Dr. Sharad K. Pradhan is working as Director, THDC-Institute of Hydropower Engineering and Technology, Tehri, Govt of Uttrakhand. Earlier he was Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Dean, Corporate & International Relations and Associate Director, NITTTR Bhopal-Siemens Center of Excellence at National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training and Research (NITTTR), Bhopal under the aegis of Government of India.
He did his Ph.D from Mechanical Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, India and before joining NITTTR Bhopal he was a Scientist in ‘Design & Simulation Group’ at ‘Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute’ (CMERI), Durgapur, (WB), India. After serving this research lab for 4 years he joined NITTTR, Bhopal as a Reader in 2003 and became Professor Mechanical Engineering in 2014.
He has coordinated and organized more than 300 short term courses and workshops for Technical teachers of Polytechnic and Engineering colleges of our country in ‘Content based areas’ like Industry 4.0, Finite Element Methods, Computer Aided Design and Analysis, Computer Aided Manufacturing, Applied Mechanics, Engineering Graphics and ‘Technical Education based areas’ like, Outcome based Education, Rubrics, Accreditation, Outcome based Curriculum, Basic and Advanced Teaching Methods, Student Evaluation and Assessment, Modern Lab Practices, etc.
He is a member of NBA Evaluation Team for Accreditation of Mechanical Engineering UG Programs. He has developed Outcome Based Curriculum for four states of the country for Diploma and Post diploma in Mechanical Engineering and allied disciplines. He has developed many Modules, Handouts, Exercise books, Presentations and Videos on different topics related to Mechanical Engineering, Technical Education (NITTT-AICTE MOOCs) and Accreditation for UG/PG programs (SWAYAM-MOOCs).
His research contributions include, Finite element model updating, Structural dynamic design, Optimization of machining parameters, Simulation of Manufacturing Processes, Robotics and Additive Manufacturing. He has a number of published papers to his credit, one book on Engineering Graphics with two upcoming books on ‘Finite Element Method’ and ‘Production Technology’. He has published four patents and completed a DST funded project ‘Development of a Multifunctional Scavenging Vehicle for Indian Railway Tracks’. He is a consistent learner and is motivated to contribute to the world of knowledge.
The campus of institute is spread across a mighty fifty acres green land within mountains and known for its rich Scientific, IT and Physical infrastructure. The institute has lush green campus and pollution free environment ideally suited for the students interested in technical education. Moreover, the institute is situated near Tehri Lake which has become the most beautiful sight seen and a water adventure sports hub for travelers. The institute is 74 kilometers away from Jolly-Grant Airport Dehradun, 85 kilometers away from Rishikesh, 104.8 kilometers away from Haridwar, and 110.7 kilometers from Dehradun city.
The institute provides grand Infrastructure, state-of-the-art fully equipped labs to provide hands-on training in the latest technologies and techniques. Modernized classrooms, computer centre, seminar hall and a fully automated library gives an extra edge to the institute. In addition best possible facilities of Boys hostel, Girls hostel, sports, Gym, Bank ATM, Canteen and transportation are also offered. Well qualified faculties with high quality learning material provide best educational, research and professional environment.
The institution is prepared to play a key role in the rapid evolution of professional and technical education. Institution is dedicated to providing our students with the skills, knowledge and attitude they need to succeed in their chosen fields. We are planning to offer a variety of value-added courses that will give our students an edge in the job market. These courses will be tailored to the latest industry trends and will be taught by experienced professionals. Our goal is to ensure that our students are well-prepared for the challenges of the modern workplace in line with IR 4.0 and are equipped with the skills that employers are looking for. The institute Placement cell offers comprehensive pre placement training and placement opportunities to interested students.
The primary stakeholders including students, faculty, and staff of the institution are committed to create a bright future for everyone associated with THDC-IHET. This future will ultimately have a positive impact on the larger community. We extend a warm welcome to all our new students, parents and industries to visit THDC-IHET and interact with our existing students, faculty members and staff to know and explore more about the institute, facilities and future plans. Together, we will work to turn your aspirations into reality.