Project Coordinator

Prof. Muraleedharan V R

Prof. Muraleedharan V R

Professor VR Muraleedharan, a Development Economist, with primary research interest in the field of Healthcare Economics, has been teaching at the Department of HSS, IIT Madras, since 1988.

He is currently engaged in a five-year comparative research project on health economics and financing, funded by DFID (London), as part of a Consortium of 10 institutions (from India, Kenya, Tanzania, Thailand and South Africa, . His most recent contribution to the book “Good Health at Low Cost: what makes an effective health system?” (2012) analyses developments in the healthcare delivery system of Tamil Nadu over the past 30 years. Currently, he is engaged in piloting Universal Health Coverage in two poor blocks of Tamil Nadu.

Working Group Members

Project Advisor

Rangarajan Ganesan

I have a B.Tech ( in Mechanical Engineer) from IITM. I have worked for about 35 years in Indian manufacturing industries , spanning automotive tyres, auto components, batteries, inverters & Ups systems. Setting up green field & brown field projects and turn around operations. I have played a key role in establishing & sustaining a Continuous Improvement culture through implementation of TQM, TPM & Six Sigma initiatives.
I am an ardent canvasser for sustainable manufacturing & Green Buildings.I am now associated with PARFI ( PanIIT Reach for India ) which is providing vocational training & education to thousands of under-privileged boys & girls from Rural India, and with the Group on “Technology and School Education System” in CTaP.

Project Scientist

Vipin Venugopal

Vipin has done his Masters in Thermal System Design and is currently pursuing his Ph.D from IIT Madras. Prior joining CTaP he was working with Forbes Marshall in as a designer of expander used in cogeneration. His present research interests are in field of exergy analysis of energy systems and expander technology for CHP applications.

Project Associate

Dhipankumar Kanakasabapathi 

Dhipankumar is basically a Mechanical Engineer with a master’s in Resource Recovery – Sustainable Energy Technology, from University of Borås, Sweden. Prior to joining CTaP, he worked on optimization of process design, construction, operation & maintenance of Biomass Gasifier on power generation and various thermal energy applications along with techno-economic assessment studies for various biomass based energy generation projects in South East Asia & East African countries.

At CTaP he is working on various assessment studies like energy consumption pattern in Indian Process Industries, potential for sectoral energy conservation, optimizing firm level energy efficiency and improving overall effective energy utilization by means of detailed energy audit and assessment.

Project Associate

Karthick Vengatesh Kumar

Karthick is basically an electrical engineer and a BEE certified Energy Auditor who has experience in conducting energy audits. He was working as an energy engineer in a textile spinning mill and later associated with a private consulting company and has conducted number of energy audits in industries, commercial buildings such as apartments, hospitals, educational institutions, etc.

Project Associate

Rajesh M

Rajesh is a B.Tech graduate in Information Technology and has keen interest on efficiently utilizing the colossal healthcare data. Previously he has worked on open source NSSO, Census, CMCHIS data, to yield more meaningful insights on the level of care delivered and to measure the effectiveness of the Healthcare System.

At CTaP, currently he is working on the project “Pilot Universal Health Coverage in Rural Areas of Tamil Nadu”, focusing on effective utilization of public primary health care services.


                                      Associated Faculties

Faculty Name Working Group Website
Ashok Jhunjhunwla Energy
Bhaskar Ramamurthi  Energy
Krishna Vasudevan  Energy
Lakshmi Narasamma  Energy
Shiva Nagendra Waste Management and Environmental Health
Arun Kumar Thittai Medical Technologies and Society
Solly Benjamin Innovations in Informal Market
Devdas Menon Others
Meher Prasad A Others
Satyanarayana K N  Others
Koshy Varghese Others
Ashwin Mahalingam  Others
Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam  Medical Technologies and Society
Umakant Dash  Universal Health Coverage
Murthy B.B.S Waste Management and Environmental Health
Ligy Philip Waste Management and Environmental Health
Satyanarayanan Seshadri Energy
Santosh Kumar Sahu Energy
Indumathi Manivannan Nambi Waste Management and Environmental Health
Mahesh Panchagnula Energy
Venkatesh G Technology and School Education System
Sureshbabu M  Technology and School Education System
Mathangi Krishnamurthy Medical Technologies and Society
Girija Vaidyanathan Universal Health Coverage & Medical Technologies and Society

Former Associates

 Sai Charan

Education Technology in Higher School Education

B.Tech., Electrical Engineering (2016) IIT Madras

 Ankit Jain

Education Technology in Higher School Education

Mechanical Engineering (2016) IIT Madras

 Dr. Jessica Seddon

Dr. Jessica Seddon served as a senior fellow at CTaP during 2014-15. Her areas of expertise includes governance in housing/shelter policy and urban water resource management.

 Somya Sethuraman

Somya Sethuraman worked as a project associate on urban housing policy.

 Aparna Anantha krishnan

Aparna worked on the use of mobile technology in health care in south India.

Manjari Shankar

Manjari worked on the use of mobile technology in health care in south India.

Sudha Rani

Sudha worked on the Universal Health Care Project

Dharmesh Shah

Dharmesh served as the Project Advisor in CTaP delivering ideas for waste management projects

Dr. Rakhal Gatinode

Rakhal photoAs a Senior Scientist, Rakhal worked on vaccine related decision making and environmental epidemiology

Devi Asokan

Devi worked on Technology & Engineering Education project exploring the role of technology in improving the process of learning

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