D.P. Kothari

D.P. Kothari is Director�Research, Gaikwad-Patil Group of Institutions, Nagpur. He obtained his BE (Electrical) in 1967, ME (Power Systems) in 1969 and PhD in 1975 from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS, Pilani), Rajasthan. From 1969 to 1977, he was involved in teaching and development of several courses at BITS, Pilani. Dr Kothari has also served as Director�Research, MVSR Engineering College, Hyderabad; Director General, Raisoni Group of Institutions, Nagpur; Emeritus Director General, Vindhya Institute of Technology and Science (VITS), Indore; and Vice Chancellor, Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), Vellore. He has also served as Director In-charge and Deputy Director (Administration) as well as Head, Centre for Energy Studies at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi; and as Principal, Visvesvaryaya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur. He was Visiting Professor at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, during 1982�83 and 1989 for two years. He was also NSF Fellow at Purdue University, US, in 1992. Dr Kothari, a recipient of the Most Active Researcher Award, has published 780 research papers in various national as well as international journals, conferences, has guided 45 PhD scholars and 65 M Tech students, and authored 42 books on power systems and other allied areas. He has delivered several keynote addresses and invitee lectures at both national and international conferences on electric energy systems. He has also widely popularised science and technology through 42 video lectures on YouTube with a maximum of 40,000 hits! Dr Kothari is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (FNAE); Fellow of Indian National Academy of Sciences [FNASc]; Fellow of Institution of Engineers (FIE) and Hon. Fellow, ISTE; and Fellow IEEE. His many awards include the National Khosla Award for Lifetime Achievements in Engineering (2005) from IIT Roorkee. The University Grants Commission (UGC), Government of India, has bestowed the UGC National Swami Pranavananda Saraswati Award (2005) on Education for his outstanding scholarly contributions. He is also a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award (2009) by the World Management Congress, New Delhi, for his contribution to the areas of educational planning and administration. His fields of specialization are Optimal Hydrothermal Scheduling, Unit Commitment, Maintenance Scheduling, Energy Conservation (loss

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