Knowledge Group

Dr. V.K. Saraswat

Member of NHEV Knowledge Group
Member
NITI Aayog

Padma Shri Padma Bhushan Dr Vijay Kumar Saraswat retired as Secretary, DRDO, after more than four decades of Government service. He is ME from IISc Bangalore and PhD from Osmania University and a gifted scientist with vast experience in defence research in both basic and applied sciences. During his illustrious career, Dr Saraswat has been credited with indigenous development of (i) Missiles namely PRITHVI, DHANUSH, PRAHAAR and AGNI-5; (ii) Development of two-tiered Ballistic Missiles Defence (BMD) systems (iii) Initial Operational Clearance of Light Combat Aircraft TEJAS; and Nuclear Submarine INS Arihant. As Secretary DRDO Dr. Saraswat played a pivotal role in: (i) establishment of the command, control, communication, storage, transportation and deployment infrastructure for strategic nuclear assets to support the nuclear doctrine; (ii) Flight Evaluation of long-range sub-sonic cruise missile (iii) Long Range Radars for tracking incoming (enemy) Ballistic missiles, Command control and communication network, Command Centres with a decision support system for defence of National Capital Region against enemies’ ballistic missile threat, (iv) Established Cyber Security Research and Development Centre for developing offensive and defensive technologies for cybersecurity. As Homi Bhabha Chair Professor and Consultant to IOCL R&D evolved a road map for development of Alternate Energy Systems viz. clean coal technologies, High Efficiency Concentrated Solar Power Systems, Bio-energy and Hydrogen based economy. Presently he is Chairman of Research Advisory council of IOCL R&D. As Chairman NTPC R&D Advisory Council similar alternate energy technology development plan has been prepared with focus on clean coal technologies viz. Integrated Gasification and combined cycle system, Advanced ultra-supercritical Thermal Power Plant to work on efficiencies better than 40% and highly reduced greenhouse emissions. Initiated a programme for the development of Silicon-Photonics technology by setting up Photonics Valley Corporation at Telangana. Govt. of Telangana initiative in collaboration with Photonics Inc USA. This will be a game-changer for the next generation of networks like 5G and supercomputers. As Chairman of Committee for development of Indian Microprocessor led a team to evolve the configuration of the M-Processor for IoT, Smart Cities and other ICT applications laid out the strategy for development with DieTy, CDAC, IIT(M), IIT(B)and SCL Chandigarh. Two devices have already been developed in IIT(B) and IIT(M). Evolved a Concept Document for setting up Indian Railway Research Institute (SHRESHTHA) for Indian Railway that would propel indigenous designs and manufacturing in the forthcoming programmes like High-Speed Rail System and Dedicated Freight Corridor and usher a new era of R&D in Railway. As Member, NITI Aayog, Initiated a programme to develop “Methanol Economy” for transportation, energy generation and production of chemicals, fertilizers etc. Production agencies, academic institutions and Petro-refineries have been brought on a common platform to leapfrog in “Methanol Economy”. M-15 gasoline blend, methanol cookstove and methanol-fueled propulsion for Inland Waterways and Methanol-fueled gensets are being introduced as part of “Methanol Economy” initiative in the country. R&D activity in gasification of High Ash content Indian coal has been initiated at Academia & Industry. Chaired a Committee on Technical Textile and prepared a roadmap for futuristic growth of technical textiles in India with respect to the promotion of industries for indigenous production of technical textiles and fibres such as Carbon and Aramid for strategic and ballistic needs, laying due emphasis on reviving R & D structure in the sector. Chaired a Committee and submitted a report titled “Roadmap for Make in India in Body Armour”, release of Indian Standards on body armour by BIS, R&D work on Carbon Nano Tube etc. Led an Empowered Technical advisory committee for the development of National Super Computing Systems. Configuration and strategy for development have been evolved and the programme has been launched as a multi-organisation mission. He is a recipient of many awards and most notable among them being Padma Shri (1998), Padma Bhushan (2013). He has been conferred Honorary Doctorate by more than 25 Universities the latest among them being Jamia Humdard (2018).

Mr. Reji Pillai

Member of NHEV Knowledge Group
President - India Smart Grid Forum
Chairman - Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF)

Reji Pillai is in the Knowledge Group of NHforEV2020, President of India Smart Grid Forum (a PPP initiative of Government of India), Chairman of Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF), a global umbrella organization of smart grid associations from 16 countries and the European Union. He has earlier served at NTPC and IBM and has been a senior consultant with ADB, World Bank, and USAID. He has played the pivotal role in the formulation of the Smart Grid Vision & Road map for India and the launch of a National Smart Grid Mission by Government of India.

Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwala

Member of NHEV Knowledge Group
Professor - Department of Electrical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Dr Ashok Jhunjhunwala is in the Knowledge Group’ of NH for EV and Project Coordinator for TENET and Centre for Battery and Engineering Electric Vehicle. Dr Ashok Jhunjhunwala is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras at Chennai, India and has served as the departmental chair.

He leads the Telecommunications and Computer Networks group ( TeNeT ) at IIT Madras. This group is closely working with industry in the development of a number of Telecommunications and Computer Network Systems. TeNeT group has incubated a number of technology companies (like DesiCrew Solutions ) which work in partnership with TeNeT group to develop Telecom Access products. The group has also incubated a company which aims to install and operate telephone and internet in every village in India. He is a director on the board of State Bank of India. He is also a board member of several Telecom and IT companies in India, including Sasken, Tejas Networks and HTL, NRDC, and IDRBT. He is a former board member of VSNL & BSNL. Since 2016, Prof Jhunjhunwala is leading the efforts of bringing EVs in the country. 

Mr. Sajal Gupta

Member of NHEV Knowledge Group
VP & Country Head BD & MOBILITY Biz Unit
Autometers Alliance Ltd

Reporting to MD; Responsible for Identifying High Growth Opportunities for the Co., Exploring pioneering Technology’ OEMs worldwide & Establishing suitable Mutual Business Alliances (T-O-T/ Consortium/ JV) with them;Product Launch/ Project Implementation incl. Initial Orders & Team mobilisation on P&L basis;Heading MOBILITY (Escalator/Elevator etc.) Vertical with over U$ 50mil worth Orders obtained;Working on several New Opportunities in Railways/Metros/Urban Transportaion’ Engg. Solutions etc.Spl Ach I : Successfully led creation of Co.’s New Automotive Biz Vertical, launched New Biz of GPS/GPRS based PAPIS for modern Buses/BRTs, incl. Foreign OEM Tech Licencing tie-up, Indigenization, Winning Orders, ARAI approval etc.

Mr. Jyoti Prakash Gadia

Member of NHEV Knowledge Group
Managing Director
Resurgent India Limited

Mr Jyoti Prakash Gadia is the Founder and Managing director of Resurgent India Limited, a Financial Service leader specializing in Fund Raising & Acquisitions With Nearly 2 decades of global experience in the Finance industry, he sets and advances the strategic guidance for the Company and its portfolio of services, while nurturing a strong leadership team to drive its execution.

A brainchild of Mr Gadia, Resurgent India Limited is an investment banking firm primarily into advising the corporate in fundraising in the form of equity, debt, merchant banking, operational improvement, and domestic and international Joint Ventures. He has taken numerous great initiatives for the development of different sectors in the Indian industry including the signing of the first-ever MoU between associations & banks for extending concessional bank credit to MSME members.

With his inclination towards the industrial growth Mr Gadia has been appointed as “Co-Convener, CII Delhi Panel on SMEs & Finance” and “Chairman, BFSI committee PhD Chamber of Commerce” Contributing constantly towards the GDP growth of the Indian Industry. He holds s a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (FCA), a qualified Chartered Financial Analyst, Associate Member of Institute of Cost & Works Accountant of India (AICWA) (All India 8th rank holder) and with a Master of Business Administration in Finance.

Dr. Sajid Mubashir

Member of NHEV Knowledge Group
Member
R&D National Automotive Board

Dr. Sajid Mubashir is developing Public-Private Research Partnership (PPP-R&D) program for a nationally coordinated “Technology Platform for Electric Mobility” in PPP-R&D mode. It will support collaborative projects that aim for specific Technology Readiness Levels and staying focused on the roadmap jointly owned by Government and Industry.

Mr. Anil Srivastava

Member of NHEV Knowledge Group
Principal Consultant & Mission Director
Mission on Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage
NITI Aayog

Mr. Pankaj Batra

Member of NHEV Knowledge Group
Chairperson (I/C) & Member (Planning)
Central Electricity Authority (CEA)

Pankaj Batra is an Electrical Engineer from the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University with Diplomas in Systems Management and Finance Management. joined the Central Power Engineering Services in 1983 through the UPSC’ s Combined Engineering Services Examination and was posted Central Electricity Authority (CEA). He was initially posted in the Western Regional Load Dispatch Centre in Mumbai, which is being operated by Power System Operation Corporation (POSOCO) He had then dealt with operational and commercial aspects of the power sector in Western region, after which he went on deputation to the Chukha Hydro Power Corporation, a 336 MW hydropower project in Bhutan, where he was responsible for the operation of the powerhouse, switchyard and the dam. He was later responsible for the of the transmission and distribution system of Bhutan and was responsible for setting up the first 220 KV sub-station in Thimphu. Later he returned from deputation to the Head office of CEA in Delhi, where he worked in the Grid Management Division, monitoring the five regional grids. also tackled various issues in grid operations including making the Technical Standards for Connectivity to the Grid and Grid Standards, in accordance with Electricity Act, 2003.

Mr. Sohinder Singh Gill

Member of NHEV Knowledge Group
CEO
Hero Electric
Director General
SMEV (Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles)

Mr. Sohinder Gill is the Chief Executive Officer – Global Business for Hero ECO, a diversified conglomerate with global business interests in Electric Vehicles, Exports, Bicycles, Healthcare, and Real Estate. Additionally, he is the Director – Corporate Affairs of the Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV), the only global representative body of the Indian Electric Vehicles Industry.

An alumnus of Delhi College of Engineering with a Mechanical Engineering degree and a Business Management qualification, he started his career with Larsen & Toubro in the Aerospace division and was part of the team developing the Satellite Launching Vehicle for Indian Space Research Organisation. As a strategic thinker with a keen interest in Business Process Re-engineering, New Product Development he has worked in all major functions of leading organizations like HERO HONDA, ESCORTS, YAMAHA, L&T, and JK Group. With an overall professional experience of 35 years out of which more than 25 years have been in the Automotive Industry, he sensed the opportunity in the field of Electric Vehicles and Joined HERO ECO in 2008.

Mr. P.V. Mathew

Member of NHEV Knowledge Group
Scientist-D
Electrotechnical Department
Bureau of Indian Standards

Mr. Suresh Babu Muttana

Member of NHEV Knowledge Group
Scientist D,
DST Ministry of Science & Technology
Government of India

Suresh Babu Muttana is working as Scientist D at Ministry of Science and Technology, GoI. He is associated with R&D activities related to Electric Mobility focusing mainly on batteries, traction motors and power electronics. He is also involved in BIS-DST effort on development of Indian standards for Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure.

Prior to this, he was involved in the preparation of the R&D Roadmap for National Mission for Electric Mobility. As an integral part of this effort, the following two studies have been carried out (a) estimation of impacts of electric vehicles in terms of energy consumption and CO2 emissions (b) development of an analytical model to optimize of number of charging stations and onboard battery capacity for e-buses operation in Delhi.

He holds a Master’s Degree (M.Tech) in Production Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and 15 years of experience in coordination of technology development projects in the automotive and manufacturing sectors.

Mr. Sanjay Agarwal

Member of NHEV Knowledge Group
Managing Director
Fortum India

Sanjay Agarwal has been in the Utility and Industrial business for the last 32 years. He’s been on both sides of the table, as a seller and a buyer and handled multiple assignments along the project cycle from project development to project management to O&M. He’s marketed and sold vapor absorption chillers, waste heat recovery boilers, economizers, IC engines for captive and utility purposes, steam and gas turbines, Operation services, spare parts. He has even Undertook Project development and project management of large thermal plants, hydro and also coal mines. For the last four years, he’s have been involved in Solar business and later ventured into EV charging business, bioethanol refinery and DeNox solutions. Cleantech's journey has been exciting and uncertain. Govt's thrust on the solar and enabling regulatory environment created excellent tailwinds. Govt articulated ambitious solar targets that seemed too out of reach at times but every time all naysayers were proved wrong. Tariffs fell like nine pins and competition intensity increased by each passing month. I have never operated before in such a hyper-competitive business. We always need to Scrape the barrel and squeeze the lemon hard to reach winning tariffs at the same time managing return expectations. Reverse auction tests you mentally and ifs very easy to get swayed by the real-time dynamic situation. Its intense pressure zone, nobody knows where the race would end and there is always a guy who will change the tariff in the last 10 seconds before the 8-minute window closes and the auction extends. So had bidding continuing till wee hours of the morning. Your swagger should not overtake you then or you will be left with the winner’s curse. But excitement and pride to be a part of the Cleantech journey motivate us to push the envelope further and be more efficient as months pass by!!