Dr. Amitava Bandopadhyay has taken over the charge of the Centre for Science & Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre) as the Director General on February 1, 2019.
Before joining NAM S&T Centre, Dr. Bandopadhyay was Head of the Recruitment & Assessment Board (CSIR-RAB), Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, New Delhi (2016-18). During 2013-16, Dr. Bandopadhyay had worked as Chief Scientist and Head of CSIR’s International Science & Technology Affairs Directorate (ISTAD), New Delhi. As Head of the International S&T Affairs Directorate, Dr. Bandopadhyay was responsible for coordinating CSIR’s international scientific & technological activities around the world including international R&D programs, research contracts and training activities. During 1991-2012, Dr. Bandopadhyay has worked in the CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur, India in various capacities in the areas of ferrous extractive metallurgy and environmental & energy management. During his research career, he has led a number of internationally funded R&D projects.
Prior to joining CSIR, Dr. Bandopadhyay was a Principal Research Engineer at the R&D Centre for Iron & Steel, Steel Authority of India Limited, Ranchi, India.
Dr. Bandopadhyay has over 35 years of R&D experience in the areas of mineral and materials processing; environment and energy related issues in metallurgical & chemical process industries; development of cleaner technologies; management of R&D programs and related activities.
Dr. Bandopadhyay did his B. Chem. Engg. from the Jadavpur University, Kolkata; ME in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India and Ph. D. in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He did his post-doctoral studies from the Pennsylvania State University, State College, USA (1989-91) and the University of Leeds, UK (2001). He has more than 125 research publications & presentations and 15 patents to his credit. He has also edited 7 books/conference proceedings.
Dr. Bandopadhyay is the recipient of the “Metallurgist of the Year Award” (National Metallurgist Day Award) from the Ministry of Steel & Mines, Govt. of India (1998); “Indranil Award – 1997” from the Mining, Geological & Metallurgical Institute of India (MGMI) and “PL Thermal Sciences – ITAS Award – 1993” for his scientific & technological contributions. He is also the co-recipient of the “Green Apple International Award – 2012” from the United Kingdom for the project “Chemical free arsenic removal for rural water supply” with Prof. Bhaskar Sengupta, OBE from the Queen’s University, Belfast, UK. He is a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Metals and recipient of the Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Fellowship to the Queen’s University, Belfast, UK during 2011.