New Delhi: IIT Delhi has founded “Prof Ajoy K. Ghatak Chair” for Photonics. In 1985, Dr. Ramada Spirai (M.Tech of Applied Optics), a graduate of the Institute, and the president of Nuphoton Technologies gave the chair.
The chair will focus on “photonics,” the physical science of light (photon) generation, detection, and manipulation by light emission, transmission, modulation, signal processing, switching, amplification, and sensing.
IIT Delhi’s Faculty of Physics has a rich history of optics and photonics research dating back to the late 1960s. Initially started as a very small group of about 10 people, it has prospered over the years in terms of both research activities and human resources. Today, there are more than 100 people in this department, including faculty, researchers, and graduate students, who are actively working across different disciplines and disciplines of optics.
Professor Ajoy Ghatak holds a master’s degree from the University of Delhi, a PhD from Cornell University, and was a researcher at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He joined IIT Delhi in 1966 and retired in 2007 as an emeritus professor of physics.
He received the 2008 SPIE Educator Award for his “unparalleled global contribution to the field of fiber optic research and his unwavering dedication to optical education around the world.” To optical science and engineering education. ” He has also received the SS Bhatnagar Award, the 16th Khwarizmi International Award, the International Commission for Optics Galileo Galilei Award, the IETE Wadhwa Gold Medal, and the UGC Meghnad Saha Award for research in fiber optics and related fields.
Professor Ghatak has authored over 170 research treatises and several books, including the undergraduate textbook OPTICS translated into Chinese and Persian.
Accepting the honor, Professor Gataku said: “This special news is truly overwhelming. I am deeply grateful to Dr. Pillai for his amazing generosity and IIT Delhi for honoring me with this wonderful gift. I am very grateful and accept this honor. “
Dr. Anurag Sharma, Professor of Physics in IIT Delhi, said: I’ve been lucky enough to have him as my mentor for over four and a half years and continue to learn from him. The photonics chair of his name, bestowed by Dr. Ramadas Pillai, is a great gesture and will greatly help to perpetuate inspiration for more generations to come. It’s a great way to honor your teacher. “
Dr. Ramada Spirai said: “I am fortunate to be able to represent all the students of all ages who were inspired and influenced by Professor Gataku as a teacher and mentor. This is the humble guru Dakshina from all of us.”
Dr. Pillai is Nuphoton Technologies, Inc. of California. He is also President and CTO of VinVish Technologies in the Technopark of Trivandrum. Originally from Muhamma, Alappuzha, Ramadas has a master’s degree. He received his PhD in Applied Optics from IIT Delhi in 1985. From the University of Southern California in 1990 and 1994.
From 1985 to 1988, he collaborated with Professor Ajoy Ghatak of the Optical Waveguide Group. After a postdoc at Northwestern University, Ramadas launched Nuphoton Technology in 1996.
Nuphoton Technologies and VinVish are hardware companies that manufacture fiber optic amplifiers and transmitters for communications and sensing for ground, underwater, and space applications. Nuphoton Technologies Inc. is a pioneer in fiber lasers and fiber amplifiers with applications covering industry, defense, aerospace, biomedical, telecommunications and research disciplines. Dr. Pillai’s immediate family has a wife, Sunita Lady, and four children. VinVish is named after his two sons, Vinayak and Vishakh Pilai.
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