Harish Kumar Sardana


Computer Science & Engineering Department


Dr. Harish Kumar Sardana, currently Director IIIT Raichur since 1 December 2022 was previously a Member, of Arunachal Pradesh Pvt Edu Inst Regulatory Commission (APPEIRC), Itanagar since May 2022. Before that he was Chief Scientist at CSIR-Central Scientific Instruments Organisation, Chandigarh, India till Nov 2021. He joined CSIO in December 1982.
He has been a Coordinator (2009-17) and Professor at the Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research - AcSIR-CSIO, Chandigarh. He continued to have a dual designation of Professor also at AcSIR-CSIO Chandigarh till his superannuation in November 2021

Research Interests

His research interests include image processing, signal/image processing, pattern recognition, and machine intelligence in Medical/Strategic/Safety/Security/Agro sectors.


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He started his career in 1982 after completing his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering from REC (now NIT) Kurukshetra. During his career, he accomplished M.E. from PEC Chandigarh and a Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham, the UK in 1989 and 1993 respectively. He completed his Ph.D. in the UK under Nehru Centenary British Fellowship (FCO) scholarship during 1990-93 in the area of image processing and pattern recognition. In 2001, he completed his MBA in Human Resource Management and Organisation Behaviour. He obtained merit in CSIR Leadership Development Programme for middle to senior scientists in 2007 and has been a faculty for the same.


Research Experience

38 years, 11 months at CSIR-CSIO, Chandigarh

Teaching Experience

  • Adjunct Professor at IIEST, Shibpur for Administering, Coordinating, MTech (Mechatronics), May 2007-Nov 2021.

  • Professor and Coordinator MTech/PhD programmes, AcSIR-CSIO, Chandigarh, Sep 2009 - Nov 2021


  • Courses taught: Research Methodology, Research Publication & Ethics, Digital Image Processing, Signal Processing, Statistical Analysis & Machine Intelligence, Soft Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Integrated Manufacturing

  • Publications in National Journals and Conferences: 14+24

  • Publications in International Journals, Conferences-Abroad, and Conf-Held in India: 68+24+16

  • The number of Books / Chapters Published: 5

  • Presentations made in National and International Fora: > 150 (Some available on YouTube)

  • PhDs Guided: 18, PG guided: 24

  • No. of Patents Filed: 29, No. of Patents Granted: 23, Copyrights filed: 2

  • Team Awards: 5

Sponsored Projects

Dr. Sardana completed more than 20 sponsored projects worth more than 70 Cr during the last two decades. In addition, he was a consultant for two industry projects. More than 15 projects were undertaken by him as Mentor/Co-PI in other projects.