Management


Dr. Balaraman Kannan
CGM & Head, Power System

Dr. Balaraman Kannan heads Power System Consulting division of PRDC® as Chief General Manager and is a core member of the top management group of the company. His vast experience of about 26 years is spread across the gamut of Power System Engineering. He has extensively travelled across the globe for business development, technical discussion and research. He is an expert power transmission and distribution consultant, having exhaustive knowledge in handling very large systems across India and several other international grid systems and complex industrial networks.

As head of power system consulting division, he manages project teams working for diverse customers globally. He is assisted with a panel of eminent senior consultants and over 70 electrical engineers which is among the largest of its class in south Asia. He is among the key contributors at PRDC® in winning business and providing timely inputs to the business development team.


Dr. Shekhar M. Kelapure
GM & Head, R&D

Dr. Shekhar presently working as a General Manager (R&D) in PRDC®, is responsible for research and consulting in the domain of Power System Automation and development of MiPower® Software.

He is expertise in Smart Grid, Energy Management Systems and Distribution Automations in addition to Power System Analysis and Optimization, Operations, Energy Management, Consulting training and skills building in the areas of power and energy systems.


Mrs. Veena R.J
Head, Software Department

Mrs. Veena R.J, with over 18 years of industry experience is one among the top senior members when it comes to technical stream who also heads the development of company’s flagship product development team, has completed her Masters in Power Systems Engineering. She serves in the capacity of General Manager, Software and is also a core member of top management group. She is an expert in application design and development with specialization in products for electrical power system domain. Her key strengths includes, project management, software release management, rapid application prototyping, PoCs for pre-sales / production, core algorithm development, user interface design, design and development of complex database, testing and certification for production release, team building and training.


Mr. Venkatesh H R
Head, Business Development

Mr. Venkatesh H.R, heads Business development division of PRDC® as General Manager and is a core member of the top management group of the company. He has experience of over 14 years spread across the key business area of organization – power system consulting, solution design of hardware, software & embedded system solutions sales & marketing, customer relations and payment collection. His Masters in Power System Engineering has added more flavor to his career, apart from his wide knowledge and experience in power consultancy and software.

His career in PRDC® has given him extensive experience with in business development, product, consulting & solution selling, which has won recognition and accolades from customer & the management. He has extensively traveled across the globe for business development and technical discussions. He is supported with a panel of eminent senior consultants & technical goliaths’ and leads teams working for diverse clienteles globally. . He is one among the key contributors at PRDC® in winning business and steering the organization to achieve its goal.


Mr. Dinesh J Kagathi
Head, Renewable Energy

Mr. Dinesh, a Mechanical Engineer with more than 25 years’ experience, focuses on renewable energy and clean technologies. Work experience has covered all aspects in the life cycle of renewable energy projects including opportunity identification and feasibility, viability assessment, project development, detailed engineering, project execution management and operations, Worked in the verticals of small hydro, biomass and solar energy, he has an excellent understanding of the technical issues and risk factors associated with each of these technologies. He also raised debt and equity capital for several projects and hence has a good understanding of evolving financial models and presenting the investment opportunities to debt and equity investors. Some of the projects were implemented for village communities, local businesses with significant investments from the electricity consumers. He has worked in developing and promoting clean technology products such as improved cook stoves and biomass gasifiers for households, non-formal business and industries. These opportunities helped in gaining skills related to product development and its sales to communities and businesses.


Mrs. Debarati Basu
Head, Eastern Region

Mrs. Debarati Basu is a Technology and Management Professional in Power Sector with over 29years’ of experience, with verifiable contribution towards Reforms, expansion, modernization and automation of Transmission & Distribution System in the country’s oldest Power Sector Utility her erstwhile organization. She has worked as a strategic planner with expertise in analyzing existing systems procedures & techno-commercial feasibility of EH, HV and LV T&D system covering analysis.

She has exposure of working in various software applications in Power System like Power System Analysis and Studies, GIS, SCADA, ERP- Oracle (APPS). She is a keen analyst with exceptional team building, relationship management & negotiation Skills. She has proven her abilities in liaising with Government Bodies and currently she heads the execution of the RAPDRP projects across 14 states and is working in several PSS projects in the Eastern Region.


Mr. Surendra Kumar Rout
COO-Bhubaneswar Branch

Mr. Surendra Kumar Rout is Chief Operations Officer, Odisha Branch office having 25 years of rich experience in General, Distribution &Transmission segments. Apart from his Masters in Power Systems & Control, he is a member of IEEEPES, and has couple of other credits like holding the Membership of illuminating Engineering society of North America and a Certified Energy Manager from bureau of Energy efficiency, Government of India. He is expertise in distribution sector, energy audit, SCADA, Project execution & other fields of Power management.


Mr. Shreekantha N
Head, Finance & Accounts

Mr. N Shreekantha, a Cost And Management Accountant has 25 years of rich experience in the sectors of Manufacturing and Information Technology, Foreign Exchange, Mining, Health care services. He currently heads entire finance operations precisely in the areas of Corporate Finance, Banking and Treasury operations, Accounting, Auditing, Taxation, Planning, Budgeting and MIS reports.

As a member of Management Review Committee, Mr. Shreekantha is involved in monitoring the fund position of the company with proper collection plan. He is closely involved in finalizing the accounting activities with statutory compliances apart from monitoring the performance of the organization with good Management Information System. As a team leader developed effective accounting team in the organization.


Mr. Gurucharan Das
DGM, Power Systems

T. Guru Charan Das with an Electrical Engineering degree began his career with a role in power plant operation and maintenance. Later he moved to Energy management cell, Business Process reengineering and other plant related projects. In his first 9 years of experience he gained insights into power generation, distribution and utilization in Cement plants, Fertilizer plants, PVC plants, Textile plants, Sugar plants, Distilleries and other chemical processes and industries.

In his 19 years of experience, he has involved in technical, commercial and project management aspects of the Power projects and was responsible for completion from concept to testing and commissioning. His areas of interests are Power Plant engineering, Energy management, Industrial plants and their related issues with Electrical Power Systems’ application and operation.


Mr. Somnath Guha
DGM & Head, Embedded Solutions

Mr. Somnath with his out of the box thinking and creativity in providing product design and solutions, has carved his name with several clients of repute. His sound business knowledge with the blend of strong technical acumen has catalyzed the growth of the Embedded department. He has initiated several new innovative products which were acclaimed across the verticals. With an overall 13 years of experience he brings in extra ordinary team building capabilities and leadership qualities. He is one of the key contributors in PRDC® whose timely inputs make the difference in winning orders. He is in-charge of the Power System Simulators and SCADA implementation wing of PRDC®.

Advisory Team


Prof K. Parthasarathy

Dr. K. Parthasarthy obtained M.E.(Power Systems) in 1961 and Ph.D. degree (Protective Relays) in 1967 from Indian Institute of Science Bangalore. His areas of interest are Switchgear and Protection, Power System Dynamics and Control, Computer Aided Protection and Power System Analysis. He held various positions at IISc, Bangalore during 1961 – 1997. He served as Chairman, Department of Electrical Engineering IISc (1987-88).

He was Visiting Fellow at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, UK (1970-71). He was ABB chair professor (1996-1997). He is fellow of Indian national academy of Engineering. He has Over 200 publications in National & International journals He was Member, R&D Committee, CPRI and served as Vice Chairman, Protection Committee, CBIP, New Delhi. Presently, he holds the position of Chief Technical Advisor at PRDC®.


Dr. H. P. Khincha

Dr. H. P. Khincha received his B.E. degree in Electrical Engineering from Bangalore University in 1966. He received M.E. degree in 1968 and Ph.D. degree in 1973 both in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. From 1973 he has been with the Indian Institute of Science as faculty, where he served as a distinguished professor.

He was also the Vice Chancellor of Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belgaum – one of the largest technical universities in India during 2007 – 2010. His research areas of experience Include: Power System Protection, Real Time Protection and Control Applications, Signal Processing Applications in Power Systems, Computer Applications to Power System Problems, Distribution Automation. He has been a guided research to Ph.D/MSc students and also has over 200 international and national publications.


Mr. M M Babunarayan
Chief Technical Advisor

Mr. Babu Narayanan has more than 35 years of experience in the power sector in various capacities under Government of India. Expertise in the areas of real time simulation, design of earthing & lightning protection systems for power stations, substations and industries; studies relating to Planning, operation and control of power transmission system; Design of controllers for HVDC and FACTS systems; Power distribution planning & design; IT applications in distribution. He was involved with a number of HVDC projects in India. He has to his credit more than 35 research papers published in National & International Journals including IEEE transactions and CIGRE.

Held various positions in Government of Kerala, Central Electricity Authority and Central Power Research Institute (CPRI) till superannuation from CPRI as Additional Director in May 2011

Coordinated APDRP & RAPDRP activities for the states of AP, Karnataka & Kerala on behalf of Ministry of Power as Advisor-cum-Consultant

Responsible for setting up of state-of-the art Real Time Digital simulation facility in CPRI.

Involved with testing & commissioning of many HVDC & FACTS projects in India. Recipient of Central Board of Irrigation & Power (CBI&P) award for Excellence in Power Transmission systems.

Designed earthing system for power stations & substations of many projects in India & abroad.

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