JAMMU, JAN 7: Dr. Vinay Kumar, Associate Professor and Head, Department of Physics and Astronomical Sciences, Central University of Jammu has been conferred “Excellent Young Researcher Award (Rating C2)” in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the area of nanotechnology by National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa. This award is given to “Established researchers with a sustained recent research record of productivity in the field who are recognised by their peers as having: (a) produced a body of quality work, the core of which has coherence and attests to ongoing engagement with the field (b) demonstrated the ability to conceptualise problems and apply research methods to investigating them.
Dr. Vinay Kumar a Gold Medalist in M.Sc. (Physics) in 2002 did his Ph.D. from Kurukshetra University in 2007 in the field of nano-science. He has published 101 international research papers in peer reviewed journals besides supervising five students for their Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. Recently, he was awarded with Visiting Research Fellow (VRF) for three years (2017-2020) by University of Free State, South Africa. He did his first Post Doctoral Fellowship from the same University. He completed his second post doctoral Dr. DS Kothari PDF (UGC, India sponsored) at Punjab University, Chandigarh. Earlier, He was working as Assistant Professor (2011-2017) and Associate Professor (2017) at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra. He joined Central University of Jammu as Associate Professor in the month of September 2017.
His current research focus is to synthesize the fluorescent nano-particles (so called nano-phosphors) for latent fingerprint development, solid state lighting, CRT phosphors, and materials modification using swift heavy ion irradiation and radiation dosimetry. He was awarded with Young Scientist Award by Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India in 2012. He is associated with some of the leading national/international academic institutions through ‘Collaborative Research Programme’. He has successfully completed three major research projects sponsored by UGC, DST and DAE, BRNS worth INR 63,00,000 as principal investigator. Currently, he is running one EMR SERB research project worth Rs. 19 lakh on nano-phosphors for displays and dosimetry applications.
Prof. Ashok Aima, Vice Chancellor CUJ, has congratulated Dr. Kumar for bringing laurel to the University.