Director General's Profile
Nothing gives me more happiness and satisfaction than seeing smiles on the faces of young boys and girls as they enjoy learning process, design and develop products, take part at national level competitions, get involved in on going R&D activities, work hard to cope with the challenges of their curricular and co-curricular activities and finally groom themselves for industry assignments. I do see the college is now a teaching-learning college where research is being pursued.
Born on June 12,1946 Professor K. G. Narayankhedkar received his schooling in Marathwada and obtained Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from College of Engineering Aurangabad with First Rank in the University(Marathwada University) in 1966.Subsequently he obtained the degrees of M.Tech.(1969) and Ph.D.(1974) from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. The projects at both the M.Tech. and Ph.D. were in the field of Cryogenics Engineering He also completed a course on "Management of Research and Development" conducted by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay (1973). He did his Post-doctoral research work at the Department of Engineering Science, Cryogenics Laboratory, University of Oxford,UK during 1975–76 as a Commonwealth Scholar. He also revisited Oxford as DAAD Fellow in 1996.
Professor Narayankhedkar joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering,Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1970. He was selected to the post of Professor in 1983 and served as the Dean (Planning) for two terms during 1995-2001. He was also the Convener, School for Cryogenic Engineering since 1977. He was selected as Director at VJTI Mumbai and served as Director from 29th December 2005 to 12th June 2011 and as Director (Emeritus) from 13th June 2011 to 31st July 2011. Prof. Narayankhedkar is known for his outstanding interest in teaching and research in the areas of Cryogenics Engineering,Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Food Preservation and Thermodynamics (Exergy Analysis). Prof. Narayankhedkar guided 22 students for their Ph.D. degree of which 6 students completed their Ph.D. during his tenure as Director, VJTI. He has to credit 181 papers (41 in International Journals and 37 in the proceeding of International Conferences). He was the Guest Editor of "Cryogenic and its Application", Indian Journal of Cryogenics, Vol. 18 (1993) and Editor of the Proceeding of the International Cryogenic Engineering Conference 18, (2000).
Prof. Narayankhedkar developed several technologies in the high-tech area of cryogenics and successfully transferred these technologies to LPSC, Valdimala and ISAC, Banglore. Some of his land mark developments in the areas of Cryogenics include Stirling Cycle nitrogen liquefier and Liquid nitrogen based Individual Quick freezing (IQF) Tunnel. He is also actively involved in the review programmes related to development of Cryogenics Engine in the Department of Space. Prof. Narayankhedkar was honoured with several prizes and awards “K.L. Garg Memorial Cash/ Medal Award and Scroll of Merit” for outstanding piece of research work on cryorefrigerators leading to development of prototypes (1987) and the prestigious “Dr. P. K. Patwardhan Award” for the innovative technology development on "Pulse Tube Cryocooler using the Linear Compressor" on the occasion of the Teacher’s day celebration on September 6, 2004 at IIT Bombay. He was honoured with the highest and the most prestigious national award “Prof. A. Bose Memorial Life Time Contribution Award (2004)” for his outstanding contribution to Cryogenic Engineering globally recognised. He was also honoured by the “Lions Club of Mumbaiites” in recognition of generous and dedicated work in higher education.
Prof. Narayankhedkar was elected as a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering(INAE) in 1988, Member of International Cryogenic Engineering Committee(ICEC) in 1994, President of Indian Cryogenics Council(ICC) during 1993-95, Vice Chairman, International Cryogenic Engineering Committee(ICEC) during 1998-2002. Member of International Institute of Refrigeration (France), Commission A1 in 2000. Member of IIR (2000–2005). Prof. Narayankhedkar visited several countries such as USA, UK, France, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Sweden, Canada, Czech Republic, Switzerland, China. After taking over as the Director of VJTI, Prof. Narayankhedkar contributed significantly in reforms of academic and administrative activities. As an autonomous Institute, all the academic activities were efficiently carried out in the Institute. Several initiatives were taken and successfully implemented. Incentive schemes for staff and faculty were carefully introduced to encourage their academic activities and appreciate their long service. Creativity and innovation cell as well as Entrepreneurship Cell were created to motivate the students in the creative as well as entrepreneurial skills. Several MoUs were signed with Institutes in India and abroad as well as with Industries. Apart from expansion of UG and PG programmes, a full time Ph.D. programme was launched leading to more than 45 full time Ph.D. students pursuing their doctoral research at VJTI resulting in international research publications. All these efforts were recognized by several agencies. Mention may be made of prestigious “Ramkrishna Bajaj Performance Excellence Trophy (2009)” and ranking by CSR(Competition Success Review) as “Top Engineering College of Super Excellence in India (2011)".
Prof. Narayankhedkar strongly believes in social commitments. He is on the Boards of several Institutes. He is also member of the review Committee at VSSC, Thiruvanantapuram. He is the nominee of the Governor of Maharashtra on the Management Council of Pune University. He was also Chancellor’s Nominee on the Management Council of Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University, Lonere. He is actively engaged in various social activities for which he has been felicitated by the award “Samajseva Jeevan Gaurav Puraskar” in February 2004 at Degloor, Dist. Nanded.