Gururaj S Punekar



Date of Joining at NITK: 

Friday, January 9, 1998

Professional Experience: 

22 Years

Contact Details




+91-824-2473496, +91-824-2473460
Academic Background
  • PhD, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur (2009).
  • MSc (Engg) (PG by research), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, (1991).
  • B.E from Karnataka University Dharwad, Karnataka. (1987).
Areas of Interest
  • High Voltage Engineering.
  • Insulation engineering.
  • Electric field computations.
  • Machine diagnostics and testing.
  • GA applications
Significant Projects
  • Augmentation of High voltage test facility at NITK-EED in 2002-2003 (6 Lakhs).
Supervision of Ph.D
  • 01 M.Tech by research) + 01: (Submitted in November 2013).
  • 03.
Significant Publications
  1. Shakthi Prasad D and Gururaj S. Punekar,“Concerning channel base current functions for lightning studies",IEEE Trans. Electromagn. Compat., vol. 54, no. 6, pp.1318-1320, Dec. 2012, DOI: 10.1109/TEMC.2012.2224350.
  2. Chandrasekaran Kandasamy, Gururaj S Punekar,Use of Genetic Algorithm to Determine Lightning Channel-Base Current-Function ParametersIEEE Trans. Electromagn. Compat., Vol.56, No.1, pp.235-238, Feb 2014. DOI: 10.1109/TEMC.2013.2269734
  3. Gururaj S Punekar, Chandrasekaran Kandasamy, “Indirect Effects of Lightning Discharges”, Serbian Journal of Electrical Engineering, Vol.8, No.3, November 2011, 245-262.
  4. Gururaj S Punekar, Suhas,_Pratap Singh, N K Kishore,LEDs : A Study from Illuminance Perspective”, Journal of Electrical Engineering (JEE “Politechnica” Publishing House, University of Timisoara, Romania ISSN1582-4594): Article 12.3.6, Volume 12, Edition : 3, 2012, pp37-42.
  5. Chandrasekaran K, Gururaj S Punekar,Computed Lightning Electric Field Ratios of First and Subsequent Return Strokes”The Journal of CPRI, Vol 9. No.1. pp.53-62,  March 2013.

1.      Awards:

a)      Best paper awards at the national conference: 02

b)      Project of the year award for the UG project guided, by Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology (KSCST): 01

c)       KSCST invite for the state level exhibition of the UG-project: 02

d)      KSCST Sponsored UG projects: 09

e)      POSOCO 2014 Best M.Tech thesis award 2014 at the national level for my studentThe student was invited for presentation at IIT Delhi and was given Rs 30,000/- cash prize. :01

f)       Gururaj S Punekar, “What are the precautions to be taken to protect against lightning?” best answer to this question published in Industrial Safety News, bimonthly newsletter of National Safety Council, vol.44, No1&2, Jan-Feb 2012, pp.19.

2.      Funded Project:

Augmentation of HV test facility at EED-NITK, through MHRD funded project of Rs 6,00,000/- in year 2001-2002.

3.      Project guidance:

M.Tech projects guidance :         >25

M.Tech (Research) guidance:     01

Ph.D guidance :                 03 (Ongoing) (One has submitted; awaiting reports)