IIT Bombay Professor Rangan Banerjee has been appointed as the next director of IIT Delhi, the outgoing director of the institute Prof Ramgopal Rao announced on social media on Monday.
Banerjee, a Forbes Marshall Chair Professor in IIT Bombay, is a B Tech (Mechanical) from the same institute. Later, he obtained a PhD (Mechanical Engineering), also from IIT Bombay.
“I am happy to inform you that Prof. Rangan Banerjee from the Department of Energy Sciences & Engineering, IIT Bombay has been appointed as the next Director of IIT Delhi. Hearty congratulations and best wishes to Prof. Banerjee,” Prof Rao, who had taken charge in April 2016, posted on Facebook.
JNU Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar and IIT Delhi professor at the Department of Applied Mechanics Santosh Kapuria were also shortlisted for the post.
Prof. Rangan started his academic career as an assistant professor at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai in 1992 before joining IIT-Bombay in 1993. He became an assistant professor in 1997 and professor in 2003. He helped in starting the Department of Energy Science and Engineering at IIT-Bombay in 2007.
Prof. Banerjee was a member of the working group on New and Renewable Energy for the eleventh and twelfth Five-Year Plans and a member of the Planning Commission’s Integrated Energy policy. He has been involved in advising the city, state regulatory commission and energy agency, the Planning commission, Niti Aayog, and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
He has co-authored books on several topics — planning for demand-side management in the power sector, energy cost in the chemical industry and engineering education in India. He has been honoured with Excellence in Teaching Award by IIT Bombay and is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He is also an adjunct faculty (honorary) in the Department of Engineering & Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University.
Source: The Hindu