Posts Held

Senior Fulbright Research Fellow (1999).

Examiner for 30 plus Ph.D. theses of the following Institutes/Universities: IITB, IITKG, IITD, IISc, Anna University, University of Madras, University of Kerala, Mahatma Gandhi University, University of Pune, CUSAT, NIT Calicut, VIT Vellore, Kalasalingam Deemed University and others.

Reviewer for Macromolecules, Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry, Journal of Polymer Science Part B Polymer Physics, Langmuir, Journal of American Chemical Society, Journal of Macromolecular Science Pure and Applied Chemistry, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Polymer International, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, Polymer, European Polymer Journal, Polymer Composites, Indian Journal of Chemistry and Proceedings of Indian Academy of Sciences.

Reviewer of research proposals for the Department of Science and Technology, CSIR, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Kerala State Board for Science and Technology.

Member Selection Committee for Faculty Recruitment at IIT Roorkee, Madras University, NIT Calicut, MGU Kottayam, DIAT Pune, ISRO Trivandrum, IIST Trivandrum.

Administrative Positions Held

  • Head, Dept. of Chemistry, IITM (April 2007 – June 2010)
  • Chairman, Council of Wardens and Hostel Management (2004-07)
  • Warden, CSU (2004-07)
  • Chairman, Reverse Osmosis Plants, (2003-07)
  • Warden, Tapti Hostel (2002-04)
  • Chairman and Member of several important committees within IITM.

Rated as an excellent administrator in an assessment conducted by the IIT Madras with a score of greater than 0.9 out of 1.0.

Corporate Activities

  • Secretary, Faculty Association, IIT Madras 2002-03
  • Vice President, Faculty Association, IIT Madras 2003-04
  • Secretary, IIT Faculty Federation 2004-05

 

Significant Achievements and Specific Contributions to IIT Madras

Chairman Council of Wardens and Hostel Management and Warden (Central Supplies Unit) (2004-2007). 
In this capacity, managed services related to 17 hostels, ~170 staff and 5000 plus students. The annual budget of the hostels from the collection of various fees (Establishment A, Establishment B, Dining and Other fee) is about Rs. 15 crores. This work involves nuances of people (Wardens, Hostel Staff and Students), money, management, as well as interfacing with the world inside (through the Dean Students) and outside IIT Madras (independently) on hostel and hostel administration related matters. During this tenure, the Chairman had to independently handle the court cases on overtime allowance, industrial dispute cases and several other cases filed by individual employees and other complaints filed with statutory bodies. This required a thorough analysis of the history of the Hostel Management and all the personal files of the individuals as well as all the minutes of the hostel management, the minutes of the council of wardens, salary ledger of individuals over three decades and leave record history as deduced from the “food cost” claims and the correspondences between the management and employee union over a period of four decades. This helped in developing expertise in handling non-academic matters such as court cases, labour disputes, tax and other regulations related to running of private dining services. A system of evaluating the catering services of the three private caterers and the two hostel management run messes in Cauvery and Krishna hostels was introduced during this time. The opinion of the students thus obtained was displayed in the notice board on a monthly basis to encourage completion and enable the students to choose the best available services from the dining services being provided through an online system that was completely controlled by the student representatives.

During the term as Chairman, Council of Wardens, two eco-sanitation projects on, “Food waste to Organic Manure” and “Grey-Water Recycling Using a Reed Bed of Australis Phragmates”
were introduced successfully in the Krishna Hostel from the funds of the students paid to the hostels.

IIT Madras has evaluated my performance as CCW to be 0.92 on a 1.00 scale.

Warden (2002-04). The first Rain Water Harvesting Project for Tapti Hostel and in IIT Madras was carried out in Tapti hostel under my supervision.

Managed two reverse osmosis plants (R.O.) located near Tapti/Brahmaputra and Alakananda/Jamuna and ensured continuous supply of good quality drinking water from May 2003 to May 2007, for the entire hostel sector consisting of about 6000 people. The running cost of water production was 2 paise per litre (without counting the cost of raw water and initial cost of installation).