Goa University Scientist
Dr. Nandkumar Kamat writes thus about Dr. Mashelkar : I interviewed
Dr. Mashelkar on two occasions for Mumbai TV. I have know him for more
than 12 years. His CVspeaks for itself.
What appeals to me most
about him are his human and humane qualities. Recently when I met him
at Mashel (Goa), his place of birth after the felicitation
function, over a cup of coffee, he discussed with me the plans to
develop Goa and make it a knowledge capital of the country.
He said that 'India is a
land of ideas" and US is the "land of opportunities". Stressing on the
importance of making India a "land of opportunity" he gave his
personal example-how small scholarships enabled him during the days of
poverty to complete school and college education. He told me that
without making opportunities available to the local talent here in Goa
itself, the migration would continue.
Among the several personal
qualities of Dr. Mashelkar which I like, is his friendly and disarming
attitude and his willingness to discuss the craziest of the ideas with
person of any age. He inspires and ignites the students' minds. He is
so simple and unassuming. I remember that when I was stranded at Kala
Akademy before attending his press conference organised by Goa Union
of Journalists (GUJ) in November 2000, he dragged me to his VVIP
official car and I accompanied him to the venue at Hotel Mandovi,
Panjim, Goa. "I would be able to talk with a young scientist and
writer like you, on the way", he said.
Goans we shall feel
proud of him and his accomplishments. Dr. Mashelkar may be contacted
at his official e-mail address at CSIR headquarters New Delhi
His tenure there would be till 2005.
Dr. Nandkumar Kamat
April 10, 2003
Dr. Raghunath Anant Mashelkar
2. Date of Birth:
3. Present Position :
General, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, and Secretary,
Department of Scientific & Industrial Research,
4. Positions held:
Director, National Chemical
Laboratory, Pune, INDIA (1989-1995)
in Director’s Grade, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, INDIA
Deputy Director, National Chemical
Laboratory, Pune, INDIA (1978-1986)
Asstt. Director, National Chemical
Laboratory, Pune, INDIA (1976-1978)
Lecturer in Chemical Engineering,
University of Salford, UK (1970-1976)
Leverhume Research Fellow, Department
of Chemical Engineering, University of Salford, UK (1969-1970)
Director General, Indian Council of
Agricultural Research, New Delhi (13 Nov. 2000 to 24 Dec., 2000)
5. Academic Qualifications:
B.Chem. Engg. (1966), Ph.D. (1969) (Univ. of Bombay)
Doctorates in Science and Engineering:
University of Allahabad, Allahabad (2002)
University of Wisconsin, USA (2002)
Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (2002)
Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune (2002)
University of London, UK (2001)
Pretoria University, Pretoria, South Africa (2000)
University, Chennai (2000)
Guwahati University, Assam (2000)
Bundelkhand University, Jhansi (2000)
University of Delhi, Delhi (1998)
Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad (1997)
University of Roorkee, Roorkee (1997)
University of Kanpur, Kanpur (1995)
University of Salford, UK (1993)
7. Honours by President of India:
8. Election to
Academies and Scientific Bodies (India
Associate, National Academy of Engineering, USA (2003)
Fellow, Royal Society (FRS), London (1998)
Fellow, World Academy of Art & Science, USA (2000)
Fellow, The Institute of Physics, London (1998)
Foreign Member, Royal Academy of Engineering, UK (1996)
Fellow, UK Institute of Chemical Engineering (1996)
Fellow, Third World Academy of Sciences (1994)
Fellow, Indian National Science Academy (1984).
Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences (1983).
Fellow, Maharashtra Academy of Sciences (1985).
Fellow, National Academy of Engineering (1987).
Fellow, National Academy of Sciences (1989).
Fellow, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (1992)
Fellow, Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE)
President, Physical Sciences, National Academy of Sciences (1991).
President, Maharashtra Academy of Sciences (1991-94).
President, Society for Polymer Science in India (1986-92).
President, Indian Society of Rheology (1986-93).
Vice-President, Materials Research Society of India (1993-95)
Vice-President, Indian Academy of Sciences (1995-2000)
General President, Indian Science Congress (1999-2000)
A. For Scientific Research:
Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Medal
(2001) by Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi;
Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award
(2001) by Indian Science Congress Association, Calcutta;
Educational Trust Award (2001) by Jeppiar Trust, Chennai;
Material Scientist of the Year
(2000), by Materials Research Society of India;
Mehendra Lal Sircar Lecture Award
in Chemical Sciences (1998) by Indian Association for the Cultivation
of Science, Calcutta;
Kumari National Award for Science & Technology
(1997) by Kamal Kumari Foundation, Jorhat;
(1996) by Goyal Foundation, Kurukshetra;
Kristo Dutt Memorial Award
(1995) Indian Science Congress Association;
Birla Award for Scientific Research
Professor Santappa Silver Jubilee Award
(1983) by Society of Polymer Science, Chennai;
Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize
(1982) for engineering sciences by CSIR, New Delhi;
'Excellence in Basic Research' (1982) by Indian Institute of Chemical
B. For Technology & Industrial Research:
Engineering Award for outstanding work in Science & Technology
(2003) by Lakshmikanthammal Educational Trust, Tiruvallur, Chennai
Bharat Ratna Dr. M. Visvesvaraya Memorial Award
(2002) by Engineers Foundation, Kolhapur
(2000) by H.K. Firodia Foundation, Pune;
(1998) by Atur Foundation, Pune.
Prasad Khaitan Memorial Gold Medal
(1996) by Asiatic Society, Calcutta;
National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) Republic Day Award
(1991) by Bhasin Foundation, Delhi;
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru National Award in Engineering & Technology
(1991) by Govt. of Madhya Pradesh;
(1988) by Indian National Science Academy;
Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Award
(1987) in physical and mathematical sciences;
Naik Gold Medal
C. For Leadership:
Juran Quality Medal
(2002) by Indian Merchants Chamber for leadership and continuous
involvement as a role model for improvement of quality in CSIR
(2002) in the CEO (Non-Corporate) Category by National HRD Network,
Birla Management Corpn. Ltd., Mumbai
Golden Jubilee Award
(1998) by Bank of India, Mumbai for excellence in R&D management
Tata Award for Corporate Leadership
(1998) by All India Management Association for exemplary leadership
provided to CSIR.
D. For All Round Excellence:
Maharashtra Ratna Award
(2003) by Maharashtra Times, Mumbai for all round excellence
Dadabhai Naoroji Memorial Award
(2002) by the Dadabhai Naoroji Memorial Prize Trust, Mumbai for
contributions to advancing S&T in India
(2002) by Priyadarshani Academy, Mumbai for promoting S&T
Lifetime Achievement Award
(2001) by Chemtech Foundation for all time lifetime achievement
Abhimanshreemurti (Person of Pride) Award
(1999) by Chaturang Foundation, Mumbai for being one of the leading
National Role Models;
(1998) Jankalyan Samiti, Pune for protecting India’s traditional
Lifetime Achievement Award
(1998), Indian Analytical Instruments Association for lifetime
(1994) by Department of Chemical Technology, Mumbai;
Outstanding Alumni Medal
(1985) as one of the twenty outstanding performers from UDCT in fifty
(Honorary & others) etc.:
Honorary Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advancement of
Scientific Research (1990 -)
Kane Professor, University of Bombay (1990).
Fellow, University Department of Chemical Technology (1992).
Fellow, University of Salford, UK (1992-93);
Visiting Professor, University of Delaware, USA (1975-76);
Visiting Professor, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby (1982)
Honorary Visiting Professor, University of Pune (1985-86).
Visiting Professor, University of Delaware, USA (1988)
Visiting Fellow, University of Bombay (1985).
National Lecturer in Engineering and Technology (1985).
11. Chairmanship/Membership of National Level High-Powered
Chairman, National Quality Council of India (2002)
Chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee on Hydrocarbons, Ministry of
Petroleum & Natural Gas (2002)
Chairman, National Auto Fuel Policy (2001-)
Chairman, Governing Body, National Institute of Pharmaceuticals
Education and Research (2001-)
Chairman, National Innovation Foundation (2000-)
Chairman, Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Research Committee, Government of
Chairman, High Powered Review Committee to review Regional Engineering
Colleges (RECs) (1998)
Chairman, Inquiry Committee for MGCC Accident, Government of India
Member, Board of Governors of National Council for Applied Economic
Research (2001 -)
Member, Governing Body, Indian Council for Research on International
Economic Relations (2001-)
Member, Prime Minister’s Knowledge Task Force (2000)
Member, Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet (1997-)
Member, Technology Development Board (1995-2002)
Member, Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (1988-90)
Technical Assessor to one Man Inquiry Commission to Inquire into
Bhopal Tragedy, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh (1984)
12. Board of Directors:
Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Ltd. (1988-90)
Haldia Petrochemicals (1990-91)
Hindustan Fluorocarbons (1988-90)
Maharashtra Petrochemicals Corporation Ltd. (1989-91)
Technology Development and Information Company of India (TDICI) Ltd.
Technology Board, Industrial Credit and Investments Corporation of
India (1991 onwards)
ICICI Knowledge Park (1999 -).
13. International Bodies/Committees:
Consultative Group on Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Working Group on
Science Council, World Bank (2002)
Member, Review of Chemistry Research in UK Universities (2002)
Development Gateway’s Knowledge Economy, World Bank, USA (2002)
Member, International Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, UK
Member, Review Committee, Chemical Engineering Department, University
of Cambridge, UK (2001)
Member, Board of Trustees, Medicine for Malaria Venture, Geneva (2001)
Chairman, Innovation in Developing World Committee, Third World
Academy of Sciences, Trieste (2000)
Member, Advisory Board, World Wide Academy (WIPO), Geneva (1999-)
Member, Review Committee, Commonwealth Science Council, London (1998)
Chairman, Standing Committee on Information Technology (WIPO), Geneva
Member, CSIR (South Africa) International Review Committee (1997)
14. Scientific Research
Made original contributions in diverse areas of polymer
science & engineering. The contributions cover scientific
investigations on modelling of industrial polymerisation reactors,
molecular and convective diffusion phenomena in polymeric media,
transport phenomena in swelling, superswelling and shrinking polymers
and engineering analysis of non-Newtonian flows. Over 230 scientific
research publications, 18 edited books have been published and 28
15. Leadership in
Science and Technology:
As Director of NCL in 1989-1995, gave a new orientation to
NCL’s research programmes with strong emphasis on globally
competitive technologies and international patenting. NCL began
exporting its knowledge even to Europe & USA, the first Indian
laboratory to do so, and assumed the role of a global R&D platform.
Also created a polymer science and engineering division in NCL, rated
as world class today.
As Director General of CSIR, gave a new orientation to CSIR.
The white paper “CSIR 2001: Vision & Strategy” set up a new
agenda. The story of the transformation of CSIR has been
internationally acknowledged. Its appreciation by the Indian business
world, has been captured as a cover page story by Business India in
1998 and also in ‘World Class in India’, a book brought out by
Penguin, which has ranked CSIR among the top twelve organisations, who
have managed the radical change the best in post-1991 India.
Was responsible for creating practically a ‘national movement’
on IPR. The contributions have been varied. They include –
Played a crucial role in creating patent awareness in Indian
institutions, industry and the government. Propagated the patent
culture from 1989. NCL is the highest Indian patents holder today.
CSIR’s IPR Management Policy (1996) resulted in its occupying the
second position in PCT filings among all the developing nations in
member of the prestigious International IPR Commission set up by UK
Government and also as a member of the World Wide Academy of WIPO,
played a crucial role in balancing the rights of the poor.
helped evolve National Policy on IPR in his capacity as a member of a
three member high-powered committee to the Union Minister of Industry
on IPR policy (1998-99), as chairman of the high-powered
inter-departmental IPR policy committee, etc. (2000-).
Spearheaded the challenge of the successful revocation of the US
patent on wound healing properties of turmeric (USP 5,401,5041)
in 1996 and chaired the Technical Committee to challenge the
revocation of the US patent on Basmati rice (USP 5,663,484) by
Ricetec Company, Texas.
the first Chairman of SCIT of WIPO (1998-99) played a crucial role in
piloting the 20m dollars WIPONET project benefiting the developing
world and in framing the ‘SCIT vision of the Twentyfirst Century’.
Made a case for treating traditional knowledge on par with industrial
property systems, and successfully articulated the case for a
Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL). Fought successfully in
changing the International Patent Classification System to include
Dr Mashelkar has published 235 original scientific publications
including Fascination of Non-Newtonian fluids (1992); authored
18 scientific books including Reactions and Reaction Engineering
(1987) and holds 28 patents including the Processes for the
Conversion of esters and amides into corresponding alcohols.