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Dr. Bhuvnesh Kumar

Dean Research & Distinguished Professor, Allied Health Sciences

bhuvnesh.kumar@sharda.ac.in

About

Dr. Bhuvnesh Kumar, a Distinguished Professor & Dean Research, Sharda University since Nov 2020, is an aluminous of GB Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar (Nainital), where he   obtained his Graduate, Post Graduate & Doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine. He Joined DRDO as Scientist B (Class -1 Gazetted) under Defence Research & Development Services (DRDS) in Feb 1985

Superannuated from DRDO in Aug 2020 as an Outstanding Scientist and Director, Defence Institute of Physiology & Allied Sciences (DIPAS), New Delhi has earlier served as Director, Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), Leh, and also held Addl Charge of Director, Defence Institute of Bio-energy Research (DIBER), Haldwani (Nainital) and Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), New Delhi for short durations.

He has been a member of Think Tank of DRDO, Project Director of a Flagship Program on “Low Intensity Conflicts”, and the Director, Project Monitoring (Life Sciences) at DRDO Head Quarters.

He served DRDO for more than 35 years at various places including strategic locations in Central, Western and Eastern Himalayas to augment fresh food availability for troops deployed in high mountain regions for their health and wellbeing. His focus has been on rapid induction & rapid acclimatization of troops to high altitude and improving high altitude habitability

As Director DIHAR, Leh, he was instrumental in establishing a world highest altitude terrestrial research station at Chang La (Leh), 17,664 ft altitude, which achieved Guinness World Record for DRDO in the year 2016.

Dr Bhuvnesh Kumar has published more than 130 research papers in national & international peer reviewed journals, collated many reports, chaired many scientific sessions and presented research findings in various national & international conferences. He has the credit of filling a dozens of patents and transferring a large number of technologies to industries for commercialization under make in India Mission of the Government of India.

As director DIPAS (DRDO), he established 50 Men Oxygen Enriched Solar Heated Shelter in Extreme Altitudes for rapid induction of soldiers in High and Extreme Altitudes. Also established 50 Men Intermittent Hypoxia Exposure Facility at mountain bases for rapid acclimatization to High Altitude; Climate Simulation Facilities (Human Decompression Chamber for Hypobaric Hypoxia & Cold -50000 ft Altitude with -30 0C ) and Human Climatic Chamber  simulating Hot Desert Conditions ( -5 to 60 0C with 10 to 100 % humidity at DIPAS, Delhi.

As a team leader, he has been instrumental in establishing and operationalizing BSL 2 + facility at DIPAS (DRDO) during, the  peak of lockdown period (Apr- May 2020)  for COVID-19 Testing  using RT PCR, and worked as Mission Director for Indo-Israel Joint Project on Covid-19 for Rapid Detection using Newer Technologies. Managed to collect ten thousand Nasopharyngeal, Saliva samples & Voice recording of asymptomatic persons within a week period from various centers in Delhi during Jul-Aug 2020.

He led the team DIPAS (DRDO) to customize UVC technology and developed UV Box & Hand Held UV device for surface disinfection of personal belongings to break the chain of COVID 19 transmission. This customized technology was transferred to dozens of Industries all over the country for its large scale commercialization.

A University Merit Holder, he is a recipient of Commendation Certificate from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, then Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri.  Agni Award for excellence in self-reliance, Laboratory Scientist of the Year award are amongst many honours and recognitions to his credit. He has visited many countries for various scientific missions.

His current focus at Sharda University is to promote quality research under New Education Policy of Government of India.

Experience
  • 37 year + experience of Research & Development
Qualification
  • Ph.D (Vet Medicine)
  • MVSc
Award & Recognition

INTERNATIONAL AWARDS

  • Guinness World Records achieved by DRDO for establishing highest altitude terrestrial research station, ChangLa, Leh  (17664 ft ) under my scientific leadership as Director Defence Institute of High Altitude Research , Leh as verified on 5 Nov 2016 .
  • American Heart Association: Paul Dudley White International Scholar Award:To recognize the authors with highest ranked abstract from India at the basic cardiovascular science scientific session 2019.

NATIONAL AWARDS

  • Commendation letter for R&D work in Cold Desert from Chief Executive Councillor, LAHDC, Leh to Raksha Mantri in recognition of cold desert agro-animal research (Dec 2017)
  • Limca Book of Records for organizing World Highest Yoga camp at Extreme Altitude Research Station, ChangLa (17664ft) to commemorate International Yoga Day on 21 June 2017
  • Laboratory Scientist of the Year Award-2004 (DRDO).
  • Agni Award for Excellence in Self Reliance-2004 (DRDO)
  • Commendation certificate for societal mission from Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the then Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri, dated November 05, 1998
  • University merit scholarship (GBPUA&T) for the academic year 1977 -1978.

HONOURS

  • Member, Think Tank of DRDO (G-FAST, Group for Forecasting and Analysis of Systems & Technologies) under Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri, 2006-2008
  • Member, Task Force on Defence Bio-diesel Programme under Raksha Rajya Mantri(RRM), 2007-08
  • Member, Task Force on National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Eco-System under QMG, 2008-2010
  • Member, Task Force on Less Lethal Measures for Crowd Control under Union Home Secretary, 2010-11
  • Chairperson, Project Board of LIC Programme to Review and Monitor the Progress of R&D work (2010-1013)
  • Member Secretary, Cluster Advisory Council and Cluster Council ( Life Sciences Cluster), fromJan 2014 to Feb 2015
  • Chairperson, Kisan-Jawan-Vigyan Mela ,Leh and Partapur, DRDO ( 2015 & 2016)
  • Chairperson, Special Panel of Life Sciences Research Board “ Physiology of Extreme Environment & Behavioural Sciences” DRDO,Dec 2016- Aug 2020
  • Chief Guest, DST Inspire Internship Science Camp, 21 Dec 2017, Raja NL Khan Women College, Midnapore. WB
  • Chief Guest, Annual Conference and national Symposium on “ Poultry Health” 26 Oct 2019, DIHAR & CPBF Chandigarh
  • Chief Guest, Annual Biotechnology Conference, 12 Feb 2019, Deptt of Bio-technology, Punjab University, Chandigarh
  • Guest of Honor, Federation of Indian Physiological Societies, 8th Congress, 26th Sep 2019, ESIC Medical College, Faridabad
  • Guest of Honor & Keynote Speaker, IntConf on Basic & Applied Physiology (ICONBAP) 14 Feb 2020 Medical College Dungarpur, Rajasthan
  • Chief Guest, SAPICON 2020 Conference, 18 Feb 2020, CSWRI Avikanagar, Rajasthan
  • President, Indian National Academy of Stress Sciences, DIPAS, Delhi (2019 onward)

Positions Held

  • Distinguished Professor and Dean Research, Sharda University, Greater NOIDA (wef  Nov 2020 – Continuing)           
  • Director, Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS-DRDO), Delhi (19 Dec 2016- 31Aug 2020)
  • Director, Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR-DRDO), Leh-Ladakh

  (28 Feb 2015 - 18 Dec 2016)

  • Director, Defence Institute of Bio-energy Research, (DIBER-DRDO), Haldwani (Uttrakhand),Addl Charge (01 Nov 16 - 18 Dec 16)
  • Director, Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS-DRDO) Delhi, Addl Charge (05 Oct – 24 Oct 2018)&(03 Apr 2020 – 12 Apr 2020, during lockdown period)
  • Director, Project Monitoring (Life Sciences) DRDO HQ, New Delhi (03 Nov 13 - 27 Feb 15)
  • Project Director/ Coordinator, Low-Intensity Conflict (LIC)Program& Head, Program Office LIC (With special Financial & Administrative Powers of Lab Dir), DRDO HQ (01 Jan 2010 - 03 Nov 2013)
  • Additional Director, Date of Life Sciences/ DRDO HQ, New Delhi (May 2008-Dec 2009)
  • Member of Think Tank, DRDO – Group for Forecasting and Analysis of Systems & Technologies –GFAST(Jan 2006- May 2008)
  • Divisional Head, Animal Sciences, Defence Agricultural Research Laboratory (DARL), Pithoragarh, Now DIBER(Dec 1996 – Jan 2006)
  • Officer In-charge/OIC, Defence Agricultural Research Laboratory (DARL)FdStn 36 Sector C/O 56 APO Kinnaur–Lahul Spiti, Himachal Pradesh(Jul 1992-Dec 1996)
  • Group Officer, Animal Sciences, Defence Agricultural Research Laboratory (DARL), Almora/ Pithoragarh, Now DIBER(Feb 1985- Jun 1992)

Research

RESEARCH PROJECTS HANDLED 

  • International Projects: 02
  • DRDO Projects: 24
  • External Agency Projects: 04

PUBLICATIONS

  •  International: 73
  •  National: 61
  •  Semi Scientific: 19
  •  Book Chapters: 07
  •  Reports: 10

CONFERENCES / SYMPOSIA

  •  International: 03
  •  National: 32

Certifications

PATENTS APPLIED/ GRANTED

  •  (AS A MEMBER OF DRDO TEAM): 20
  •  ToT to  Industries (As Dir in DRDO): 25

Area of Interest

  • Directed Basic Research
  •  Applied Research & Customization of Technologies for Product and Process Development
  • Transfer of Technology and its Commercialization through Industries.
  • Promoting quality research at Sharda University under New Educational Policy of Govt of India