Dr. S. C. Sharma is an educationist, researcher and an administrator. Before becoming Director, NAAC, he was working as Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Jain University and also Advisor, Jain Group of Institutions. Apart from this he has been appointed as Advisor for Avinashilingam University for Women, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu. Formerly he was the Vice-Chancellor of Chhattisgarh Swami Vivekanand Technical University, Bhilai (Chhattisgarh State Government supported University). He was member of State Planning Board of Government of Karnataka. He is the former Director of Centre for Manufacturing Research & Technology Utilization (CMRTU), Centre for Social Service & Skills Promotion (SKIP) and Principal of R V College of Engineering, Bangalore. He was the Vice-Chancellor of Tumkur University (Karnataka State Government supported University), Tumkur, the Vice- Chairman, Karnataka State Higher Education Council, Govt. of Karnataka.
He has ten doctoral conferment based on thesis VIZ. Ph.D. (Mech. Engg., Mysore University), Doctor of Science D.Sc. (Material Science, Mangalore University), Doctor of Engg. (Mech. Engg., University of Mysore), Doctor of Science, D.Sc. (Computer Sci. &Engg., Kuvempu University), Doctor of Engineering, D. Engg. (Engg., Avinashilingam University, Tamilnadu), Doctor of Science, D.Sc.(Materials Science, Deakin University, Australia), D.Litt. (Management, Rani Channamma University), D.Sc. (Mechanical Engineering, Sri Chandrashekharendra Saraswathi Vishwa Mahavidyalaya, Kanchipuram),
D. Litt (Music, Avinashilingam University) and Doctor of Law (LLD) from the prestigious National Law School of India University, Bangalore. He obtained LLB from BangaloreUniversity.
He is conferred Honoris Causa Doctor of Literature for Education and Social Service (Mangalore University, 2007), Honoris Causa Doctor of Science (Avinashilingam University for women, 2005), Honoris Causa Doctor of Letters for Education and Social Service (Karnatak University, Dharwad, 2008), Honoris Causa Doctor of Science (Kuvempu University, 2009), Honoris Causa, Doctor of Science (Vijayanagara Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Bellary, 2014), Honoris Causa, Doctor of Science from Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University, Kanpur, Uttarpradesh, 11th September 2018, Honoris Causa, Doctor of Science, from Sri Chandrashekharendra Saraswathi Vishwa Mahavidyalaya, Kanchipuram, 25th November 2018 and Honoris Causa, Doctor of Science, from Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa, AP, on 19th February 2019. Honoris Causa, Doctor of Science in the field of Education and Research, from Tumkur University, Tumkur, on 27th February 2019. He has been awarded Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan National Award for Best Engineering College Principal, conferred by ISTE, New Delhi, 2008-09. He has been conferred Honorary Rank of Colonel in the National Cadet Corps by the Directorate General, NCC, New Delhi. Dr. Sharma is the recipient of the prestigious international “THERMEC’2013 Distinguished Award” at Las Vegas,USA.
Dr. S.C. Sharma has successfully completed the research projects with the support of funding agencies like ISRO, DST, CABS, CSIR, ADA, DBT, GTRE, LRDE, UGC, AICTE, etc. He has found engineering solutions to the rural issues by formulating topics which has greatly benefited rural masses and has also identified more than 5000 orphans, juvenile delinquents and speech & hearing impaired and provided them education and material support and uplifted them by giving a tryst to their destiny.
He was engaged in a relentless battle against unemployment in the past by a fusion of the market requirements and the technical skills of the trainees through the Centre for Social Service and Skills Promotion (SKIP) as its founder Director. Through MOU with Rajiv Gandhi Polytechnic, Arunachala Pradesh, he has trained the tribal community of the NE region of India on Computer education. The centre has been awarded Karnataka Rajyothsava Award-2005 by the Govt., of Karnataka.
He established Centre for Sustainable Technology and Clean Energy for the development of green technologies, such as vermicomposting of city garbage, sewage sludge for the benefit of the farming community and trained them on biotechnological applications for effective abatement of pollution hazards due to toxic constituents. The organic humus developed using vermicomposting technology has provided succor to marginal farmers by unfolding indigenous job market. Many farmers below the poverty line have reaped the benefits of these unique programmes.
He has published 292 research papers in international refereed journals having 7016 citations, H-Index 42, i-10 Index 206. Also he has to his credit 123 research papers published in refereed proceedings with ISBN number. He has delivered keynote addresses in various International and National conferences and guided 37 PhDs. He has authored and edited 11 books. He has visited as a senior scientist in Universities and Research Laboratories of international repute across the globe. He was the UGC nominated member of the Executive Council of Visweswaraya Technological University (VTU), Belgaum. He served as Visiting Scientist of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and served as Honorary Professor of Eminence of Mangalore University.
He has also served as Honorary Adviser to Sir Dorabji TATA Trust. He was member of the Syndicate of Mangalore University, UGC Nominated Senate Member of Jain Viswa Bharati University, Ladnun, Rajasthan, member of the Advisory Committee, Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, New Delhi, member of the Governing Council of Sir M. Visweswaraiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore. Also nominated as Member of the Policy Holders' Council by the LIC of India for the period 1-4-2018 to 31-3-2020.
His current interests include Nano Composites, Green Synthesis, Fabrication of WLEDs, Crystal Growth, Bio-Ceramics, Ceramic Coatings, Metal Matrix Composites, Environmental Science and Engineering, Opto-Electronic Devices, Functionalize Materials, Advanced Materials for Multi-functional Application among others.
He is a counselor and an educational columnist in print and electronic media. Lakhs of despondent youth have been transformed by his counseling. He has authored a number of books for the novice and the devout, which have received wide recognition including that of Sahitya Academy Award for his book in Kannada which has enabled even the school dropout youth to comprehend the engineering concepts. He represented India at the first forum of Global Network of Religions for Children organized by Arigatou Foundation, Tokyo (May 2000) and at the second forum in Geneva (May 2004) and effectively delineated the Action Programme for the education of the underprivileged children of the world which has received special attention by the UN for possible adoption in global Educational policy for children. He has established a techno culture museum ‘Kriyakalpa’ in R V College of Engineering, Bangalore, which focuses on the technological content in the centuries old practices.
The artifacts preserved in the museum have a deep scientific semblance tinged with folk relevance. The museum has received the patronage of the Kannada and Culture Department, GOK and is honored with Janapada Yakshagana Academy Awards – 2000 by the Govt. of Karnataka.
He is a recipient of ‘Rajyothsava Award’, of Karnataka State, UGC Career Award, UGC National Fellowship, Kempegowda Award of Bangalore City Corporation, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar and Babu Jagajeevanram Awards of Govt. of Karnataka, Mother Teresa Award of the Centre for Socio-Economic Development, Bangalore, ‘Karnataka Kalashree’ Award, “Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Asthana Vidwan” by Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, Sri. Matham, Kanchipuram, Eminent Mechanical Engineers award from ‘Institution of Engineers’ Bangalore. “National Integration Award” from the Universal Spiritual Awareness Organisation, New Delhi, Sri Raja Ramanna Award from Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology, Artist of the Year by Bangalore Gayana Samaja, Bangalore, Govt. of Karnataka and Ganakalashree Award for his contributions to the field ofmusic. He is also Vice President for Karnataka Gana Kala Parishath.
He has brought quintessential reforms in Karnataka Higher Education area during tenure as Vice Chairman Karnataka State Council for Higher Education. As the Vice Chancellor of Tumkur University, Dr. S.C. Sharma has undertaken the task of rebuilding the University and establishing the state-of-the-art infrastructure by approaching several entrepreneurs for help and strived to enhance the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) by taking the University to the doors of the needy and the poor in rural and remote areas of the district. His vision of transforming the University into a centre of excellence is evidenced by the MoUs signed by the University with premier institutes like Tata Institute for Social Sciences, Mumbai, National Law School of India University Bangalore, Mangalore University, and Institute for Social & Economic Change, etc. for collaborating research related activities. He led the University in organizing Knowledge Utsav, in collaboration with Jain University, Bangalore, where 44 national conferences were held on a single day. He has initiated Automated Weather Station and Remote Sensing Center established in collaboration with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) at Tumkur University.
Hitherto he has addressed several convocation programmes addressing the young minds expounding about the Indian culture, heritage, education, ethos, technology, etc., at eleven reputed universities.
Also delivered Special Guest Lecture at Crawford Hall, Mysore University on 3rd August 2018 on its Foundation Day and also at Karnataka State Dr. Gangubai Hanagal University for Music and Performing Arts, Mysore on its Foundation Day held on 21-1-2019.
On 1-1-2019, Dr. S.C. Sharma delivered inaugural key note address at the 5 day workshop organized by Centre for Educational Development Administration (CEDA) (1stto 5thJanuary 2019) on Leadership Development & Institution Building held at Savitribai Phule Pune University, on topic Quality Enhancement & Sustenance in Higher Education.
Dr. Sharma’s genuine concern for the downtrodden and the deprived classes of society is echoed in his special initiatives undertaken by the University for the Welfare of students belonging to weaker sections.
Recognizing his service to the society and in health sector in particular, he has been nominated as Trustee, BMS Hospital Trust and its trust has 72 years of history. In this regard, he has raised fund to an extent of Rs.19.90 lakhs for setting up of OT and now he has plans to raise funds for setting up of ICU. He is also an elected Trustee in APS Educational Trust which is 83 years old.
He has Programmes like capacity building, skill development, enhancement of communication skills in English, computer literacy, entrepreneurial skills development, personality and leadership development, coaching for competitive exams etc… under the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Cell, sanctioned by DST to the University. Establishing of Kumaravyasa Chair, Sri Ramanamaharshi Chair, Centre for Pali & Buddhism at Tumkur University, are the examples of his vision and recognition of the service rendered by these legends in their fields.
During his tenure he was responsible for arranging the visits of Nobel laureates to the University, besides His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama addressing the students and teachers at the University. Nobel Prize winners such as Prof. Rudolph Arther Marcus, Prof. Eric Maskin, Professor Kurt Wuthrich, Professor Richard Ernst and Anthony Cheetam visited Tumkur University on his personal request and invitation. Professor Sharma has always encouraged the faculty members to take up research seriously and has treated them as fellow workers.
An amalgamation of excellent administrator and a passionate researcher, Dr. S. C. Sharma continues, with perseverance unlimited, to catalyze the transformation of higher education in India to global benchmark where education encompasses quality and humanity.