IIT Kanpur instituted P.K. Kelkar Fellowship to honour its founding director, Dr. Purushottam Kashinath Kelkar. The Fellowship is awarded to young faculties, who are under 40 years and are doing ground-breaking research in their fields.
Dr. Purushottam Kashinath Kelakar (1909-1990) is best remembered as the founding director of IIT Kanpur, established in 1959. Born in Karnataka, he graduated in Physics from the Royal Institute of Science, Mumbai in 1931 and later obtained his Diploma in Electrical Engineering in 1934 from IISC, Bangalore. Pursuing his passion for studies, Dr. Kelakar earned his doctorate from the University of Liverpool under the guidance of Dr. J.C. Prescott. His association with IITs began in 1956 when he was appointed as the Planning Officer for IIT Bombay and later became its Deputy Director. In 1959 December, Dr. Kelkar was appointed as the first Director of IIT Kanpur. His vision was to establish an institute incorporating engineering curriculum based on science, humanities and social sciences, with faculty engaged in teaching and research. Dr. Kelkar was instrumental in forming a collaborative program between IITK and a consortium of nine American universities called the Kanpur Indo-American Program (KIAP) that played an important role in the development of the institute. He was appointed as the Director of IIT Bombay in 1970 where he brought in many key changes that led to the growth and expansion of the institute. To honor his immense contribution in the field of technical education, the Government of India honored him with Padma Bhushan in 1969.
Prof. Arjun Bagchi, Department of Physics, specializes in the fields of Theoretical High Energy Physics, String Theory. Prof. Bagchi earned his doctorate from Harish Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad (2010).
Prof. Indranil Saha, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, research interests are in the fields of in the application of formal methods and artificial intelligence to embedded and cyberphysical systems and robotics. He earned his doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles, USA (2013).
Prof. Joydeep Chakraborty, Department of Physics, research interests are in the fields of Particle Physics (Theory and Phenomenology); Main interest: Unification of fundamental forces, Supersymmetry, Supergravity. He earned his doctorate from Harish Chandra Institute, Allahabad (2011).
Prof. Pradeep Kumar Krishnamurthy, Department of Electrical Engineering, research interests are in the fields of Quantum and non-linear optics; quantum cryptography and computation; Optical communications, Spin Waves.
Prof. Subhra Sankar Dhar, Department of mathematics and Statistics, specializes in the areas of Non-parametric and robust statistical methods and his research interests are in the fields of Primary: Multivariate quantiles and rank, Data depth, Measure of association and Isotonic regression. Prof. Dhar is the recipient of prestigious awards, such as CSIR-UGC junior research fellowship (in Mathematical Science) in June and December, 2005; Junior research fellowship (in Statistics) in 2005 at the Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta; Post-doctoral fellowship (in Statistics) at the University of Cambridge, UK (2011- 2012). He earned his doctorate from Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta (2012).
Prof. Sabuj Kumar Kundu, Department of Chemistry, research interests are Organometallic Chemistry, Catalysis and Mechanistic Investigation, C-X (X= H, C, O, etc.) Bond, Activation and Functionalization, Renewable Energy and Green Chemistry. Prof. Kundu earned his doctorate from Rutgers University, USA (2009).
Prof. Tanmoy Maiti, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, research interests are Clean Energy: Thermoelectrics, Waste-Heat Harvesting, Electroceramics, Oxide electronics: Pyroelectrics, Ferroelectrics; Semiconductor Devices, Perovskite Solar Cell. Next Generation Chip-scale Technology: RRAM, Optical Memory based on Plasmonic Lens. Prof. Maiti heads the Plasmonics and Perovskites Lab at IITK that works to unravel the underlying physics and chemistry of materials to design novel advanced electronic and optoelectronic devices. Prof. Maiti earned his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania State (2007).
Prof. Wasim Ahmad, Department of Economic Sciences, research interests are macroeconomics, financial economics, and applied econometrics. Dr. Ahmad earned his doctorate from University of Delhi (2014).
Prof. Sandeep Anand, Department of Electrical Engineering, research interests are Reliability of Power Electronic Circuits, Gallium Nitride (GaN) based Power Electronic Converters and Circuits for Interfacing Alternate Sources of Energy. Prof. Anand heads the Power Electronics for Renewable Integration Lab at IITK. The Lab has contributed to many projects such as Solar inverters for the Smart City, Projects by the Ministry of Power, Govt. of India; Prototype development & control of Microgrids in association with Indo-US Centre for Education and Research in Clean Energy. Prof. Anand earned his doctorate from IIT Bombay (2012).
Prof. Santanu Misra, Department of Earth Sciences, specializes in Structural Geology & Tectonics Experimental Rock Deformation and Rock Physics Deformation Mechanisms & Microstructure of rocks. He has worked extensively worked in some major projects such as, Dynamics of subduction interface: from earthquakes to partial melting, Enhanced CBM recovery and CO2 sequestration, Seismic-aseismic transitions of active faults in Himalaya. Prof. Misra earned his doctorate from Jadavpur University (2007).
Prof. Nitin Gupta, Department of Biological Sciences & Bioengineering, specializes in the areas of Systems neuroscience, Olfaction & Computational Biology. Prof. Gupta is the Principal Investigator of Neural Systems Laboratory at IITK. He earned his doctorate from University of California (2009).
Prof. Piyush Rai, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, works in the areas of machine learning and Bayesian statistics. His research primarily focuses on probabilistic modeling of massive and complex data. Prof. Rai earned his doctorate from the University of Utah.