Dr. Arpit Rawankar

Associate Professor
Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
Life Member-International Linear Collider
Life Member-Indian Laser Association
Member-IEEE,Member-Optical Society of India

Post Doctorate (Control System), TIFR, Mumbai 2016
PhD (Laser & Fiber Optics), Kanagawa, Japan 2014
M.Tech (Electronics), V.J.T.I., Mumbai 2010
B.E. (Etrx), Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune 2007


Teaching Experience: 5 Years
Research Experience: 10 Years
Technical Papers Published: 50
Masters Students Guided: 8

I spent my childhood in Ujjain, an ancient city situated on the eastern bank of the Kshipra river. It is a famous pilgrimage center where the Kumbh Mela is held once every 12 years. My mother owns a private school which is just besides our home. This gave me an advantage of getting my queries solved from all the teachers in my school days. Thus, it improved my learning process and made me a good listener.

After completing my B.E., I received scholarship from DRDO, Pune, to work as a ‘Junior Research Fellow’ in Lasers & Optical Electronics. During this time, I was strongly attracted towards the field of Photonics. Later, I took admission in VJTI. While pursuing M. Tech, I was selected for MEXT (The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) scholarship by the Government of Japan. Consequently, I completed my PhD research in Laser-Fiber Optics from High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) in Japan. I also received an ‘Outstanding Research’ award for my PhD by Hokkaido University, Japan. After PhD, I was offered a post-doctoral fellowship by the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. My field of research in TIFR was Control System and Nano-Photonics. After successfully completing my Post-Doctorate, I joined Vidyalankar Institute of Technology, Mumbai as an Associate Professor and simultaneously continued working in the research lab of TIFR as a ‘Visiting Researcher’. Experience of working in the research labs of KEK, TIFR, DRDO and HBCSE has allowed me to closely monitor and learn their working culture. I always work to adopt this culture in my teaching profession.

I wish to have my own photonics lab. Since the last 10 years, I am trying to collect equipment (via collaboration) and purchase optical components for this purpose. Along with some EXTC Department faculty, I have created a “Photonics & Control System” group. This has also motivated my students to start their research in the very early phase of their projects. My hobby is to search and purchase online; suitable devices, simulation tools and components for my project.

I have passion for learning Japanese language (Nihongo). When I have free time, I work on improving my vocabulary for Nihongo. I am also passionate about making fluorescent organic dyes. Though poisonous, I learned to handle these dyes carefully which provides a sense of positivity around me. I have traveled to many countries and thus, I have developed a taste about different varieties of tea and filter coffee and I like to preserve them with me.