Distinguished Alumni Awardees 2009

Shri R.N. Prabhakar

Shri R.N. Prabhakar is presently working as Whole Time Member, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), a statutory body constituted under an Act of Parliament. TRAI regulates the telecom, broadcasting and cable TV services.

He graduated in Electrical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering in 1967. He was adjudged as best student in Electrical Engineering faculty in 1965. He has done post graduation in Business Administration from Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi. He is fellow member of The Institution of Engineers (India).

After completing his engineering he worked as Lecturer in Moti Lal Nehru Regional Engineering College, Allahabad for one year. He joined Department of Telecom as Class-I Officer in February, 1970 through Engineering Service Examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission. He has 36 years of technical, administrative and financial experience in telecom sector and has held various senior level posts in Department of Telecommunications. Before retirement in January 2006, he was Advisor (Production), in the Department of Telecom, which has given him sufficient experience in the licensing and regulatory aspects. He also looked after the charge of Member (Production) in Telecom Commission.

He has participated in various international seminars and workshops and has presented technical papers related to Network Security, Regulation and Public Policy etc. He was also deputed for a period of about three years to Nigeria for imparting training totheirtelecom officers

Dr. Ravi B. Grover

Dr. Ravi B. Grover is concurrently working as Director, Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), Director, Knowledge Management Group, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Director, Strategic Planning Group, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).

He completed a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Delhi College of Engineering in 1970, a course in nuclear engineering at BARC Training School in 1971, and a Ph.D. in the faculty of engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1982. Being an overall topper in BARC Training School, he received Homi Bhabha Prize in 1971 and was awarded a gold medal by the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on the occasion of graduation function of the 50th batch of BARC Training School in 2007.

Dr Grover is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. The Indian Nuclear Society (INS) conferred him with INS Award-2006 for Nuclear Reactor Technology, including Nuclear Safety. Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Reliance Industries Limited conferred him with DhirubhaiAmbani Oration award in 2008.

During the first phase of his career, spanning about two and half decades starting in 1971, as a nuclear engineer, Dr Grover worked on thermal- hydraulics, safety, plant dynamics and process design of systems and equipment. Specifically he worked on the design of the research reactor DHRUVAand a compact reactor. During the second phase, spanning about a decade, he has been working on issues related to strategic planning for the DAE, energy studies, human resource development, extra-mural funding, and technology transfer. Strategy for growth of electrical energy in India authored by him has been used by the DAE to plan long-term R&D goals and has acted as a trigger to look at energy planning issues in the country over a long term horizon.

In 2004, he was invited by Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency to participate in a panel, consisting of experts on nuclear fuel cycle and non-proliferation matters, tasked with preparing an initial study on multilateral approaches to the nuclearfuel cycle.

Dr. Grover played a lead role in the international dialogue to open up civil nuclear trade with India and was the chief negotiator for the negotiations leading to conclusion of the India-Specific Safeguards Agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency. He was the anchor person for the negotiations with the then existing six Parties to admit India as a full partner to International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) venture. He now leads Indian delegation to the ITER Council.

As an institution builder, he has conceptualized several schemes to meet human resource needs of the DAE, the latest and the most ambitious being the setting up of HBNI, a deemed university, to integrate and expand the graduate studies programmes of the institutions under the DAE.

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