Education plays a vital role in building the future of our nation by transforming lives and communities. We have several educator heroes who help students aim high and achieve their potential, often meeting and overcoming considerable challenges along the way. Recently Delhi based MT Research & Educational Services (MTRES) came up with Teaching Excellence Awards (TEA) 2018, to recognize the monumental role teachers play in our society as they instil a desire to learn and achieve and create tomorrow’s leaders. Meet one of the awardees, Dr. Saikat Kumar Seth, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, who has been honoured with Excellent Teacher Award in MTRES TEA 2018.
Dr Seth has completed his graduation (B.Sc.) and post-graduation (M.Sc.) from Jadavpur University. During Ph.D work in Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata, he had joined Mugberia Gangadhar Mahavidyalaya, Purba Medinipur, West Bengal, as an Assistant Professor of Physics. He served Mugberia Gangadhar Mahavidyalaya from 2007 to 2015 and then he joined in the department of Physics of Jadavpur University in 2016.
His research area is X-ray Crystallography and Crystal Engineering. Exploration of weak interactions and their cooperative effects in building extended supramolecular framework is the main goal of his research work. During Ph.D. work, his aim was to determine and elucidate the X-ray structure of small molecules. Then he was focused to work in the field of Crystal Engineering and to quantify weak noncovalent interactions. He did his post doctoral research at Universitat de les Illes Balears, Palma, Spain. Two research Scholars are currently pursuing their Ph.D. under his guidance.
He has published over 70 research articles in several peer-reviewed high impact international journals, edited one book, and contributed two chapters in two edited books of national and international level. Now he started working on high-performance computation also. In near future, the research group of Dr. Seth will establish a high performance computation center for detail quantum chemical calculations to reach new goals.
Being an active researcher, he acted as PI of a UGC sponsored Major Research Project in 2013. He got Young Scientist Award in 2014 and 2015, Best Poster Award in 2015, and Outstanding Reviewer Award from Elsevier in 2016 and 2017, Overseas Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in 2017, Best Presentation Award in 2017, Publons Peer Review Awards in 2018.
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