Nirma University

Director of Research & Innovation

The Directorate of Research & Innovation is led by a Director, supported by Deputy Directors for the smooth functioning of the Directorate.

The DRI works in close coordination with the Department Level Research Committees and the Institute Level Research Committees, Heads of the constituent Institutes of the University to meet its obligations and responsibilities of planning, guiding and monitoring research and innovation related activities of the University.


Dr. Dhaval Pujara

Dr. Dhaval Pujara

Director of Research & Innovation

Currently, Dr. Dhaval Pujara is serving as the In-charge Director of Directorate of Research & Innovation, Nirma University. He has been also working as the Deputy Director, Academic Development & Research (ADR) Cell, Nirma University, since September 2014. Dhaval Pujara received B.E. degree in Electronics Engineering, M.Tech. degree in Electronics & Communications Engineering (Microwaves & Radar) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee and Ph.D. degree from Nirma University. Dr. Dhaval Pujara is a Professor with the Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering, Institute of Technology, Nirma University. He has a wide teaching experience at both the under graduate (UG) and the post graduate (PG) levels. During the year 2007-2009, he was deputed to Space Applications Centre (SAC), Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Ahmedabad for carrying out research on ‘Antennas for Satellite Applications’.

Dr. Dhaval Pujara has been awarded as the ‘Best Engineering College Teacher’ of the Gujarat state by the Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) in year 2004 for his outstanding contribution to the academic community and the students. He is also a recipient of ‘The Young Scientist Award’ during the year 2011 by the International Union of Radio Science (URSI). In year 2015, he has been awarded the IETE - Smt. Ranjana Pal Memorial Award for his significant contribution in RF and Antenna Engineering. He has been also awarded as the Best Professor of Institute of Technology, Nirma University for year 2015.

Dr. Dhaval Pujara is a senior member of IEEE, USA, a life member of ISTE, a life member of Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE), New Delhi and a life member of Institute of Engineers, India. He has many publications to his credit. Prof. Pujara has visited several countries for academic and research work. He has also received a prestigious US Fulbright Fellowship during the year 2017 to visit several Universities of the US.

Dr. Pujara has been invited by many reputed institutes, industries to conduct the workshops/lecture series. By now, he has delivered more than 150 invited talks on variety of topics, including research, teaching skills, life skills, etc.