Dr. N. S. Gajbhiye

Dr. N. S. Gajbhiye works as a full time Professor of Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Presently he is Vice-Chancellor to Dr. Harisingh Gour University, Sagar. He was the Vice-Chancellor, Deendayal Upadhayay, Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur (May 2008 - March 2009). Dr. Gajbhiye was Professor of Physical Chemisrty and Head of the Department of Chemistry, Mumbai University (1990-92). He was nominated as the Professor of Inorganic Chemistry (2003) at University of Pune. As a ‘Guest Professor, Dr. Gajbhiye is on the faculty of Institute of Nanotechnology, Forschungszentrum, and DFG-Centre for Functional Nanostructures, Karlsruhe University, Germany.

Dr. Gajbhiye graduated M.Sc. (1975) from Nagpur University and Ph.D. (1981) degree from the prestigious Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He joined on faculty of I. I. T. Kanpur (1982) and served nearly 24 years till to date. Because of his dedication to the Research and Teaching profession, he is recognized as a Fellow, National Academy of Sciences (F.N.A.Sc.) in the field of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. He is a Fellow of DAAD Foundation of German Academy and Fellow of World Innovation Foundation, UK. Dr. Gajbhiye is a founder member of the Institute of Nanotechnology, Karlsruhe, Germany. He guided fifteen (15) Ph.D. thesis and several M.Tech./ B.Tech./ M.Sc. students for their project work. He published nearly 145 - research papers in the field of Nano-Materials Chemistry in reputed International/ National Journals. He has handled many sponsored projects (DST /CSIR /MHRD /DRDO /DFS), in the area of Nanoscience & Nanotechnology. His research areas of interest are- Nanostructured Magnetic, Electronic Materials, and Advanced Materials including Metal nanocomposites and Nano-cementus materials. He served as a referee for reviewing scientific articles in many National / International Journals. As a member, Dr. Gajbhiye is on the National and International Advisory committees for many important conferences / symposia / workshops in the country and abroad. He is a life member of many professional organizations/ societies. He is an Editorial Board Member (International Advisory Board) of Mössbauer Research and Data Journal (MRDJ), USA and Member, Editorial Board of International Journal of Nanotechnology and Applications (IJNA). He is member of Indo-German, International Research Training Group, in the field of ‘Nanotechnology’. He is appointed as a Member of Working Group Committee (Materials / components), Department of Information Technology, New-Delhi.

Dr. Gajbhiye worked on various administrative positions such as Senate member and Chairman of various academic committees. He served as a Member, Board of Studies, for many Universities and also, a Member of the committee, appointed by UGC-New Delhi, for the North Gujarat University’s recognition. He is a Head of the National FEAT Centre, IIT-Kanpur. He was Chairman, Council of Wardens (seven hostels with 5000 students, and 300-mess employees. He was Advisor to the Director, IIT-Kanpur, in Estate Office, Commercial Establishments, House allotment committees for employees, and Security. He served as a Liaison Officer (statutory position) of IITK. Also, Dr. Gajbhiye served as a Member and Chairman of various Selection committees in IIT-Kanpur and outside including UPSC-New Delhi (IAS oral Board), central services and Faculty selections in various Universities. He wished to promote the academic and technological excellence in University education and develop centres like Nanotechnology and Biotechnology, Humanities and Social sciences. He is an active member of some social organizations.

During his tenure as Vice-Chancellor of Deen Dayal Upadhyay, Gorakhpur University (Purvanchal Region of U.P.) which has a jurisdiction of 07 districts having 325 Affiliated colleges. This University has approximately 5 lacs students. It has 215 faculty members and 500 non-teaching staff and 25 Departments. It was old University where I completely revamped the examination system and computerized it. This has enabled the University to declare the results in time. This Purvanchal region is backward and students are encouraged to enroll through Distance Education mode of IGNOU & Uttar Pradesh Rajarshi Tandon Open University, Allahabad rigoursly. Every year, we trained more than 1 lac students through distance learning.

All Management issues like training of staff, stream lining of administration and making administratively more proactive towards students. During tenure faculties where encouraged to take various projects and conduct better research.

In his second tenure as Vice-Chancellor of Doctor Harisingh Gour Central University, Sagar (M.P.) which is presently in hand. This University has total strength of 3 lacs students. Out of 3 lacs 1.3 lacs students are enrolled in affiliated colleges and 14000 in University Campus and remaining are enrolled in Distance Education courses.

Recently it has got 'A' grade from National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), is the testimony to its commitment and dedication to attain excellence. Also, the University is recognized by Department of Science & Technology for special grant based on Scopus data and placed 30th in order.

It has 177 affiliated colleges. The major task was undertaken during my tenure to make this University with Modern facilities available for scientific research and innovative teaching with Choice Based Credit System (CBSE). The University upgraded to the Central Status on 15th January 2009. All issues pertaining to transition from the State the Central has been resolved in light of the provisions given in the Act. It was the most difficult and challenging job for me.

Now the University plans to start new courses by next academic session such as nano-technology and nano-biotechnology, nano-medicine, engineering, biochemistry, cell biology, Art and design and other developmental courses in the area of National Security and Disaster Management. Most of the courses are proposed as Dual Degree Programmes. Eight new courses have been approved to cater the new emerging career challenges.

There is a mandate of distance education in the Act. 2009. Accordingly 1.3 lakh students are enrolled in distance education mode including IGNOU & M.P. Bhoj Open University. He has transformed the cartographically lines of Distance Education and developed Institute of Distance Education as a e-learning campus. Number of several job-oriented vocational courses have been introduced such as B.Lib., M.Lib., BJC, MJC, Forensic Science etc. For contact classes for the said courses many eminent Professors are invited to deliver their lectures.

The Institute of Distance Education of the University runs various self-financing and correspondence courses. As a commitment towards the upliftment of the weaker section of the society, the University has strengthened the Remedial Coaching Centre (a scheme of UGC). Remedial Coaching Centre and SC/ST Cell are continuously providing full assistance to the students of SC/ST/Minority categories with enhanced success rate and placement record. Life Long Learning is encouraged through adult education department.

We have opened a satellite centre at Chhindwada, MP to offer the Skill Development Courses at Diploma or Certificate level. There will be some add-on professional/Technical courses attached with Bachelor degree courses and also vocational courses will be allowed for the school/college dropouts. We plan another centre at Chhatarpur / Panna and Chindwara for the distance learning mode to benefit the region in coordination with State Government.

Long awaited positions of First Registrar, Finance Officer, University Engineer, Deputy Registrars, Assistant Registrars and Hindi Officers have been filled up which is reflected in the overall administrative functioning of the University. Also, most of the Administrative Officers have joined. The process of recruitment of Faculty approximately 175 nos have been initiated and interview for various posts is completed and going to join soon. The important information is continuously uploaded on the University website.

For the infrastructure development, Master Plan of the University and Architectural Plan for various departments, administrative, horticultural and eco-friendly green buildings are already finalized. This will facilitate planning, design, and construction of new ambitious buildings such as Lecture Hall Complex, Core Laboratories Complex state-of-the-art sophisticated instrumentation Centre, Hostels for Boys and Girls, Stadium, Indoor Games facilities, swimming Pool, Recreation Centre for the students, Canteens, Mega Mess facilities, Staff Quarters and Faculty Club etc.

The Super Computer has been installed in the University premises to provide the connectivity to the entire schools, Departments for the efficient administration, good research and development. A data centre has also being established to store data of establishment and students.

After implementing all these things it is needless to say that in this backward Bundelkhand reason a world class University will emerged which will not only enrolled local students but also national and international students. We have made MOU with Nigeria and Spain students & Faculty exchange programme.

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