Prof. Dr. Arun Prakash Kulshreshtha

 

Prof. Dr. Arun P. Kulshreshtha is the Director General of the Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned and other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre), an inter-governmental organisation like the United Nations.

He was born in Agra, India in 1941. After having graduated in Physics from Agra University in 1959 he joined Banaras Hindu University as a research scholar in Radio Engineering. Subsequently, he completed his doctorate in 1965 from Moscow State University in Physical & Mathematical Sciences (Semiconductor Physics). Early part of the professional carrier of Prof. Kulshreshtha encompassed his affiliations as a scientist at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), New Delhi; Assistant Professor and Head of the Solid State Physics Laboratory at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi; Senior Research Associate at NASA Marshall Space Flight Centre, Huntsville in USA; Associate Professor at Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara; Visiting Professor at Lancaster University, UK; R&D Manager at the Solid State Physics Laboratory (SSPL) of the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), New Delhi; and In-Charge, Quality Control of Remote Sensing Satellites at ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), Bangalore of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Prof. Kulshreshtha served as Counsellor (Science & Technology) at the Embassy of India, Moscow during 1984-88, when he conceived and formulated an Integrated Long Term Programme of Cooperation in Science & Technology (ILTP) with the then Soviet Union, which has been the biggest ever bilateral scientific programme in the world. During 1993-2001 he headed the International Division in the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Government of India. Prof. Kulshreshtha was instrumental in initiating bilateral, multilateral and regional cooperation with a large number of countries, including India-British S&T Partnership Initiative, India-China S&T PEEP Programme and India-Uzbekistan Centre for the Promotion of Scientific and Technological Cooperation. He was totally involved in various facets of creating and setting up of the Indo-US Science & Technology Forum right from its conceptualisation. He was the principal negotiator for India-EU S&T Agreement and signatory to its draft. He was the Chairman of the SAARC and BIMSTEC S&T Committees, National Focal Point for India's cooperation with UNESCO in S&T and Co-Chairperson of several bilateral inter-governmental S&T Joint Committees. He extensively contributed to conceiving and establishing the International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy & New Materials (ARC-I) at Hyderabad, which is a model organisation for technology transfer and development of high performance materials and processes for niche market, and Bharat Immunologicals & Biologicals Corporation Ltd. (BIBCOL) at Bulandshahr, a public sector organisation for the production of cell culture based oral polio vaccine. Prof. Kulshreshtha headed the Indian national programme for the development of space quality silicon solar cells, which have been flown in solar panels on Indian satellites. He has published about 50 research papers in international journals and is fluent in several languages, including Hindi, English and Russian.