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Dr Sandeep Rai
Dr Sandeep Rai

Dr Sandeep Rai

Professor, SRICT, Ankleshwar

Shroff S.R. Rotary Institute of Chemical Technology, Ankleshwar

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Important decision
During course of my industrial experience at Apar Industries, established a full fledged R&D center dedicated for high class research specially in the area of Synthetic Rubbers and Lattices. Similarly was instrumental in establishing automatic lab reactor set up at Synthomer, Kluang.
Brief description about me
I am a doctorate in Polymer Chemistry with 20 years + industrial experience in R&D, Product Development, QA/QC and R&D Project Management. Currently working as Professor & Head in an Institute of Chemical Technology,Ankleshwar. In current role taking lectures specially for Polymer and Rubber Technology, providing consultancy to industries and imparting training to industrial personnel.
My family background
I am the youngest son of my parent born and brought up in Kanpur(UP). My schooling took place in Jabalpur(MP)where my father( employee of Ordinance Factory) got transferred to Jabalpur from Kanpur in 1976. We are three brothers but no sister. My wife is from MP and the place is known as Vidisha having world famous Sanchi,s Stoopa. I have been blessed by two daughters and one son all are studying. My wife is a home maker and house wife.
Ensuring success
Being attached to academic profession, I ensure to keep update myself with current advancements in my field i.e. polymers. During the preparation of my lectures, I need to prepare a lot and this helps me to be updated on my subject . I also attend conference/symposium, management development programs. Recently, I have started to write book and book chapters on different interdisciplinary topics. Two chapters published and book will appear in January 2015.
Degree that I recommend
There is Scarcity of qualified personnel for Rubber Industries. Few Institutes in India like IITS, Central Universities etc offers courses but still there is shortage of skilled manpower in the country. In fact, in a major initiative to resolve the serious issue of manpower crunch in the industry, the recently formed Rubber Skill Development Centre (RSDC) has chalked out a series of plans. Even Indian Rubber Institute is also playing a vital role for providing need based courses as per the need of industries.
Initiative to develop a country
I believe professionals can act as resource personnel to provide training both in academic or in industry. They will be the right persons who can share their experience and knowledge in the subject important industrially.Industry- University interaction through professionals can generate knowledge which will be very vital and useful for the self reliability of the country.
Thoughts on Education system of our country
Today's education system in India is missing skill part. This leads to generate qualified unemployed persons with no guarantee of getting suitable jobs. Now government has initiated several skilled based vocational certificate courses and this will really help the quality and employ-ability of educated persons and will meet the industry expectations.
My achievements
I have been awarded 3 national scholarships.

Was a key team player in development of novel polymeric products and processes.

Published research articles in peer reviewed international journals.

Written book chapters and now writing book for a prestigious international publisher.

Worked in reputed multinational companies in their global technical centers and made significant contributions.

Invited as Speaker at " World Elastomer Summit 2013" being held in Lyon, France, 4-5th December 2013.
Couple of years from now
I am happy with my current position. However, will definitely involve myself more in consultancy and publishing activities in years to come.
My strongest skill
Good basic knowledge of Polymer Chemistry.

Rich industrial experience in reputed Indian and Multinational companies.

Experience of R&D Project Management using stage gate process.

Good experience of coordination between different locations across the globe of the company on technical issues.

Experience of current Global SHE standards.
Important lesson learned
I learn and believe that, for the sustainable development of a person depends upon three things, 1. Attitude, 2. Honesty, 3. Praying in any form.After adopting these qualities, person can feel peace of mind and continuous happiness in life.
Qualities needed to become a successful leader
As answered in Q 14.
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