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R.P. Vaid Award
R.P. Vaid

The R. P. Vaid Award was instituted by the alumni in honour of Prof. Vaid. The first award coincided with Prof. Vaid's retirement. A cash prize of Rs. 5,000 is awarded to a deserving Chemical Engineering student, studying in Pilani campus.

Endowment Status: Fully Endowed


R P Vaid Award recipients


2015 Winner - Vishal Kota

Vishal is a B.E. (Hons.) Chemical Engineering Student of the 2012 batch at BITS Pilani. He had won the Lakshmi Memorial Award, given to the best student in the Second year for his Academic Excellence. He was the Secretary of Chemical Engineering Association, Bits Pilani. He is also the Chairperson of Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE) BITS-Pilani Students’ Chapter. He was an organizing Committee Member of SCHEMCON – 2012 (Students’ CHEMCON), the 8th annual Session of Students Chemical Engineering Congress held at BITS Pilani.He was a Core Team Member at NSS, Bits Pilani were he conducted surveys, taught basic computer skills to students from various schools in and around Pilani and has also helped in organizing the Blood Donation Camp. He is also an active member at Radio Controlz Club, were he primarily dealt with Aircrafts and boats which can be Radio-Controlled. During APOGEE 2015 he bagged Second position in Modeling and Simulation Category” for the project on “A steady state simulation of synthesis gas production from steam oxygen gasification process using ASPEN plus”. During the summer of 2014 he interned at ZUARI INDUSTRIES, one of the leading fertilizer conglomerates in India were he successfully completed two projects in Projects and Technical Department. Recently he got an opportunity to do Summer Internship at IISc Bangalore and ICT Mumbai. He was one of the five students in the Chemical Department to get a Finance Minor. He is skilled at using the software packages ASPEN Plus, MATLAB and ANSYS Fluent. His research interests include Separation process Techniques, Environmental Engineering and Biochemical Engineering. His hobbies include playing Chess and listening to music.

“I feel highly honored to have the R.P. Vaid award for 2015 conferred upon me. Firstly, I am extremely grateful to the Chemical Engineering Association and the BITS Alumni Affairs for selecting me as the recipient for this award. I would like to express my thankfulness to the faculty of chemical engineering department for supporting me in the past three years, in all aspects of my student life. I am glad that my hard work and perseverance towards the association, in the role of the secretary has paid off. This accolade serves as a symbol of my dedication in the chemical association which gave me an invaluable experience, as it taught me a variety of soft skills and management abilities that enabled me to win this award. This accomplishment has motivated me to work harder towards my goal. I sincerely hope that this award continues to enlighten the careers of young chemical engineers.”-Vishal Kota.


2014 Winner - Kaushik Raj

Kaushik is a student of B.E. (Hons.) Chemical Engineering of the 2011 batch at BITS Pilani. His research interests include Biochemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Renewable Energy Development. He had won the Lakshmi Memorial Award for best 2nd year student, awarded by the Chemical Engineering Association in 2013. During the summer of 2013, he interned at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research where he successfully completed a project at the Chemical Technology Division. In Apogee 2013, he won the third prize at the paper presentation competition in the Chemical Engineering category for his paper titled "Effective extraction and usage of biogas from sewage”.  Recently, he has been awarded the Mitacs Globalink Scholarship. As a part of this scholarship, he will be working on the project "Extraction of Thujaplicin and other extractives in Western red cedar” at the University of British Columbia – Vancouver, Canada in the summer of 2014. He is skilled at using the software packages ASPEN Plus, MATLAB and COMSOL Multiphysics. He has served as the Head of Livelihood Initiatives – Pilani Chapter in Nirmaan Organization, a non-profit organization working for the social welfare of India. He has also been the Secretary of Pilani Tamizh Mandram, a Tamizh language interest group at BITS Pilani. His hobbies include listening to music and playing the guitar and keyboard.

"I am grateful to BITSAA and the Chemical Engineering Association, BITS Pilani for bestowing the R.P.Vaid award for 2014 upon me. It serves as a testament to my passion for Chemical Engineering and will be an encouraging factor for me to pursue higher studies in Chemical Engineering. This award comes as a result of hard work, persistence and most importantly enjoying what I do. At this point, I would like to thank the faculty of Chemical Engineering at BITS Pilani, my parents, my brother and my friends who have continued to support and inspire me."- Kaushik Raj


2013 Winner - Bhawarth Sangwan

Bhawarth Sangwan is a B.E. (Hons.) Chemical Engineering student from BITS Pilani. He has held the position of responsibility Project In-Charge, Chemical Engineering Association and Event Coordinator, Haryana Cultural Association. He has been part of organising team of TACEE 2012. During APOGEE 2013, he bagged 2nd position in "Modelling and Simulation Category” for the project on "Effective Benzene Removal from High Naphtha using multi-objective optimization techniques”. Beside this, he also won 1st and 2nd prize in Paper Presentation Competition in Chemical Engg. Category in APOGEE 2013. He has also one international publication to his name. He has participated as the only undergraduate student from BITS Pilani in "Academia-Youth Forum, 10th International Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition, Petrotech -2012” under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, India. During past 2 years, he has done three internships with Guwahati Refinery, IOC R&D Centre, and Avi-Oil [P] Ltd.His research interests include, Optimization of Chemical Processes, Process Design & Simulation, and Environment Impact Assessment. His software skills include, Aspen Plus, MATLAB, and Hysys. His favourite pastimes include reading novels, writing blog, and playing table tennis.

"I feel very honoured to have been selected as the winner of the R.P Vaid Award 2013 for best outgoing Chemical Engineering student. This award represents a strong reassurance for me for all hard work and dedication, I have put through during past 3 years of my academic life.At this moment, I would like to thank all my faculty members and dear friends for their continuing support and motivation. I hope the R.P Vaid Award will continue to motivate the young Chemical Engineering students to seek excellence in the field of Chemical Engineering.If you can imagine it, you can achieve it.If you can dream it, you can become it.(~William Arthur Ward)"- Bhawarth Sangwan


2012 Winner - Jasneet Singh

Jasneet Singh is a Chemical Engineering (B.E. HONS) student from BITS, Pilani. His research interests include process Modelling and simulation. He has done various research projects on simulation with the application of software like ASPEN Plus, COMSOL and Fluent. During Apogee 2012 he worked on the performance analysis of heavy metal ions from aqueous solutions using fly ash as an absorbent and designed a prototype control system for the prevention of BLEVE Blast in reactors. He did his internship with Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited; Mumbai refinery .He has held the responsibility of Vice –Chairperson, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE) BITS-Pilani students’ chapter. Under his leadership IIChE organized CHEMxSERE 2011, the annual technical festival for chemical engineers in BITS-Pilani and planned an industrial trip to IOCL, Panipat refinery. He is also a part of the organizing team for SCHEMCON 2012 , the annual Students’ Chemical Engineering Congress. He worked as an Event Coordinator for the event CHEM-e-CAR during Apogee 2012. His hobbies include performing cultural dance (Bhangra) , collecting stamps and reading general knowledge books.

2011 Winner - Ayush Kanwar

Ayush Kanwar is a Chemical Engineering student from BITS, Pilani. He has worked on research projects in the field of carbon credits and carbon footprints. He worked on the effects of B10 Diesel on elastomer performance during Apogee 2011. He has held positions of responsibility with Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL): Coordinator of Epsilon 2011, BITS Model United Nations (BITSMUN): Director of World festival organized by BITSMUN in association with UNIC in 2011. He has worked as an intern with Air India and Essar Oil and contributed his bit to the society via working with NGO-Toxic Links. His hobbies include reading technical and non technical magazines, philately ,numismatics ,drama and contemporary dance.

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