Professor Mehra is a chemical engineer. He joined IIT Bombay in 1991 in the chemical engineering department and became an associate faculty in CPS in 2016. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge and has been associated with many other institutions in various capacities: Summer Visiting Professor at IIM Bangalore, CASI Visiting Scholar at the Center for Advanced Study of India (CASI) at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He has also been a Summer Visiting Scientist at Unilever.
Professor Mehra’s engineering research interests are in the broad areas of reaction engineering, surface science, and nanomaterials, and his work has been published extensively. He has won many awards such as the INSA Young Scientist Medal of the Indian National Science Academy, Associateship of the Indian Academy of Sciences, the Marie Curie Fellowship of the European Commission, and the Excellence in Teaching Award at IIT Bombay. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) and the National Academy of Sciences India (NASI). He has served as a member on the Department of Science & Technology (DST-SERB) Programme Advisory Committee on Chemical Engineering, and was the Chair of the SERB Programme Advisory and Monitoring Committee on Carbon Sequestration. He is currently Chair of the SERB Committee on Early Career Research Awards and National Post-Doctoral Fellowship (Engineering Sciences). He was also a member of a sub-committee of the Planning Commission (12th Plan) on Student Financial Aid. He has been a consultant to several industries as well as an industry teacher.
Prof Mehra has had an abiding interest in political and social issues relating to education, labour, science & technology, and the digital economy. He has been involved in supervising the Technology Development Supervised Learning (TDSL) projects at the Centre of Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA). He now brings these interests and professional experience to CPS.
Professor Mehra has held several senior administrative positions at IIT Bombay: Head of the Computer Centre, Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Professor-in-charge Administration, and he was responsible for initiating major administrative reforms in the Institute.
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– Technology-Politics Interfaces (Labor and Work, Media and Consumerism)
– Education, Higher Education, Technology Platforms in Educations
– Political Economy of Social Media
– Science & Technology, Industrial Policy
– B.Tech. Chemical Engg., I.I.T. Kanpur, 1983
– M.Chem.Engg., Bombay University, 1985
– Ph.D. (Tech.), Bombay University, 1987
– Technology, Culture and Public Policy
– Perspectives of Society, Science & Technology
In Popular Media
The Good People V. Evil Elites: How a Personal Tragedy Acquired a Political Spin , Oct 6 2020
Can The New NEP Really Reform Education In India? , Aug 3 2020
India’s “Vaccine Games” On Covid-19 Come At Great Risk , July 16 2020
The Far From Magnificent Obsession With Ranks At IITs , June 29 2020
A Homeopathic Defence Against COVID-19 Is No Defence at All , June 14 2020
The Pragmatics of Online Teaching , June 4 2020
After Weeks Of Online Classes At IIT, Here’s The Truth , A June 2 2020
Social Media Needs To Be Abolished , April 2 2020
How Digital Media Weaponised Ignorance During a Pandemic , March 28 2020
Crowdsourcing “Knowledge” , Mar 6 2020
IIT-JEE Coaching Classes – A Dark Universe , Dec 31 2018
IIT-JEE Coaching – The Selling Of Fake Dreams , Dec 19 2018
Rethinking undergraduate education in the IITs , Aug 25 2014
Bapna, A., Garg, K., & Mehra, A., 2020 “ Digital Divide and the Aakash Tablet “, Economic & Political Weekly, 55(10), 27.
Mehra, A., 2016, “The JEE conundrum revisited: a time for course correction “, Curr. Sci., 110(1), 18-22.
Mehra, A., 2012, “The JEE Conundrum “, Curr. Sci., 103(1), 29-35.
Other Relevant Work
Special Invited Lecture: “The Dismantling of Public Institutions and the End of History: The Case of Education”, at the International Conference on “Institution, Structure & Organization in Globalizing India: Science & Technology, Economy & Society”, January 20-21, 2012, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.