PhD (PBL), M-Tech, B.E. (Mech)

Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department

Director, Centre of Excellence in Project Based Learning (PBL)

Vishwaniketan iMEET, Khalapur.

 Dr Vikas Vithal Shinde is currently working as Professor in the Mechanical engineering Department at Vishwaniketan iMEET, Khalapur, affiliated to Mumbai University. I have completed PhD in Project Based Learning (PBL) from Aalborg University Denmark in the year 2014, under UNESCO chair in PBL. I am the first PhD in PBL from and across India, awarded by the UNESCO chair in PBL. I am also working as Director; Centre for excellence in Project-based Learning. In this capacity, my objective is to create an ecosystem for PBL implementation across the country and to create the network of the PBL institutes. The vision behind is to enhance the curricular, and teaching-learning methodologies practised in engineering education, to enable a shift towards outcome-based education.

I received prestigious “Erasmus Mundus Mobility for Life” scholarship from European Union. I have published 07 books, one e-thesis with international ISBN (total download count is more than 900) and more than 35 papers in national journal and six in international indexed database. I have one patent and, in the past, have been nominated for young scientist award (2005-2006) and received young innovator award (2015) from Zee-24 Tass for innovative contribution in hydrogen energy, and accolades for work in Hydrogen Energy (2015) from Prime minister’s office. I have more than 16 years of teaching experience. Currently, I am guiding two PhD candidates for the research work.

I have a keen interest in the areas of Project-based learning, Engineering Education, tribology and energy engineering. I have visited 13 countries and four international universities which include Aalborg University (Denmark), Oxford University, (UK) Coventry University (UK) and Aalto University (Finland). In the recent past, I have been involved as a reviewer of European Journal of Engineering Education, International Journal of Engineering Education and also acted as a consultant to spread PBL in India. I have conducted more than 32 workshops on PBL, NAAC and various forms of Teaching-learning practices which also include workshops with international delegates from Denmark, Malaysia and USA. So far, I have trained more than 2100 people across India. I am passionate about teaching, research; and wilful to contribute extensively to the engineering education of the country.