Prof Prabhat Ranjan's Blog

Prof. Prabhat Ranjan is Vice Chancellor of D Y Patil International University, Akurdi, Pune

My Tryst with Chandrayaan-2

While I was trained as a Nuclear Fusion Scientist and spent nearly two decades working on Nuclear Fusion in USA and India, I moved to Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of ICT(DA-IICT), Gandhinagar in Gujarat in summer of 2002 as  Professor to enlarge my area of work. Considering the focus areas of DA-IICT, I felt that I could work on Robotics to help manage remote control requirements of Nuclear Fusion Reactors. As I was going through literature on Robotics, I started to see the scope of group of Robots linked by communication and working in a cooperative manner. From here I stumbled

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How I got into Nuclear Fusion Research

How I got into Nuclear Fusion Research

This story goes back to 1981, when I had completed my Masters in Physics from Delhi University and was proceeding to USA to do PhD. I did specialization in Astrophysics and General Theory of Relativity during my MSc. During summer of 1981, I had worked with Prof J V Narlikar on Black Holes at TIFR as part of NCERT National Science Talent Search Summer Camp. While applying for PhD to US Universities, I had mentioned in my Statement of Purpose (SOP) that I would want to continue my research work in Astrophysics Area. I got admission on the basis of

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How I became Accidental Experimentalist !

How I became Accidental Experimentalist !

This long blog describes my successful foray into experiments to prove my model and my insistence on using only components available in local market. It led to a unique development, improvement of machine to international standards and publication in top rated journal in spite of efforts made by colleagues to put barriers! While working at Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics(SINP) in Kolkata(1986-95), I was engaged in nuclear fusion research. The device that we worked with was called Tokamak. It is an experimental nuclear fusion reactor whose concept was first given in Russia and is still the main contender for a

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