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Glass Academy Advisory Board

Glass Academy Advisory Board is a distinguished panel of experts from the industry from academia and industry who have made significant contribution to the development of Indian landscape. The board chairs and manages the Glass Academy with zeal and commitment to constantly better its achievements and reach out to various sections of the society.

With the guidance of the Board of Advisors, Glass Academy offers a range of programs, including thematic workshops, intense training sessions in factories and sites, and training on specific design tools, to name a few.

Glass Academy Advisory Board Members

Ar. C N Raghavendran
Partner - CR Narayana Rao & Associates
Chairman - Advisory Board,
Glass Academy

Educational Details
Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1966.
Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.
Work & Activities
Premium architect in the country
Chairman of CII - LEED India, a committee to indianize the Green Building rating for Energy Efficient Buildings in India.
Chairman of the Southern Chapter of Indian Institute of Architects, Tamilnadu for the years 1979 to 1984.
Approved Valuer by the Government of India for Wealth Tax, Estate Duty etc.
Registered Architect with Council of Architecture
Fellow of Indian Institute of Architects.
International Association Member of American Institute of Architect
Member of Governing Council of National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.
Works designed have been published in leading Architectural magazines such as "Architecture + Design" and "Inside-Outside".
Recipient of the Indian Institute of Architects award for 'Excellence in Design' for Public Building category for the project of Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at Chennai - 1995.
Recipient of "Architect of the Year -1996" award from the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India on all India basis. This work has been published in the A+D magazine.
Selected for the 'Architect of the Year' award - 1996 on all India basis for Jawaharlal Nehru Multipurpose Stadium at Cochin.
"Intelligent Building of the year 2005" award given by the US based Research Organisation called "Intelligent Community Forum for the project 'Ebene Cyber Tower at Mauritius'.
Mr. Charanjit Singh
GSC Toughened Pvt. Ltd.

Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering.
Took over the entire charge of development of Glass Processing machinery.
Accredited with a number of Import substitutions.
Developed many first time indigenous machineries like
Developed many process developments in glass processing industry.
Dedication towards research and development.
Instrumental in transforming GSC from a mere glass fabricator to a company capable of globally giving entire solutions from concept through actualization.
Distinguished speaker and orator - addresses workshops and seminars on Glass Technology & usage.
Member in many Social & Religious Organizations.
Mr.T.Chitty Babu
President - CREDAI, Tamil Nadu,
Chairman & CEO, Akshaya Homes Private Limited

Mr. M.R.Jaishankar
Chairman & Managing Director,
Brigade Group

Master Degree holder in Business Administration from the University of Mysore.
Mr. Jaishankar is the Past President of CREDAI - Karnataka; Past President of Rotary Club of Bangalore Midtown; a former Director on the Board of Public Affairs Centre; and on the Committees of CII & BCIC.
In 2003, Brigade Group set up the Brigade Foundation, which focuses on the areas of education, health and community development. Currently, its emphasis is on education at the school level.
Brigade Group has also taken many corporate citizenship initiatives.
Brigade Group was the first developer in the country to receive the coveted ISO 9001:2000 quality certification
Brigade Towers was the tallest building to be constructed by a private developer in Bangalore
Construction world, a leading construction magazine has for the second year in a row selected Brigade Group as One of the Top 10 builders of India.
Brigade Enterprises has been named in the latest "200 Best Under a Billion dollar Company" list for the Asia Pacific Region by the prestigious US Magazine Forbes
Ms. Mili Majumdar,
Associate Director, Sustainable Building Science ,
The Energy and Resources Institute.

Ms. Majumdar is an Architect-Building Technology professional with specialization in energy efficiency and development of sustainable habitats. She has over 14 years of experience in the field of energy and environment with core expertise in sustainable development of habitat and buildings.

She has been involved in several policy initiatives to mainstream sustainable buildings in India. As a member of several national and regional level expert committees, she has significant contribution in development of relevant codes and standards (Energy Conservation Building Code, Guidelines for Environmental Clearance of large construction projects, National Building Code 2005) in the country and successfully enabled energy efficiency and renewable energy integration in several urban and peri-urban construction projects in the country.

She has led the initiative on development of GRIHA .
Mr. Pankaj Keswani,
Managing Director
Alufit (India) Pvt. Ltd

Master Degree holder in Business Administration from the Symbiosis Institute of Management, Pune.
ALUFIT is engaged in the design, manufacture and installation of aluminum curtain walls and has a PAN India presence having executed turn key projects for corporates and developers
Under his stewardship Alufit has grown from humble origins of a 8 member outfit in 1984 to its present size employing over 1200 people
Mr. S Raghupathy,
Senior Director & Head,
CII - Godrej GBC

Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from Annamalai University and was awarded a gold medal for his excellent academic record.
In 1992, he was named as a national expert on energy conservation for the prestigious UNDP-Government of India Energy Audit project.
Over 500 industrial energy audits and 150 training programmes to his credit and developed himself as an expert in energy management in industrial and building sector.
LEED Accredited professional.
Instrumental in conceptualizing and creating the CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre, the Centre of Excellence in Hyderabad.
Played a key role in achieving the platinum rating for the CII Godrej GBC building under LEED rating system.
Leading a team of experts to facilitate Green Building movement, National Energy Efficiency movement and Water Management practices at national level.
Mr. Rajan Govind,
Director – Facade Specialist,
BES Consultants Pvt. Ltd, Mumbai

Educational Details
B.Eng (Hons) Civil Engineering
Work & Activities
Extensive knowledge and experience in design and construction of building façade structures including review and advice of complex façade interfaces.
Some of major Indian Projects are -
SD Tower-60 Sty Residential development at Tardeo at Mumbai
Beau Monde-Residential and Commercial Development at Prabhadevi, Mumbai
Infosys CableNet Glass Wall, Bangalore
ILPL Chennai Tech Park, Chennai
ICICI Office Building Development, Hyderabad.
Professional Associations
Member, Singapore Institute of Engineers and Scientists
Member, Institution of Engineers Singapore
"Architects of Change" An Everest Industries Newsletter Vol-18, Jun'05
Current Scenario and Transformation of a Developing Market" GPD 2007 Finland
Mr. Sanjay Seth,
Energy Economist
Bureau of Energy Efficiency
Ministry of Power, Govt. of India

Work & Activities
Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering
More than 20 years of experience in the power sector
He is responsible for the promotion and implementation of the Energy Conservation Building Code and the Energy Efficiency programme in existing buildings.
Prior to joining the Bureau, he has been working in various capacities in the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation, a Central Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of Power.
Has been associated with planning, monitoring, co-ordination and construction management of Hydro and Thermal power projects.
Dr. K.N Satyanarayana,
Professor & Head of Laboratory
Building Technology & Construction Management Division
Dept. of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

Educational Details
Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Project Management and Construction Engineering), Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA, 1991
M.S. in Civil Engineering (Construction Engineering and Management), Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA, 1986
B.Tech in Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, 1984
Work & Activities
Current teaching courses - M.Tech (Construction Methods & equipment, Construction Economics & Finance, Quality & safety Management, Construction software laboratory etc.,) B.Tech (Quantity estimating & Construction management etc.,)
Research & Consulting Interests - Construction project management, Construction contracts, Quality management, Construction equipment & Public private partnerships).
Prepared several sponsored research projects and consultancy projects.
Published several papers in Construction & Technology Management.
The Suchit Kumar Ghosh Memorial Medal for the paper entitled "Management of Privatised Infrastructure Development in India : Key Issues." Awarded by the Institution of Engineers (India).
IBC Medal in recognition of highly commended paper titled "Civil Engineering Education, Research and Development: Need for Wider Industy-Institute Interaction"
The Institution of Engineers (India) Certificate of Merit for the paper "Deviation Clauses in Indian Government Construction Contracts" published in the Journal of the Institution.
College of Engineering nominee for Clemson University Outstanding Teaching Assistant award.
Mr. R Subramanian,
Director – Sales & Marketing
Saint-Gobain Glass India

Educational details:
Post Graduation in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
He has had many scholarships and Medals to his credit during his academics
Work & Activities
More than 18 years of working experience in Building Materials industry.
Played an active role in the emergence of Saint-Gobain Glass India as a successful, market-oriented, profitable company.
Professional Associations
Chairman - Glazing Society of India
Mr. B Santhanam,
President - Flat Glass - South Asia &
Managing Director - Saint-Gobain Glass India

Educational details:
Post Graduation in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
Selected as a “Distinguished Alumnus” of IIT Madras in 2004
In 2005, awarded “les Arches de la Croissance” (Arches of Growth), a global recognition from Saint-Gobain Group, for innovation and growth.
Selected as the Best CEO of the Year and received the prestigious “NHRD – HR Excellence Award 2008” for Showcasing Commitment, Innovation and Leadership in the area of Human Resources Development.
Professional Associations
Chairman of CII - Tamil Nadu State Council in 2005.
Chairman of CII’s “National Committee on Skills, Human Resources and Industrial Relations” for the past three consecutive years.
Chairman of “Task Force on Human Resources, Skills, Employability, Affirmative Action and ITI- IMC” of the southern region
Has been playing an active role in Skill Development Initiatives Nationally, having identified the “Skill Deficit” as one potential Road block in India’s growth prospects.
He was the Chairman of iGlass – Indian Glass Association
He is a Member of Young Presidents’ Organisation (YPO).
He was one of the Founder Directors of IIT Madras Research Park.
Dr.Vishal Garg
Head of Center for IT in Building Science,
International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad