University-of-Mumbai – Pro-Vice Chancellor

Prof. R. D. Kulkarni,
Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Mumbai and Senior Professor of Oil Tech, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai

Prof Dr. R D Kulkarni is working as Senior Grade Professor in Chemical Technology with 29 years of experience in Academia (teaching to M.Sc., B. Tech. and M. Tech.) and Research through Ph.D. guidance (15 Ph D awarded, 2 PDF, 58 M Tech), PEER Reviewed publications (75: 56 International Journals and 19 national with Cumulative I.F: 170.70), Patents (3 granted+4 Filed), R & D Projects (16 DST WMT/SERB, AICTE, RUSA, DRDO-BARNS, UGC projects, Rs. 2.15 crore), Industrial consultancy (08 Projects) and Infrastructure Projects (DST -FIST, UGC SAP, MODROB, TEQIP-II Rs.14.9 crore). Before being deputed as Pro Vice-chancellor to University of Mumbai, during 2016-18, he worked as Professor and Head, Dept. of Oils, Oleochemicals and Surfactant Tech. (DOOST), Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai. Prior to this, he was holding the position of Professor and Head, Dept. of Paint Tech. and Director at UICT, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon (MS).

Prof Kulkarni is working in the fields of Renewable Polymers, Nanopigments & Green Functional Paints; Oleochemicals, Surfactants and biolubricants. His research work is based on combination of green approach and ultra-scientific tools to track the chemical and physical transformations brought out by surfactant mediated protocols.  Received awards and recognitions such as Prof. J. G. Kane Memorial Award-2021, Elected Life Fellow of Indian Chemical Society, ‘Best Teacher Award’ in 2014, Best Paper Award in 2006 by JOCCA Surface Coating International etc.  He is working/worked for various consultancy assignments for industries such as Godrej Industries, SUMWIN Global, Malaysia, Savita Oil Technologies, Mumbai, SYNTHITE, Kolenchery, Kerala, Kumar Metals, Thane etc. He is the Life Member of various professional Bodies such as Indian Society for Technical Education, Oil Technologists’ Association of India, and Asian Polymer Society.

Widely travelled to Singapore, Germany, Thailand, Indonesia, Netherland France, Switzerland, Japan, Mauritius, Russia for Conference Presentations, professional interactions and visits to various Universities. More than 85 Invited Talk and 150 Conference Presentations.

Experience in handling of Quality issues, Assessment and accreditation related practices of NAAC; NBA and NIRF. Served in different capacities on different Statutory Bodies of State and Central Universities as well as different State/ National level Higher Education Committees such as Director-IQAC (2012-14), Member-Senate and Academic Council of North Maharashtra University (2014-16), Visitor’s Nominee -Executive Council, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi (2016-19), Honorary Advisory position of Academic Council of Capital University, Jharkhand (2019), Member, Academic Council of Yashwantrao Chavan Open University, Nasik (2018-2020), Member, IQAC, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad (2019-2020), Member, Board of Research, MIT-ADT University, Pune (2019-2022) and SNDT University (2020-22), Member, Working Group for preparation of Guidelines for University – Industry Linkage Programme, UGC, New Delhi (2019), Member-State University for JJ College of Architecture, Fine Arts and Applied Arts, and Chairman, Committee for design of 4 year Degree Programme and Dual Degree Programme in line with NEP-2020, Higher and Technical Education Department, Government of Maharashtra (2022).