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AU-KBC RESEARCH CENTRE

C.N.Krishnan

Education

 

B.Sc.(Maths and Physics), Kerala University

B. Tech (EE-Light Current Engg.), I I T Madras

M. Tech (EE- Semiconductor Devices), I I T Kanpur

Ph. D. (EE- Transferred Electron Devices), I I T Kanpur

 

Work Experience

 

Senior Research Asst., EE, IIT Kanpur.

Asst. Professor, Electronics Dept., M I T Campus, Anna University, Chennai

Professor, Electronics Dept., M I T Campus, Anna University, Chennai

Director, School of Electronics& Instrumentation, M I T Campus, Anna University.

Director, AU-KBC Research Centre, M I T Campus, Anna University, Chennai.

 

Teaching

 

Taught courses in the areas of Digital Communication ; Telecommunications ; RF, Microwave and Satellite Communication; Radar ; Signal Processing ; Speech Processing.

Designed and introduced new courses on Switching and Transmission, Adaptive Signal Processing, ISDN, Speech Processing, and Broad Band Access Technologies.

 

Research

 

Research work has been in the areas of Semiconductor Devices, Applied Signal Processing, Spread Spectrum and GPS, Kalman Filtering, Air-borne Radar, and  Power Line Communications, and have over forty research papers in these areas. Carried out over 15 externally funded research projects with funding from agencies like the D.I.T,   D.R.D.O.,  I.S.R.O.,  A.I.C.T.E.,  M.H.R.D.,  D.S.T., etc. Initiated major national programs like the Micro Satellite Project at Anna University with ISRO support, and  the National Resource Centre for Free/Open Source Software (NRCFOSS) with D.I.T. support jointly with C-DAC. Founder-Director of the AU-KBC Research Centre.

 

University Research in India, and the setting up of the AU-KBC Research Centre

 

While there is a widespread desire that India should become a “knowledge superpower” and a “knowledge society”, the organisational and  institutional infrastructure needed to make this happen do not seem to be getting built with the same passion and vision. A strong University research base is universally accepted to be one such component, which is not quite there in India today. The AU-KBC Research Centre is an attempt to help change this situation. It evolved from the conviction that research in Indian Universities need, among other things, external inputs and stimuli for achieving and maintaining even reasonable levels of quality, creativity and dynamism. Having private players participate in and contribute to the R&D programs of the University in the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) mode is one of the means through which such a rejuvenation and replenishing of University research can take place. This external involvement and participation helps make research more focused and result oriented, leading to development of knowledge, technologies and products that can contribute back to the society in economic, social and intellectual terms. By making them an integral part of this process, the scientists and researchers also get suitably compensated and rewarded which  in turn leads to higher levels of their motivation and productivity. Such a model also makes it possible for research centres to move towards financial self-sufficiency, sparing the resources of the University for teaching and training purposes. Carried out with in a transparent and just framework of benefit-sharing, this becomes a win-win arrangement for the University, for the scientists and for the private player – and for the future of Indian science and technology.