Former Director / Former Director General

Prof. Dr. Arun P. Kulshreshtha

Prof. Dr. Arun P. Kulshreshtha was the Director of the Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned and other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre) from July 2002 to September 2014, and then served as the Director General of the NAM S&T Centre from October 2014 to January 2019.  

He had graduated in Physics from Agra University in 1959 and subsequently, completed his doctorate in Physical & Mathematical Sciences (Semiconductor Physics) from the Moscow State University in 1965. 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, Turkey; Visiting Professor at the Lancaster University, UK; R&D Manager at the Solid State Physics Laboratory (SSPL), Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), New Delhi; and In-Charge, Quality Control of Remote Sensing Satellites at ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), Bangalore, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Prof. Kulshreshtha served as Counsellor (Science & Technology) at the Embassy of India, Moscow during 1984-88.  He headed the International Division in the Dept. of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India during 1993 to 2001. 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 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. Prof. Kulshreshtha also 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.

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