Dr P.A. Joshi was bestowed upon the Lifetime Achievement Award by DDU Alumni Association at the Annual General Meeting of the Alumni Association held on 17th May, 2014 at Ahmedabad. Dr. P.A. Joshi has played a pivotal role along with Dr. H.M . Desai for establishing the DDU Alumni Association and bringing it this far. For the past 20 years, Dr. Joshi has worked relentlessly for DDU Alumni Association and bring together thousands of alumni of DDU under the umbrella of Alumni Association and keep them connected with their Alma mater.
Dr.P.A.Joshi is Professor of Chemical Engineering and former Dean, Faculty of Technology, Dharmsinh Desai University, Nadiad (GUJARAT). Presently he is Chairman of Anchor Institute-Chemical & Petrochemicals (promoted by Industries and Mines Department, Government of Gujarat) and Acting Director, Shah Schulman Center for Surface Science & Nanotechnology, DDU. Currently, he is a Ministry of Commerce & Industries, GoI, nominee Director of Narmada Clean Tech Ltd., independent Director on Board of Bharuch Enviro Infrastructure Ltd and Enviro Technology Ltd, Ankleshwer. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Gujarat University, M.Chem.Engg. from UDCT, Mumbai, Ph.D. from IIT Bombay, FDPM from IIM Ahmedabad and a course on Cleaner Production from University of Adelide, Australia. He had worked as PG Coordinator in Institute of Technology, Nirma University of Science and Technology, Ahmedabad, Professor and Head, Chemical Engineering Department, Government Engineering College, Gandhinagar and Research Engineer with M/s. Standard Alkali, Thane, Mafatlal Group Company. He was conferred “Excellence in Education” award by Gujarat Chemical Association and “Life Time Achievement” Award by DDU Alumni Association. He has 36 years of UG and PG teaching, research, administrative and consultancy experience and has interest in energy and environment, fluidization engineering and nanotechnology.
He has served for two consecutive terms as a member of State Level Environmental Impact Assessment Authority constituted by Ministry of Environment and Forest, Govt. of India and also a member of Technical Committee and Environmental Audit Committee constituted by Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB), under directive of Hon. High Court of Gujarat for Environmental Audit Scheme. He is member of various professional bodies such as: American Nano Society, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, Institution of Engineers (I), Gujarat Science Academy and Indian Society for Technical Education. He was invited to University of Iowa, USA to deliver seminar and also visited Russia, Poland and Czech Republic as a member of Delegation from Government of Gujarat for the Vibrant Gujarat- 2015 Global Summit.
He has about 50 papers to his credit and delivered several invited lectures in various institutes/organizations. Dr. Joshi was selected from Gujarat for the World Bank’s Capacity Building Program for Environmental Protection. He was invited by University of Iowa to deliver seminars and by BITS, Pilani to deliver a keynote address at NCEC- were he chaired two technical sessions and participated in panel discussion. His paper earned BEST PAPER award at the conference. He has visited several universities in Australia and USA. He had been part of Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit-2015 delegation to Russia, Poland and Czech Republic. He has been technical advisor/ consultant to three chemical industries and has designed effluent treatment plants for dyestuff industries and an organic chemical manufacturing unit. He was involved in conducting environmental audit (EA) for about 15 industries in Gujarat. His biography is included in Asia Pacific Who’s Who-2003 & 2004 and in Marquis Who’s Who in the World 2004 & 2005 editions.