Professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala

Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Areas of Interest:

Telecommunications, Computer Networks and Fibre Optics, Solar PV systems, Solar DC and UDC technologies, ICT based Education & Health Care, Entrepreneurship, Startups, Technology Incubation.


Telecommunications, Computer Networks and Fibre Optics, Solar PV systems, ICT based Education & Health Care, Solar DC and UDC technologies

Consultancy Areas:

Telecommunications, Computer Networks and Fibre Optics, Solar PV systems, Consumer Behavior Measurement, ,Voice Banking Technology, Remote Diagnostic Kit & weather monitoring, Transfer of Technology for the ATM Development.


Sector Associated With:


Sectors Interested to Offer Service:

Educational / Academic institutions, Industry (Private), R&D Organizations, Government (including funding agencies), Entrepreneurs, Law Enforcement Agencies, Consultancy Firms

Major Professional Contributions:

Prof. Jhunjhunwala has been significantly contributing to Education Reforms, Quality Enhancement, Technology Incubation, Industry-academia collaboration and Technology Development. He has been a Member of Kakodkar committee for IITs, NIT & AICTE review committee. He was also chairman of MHRD committee for Quality Enhancement in Engineering Education (QEEE), and today drives a Direct to Students (D2S) program which delivers live course modules to about 125 engineering colleges spread over the country. He heads incubators (RTBI and IITMIC) at IIT Madras and they have incubated about 100 companies, He is Chairman of SAC-DC committee on Water, TAG-EM Committee, TV White Space Committee, Technology committee, SEBI & QEEE. He is Faculty Incharge at IITMIC, RTBI, IITM Research Park,
His UDC project aims to enable a technique to provide 24X7 power supply to Indian homes.

Professional Experience:

  • Employer Period Designation
  • Department of Electrical Engg.
  • IIT Madras 600 036 1990 – Present Professor
  • Department of Electrical Engg.
  • IIT Madras 600 036 August 1998-July 2001 Head
  • Electrical Engg. Department
  • IIT Madras 600 036 1981 – 1990 Asst. Professor
  • Electrical Engg. Department
  • Washington State Univ. USA 1979 – 1981 Asst. Professor


Education, Quality enhancement, Technology, Incubation, solar DC and UDC techniques, Telecommunications .


Contact Information


TeNeT Office, ESB 331A, Dept. of Electrical Engg. IIT Madras, Chennai – 600 036
Telefax: 044-22570120

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  • B.Tech IIT Kanpur, India 1975
  • M.S. University of Maine, USA 1977
  • Ph.D. University of Maine, USA 1979


Awards and Major Professional Recognitions

  • Padma Shri 2002 for distinguished service in science, engineering, telecommunications.
  • Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award for outstanding contributions in the field of Engineering Sciences for the year 1998.
  • Dr.Vikram Sarabhai Research Award for the year 1997 towards the contributions and achievements in the field of Electronics, Informatics, Telematics & Automation.
  • Lifetime Achievement Research and Development Award of IIT Madras 2014 .
  • J.C. Bose fellowship award by DST, July 2010 & 2015

Link to Website

INAE Section Affiliated V: Electrical Engineering

Year of Election to Fellowship:

Year of Birth: 22 June 1953