Prof. R.K. Khandal
Vice Chancellor, Uttar Pradesh Technical University, Lucknow
Prof. R.K. Khandal, a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, London and a unanimously elected President for the periods: 2010 to 2012 and 2012 to 2014 of WAITRO (World Association of Industrial & Technological Organizations, which is a UN body, having more than 180 Research & Technological Organizations as its members from 80 countries), took over as Vice–Chancellor of UPTU on September 19, 2012.
Started his career in 1982 as a lecturer from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. Went for advanced research as a UNIDO fellow to U.K. and as an invited guest scientist to France.
Working in the industry, he acquired the skills of converting ideas into reality and of de-bottle-necking the manufacturing processes, adopting novel and innovative approaches.
For eleven years, as a director of an internationally reputed research institute of its kind (self-sustainable) in the world, Prof. Khandal became known for his research in: nano-technology, renewable energy, green buildings, food processing, pesticide formulations, polymers etc. He is an expert of: radiation processing technology, environment protection methodologies, optical plastics, metal-containing polymers, fluoro-polymers, natural polymers, derivatization of polysaccharides, food-safety management, validation of new products and processes, waste management technologies etc.
Prof. Khandal has supervised 20 Ph.Ds. Prof. Khandal has been successful in commercialization and transfer of several of his technologies, having 14 patents to his credit. He has 14 patents to his credit. He has published more than 100 research papers and more than 100 articles. He has authored four and edited two books.
Recipient of awards: INSME International award for innovation; R.N. Bangur Memorial award for novel technologies; R.G. Deshpande award for popularization of Radiation processing technology; Meri Dilli award for contribution towards improving the living standards of citizens of Delhi; Srishti awards for green technologies, waste management and environment protection, Amity Academic Excellence award for pioneering research and academic excellence, AMAR UJALA Excellence Award for outstanding contribution to education, Life time achievement award by World Environment Congress in food preservation, safety, environment protection and renewable energy, Eminent Engineers Award by Institutions of Engineers.
Prof. Khandal is known for his virtues as a: mentor, teacher, leader, manager, an orator and an innovator. He not only professes the values of Indian culture but he himself practices many of the fundamental principles of humanity and society, while dedicating himself to the cause of technical education, meaningful science and research.