Dr. Mashelkar won the JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award, the only scientist to win it. In November 2005, he received the Business Week (USA) award of ‘Stars of Asia’ at the hands of George Bush (Sr.), the former President of USA. He was the first Asian Scientist to receive it.

Deeply connected with the innovation movement in India, Dr. Mashelkar is currently the Chairman of India’s National Innovation Foundation, Reliance Innovation Council, KPIT Technologies Innovation Council, Persistent Systems Innovation Council and Marico Foundation’s Governing Council.

Thirty seven universities have honored him with honorary doctorates, which include Universities of London, Salford, Pretoria, Wisconsin, Swinburne, Monash and Delhi.

The President of India honored Dr. Mashelkar with Padmashri (1991), with Padmabhushan (2000) and with Padma Vibhushan (2014).

Dr. Raghunath Anant Mashelkar was born in 1943. After obtaining his Ph.D. from Bombay University in 1969, he occupied various academic positions in Europe and USA, namely, Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at University of Salford in England (1969-76), and Visiting Professor at University of Delaware (1975) prior to returning to India.

Dr. Mashelkar joined NCL as a scientist in 1976. He rose to the position of Head, Chemical Engineering Division in October 1978 and became the sixth Director of NCL in 1989.

Dr. Mashelkar’s research interests are in the area of Non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, Polymer reaction engineering, Gel science and Polymer rheology. His work elegantly combines experiment and theory and provides a conceptual framework for understanding many physical phenomena in complex fluids. His scientific work has been described in over 250 publications in peer reviewed journals. He has been widely recognized for his scientific contributions.

Dr. Mashelkar took over as Director General CSIR in 1995. In sustained effort, spanning over a decade, he brought about significant transformation in CSIR, as a user focused, performance driven and accountable organization. He was a pioneer in crafting the first major public-private partnership in R&D (NMITLI) and provided leadership in creating the first ever comprehensive Traditional Knowledge Digital Library. Dr. Mashelkar, articulated the value of IPR in competitive research. CSIR emerged as a major creator of IP during his tenure as DG. Dr. Mashelkar retired as DG, CSIR on 31 December 2006. He is a CSIR Bhatnagar Fellow.

Dr. Mashelkar has assisted the Govt. of India in numerous scientific committees, dealing with science and society in such diverse areas as auto fuels policy, higher education and drug regulatory systems. His recommendations have been path breaking. He has also been a member of many global bodies, dealing with intellectual property rights set up by WIPO and WHO. He was also a member of a three member committee set up to examine the status of chemistry & chemical engineering research in UK.