Former Director, IIT Kanpur
Prof. Sanjay Dhande, is a Former Director of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur. He was the Founder Director of PDPM Indian Institute of Information Technology Design & Manufacturing, Jabalpur. He served as a part-time member of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Presently, he is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India (PM-SAC). He is an eminent educationist of the contemporary age and is a luminary in the field of Computer Aided Design (CAD). He is also credited with his pioneering work in the fields of Rapid Prototyping, Rapid Tooling and Reverse Engineering. AUTOLAY, an innovative CAD technology developed for Aeronautical Development Agency by Prof. Dhande, is being used actively by the leading aircraft manufacturers of the world. With his academic and administrative vision, he extended all support to the Govt. of India for incubating a new generation Institute, PDPM IIITDM, Jabalpur, instilling the traditional values and order of the IIT system. Another new Institute called the Indian Institute of Saddlery Technology and Export Management (IISTEM) at Banther near Kanpur, under the aegis of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt. of India, has been established by Prof. Dhande in order to harness the traditional technology available in the region. Development of Samtel Centre for Display Technology at IIT Kanpur is a good example of industry-academia interaction to achieve strategic cooperation. His inclusion in the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India is a true recognition for his yeomen work in the area of Applied Science and Technology, Information and Communication Technologies, Engineering & Science education and research. He has been extending the executive help in preparing the vision documents, charters and background papers for helping the Govt. of India in establishment of Indian Institutes of Science for Education & Research (IISER) at Pune & Kolkata. He actively participated in the efforts of Government of India for establishing Indo-French Cyber University. Prof. Dhande’s achievements as an academician, researcher, administrator and visionary are all directed towards meeting the ultimate societal objectives of balanced growth in all spheres with the help of the powerful tool of technical education and research.
Professor Dhande was conferred the Padmashree award by Government of India in 2013.