Professor Praveen Kumar
Dr Praveen Kumar is Director of National Institute of Technology Delhi since October 10, 2018. Before taking this responsibility he has been Professor of Civil Engineering (HAG Scale) at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee from . He worked as Associate Dean (Faculty Affairs) of IIT Roorkee since Jan 2010 to Dec 2012. He was assigned the responsibility of Coordinator, Transportation Engineering Group of Civil Engineering Department for the session 2010-2012 and again on Dec 2015 to July 2018. He obtained his B.E. degree from M.R.Engg. College, Jaipur (now NIT), M.E. and Ph.D. from the University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee). He has served the Central Road Research Institute, New Delhi for six years as a Scientist in Soil Stabilization and Rural Roads Division. He has wide experience of test track construction using waste materials in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa and Delhi. His areas of specialization are Waste Material Utilization in Low Cost Roads, Rural Roads Network Planning, Pavement Materials, Pavement Performance Studies and Intelligent Transport System. Dr Praveen Kumar has published about 400 research papers in National and International Journals and Conferences. He has completed about 200 sponsored and consultancy projects. He has developed the Rural Roads Master Plans of various districts in Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh based on Optimal Rural Road Network Planning. He has edited CRRI Research Journal “Sadak Darpan” for about Six Years. He has won CSIR National Prize for the year 1995-96. He was awarded the Best Research Paper Award (Bihar PWD Medal) by Indian Roads Congress for year 1999-2000 and again in 2016-17. All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has given him the prestigious “Young Teachers’ Career Award” for R & D work on Low Cost Roads. He is also a recipient of the highest award of Indian Roads Congress –Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru Centenary Award-2000. The Institution of Engineers (India) has given him the Best Paper Award in 2002, 2009 and 2013. Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee has given him Outstanding Teacher Award for 2003, 2007 and 2011. Besides Best Paper award of ISCMS-2002, he has been adjudged as Star Performer for overall Performance by IIT Roorkee in 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06. Air India has given him BOLT (Best Teacher Award) in 2006 & again in 2007. Dr Praveen Kumar is a part of Six Member National Executive Committee of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) looking after the Mega Yojna at National Level for 2003 to 2018. He was Coordinator of Principal Technical Agency and State Technical Agency for PMGSY till 2018. He has organized 40 training courses at IITR to train about 1200 field engineers of UP and Uttarakhand for PMGSY. He has delivered a number of lectures in various parts of the country for the benefit of engineers of North East, Gujrat, Maharastra, MP, H.P., Haryana, Jharkhand, J& K etc. He has also contributed to the manual of rural roads developed by Rural Roads Committee of IRC (H-5). Dr Praveen Kumar has developed various softwares, which are useful in the field of Roads and Road Transport. Dr Praveen Kumar has guided Fourteen Ph.Ds. and Ninety M.Tech. theses in Transportation Engg. Six Ph.D.s and Three M.Tech.s are in progress. He has organised Several Conferences as Organizing Secretary. He has served the Civil Engg Deptt in various administrative capacities including O.C. Purchase, O.C. Central Facilities and Staff advisor, Cognizance-2004, 2005. He has been the Editor of IIT News Letter Samvaad and IIT Annual Report for about 10 years. He has served as Chairman of Library Advisory Committee of IITR for three years. President of India has nominated him as Visitor’s nominee for Selection Committee of Civil Engg. Deptt of IIT Delhi, IIT Madras, IIT Jodhpur and Court of Banaras Hindu University (BHU). He is also Council Nominee in Board of Governors of IIT-BHU.