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He has the gift of the gab and is a go-getter

Sai Karthik Kumar Dharanikota - article cover

Student Achievers Series - "What makes our life more enjoyable is our inherent ability to change. If you are not making a change, you are not growing", is what this 20-year old student from Visakhapatnam believes in. Meet Sai Karthik Kumar Dharanikota, the buzzing student from GVP College Of Engineering (Autonomous), the topper of the college in the first year and the topper of Mechanical department for all four years.

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Educator and Researcher who is Catalysing Growth, Synthesizing Careers

Dr Ravi Varala

Our future challenges in environmental, economical, and societal sustainability demand more efficient and benign scientific technologies for working with chemical processes and products. It demands the highest level of scientific creativity, insight and understanding from chemistry researchers towards achieving this goal. Meet Dr. Ravi Varala, Head of Chemistry Department and R&D Cell, Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies (RGUKT), Basar Campus, Telangana, who has recently been honoured with Outstanding Scientist in Chemistry - 2017 Award by Venus International Research Foundation for his contribution, research excellence and accomplishments in the area of Chemistry.

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The educator who is nurturing the future of rural talent

Srinivas Gunda Professor

One of the biggest concerns of educators across India today, is making the present generation learners future-ready. Performance trends reveal that urban learners always secure better grades than their rural counterparts. It is not calibre that affects the performance of rural students, but the resources and opportunities available to them. It’s fair to say that being a role model teacher in a rural education setup is an enormous challenge. It takes patience, passion, resilience, and a lot of commitment. Meet Srinivas Gunda, Associate Professor and HoD of Commerce and Business Management department in NSV Degree College, Jagtial, Telangana; who is a positive, guiding light for his students, providing them hope and the tools they’ll need to succeed well beyond their graduation years. He has been recently honoured with Best Faculty in Rural Institution Award by Arunai International Research Foundation.

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Award winning VVIT Professor and Researcher creating innovators

Yaswanth Bhanu Murthy VVIT Guntur

Our lives and well-being depend upon our ability to invent a better future. If we want the young generation to respond to challenges with creativity and inventiveness, we must create the conditions in which innovation is not only possible but encouraged. Meet Dr. Yaswanth Bhanu Murthy, award winning professor of Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE) from Vasireddy Venkatadri Institute of Technology (VVIT), Guntur, who uses active learning techniques to engage students and encourage innovation and creativity. The result - his students have been making it to the finals of ISB TEP Design Challenge every year. He was recently honoured with EET-CRS Certificate of Excellence in Mumbai for his academic achievements.

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His research opens up new possibilities of application of biopolymer as bioemulsifier

Prasad_Andhare_Research_Microbiology_Microbial_Biopolymers

Over 99% of plastics are fossil fuel origin and their rapid increase has put tremendous pressure on the already limited non-renewable resources on earth. There is a worldwide concern regarding the development of biodegradable polymer materials as a remedy towards harmful effects caused by plastic waste on the environment. This provides researchers with a huge prospect of developing biopolymer-based functional ingredients to design improved or novel industrial applications. Meet Akola based Dr. Prasad Andhare, whose research opens up new possibilities of application of microbial biopolymers as emulsifier, thickener, viscosifier and stabilizer agent in various industries.

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Catalyst in transforming lives of rural engineering students

Dr Ravindra Gaikwad HoD PREC Department of Chemical Engineering Cover

A great teacher can make you enjoy a topic you don't particularly like, change and expand your perspective on what you already know. Faculty members who do the best they can and make sure students are always on their feet, and confront them if they aren't doing their best, are what make great students. Meet Dr. Ravindra Gaikwad, award winning Professor and Head of Dept. of Chemistry, Pravara Rural Engineering College (PREC), who is transforming his department and the lives of his students through his outstanding academic and research work.

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His mission is to bridge the Industry Academia gap

Mohit Kumar Singh Cover Photo

As our economy is growing, we are also witnessing the growth of education sector. However, the shortage of appropriately skilled labour across many industries is emerging as a significant and complex challenge to India's growth and future. What we have today is a growing skills gap reflecting an urgent need that Indian Industries and Academia come together and address some of the underlying challenges. The good news is there are academicians who have taken up this challenge and are relentless in their pursuit to bridge this gap. Meet Mohit Kumar Singh, Asst. Professor in ECE department at Rameshwar Dayal Engineering College (RDEC) Ghaziabad, who has been recently honoured with Skill Development Initiative Award at the Confederation of Education Excellence (CEE) Awards 2017 in recognition of his initiatives taken for the skill development of faculties and students.

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Young pharmacy educator shines with his focus on research

Nirav Soni Pharmacy Educator cover

Pharmacy is the science and technique of preparing and dispensing drugs. It is a health profession that links health sciences with chemical sciences and aims to ensure the safe and effective use of pharmaceutical drugs. As a medical discipline closely related to human life, research and development in this field is of paramount importance. Many educators in India are contributing significantly towards advancement of this science, overcoming the challenges and constraints in-spite of limited availability of resources. Meet Nirav Soni, working as Asst Professor in A-One Pharmacy College, Anasan, Ahmedabad, who in just couple of years in his teaching career, has already bagged multiple awards for his research efforts and innovative teaching-learning methodologies.

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His research gives glimpse of ecological landscape that existed 300 million years ago

Dr Daramsothu Seetharam Palynologist Palaeobotanist

One of the most useful extant remains of a plant that can survive for millions of years under favourable conditions is its pollen or spores. The study of these particles, called Palynology, gives clues to the life, environment, and energetic conditions that produced them. Meet Dr. Daramsothu Seetharam, a Palynologist, Palaeobotanist and a UGC - RGNF Senior Research Fellow at Osmania University, Hyderabad, who's research in this field has provided fascinating insights ranging from Telangana region's geological evolution to how allergies and asthma get developed in residents of certain regions.

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Physics is his passion, Community Service his mission

Niket Shastri SCET NSS Program Officer

National Service Scheme (NSS), under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of India, was launched in Gandhiji's Birth Centenary Year 1969 with primary focus on the development of personality of students through community service. Today, NSS has more than 3.2 million student volunteers on its roll across India. Meet Niket Shastri, Sr. Assistant Professor of Physics who has been actively spearheading the NSS efforts at Sarvajanik College of Engineering and Technology (SCET), Surat, as a Program Officer. His team of NSS Volunteers have the unique distinction of winning the Best Volunteers award for last three years in a row from Gujarat Technological University (GTU) and also the Best NSS Unit award for 2014-15. Recognizing his outstanding contribution and innovation in social and cultural activities, Niket has been honoured with Pedogogical Innovation Award (2017) and Best NSS Program Officer (2016) by GTU.

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