Dr. Prakash C. Gupta (Managing Director)

Dr. Prakash C. Gupta is the Director of Healis - Sekhsaria Institute of Public Health since its foundation on August 1, 2004. He is also an Adjunct Professor, at the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, USA and Visiting Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, USA. He was the President of the 14th World Conference on Tobacco and Health that was held in Mumbai, India during March 8-12, 2009. He was a Senior Research Scientist at the Tata Institute of fundamental Research, and Honorary Consultant at the Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai until July 31, 2004. He is the President of the Action Council against Tobacco - India and is on the advisory panel of numerous NGOs working on cancer and tobacco control. He has a Doctor of Science degree in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University, U.S.A., and a Master of Science in Statistics from the Bombay University. He was a Takemi Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, U.S.A. and a Visiting Scientist at the International Agency for Research on Cancer, France.
Dr. Gupta has researched public health in India since 1966, and he has several hundred publications. Dr. Gupta is a member of several national and international expert groups. For example he is Fellow of the Centre for Global Health Research, St Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, Canada and Member, Advisory Group - Global Tobacco Research Network, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, and Baltimore, USA. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the National Cancer Registry Programme of the Indian Council of Medical Research.

Dr. Gupta has been connected with several professional journals in an editorial capacity. Currently he is the Regional Editor for South-East Asia for the journal, Tobacco Control, and Member, Editorial Board of Tobacco Induced Diseases;Health Education Research; and, Tobacco Use Insights. He peer reviews research papers from over 20 research journals.

Dr. Gupta has received several prestigious awards. He has received the Luther Terry Award from the American Cancer Society for Exemplary Leadership in Tobacco Control in the category of Outstanding Research Contribution that was presented to him during the 12th World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Helsinki, Finland on August 4, 2003. He also received Tobacco Free World Award from the Director General, World Health Organisation, Geneva on May 31, 1999 for Outstanding Contributions to Public Health. Other recognitions include a photograph on the cover of the journal Cancer Research vol. 59 no. 10 issues May 15, 1999 with a legend inside, Vocational Excellence Award from Rotary Club of Bombay Sea Face, Advani Braganza Oration 2004 – Indian Academy of Cytology, Mumbai and several others.

Dr. Mangesh S. Pednekar (Director - Development & Research)

Mangesh S. Pednekar is Director (Development & Research) of Healis - Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health, Navi-Mumbai. He is also a visiting Scientist at the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health, Harvard School of Public Health, USA and Visiting Faculty, Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai, India. He is serving as mentor for master level students and also a PhD guide for doctoral level students.

His major research interests are tobacco epidemiology, nutrition epidemiology, and cancer epidemiology. He is actively involved in many national and international epidemiological research studies. He has already published number of scientific research articles in high impacted national and international journals, contributed as an author in some books and scientific reports, and also served as reviewer for many national and international scientific journals like AJE, bulletin of WHO etc.
His academic accomplishments include a Doctorate in Epidemiology from the School of Public Health, University of Tampere, Finland and a Masters in Statistics from Mumbai University, India.

Prof. P V S Rao (Additional Director)

Professor P V S Rao has been actively involved in research in Computer Science since 1955. He was Project Director for implementing a computerized air defence system for India involving 800 person years of effort at eight different organizations. He was the project coordinator of the national speech research (knowledge based computing systems) project.

Professor Rao is the author of over fifty original research papers in international professional journals. He has presented over fifty papers in international conferences.

Professor Rao was a Director of the Computer Maintenance Corporation. He is past President of the Bombay Association for the Science Education, past President and Fellow of the Computer Society of India, Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers, Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, the Indian National Science Academy, Indian National
Academy of Engineers, National Academy of Sciences and the Acoustical Society of India, Senior Member of the Institution of electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), USA. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Journal of the Computer Society of India. He was editor of ‘Informatica’, an International professional journal and an advisory member, Editorial committee of IEICE Transactions on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Science, Japan.

He is recipient of the Padma Shri (1987) from the President of India, the Om Prakash Bhasin Award (Electronics and Telecommunications 1987), the VASVIK (1987) awards [Electrical and Electronics (combined) for 1985] and the Vikram Sarabhai Research Award (1976).

He received the millennium medal of IEEE in the year 2000. He was the Regional Distinguished Visitor of IEEE Computer Society for Region 10 (Japan and South East Asia) for the year 1981-82. He was also the Chairman of IEEE India Council. He retired as Senior Professor and Head of the Computer Systems and Communications Group at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay.

After retirement from TIFR in July 1998, he was associated with TATA INFOTECH LIMITED, TCS, Tata Teleservices and Satyam as Adviser.

In grateful recognition of his services to the Computer Society of India, CSI has honour Padmashri Professor P.V.S. Rao with the "Life Time Achievement Award". The presentation ceremony was held at Kolkata on December 1, 2012 on the occasion of CSI‘s Annual Convention, by the Chief Guest, Mr. Ajit Singh, Union Minister for Civil Aviation. 
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