AICTE-INAE Distinguished Visiting Professorship Scheme


The Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), founded in 1987 comprises a Fellowship of the most distinguished engineers, engineer-scientists and technologists of India and abroad from the entire spectrum of engineering disciplines. It is a peer body of engineering professionals with the aim to promote and advance the practice of engineering and technology, related science disciplines and their applications to problems of national importance. It also encourages inventions, scientific investigations, and research in pursuit of excellence in the field of engineering. Activities of the Academy include, research projects, pilot studies, technical education, fellowships, recognitions and awards and programmes on issues of technology policy and overall development for the benefit of the society and other benefactions.

It has long been felt that there is a need for active linkages between industry and engineering institutions which can help enrich curriculum contents and also add dynamicity to the existing systems of continuing education programmes. The gap between theoretical knowledge and practical applications can be narrowed down through a coordinated approach ensuring closer interactions among industry, R&D institutions and the academia, through institutionalized mechanisms. Active programmes should be established for regular visits of experts from industry to address students and academic staff.

The Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) launched a Distinguished Visiting Professorship (DVP) Scheme jointly with AICTE in 1999. The Scheme envisages promotion of industry-institute interaction by facilitating the dissemination of knowledge through the expertise of experienced and knowledgeable persons from industry to integrate their rich industrial experience with technical education. The Scheme has received very enthusiastic response from industry and engineering research institutions over the years. Since the year 2018, the scheme has also been made applicable to all retired INAE Fellows.

There is a constant endeavour to improve and strengthen the functioning of the scheme for which suggestions/views are sought from the industry experts as well as affiliated engineering colleges/institutions through a Feedback Report after each visit by the industry expert/ INAE Fellow.


The Distinguished Visiting Professor under the scheme will:

Deliver lectures on the state-of-art of Industry, industrial ambience and R&D needs of the industry to the students and faculty of AICTE approved engineering colleges/ institutions only.

Guide projects/theses of interest to industry/research oriented work for students.

Help curriculum development, keeping in view, the changing industrial needs.

Develop cooperative undergraduate and postgraduate programmes with industry having potential benefits to faculty, students and Industry.

Take up any other activities for the mutual benefit of engineering institutions and industry.


The scheme is applicable only for visits to AICTE approved engineering colleges/ institutes.

A DVP can visit up to two AICTE approved engineering colleges in his/her tenure.

The honorarium is applicable to only lecture sessions for students/ guiding student projects/ any other research activity

The review of curriculum, project evaluation and discussions with College authorities will not be considered as lecture days and hence no honorarium for such days will be paid.


The Industry Experts should have a minimum graduate degree in engineering or an equivalent qualification.

The Age of a Distinguished Visiting Professor shall be in the range of 45 to 75 years*.

The applicant must have minimum TEN years’ experience in Industry; and the individual must have distinguished work experience, as evidenced by development of products, technology, processes, patents, publications, awards etc.

All retired INAE Fellows also can apply under this Scheme.

The DVP on completion of a tenure is not eligible to re-apply.

*For exceptional cases the Selection Committee may relax age limits.

The Responsibilities of the Distinguished Visiting Professor

The Distinguished Visiting Professor will visit the Institution(s) up to 2 times in a semester, for a maximum of 3 consecutive days per visit, and will be reimbursed air fare in Y-Class or actual fares if performed by Rail or approved INAE rate if performed by road. The DVP is entitled to an honorarium of Rs. 10,000/- per lecture day.

Besides delivering lectures, he may initiate student projects dealing with “real life” and “shop floor problems” in which he/ she is personally involved in the Industry and will provide guidance. He will also emphasize marketing, commercial as well as technical aspects of the project. The project guidance could be either at the host institution or at his industry under the joint supervision of the Distinguished Visiting Professor and a faculty of the host Institution.

He will interact with the academic staff and act as a catalyst towards an integrated approach in curriculum development with inputs from his experience.

The Distinguished Visiting Professor will provide a 1-2-page abstract of his lecture along with relevant slides/ material for dissemination to the students.

The Individual or his/her company (if private), should not have any commercial dealing with the educational institution.

Tenure of the Distinguished Visiting Professor

Tenure will be initially for a period of one year, which is further extendable up to a maximum of FIVE years. Each year’s Extension will be decided by the Selection Committee, based on the active contributions of the Distinguished Visiting Professor during the year, and the feedback received from the affiliated engineering college /institution.

If for any specific reason, the Distinguished Visiting Professor seeks a break in the Tenure, a break of maximum period of TWO years can be granted.

The Responsibilities of the Institution

The Host Institution where a Distinguished Visiting Professor is associated will provide him/her with office and secretarial facilities for his / her working in the Institutions.

The Host Institution will also provide him/her local hospitality including free Guest House accommodation where available or arrange suitable accommodation for him/her in a nearby Guest House and provide him/her local conveyance.

The Institution will appoint a senior Professor as the Coordinator of the DVP programme to facilitate arrangements of lectures, supervision of projects, etc.

Proposals / Requests for Appointing a Distinguished Visiting Professor

INAE will invite nominations from Industry, R&D Labs and retired Fellows of the Academy from Industry, R&D Labs and Academic Institutions on the format attached.

An Industry Expert/ Retired INAE Fellow desirous of being INAE Distinguished Visiting Professor may fill in Part I of the Format. Part II of the Format is to be filled by an AICTE approved Engineering College/Institution.

An AICTE approved Engineering Institution desirous of having the services of a Distinguished Visiting Professor, can also apply to INAE giving all relevant details of the Institution and the subject area in which it needs the expertise of an eminent person from industry/Retired INAE Fellows.

A request for change in college from DVP will only be considered after one year of association with a college even if he/she decides to discontinue after a semester. He/she shall need to state the reason for discontinuation in the request for change.

Terms and Conditions of Standard Operating Procedure

Given below are standard modules of operating procedure for operation of AICTEINAE-DVP Scheme during 2022-23 with option for DVP’s and Institutions to follow any one of two modules given below for conducting of INAE-DVP Programmes:

MODULE-1: Delivery of online sessions (Revised Module under COVID-19)

MODULE-2: Existing Procedure for Operation of scheme wherein DVP travels to Associated AICTE approved Institution for imparting technical sessions.

MODULE-1: Delivery of online sessions (Revised Module under COVID-19)

The Distinguished Visiting Professor will be conducting online interactive sessions without visiting the campus based on mutually decided timings. There will be up to TWO such interactive sessions in a semester and each session may be expanded over maximum three days (preferably three consecutive days). The three lecture days for online sessions if cannot be conducted in consecutive days may be scheduled over a period of maximum two weeks for a single visit.

For online sessions of DVP Programs, the Experts will be paid only Honorariums (no Travel Expense Reimbursement) of Rs.10,000.00 per lecture day based on mutually decided timings between concerned DVPs in association with the concerned Institutes.

MODULE-2: Existing Procedure for Operation of scheme

The Distinguished Visiting Professor will visit the Institution(s) up to TWO times in a semester for a maximum of three (consecutive) days per visit and will be reimbursed air-fare in “Y-Class” or actual fares if performed by Rail or approved INAE rate if travel is performed by Road. The DVP is entitled to an honorarium of Rs.10,000.00 per lecture day.

Last date of receipt of Application for academic year 2022-23 has been revised to April 15, 2022

Forwarding of Proposals

The proposals should be forwarded at the following address:

Executive Director
Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE)
Ground Floor, Block-II,
Technology Bhavan,
New Mehrauli Road,
New Delhi-110 016
Phone: 011-26582475
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Selected Retired INAE Fellows & Industry/R&D Experts under AICTE-INAE DVP Scheme for Year 2021 View

Retired INAE Fellows selected under AICTE-INAE DVP Scheme till date View