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Honorary Degree Orations
Professor Surendra Prasad
Public Orator, Professor Bryan Woodward presented the Honorary Graduand at the Degree Ceremony held on Thursday 19 July at 10.30am
Loughborough University awards honorary degrees in recognition of distinction in a wide range of activities. Surendra Prasad, whom we honour today, has excelled as a researcher in the field of communications, a topic which we are all so familiar with nowadays. But few people who use mobile phones, Blackberries and other sophisticated communications gadgets are even vaguely aware of their complexity, nor do they think about the intellectual input of the gifted engineers who devised them.
Surendra Prasad received a B.Tech. degree in electronics and electrical communication engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in 1969, then an M.Tech. in 1971 and a Ph.D. in 1974, both in electrical communication engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Since the IITs are so highly rated, he has therefore graduated from two of the most prestigious institutions in India.
He has been at IIT Delhi since 1971, apart from two periods of sabbatical leave. During the first, he was a Visiting Research Fellow at this university, where he spent the year 1976 to 1977 in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, working with the late Professor Roy Griffiths. During the second, he spent the year 1985 to 1986 as a Visiting Faculty Member at Pennsylvania State University.
At IIT Delhi, he has been Professor of Electrical Engineering and Co-ordinator of the Bharti School of Telecommunications Technology and Management. His teaching and research interests include wireless communications, digital signal processing, and speech and image processing, for which he has been consulted by government agencies and by industry. His reputation has been recognised by several noteworthy awards. He received the Vikram Sarabhai Research Award in Electronics and Telecommunications in 1987, the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award for Engineering Sciences in 1988, and the Om Prakash Bhasin Prize for research in Electronics and Communications in 1994. As marks of distinction, he has been elected a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, and both Fellow and Council Member of the Indian Academy of Sciences.
Professor Prasad is now Director of IIT Delhi, which has been described as a “320-acre citadel of excellence”. His abiding passion is to nurture students and to foster research to sustain that excellence. IIT Delhi has managed to reassert its pre-eminent position as the number one higher education institution in India, in no small measure due to his leadership.
Chancellor, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to communications research, I have the honour to present to you and to the University, Professor Surendra Prasad, to be admitted to the degree of Doctor of Technology honoris causa.