Prof. Manoj Kulshrestha
Pro Vice Chancellor
Chhattisgarh swami vivekanand Technical University, Bhilai (C.G.)
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Prof. Manoj Kulshrestha, Ph D from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, New Delhi is presently working as Pro Vice Chancellor in Chhattisgarh Swami Vivekanand Technical University (CSVTU), Bhilai (CG). CSVTU is a State Technical University of Chhattisgarh state affiliating more than 100 technical institutions of the state.
He has his substantive position as Professor of Civil Engineering in School of Engineering & Technology (SOET) at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi, where he teaches Value Management and Construction Project Management. He is out on EOL from IGNOU to join CSVTU, Bhilai.
During 2013-2016, he commanded the Campus Placement Cell (CPC) of IGNOU as Director. Campus Placements and Employability Enhancing Training Sessions for the students/alumni of Open & Distance Learning (ODL) System have been made a maiden reality under his stewardship in IGNOU.
In addition to this, during his tenure (November 2016-October 2018) as Director of National Centre for Innovation in Distance Education (NCIDE) in IGNOU, many initiatives such as Innovation Club, OERs in teaching-learning, Incubation for Students’ Innovations and Value Innovation etc. were taken up.
His research work at IIT Delhi, as per available records, is first of its kind leading to doctoral research on Value Management applied to construction industry.
He has successfully completed IGNOU-CIDC Construction Education and Training Project (IC-CETP) in which two technical diploma programmes were offered for the tradesmen of Corps of Engineers, Indian Army. Around 1400 tradesmen completed the diploma programmes and got permanent opening of Junior Engineer in Military Engineer Services (MES). Under the same project, Construction Workers Vocational Qualification Programme (CWVQP) was successfully undertaken nationwide during 1996-2010 in which construction workers were trained and certified through competency based vocation qualification system. He also designed and developed an online programme, Post Graduate Certificate in Project Management (PGCPM) in collaboration with PMA, India and CEPM.
A unique vocational education initiative of the country as IGNOU-HERO Motorcycle Technicians Vocational Qualification Project (IGNOU-HERO Project) is being headed by him. Under IGNOU-HERO Project, a certificate programme in Motorcycle Service and Repair (CMSR) for skill development of working motorcycle technicians is on offer. Till date, over 14,800 learners have already been trained and certified through over 40 training centre located across the country.
Apart from being the member of Society of American Value Engineers (SAVE) and ASSOCHAM’s National Committee on Education, he is also the member of Governing Council of Construction Skill Development Council of India (CSDCI), a Sector Skill Council (SSC) of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). He is also life member of Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE).
On academic front, he has published over 30 papers in various International/National journals and conferences. Prof. Kulshrestha, a widely travelled scholar, has delivered keynote addresses in various international and national forums on varied themes including Construction Project Management, Value Engineering, Multiple Criteria Decision Theory (MCDT) applied to Construction and Open & Distance Learning (ODL) System etc.
He is the recipient of All India University Gold Medal in 2008 for the innovation in Distance Education for his vocational educational initiative. He was awarded Scroll of Commendation by Construction Industry Development Council (CIDC) in recognition to his contribution to academic excellence in construction industry. He was also awarded World Education Award 2011 and World Educational Leadership Award 2011 for his innovative vocational education initiatives.
(Prof. Manoj Kulshrestha)