Ashok Jhunjhunwala

Institute Professor

Electrical Engineering ,

President , IITM Research Park & IITM Incubation Cell and RTBI

Chairman of Healthcare Technology Innovation Centre (HTIC)

A faculty at IIT Madras since 1981

+91 44 2257 0120 / 44 6646 9867/9815

Research Areas

  • Optical communication

  • Computer networks

  • Wireless communication

Selected Journal Publications

  • Prabhjot Kaur, Ashok Jhunjhunwala and Sushant Mutagekar, Electric Vehicles in India: A Novel Approach to Scale Electrification, IEEE Electrification Magazine, Volume 6 Issue 4Dec. 2018, Page 40- 47, 

  • Prabhjot Kaur and Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Solar Energy, dc Distribution, and Microgrids: Ensuring Quality Power in Rural India, IEEE Electrification Magazine, Volume 6 Issue 4Dec 2018, Page 32- 39,

  • Jhunjhunwala, A., Kaur, P. Preparing for High-Mix of Renewables in India’s Power Generation. Technol Econ Smart Grids Sustain Energy 2, 11 (2017), 

  • Mutiah Ganesan, Suma Prashant, Vincy Pushpa Mary, N. Janakiraman, Ashok Jhunjhunwala & Nuwan Waidyaanath; The Use of Mobile Phone as a Tool for Capturing Patient Data in Southern Rural Tamil Nadu, India; Journal of Health Informatics in Developing Countries, Volume 5, Issue 2 (2011)

  • Shaileja Fennell, Prabhjot Kaur, Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Deapika Narayanan, Charles Loyola, Jaskiran Bedi, Yaadveer Singh; Examining linkages between Smart Villages and Smart Cities: Learning from rural youth accessing the internet in India; Telecommunication Policy, ELSEVIER, Vol 42, Issue 10, November 2018, Pages 810-823, 

  • Mutiah Ganesan, Suma Prashant, Ashok Jhunjhunwala; A Review of Challenges in Implementing Mobile Phone Based Data collection in Developing Countries, Journal of Health Informatics in Developing Countries, Volume 6, No.1 (2012), 

  • Krishna Shenai, Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Prabhjot Kaur: “Electrifying India with Solar DC Microgrids,”. IEEE Power Electronics Magazine Volume: 3, Issue: 4, Dec. 2016.

  • Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwala Solar-DC: “India towards energy independence Guest Editorial, Current Science” Volume:111 Number:4, 25thAugust 2016, Pages: 599,600

  • Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Aditya Lolla, and Prabhjot Kaur Solar-DC Microgrid for Indian Homes IEEE Electrification Magazine, Volume:4 Issue:2, June 2016, Pages:10-19 (FISUEL Newsletter June 2018)

  • Banurekha Velayutham, Beena Thomas, Dina Nair, Kannan Thiruvengadam, Yogendra Shivakumar, Lavanya Jayaba, Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Soumya Swaminathan The Usefulness and Feasibility of Mobile Interface in Tuberculosis Notification (MITUN) Voice Based System for Notification of Tuberculosis by Private Medical Practitioners – A Pilot Project PLOS ONE, Mobile Interface in TB Notification (MITUN), September 16 2015.

  • Dr.Ashok Jhunjhunwala Perception of Mobile Phone Data Submission in Real Time Bio-surveillance Program by Indian Health Workers Indian Journal of Medical Informatics Beta , 4thMay 2012.

  • Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Janani Rangarajan Connecting the Next Billion: Empowering Rural India, IT Pro IEEE Computer Society, 1520- 9202, Vol. 13 No. 4, pp. 53-55, July 2011.

  • Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Sion Hannuna, N Anantrasirichai, Swarna Subramanian, Suma Prashant & C NishanCanagarajah Agriculture Disease Mitigation System ICTACT Journal on Communication Technology, Vol. 02, Issue 02, June 2011.

  • Ashok Jhunjhunwala India’s Security and Cyber Warfare INSAR Journal, New Delhi 2009.

  • Ashok Jhunjhunwala & P. Rajalakshmi:Re-routing at critical nodes to enhance performance of wavelength reassignment in all-optical WDM networks without wavelength conversion IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology, volume 26, issue 17, pp. 3021-3029, September 2008.

  • Ashok Jhunjhunwala, P. Rajalakshmi: Analytical performance computations for optical networks with wavelength conversions IETE Journal of Research, vol. 54, issue 1, January to February 2008.

  • Ashok Jhunjhunwala & P. Rajalakshmi: Routing wavelength and time-slot reassignment algorithms for TDM based optical WDM Networks Computer Communications, vol. 30, No. 18, pp. 3491-3497, December 2007.

Research Projects


  •  `Providing Uninterrupted Power Supply to Consumers' Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Krishna Vasudevan, Bhaskar Ramamurthy Grant No. 307822, Indian Patent, 2014 

  • Complementary engagement of battery banks to augment life, performance, and capacity of energy storage system, Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Prabhjot Kaur, US Patent, Patent number: 10361567, Application number: 15447061 

Awards & Recognitions

Professor Jhunjhunwala is Member of National Academy of Engineering (NAE), USA and Fellow of IEEE and World Wireless Research Forum (WWRF). He is also a fellow of the four S&T academies in India, namely, INSA, NAS, IAS, INAE. Prof. Jhujhunwala was conferred the highest civilian Honor, Padmashri in India. He has received a number of awards in India including Shanti-Swarup  Bhatnagar Award, Vikram Sarabhai Research Award, H. K. Firodia Award, Millennium Medal at Indian Science Congress, UGC Hari Om Ashram Award, IETE’s Ram Lala Wadhwa Gold Medal, JC Bose fellowship, Dronacharya Award and Lifetime Achievement Award by TIE, Chennai among others. He has also received the Silicon India Leadership Award in the USA. He has also been conferred honorary doctorate by University of Maine, USA and Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden.

  Served in national/international committees 

  • Principal Advisor, Ministry of Railways, Government of India 

  • Chairman, TV White Spaces Policy Advisory Committee, DIETY, Govt. of India 

  • Chairman, Technology Advisory Group — Electric Mobility, DST and DHI 

  • Chairman, SEBI Technology Advisory Committee 

  • Member, Risk Management Review Committee (RMRC), Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), Mumbai. 

  • Member, “Technology Vision 2035: Constitution of Apex Committee”, Chairman, Governing Council, TIFAC, New Delhi 

  • Member, National e-Governance Advisory Group, Department of Information Technology, New Delhi 

  • Member, Inter-Ministerial Advisory Committee, Universal Service Fund (USF), Department of Telecommunications, New Delhi. 

  • Member, “Constitution of Group to work out Roadmap for Facilitating Payment through Mobile Phones”, Ministry of Finance, Department of Financial Services, New Delhi 

  • Member, (TAG) for NREGA, Ministry of Rural Development, New Delhi 

  • Member, UNESCO Expert Group on Natural Sciences Sub-Commission of INC for Cooperation with UNESCO, International Cooperation Division, Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi. 

  • Member of Committee constituted to evolve a Mission on Information Security by the Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA), Govt. of India 

  • Member of Development Council for Telecom Sector, Ministry of Communications, New Delhi 

  • Member, Advisory Committee, NABARD, Mumbai 

  • Member, Working Group on HRDE, Department of Electronics, New Delhi 

            Served in societies or awards relevant to proposed CoE 

  •  Principal Advisor, Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy, Government of India 
  • Member, Technical Advisory Committee, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi 

  • Chairman, IIT committee for solar energy installation at IIT 

  • Member, Research Council, CEERI, Pilani 

  • Chairman, constitution of a committee to strengthen DBT Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), New Delhi. 

  • Member, CSIR Society 

  • Board Member, Government of India Department of Atomic Energy Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, West Bengal. 

  • Member of the Science & Engineering Research Council (SERC) 

  • Member, Engineering Sciences Research Committee, CSIR, New Delhi 

  • Chairman of the National Advisory Committee of ISRO, Ahmedabad 

  • Member, Advisory Board of Climate Healer Inc., USA. 

  • Member, UNESCO Expert Group on Natural Sciences Sub-Commission of INC for Cooperation with UNESCO, International Cooperation Division, Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi.