Former Directors

Dr. Anirbid B. Sircar
Current Director General, GERMI

Prof Anirbid Sircar is the In-charge Director, School of Petroleum Technology. He is actively involved in teaching and research and has successfully guided multiple M. Tech and Ph.D students. He also has immense experience in the applied Petroleum related activities. Received Indira Gandhi Siromani award (2011) and Bharat Vikash Award (2017).

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Dr. C. Gopalkrishnan
Former Director General, GERMI

Dr. C. Gopalkrishnan has been Professor Emeritus, and Director(Interim) at the School of Petroleum Management, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. (2014 onwards)Earlier he was also Director General (Interim) at PDPU.

He was formerly Director, Professor of StrategicManagement & Entrepreneurship, and Dean of Faculty of Doctoral Studies and Research at the Nirma University (2006-2014). He was also Dean of Management at Nirma University and also a member on the Board of Governors and a member of the Finance Committee at Nirma University.

Prior to that, he was Professor at B.K. School of Management, Gujarat University (1981-2006). He had also coordinated the Executive MBA Programme at BK School Management, Gujarat University (1996-2002). Prior to academics, he had also worked in the industry for five years.

He is on the Board of Governors of Oakbrook Business School, on the advisory council of Tolani Institute of Management, Adipur and the Editorial Advisory Board of a number of academic journals.

Gopalkrishnan is a Bachelor of Arts from Delhi University (1972). He had done his Master’s in Economics from Gujarat University with second rank in the University (1974). He has done Ph.D. from School of Social Sciences, Gujarat University (1990). He had also attended FDP at IIMA (1986).

He had been a visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, (1993-2004), Mudra Institute of Communication, Ahmedabad for a number of years, and at Institute of Rural Management, Anand (1981-82; 2007-2008). He was also on the rolls of faculty at Ahmedabad Management Association and taught at programmes conducted by ISTD, AHRD etc.

Gopalkrishnan was a UGC-Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) scholar at the University of Regina, Sask., Canada in 1992.

He has guided successfully Thirteen Ph.D. students at Nirma University, Dharamsinh Desai University, Kadi Vishvavidyalaya, and CEPT University.

He has over 60 publications in journals, chapters in books, and in Economic & Financial newspapers. He has co-authored a book, Trade Unionism & Industrial Development (1989), (Ashish), and co-edited two books, Creating Wealth through Strategic HR & Entrepreneurship (2009), and Partners in Success: Strategic HR & Entrepreneurship (2009) (Excel). His recent book The Entrepreneur’s Choice: Cases on Family Business in India was published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group) in 2014. This book has also been reprinted as South Asia Edition in 2017.

Gopalkrishnan was a Canadian International Development Agency-UGC scholar at University of Regina, Canada (1992). He was also CRMS fellow at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (1986) and was also offered a one-year fellowship by the University of Utara Malaysia, Malaysia (2001-02).

Prof. T. Harinarayana
Former Director General, GERMI

Dr. T. Harinarayana is the Director of the Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute, Research Innovation and Incubation Centre, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. He holds two doctoral degrees in the field of Electromagnetics-one from Edinburgh University, UK & the other from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. He served earlier as Dy. Director at the National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad for more than three decades. He is a leading Scientist, well recognized for his excellence in deep EM Technique- Magnetotellurics. He also holds the position of an Independent Director, Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Limited, Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

Dr. T. Harinarayana is a member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Moscow. He has received the National Mineral Award-1991, the Andhra Pradesh Scientist Award-2008. While serving as Scientist-‘G’ and Head Magnetotelluric Division, NGRI, Hyderabad he became a fellow and a member of numerous national (IGU, AEG, APAS etc.) and international (IAGA, EMSEV etc.) scientific societies, academic forums and editorial boards of various techno-scientific journals of global importance.

His academic and research excellence created opportunities for him to serve as a visiting professor and scientist at the University of Tokyo, Japan and the University of Texas, USA respectively. He has also organized and chaired a large number of conference / seminars and technical sessions.

Dr. Harinarayana has successfully completed several scientific research projects related to oil exploration – eg. marine magnetotellurics in gulf of kutchch - and led techno-scientific projects in India. He has guided a large number of master and doctoral theses and authored high quality publications in international and national journals, especially in the areas of hydrocarbons, geothermal, seismo-tectonics, earthquakes, tsunamis and deep crustal studies.

Dr. R. Gopichandran
Former Director, GERMI

Environment & Climate Change Research Wing
Director In-Charge GRIIC & Principal Research Scientist,
GERMI-RIIC, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India

Dr. R. Gopichandran is Director In-charge, GRIIC & Principal Research Scientist, Environment and Climate Change Research Wing n GERMI, Research, Innovation and Incubation Centre, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. Dr. R. Gopichandran holds two doctoral degrees (Ph. D.) in Bio-sciences with specialization in Microbial Ecology and Chemical Ecology; following a Masters degree in Bio-sciences specializing in Environmental Sciences. He also holds a Bachelors degree in Law.

He was associated as the Head of the Industry Initiative (Environment Management) Programme at the Centre of Environment Education, Ahmedabad since 1993. Prior to joining CEE, he served as a Senior Research Associate, Entomology Research Institute, Chennai, for a period of 4 years. He has also sustained academic interests through teaching and guiding research in premier institutions in India including - Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay and School of Planning at the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad.

He has contributed mainly in the areas of Substitution of Ozone Depleting Substances, Ozone layer & Climate protection, Adaptation to Climate Change, Emission Reduction, Environmental Compliance and Chemical & Microbial ecology; with several well known publications to his credit.

Prof. V.P. Dimri, FNA, FNASc, FTWAS
Former Director, GRIIC

Prof. V.P. Dimri, joined as the second Director of GERMI Research, Innovation & Incubation Centre, Gandhinagar on 2nd March 2010 till 26th October, 2010. Earlier he was Director, NGRI (CSIR) Hyderabad.

He completed his post graduation and Ph.D. from the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India. He joined NGRI in 1970 as JRF and became the Director in October 2001. He was endowed with prestigious PDF in Norway for 1986-1988 and was awarded Senior DAAD Fellowship in 1996 at University of Kiel, Germany. Dr Dimri was Visiting Fellow of Norwegian Research Council, Oslo in 1999. Earlier, in 1977, he obtained advanced training for one and a half years at Geological Survey of Germany, Hannover. He is also currently Adjunct Professor of the University of Hyderabad; Department of Geophysics, Osmania University, Hyderabad and Honorary Professor of Andhra University, Visakhapatnam.

Dr. Dimri finds himself among the relatively small number of earth scientists who have also made significant and original contributions to exploration geophysics. He established a parallelism between deconvolution and inversion, which are two important tools of geophysical signal processing used in exploration of oil & gas, and mineral. Thus, he opened a new area of research in the field of earth sciences. His early work dealt with various geophysical signal processing issues, which he applied to the solution of challenging seismic, magnetic, and gravity problems. Dr. Dimri made pioneering contributions in the field of non-linear signal analysis using fractals and its applications in geophysical data. He has proposed a fractal based modeling and inversion schemes for seismic data analysis and gravity and magnetic studies.

To his credit, Dr Dimri has about 100 international and national publications, 3 filed patents (1 accepted by US) and 3 authored/edited books entitled (1) Deconvolution and Inverse Theory (Elsevier, Amsterdam, 1992), (2) Application of Fractals in Earth Science (Balkema, U.S.A. 2000) and (3) Fractal Behaviour of the earth system (Springer, Germany, 2005). His first book was declared as a ‘Didactical Masterpiece’ and reference book in the field of inversion by Prof. M. Koch of USA.

To be at par with international research, he designed major scientific programmes in the sectors of ‘Energy Security’, ‘Water Security’, ‘Ocean Studies’ and ‘Frontier research areas of international repute’. Currently he is pioneering a pilot project to enhance oil recovery from Indian oil wells in collaboration with Norwegian scientists.

Dr Dimri has been elected as Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Italy. Earlier, Dr Dimri became the first Asian recipient of the prestigious Lorenz Award of the American Geophysical Union in 2007. He is recipient of the prestigious National Mineral Award and DOD Award, Govt of India, Outstanding Scientist Award of FAPCCI, Chatterjee Award of ISCA, presented by the PM. Dr Dimri’s contributions have been recognized through the Fellowship of Indian National Science Academy, National Academy of Sciences and AP Akademi of Sciences. Currently Dr. Dimri is President of the Indian Geophysical Union.and AP Akademi of Sciences. Dr Dimri is also serving as Member of various National and International Scientific Committees. He was Sectional President, Earth Systems Science of the Indian Science Congress Association, ISCA-2008. His Presidential Address “Geological Sequestration of CO2 for Reducing Global Warming” at ISCA-2008 and “Geo thermal potential in Uttarakhand” at IGU convention-2009 were well received.

Dr Dimri has been conferred Padma Shri by President of India on 7th April 2010.

Prof. N.R. Dave
Former Director, GRIIC

Prof. N. R. Dave joined as the first Director of GERMI Research Innovation and Incubation Centre.

Prof. N. R. Dave is the Educational Advisor to Ganpat University and Gujarat Energy Research & Management Institute. He holds M. Tech from IIT Mumbai and B.E from Gujarat University, Ahmedabad. He has held positions as the Chairman of the Western Regional Committee, All India Council for Technical Education (National Statutory Body) and Vice Chancellor at North Gujarat University, Patan and Vice Chancellor at Bhavnagar and Director of Technical Education, Government of Gujarat and Principal at S. S. College of Engineering, Bhavnagar and Prof and Head of Mechanical Engineering Department at L. D. College of Engineering, Ahmedabad.

Prof Dave was India’s delegate to the Netherlands to explore the areas of possible collaboration in futuristic areas of engineering \education. He also visited USA as the member of the Government of India delegation to study the status and scope of the community colleges in USA. He was the member of the Expert Review Team for the IMPACT project of Swiss Development Cooperation agency. He was responsible to conceptualize, design, negotiate and implement Polytechnic Development World-bank-assisted project of Rs 110 crores in the State of Gujarat. He was the member of the Evaluation of the German GTZ project in Madhya Pradesh.

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