Dr. Vijay Pandurang Bhatkar was born on 11th October 1946 at Muramba, Maharashtra.
He received the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, in 1972. He obtained his Master of Engineering in from M.S. University, Baroda, in 1968, and Bachelor of Engineering from Nagpur University in 1965. A philosopher, thought leader, computer architect, scientist interested in spiritual quests, he lives in the city of Pune. His life mission is to bring about the synthesis of science and spirituality for the service of humanity.
PARAM series of Supercomputers
Dr. Vijay P. Bhatkar is one of the most distinguished scientists and IT leaders of India today. When India was denied supercomputers by USA, he responded to the challenge of the then PM of India, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi and indigenously developed the PARAM series of supercomputers in a record time of three years and India became the world's third country, besides USA & Japan, to develop the supercomputing technology. In a multilingual country of 16 major languages, where only 8 per cent of the population speaks English, Dr. Bhatkar initiated and nurtured the development of GIST multilingual technology that dissolved the language barrier on computers once for all. Thanks to his initiative, today we are able to use computers in all Indian languages with diverse scripts along with English. In the 80s he designed and developed several electronic systems that contributed to the first electronics revolution in India.
Education To Home
Presently, Dr. Bhatkar is leading the mission of Education-To-Home (ETH) of bringing the benefits of ICT to the masses, particularly in the field of literacy, school and university education. His dream is to bring education directly to millions of homes leveraging the advances of Information and Communication Technologies.
He is credited with the creation of several national institutions, notably amongst them being the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) – India’s national initiative in supercomputing; the Electronics Research & Development Centre (ER&DC), Trivandrum – India’s largest R&D Centre in application oriented R&D in electronics; the ETH Research Laboratory, Pune for launching Education-To-Home mission; the International Institute of Information Technology (I2IT), Pune – India’s largest Post-Graduate Institute for advanced education in IT; and the India International Multiversity (IIMv) – an educational initiative for promoting the concept of integral education through the synthesis of science and spirituality.
He has served as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet of Government of India and the Governing Body of CSIR. He was a Member of several Working Groups of the IT Task Force constituted by the Prime Minister of India in 1998 to propel India as IT Superpower. He was invited to address the Royal Society of London in 1993 and he served as a member of the Joint Commissions and Committees constituted by Government of India for promoting joint collaboration in Science & Technology and ICT, notably amongst them being with Russia, China, South Africa, France and Hungary.
Dr. Bhatkar is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of the Computer Society of India, Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, New Delhi, Fellow of the Maharashtra Academy of Science, Pune. He has chaired the Regulating Council of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune. He is the President of Bal Vidnyan Chalwal (Children's Science Movement), President of the Organizing Committee of National Children's Science Congress 2007, and Chair of the Advisory Council of Bharatiya Vigyan Sammelan 2007. He has organized and addressed several national and international Conferences, Seminars and Workshops as well as Convocations of several Indian universities and Conventions of leading professional societies.
Dr. Bhatkar has authored and edited over 8 books and 80 research papers in supercomputing, artificial intelligence, distributed computer control and nonlocal systems. Books authored by him have been used as graduate level test books in US, European and Indian universities. He is presently engaged in bringing about the synthesis of science and spirituality to understand the nature of reality in its integral form through serious researches in modern science and ancient shastras. He has also launched an initiative to transform India's pilgrimage places into knowledge pilgrimage places.
Awards and Achievements
- For his contributions to IT in India, he was conferred with the PADMASHRI award in 2000, one of the highest civilian recognitions by the Government of India, the Maharashtra Bhushan Award 1999-2000, the highest recognition of Government of Maharashtra.
- For his contributions in ICT for development in the global context, he was nominated for the prestigious Petersburg Prize in 2004.
- He is also a recipient of several prestigious national awards, notably amongst them being, C-DAC-ACS International Conference on Advanced Computing Lecture Award 2007, Ramanuja Trust Award 2007 for life time contribution in Science
- K. G. Foundation’s Personality of the Decade Award 2004
- Dataquest Life Time Award of 2003 for life time contributions in IT
- Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd., (PGCIL) Award 2001 for Excellence in Information Technology
- Om Prakash Bhasin Foundation Award 2000 in Electronics & Information Technology
- Priyadarshni Award 2000 for contributions in the field of Information Technology,
- Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) Award for Excellence in Engineering & Technology 1999
- Lokmanya Tilak Award 1999
- Rotary Excellence Award 1997
- Pune’s Pride Award for excellence in the world of education for the year 1996
- The H.K. Firodia Award for life-time achievements in science and technology 1995-96
- Distinguished Alumni Award 1994 of IIT Delhi
- Vivdhlaxi Audyogik Samshodhan Vikas Kendra (VASVIK) Award for 1993
- Ramlal Wadhwa Gold Medal Award 1992 by the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE)
- National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) Award (1984-85)
- Electronics Man of the Year 1992 Award by Electronics Component Industries Association (ELCINA)
- FICCI Award to ER&DC for excellence in Research & Development in Electronics (1983)
- Gold Medal Award of Indian Geo-technical Society (1976). He is also conferred with numerous social and spiritual awards
- December 2007 issue of Dataquest has profiled Dr. Vijay Bhatkar as one of the 25 people who shaped India's celebrated IT industry, amongst such luminaries as Mr. Narayan Murthy of Infosys, Mr. F. C. Kohli, the father of India's software industry, Mr. Ramdorai of TCS, and Mr. Rajiv Gandhi who started it all !
Dr. Vijay Bhatkar is presently the Chairman of ETH Limited, Chief Mentor & Chairman of Academic & Research Council of International Institute of Information Technology (I2IT), Director of Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Ltd. (MKCL) and Chancellor of India International Multiversity. Earlier, he served as the Chairman of Dishnet, Founder Executive Director of C-DAC, Vice President of Tata Consultancy Services, Director of ER&DC & KELTRON and Senior Systems Engineer of IPAG, Electronics Commission, Government of India.