COUNCIL (2021 - 2022)



Dr Lalit Kumar Sharma

Chief Scientist and Scientist-in-Charge
CSIR-Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute
Khurja Extn Centre
G. T. Road, Khurja 203 131 (UP)
Phone: (05738) 245433 / 232501
Mobile: (0) 9412227619


Brief CV

Dr Lalit Kumar Sharma

Dr Lalit Kumar Sharma obtained his M.Tech (Materials Tech) and Ph.D. degree in Ceramic Engineering from IIT-BHU, Varanasi in 1984 & 1989 subsequently. He did his short term course on managerial skills for Technical Personnel 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, Honey-Comb Cordierite Kiln Furniture for Ceramic Tableware industries, Energy Efficient Ceramic Coatings, Refractory Castables & monolithic, Energy Efficient Kilns development, Low Thermal Mass Refractory Kiln Furniture Designing, Development of Ultra Low Density Refractory Granules, Development of Alumina Heat Sinks for LED Bulbs, Ceramic Cook wares development and establishing common facilities centers in different regions of India for Terracotta Potters. He implemented 5S, ISO-9000, ISO-14000 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. He is presently Chief Scientist and Scientist in Charge. He got a prestigious Project sanctioned from GMKRIT for training in terracotta field for CGCRI-NC, Ahmedabad under his Scientist-in-Charge period in 2019.

Dr Sharma has delivered Technical and Managerial skills lectures in IITs, NITs, Universities (Gulbarga, Meerut, Kanpur, BHU, Indus, Nirma & Thapar), Management Institutes (BIMTech, 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, 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 Jt. Secretary and Vice President of the Indian Ceramic Society, Life Member of ICS and AIPMA.

Dr Sharma is the recipient of several prestigious 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, Professor Sasadhar Ray Memorial Award to CGCRI-KC and recently Corporate Environment Achievement Award of The Am.Ceram.Soc for CGCRI-KC forward energy field for 2020 (First Ever Award to India).

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, Bijnor and Varanasi in U.P, Garhfuljhar, Surajpur and Narigaon in Chattisgarh, Sasaram in Bihar. One CFC is approved to be established in Agartala-Tripura and Bhadrawati (Maharashtra). He has established following in the CGCRI-KC 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 (Till Mar, 2021), Chairperson of India Chapter of The Am Ceram Soc, Fellow of Indian Institute of Ceramics and President of Indian Ceramic Society (2021-22).


Mr Sudipta Saha

President (Operations)
Prism Johnson Limited
H&R Johnson (India) Division
Neelkanth Residency-I, Flat no. 1503
Sector 46A, Nerul, Seawoods
Navi Mumbai 400 706 (Maharashtra)
Phone: (02143) 274102
Mobile: (0) 9689940260 / 7777027370

Mr Sudipta Saha is an enterprising leader with strong analytical, problem solving and interpersonal skills and proficient in spearheading Business with innovation. After completion of B.Sc. Honours degree in Chemistry from Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, he did B.Tech in Chemical Technology specialization in Ceramics from Science College, University of Calcutta. He is National Scholarship holder since Secondary Education and throughout the Higher Studies.

A professional with proven success of over 29 years, witnessed, participated and has taken the lead role at different levels and functions to raise the Ceramic tile industry from mere 4x4 inch white double fired glazed tile to 48x96 inch vitrified or porcelain glazed tile. Foreseeing the implied needs of society, he did not restrict himself to this level and added the implied dream of functionality into the tiles like Germfree tiles, Antistatic charge tiles, Water repellent tiles, Scratch-free tiles, Anti-stain tiles, TAC tiles, radiation shielding tiles, Cool roof tiles and lot more.

He is having strong knowledge of R&D of porcelain and ceramic tiles and its backward integration for preparation of its critical raw materials like Ceramic glass frits, soluble salts, ceramic stains, inkjet coloursetc which earns huge revenue in terms of import substitution and selling.

During working as the Business Head of Industrial Products & Natural Resources Division business has improved many folds and brand name “Endura” became very popular in industrial ceramic raw material segment.

Presently, he is working as President Operations, Heading Operations of all its Tile manufacturing plants at different locations of H&R Johnson (India).

He has received several prestigious awards: Prof. Sasadhar Ray Memorial Award in the year 2014 for contribution in white ware Industry and Dr Madan Gopal Bhagat Award in the year 2015 for contribution in Ceramics & allied fields. He has been appointed as Research Council Member by Director General CSIR, New Delhi for CSIR-CGCRI. He is associating with different reputed R&D Institutes in country in their Research Advisory board. He is Life time Fellowship of Institute of Ceramics, India.

Other than professional industrial life his personal subject of interest is to learn and understand Vedanta philosophy, various spiritual thoughts and listening music.


Mr. Dhiman Banerjee

Director-On Site Services-India, West Asia & Africa
Vintage Aspiration, Block B
4th Floor,12, Pretoria Street
Kolkata 700071, India
Mobile: (0) 9234531245

Brief CV


Mr S. Chandrashekar

Refractories & Services
No. 3/2, 19th Cross, Malleswaram
Bangalore 560 055 (Karnataka)
Phone: (080) 23464013 (O)
Mobile: (0) 9448061681

Brief CV

S. Chandrashekar Mr Sagiraju Chandrashekar after completing Diploma from Bangalore in the year 1985, has started working in various companies like Bhoruka Steel, Lakshmi Porcelains, ACC limited with postings in different parts of India like Hyderabad, Mumbai, Vishakapatnam, Jamshedpur, Bokaro during his career spanning of 15 years.

He has became an entrepreneur in the year 2000 – by starting a proprietary company in the name REFRACTORIES AND SERVICES and serviced major industrial customers throughout India and a few projects in Indonesia, Thailand, Kuwait, Phillippines, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Jordan, etc.

He was also involved in refurbishment of projects in defence and space like Prithvi missile launch pads, Sriharikota satellite launch pad, dryout of Carbon Carbon composites used in development of space vessel re-entry technology, Cored brick lining of in Hypersonic wind tunnel projects heaters, Boiler in INS Jalashwa of Indian Navy, etc.

He also heads in the following organizations:

1. SAPTHA INNOVATIONS PVT LTD - as Managing Director marketing Denmark headquartered Grundfos pumps in their capacity as Authorised distributors in Bangalore servicing requirements in Industrial and commercial business segments. 2. Saptha Engineers as Director Marketing - Water treatment systems, PV solar systems, as Authorised Thermax Channel Associates.

He is also member of the various professional bodies like, KASSIA (Karnataka Small Scale Industries Association), FKCCI (Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industries), Associate of ISHRAE (Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers), IPA (Indian Plumbing Association), ICS (Indian Ceramic Society), FSAI (Fire and Safety Association of India), VIA (Vasanthanarasapura Industries Association), PIA (Peenya Industries Association), FOCUS (Forum of critical utility services–Co-chair solid waste management, IRE (Institute of Refractory Engineers –UK).

He is the Chairman of Indian Ceramic Society, Karnataka Chapter for 2020-2022 and has been elected as Hony. Joint Secretary of Indian Ceramic Society for the term 2021-2022.


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 (O)
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.



Mr Swapan Kr Saha

Retd Senior Superintending Engineer & Head
152, Baghajatin Place
Baghajatin, Kolkata 700 086
Mobile: (0) 9432012606 / 7003554129

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   

Dr K. Muraleedharan

CSIR Scientist Emeritus
Flat 3C, Sarang Homes, Vishraam Builders
East Kuttankulangara Lane
Punkunnam, Thrissur 680002
Mobile: (0) 9868203255

Brief CV

B. Tech (1983), Ph D (1994), Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi Life Member: IIM, MRSI, EMSI, Indian Ceramic Society, Indian Institute of Ceramics

  • Engineer, Midhani, Hyderabad: July 1983-Oct1984
  • Scientist, DMRL, Hyderabad: Oct 1984- Jan 2011
  • Head, Electron Microscopy (1989-2010)
  • Project Leader, DMRL (1995-2010) Specialty Steels for Naval Applications
  • HRD Coordinator (2005-06), Head, Materials Management (2010)
  • Research Associate: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA, 1995-1997
  • DRDO: Member, GFAST (DRDO Think tank), April 2003-April 2005
  • Director of Materials, DRDO, New Delhi (Jan 2011 - Aug 2015
  • Director: CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramics Research Institute, Kolkata (Aug 2005-Oct 2010)
  • Director, CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur (March 2016 to Feb 2017)
  • Director: CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata (December 2019 to September 2020)
  • Mining, Minerals, Metals and Materials (4M) Theme Director, CSIR (2018-2019)
  • CSIR Scientist Emirates, CMET, Thrissur (Jan 2021 onwards)


  • Young Metallurgist’s Award, Ministry of Steel and Mines, National Metallurgists’’ Day, 1992
  • Best Paper Award, Bull. Mater. Sci., 1999 by Materials Research Society of India
  • DRDO Agni Award, 2005 (for Development of Naval Steels)
  • DRDO Agni Award, 2007 (for Development of complete ‘Ore-to-Product Cycle’ for Ti metal)
  • Awarded Engineering Personality by IEI (2012)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Dept of Metallurgical Engineering, BHU, Varanasi (2013)
  • Electron Microscope Society of India: Fellow (2011); Vice President (2011-2013),
  • President (2013-2015), Chairman, East Zone Chapter (2015 onwards)
  • Council Member: Indian Institute of Metals (2015-19), Indian Ceramic Society (2015-22)
  • President (2019-2020), Indian Ceramic Society, Vice-President, (2017-2018)
  • Madan Gopal Bhagat Memorial Lecture Awardee, Indian Ceramic Society, 2015.
  • Fellow: West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology (WAST), 2016
  • Fellow, Institution of Engineers India (IEI), 2017
  • Executive Committee Member, Committee for Asia Pacific Societies for Microscopy (CAPSM)- 2017-2021 and Co-Chairman, Asia Pacific Microscopy Congress, APMC-12, 2020.
  • President, Indian Science News Association, 2019-70 to date.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Electron Microscope Society India (EMSI), 2020

S&T Interests and Initiatives:

His research interests 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. At DMRL, he was the leader of an activity to advanced steels for naval applications. It was under his able leadership that the electron microscopy facilities at DMRL developed into a world-class facility. At DRDO headquarters he coordinated the activities of materials cluster laboratories of DRDO. He provided advice and insights into materials related activities of DRDO. He joined CSIR at CGCRI as its 8th Director in August 2015 and is currently engaged in shaping the technological frontiers of CGCRI for strategic and societal missions in areas such as Fibres for lasing, sensing amplification, optical and laser glass, missile radomes. He also served as Director of IICB, Kolkata and NML, Jamshedpur. Since Jan 2021, he is CSIR Scientist Emeritus at C-MET, Thrissur R&D efforts in the low temperature SOFC technologies.

Mr Shreekant Somany

Chairman & Managing Director
Somany Ceramics Ltd
F-36, Sector - 6,
Noida 201 301 (UP)
Phone: (0120) 4627900 (O)
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.


Professor Pramod Kumar Jain

Indian Institute of Technology
(Banaras Hindu University)
Varanasi 221 005 (UP)
Phone: (0542) 2368106, 2368427, 2307000, 6702078

Brief CV

Professor Pramod Kumar Jain is the Director of Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi. Prof. Jain was also the Director of Indian Institute of Information Technology Design & Manufacturing, Jabalpur.
Trained as an Industrial Engineer, Professor Jain received his B.E., M.E., and Ph.D. from the University of Roorkee (Now IIT Roorkee). He has a broad background in manufacturing systems and engineering including product design and development. For his outstanding contributions to teaching and research, he has won accolades from several quarters.
Professor Jain is on the panel of several policy making committees of national importance, constituted by DST, AICTE, and Ministry of Education. With his inimitable leadership abilities, he has propelled the institute to perform consistently and improve its NIRF ranking. He has also exemplarily led IIT (BHU) Varanasi to acquire funding for several high value R&D projects. He has been steering the institute towards global rankings by promoting a culture of innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship.

Prof. Vinay Kumar singh

Head, Department of Ceramic Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology
(Banaras Hindu University)
Varanasi 221 005 (UP)
Mobile: 9936182124 / 8416884132

Professor Vinay Kumar Singh is presently Head of the Department & Professor (HAG) Department of Ceramic Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (BHU). He obtained his B.Tech in Ceramic Engineering in the year 1985, M.Tech in Ceramic Engineering in the year 1987 and Ph.D. degree in Ceramic Engineering in the year 1994 from IIT-BHU, Varanasi. He has total 25 years of academic and research experience. He is specially engaged in teaching Ceramic Coating, Industrial Ceramics, Ceramic Whitewares, Phase equilibria and reaction Kinetics of Ceramic Systems Cements, Bio Ceramics and Refractories.
He has supervised more than 10 nos. of Ph.D students and 40 nos. of IDD/M.Tech students. He has completed 6 nos. of sponsored Research Projects.
His area of research in the field of Bio-Ceramics, Cements, Dental Materials, Glass, Refractories, Metal-Ceramic Composites, Whitewares and Ceramic Coatings. His major research papers have already been published in International Journals ~50.


Dr Suman Kumari Mishra

CSIR-Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute
196, Raja S. C. Mullick Road
Kolkata 700 032, West Bengal, India
Phone: +91 33 24735829 / 24839241/ 23223001 / 23223380 (Secretariat)

Brief CV

Dr Suman Kumari Mishra is a materials scientist specialized in advanced materials processing, material properties and applications. She completed her PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and had since then served as scientist with the CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory (CSIR-NML), Jamshedpur rising to the level of Chief Scientist. During her tenure she has served as the Head of Corrosion & Surface Engineering; Analytical Chemistry; and Human Resources at CSIR-NML and has been Professor and Dean of Engineering Sciences with the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) for several years.
Dr Mishra has published more than 100 papers; has to her credit 13 patents; contributed 07 book chapters; transferred 02 technologies and handled around 25 sponsored projects as PI or Co-PI. Apart from this, she has several conference presentations and has delivered numerous invited lectures. She has guided 07 PhD students (03 completed, 01 submitted and 03 ongoing) and also a large number of students for their graduate and post-graduate dissertations. She has also been a member of the International Editorial Board of the IIM-Universities Press.
In recognition to her scientific contribution, Dr Mishra was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences of India in 2018; awarded the Best Metallurgist of the Year Award by Ministry of Mines, Government of India in 2012; bestowed with the Vasvik Award in women category in 2004; elected as Fellow of the Indian Institute of Ceramics in 2007; received the MRSI Medal in 2004; awarded the CSIR Raman Fellowship in 2002 and the CSIR Young Scientist Award in Engineering Sciences in 1999, to name a few. She was also recipient of the University Gold Medal of Ranchi University in 1985 for ranking 1st class first in the batch.


East Zone

Dr Atanu Ranjan Pal

Chief Product Research
Research & Development Division
Tata Steel Limited
Banglow No. 6, Park Road
Northern Town
Jamshedpur - 831 001 (Jharkhand)
Phone: (0657) 6648901
Mobile +91 9234503539

Brief CV

Dr Atanu Ranjan Pal, presently is Chief Product Research, Research & Development Division at Tata Steel Limited. He is a B. Tech (Ceramics) graduate from Calcutta University and obtained Ph.D (Engg.) in Metallurgy and Material Science from Jadavpur University. Dr. Pal has completed the General Management Programme from XLRI, Jamshedpur He has been a part of core Human Resource Management Team of Tata Steel for 3 years & boasts of a work experience that involves Research Management, Blast Furnace & Coke Oven Project Management, Coke oven, Blast Furnace and Steel making operation and refractory maintenance. He has received the ‘Refractory Technologist Award’ from the Indian Ceramic Society for lifetime achievement in the field of refractories. He has published more than 10 papers in international journal and more than 15 patents in his name.

Prof. Rituparno Sen

Professor & Head, Dept of Ceramic Technology
Govt College of Engg & Ceramic Technology (GCECT)
Flat nos. 1C and 1D
Abhinandan Apartments
18C/8 Kabi Sukanta Road
Santoshpur, Kolkata 700 075
Mobile: (0) 9831509654

Brief CV

Professor (Dr.) Rituparno Sen graduated from the then College of Ceramic Technology, University of Calcutta. He did Master's degree in Ceramic Engineering from IIT, BHU and obtained PH.D degree in Engineering from the Jadavpur University.

He has been a teacher all through. The first job was as Lecturer in Ceramic & Cement Technology at the College of Engineering, Gulbarga in its formative stage under the Gulbarga University, Karnataka during 1987-88. Since 1988, he has been serving the Govt. College of Engineering & Ceramic Technology, the then College of Ceramic Technology at Beleghata, in different capacities.

Presently he is serving as Professor & Head, Dept. of Ceramic Technology, GCECT. He has been elected as Council Member of the Indian Ceramic Society for the term 2021-2022.

Dr Arup Ghosh

Former Chief Scientist & Head
Refractory & Traditional Ceramics Division
45, Creek Row, Kolkata 700 014
Phone: (033) 2264 1372 (R)
Mobile: (0) 9831349967 / 8910665403

Brief CV

Dr Arup Ghosh is the former Chief Scientist & Head Refractory, CSIR-Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata. He obtained B.Tech and Ph.D (Tech) Degrees in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Calcutta. Dr Ghosh started his career at Steel Authority of India Ltd. in the year 1980. Subsequently, he joined CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute in 1983 and superannuated as Chief Scientist & Head, Refractory & Traditional Ceramics Division of the Institute in 2016. Thereafter, time to time he served as Consultant at CSIR-CGCRI in Refractory project sponsored by Ministry of Steel. At present he is engaged as Visiting Faculty of Ceramic Engineering Department, University of Calcutta. He has an experience of 38 years in research of refractories. He has to his credit more than 75 papers published in SCI journals, 21 papers in Conference proceedings and 18 patents. He is a DAAD Fellow of University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany (2004). He presented 12 invited lectures in conferences held in USA, Germany, Austria, Turkey, China, Iran & Brazil. He received Refractory Technologist Award (2015), Malaviya Award (2007) and Deokaran Award (2015) from Indian Ceramic Society. He also received Life time achievement award from Indian Refractory Makers Association (2015).

He is now Immediate Past President, Indian Institute of Ceramics and Council member of the Indian Ceramic Society. He is Member, Board of Studies of Government College of Engineering & Ceramic Technology, Kolkata. Dr Ghosh is also a member of Refractory Committee of Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS).

Mr Brijender singh

Chief, Refractories (Steel & Mills)
Tata Steel Ltd
15, Straight Mile Road
Northern Town, Bistupur
Jamshedpur 831 001 (Jharkhand)
Mobile: (0) 9234511193

Brief CV

Mr Brijender Singh, Chief Refractories (Steel & Mills), Tata Steel Ltd, did his B Tech in Ceramic Engineering from IIT-BHU, Varanasi in 1989. In the same year, he joined Tata Steel as an Assistant Engineer in Refractory Maintenance Department. During initial period of his career in Tata Steel, he worked with important projects like installation of Blast Furnaces, Steel Melting Shops and Slab Reheating Furnaces. Later, he worked as Refractory Maintenance Engineer in Iron Making and Steel Making areas and brought about many improvements in Torpedo Ladles, Steel Ladles, LD Converters, RH degasser, etc.
During his tenure of 29 years in Tata Steel, he had worked in various capacities before getting promoted to the current position of Chief, Refractories (Steel & Mills) in 2014. Under his guidance, various design modifications were made in Lime Calcining Kilns, Continuous Casting Refractories, Ladles, Tundishes and Reheating furnaces, etc.
These modifications coupled with various other improvement actions helped in significant reduction in refractories cost & consumption and increase in productivity.
He has authored more than ten technical papers which were published in various journals and presented at different national and international conferences. Apart from this, he has three international patents to his credit.
He is a life member and a Council member of the Indian Ceramic Society and life member of Indian Institute of Ceramics and presently serving as the Chairman of the Indian Ceramic Society, Jamshedpur Chapter. He has received “Refractory Technologist Award – 2019” in recognition of his valuable contributions in the field of “Refractories Science & Technology”.

Mr Goutam Ghosh

(Senior Manager, Quality Control
Refractory Technology Group, Tata Steel Limited)
41, Block-B, Professional Flats
Kadma, Sonari Link Road, East Singhbhum
Jamshedpur 831 005 (Jharkhand)
Phone: (0657) 6648959 (O)
Mobile: (0) 9263632190

Brief CV

Mr Goutam Ghosh is presently working as Senior Manager Quality control, Refractory Technology Group in Tata Steel Limited. He graduated in B.Tech and his area of specialization is Refractory. He has 15 years of rich experience in the Refractory field, developed new refractory products and advanced refractory characterization facility. He has around eight nos. of papers published in the reputed scientific journals.

Mr Sitendu Mandal

Chief Scientist & Head
Specialty Glass Division
Project Planning and Business Development Division
In-charge, Publicity and Public Interface Cell
CSIR-Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute
196, Raja S. C. Mullick Road, Kolkata 700 032
Phone: (033) 2322 3343 / 2483 8079 (O)
Mobile: (0) 9432673626 / 9830587856

Brief CV

Mr Sitendu Mandal, Chief Scientist & Head, Specialty Glass Division and Project Planning and Business Development Division as also In-charge, Publicity and Public Interface Cell, CSIR-Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata, obtained his MSc degree from Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal with specialization in Inorganic Chemistry. During his tenure of 31 years at CSIR-CGCRI, he played a very key role in research and developmental work in the field of glass science & technology, especially in the areas of optical glass technology, specialty optical glass, ultra low expansion glass-ceramics, low expansion ceramics, etc. His current research activities are in the areas of high density radiation shielding window (RSW) glass for radiation protection in nuclear hot cell and specialty borosilicate glass frit / bead for nuclear waste immobilization wherein technology development and commercialization have been the main focus. While the radiation shielding window glass is being produced in pilot scale at CGCRI for catering to the need of DAE, the technology of specialty glass beads has been successfully transferred to an industrial partner for commercial production and supply to DAE’s units. He is the key person for indigenous production of RSW glass and borosilicate glass bead for nuclear waste immobilization in our country. He has taken an ambitious target to produce RSW glass in specialty refractory crucible instead of platinum crucible for DAE.

The activities of Mr Mandal resulted in development of appropriate technology, development of product (strategic material), generation of knowledge base in the form of technical papers, patents, reports etc. He has published 15 papers in national and international journals and conference proceedings and filed 4 patents in India. He has also prepared more than 15 reports / documents for restricted circulation and delivered more than 12 invited lectures in several national and international conferences, workshops, etc.

Mr Mandal is the recipient of several prestigious awards, viz. CSIR Technology Award-2018 under the category ‘Innovation’, SKOCH Order of Merit Award 2017 for top 30 Skoch Transformational Innovation Projects in India, “Certificate of Merit” CSIR Technology Award for Innovation 2017, Best Technology Award for the three successive years (2013, 2014 and 2015) given by CSIR-CGCRI, NRDC Meritorious Innovation Award 2013, Malaviya Award 2004 given by the Indian Ceramic Society, CSIR-DAAD Scholarship for 16 months for the block year 1994-95, and many more.

Apart from his visit to Germany under CSIR-DAAD fellowship, he also visited Prague, Czech Republic to attend the 23rd International Congress on Glass (ICG 2013); Montpellier, France to attend the 6th Workshop in Glass Science and Technology (July, 2014) organized by International Congress on Glass; Boston, Massachusetts, USA to deliver a presentation at the 25th International Congress on Glass (ICG 2019).

He is a Life Member of several professional societies, viz. Indian Ceramic Society (InCerS), Indian Institute of Metals (IIM), Materials Research Society of India (MRSI), Indian Science Congress Association, Indian Institute of Ceramics, Indian Science News Association and Electro Microscopic Society of India. He is also a Fellow of Indian Institute of Ceramics and West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology. At present he is also the Chairman of InCerS, Kolkata Chapter. He was an Executive Committee Member of IIM for the year 2017-18 and 2018-19, and a Council Member of InCerS for the term 2017-2018. Apart from these, he is also affiliated to numerous scientific/technical committees of national/international level in various prestigious positions and holds honorary positions of various committees at CSIR-CGCRI.

Mr Prasanta Panigrahi

(Head, Refractory Technology Group
Tata Steel Ltd)
125, K. D. Flats, Circuit House Area
Northern Town
Jamshedpur 831 001 (Jharkhand)
Phone: (0657) 6648901 (O); (0657) 2210813 (R)
Mobile: (0) 9234502891

Brief CV

Mr Prasanta Panigrahi graduated in B-Tech (Ceramic Technology) from CCT, Kolkata in 1990 and did his M-Tech from IIT-Kanpur. Subsequently, he joined in Tata Steel, Jamshedpur as Refractory Engineer. He worked in various capacity as Maintenance engineer in refractories for steel making areas and currently working in Refractory Technology Group. He has around 25 papers published in reputed scientific journals in the subject of Refractories for Iron and Steel making, Structural Ceramics and steel making process.

Dr Arabinda Mondal

Professor and HOD
Ceramic & Glass discipline
Palli Samgathana Vibhaga
Sriniketan, Birbhum 731 236 (WB)
Phone: (03463) 262751
Mobile: (0) 9433335273

Brief CV

Professor Arabinda Mondal is working at Visva-Bharati (a Central University) as a Professor in Ceramic & Glass discipline. He has completed his Master degree and Ph.D in Ceramic Engineering from University of Calcutta in the year 2001 and 2005, respectively. He has published several numbers of papers in different national and international journals. Presently, he is working as the Head of the Department of Silpa-Sadana of Palli Samgathana Vibhaga, Visva-Bharati. He has also worked as the Vice-Principal of Palli Samgathana Vibhaga, Visva-Bharati from 2014-2018.

Mr Swachchha Majumdar

Senior Principal Scientist and Head
Water Technology Division
CSIR-Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute
196, Raja S. C. Mulllick Road
Kolkata 700 032
Phone: (033) 2322 3252 / 3266 (O)
Mobile: (0) 9432672182 / 9831720905

Brief CV

Sri Swachchha Majumdar is the Senior Principal Scientist and Head, Water Technology Division CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata. He obtained B.Tech (Hons.) in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and is Oracle 7.1 Certified from ER & DCI. He has earlier worked with Indian Petrochemical Corporation Limited, Vadodara and CSIR-National Institute of Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Thiruvanthapuram. He has been working in applied research in the field of water treatment, wastewater treatment and ceramic membranes. He has 25 years of experience in these fields and has 3 US, 1 German, 1 Philippines and 1 Indian patent in his credit. He has developed three technologies and transferred to several Indian companies. His notable contribution is in the field of Arsenic and Iron remediation from groundwater using ceramic membranes. He is also actively engaged as lead personnel in development of indigenous ceramic membranes in India in collaboration with Prism Johnson Limited. He has completed more than 30 Government and industry funded projects, published 35 papers in SCI journals and undertaken international research collaboration with Italy, Tunisia, BRICS countries, Norway and USA. Currently he is serving as member of Sundarban Water Supply Review Committee of Public Health Engineering Department, Government of West Bengal.

Dr Atiar Rahaman Molla

Principal Scientist
CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute and
Associate Professor
Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR)
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
Ministry of Science and Technology, GoI
196, Raja S. C. Mullick Road
Kolkata – 700 032
Phone: +91-33-23223340
Fax: +91-33-24730957
Mobile : (0) 9433579344
E-mail :,

Brief CV

Dr Atiar Rahaman Molla is presently working as a Principal Scientist at the CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata where he started his research career as a Junior Scientist in 2001. He is an Associate Professor of the Engineering Faculty of the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research. He obtained his B.Tech. in Ceramic Technology from the University of Calcutta and M.Tech. in Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur prior to obtaining his PhD in Engineering from the Jadavpur University, Kolkata. He worked at the Federal University of Sao Carlos, Brazil for about six months as a Visiting Scientist. His major areas of research interests include specialty glasses and glass-ceramics, particularly on high strength glasses and glass-ceramics, ferroelectric glass-ceramics for energy storage and photonics applications, chalcogenide glasses for diamond processing and thermal imaging applications and utilization of wastes for synthesis of glasses and glass-ceramics. He has published more than 50 papers in international journals of repute, 6 granted patents in India, Germany, EU, Indonesia, Turkey and China, (Malaysia-Pending), contributed for 2 book chapters. He is presently serving as an Editor for the book title Glasses and Glass-ceramics - Advanced Processing and Applications to be published by Springer Nature and as a guest Editor for Frontiers in Materials. He is representing India as a member of the technical committee (TC-23) on Education in the International Commission on Glass (ICG) and a Council member of the ICG for the UN’s International Year of Glass 2022.

West Zone

Prof. Parag Bhargava

Professor, Metallurgical Engineering & Materials Science
Powai, Mumbai 400 076
Phone : (022) 25767628 (O) / (022) 25768628 (R)
Mobile: (0) 9869131017

Brief CV

Professor Parag Bhargava graduated with a B. Tech (Metallurgical Engineering) from IIT-Bombay in 1991 and a Ph.D. (Materials Science) from University of Alabama in 1996 respectively. He carried out post-doctoral research at Rutgers University.
In 1998 he joined Materials Science Centre, IIT Kharagpur as an Assistant Professor and in 2005 he moved to Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science department at IIT-Bombay where he is currently a Professor. He has been teaching at the IITs for over 20 years and has guided 20 Ph.Ds and over 90 Master’s thesis students, four patents granted and two filed. His group has worked in the areas of shape forming of ceramics (slip casting, gelcasting, injection molding, extrusion); ceramic stereolithography; ceramic foams; ceramic powder synthesis; ceramics for dental applications; Nanopowder synthesis; Rheology of suspensions; metal-ceramic joining; Conducting adhesives for solar PV; sensors; sensitized solar cells; tape casting; screen printing; powder metallurgy etc.
He was awarded various prestigious awards – (i) the Young Engineer of the year award by the INAE in 2002; (ii) Silver medal for technology based commercializable innovation at Incubiz (Anveshan 05) organized by IIM Ahmedabad (2005); (iii) First Prize, Inter-IIT competition on, “New environments for learning, teaching, research, creation, use and preservation of digital resources”, (iv) Pan-IIT meet Mumbai (2006); (v) Excellence in teaching award at IIT Bombay in 2008, 2016; (vi) The Chevening Rolls Royce, Science, Innovation and Leadership (CRISP) fellowship award for Oxford University (UK) in 2015. He delivered a TEDx talk at IIM-A in 2015.

Mr Sabyasachi Roy

Director, Ants Ceramics Pvt Ltd
Unit no. 1, Jivdani Industrial Estate no. 1
Dhumal Nagar
(Opp.Western Express Highway), Thane
Vasai (East) 401 208 (Maharashtra)
Phone: (0250) 6512123 (O)
Mobile: (0) 8600033153 / 9403377676

Brief CV


Dr Parvesh Agrawal

Senior Scientist
CSIR-CGCRI Naroda Centre
168 & 169 Naroda Industrial Estate
Ahmedabad 382 330 (Gujarat)
Phone: (079) 22823345 / 22811213 (O); (079) 22802957 (R)
Mobile: (0) 9925344084

Brief CV

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Dr Sandeep Prabhakar Butee

Professor and Head
Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science
College of Engineering Pune
(An Autonomous Institute of Govt of Maharashtra)
5, Wellesly Road, Shivajinagar
Pune 411 005 (Maharashtra)
Phone: (020) 2550 7261 / 7263 (O)
Mobile: (0) 9422019150

Brief CV

Professor Sandeep P. Butee obtained Ph.D. from IIT Bombay and presently he is the Professor & Head of the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science, College of Engineering Pune, India. He has total 28 years of experience. He has published twenty three nos of papers in the Scientific Journal and presented 40 nos of papers in the Conference. Following key features related to his career:

  • H-index: 6, i-10 index: 4
  • Ph.D. Supervision: 4 (Ongoing)
  • Google Scholar citation: 116
  • Projects implemented so far: 07 nos. worth Rs. 2.00 Crores approx.

Following are his major area of Research:

  • Powder technology (Ceramics and PM)
  • Dental Ceramics
  • Microwave Dielectric and other electroceramics
  • Thermomechanical Processing of steel
  • Photocatalysis and CO2 absorption using ceramics
  • He is the life member of Indian Institute of Metals, Indian Ceramic Society, ISTE, PMAI, MRSI and National Governing Council member of IIM, InCerS and PMAI.

Dr Atul Vishnupant Maldhure

Senior Scientist
Water Management Technology Division
CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute
Nehru Marg, Nagpur 440 020 (Maharashtra)
Phone: (0779) 888 9056 / (0712) 224 9756 Mobile: (0) 9883043031 E-mail:,

Brief CV


  • Scientist, CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur, India, March 2016 to Till date.
  • Scientist, CSIR-Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata, India, March 2012 to February 2016.
  • Assistant Professor, Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), India, December 2013 to Till date.
  • Research Student, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, India, September 2007 to August 2011.
  • Research Assistant, JNARDDC, Nagpur, India, November 2006 to Sepember 2007.
  • Laboratory Chemist, Calderys India Refractory Ltd., Nagpur, India, August 2006 to November 2006.


  • Development of application-specific refractory materials.
  • Development of Carbon-containing refractories.
  • In-situ development of carbon nanotubes and metal-oxides whiskers.
  • Development of ceramic materials for water treatment.
  • Materails development of adsorptive removal pollutant from water.
  • Development of water treatment technology i.e. decontamination of geogenic contaminants.
  • Evaluation of water treatment technologies on field.
  • Water quality evaluations of surface and groundwater bodies.

North Zone

Mr Kali Charan Singh

Retd Senior Technical Officer
CSIR-CGCRI Khurja Centre
G. T. Road
Khurja 203 131 (UP)
Mobile: (0) 9319317705

Brief CV

Mr Kali Charan Singh is retired Principal Technical Officer at the CSIR-Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute, Khurja Center, U.P. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Ceramics, Kolkata. He has been involved in the Research & Development of clay Ceramics bodies at CGCRI, since 1983.

His main research interests include development of white ware bodies and utilization of law cost ceramics, glazed terracotta ware, tiles etc. 21 Research papers published in Indian Journals goes to his credit. He worked for the development of Khurja Whiteware Cluster as a Cluster Development Executive (CDE) and he has contributed a lot for the growth of Khurja Pottery Industry through the development of networking within the supporting institutions, formation of consortium, technology up-gradation programmes, establishment of a Common Facility Center (CFC) etc. He was responsible for organizing Platinum Jubilee Session of Indian Ceramics Society as Secretary, Organizing Committee at Agra.

He has contributed a lot for organizing refresher courses of Indian Institute of Ceramics several times at CGCRI-Khurja Center. He leaded a delegation team of 9 Khurja MSMEs to visit an international exhibition “CERSAIE- 2014” at Bologna, Italy in Sep. 2014. He has been delivered a nos. of invited technical talks on traditional ceramics & terracotta wares in different organizations in the country. He was also engaged in a Rajasthan Govt. sponsored project for the development of Glass & Ceramics Sector through organizing Skills Development Training Programmes in Rajasthan region.

Dr J. S. Yadav

Lecturer in Applied Science
S.G.S.J. Govt Polytechnic
Khurja 203 131 (UP)
Phone: (05738) 249593 (O)
Mobile: (0) 9027231423 / 7983064884

Brief CV

Dr J. S. Yadav is presently working as Lecturer in Applied Science in the S.G.S.J. Govt. Polytechnic, Khurja-203131(U.P.). He has done M.Sc. in Physics from C.S.J.M. University, Kanpur (U.P.) and Ph. D in Chemical Technology (Ceramic Engineering) from Calcutta University. He has 30 years of teaching experience in Polytechnic, motivation of students towards glass & ceramics education, interaction with industries and institutions for campus placement of students. He is engaged with Indian Institute of Ceramics, Kolkata and also Examination In-charge of IIC Kolkata since 2003 at Khurja Centre of North India and presently elected for Joint Secretary for 2021-2022.

Mr Shakeel Ahmad Khan

Proprietor, M/s Geo Industries
Opp Industrial Area
G. T. Road, Bulandshahr
Khurja 203 131 (UP)
Phone: (05738) 233401
Mobile: (0) 9837094402

Brief CV

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Dr Lalit Mohan Manocha

(Academician, World Academy of Ceramics; Visiting Senior Associate, UGC-IUAC, New Delhi; Hony Visiting Scientist, DMSRDE, Kanpur; Adjunct Professor, Mangalore Univ.; Senior Vice President, Indian Carbon Society; Former Dr. Raja Ramanna DRDO Distinguished Fellow, AvHumboldt Fellow; Former Professor & Dean, S. P. Univ.)
169A, Sector 45 (Near DPS)
Gurugram 122 003 (Haryana)
Phone: (0124) 4333752
Mobile: (0) 9953203861 E-mail:,

Brief CV

Dr Lalit Mohan Manocha, F.N.A.Sc, FGSA, FAPAM is currently associated with UGC-IUAC New Delhi and DMSRDE Kanpur as well as many other Universities as Adjunct Professor. Prior to this he has been the Professor and Founding Head, Department of Materials Science (1990-2014), Coordinator, UGC Centre for Advanced Studies in Materials Science, Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology (2006-2012), Sardar Patel University, Coordinator, SICART, Gujarat; Sr. Scientist and Assistant Director, at CSIR-NPL (1978-1990), New Delhi. He is Elected Academician, World Academy of Ceramics. He has been member on various academic bodies of several Universities and apex committees of UGC and DRDO. He obtained his Ph.D. in Science in 1976 from Delhi University for his work on Development and Characterization of carbon Fibers while at NPL. His first Post Doctoral was at Institut Chemische Technik, University of Karlsruhe Germany during 1977-78 as Alexander von Humboldt Fellow wherein he worked on Development of Carbon-Carbon composites. Later on he had JSPS Fellowship at Tokyo Institute of Technology during 1985-86, Foreign Professor at TIT during 1998, UNIDO Expert to S.Korea in 1991, NSF visits to Clemson University since 2003 and so on. He has undertaken many National as well as International projects with USA, Germany, France, Japan, Korea and Russia in the area of Advanced Carbon materials and composites. He has been member on the DRDO Working Task Team for Development of Advanced Carbon/Carbon composites and related materials under chairmanship of Dr.A.P.J. Abdulkalam. He developed many technologies for solid and porous carbon materials, ceramics and composites for Defence, Aerospace and Nuclear applications. He has 4 patents to his credit and has published more than 150 research papers in International journals, Three chapters in Encyclopedia of Materials and four books. His main Research & Development interests had been in the field of Carbon fibers and carbon-carbon and Carbon-Ceramic composites; Processing, Structure, properties relationship and Development of carbon nanomaterials. He is on the advisory board of several National/International organization. He has been member of NAAC teams, UPE Advisory Committees (BHU, Mysore, Osmania, Pune,) and Project committees of UGC, DRDO, Member on court of several Universities etc. He was a member on the Editorial Board of International Carbon Journal (IF 6.0) and is currently on the Editorial Board of Journal of Association of Asian Ceramic Societies (Japan), Carbon Letters (Korea), Eurasian Chemico_Technological Journal (Kazakhstan), Journal of Nanoscience and Composites (Russia), etc. He is recipient of CSIR Technology Prize, Homi J Bhabha Award of UGC, MRSI Medal, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Award, Gujarat, 2011 Bridge Building Award of Engineering Ceramic Group of American Ceramics Society and 2011 Superconductivity and Materials Science Prize of MRSI etc. He had been Sectional President (Materials Science) ISCA, Chairman, MRSI (Gujarat chapter) and is Senior Vice President of Indian Carbon Society and Indian member on Association of Asian Carbon Groups.

Dr Manas Ranjan Majhi

Associate Professor
Department of Ceramic Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology
Banaras Hindu University
Varanasi 221 005 (UP)
Mobile: (0) 9415570267

Brief CV

Professor Lalit Mohan Manocha, F.N.A.Sc, FAPAM, FGSA, has been Dr. Raja Ramanna DRDO Distinguished Fellow. Prior to this, he has been the Professor of Materials Science, Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology, Sardar Patel University, Gujarat and a senior Scientist at National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi. He has been member and UGC nominated Expert on various academic bodies of several Universities. He is Elected Academician, World Academy of Ceramics and recipient of bridge Building Award of American Ceramics Society, Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, JSPS Fellowship, Foreign Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, UNIDO expert to South Korea and so on. He has been member on the First National Task Team for Development of Carbon/Carbon Composites headed by Late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
Professor Manocha after obtaining his Ph.D. in Science in 1976 from Delhi University for his work on Development and Characterization of carbon Fibers, moved to Germany and worked on Development of Carbon-Carbon composites and then came back to NPL New Delhi. He has undertaken many National as well as International projects with USA, Germany, France, Japan, Korea, Russia, Kazakhstan etc. His R&D interests are in the field of Carbon fibers and carbon-carbon and Carbon-Ceramic composites; Processing, Structure, properties relationship and Development of carbon nanomaterials, solid and porous carbons, carbides etc. He has published about 150 research papers, four books, five patents, 30 Ph.D. students and so on. He was a member on the Editorial Board of Carbon Journal and is currently on the Editorial Board of Journal of Association of Asian Ceramic Societies (Japan), Carbon Letters (Korea), Eurasian Chemico_Technological Journal (Kazakhstan), Journal of Nanoscience and Composites (Russia), Transaction of Indian Ceramics Society etc. He is receipient of CSIR Technology Prize, Homi J Bhabha Award of UGC, MRSI Medal, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Award, Gujarat, 2011 Bridge Building Award of Engineering Ceramic Group of American Ceramics Society and 2011 Superconductivity and Materials Science Prize of MRSI etc.

South Zone

Mr Anab Bhattacharya

(Deputy General Manager, (Operation)
Calcining & Refractory Materials Plant (CRMP)
Visakhapatnam Steel Plant)
Flat no. G-8, Block no. A
Fortune Heights, Shivaji Nagar
Visakhapatnam 530 046 (AP)
Phone: (0891) 2518795 (O)
Mobile: (0) 9989244270

Brief CV

Mr Anab Bhattacharya obtained Bachelors Degree in Ceramic Technology from College of Ceramic Technology, Kolkata in 1987 and Master of Business Administration (MBA) with specialization in Marketing Management from Indira Gandhi National Open University in 1998. Presently he is working as Deputy General Manager, (Operation), Calcining & Refractory Materials Plant (CRMP) in the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant. He is responsible for planning, procurement, installation and maintenance of refractories in the furnaces of Sinter Plant, Blast Furnace, Steel Melt Shop, Rolling Mills, Calcining Plant and Engineering Shop & Foundry and different type of ladles of Vizag Steel. He worked as in-charge for production of Lime Plant of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant which comprises of 2 nos. 500 TPD annular shaft kilns and 5 nos. 325 TPD Rotary kilns.

Previously, commissioned and stabilized production of Becken Bach annular shaft kilns, lime rotary kilns and sintering kiln for dolomite, Magnesia Carbon Refractory Brick manufacturing unit of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant.

He visited Italy for 21 days in the year 2011 for professional training in lime calcination technology of Becken Bach Annular Vertical Shaft Kiln at M/s Teruzzi Fercalx Spa, Italy. Following are the major achievements of his career:

  • (i) Founder of Bharat Lime Association (BhLA) February, 2012. He is holding post as director and Honorary Editor for Bharat Lime Association.
  • (ii) First time in India commissioning and stabilization of automated Pitch Bonded Magnesia Carbon Refractory Brick Plant.
  • (iii) First time in India commissioning and stabilization of 500 TPD annular shaft kiln.
  • (iv) Published 2 national technical papers and 2 international technical papers.>

He is the member of the following professional Institutions / Societies:

  • 1. Indian Ceramic Society - Life Member and Council Member for 2019-2020 and 2021-2022.
  • 2. Bharat Lime Association - Director and Hony. Editor.
  • 3. Member of Refractory Procurement Sub-committee of Indian Steel Association.


Dr C. D. Madhusoodana

Additional General Manager
Ceramic Technological Institute
Corporate Research & Development
Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd
Prof. C. N. R. Rao Circle
Opp IISc, Malleswaram
Bangalore 560 012 (Karnataka)
Phone: (080) 22182391 (O)
Mobile: (0) 9449052806

Brief CV

Dr C. D. Madhusoodana is Additional General Manager & presently heading Ceramic Technological Institute (CTI), Corp R&D, Bharat Heavy Electrical Ltd (BHEL), Bangalore India. He has over 25 years of experience in R&D on Ceramics & advanced materials. He has contributed to 30 patent applications, 40 papers in peer reviewed journals and more than 50 conference presentations. His areas of interest are Ceramics & advanced materials for clean air, clean water and clean energy.
He has B.E. in Ceramic Technology from PDA college of Engg. Gulbarga and Masters from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Advanced diploma in Chemistry & Chemical Engg. and Doctor of Engineering both from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. He is the recipient of UNIDO fellowship from Alfred University, USA (1992), UNESCO fellowship from Tokyo Institute of Technology (1999) and JSPS fellowship from Japan (2002). He was a visiting scientist at Indonesian Institute of Science (2007) and Institute for Membrane Technology (ITM-CNR), Italy (2012), and a member of Indian Delegation to Germany and invited speaker at Indo-German symposium May, 2014.
He is a Life Member of Indian Ceramics Society, Material Research Society of India & Indian Membrane Society and Member of American Ceramic Society. He is also a Fellow of Indian Institute of Ceramics. He has served as Joint Secretary of InCerS (2012 - 2014), as Chairman of InCerS, Bangalore / Karnataka chapter (2014 - 2016) and as Vice-President of Indian Institute of Ceramics (2016 - 2018). He was awarded with First ‘Pavan Nagpal Memorial Award’ by Indian Ceramic Society, Bangalore Chapter in 2012; ‘D. N. Agrawal Memorial Award’ from Indian Ceramic Society in 2012 for the life time achievement in ceramics; and ‘Malaviya Award’ in 2018.


Dr Dibakar Das

Professor and Dean
School of Engineering Sciences and Technology
University of Hyderabad
Prof. C. R. Rao Road, Gachi Bowli
Hyderabad 500 046 (Telangana)
Phone: (040) 23134454 (O)
Mobile: (0) 9581048798 / 8978339119

Brief CV

Professor Dibakar Das is currently a Professor and Dean of the School of Engineering Sciences and Technology (SEST) at the University of Hyderabad. He obtained Ph.D. from IIT Bombay in 2004. Dr. Das carried out a significant part of his thesis work in the University of Colorado at Boulder and National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST) Boulder, USA. Following Ph. D., he joined the University Of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in 2004. After three and half years of postdoctoral research in the University of Cincinnati he joined Sinmat Inc. in Gainesville, Florida, USA, as a Senior Scientist, in 2007. Serving Sinmat for about 2 years he joined the School of Engineering Sciences and Technology (SEST) at the University of Hyderabad in 2009 August. Dr Das is a visiting Professor in the Unit of Dynamics and Structure of Molecular Materials, University of the Coast of Opal Coast (ULCO), Calais, France. He is the recipient of prestigious MOPGA fellowship from Republic of France. Dr. Das is an elected fellow of the Indian Institute of Ceramics (IIC) and Telangana Academy of Sciences (TAS). His work on chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) won 2008 R&D 100 award for invention on CMP Slurry for Polishing Wide Band Gap Semiconductors and 2009 Frost & Sullivan North American Excellence in Research of the Year Award in the field of advanced semiconductor surface modification. He has published more than 100 peer reviewed articles in journals and conference proceedings of international repute. His research interest includes CMP of WBG semiconductors, lead-free piezoelectric ceramics, microwave dielectric ceramics, ferrite ceramics for magnetoeleastic, magnetoelecric and biological applications.


Dr Rathindranath Das

(Former General Manager
Corporate R&D, CTI, BHEL)
F-35 Shriram Sadhana Apartment
Gokula, Off MS Ramaiah Road
Mathikere, Bangalore 560 054 (Karnataka)
Mobile: (0) 9448490012

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Dr U. S. Hareesh

Principal Scientist
Functional Materials, Materials Science & Technology Division
CSIR-National Instt for Interdisciplinary Science & Technology (NIIST)
Industrial Estate P.O. Pappanamcode
Thiruvananthapuram 695 019
Phone: (0471) 2535504 (O)
Mobile: (0) 9446337222
E-mail: /

Brief CV

Dr. Arjun Dey presently serves as Jt. Secretary of Indian Ceramic Society-Karnataka Chapter (ICSKC), Executive Council Member of InCerS and Astronautical Society of India (ASI). He has more than 300 publications (121 in SCI & Scopus indexed Journals) with an h-index of 21 (Scopus). He has co-authored of 3 books entitled from CRC Press/Taylor & Francis viz., “Nanoindentation of Brittle Solids”, “Microplasma Sprayed Hydroxyapatite Coatings” and “Nanoindentation of Natural Materials with Hierarchical and Functionally Graded Microstructure”. He has guided 3 Ph.D. (one of the PhD students received prestigious ‘Humboldt Fellowship’ in 2019), 3 ongoing and 14 M.Tech. students. Dr. Dey served as ‘Guest Editor’ for “Ceramics International” Journal for 2 issues. Dr. Dey obtained several prestigious awards like “N. S. Satya Murthy Memorial Award” from Indian Physics Association (IPA) in 2019, “Satellite Technology Day Award-2018” (2 categories-Technical Paper and Innovative Idea - ‘Spark’) from URSC/ISRO in 2018, “Dr. R. L. Thakur Memorial Award” from InCerS in 2012, “DST-Fast Track Young Scientist Scheme Project Grant Award” from GoI in 2011, “Young Engineers Award” from The Institution of Engineers India (IEI) in 2011, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Division Prizes from IEI in 2015 and 2011 and “CSIR-SRF” from GoI in 2009.


Dr Chandresh Agarwal

(Managing Director, Imerys Ceramics India)
Surya Arcade, 4th Floor
# 1-11-246/4F & 1-11-247/D
Opp. Cafe Bahar
Near Indian Oil Petrol Pump, Begumpet
Hyderabad 500 016 (AP)
Phone: (040) 30586666 (O)
Mobile: (0) 9000379900

Brief CV

Dr Chandresh Agarwal obtained PhD in Applied Chemistry and Master Degree in Chemistry from Ravishankar University, Raipur, India. He obtained professional master’s degree in Marketing Management and Postgraduate diploma in Production, Operation, Finance and Human Resource. Dr Agarwal secured 1st class in all his studies.

He started his career in Industrial technical field. He worked with different well known Multinational & Indian companies. He brought up new technologies and lot of innovations in ceramic mineral field in India for development of import substitution raw material & process improvement to support export quality material production. Currently, he is working with IMERYS performance minerals EMEA – Ceramics as Managing Director for Middle East & Africa region based in Dubai. IMERYS is world no. 1 company providing mineral solutions for various applications worldwide for more than 100 years. Dr Agarwal is having two & half decade rich experience in ceramic/ chemical/ industrial material industries. He had worked on major technology development within the ceramics industries like, import material substitution with blended clay, green flux a energy saving solution, kaolin uses to partially replace zircosil, process & technology improvement in ceramics sector.

Dr Agarwal is actively associated to the society and a strong believer in corporate social responsibilities which benefited thousands of people. He had done and still be part of so many CSR activities like – organizing free medical health camp, anti-snake venom drive (he saved more than 100 lives), built toilets in girls’ schools, sanitation drive in the blind girls’ schools, etc.

Earlier, Dr Agarwal was associated with HERAEUS GmbH, a German multinational company, Sunora Tiles, Orient Tiles, Frog International Srl, H & R Jhonson, India. Dr Agarwal is actively associated with Indian Ceramic Society, Indian Institute of Ceramics, International Chamber of Commerce (as Executive Council member), etc.


Prof. (Dr) T.S. Sampath Kumar FIMSA, FBAO

Head, Medical Materials Laboratory
Department of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering IIT-Madras
Chennai 600 036, India
Phone: (044) 2257 4772; 5765 (Lab); 4750 (O)
Mobile : (0) 9444716064

Brief CV

Professor (Dr) T. S. Sampath Kumar is Head of Medical Materials Laboratory, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He received his Ph.D. in materials engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1986. His current research areas are nanostructured implants, multifuctional bioceramic nanocarriers, injectable bone cements, electrospun 3D scaffolds and value added bioceramics from eggshell waste.

He is a Fellow of the Society for Biomaterials and Artificial Organs India and of International Medical Sciences Academy. He recently received ASM-IIM Visiting Lecture Award 2017, Reviewer Excellence 2018 of Mat. Sci. Engg. C and Bulletien of Materials Science journals. His research guidance is marked by many best thesis awards, journal best paper awards and best presentation and project awards. He has well over 125 publications with 3291 citations and h-index of 32. He co-authored a book “Biomaterials: A Nano Approach”, 4 book chapters and edited 4 conference proceedings in journals.

He has 4 (7 filled) Indian patents to his credit. He is the Associate Editor of Biomaterials, a Frontiers Journal and Editorial Board Member of many biomaterial journals. Currently he is a member of Materials Panel, NRB, DRDO and PAC: Materials, Mining and Minerals Engineering, SERB.