Dr. B. V. Babu

Consultant (Quality Assurance in Higher Education & World Bank Sponsored Project HEQEP) Former Vice Chancellor, Graphic Era (Deemed-to-be) University & Galgotias University Former Professor & Dean, BITS-Pilani & SRM University-AP

An acknowledged researcher and renowned academician, Dr B V Babu (Born on 15th February 1961) has 38 years of teaching, research, consultancy, and administrative experience (as in 2023). He did his PhD from IIT Bombay. He is currently SelfEmployed as Consultant on Quality Assurance in Higher Education and also on a World Bank Sponsored Project HEQEP (Higher Education Quality Enhancement Program). Earlier, he was the Vice Chancellor of Graphic Era University-Dehradun (2016-17), Vice Chancellor of Galgotias University-Greater Noida (2014-16), Pro Vice Chancellor of DIT University-Dehradun (2013-14) and founding Director of Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) at JK Lakshmipat University-Jaipur (2011-2013). Dr Babu served at BITS Pilani for 15 years (1996-2011), and held various administrative positions as Dean-Student Welfare Division, Dean-Faculty Division 1, Dean-Educational Hardware Division and Head-Chemical Engineering Department, to name a few. He also served as the Dean of School of Engineering and Sciences (SEAS) at SRM University-AP, Amaravati (2021-23). He started his professional career at Dharmsinh Desai Institute of Technology-Nadiad, affiliated to Gujarat University for 11 years (1985-1996). 

Professor Babu is a distinguished academician and an acknowledged researcher with an h-index of 48 & i10-index of 156 and over 12,165 citations (as in Mar 2024). He is well known, internationally, for his algorithm, MODE (Multi Objective Differential Evolution) and its improved variants. Besides several highly-cited publications in International journals, he also has three well-accepted textbooks (published by Springer, Germany; Apple Academic Press, USA; and Oxford University Press, India) to his credit. 

Dr Babu got listed in the Top 2% Scientists in the world, consecutively in the years 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 released by the Stanford University, CA, USA on 6th July 2019, 8th October 2020, 19th October 2021 and 10th October 2022 respectively. In the year 2021, in his discipline he got listed with a Ranking of 302 out of 55,687 researchers across the World (Ranking 15th in India), with 81 publications during 1999-2017 in the same list of Top 2% Scientists in the World (Ref: Most coveted list of “World Ranking of Top 2% Scientists; Full List: http://shorturl.at/qHIJ4; Subject-wise List: http://shorturl.at/bdix8). He is the recipient of CSIR's ‘National Technology Day Award’, obtained in recognition of the research work done. He received ‘Kuloor Memorial Award-2006’ awarded for the Best Technical Paper published in the Institute’s Journal “Indian Chemical Engineer” in its issues for 2005. He also received ‘MTC Global Award for Excellence -2015’ and felicitation for being one of the ‘Top 10 Thinkers-2015- Indian Ranking’. He is also the recipient of ‘Best Paper Awards’ in CHEMCON-2000 and CHEMCON-2001 for the papers he presented at the International Symposia & Annual Sessions of Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE). He is the Life Member/Fellow of many professional bodies such as IIChE, IE (I), IEEE, IETE, ISTE, ICCE, IEA, SOM, ISSMO, IIIS, IAENG, SPE, ISTD, etc. He is Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board Member of several International and National Scientific Journals. 

He has wide ranging research interests in the areas of Evolutionary Computation (population-based nature-inspired search algorithms for the optimization of complex engineering problems for both single- and multi-objective formulations), Energy Engineering (biomass gasification, pyrolysis, energy integration analysis and process intensification) and Environmental Engineering (low cost adsorbents for removing heavy metals and bio-filtration for removing volatile organic compounds). He supervised 10 PhD candidates and currently guiding 2 PhD candidates. He is PhD Examiner for 21 students & MTech Thesis Examiner for 13 students of IITs, NITs and Universities. Overall he has over 240 research publications to his credit. He completed three consultancy projects successfully. He has published ten books and has written several chapters, invited editorials and articles in various books, lecture notes and international journals. He organized several International and National Conferences, Workshops & Seminars and also chaired several Technical Sessions. He has been Invited Speaker and delivered Keynote Addresses at various International Conferences, Seminars and Workshops. He has been invited Panelist in Panel Discussions on Higher Education at various National and International Summits, Conferences and Award Functions. 

He is a member of various national and international academic and administrative committees. He is a Member, FICCI Higher Education Committee, New Delhi; Member, EPSI Committee of Deemed Universities, New Delhi; National Executive Council Member, Centre for Education Growth and Research (CEGR), New Delhi. He was the Chairman-Diploma Board, Member of National Council and also an Executive Member of Indian Society for Training and Development (ISTD), New Delhi. He is the Peer Team Member of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), a statutory body of UGC, New Delhi and served as Chairman, Member Coordinator and Member of various visiting Peer Teams for many Universities and Institutions across the country.

He is also member of Peer Review Committee for The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canada; National Research Foundation (NRF), International Research Grants, South Africa; Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, New Delhi; and member of Research Project Review Committee, Ministry of Steel, Government of India, New Delhi. He is Peer Team Member (Overseas QA Expert) for Review of Self-Assessment Reports of various Universities of Bangladesh, appointed by University Grants Commission (UGC), Government of Bangladesh (GoB) through World Bank Sponsored HEQEP (Higher Education Quality Enhancement Programme) Project. He is also a Peer Team Member for Arogya World India Trust for Healthy Workplace Assessment. He is Honorary Board Advisor and on Advisory Boards for many Educational Endeavors and Consulting Firms. He is Academic Expert Member of Academic Audit at VNIT Nagpur. He is External Expert Member of Board of Studies at Banasthali University, MNIT Jaipur and VNIT Nagpur. He is an Invited Panelist for AICTE-NCC-IP (All India Committee for Technical EducationNational Coordination Committee-Induction Programme) Workshops on UHV (Universal Human Values). 

He has industrial exposure through Practice School Operations (PS-1 & PS-2) and Work Integrated Learning Programs (WILP) of BITS-Pilani. He also was the Program Coordinator for (1) Process Engineering Programs offered for Chambal Fertilisers & Chemicals Limited (CFCL), Kota; (2) Process Engineering Programs offered for Hindustan Zinc Limited (HZL), Udaipur; (3) Power Engineering Programs offered for National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) at their various locations throughout India; (4) Manufacturing Engineering Programs offered for Bharat Forge Limited, Pune; (5) Marine Engineering & Nautical Sciences Programs offered at Tolani Maritime Institute (TMI), Induri; (6) Marine Engineering Programs offered at RL Institute of Nautical Sciences, Madurai by BITS Pilani. In addition he has taken up industrial consultancy projects for PS Milk Processors, Ahmedabad; Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC), Mumbai; Jalal Group of Complex Chemical Industries, Bahrain; Sangam (India) Limited Textile Industries, Bhilwara. 

On Personal front, Dr Babu’s Father Late Sri Venkata Ramana (1937-2015) was a Businessman and Mother Late Smt Annapurna (1942-2018) was a Homemaker. Dr Babu has Two Sisters (One Elder and One Younger to him) and Two Brothers (Both Younger to him). Dr Babu got married in 1985 to Ms Shailaja (Born in 1963), who did her M.Sc. (Food & Nutrition) from Ravi Shankar University, Raipur. She worked as Lecturer in a Government Degree College during the initial years of her professional career, but later decided to be a Full-time Homemaker. Dr Babu and Ms Shailaja are blessed with two children. Daughter Shruti (Born in 1987) did her MS in Software Engineering and works for International Business Machines (IBM) at Chennai, India as a Senior Software Engineer and Team Leader. Son Abhinav (Born in 1991) did his Dual Degree from BITS Pilani and started his own IT Company in Canada, after working at LinkedIn (Bengaluru-India and San Jose-California-USA) and at Google (Warsaw-Poland-Europe) as a Senior Software Engineer and Technical Team Leader for 10 years (2013-23).

Daughter Shruti got married in 2015 to Prabhu Kiran (Born in 1986 and did his B.Tech from IIT-Madras and PGDM from IIM-Indore), who works for US Technologies Global (USTG) at their Chennai Office as Senior Manager and they are blessed with two sons namely Vivaan (Born in 2017) and Rihansh (Born in 2019). 

He visited various countries across the world including USA, UK, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Mexico, Malaysia, Thailand, Dubai, UAE, Bahrain, Bangladesh, etc. Dr Babu’s hobbies include singing, music compositions, playing keyboard, reading spiritual books, walking, and practicing Yoga and Pranayama.

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