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Dr. Sudhir Raniwala
Institute of Engineering and Technology

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Dr. Sudhir Raniwala

Professor Emeritus
Institute of Engineering and Technology

Email:

sudhir.raniwala@jklu.edu.in

Member of JKLU faculty since

29th November 2021

Area/ Specialisation

Engineering and Technology

Education

  • PhD from University of Rajasthan in 1991.
  • M.Sc. (Specialisation in High-Energy Physics) from University of Rajasthan in 1983.
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) in Physics from University of Rajasthan in 1980.

Experience

Prof. Sudhir Raniwala is an experimental particle physicist. He retired as a Professor and Dean from the University of Rajasthan in 2020 where he initiated a major change in the curricula. He has now joined J K Lakshmipat University, Jaipur as Professor Emeritus.

 

With a consistent academic record (gold medalist, best thesis award in the DAE Nuclear Physics Symposium, INSA visiting scientist, CERN Associate, ICTP Senior Associate), in addition to CERN, he has worked in different centres in Italy. He was a member of a number of academic committees including the Physics Board, Editorial Board and an internal reviewer at different institutes. He worked in the collaboration experiment ALICE at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, Geneva. His research work was liberally funded by the Department of Science and Technology. The University of Rajasthan was granted PURSE grants adding to about 50 crore because of the h-factor of his group’s large number of publications.

 

His penchant for pedagogy in teaching makes him a very popular teacher, as evident in his TEDx talk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etZhUSTEGJ0). He has written a number of popular articles in newspapers explaining concepts in frontiers of science.

 

He feels strongly about ethics in academics and has worked to sensitise the community through a number of talks, newspaper articles and communication with various national and state authorities. Some of his efforts have contributed to the UGC regulation 2018 on academic integrity. Prof. Raniwala was also the Dean/ Director of LNMIIT for two years while maintaining his lien.

Teaching Interests
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching experience of 34 years.
  • Taught courses in national workshops and SERC schools of DST.
  • Outreach and popular talks to a diverse audience.
  • Talks on academic ethics and integrity in various forums.
  • Talks in Refresher courses for college and University teachers.
  • TEDx talk in St. Xaviers College, Mumbai. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etZhUSTEGJ0
  • Talks in National High Energy Physics Symposium and National Nuclear Physics Symposium.
  • Talks in national and international conferences and workshops.
  • Colloquia and seminars in eminent institutes in the country (most recent talks in Hyderabad Central University and in TIFR, Hyderabad).

Worked on studying various properties of dense nuclear matter through experiments with relativistic heavy-ion collisions as part of national and international collaboration experiments EMU-01, WA93, WA98, STAR, ALICE, CBM. These are all experiments using different accelerator facilities around the world and CBM is a future experiment with ongoing preparations.

Research Interests

Currently, Prof. Sudhir Raniwala is contributing in an international experiment, ALICE, at CERN in Geneva. He has been assigned the responsibility of most of the academic committees of the ALICE international experiment. He is the only one from India to have contributed to all of the following:

  • Conference Committee to oversee various conference presentations from different collaborators around the world.
  • Internal Review Committee (IRC) of many papers: Every publication of ALICE has an internal Review Committee to evaluate the manuscript before submission to the journal.
  • Physics Board: To discuss all progress and approve various analysis and deliberate upon future scope of the experiment.
  • Editorial Board: Assessing the manuscript after approval by the IRC.
  • Thesis Committee: Every year, ALICE evaluates the best thesis amongst those submitted in collaboration of more than 140 institutes. He has been a member of this committee for more than 6 years to evaluate the best amongst the theses submitted around the world.

Research Projects

  • Event Classification in ultra relativistic heavy ion collisions in neural network approach; 1999-2003 (11.2 lacs, Department of Science and Technology of Government of India).
  • International Collaboration for the Study of Quark Gluon Plasma at Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) – ALICE; 1999-2008 (71 lacs, Department of Science and Technology of Government of India).
  • Grid Computing-Setting up of computing centres (Tier 2/3 centres) in the country for CMS and ALICE projects at CERN, Geneva; 2005-2008 (78.4 lacs, Department of Science and Technology of Government of India).
  • Pre-Operative Programme for Indian Participation in the FAIR Project at GSI, Dearmstadt, Germany–Accelerator and Detector– Related R&D and Prototyping; 2009-2012 (21 lacs, Department of Science and Technology of Government of India).
  • ALICE:Operation and Utilisation—2009-2014 (109 lacs, Department of Science and Technology of Govt. of India, Department of Science and Technology of Government of India)
  • India LHC Grid Collaboration — Enhancement of Regional World wide Computing GRID (WLCG) 2010-2013 (29.7 lacs, through Department of Science and Technology of Govt. of India).
  • Updating & Operation of Regional WLCG Grid System 2014-2020 (26.8 lacs, through Department of Science and Technology of Govt. of India).
  • As a Co-PI in ALICE, Upgrade, Operation and Utilisation— 2014-2020 (105 lacs, Department of Science and Technology of Government of India).
Honours, Awards, and Affiliations
  • Silver medal for second position in combined B.(Hons.).
  • Gold medal for first position in merit by University of Rajasthan,
  • Qualified the 2nd ever national test organised by CSIR.
  • Best Thesis Presentation Award; Indian Physics Association during Annual Nuclear Physics Symposium (Partly at IIT, Kanpur and Physics Department, University of Rajasthan.

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