Dr. D. Swaminadhan

Chairman/President, 1. Dr. D. Swaminadhan Research Foundation; 2. Jawaharlal Nehru Institute for Advanced Studies (JNIAS) and 3. Mahatma Gandhi National Institute of Research and Social Action (MGNIRSA)


Areas of Interest:

Apart from his professional interest in structural engineering (Bridges), he has a flair for "Social Action" to improve the quality of life of the poor and women.

Specialization:

Structural Engineering (Bridges) Education, Engineering Technology Education and Research and Educational Administration.

Consultancy Areas:

tructural Engineering (Bridges) Education, Engineering Technology Education and Research and Educational Administration..

 

Sector Associated With:

Academia

Sectors Interested to Offer Service:

Educational / Academic institutions, R&D Organizations, Government (including funding agencies)

Major Professional Contributions:

ACHIEVMENTS OF PROF.DR.D.SWAMINADHAN

General Background

Prof. Dr. D. Swaminadhan, born on 01/02/1938 at Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, formerly a Member, Planning Commission, New Delhi, is a distinguished Engineer, Technologist, Educationist, Researcher and a planner. He belongs to Scheduled Tribes Community and is a first generation learner. Dr. Swaminadhan spent more than Fifty five years of his life in the field of higher education, engineering and technological education and research, educational planning and administration with a sound academic foundation. He is a B.E. in Civil Engineering from Andhra University and a Doctorate in Structural engineering from Liverpool University, U.K. His contributions to engineering and technology are well recognised. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India) and a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He has projected his ideas through many papers presented at national and international levels. He researched on "Articulated Cellular Bridge Decks" and produced a new met hod of analysis known as 'Finite element - grillage method' during his research work at the University of Liverpool. He has a flair for 'social action' to improve the quality of life of the poor and women through economic and social empowerment and hence established Dr. D. Swaminadhan Research Foundation for this purpose.

Addl.Secretary, University Grants Commission (UGC)

During his tenure in the University Grants Commission, he actively involved himself directly and through several Committees, of which he was a Member, in moulding of the progressive and innovative educational schemes, programmes and approaches. His association with modern educational concepts such as distance education, continuing education, and education through electronic media gave him a futuristic perspective. His exposure in the University Grants Commission provided him the advantage of having an over-view of higher education in the country in general and being a highly qualified Engineer himself, of higher technological education in particular. In addition to this, he had a clear foresight about the dynamics of development of higher and technical education - a rare combination of conceptual clarity and pragmatic methodology.

Vice-Chanchellor, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU)

Dr. Swaminadhan's tenure as Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad was full of contributions and achievements. The Ten Year Prospective Plan, a meticulously prepared document for the growth of the University, bears ample testimony to his sagacious planning. He took upon himself the task of developing the University into one of the Centres of excellence, in which task he succeeded admirably. Aware of the primordial place of engineering and technology in India's economic development, he had visualised the Mission of the University in terms of excellence and modernisation of engineering and technological education and epitomised it in a brochure "The Vision of Mission". He provided a strong nucleus for the University in establishing ten schools of excellence, around which the University was expected to grow. He gave a thrust to the distance education in Engineering and Technology. The University is the first in the country to offer under-gr aduate and post-graduate programmes in Engineering and Technology through distance education mode. He initiated a project for establishing a National Academy of Pedagogy in Engineering, Technology and Management at the University and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has approved it in principle.

Member, Planning Commission, Government of India.

Keeping in view Dr. Swaminadhan's contributions and achievements in Higher education and in Engineering, Technological and Management education, the Government of India appointed him as Member, Planning Commission, when he was working as Vice-Chancellor of J.N.T. University. His ideas and vision were reflected in the development of nationally important sectors of Higher education, Technical education, Housing, Urban Development, Water Supply and Sanitation during the Eighth Five Year Plan. His initiative in organising a 'Brain storming session on the higher education' in the Planning Commission provided the needed directions and perspectives for the development of higher education during the Eighth Plan.

He stimulated thinking and discussion on making the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology and Indian Institutes of Management to reorient their activities for national development in the present changed economic scenario in the country. As a result, an Approach Paper was developed by IITs focusing on new Thrust Areas, International Consultancy, Creation of Corpus Fund and Industrial Foundation. As a sequel, the IITs and IISc. Bangalore, together proposed focused Technology Development Missions in certain areas of strategic significance and export potential.

He was the Chairman of the National Steering Committee on these Technology Development Missions. Similarly, the IIMs, as the leading and internationally known management institutes, not only identified some vital issues and crucial areas which would contribute towards strengthening management education, research and training in the country, but also identified certain priority areas which will help them to play a systemic role in the 90's. A Brain Storming Session on Regional Engineering Colleges resulted in the preparation of an Approach document titled "Perspectives for Excellence in Regional Engineering Colleges". Similar brain storming exercises have been initiated on the Polytechnic education and the Technical Teachers Training Institutes (TTTIs), resulting in similar documents on perspectives for excellence.

As competitiveness in technology requires a high level of scientific capability too, he organised and chaired a brain storming session on "Mathematical Sciences" as well in the Planning Commission. In the context of the changed scenario of globalisation, we need a strong knowledge and information base. Keeping this requirement and also the resources crunch situation in view, he organised and chaired a brain storming session on "Sharing of Library and Information Resources through Networking" in the Planning Commission. Another brain storming session was organised under his Chairmanship, inviting eminent scientists, vice-chancellors and researchers to introspect and to prepare an approach paper on "Strengthening Research Excellence in India".

Dr. Swaminadhan was the Chairman of the following Ninth Plan Steering Committees constituted by the Planning Commission: (i) Steering Committee for Education Sector - University Education open learning system and technical and management education; (ii) Steering Committee on Urban Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Poverty; and (iii) Steering Committee on Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Housing.


Value-orientation of Education

Dr. Swaminadhan took keen interest in the most crucial areas of Value Orientation of Education. He took the much needed initiative towards constituting a Planning Commission Core Group on Value Orientation of Education to consider the role of Value education in the entire educational system, to review the existing arrangements and programmes and to formulate concrete programmes for development of value education for all stages of education and to suggest various models and modalities for implementation. For the first time in the history of Educational Policy and Planning in India, Dr. Swaminadhan took the lead in the areas of Value Education which will contribute to the growth of an integrated personality among the new generation who will be leaders in all walks of life. As in the case of higher education, management and technological education - where new ground has been covered, in the area of Value Orientation of Education too, Dr. Swaminadhan proposes to initiate the much need ed transformation of education, promoting national integration and international understanding. He was the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Value Orientation of Education constituted by the Ministry of Human Resources Development.


Swaminadhan Model

Dr. Swaminadhan's contributions to University-Industry Interaction and University-Industry - R & D Laboratories - Professional Bodies and Academies interaction have been well recognised through his models; (I) Swaminadhan Model for University-Industry Symbiosis; (II) Swaminadhan Model for University-Industry-R&D Organisation Symbiosis, (III)
Swaminadhan Model for University-Industry-National R&D Laboratories-Professional Bodies and Scientific Academies Interaction for country's economic development. He was the Chairman of the Standing Committee on University – Industry – R & D Labs – Professional Bodies and Scientific Academies interaction, constituted by the Planning Commission.

Dr. D. Swaminadhan Research Foundation

Dr. Swaminadhan is the founder Chairman of "Dr. D. Swaminadhan Research Foundation", a public charitable trust and a registered society with the main objective of contributing towards the advancement of human development based on eco-friendly, pro-poor and gender equity approaches through involving dedicated scientists, technologists, social scientists and social workers in undertaking relevant education, research, training and innovations for voluntary social action. The Foundation has established the Mahatma Gandhi National Institute of Research and Social Action (MGNIRSA) at Hyderabad to act as an academic and scientific back up support in fulfilling the objectives of the Foundation. The Foundation also established two other Research Institutes: 1. Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Studies (JNIAS) and 2. Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Medical Research (JNIAMER) He is the President of all its Institutes.

As a part of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Indian Independence, he organised (through joint collaboration between NIRSA & NISIET at Hyderabad), a National Seminar on "Fifty years of Indian Independence – Indian Ethos and Human Values: Retrospect & Prospect" in October 1997. As an outcome of the Seminar, MGNIRSA has established an "International Research Centre for Indian Freedom Movement and National Reconstruction (IRECIFMANAR)", with a view to promote national spirit and work towards National Reconstruction involving freedom fighters, intellectuals, non-resident Indians and others and to promote international understanding, peace, progress and human values.
UNESCO Chair professor
Dr. Swaminadhan has been the UNESCO Chair professor in MGNIRSA. As UNESCO professor, he initiated UNESCO Regional University – Industry Partnership programme (IND – UNISPAR Programme) linking up six universities in the South India to undertake specific activities related to University – Industry interaction.
UNESCO International Consultant
Dr. Swaminadhan was sent to Kathmandu, Nepal by UNESCO as an UNESCO International Consultant as a part of its Technical support to the Ministry of Science & Technology (MOST), His Majesty's Government of Nepal in formulating its New Science & Technology policy. He successfully completed the assignment in Dec.1997 – Jan.1998 and submitted the New Science & Technology policy of Nepal document.

Member, National Advisory Council (NAC), Government of India
Recognising his eminence he has been appointed as the Member, National Advisory Council (NAC -1), Government of India, New Delhi which is to oversee the implementation of national Common Minimum Programme (CMP) of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government of India. The functions of the National Advisory Council (NAC) include:
a). To monitor the progress of the implementation of the Common Minimum Programme (CMP).
b). To provide inputs for the formulation of policy by the government and to provide support to the government in its legislative business.
As Member, NAC Dr. Swaminadhan focused on "Tribal Development" among other things.
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Professional Experience:

      ACHIEVMENTS OF PROF.DR.D.SWAMINADHAN


      General Background


  • Prof. Dr. D. Swaminadhan, born on 01/02/1938 at Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, formerly a Member, Planning Commission, New Delhi, is a distinguished Engineer, Technologist, Educationist, Researcher and a planner. He belongs to Scheduled Tribes Community and is a first generation learner. Dr. Swaminadhan spent more than Fifty five years of his life in the field of higher education, engineering and technological education and research, educational planning and administration with a sound academic foundation. He is a B.E. in Civil Engineering from Andhra University and a Doctorate in Structural engineering from Liverpool University, U.K. His contributions to engineering and technology are well recognised. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India) and a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He has projected his ideas through many papers presented at national and international levels. He researched on "Articulated Cellular Bridge Decks" and produced a new met hod of analysis known as 'Finite element - grillage method' during his research work at the University of Liverpool. He has a flair for 'social action' to improve the quality of life of the poor and women through economic and social empowerment and hence established Dr. D. Swaminadhan Research Foundation for this purpose.
  • Addl.Secretary, University Grants Commission (UGC)
  • During his tenure in the University Grants Commission, he actively involved himself directly and through several Committees, of which he was a Member, in moulding of the progressive and innovative educational schemes, programmes and approaches. His association with modern educational concepts such as distance education, continuing education, and education through electronic media gave him a futuristic perspective. His exposure in the University Grants Commission provided him the advantage of having an over-view of higher education in the country in general and being a highly qualified Engineer himself, of higher technological education in particular. In addition to this, he had a clear foresight about the dynamics of development of higher and technical education - a rare combination of conceptual clarity and pragmatic methodology.
  • Vice-Chanchellor, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU)
  • Dr. Swaminadhan's tenure as Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad was full of contributions and achievements. The Ten Year Prospective Plan, a meticulously prepared document for the growth of the University, bears ample testimony to his sagacious planning. He took upon himself the task of developing the University into one of the Centres of excellence, in which task he succeeded admirably. Aware of the primordial place of engineering and technology in India's economic development, he had visualised the Mission of the University in terms of excellence and modernisation of engineering and technological education and epitomised it in a brochure "The Vision of Mission". He provided a strong nucleus for the University in establishing ten schools of excellence, around which the University was expected to grow. He gave a thrust to the distance education in Engineering and Technology. The University is the first in the country to offer under-gr aduate and post-graduate programmes in Engineering and Technology through distance education mode. He initiated a project for establishing a National Academy of Pedagogy in Engineering, Technology and Management at the University and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has approved it in principle.
  • Member, Planning Commission, Government of India.
  • Keeping in view Dr. Swaminadhan's contributions and achievements in Higher education and in Engineering, Technological and Management education, the Government of India appointed him as Member, Planning Commission, when he was working as Vice-Chancellor of J.N.T. University. His ideas and vision were reflected in the development of nationally important sectors of Higher education, Technical education, Housing, Urban Development, Water Supply and Sanitation during the Eighth Five Year Plan. His initiative in organising a 'Brain storming session on the higher education' in the Planning Commission provided the needed directions and perspectives for the development of higher education during the Eighth Plan.

    He stimulated thinking and discussion on making the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology and Indian Institutes of Management to reorient their activities for national development in the present changed economic scenario in the country. As a result, an Approach Paper was developed by IITs focusing on new Thrust Areas, International Consultancy, Creation of Corpus Fund and Industrial Foundation. As a sequel, the IITs and IISc. Bangalore, together proposed focused Technology Development Missions in certain areas of strategic significance and export potential.
  • He was the Chairman of the National Steering Committee on these Technology Development Missions. Similarly, the IIMs, as the leading and internationally known management institutes, not only identified some vital issues and crucial areas which would contribute towards strengthening management education, research and training in the country, but also identified certain priority areas which will help them to play a systemic role in the 90's. A Brain Storming Session on Regional Engineering Colleges resulted in the preparation of an Approach document titled "Perspectives for Excellence in Regional Engineering Colleges". Similar brain storming exercises have been initiated on the Polytechnic education and the Technical Teachers Training Institutes (TTTIs), resulting in similar documents on perspectives for excellence.
  • As competitiveness in technology requires a high level of scientific capability too, he organised and chaired a brain storming session on "Mathematical Sciences" as well in the Planning Commission. In the context of the changed scenario of globalisation, we need a strong knowledge and information base. Keeping this requirement and also the resources crunch situation in view, he organised and chaired a brain storming session on "Sharing of Library and Information Resources through Networking" in the Planning Commission. Another brain storming session was organised under his Chairmanship, inviting eminent scientists, vice-chancellors and researchers to introspect and to prepare an approach paper on "Strengthening Research Excellence in India".
  • Dr. Swaminadhan was the Chairman of the following Ninth Plan Steering Committees constituted by the Planning Commission: (i) Steering Committee for Education Sector - University Education open learning system and technical and management education; (ii) Steering Committee on Urban Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Poverty; and (iii) Steering Committee on Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Housing.
  • Value-orientation of Education
  • Dr. Swaminadhan took keen interest in the most crucial areas of Value Orientation of Education. He took the much needed initiative towards constituting a Planning Commission Core Group on Value Orientation of Education to consider the role of Value education in the entire educational system, to review the existing arrangements and programmes and to formulate concrete programmes for development of value education for all stages of education and to suggest various models and modalities for implementation. For the first time in the history of Educational Policy and Planning in India, Dr. Swaminadhan took the lead in the areas of Value Education which will contribute to the growth of an integrated personality among the new generation who will be leaders in all walks of life. As in the case of higher education, management and technological education - where new ground has been covered, in the area of Value Orientation of Education too, Dr. Swaminadhan proposes to initiate the much need ed transformation of education, promoting national integration and international understanding. He was the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Value Orientation of Education constituted by the Ministry of Human Resources Development.
  • Swaminadhan Model
  • Dr. Swaminadhan's contributions to University-Industry Interaction and University-Industry - R & D Laboratories - Professional Bodies and Academies interaction have been well recognised through his models; (I) Swaminadhan Model for University-Industry Symbiosis; (II) Swaminadhan Model for University-Industry-R&D Organisation Symbiosis, (III)
  • Swaminadhan Model for University-Industry-National R&D Laboratories-Professional Bodies and Scientific Academies Interaction for country's economic development. He was the Chairman of the Standing Committee on University – Industry – R & D Labs – Professional Bodies and Scientific Academies interaction, constituted by the Planning Commission.
  • Dr. D. Swaminadhan Research Foundation
  • Dr. Swaminadhan is the founder Chairman of "Dr. D. Swaminadhan Research Foundation", a public charitable trust and a registered society with the main objective of contributing towards the advancement of human development based on eco-friendly, pro-poor and gender equity approaches through involving dedicated scientists, technologists, social scientists and social workers in undertaking relevant education, research, training and innovations for voluntary social action. The Foundation has established the Mahatma Gandhi National Institute of Research and Social Action (MGNIRSA) at Hyderabad to act as an academic and scientific back up support in fulfilling the objectives of the Foundation. The Foundation also established two other Research Institutes: 1. Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Studies (JNIAS) and 2. Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Medical Research (JNIAMER) He is the President of all its Institutes.
  • As a part of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Indian Independence, he organised (through joint collaboration between NIRSA & NISIET at Hyderabad), a National Seminar on "Fifty years of Indian Independence – Indian Ethos and Human Values: Retrospect & Prospect" in October 1997. As an outcome of the Seminar, MGNIRSA has established an "International Research Centre for Indian Freedom Movement and National Reconstruction (IRECIFMANAR)", with a view to promote national spirit and work towards National Reconstruction involving freedom fighters, intellectuals, non-resident Indians and others and to promote international understanding, peace, progress and human values.
    UNESCO Chair professor
  • Dr. Swaminadhan has been the UNESCO Chair professor in MGNIRSA. As UNESCO professor, he initiated UNESCO Regional University – Industry Partnership programme (IND – UNISPAR Programme) linking up six universities in the South India to undertake specific activities related to University – Industry interaction.
  • UNESCO International Consultant
  • Dr. Swaminadhan was sent to Kathmandu, Nepal by UNESCO as an UNESCO International Consultant as a part of its Technical support to the Ministry of Science & Technology (MOST), His Majesty's Government of Nepal in formulating its New Science & Technology policy. He successfully completed the assignment in Dec.1997 – Jan.1998 and submitted the New Science & Technology policy of Nepal document.
  • Member, National Advisory Council (NAC), Government of India
  • Recognising his eminence he has been appointed as the Member, National Advisory Council (NAC -1), Government of India, New Delhi which is to oversee the implementation of national Common Minimum Programme (CMP) of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government of India. The functions of the National Advisory Council (NAC) include:
  • To monitor the progress of the implementation of the Common Minimum Programme (CMP).
  • To provide inputs for the formulation of policy by the government and to provide support to the government in its legislative business.
    As Member, NAC Dr. Swaminadhan focused on "Tribal Development" among other things.

Keywords:

Swaminadhan Model; Engineering & Technology, Higher and Technical Education and Research; Value Education; Bridge Deck Analysis..

 

Contact Information

Office

Office: Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Studies (JNIAS), 6th Floor, Buddha Bhavan, Secunderabad-500003.
Res: 8-2-293/82/LP/6, Lotus Pond Colony, Banjara Hills, Road No-12, Hyderabad-34 Mob: 9849150190

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Education

  • PhD (England)
  • B.Sc
  • PhD (h/c)

 

Awards and Major Professional Recognitions

  • Membership of Professional Bodies
    Prof. Dr. D. Swaminadhan is a Member of reputed Professional Bodies like:
    Fellow of Institution of Engineers (FIE),
    Fellow, Indian National Academy of Engineering (FNAE);
  • Fellow, Andhra Pradesh Academy of Sciences (FAPAS);
    Chartered Engineer (C.Eng);
  • Member, Indian Society for Technical Education (MISTE)
  • Member, Indian Science Congress Association (MISCA) and
  • Member, Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), New Delhi.


Awards

  • National Unity Award-'93', conferred for outstanding services, achievements and contributions, by the All India National Unity Conference, New Delhi
  • Honoured as an 'Eminent Scientist of India' by the Andhra Pradesh Academy of Sciences, Hyderabad in September, 1993
  • 'Festival Award 93' presented by the Delhi Telugu Academy, for his valuable contributions in the field of Planning
  • 'Vijaya Rattna Award' presented by the International Friendship Society of India, New Delhi for enriching human life and outstanding contributions, February, 1994
  • Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award - 1993 presented by the Shiromani Institute, New Delhi August, 1994
  • Manav Sewa Puraskar presented by the Institute of Economic Studies, New Delhi June, 1995
  • International Cultural Diploma of Honour, awarded by the American Biographical Institute - 1995
  • Awarded D.Sc., (Honoris Causa) by the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad at its VIIth Convocation 23rd August, 1994
  • Awarded PhD (Honoris Causa) by Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU),Hyderabad
  • Honoured and presented an Institution of Engineers' plaque for his eminence and outstanding contribution to the profession of engineering at the Glimpses of Engineering Personalities programme organised at the time of the Tenth Indian Engineering Congress held at Jaipur on December 20-23, 1995
  • On personal invitation biographical entry included in the Dictionary of International Biography - Twenty Fifth Edition scheduled for publication in January/February 1997 by the International Biographical Centre, England
  • Nominated as an International Man of the year for 1996/97 by the International Bio-Graphical Centre, Cambridge, England
  • Nominated to 2000 outstanding people of 20th Century, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England
  • "Twentieth Century Award For Achievement" International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England"Sri Lankapally Bullayya Life Time Achievement Award", 2001
  • Rashtriya Vikas Shiromani Award–2005 for contribution in the field of Planning, awarded by Delhi Telugu Academy, New Delhi
  • The Leading Engineers of the World – 2007 award by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England
  • Life Time Achievement Award – Sri Ramanuja Mission Trust, Chennai on 20th June, 2008
  • Life Time Achievement Award – Indian Society for Technical Education – Andhra Pradesh Chapter, Hyderabad December, 2008
  • 'Distinguished Indian' in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Scientific community and his Life Time Achievement in the academic and Research and development presented by Board of Directors of Pentagram Research Centre, Hyderabad on 7th January, 2009
  • 'The Great Son of the Soil', in recognition of his outstanding services, achievements and contribution by All India Conference of Intellectuals, Andhra Pradesh Intellectuals Conference on 22nd February, 2009.

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INAE Section Affiliated I: Civil Engineering


Year of Election to Fellowship: 1992


Year of Birth: 01-02-1938