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Honorable Director


Prof. Dr. Radhakrishna S. Aithal

Prof. Dr. Radhakrishna S. Aithal

Prof. Dr. Radhakrishna S. Aithal, an eminent faculty and administrator, is serving at Shri Madhwa Vadiraja Institute of Technology and Management, Bantakal, Udupi, a unit of Shri Sode Vadiraja Mutt Education Trust, as Director since 03 July 2015. He has taken several initiatives towards multi-dimensional growth and better visibility of SMVITM, Bantakal in the recent past, as its Principal.  Dr. Aithal, a Senior Professor in Electrical & Electronics Engineering has served at renowned Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal for nearly 25 years in various capacities; as a Teacher, Head of the Department, Associate Director, Joint Director and Director In-charge, prior to this assignment.

He is the recipient of Two National Awards, “Bharat Vidya Shiromani Award” and “Certificate of Education Excellence” from International Institute of Education & Management (IIEM), New Delhi and “Rashtriya Vidya Gaurav Gold Medal Award” from Indian Solidarity Council, New Delhi in May 2015, recognizing his outstanding achievements and remarkable role in the field of higher education. Considering his extensive research works and accomplishments, he was invited as a Guest Speaker to deliver Key-note address at the ‘Minamata International Symposium on Energy & Environment’, Kumamoto University, Japan during December 2013. He was instrumental in bringing Bharat Ratna, Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam to young, promising campus of SMVITM, Bantakal for Student and Faculty Interaction on 02 April 2014.

 Dr. Aithal had his initial education at Mangalore. He obtained his B.E. Degree in Electrical Engg. from B.V.B. College of Engg. & Tech., Hubli, Karnataka University, in the year 1984, First Rank in M.Tech. (Lighting Science & Engg.) from Mangalore University in 1994 and Ph. D.(Engg.) Degree from Jadavpur University, Kolkata in the year 2001. He had served at S. N. Mudbidri Polytechnic, Moodabidri for one year, The Mysore Kirloskar Ltd., Harihar for one year and N.M.A.M. Institute of Technology, Nitte for two years prior to joining M.I.T., Manipal.

Having a total teaching experience of 30 years at U.G.& P.G. level, he has published 49 research papers in National and International Journals and Conferences. He has been awarded with SERC Fellowship for his research project from Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India in the year 1999-2000 and Best Paper award for one of his published papers in the I.E.(I) Journal . He has guided 6 research scholars in their Ph. D. Studies and has evaluated 5 Ph.D. Theses of other universities. He has executed 3 externally funded projects including the “Light for Life” Rural Community Development Charity Project. He is a member of Expert Committee in Electrical Engg., UGC, New Delhi, the member of Expert Committee for evaluation of autonomous engineering colleges, VTU, Karnataka and the member of Expert Committee in Electrical Engg, Madhya Pradesh Govt. He has successfully guided 2 prestigious, national award winning student projects at GE Edison Innovation Challenge and Schneider Electric Innovation Challenge in 2008.

He is honored as The Life Fellow of The Institution of Engineers (India), The Optical Society of India and Indian Society of Lighting Engineers. He is a life member of Indian Society for Technical Education and Systems Society of India. He was also a member of Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, Indo-German Energy Efficiency & Environment Project and Sectional Committee ET 23 & ET 24 of Bureau of Indian Standards.  Besides, he is a member of IEEE, USA and Chartered Engineer of IE, India.


The 21st centuryworld is a knowledge based society with multiple opportunities to grow. Global competitiveness is indeed a key ingredient of the 21st century engineering, working professionals and even the nation as a whole. It comes from innovative thinking, a systematic approach, convergence of technologies and above all, through dissemination of knowledge. In order to make these a reality, higher education institutions must become knowledge powerhouses, imparting value based education and inculcating team spirit. The teaching-learning methodologies used must be modern and innovative so as to build these capacities in the young minds to make them to be considered as ‘world class.’

World class engineers are those who consider engineering and technology as their life time mission; who set great technological goals that will lead them to think high, aim high, work and persevere to realize the goal for the betterment and growth of society and the nation; who commit themselves to apply their creative mind to innovate, invent or discover a process or a product, wherever they are; who adopt creativity, innovation and continuous learning as the success tools to reach their goals and who keep pace with the knowledge explosion taking place around them and constantly update their skill sets and competencies.SMVITM is an institution that makes sincere efforts in thisdirection.Hats off to the President, His Holiness ShriVishwavallabhaTheerthaSwamiji and the management, ShriSodeVadiraja Mutt Education Trust, Udupi for their untiring efforts to further the cause of higher education in an exemplary way!

At SMVITM, all possible efforts are made to produce such world class engineers by providing them with value added, holistic technical education in many ways – by making them get exposed to the  latest technical know-how regularly; by training and guiding them towards application oriented engineering projects/courses; by encouraging them to apply their mind and think out of the box to find solutions to real time technological problems; by thinking beyond the conventional boundaries i.e. by creating an environment that promotes learning while nurturing professional and personal growth; by creating synergetic partnerships between the industry and the institution; by constant up gradation of infrastructure facilities and continuous improvement of faculty skill sets and by benchmarkingourselves against reputed institutes of higher rankings/ global standards.

As the present generation students are quite competitive, sharp, fast and creative, what is needed is proper direction, motivation, understanding, encouragement and backing in the institutes. At SMVITM, all efforts aremade to recognize, appreciate, mould and promote their creative and innovative ideas as the future of the country is in their hands.

 Contact Details:

Prof. Dr. Radhakrishna S. Aithal
Shri Madhwa Vadiraja Institute of Technology & Management
Vishwothama nagara, BANTAKAL
Pin: 574115, Udupi Dist., Karnataka, INDIA
Tel.(Office) : +91 820 2589182 / 2589183
Fax : +91 820 2589184
Mobile : +91 9611109850
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