COUNCIL (2019 - 2020)



Dr K. Muraleedharan

CSIR-Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute
196, Raja S. C. Mullick Road
Kolkata 700 032, West Bengal, India
Phone : (033) 24735829 (O)
Fax: 033-24730957
Mobile: (0) 9999730212 / (0) 9858203255


Brief CV


Dr L. K. Sharma

Senior Principal Scientist and Scientist In-Charge, 
CSIR-CGCRI Khurja Extn. Centre
G. T. Road, Khurja  203 131 (UP)
Phone: (05738) 245433 / (05738) 232501 (D)
Fax : 05738-245081 
Mobile : (0) 9412227619

Dr Lalit Kumar Sharma obtained his M.Tech (Materials Tech), Ph.D. degree in Ceramic
Engineering from IIT-BHU, Varanasi in 1984 & 1989 subsequently. He did his managerial
skills for Technical Personnel short period course from NITIE, Mumbai. He developed
nitride bonded silicon carbide refractory products thru Vibro Pressing, Multitampering, Slip
Casting and solid casting techniques for non-ferrous industries, porcelain and ceramic
tableware industries, honey-comb cordierite for ceramic tableware industries, Energy
Efficient Ceramic Coatings, Refractory Castables & monolithic. He implemented 5S,
ISO9000, ISO14000 and Best Safety Practices in manufacturing sector. After serving
industry till 2004, he moved to CSIR-Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute-KC,
Khurja as Scientist in Charge in 2004.

Dr Sharma has delivered Technical and Managerial skills lectures in IITs, NITs,
Universities (Gulbarga,, Meerut , Kanpur & Thapar), Management Institutes (Birla Institute
of Management & Technology, G.L Bajaj Institute of Management & Business School of
Delhi), Govt. Polytechnics (South & North India), Industries (Tata Steel, Tata Chemicals,
DCM, Kajaria Ceramics, Bharat Potteries, Clay Craft, Bikaner Mines Association, Orient-
Bell Ceramics, NTPC, PCRA, KVIC, Asian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia Shows & Sun Earth
Ceramics). He visited Spain for technology transfer, China (as Leader of UNIDO
delegation), Japan for invited lectures in Kurashiki, Yokohama National University and
Tokyo institute of Technology, Thailand for invited talk from Thai Ceramic Society, USA for
Invited talk from The Am Ceram Soc (Daytona Beach), NASA (Cleveland), Ohio
Aerospace Institute(Cleveland) , Argonne National Laboratory(Chicago) and MS&T(Salt
Lake City).

Dr Sharma is the
• Former Chairman of White-ware Committee of Bureau of Indian Standards
• Former Vice President of Indian Institute of Ceramics
• Former Chairman of Global Corporate Achievement Award Committee of The Am
Ceram Soc
• Former Joint. Secretary of Indian Ceramic Society
Dr Sharma is the recipient of following Awards
• Global Star Award of The Am Ceram Soc
• Global Ambassador Award of The Am Ceram Soc
• Industrial Service Award of Rotary Club of India,
• Shubham Shree Award in U.P State

Dr. Sharma has so many research & technical publications in Scientific & Engineering
Journals as well as has published 7 books for Whiteware industries. His team efforts on
Energy Saving Aspects for Ceramic Industries were published in the form a Book by
PCRA- Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas in 2013. He and his team has established
Common Facility Centers for Potters in Khurja, Bareilly and Bijnor in U.P and one in
progress in Sasaram-Bihar and Varanasi-U.P. One CFC is approved to be established in
Agartala-Tripura. He has established following in CGCRIKC campus

• DST Centre for Waste Utilization & Minimization
• UNIDO Energy Management Centre &
• Pottery – Glass Design Centre
He is presently
• Chairman of Indian Ceramic Society- Western U.P. Chapter
• Chairperson of India Chapter of The Am Ceram Soc
• Vice President of Indian Ceramic Society(2019-20)
• Fellow of Indian Institute of Ceramics.
• President of Indian Ceramic Society(2021-22)
Mobile: (0) 9412227619
Email: ;


Mr. Dhiman Banerjee

Senior Manager, Refractory Maintenance - Steel & Mills
TATA Steel Ltd
Flat No. F-10, Block F, 4th Floor,
Brindaban Garden
Sonari, Jamshedpur 831 011 (Jharkhand)
Phone: (0657) 6648368 (O)
           (0657) 6450114 (R)
Mobile: (0) 9234531245

Brief CV
• Completed B. Tech in Ceramic Technology from College Of Ceramic Technology, in 2005.
• Having 12 years of Industrial experience on Refractories in the domain of Sales & Marketing, Research & development, application, procurement in ferrous & non-ferrous sector.
Employment Overview
1.            Presently Working at TATA Steel Ltd, Jamshedpur (Formerly TISCO) as Senior Manager- Refractories.
2.           Worked with Sino-Steel, Chinaas an Engineer -Refractories.
3.            Worked at Lloyd Insulations (India) Ltd, as a Senior Sales Executives for Refractories & Insulation products.
4.            Worked at Grindwell Norton Ltd. (Saint-Gobain) as a Sales Engineer for Refractories and Abrasives product in eastern zone. Extra Curricular Activities & Major Achievement.
*             A Certified Internal Quality System Auditor in TATA Steel and participated in various internal & external audits.
*            Published a paper on “Increase in productivity & fuel saving in TATA STEEL sinter machine by installing ISSOJET Burner” in International Conference of Refractories, ICRJ in 2015.
*             Presented paper “An over view of pellet making & Roles of refractories in pelletization” during an International Conference on Glass, Ceramics & Refractories, Kolkata
*             Presented Paper during International Conference on Glass, Ceramics & Refractories in Hydrebad in Dec 2016 on “Different Failure & latest Trends of Refractories maintenances of Hot Blast System in Blast Furnaces”.
*             Presently holding a position as a Council Member of Indian Ceramic Society and also a member of Indian Ceramic Society, Jamshedpur Chapter.
*             A life member of Indian Institute of Metal, associated with IIM Jamshedpur Chapter.
*            Successfully organized International Conferences on Refractories: 5 times, Annual Session of Indian Ceramic Society 2 times & Refractories Operating Committee meeting 3 times at Jamshedpur.
*             In 2016, successfully organized “International Technical Workshop on Iron Ore Beneficiation” along with Pellet Manufacturer Association of India (PMAI) & Indian Institute Metal. * Represented Hooghly District (West Bengal) in Cricket under the category of 14 & 16 Years Age group.


Contact Detail
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Dr R. Ramachandra Rao

Principal Scientist
Materials Science Division
CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (CSIR-NAL)
Bangalore 560 017 (Karnataka)
Phone : (080) 25086146 / 25086141 (O)
Mobile : (0) 9449087753
E-mail :,

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Dr Himansu Sekhar Tripathi

Dr Himansu Sekhar Tripathi
Senior Principal Scientist & Head
Refractory & Traditional Ceramics Division
CSIR- Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute
196, Raja S. C. Mullick Road, Kolkata 700 032
Phone: (033) 2322 2480
Fax: (033) 2473 0957
Mobile: (0) 9433457546

Brief CV

Dr Himansu Sekhar Tripathi, Senior Principal Scientist and Head, Refractory & Traditional Ceramics Division, CSIR-Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute, graduated from the University of Calcutta in Ceramic Engineering and obtained his M. Tech and Ph. D (Tech) degree in Ceramic Engineering from the same University. He worked for two years as post-doctoral fellow at Boston University, Massachusetts, USA and for 4 months as academic visitor at Imperial College, London.

His research areas of interest include ceramics and refractories including synthesis and processing of high performance synthetic refractory raw materials, refractory processing and characterization in particular magnesia-carbon, mullite, Al2O3-MgO-MgAl2O4, mag-chrome, oxide-non-oxide system, basic ramming mass for induction furnace and value addition to natural raw materials

Dr Tripathi has ~ 25 years research experience in different fields of refractories. He has received many fellowships and awards, like Refractory Technologist Award from Indian Ceramic Society, Raman Research Fellowship from CSIR, Post-doctoral fellowship from Boston University, USA, Malaviya Award, Deokaran Award from the Indian Ceramic Society, etc.  He has published ~55 research papers in SCI journals, more than 35 papers in conference proceedings and has 6 patents in his credit.  He guided two Ph. D candidates and presently guiding 3 candidates for PhD degree.

Dr Tripathi is a fellow of Indian Institute of Ceramics and Life members of many professional bodies like Indian Institute of Metals, Indian Ceramic Society, and Electron Microscope Society of India etc. He is the Vice president of Indian Institute of Ceramics (2019-2020), Secretary, Kolkata Chapter of the Indian Ceramic Society, Member Refractory Sectional Committee, Metallurgical Engineering Division Council and Ceramic ware sectional committee of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). Dr Tripathi is the Hony Editor of the ‘Transaction of the Indian Ceramic Society’, Indoceram of AIPMA and reviewers of many reputed international journals.



Dr Sunirmal Jana

Principal Scientist, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) &
Associate Professor (AcSIR), 
Specialty Glass Technology Division (SGTD) & 
Staff Officer & In-Charge, Director's Cell, 
CSIR- Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute
196, Raja S. C. Mullick Road, Kolkata 700 032
Phone: +91-33-2322 3303 (O)
Fax: +91 3324730957 
Mobile: +91- 9432355818

Brief CV

Dr Sunirmal Jana born on 12th July 1966. He did his M.Sc (Chemistry) from Kalyani University in 1991, Ph.D. (Science) from Jadavpur University in 1998, Bachelor of Education degree (B. Ed.) from Vidyasagar University in 1993 and CSIR organized management course Leadership Development Programme in 2010.

Dr. Jana joined as Junior Scientist in CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute in December, 1997. Presently, he is working at the same Institute as Principal Scientist (CSIR). Dr. Jana is also working as Associate Professor in AcSIR and performing as a course Coordinator and Teacher for the course, “Structural and Functional Coatings”. He is also working as a Guest Teacher for B. Tech. students in Chemical Technology, University of Calcutta, on “Sol-gel materials”. Dr. Jana is performer/performing as PI/Co-PI of various National/International R&D projects especially on functional thin films and nanomaterials.

At present, he has published about 65 research papers (h-index: 14) in SCI/peer reviewed journals, >70 conference papers, 5 Book Chapters and 3 Indian Patents. He already guided 4 Ph.D. students and is also guiding several Ph.D. students. Dr. Jana also supervised 15 M.Tech/M.Sc/B.Tech. students for their projects. He is an elected member of Indian Ceramic Society (InCers) for three successive terms (2015-2016, 2017-2018, 2019-2020) and EC members, InCers, MRSI Kolkata Chapter. Dr. Jana is also a life member of MRSI, InCers, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science and NCE Bengal & Jadavpur University. Dr Jana is a Sr. Member, International Engineering and Technology Institute, Hong Kong. He also availed Brain Pool Fellowship from Korean Federation of Science & Technology Societies and worked as a Visiting Scientist at Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, South Korea during 2005-2006.

Dr. Jana also worked as a Visiting Scientist in Slovenia and Portugal. He is working an Editorial Board Members/Editors of several journals such as Advances in Nanoparticles (Scientific Research Publishing), Journal of Advanced Nanomaterials (Isaac Publishing Co. Ltd., Hong Kong), etc. He delivered many invited talks in India/abroad in various conferences/seminars/symposiums. Dr. Jana is an Examiner of PhD viva-voce/thesis of Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Homi Bhaba National Institute, Sastra University, etc. He is also a regular reviewer of journals papers published by American Chemical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, Elsevier, Spingers etc. With some poster paper awards, in 2016 he won Distinguished Scientist Award in Thin Films, VIRA-2016 by Venus International Foundation, Chennai.

Immediate Two Past Presidents   

Mr Shreekant Somany

Chairman & Managing Director
Somany Ceramics Ltd  
F-36, Sector - 6,
Noida 201 301 (UP), India
Phone: (0120) 4627900 (O)  
            (011) 26327623 (R)
Mobile: (0) 9810150588


Mr Shreekant Somany, son of Late Shri Hira Lall Somany, after doing graduation in Bachelor of Science from Kolkata University, joined the family business in 1969. 

In the year 1981, he moved to Hyderabad to head the Glass Division of Hindustan Sanitaryware & Industries Ltd (a group company) M/s. Associated Glass Industries Ltd (AGI).

In the year 1992, he came back to Delhi to head yet another group company, M/s. SPL LIMITED, now called Somany Ceramics Ltd, one of the well-established and largest manufacturers of glazed ceramic tiles in the country.

In the year 1994 he took charge of this company as its Managing Director, and later on in the year 2005, he became the Chairman & Managing Director. Today, the company has a manufacturing base to produce 19.15 million sqm of ceramic tiles annually across two plant locations in Bahadurgarh (Haryana) near Delhi and Kadi (Gujarat) near Ahmedabad. In addition to own manufacturing Somany Ceramics Ltd also outsources about 10 million sqm of tiles per annum from domestic / international manufacturers. SCL offers the widest range of ceramic tiles in the country and has a strong pan India sales distribution network & also exports its material to various countries the Middle East, East and Central Africa, Europe, Latin America, South Asia and South East Asia. Instrument in Somany Ceramics Ltd becoming the first Indian ceramic tile company to have received PATENT under Indian Patent Act for its revolutionary “High Abrasion Resistant Glaze Composite” known as VC (Veilcraft) Shield. He was personally involved as an inventor in the whole process of this invention. 

He is the recipient of the prestigious Corporate Technical Achievement award from The American Ceramic Society in the field of ceramics for development of Somany Veil Craft Shield Floor Tiles. 

He has been associated with various Federations and Associations, and presently Deputy Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry Northern Region.

On behalf of FICCI and CII, he has lead business delegations to Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Being in the business of adding beauty to living spaces, he has always been artistically inclined - in love with art, design and music. He is a Director of Samagam, an organization established with the objective of strengthening the fields of performing and visual arts. 

Also his hobbies are - passionate with his photography, garden and trekking.

Mr. Amit Kumar De

President, A. K. Industrial Corporation
Kolkata - 700 014, West Bengal
Phone: 033-22492701 (O) & (R)
Mobile: (0) 9831143377

Brief CV

Amit Kumar De obtained both his BSc and MSc (Tech) degrees in Ceramic Technology from the University of Calcutta. After working couple of years in Bengal Potteries Ltd and in Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, he went to Japan with a scholarship for higher studies and training and obtained his Post Graduate Diploma from OISCA Technical Institute, Tokyo. He has his training and research studies in industrial ceramics including ceramic frits, enamel frits, opacifiers and ceramic colours with OTK Insulators Ltd, Osaka and Honjho Chemical Laboratory – KK, Nagoya.

He worked for more than 10 years with Ferro Coatings & Colors Ltd, Joka as Head of the manufacturing division. Mr De also has the credit for development and mass production of ceramic onglaze colours and glass colours suitable for beverage bottle industry as per international standard. Development of zircon colours also goes to him.

He joined as a Project Manager with Comcraft Services Ltd, UK and posted in Kenya. He was entrusted to install a ceramic frit, enamel frit, ceramic colour plant including plastic master batch in Kenya. He has provided the entire technology and installation of the plant. Installation of a ceramic frit plant in Malaysia also goes to his credit. He was promoted to Chief Operations Manager of the company and also included in the Board. Afterwards he also rendered Technical Consultancy in Egypt.

He was Technical Director with Excel Colours & Frits Ltd, Jaipur. He also installed the Jaipur plant with his own technology. Presently he is the President of A. K. Industrial Corporation, Kolkata handling Technology & Management Consultancy for ceramic industries specially in the field of ceramic frits & glazes, enamel frits, opacifiers, ceramic colours and insulators.

Mr De is the recipient of Prof. Sasadhar Ray Memorial Award for Industrial Excellence from Indian Ceramic Society and M. G. Bhagat Memorial Award for his contributions in Ceramic Industry from All India Pottery Manufacturers’ Association.

He is a fellow of Indian Institute of Ceramics and was also a member of British Institute of Management, England.

He has visited various countries like USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Japan, Hongkong, China, Singapore, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe in course of his attending conferences and meetings and industrial visit.


Professor Pramod Kumar Jain

Indian Institute of Technology
(Banaras Hindu University)
Varanasi  221 005 (UP)
Phone: +91 542 2368106, 2368427, 2307000, 6702078
Fax:  +91 542 2368428

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Professor Devendra Kumar

Professor and HOD
Department of Ceramic Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology
(Banaras Hindu University)
Varanasi 221 005 (UP)
Phone:  (0542) 2307043 (Head)
             (0542) 2307042 / 2307043 (O)
Fax: 0542-2368428
Mobile: (0) 9335411705



Dr. Kuttanellore Muraleedharan

CSIR-Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute
196, Raja S. C. Mullick Road
Jadavpur, Kolkata 700 032
Phone : 91-33-24735829 (O)
Fax: 91-33-24730957

Brief CV

Dr Kuttanellore Muraleedharan earned his B. Tech and Ph. D from Banaras Hindu University-Institute of Technology (BHU-IT), Varanasi. His Ph. D dissertation was on ‘Phase Equilibria and Phase Transformations in Ti3Al-Nb Alloys’ under the supervision of Dr. D. Banerjee (DMRL) and Professor S. Lele (BHU). He joined Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL), Hyderabad as a Scientist in the year 1984 after a short tenure as Graduate Engineer Trainee at the Mishra Dhatu Nigam (MIDHANI), Hyderabad.

Dr Muraleedharan worked as a Research Associate at the Carnage Melon University, Pittsburgh, USA during 1995-1997. He headed the Electron Microscopy Division at DMRL during 1989-2010 and was the project leader of the project ‘Science and Design of Materials at Atomic Scale’ during 1999-2004. It was under his able leadership that the electron microscopy facility at DMRL developed to international standards. Later, he became the leader of a project for the ‘Development of Specialty Steels for Naval Applications’. The team led by him developed various steel products for use in the Warship construction for Indian Navy. Thanks to their efforts, Indian Navy need not import any steel for Warship construction. The range of products indigenised are wide plates, bulb-bars, weld consumables, forgings castings etc. in the two Steels christened DMR-249A and DMR-249B having YS at 390MPa and 580MPa, respectively. The country’s first Aircraft Carrier, INS Vikrant II, commissioned recently was built by these steels.

Dr Muraleedharan was also the HRD Coordinator of DMRL during 2005-06 and subsequently headed the Materials Management Division (2010). He has also been the member of DRDO Think tank during 2003-2005. He rose to the level of Director of Materials, DRDO, New Delhi in 2011 where he coordinated the NBC Defence and the Nano Science and Technology activities as well as the activities of Materials Cluster laboratories. He was the Director Technical (Materials), Technical Core Group at DRDO HQ (2013-15) and provided advice and insights into materials related activities of DRDO before joining CSIR-CGCRI as its 8th Director. He has received many awards and recognitions. Some of the recent ones are: Two DRDO Agni Award in 2005 for the ‘Development of Complete Ore-Product Cycle for Titanium’ and again in 2007 for the ‘Development of Specialty Nava Steels’; Eminent Engineering Personality by the Institution of Engineers in 2012; the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Dept of Metallurgical Engineering, BHU, Varanasi in 2013.

Research interests of Dr Muraleedharan include the Science and Design of Advanced Materials, and Multi-scale Microstructural Characterization using techniques such as Transmission Electron Microscopy and 3D Atom Probe Field Ion Microscopy, as applied to the study of electronic materials and solid-state phase transformations. His research at DMRL and CMU concentrated on the Process-Structure-Property relationships in a variety of materials systems such as alloys based on Ti and its intermetallics Ti3Al and TiAl; specialty steels; Ni base superalloys; high energy rare-earth permanent magnets; and ceramic matrix composites. Dr Muraleedharan is a member of many professional bodies and has been the Vice President (2011-2013) and President (2013-2015) of the Electron Microscopy Society of India.


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