Late Prof. M. V. Joshi Memorial Lecture

Late Prof. M. V. Joshi Memorial Lecture


Plastic Fraternity remembers Prof. M. V. Joshi as a person who devoted considerable time of his career in the development of the Plastic Industry in India. Not only was a highly respected Teacher in Plastic Engineering & Technology, Prof. Joshi a real Friend, Philosopher and Guide to many of his stalwarts of Plastic Industry today.

Born on 17th March, 1921 Prof. Joshi completed his B.E. (Mech. Engineering) in Pune in 1943. Thereafter, pursued higher studies in Chemical and Plastic Technology in U.K. during 1945-47.

On his return to India after a brief spell in the Industry, Prof. Joshi joined Dept. of Chemical Technology (formerly UDCT, now ITC) in 1949 and taught Chemical Engineering & Technology of Plastics, at Graduate and Post Graduate levels and guided many illustratious students in Masters and Doctorate Programmes in the field of Plastic Processing, Mould & Die Design and related disciplines.

He was selected to visit USA under India-USA Exchange Programme and gained variable experience in Instrumentation & Control, Piping Design and Engineering.

After his retirement from ITC, he joined MIT Pune, as the Head of Polymer, Petroleum & Petrochemical Engineering Dept. He played a key role in starting autonomous courses at MIT such as Diploma in Tool Design & Manufacturing (Plastics) and Diploma in Piping Design and Engineering.

He authored books on “Process Equipment & Design”, “Injection Moulding”, Extrusion Die Design” etc which are very useful references to students and for those engaged in these fields.

He served in various capacities at University and Government Bodies like Senate, Academic Council Board of Studies and served as Chairman of the Board of Studies in Chemical, Petroleum Engineering and Polymer at Pune University. He was also the Member of Selection Committee of Govt. of Maharashtra for introducing Diploma in Plastic Technology Course at Polytechnic Level, which resulted into commencing of Plastic Technology Diploma Course at Mafatlal Polytechnic in Mumbai.

Prof. Joshi was actively associated with many Professional Bodies and particularly Indian Plastic Institute and served as a Chairman of the Bombay Chapter and also as a President.

At IPI he was assigned to prepare a “Report on Manpower Requirement of Plastics in India”, which he not only did excellently well, but, this document was used to prepare Training Programme by Government of India for Shop-floor Operators Training Course at various ITI’s throughout the country.

He received several recognitions and Awards from PRI, London and Rubplast Foundation. He was Hon. Life Member and Fellow of IOM (London). Prof. Joshi was highly revered not only as Academician, but, as a great Plastic Professional as well. His contribution to Plastic Industry will be remembered for a long time to come. IPI was greatly honoured to have had his active association.

His past students, particularly at MIT, Pune and UDCT, Mumbai created a handsome Endowment at IPI with a view to organize Annual Lecture in his memory.