Sunday, October 25, 2009

Biographical Sketch: Professor Kehar Singh, IIT Delhi

Professor Kehar Singh has served as a member of the faculty at IIT Delhi since 1965 in various capacities. He was an academic visitor at the Imperial College of Science & Technology, London during. 1969- 1970. He had been a Professor since January 1984 and during the period 1996 - 1999 served as Head of the Physics Deptt. Prof. Singh held the position of Dean, Post Graduate Studies and Research, IIT Delhi during the period of March 2001-August 2003. He served as CLUSTER Chair at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Laussane (Switzerland) in Dec. 2002. Currently he is a Professor Emeritus at IIT Delhi. Prof. Kehar Singh has been an active researcher and educator and has created infrastructural facilities for teaching and research in his areas of specialization: Photonics/Information Optics (Image formation and evaluation, Dynamic holography, Nonlinear photorefractives, Optical correlators, Holographic storage, and Optical encryption). He has published extensively, having authored / co-authored nearly 300 peer reviewed research papers. Besides these there are approx. 55 review articles in books and journals, and 45 papers in conference proceedings. Research publications by Prof. Singh and coworkers during the period 1965-1985 resulted in 11 Ph.D. theses. Since 1986, 14 students have completed Ph.D. degrees under the supervision of Prof. Singh. Besides these, 65 Master of Technology and M.Sc. students have been guided in their dissertation work. He has been the backbone of the M. Tech. program in Applied Optics at IIT Delhi ever since it started in 1966. This program has produced many scientists who occupy at key positions in India and abroad.

Professor Kehar Singh was honoured with Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in Physical Sciences in 1985 by the CSIR, Govt. of India. He has been awarded in 2001, the Galileo Galilei Award of the International Commission on Optics. He is a Fellow of Optical Society of America, SPIE (The International Society for Optical Engineering), and Indian National Academy of Engineering in addition to being a Fellow of the Optical Society of India and the Laser & Spectroscopy Society of India. He was President of Optical Society of India from 1991 to 1994 and its Vice-President from 1988 to 1991. He also served as the President of ‘Laser and Spectroscopy Society’ of India. He was President, Indian Science Congress Association(Physical Sciences Section) in 2004. Professor Singh is an international advisory member of the editorial board of Optical Review (Japan, 1994 – to date), member of the editorial boards of Optics & Lasers in Engg. (Elsevier, 1999 – 2006), J. Optics (India, 1974 – to date), and Asian J. Phys. (1992 – to date). He also served as a editorial board member of Indian J. Pure Appl.Phys. (CSIR, 1986 – 88). Prof. Singh has been serving as a reviewer of research papers for several journals of repute. He has given approx. 80 invited lectures in various international and national conferences/seminars/workshops and has also been associated as member of organizing/technical/steering committees of several international and national conferences/seminars/ workshops. He was one of the directors of the II Winter College in Optics held at ICTP, Trieste, Italy during Feb. to March, 1995. Professor Singh’s research work has attracted funding for sponsored research in the field of Optics and Photonics from a number of Govt. agencies such as Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Human Resource Development and Defense Research and Development Organization. He has served on many committees of the Govt. of India. As technical chair International Conference on Optics and Optoelectronics held in Dehradun, India in Dec. 1998, Prof. Singh co-edited a two volume proceedings of the conference and SPIE volume 3729, Selected papers from International Conference on Optics and Optoelectronics’98 (Silver Jubilee Symposium of the Optical Society of India). He was technical co-chair of the International conference on Optics and Opto-electronics held in December 2005. He has also edited / co-edited 2 special issues on ‘Photorefractives and their applications’ of J. Optics (India), 3 issues on ‘Optical pattern recognition’ of Asian J. Physics, and a book on ‘Perspectives in Engineering Optics’.


Anonymous said...

Legendary person....
#proudly GURJAR!!!

SK Mishra said...

Its great in digital India vision 2020, in optics and photonics. Even no comments on the blog i see from 2009.

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