D. P. Kothari

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Dr. D. P. Kothari
Honorary Adjunct professor VNIT, Nagpur
Vice-Chancellor VIT University
In office
Director i/c IIT Delhi
In office
Deputy Director IIT Delhi
In office
Principal, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology
In office
Personal details
Born (1944-10-07) 7 October 1944 (age 78)
Bikaner, Rajasthan, British India
SpouseShobha Kothari
Alma materBITS, Pilani
ProfessionProfessor, author, consultant

Dwarkadas Prahladadas Kothari (born 7 October 1944)[1] is an educationist and professor who has held leadership positions at engineering institutions in India including IIT Delhi, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur and VIT University, Vellore. Currently, He is with Electrical Engineering Department as Hon. Adjunct Professor. As a recognition of his contributions to engineering education, he was honoured as an IEEE Fellow.[2] Previously he was Vice-Chancellor at VIT University.[citation needed]. On his 75th Birthday (07.10.2019), he was given the title of "Electrical Professor" by all his research scholars, faculty and well-wishers and a personal website of him was launched titled www.electricalprofessor.com. The 75th birthday also marks his 50 years of professional experience.

Early life[edit]

D. P. Kothari was born in Bikaner, Rajasthan, India. He completed his schooling at G. B. M. M. Higher Secondary School in Hinganghat, Maharashtra. He attended BITS, Pilani, from where he earned his Bachelor in Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering (Class of 1967). He studied for his master's degree in Power Systems at BITS, Pilani (Class of 1969) where he continued to pursue his Ph.D. (Class of 1975).[3]

Academic career[edit]

D. P. Kothari has served as Advisor to the Chancellor at VIT University, Vellore, and prior to that he was Head, Centre for Energy Studies[4] at IIT Delhi (1995–97) and Principal, Visvesvaraya Regional Engineering College, Nagpur (1997–98).[5] He has also been Director i/c, IIT Delhi (2005) and Deputy Director (Administration), IIT Delhi (2003–06). D. P. Kothari is most popularly known for his contributions to the advancement of engineering education in India. He has published and presented over 842 papers in national and international journals and conferences[citation needed]. He has authored and co-authored 60 books[6] including Power System Optimization, Modern Power System Analysis, Electric Machines, Power System Transients, Theory and Problems of Electric Machines, Renewable Energy Sources and Emerging Technologies, and Power System Engineering. His research interests include: Optimal Hydro-thermal Scheduling, Unit Commitment, Maintenance Scheduling, Energy Conservation (loss minimisation and voltage control), and Power Quality and Energy Systems Planning and Modelling.[7] He is currently an Honorary Adjunct Professor in VNIT, Nagpur.

Awards and honors[8][edit]

The University Grants Commission presented him the UGC National Swami Pranavananda Saraswati Award for 2005 on Education for his scholarly contributions.[9] He is the recipient of the National Khosla Lifetime Achievement Award 2005 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, National Award for Science and Technology from the Uttar Pradesh government in 2001 and the Eminent Engineering Personality award from the Institution of Engineers (India) for the year 2001.[10] The World Management Congress, New Delhi, gave D. P. Kothari the Lifetime Achievement Award for 'Educational Planning and Administration' in December 2009.[11] Dr. D. P. Kothari was selected to receive the Best Professor of the Year 2013 by Association of Scientists, Developers and Faculties.[citation needed]

He received Excellent Academic Award at IIT Guwahati by NPSC-2014. In 2016, he has received 9 Life Time Achievement awards by various agencies on 19 February, 4 March, 11 March, 18 March, 20 March and 25 March 2016, 20 April, 14 May 2016, 20 June 2018 respectively.


  • Fellow – IEEE[11]
  • Life Fellow – The Institution of Engineers (India)[11]
  • Life Membership and Honorary Fellow – Indian Society for Technical Education
  • Fellow – Indian National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad[11]
  • Fellow – Indian National Academy of Engineering[11]
  • Senior Member – CSI
  • Fellow – IETE

Books and research papers[edit]

  • D.P. Kothari and I.J. Nagrath, "Modern Power System Analysis," Tata McGraw Hill, New Delhi, 1980(7 reprints), Second Edition, 1989(25 reprints), Third Edition, 2003(16th reprint 2009); International Edition, McGraw-Hill, Singapore, 2004, McGraw-Hill, New York, 2006, Second Edition, 2007, Third Edition, 2008, Fourth Edition, 2011.[12]
  • S.S. Murthy, B.P. Singh, D.P. Kothari and C.S. Jha (Eds)"Electro mechanics Laboratory Manual," Wiley Eastern, New Delhi, 1982.
  • D.P. Kothari and I.J. Nagrath, "Electric Machines," Approved by the UGC and published by Tata McGraw Hill, New Delhi with NBT subsidy, First Edition, 1985, (16 Reprints): Second Edition, 1997, (16 Reprints); Third Edition, 2004 (13th reprint 2009). FOURTH EDITION 2010.
  • A.K. Mahalanabis, D.P. Kothari and S.I. Ashon, "Computer Aided Power System Analysis and Control," Tata McGraw Hill, New Delhi, 1988, (First Reprint, 1991).
  • J. Nanda and D.P. Kothari (Eds.),"Recent Trends in Electric Energy Systems," Prentice Hall of India, New Delhi, 1988.
  • C.M. Bhatia and D.P. Kothari (Eds.), "Power Electronics Laboratory Manual," Galgotia Book source, New Delhi, 1988.
  • D.P. Kothari and I.J. Nagrath, "Theory and Problems of Electric Machines TMH Outline Series". Tata McGraw Hill, New Delhi, 1991. (Six Reprints) 2nd Edition, 2001(Fifth Reprint, 2003), International Edition, McGraw-Hill, Singapore, 2001, Sigma Series, 2006(4th reprint 2009).
  • D.P. Kothari and I.J. Nagrath and, "Power Systems Engineering," Tata McGraw Hill, New Delhi, 1994. (20 Reprints);2nd edition,2007 (5th Reprint 2009).
  • A. Chakrabarti, D.P. Kothari and A.K. Mukhopadhyay, "Performance, Operation and Control of EHV Transmission Systems," Wheeler Publishing, New Delhi, 1995
  • C.S. Indulkar and D.P. Kothari,K. Ramalingam "Power System Transients: A Statistical Approach," Prentice Hall of India, New Delhi, 1996. SECOND EDITION 2010.
  • D.P. Kothari and I.J. Nagrath, "Theory and Problems of Basic Electrical Engineering," Prentice Hall of India, New Delhi, 1998.(11th Reprint 2009)
  • D.P. Kothari and D.K. Sharma (Eds.), "Energy Engineering : Theory and Practice", S. Chand and Co. Ltd., New Delhi, 2000
  • D.P Kothari and I.J. Nagrath, "Basic Electrical Engineering", TMH, New Delhi, 2nd Edn, 2002 (Twentieth Reprint 2009), 3rd Edn,2010.
  • D.P. Kothari and J. S. Dhillon, "Power System Optimization", Prentice-Hall of India, 2004.(2nd Edition in Press).
  • D.P. Kothari and Anshu Saxena, "Understanding Hypermedia: From Multimedia to Virtual Reality", Prentice-Hall of India, 2004.
  • D.P. Kothari, Rakesh Ranjan and K.C. Singhal, "Renewable Energy Sources and Technology", Prentice-Hall of India, 2007. SECOND EDN 2011.
  • Akhtar Kalam & D.P. Kothari, "Power System Protection and Communication ", New Age International (P) Limited, Publishers, New Delhi 2010.
  • D.P. Kothari and P.M.V. Subba Rao, "Power Generation" in "Springer Handbook of Mechanical Engineering" ed. by Grote, Antonsson, 2009.
  • D.P. Kothari, Shailesh Upadhyay and Ujala Shanker, "Renewable Energy Technologies for Cooking: Transforming Rural Lives" IEEE Technology and Society. Fall 2013
  • For remaining books & papers his C.V. may be consulted in Google.


  1. ^ BeAnInspirer, Team (6 October 2017). "Dwarkadas Pralhaddas Kothari – The Visionary, Educationist and Author | BeAnInspirer". Be An Inspirer. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Tamil Nadu / Vellore News : D.P. Kothari named IEEE Fellow". The Hindu. 27 December 2010. Archived from the original on 1 January 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  3. ^ "VIT Vice Chancellor Dr DP Kothari visits BITS Pilani Rajasthan". 17 November 2008.
  4. ^ Shikha; Bhatti, T. S.; Kothari, D. P. (13 January 2011). "Wind Energy in India: Shifting Paradigms and Challenges Ahead". Journal of Energy Engineering. Cedb.asce.org. 130 (3): 67–80. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9402(2004)130:3(67). Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Editorial Board Members | International Journal of Research in Science & Technology, ijrist". Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  6. ^ "D. P. Kothari: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Dr. D P Kothari, NAMED 2011 IEEE FELLOW – BITSAA International". Bitsaa.org. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  8. ^ "Achievements/Awards - Dr.D.P.KOTHARI".
  9. ^ "University Grants commission ::Honours & Awards". www.ugc.ac.in. Archived from the original on 17 July 2012.
  10. ^ "Tamil Nadu / Vellore News : Award for VIT University V–C". The Hindu. 19 August 2009. Archived from the original on 22 August 2009. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  11. ^ a b c d e "Electric Machines Information Center: About the Authors". highered.mheducation.com. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  12. ^ Kothari, D. P.; Nagrath, I. J. (2003). Modern power system analysis – D. P. Kothari, I. J. Nagrath – Google Books. ISBN 9780070494893. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
 13.Visit of Dr.D.P.Kothari, Technocrats Institute of Technology (Excellence) Bhopal on 16-11-2022

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