Gururaj S Punekar



Date of Joining at NITK: 

Friday, January 9, 1998

Professional Experience: 

30 years (29 years of Teaching 01 year of Industry)

Contact Details


Alternate E-mail:


+91-824-2473496, +91-824-2473460
Faculty (author) Identifiers


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.
  • GA applications
Significant Projects


  • Augmentation of High voltage test facility at NITK-EED in 2002-2003 (6 Lakhs).
  • TEQUIP-II sponsored: AEPD data acquisition unit (Acoustic Emission Linear Location Identifier for Partial Discharge Detector).
  • Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology (KSCST) sponsored Undergraduate projects: NINE
Supervision of Ph.D


PhD:                             Guided/Completed 04;               Ongoing 02

M.Tech-Research :        Guided/Completed 02;               Ongoing 01

M.Tech-Projects:           Guided/Completed 38               Ongoing 01

Significant Publications

Journal Publications: 23             Conference Publication:70                     Book Chapter: 01

   List of Journal Publications:

  1. Sudarshan  V J, Punekar G S “Short circuit forces in air insulated substations:   A review of standard design guidelines” IEEMA Journal, Vol 10, Issue No. 4, December 2018, pp 46-56
  2. Harimurugan D and G. S. Punekar, "Electric field reduction in an EHV substation for occupational exposure via transposition of conductors," in IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery. IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery (Volume: 33, Issue: 6, Dec. 2018); doi: 10.1109/TPWRD.2018.2860591.
  3. Antony, D., Punekar, G.S., “Noniterative Method for Combined Acoustic-Electrical Partial Discharge Source Localization”, IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, Vol 33, Iss.4, pp. 1679-1688, August, 2018. DOI: 10.1109/TPWRD.2017.2769159.
  4. T. B. Shanker, N. Hebbale Narasimhaiah, D. Antony and G. S. Punekar, "Effects of Transformer-oil Temperature on Amplitude and Peak Frequency of Partial Discharge Acoustic Signals," IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, vol. 33, no. 6, December 2018; doi: 10.1109/TPWRD.2018.2799489
  5. Meghana Ramesh, H N Nagamani, Vaidyanathan, G S Punekar, “On inrush current parameters associated with back-to-back switching of capacitors in a bank” Electric Power Components & Systems Journal, Vol.45, No.3, pp.279-287, January 2017. DOI: 10.1080/15325008.2016.1201705.
  6. Antony, D., Punekar, G.S., “Identification of invalid time-delay-groups using discriminant and Jacobian-determinant in acoustic emission PD source localisation”, (2017) IET Science, Measurement and Technology, 11 (3), pp. 315-321. DOI: 10.1049/iet-smt.2016.0362 (SCI Journal).
  7. Harimurgan D, G S Punekar and N K Kishore, “Design of an HV capacitor using the inherent advantage of charge simulation method and experimentations”, IET Science, Measurement & Technology, Vol. 12, Iss. 1, pp. 126 - 131, 2017.doi: 10.1049/iet-smt.2017.0121
  8. Gururaj S Punekar, M. S Naidu, “Sparkover characteristics of inhomogeneous field gaps in compressed SF6 under composite stresses” J. Indian Inst. Sci., (IISc thesis abstracts) July-Aug, 1993, Vol. 73, No.4 (1993), pp 414-416.
  9. Harimurugan D, Gururaj S Punekar and Srikanth Bhatt, “Electric field computation in 765 kV substation using charge simulation method with reference to occupational exposure", IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Vol. 12, Iss. 7, pp. 1680 - 1685, 2017.
  10. 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.
  11. Gururaj S Punekar, N K Kishore, ”Simulation Study of Borda’s profile and parallel plane electrode to assess electric field uniformity”,  Electromagnetic Compatibility Journal, April-October 2005, Vol.18, No.1-2, pp.1-4, SEMCEI, INDIA.
  12. Chandrasekaran Kandasamy, Gururaj S Punekar, “Use of Genetic Algorithm to Determine Lightning Channel-Base Current-Function Parameters” IEEE Trans. Electromagn. Compat., Vol.56, No.1, pp.235-238, Feb 2014. DOI: 10.1109/TEMC.2013.2269734
  13. Gururaj S Punekar, N K Kishore, “Evaluating Electrical Characteristics of Commercially Available PVC insulated cables for working Voltages up to and including 1100V”, IEEMA journal September 2007, pp. 89-93.
  14. Gururaj S Punekar, N K Kishore, H S Y Shastry, “Effect of Non Uniformity Factors and Assignment Factors on Errors in Charge Simulation Method with Point Charge Model”, International Journal of Electrical Systems Science and Engineering 1;2 © Spring 2008. 
  15. Gururaj S Punekar, Chandrasekaran Kandasamy, “Indirect Effects of Lightning Discharges”, Serbian Journal of Electrical Engineering, Vol.8, No.3, November 2011, 245-262.
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. (xi) Chandrasekaran Kandasamy, Gururaj S Punekar, “Severity of Lightning Return Strokes: Simulation Study and Review Notes, ISSN 0511-5728, The West Indian Journal of Engineering, Vol.36, No.2, January 2014, pp.34-41.
  19. Deepthi Antony, Prasannajit Sahoo, G S Punekar, “On choice of velocity for acoustic-emission linear-source-localization in metallic medium” Journal of CPRI vol. 11, No.4, December 2015, pp. 689-696.
  20. Tangella Bhavani Shanker, Hebbale Narasimhaiah Nagamani, Gururaj Sudhindra Punekar, “Acoustic Emission Partial Discharge Detection Technique Applied to Fault Diagnosis: Case Studies of Generator Transformers”, Serbian Journal of Electrical Engineering, Vol. 13, No. 2, June 2016, 189-202, UDC: 621.314.224.8:534.87 DOI: 10.2298/SJEE160223004S.
  21. Srikanth Bhatt N, Gopi Krishna Menon, Gururaj S Punekar, “On estimation of rate of change of frequency for relay settings during power export to grid from a CPP”, The Journal of  CPRI, Vol. 13 , No. 2, June 2017, pp. 319-326.
  22. Akshata A Kotharkar, Punekar G S, “Grid connection to CPP in a deregulated electricity market: A case study related to fault current levels”, The Journal of CPRI, Vol. 13 , No. 2, June 2017, pp. 277-284.
  23. Sudarshan V J, Punekar G S, “Short circuit forces in air insulated substations: A review of standard design guidelines”, IEEMA Journal, Vol 10, Issue No. 4, December 2018, pp 46-56.
  24. Jomo Nkumah Gill, Gururaj Sudhindra Punekar. Implications of the Large-Scale Deployment of Non-linear Loads. Journal of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Vol. 6, No. 6, 2018, pp. 153-159. doi: 10.11648/j.jeee.20180606.13
    1. Best paper awards at the national conference: 02


  1. Project of the year award for the UG project guided, by Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology (KSCST): 01
  2. KSCST invite for the state level exhibition of the UG-project: 02


POSOCO Power System Award (PPSA)- (National Award) for M.Tech. project with Rs 30000/- cash Prize and citation: 

  1. M.Tech Category: POSOCO Power System Award (PPSA)-2014 : Mr Shakthi Prasad D who was guided for his M.Tech by research got the award . This thesis is one among Top 10 projects at the National level and he was facilitated @ IIT Delhi
  2. M.Tech Category: POSOCO Power System Award (PPSA)-2015: Ms Meghana Ramesh who was guided for her M.Tech project with joint guidance from Dr H N Nagamani of CPRI. This is one among Top 25 projects at the National level.
  3. M.Tech Category: POSOCO Power System Award (PPSA)-2017: Mr K Swaroop Kishan Singh who was guided for his M.Tech project got the award . This thesis is one among Top 10 projects at the National level and he was facilitated @ IIT Delhi.


POSOCO Power System Award (PPSA)- (National Award) for DOCTORAL THESIS with Rs 1 Lakh cash Prize and citation:   

  1. Doctoral Category: POSOCO Power System Award (PPSA)-2020: Dr. Harimurugan Devarajan who was guided for his DOCTORAL research received the award. Top 15 Best Thesis in India in the area of power system are awarded annually by Power System Operation Corporation (wholly owned Government of India Enterprise under the Ministry of Power) with the prize money of 1 lakh (each). The award ceremony function was held at IIT Delhi on 13th March 2020.


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.


  1. Recognition as Main Guide to a student at Addis Ababa Science & Technological University, Ethiopia. With the fellowship to visit their university for 30 days/ visiting faculty.


  • Laboratory courses developed at NITK:
    1. High Voltage laboratory course to the Post Graduate students by setting up 9 experiments. 
    2. Switchgear & Protection laboratory course to the Under Graduate students by setting up 9 experiments.


  • CONVENER of IEEE conference ICIIS2010, 29th August to 1st July 2010 organised at NITK.


  • ORGNIZER of two-day workshop: Selected Topics of Research in Electrical Power (STREP-2013) 27th 28th September 2013 at EED-NITK.