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Prof. R. V. Rajakumar
Director and Professor (Electrical Sciences)
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Ratnam V. Raja Kumar was born in Machilipatnam, India. He received his BE degree from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, topping all branches of engineering in 1980, M.Tech., and Ph.D., in 1982 and 1987 respectively from IIT Kharagpur, all in Electronics and Communication Engineering.
He has been serving as a professor of Electronics and Communications engineering at IIT Kharagpur, starting his career as a member of the faculty in 1984. He served as the first Vice-chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies (RGUKT), Hyderabad from 2010-15, met the challenges of building this new University into a model for quality Engineering education and helped its realization despite its grand annual intake of 6000 rural students, through several innovations, raising quality faculty and by creating world class laboratories. The university won awards for its innovative ICT based education and pedagogical systems created under his leadership. He also served as the Dean of Academic Affairs of IIT Kharagpur from 2003 to 2006, as the Chairman of the G S Sanyal School of Telecommunications, a school of excellence for research in Telecommunications till 2005 and headed the Vodafone Essar - IIT Center of Excellence in Telecommunications from 2007 to 2010 besides other assignments. He served on several governing, research and advisory boards, national committees and was also instrumental in the initiation of the INDEST Consortium. He made the perspective plan for the growth of IIT Kharagpur and also was responsible in bringing important academic reforms in the Undergraduate education at IIT Kharagpur. He was in the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1988 on a visiting assignment.
His research areas include Digital Signal Processing, Wireless Communications, Detection and Estimation and VLSI systems for Communications. He has over 160 research papers in reputed international journals and conferences and has supervised the theses of over 140 students at different levels. He authored three video courses in engineering, which were also telecasted nationwide, for undergraduate and Masters programmes. He is presently engaged in active research on Green radio, Cognitive radio and GLRT based detection systems. Quality of technical education is also of his concern, made significant contributions and served on the boards of studies of several institutions and contributed in curricular design exercises.
Prof. Raja Kumar made significant contributions to technology development through prestigious national projects. Designing a sonar homing system for the first ever torpedo developed by India, designing communication systems for defense and drawing the plan for development of Cognitive Radio for DRDO are a few of the many similar contributions made by him. The BOYS-CAST research grant from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India in 1987, the Baroda Chapter national award of ISTE in 2007 and the best student paper award in the 1984 IEEE Region 10 Graduate Paper Contest are a few of the numerous awards and distinctions held by him. He served as the general chair, TPC chair and on Committees of several National and International Conferences.
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