Science and Technology

Vijay P. Bhatkar

Vijay Bhatkar is an Indian computer scientist and a Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awardee.India’s computer magazineDataquest has placed him among the star pioneers who shaped India’s IT industry.

Career & Contribution

Dr. Vijay Pandurang Bhatkar was born on 11th October 1946 at Muramba, Maharashtra. He received the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, in 1972. He obtained his Master of Engineering in fromMaharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, in 1968, and Bachelor of Engineering from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology in 1965. Bhatkar is best known as the architect of India’s national initiative in supercomputing where he led the development of Param supercomputers. He developed the first Indian supercomputer, the Param 8000, in 1991 and then later the Param 10000 in 1998. Based on the Param series of supercomputers, he built the National Param Supercomputing Facility (NPSF) which has been now made available as a grid computing facility through Garuda grid on the National Knowledge Network (NKN) providing nationwide access to High Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure. Currently, Bhatkar is working on exascale supercomputing via the Capability, Capacity and Infrastructure on National Knowledge Network.

Bhatkar has authored/edited over 12 books and 80 technical and research papers and addressed several university convocations, international and national conferences and conventions and public functions.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Padma Bhushan (2015)
  • Ramanuja Trust Award (2007)
  • FICCI Award (1983)
  • Petersburg Prize (2004)
  • Padma Shri (2000)
  • Priyadarshni Award (2000)
  • National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) Award (1984–85)
  • Gold Medal Award of Indian Geo-technical Society (1976)
  • Electronics Man of the Year (1992)

Bhatkar received the Padma Bhushan Award in the area of Science and Technology by the Honourable President of India at ceremonial function held on April 8, 2015 at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Bhatkar received the Padmashri Award in 2000 from the Government of India and the Maharashtra Bhushan Award of 1999-2000, the highest recognition of the Government of Maharashtra. He was the recipient of the Jindal Prize in 2012 for science and technology in the service of society.[citation needed] He received with the Saint Jnaneshwar World Peace Prize in 2010 from the World Peace Center for promoting synthesis of science and spirituality in the service of humanity. He was awarded Sitaram Jindal Foundation Award-2012 for applying the science and technology to grassroot level. Vijay Bhatkar is the Chairman of Board of Governors of IIT-Delhi, Chairman of ETH (Education To Home) Research Lab, Chairman of the Board of Management of Government College of Engineering, Amravati, Founder Chancellor and Chief Mentor of Multiversity, Chancellor of D. Y. Patil University, and National President of Vijnana Bharati, a People’s Science Movement of over 6,000 scientists across India.