Pro Vice Chancellor Talk – DIT University

Prof. (Dr) S Swaminathan

Pro Vice Chancellor

DIT University takes its root from the erstwhile Dehradun Institute of Technology established in 1998. In a very short span, by virtue of its excellence in education and research, it not only attained full University status but was also one of the very few universities in the country to offer full time graduate and doctoral programs in several disciplines. In a short span of two years, DIT University has grown tremendously to become one of the region’s premier institutes of higher learning, known for its excellence in campus life, infrastructure, teaching and research.

As we look to the future, knowledge will continue to play a very important role as a key resource for the country. Our challenge is to generate new innovative ideas that will benefit society, to educate and train people to work in interdisciplinary areas where you will be valued both for your specialized knowledge, and for your ability to apply your knowledge to solve new problems in the modern world.

I welcome you all to DIT University, Dehradun and wish you all the very best for a successful career ahead.


An educational professional with a distinguished career of more than 40 years, Dr. Swaminathan has been associated with some of the world’s top universities that include Nanyang Technological University Singapore, Warwick University UK, IIT Roorkee, and BITS Pilani Dubai Campus. His extensive contribution towards teaching, research and administration at these Institutions has been widely recognized by the academia, both locally as well as internationally.

Dr. Swaminathan was awarded the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship to pursue his PhD programme at the University of Warwick, U.K. in 1981, in the area of III-V semiconductor Devices and characterization.

His other professional recognitions include the Commonwealth scholarship award, Guest of Honour, Keynote speaker and Plenary Speaker at various International Conferences; recognition for active contribution in the administration of research-oriented educational institutions in various capacities and several nominations/awards as Best Teacher for many years.

Dr. Swaminathan has also been involved in the organization of International Conferences, developing short courses at Master’s level for people from Industries and Research Institutes. He was appointed as a Senior Consultant and a Senior Academic Associate by the University affiliated with the Singapore Institute of Management (UniSIM) during 2005 – 2008.

On the research side, Dr. Swaminathan has been actively involved in collaborating with a number of research initiatives. He has successfully supervised a number of Master’s and PhD students on various topics in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. His most recent research involvement is in the area of nanotechnology and MEMS/NEMS for applications as micro/Nano sensors for water quality, virus detection, biomedical and other applications. He has also authored a number of peer reviewed publications in this area in international journals of repute and international conference proceedings.