Prof.  Mohan Umakant Deshpande


          Contact Information

Professor & Coordinator          Res: B-78, Old Multistorey

            Distance Education                   Bldg.,Lake Side Campus

Program                                   IIT, Powai

            KReSIT, IIT Bombay               Mumbai – 400 076.

            Permenent Address:

            101, Gandhi Nagar                   Mobile No.: 98922 92439

            Nagpur – 440 010.                   E-Mail:


1. Career Outline & Positions

2. Service to Technical Education, Profession & Industry

3. Life time goal, beliefs, interests

4. Personal

1.       Career Outline:


Spanning 35 years of full-time, full-commitment engagement in teaching, research development in Electrical Engineering, the major highlights have been teaching of Power System Control at UG and PG level. Developing a comprehensive theory of multifunction polyphase relays, and condition monitoring of power system and components. Guiding and supervising projects at UG, PG and PhD level.


At the policy planning and administrative level, the major contributions have been in operationalizing the National Board of Accreditation in 1995 as it’s first Member Secretary at the  AICTE. The system is now fully operational and has significantly contributed to quality enhancement in degree level Engineering Institutions.


As the Director, Distance Education Council (DEC) at IGNOU (on deputation), operationalized the system of Grant in aid to the state open Universities and initiated the system of up gradation of the print media correspondence courses to multimedia self learning material based programs.


After taking over as the Principal (1999) of Visvesvaraya Regional College of Engineering Nagpur, took active lead in conversion of Regional Engineering Colleges to National Institutes of Technology and proposing world bank project for the technical education quality improvement program.


1.1.   Present Responsibilities:


After taking voluntary retirement (November 2002) as Director, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, joined IIT Bombay as Professor, School of Information Technology in charge of operating the Satellite based, two way interactive Distance Education Program to transmit semester long PG courses in IT and related area to 14 different educational Institutes and Industry Training Department. This is the first program of it’s kind in the country and is currently in the 8th consecutive batch. The program has now been taken over by IIT as a regular Departmental activity since September 2005. Nearly 5000 participants were benefited from the regular courses as well as short-term lecture programs. More details available on Also supervising a Ministry of Communication and Information Technology project to enhance competency of IT Teachers and Industry Professionals (Quality of Service (QoS) enhancements of Remote VSAT center reception) the project in scheduled for completion in December 2005.


1.2.   Previous Positions:


Ø      Director, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, till November 2002.

Ø      Principal, Visvesvaraya Regional College of Engineering, Nagpur from August 1999.

Ø      Director, Distance Education Council at Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, 1998-1999.

Ø      Advisor (Grade I) All India Council for Technical Education AICTE, New Delhi from October 1994.

Ø      Member Secretary, National Board of Accreditation, 1995-97.

Ø      Professor of Electrical Engineering, Visvesvaraya Regional College of Engineering, Nagpur since 1983.

Ø      Assistant Professor (PG) Electrical Engineering Dept., Visvesvaraya Regional College of Engineering, Nagpur since 1971.

Ø      Lecturer in Electrical Engineering, Visvesvaraya Regional College of Engineering, Nagpur since 1967.


1.3.   Academic Qualifications:


BE (Electrical), Nagpur University 1964, First Class with distinction, fifth in merit MTech (Control System and Instrumentation), 1967 IIT Delhi, First Class first

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D), 1974 Nagpur University.

Major Area                 Power system protection & control

Thesis Topic                Applications of Sequential Circuits for Polyphase Distance


1.4.   Post Doctor Teaching & Research


University of Akron, Ohio, USA. (1975-76)

University of Florida, Gainesville, USA. (1976-77)

Major work done in the area of Power system control under normal and emergency conditions and establishment of a theoretical basis for system protection using phase sequence as the decision criterion.


1.5.   Scholarships & Awards


King Edward Memorial Scholarship, U.G. (1962 – 64)

National Scholarship for study abroad, Govt. of India, (1975-77)


1.6.   Publications:


More than 25 publications in British, North American & Indian Journals and conferences in the broad areas of Power system control, protection and Electrical Energy Engineering.


1.7.   Recent Publications:


Ø      AAOU 2003 Conference held on 13th November 2003: “Interactive Video Transmission of Post Graduate Courses for Industry Participants.

Ø      IETE Technical Review published in January-February 2005: “Satellite based Post Graduate Courses in Information Technology for Industry Professionals and Engineering College Teachers”.

Ø      ELELTECH INDIA 2005 held on 8th August 2005: “Synchronous Learning at a Distance using Satellite Video Conferencing, IIT Bombay’s Experience.


2.      Service to Technical Education/Profession/Industry.


As a senior academic, service has been rendered in various capacities by active participation as a member, elected office bearer and committee member on the various committees of Industrial Organizations, State and National Government Bodies.


2.1.   Recent Engagements & Involvements


Ø      Nominated member of the State Level Fees Determination committee for Engineering Colleges and Technical Programs 2004 – 2005.

Ø      Mentor and Performance Auditor of the World Bank aided colleges in Maharashtra.(on going)

Ø      Member, Board of Apprenticeship Training, Western Region 2004 - 2005.

Ø      Member, Core Group for Institution selection of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Bangalore in charge of NITs  (2005).

Ø      Member, Board of Research and Industrial Development of AICTE, New Delhi 2002-2004.

Ø      Member, Accreditation team of National Board of Accreditation, 2002-2005


2.2.   Industrial Exposure:


Ø      Siemens India (Mumbai) – March-June 1984

Worked on Programmable Logic Controllers PLCs.

Ø      Gujarat State Fertilizer Corporation Baroda – May-June 1989

Worked on Electrical Design under Hazardous conditions.

Ø      Kirloskar Electric Company, Bangalore, April-June 1994

Worked on condition monitoring and testing of Electrical motors.


2.3.   Professional Honours:


Ø      Fellow of The Institution of Engineers India. (F 6791 EL)

Ø      Chairman (1988-90) and Honorary Secretary (1984-86) of the Nagpur Center of The Institution of Engineers.

Ø      Life Member, Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE). (LM 7194)

Ø      Life Member, Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), New Delhi. (L-9646)

Ø      Fellow, Institute of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE). (F 126210)

Ø      Member, Energy Conservation Society, Thiruvananthapuram.



3.      Life time Goal, Beliefs, Interests

The profession of Education in general and the technical education in particular must actively come to grips with the urgent problems of the massification of access needs and the problems of quality of learning experience for the students and employed professionals.

In the changing scenario, in the wake of Information Communication revolution, multiplicity of access mechanism and alternatives to the place-bound, time-bound learning are the real needs of the society. Judicious integration of mainstream education, distance education, e-learning as well as appropriate experiential learning is the answer. The most important imperative is the training of teachers in the soft skills and content up gradation and active on the job Mentoring to ensure functional and relevant knowledge transfer. Mentoring is also required for the institutions offering education programs to ensure the incorporation of the Best practices, design of learning materials (print – audio – video) and an awareness of the challenges of population, natural resources, Energy and technology trends.

3.1.   Forthcoming Projects

Ø      Improving Language Proficiency and technology awareness of the students through short relevant “History of Technology” modules and Technical Modules.

Ø      Revamping the “Laboratory” experience to add value to learning while reducing the cost of laboratory provision.

Ø      Multimedia courses for citizen to appreciate and understand technology in everyday life especially the safety and utility aspects

Ø      Specialised training material preparation for mission oriented; programmes for specific target groups, having direct relevance to the augmentation of national resources e.g. local language training programmes for electricity utility workers at the grass root level to enhance their effectiveness in the operation, maintenance and energy conservation of electrical equipments.

Ø      Non-profit third party testing and quality assurance certification of domestic equipments, appliance with emphasis on safety, reliability and global competitiveness and energy consideration and for consumer protection.

4.      Personal Information:


Date of Birth: 29th November 1943

Status: Married

Spouse: Vijaya (58 yrs)

Sons: Shrirang (33 yrs) BE, MBA ; Kedar (26 yrs) BE, MTech