Prof. Amulya Kumar N Reddy


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At different stages of his profession, Amulya has been associated with different institutions. Some of the major associations are mentioned.

The Central Electrochemical Research Institute (

The Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI) is among the chain of forty national laboratories under the aegis of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi. Founded on 25 July 1948 at Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu, it came into existence in January 1953. During the last five decades, CECRI has been recognised as the premier institution for R&D in the field of Electrochemical Science and Technology, not only in India but also in South East Asia, with a total strength of over 600 personnel comprising scientists, engineers, technologists, skilled workers, administrative and other staff, with a combined laboratory space of 4,00,000 sq.ft. in a campus of 300 acres. There are four extension centers for CECRI located at Chennai, Cochin, Mandapam and Tuticorin.

Amulya worked at CECRI as a Senior Scientific Officer during 1958-61.

Indian Institute of Science (

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, was started in 1909 due to the pioneering vision of J.N. Tata. IISc has grown into a premier institution of research and advanced instruction, with more than 2,000 active researchers working in almost all frontier areas of science and technology. IISc is an institute of higher learning, constantly in pursuit of excellence. It is one of the oldest and finest centres of its kind in India, with international standing in the academic world.

Amulya was with the IISc from 1966, till he retired in 1991.

Department of Inorganic & Physical Chemistry, IISc, Bangalore. (

In 1966, he joined as Assistant Professor in the Department and worked till 1974.


The Center for Sustainable Technology (CST) was established in 1974, under the name of ASTRA with the basic objective of correcting the strong urban bias of R&D in Science and Engineering. Many projects in the areas of energy, buildings and small industry have been pursued under the CST umbrella. CST has received support from IISc and the bulk of this work has been carried out through external funding. The main areas are: bio-energy, biogas, gasification, fuel-efficient stoves and driers, water purification, renewable energy, climate change, forestry and alternative and low-cost buildings. The CST has also been carrying out extension activities at its Ungra Centre, located about 110km from Bangalore in Kunigal taluk of Tumkur district.

“After almost two decades in the field of electrochemistry, I felt that, like most of the work in advanced institutions of education, science and technology, my own work was largely irrelevant to India's poor, the majority of whom live in villages. I also felt that I should reorient my efforts towards technologies for rural development. Such a viewpoint found sympathy from many other colleagues at the Indian Institute of Science. This shared vision led, in 1974, to the formulating and implementation of the ASTRA programme, through which it was hoped that the application of science and technology would be a weapon (or “asthra” in Sanskrit) in the interests of the poor.” (from ‘Lessons from ASTRA's Experience of Technologies for Rural Development’, Amulya 1988)

Amulya was the founder convener of ASTRA. Later, he was associated with it as a project convener and advisor.

Department of Management Studies, IISc, Bangalore. (

In 1985, on his return from a  15-month sabbatical at Princeton, USA, Amulya took over as chairman of the department. He continued to be associated with ASTRA.

Karnataka State Council for Science & Technology (KSCST). (

The KSCST was established as a registered society in 1975, to develop need-based science and technology inputs for development. The chief minister of Karnataka heads the council, comprising eminent scientists and administrators, who act as a bridge between generators of technology and its users. The council achieves its objectives through projects and programs in collaboration with academic, research and technical institutions of the state.

Amulya was involved in setting up the Karnataka State Council for Science & Technology with M.Y. Ghorpade (then Finance Minister of Karnataka) and Satish Dhawan. Amulya was the secretary and later vice-chairman of KSCST.

International Energy Initiative.   (

The International Energy Initiative (IEI) was set up in 1991. Its mission is to build local capacity and analysis and to engage, locally and globally, so as to promote energy for sustainable development.

Energy is of critical importance to development, economic growth, balance of payments, peace, national and regional environmental protection and the global climate. Energy, therefore, is central to current concerns about sustainable development. The efficient production and use of energy, in an environmentally sound way, is essential to tackling these concerns and defining a path to sustainable development, based on equity, empowerment, environmental harmony and economic efficiency.

Amulya was the founder President of IEI till he retired in 2000. He is the publisher of the IEI journal Energy for Sustainable Development, which was started in 1994.