Dr Vijay Pandurang Bhatkar
Dr Vijay Pandurang Bhatkar is one of the most acclaimed scientists and IT leaders of India. He is best known as the architect of India’s first supercomputer ‘Param’ and as the founder Executive Director of C-DAC, India’s national initiative in supercomputing. He is credited with the creation of several national institutions, notably amongst them being C-DAC, ER&DC, IIITM-K, I2IT, ETH Research Lab, MKCL and India International Multiversity.
As the architect of India’s PARAM series of supercomputers, Dr Bhatkar has given India GIST multilingual technology and a lot of other path-breaking initiatives. Born on October 11, 1946 at Muramba, Akola, Maharashtra, Bhatkar obtained his Bachelor of Engineering degree from VNIT, Nagpur in 1965. This was followed by masters from MS University, Baroda and a Ph.D in Engineering from IIT, Delhi, in 1972.
He has been a Member of Scientific Advisory Committee to Cabinet of Government of India, Govering Council Member of CSIR, India and eGovernance Committee Chairman of Governments of Maharashtra and Goa.
A Fellow of IEEE, ACM, CSI, INAE and leading scientific, engineering and professional societies of India, he has has been honoured with Padmashri and Maharashtra Bhushan awards. Other recognitions include Saint Dnyaneshwar World Peace Prize, Lokmanya Tilak Award, HK Firodia and Dataquest Lifetime Achievement Awards, and many others. He was a nominee for Petersburg prize and is a distinguished alumni of IIT, Delhi.
Dr. Bhatkar has authored and edited 12 books and 80 research and technical papers. His current research interests include Exascale Supercomputing, Al, Brain-Mind-Consciousness, and Synthesis of Science and Spirituality. He is presently the Chancellor of India International Multiversity, Chairman of ETH Research Lab, Chief Mentor of I2IT, Chairman of the Board of IIT, Delhi, and National President of Vijnana Bharati.