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Dr. Ravindrasing G. Pardeshi
Principal,
Fergusson College (Autonomous, Pune

Academic Qualifications              

 

Sr. No.

Degree

Subject

University

Year

Division

1.

Ph.D.

Geology

University of Pune, Pune, Maharashtra, India

1991

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Title of Ph.D. Thesis: Geochemistry and Petrography of magmatic rocks of Drass - Kargil Area, Ladakh, Himalaya, India. 

2.

M.Sc.

Geology

University of Pune, Pune, Maharashtra, India

1983

Ist

3.

B.Sc.

Geology

Shivaji University, Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India

1981

Ist

Teaching and Mentoring Experience                   

  • 36 years of teaching at Science graduation and post-graduation.
  • Visiting faculty for the Diploma Course in Gemmology and Diamond Grading, at the Jagannath Rathi Vocational Guidance and Training Institute, Pune, India
  • Competitive Examination Centre, University of Pune, Pune for M.A. (Social Studies), India.
  • Civil Services Examination Training Programmes conducted by the Tribal Research & Training Institute, Government of Maharashtra, Pune, India
  • M.Sc. Environmental Science, University of Pune, Pune, India

Research Experience                     

  • 37 years of research experience during Doctoral and Research Projects.
  • Research Collaboration under Erasmus Plus for Higher Education Student and Staff Mobility (2017-2019) with Jagiellonian University in Krakow, (JU), Poland. Areas of interest: Petrology, Groundwater and Palaeontology.
  • Research Guide in Geology for M. Phil. and Ph. D.
  • Research Projects:  02

(a)   Geological investigations of Deccan Trap basalts of Kukdi river valley of Western Maharashtra, India (2002).

(b)  Petrography and Phytolith Studies of the Tertiary Formations of Bikaner - Nagaur Basin, Western Rajasthan, India, University Grants Commission, Funding Amount - Rs. 2,70,000.00 (2016).

  • Worked as Junior Research Fellow, CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research), Department of Geology, University of Pune, Pune.
  • Certified Green Audit Report (2010-2015) of Chhatrapati Shahu Institute of Business Education and Research (An Autonomous Institute), Kolhapur.
Research Publications

(I) Papers

    1.  Petrology of mafic and ultramafic rocks from Indus Ophiolite Belt-Ladakh Himalaya, India’. In Ophiolites and Indian Plate Margin, N. C. Ghosh and S. Varadrajan (Eds) pp 63-73, 1986.

    2.  Geochemistry and Geothermometry of basic igneous rocks from Dras - Kargil area, Ladakh Himalaya, India. Proceedings National Symposium on Applications of Geochemistry, pp 43, 1988.

    3.  Giant Potholes in river Kukdi at Nighoj, District Ahmednagar, Maharashtra pp 93-102 in  Indian Geomorphology Vol. I Ed. S. R. Jog, Rawat Publication, New Delhi, 1991.

    4.  Formation of Calcrete by the weathering of giant plagioclase phenocrysts of the megaporphyritic basalt in the River Padal at Nighoj, Ahmednagar, District Maharashtra. In a seminar abstract on ‘Weathering of rocks’, organized by Geological Society of India. pp 18, 1992.

    5.  Calcrete formation by weathering megaporphyritic basalts and pedogenic processes in the Padalnala near Nighoj, Ahmednagar District, Maharashtra. Indian Minerals, Vol. 52, No. 3 & 4, pp 251-258, 1997.

    6.  Calcic amphiboles and petrogenesis of Chainnigund Gabbro, Ladakh, N.W., Himalayas, India. In Himalayan Geology, Vol. 20(2) pp 61-70, 1999.

    7.  Water Quality and Sediment Analysis at selected locations of Pavana River of Pune District, Maharashtra, Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research, 5(8): 91-102, 2013.

    8.  Growth of ZnO Nanorods using hygrothermal for gas sensing applications, Research Journal of Physical Sciences, 3(1), 1-3, 2015, International Science Congress Association, Indore, India. 2320-4796.

    9.  Paleaoweatheirng Characteristics of an Intrabasaltic Red Bole of the Deccan Flood Basalts near Shrivardhan of Western Coast of India. Journal of Earth Syst. Sci., Indian Academy of Sciences, 123, No.7, 2014, pp: 1717-1728.

    10. Assessment of suitability of irrigation canal water for agriculture: Astudy based on New Mutha Right Bank Canal waters from Pune, Maharashtra, India. Proceedings of the International Academy of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, International Academy of Ecology and Environmental 

         Sciences, 2019

    11. Micromorphology and textural variations in the Ane Ghat Waterfall tufa deposits from Upland Deccan Traps and their genesis. Jour. Geol. Soc. Ind. 94: 86 2019.

    12. “Assessment of suitability of irrigation canal water for agriculture: A study based on New Mutha Right Bank Canal waters from Pune, Maharashtra, India.” Proceedings of the International Academy of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, 9(3), 89-97, September 2019.

(II) Book

  1. Text Book of Geology, for B.Sc. Course (2001 / 2007) Revised Edition (2014).

(III) Conferences / Seminars / Workshops and Presentations

      1. 33rd International Geological Congress, Oslo, Norway, 6-14th August, 2008. Weathering Characteristics of an Interbasaltic Red Bole Horizon occurring within the Deccan basalt near Shriwardhan along the Western Coastal Tract of India.

      2. 34th International Geological Congress, Brisbane, Australia, and presented a Paper entitled, “REE Geochemistry of an Intrabasaltic Red Bole Horizon     Occurring within the Deccan Trap Basalts from Western Coastal Tract of     India”. 5-10th August, 2012.

      3. 35th International Geological Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, Palaeopedologic Investigations from the intrabasaltic bole beds (Paleosoles) occurring in the Bopdev Ghat Section of the Deccan traps, south of Pune (India): Implications for Paleo climates during Deccan  

          Volcanism in the Conference.

      4. Paper entitled Addressing the Challenges of Traditional Educational Institutes of Higher Education: A Case Study of Fergusson College, National Conference on Opportunities and Challenges in Higher Education, Nov. 30th to Dec. 2nd, 2011, Organized by Haribhai V. Desai College, Pune.

      5. Paper entitled, (Resource Person) Orienting Post Accreditation Strategies for Quality Enhancement and Sustenance. NAAC Sponsored National Level Seminar on Co-operative Endeavour for Quality Enhancement: Exploration of Brighter Possibilities during the Reaccreditation Period,    

          organized by Deogiri College, Aurangabad, September, 20-21st, 2011.

      6. Paper entitled ‘Significance of Best Practices on the Quality Assessment during the Re-accreditation Process’ at the ‘National Conference on Challenges before Reaccreditation’ sponsored by NAAC, Bangalore and organized by Vivekanand College, Kolhapur on 14th and 15th

         December, 2012.

      7. Paper entitled, ‘Role of Best Practices in Quality Enhancement and Sustenance in Higher Education Institutions’, in UGC sponsored National Seminar on ‘Role of Best Practices in Quality Enhancement and Sustenance in Higher Education Institutions’. April 24-25th, New Panvel, 2015.

      8. Resource Person for Regional Brain Storming Session 36th IGC (International Geological Congress) - 2020 at Nagpur, 12-13th March, 2015.

Participation in Faculty Development Programmes

  1. ‘Regional Training in Structural Geology’, at the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehra Dun, sponsored by UNESCO and DST (1984).
  2. The summer school for “Numerical Methods and Computer Applications in the Modern Approach in Petrology”, organized by DST at the University of Delhi, New Delhi (1993).
  3. Continuing Education Programme (CEP) on “Recognition of Active Faults using Geomorphology” conducted by I. I. T., Bombay (1996).
  4. Refresher Courses in Geology at:

          a. Punjab University, Chandigarh (1990),

          b. Mysore University, Mysore (1992),

          c. Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda (2000)

          d. University of Pune, Pune (2002).

Award           

  • Received the, ‘Best Teacher Award’ in 2010, from the Pune Municipal Corporation, Pune.

Professional Associations                         

  • Fellow of the Geological Society of India, Bangalore.
  • Member, Gemological Orientation and Development Society, Pune.
  • Member, Marathi Vidnyan Mahasangh, Pune.  

Participation in Designing Curricula and Credit System

(a)   B.Sc. Geology syllabus of University of Pune, Pune and North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon.

(b)  Diploma Course in Environmental Management, JRVGTI, Pune.

(c)   Instrumental in developing Credit System for all undergraduate and postgraduate programmes under Autonomy in Fergusson College.

(d)  Introduction of flexible method of assessment under autonomy.

(e)   Developing programmes under UGC schemes of “College with Potential for Excellence” and “College of Excellence”.

(f)    Designing trans-disciplinary training programmes under UGC-STRIDE Scheme – Component-I.

National / International Committees

(a)   Member of “General Council” of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore.

(b)   Nominated as ‘Assessor’ by National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore.

(c)   Member of Working Group on Higher Education for the XIIth Five Year Plan. Planning Commission, Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD), Government of India, New Delhi.

(d)   Member of Panel of Experts, Department of Biotechnology, STAR College Scheme, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, New Delhi.

(e)   Member of various UGC Committees:

  • Assessment of Universities and College of Excellence / Colleges with Potential for Excellence.
  • Assessment of proposals under the scheme of construction of women’s Hostel at University Grants Commission –South East Regional Office, Hyderabad.
  • Grant of Autonomous Status to Colleges.

(f)    Member of ‘Academic Committee’, International Center, University of Pune, Pune.

(g)   Member of Australia India Student Mobility Programme (2014)

(h)   Member of Blended B.Sc. Programme in collaboration with University of Melbourne, Melbourne.

Participation at University Level

  • Member of Academic Council of Savitribai Phule Pune University (formerly University of Pune)
  • Member, Board of Studies in Geology of Savitribai Phule Pune University.
  • Member, Research and Innovation Committee of Savitribai Phule Pune University.
  • Member, International Students Center of Savitribai Phule Pune University.
  • Member, Finance and Accounts  Committee of Savitribai Phule Pune University.
  • Member, Grievance Committee of Savitribai Phule Pune University.
  • Member of Local Enquiry Committees of Savitribai Phule Pune University for starting new courses/ college.
  • Vice Chancellors Nominee and Subject Expert in selection committees for selection for Principal/ Assistant Professor of various affiliated colleges under Savitribai Phule Pune University.

Institutional Service

  • Principal, Fergusson College, Pune - Since 2009.
  • Life Member, Deccan Education Society, Pune - Since 2000.
  • Assistant Secretary (Estate and Legal Matters), Deccan Education Society, Pune.
  • Coordinator of Deccan Education Society’s, Navalmal Firodia Law College, Pune.
  • Programme Officer, National Service Scheme, Fergusson College, Pune.
  • Chairman of Gymkhana Managing Committee of the Fergusson College, Pune.
  • Member Secretary, Local Managing Committee, Fergusson College, Pune.
  • Member Secretary, College Development Committee, Fergusson College (Autonomous), Pune.

Community Involvement

  • Programme Officer for National Service Scheme (NSS) and represented the Fergusson College, Pune for 8 years.
  • Established “Social Outreach and Enabling Center” in the College to instill a sense of social responsibility amongst students. Collaborating with 17 different Non- Government Organization (NGOs) for various programmes /surveys / field studies which involve gender issues, human rights, environmental issues and working for differently abled students.

Achievements

  • Completion of Assessment and Accreditation of the College by National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore - “A” Grade with 3.26 CGPA. (2009) and 3.62 CGPA on 4 point scale. (2015)
  • NIRF ranking (MHRD) of Fergusson College (autonomous), Pune

          2017: 35th rank

          2018:19th rank

          2019: 27th rank

          2020: 42nd rank

  • Collaboration with Glasgow Caledonian University, UK for Masters Programme in Life and Food Sciences. (2010)
  •  University Grants Commission awarded to the College as “College with Potential for Excellence” (CPE) (2011) and “College with Excellence” (CE) 2017. 
  • All Science departments supported by Department of Science and Technology, Funds for Improvement of Science and Technology. (2011)
  • All Science Departments supported by University Grants Commission through Basic Scientific Research Grant for enhancing the physical infrastructure in laboratories.
  • Six departments recognized for financial support for strengthening undergraduate science education through STAR College Scheme of Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. (2014)
  • Special Heritage Status granted by University Gr ants Commission, New Delhi.
  • Collaboration with Penn State University, Harrisburg Campus, USA for Academic and Research Exchange. (2013)
  • Partner for TARA project with Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland for Research with Black Rock Castle Observatory for linking robotic telescopes in USA, Ireland and India (Fergusson College, Pune, India).
  • 100% placement for programmes in Computer Science and Industrial Mathematics.
  • Started new innovation programmes - Bachelor of Vocation in Media and Communication and Digital Art and Animation with recognition and financial support under National Skill Quality Frame Work of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. Other new programmes include - Post Graduate Programme in Industrial Mathematics with Computer Applications (IMCA), Computer Applications and Data Science.
  • Established “Industry-Institute” Interaction Cell to mobilize industrial experience and training to students and enhance employability.
  • Established “Career Facilitation Center” for students which cater to Career Counseling, Pre Placement and Placement assistance to students.
  • Instrumental in bringing “Academic Autonomy” to the College. Implemented “Choice Based Credit System” for all undergraduate programmes.

 Educational Travel

  • Six Universities in the United Kingdom (2008)
  • Cork Institute of Technology, for collaborative programmes, Ireland (2010)
  • Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow and East Anglia University, for collaborative programmes, Norwich, UK (2010)
  • South East Asian Principal’s Conference, Colombo and Bangkok (2011, 2012 and 2013)
  • Universities in Australia to study their higher education system, Australia (2012)
  • Universities in Denmark, Copenhagen University, Denmark (2012)
  • University in Germany to study their higher education system, Germany (2013)
  • Attended the 2015 Academic Leadership Academy, held at The Nittany Lion Inn, State College, Pennysylvania on June 21 - 25, 2015.
  • South-East Asian Principal’s Conference at Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, 20th - 24th January 2016.