Professor Durgesh Pant is among the earliest adopters and pioneers of Computer Science and Information Technology in this part of the country, having established the Department of Computer Science of Kumaun University as early as 1989-90. For almost twenty-eight years, he has been an avid promoter of Computer Science, Science and Technology, especially ICT-enhanced education. During this period, he has guided over fifteen Ph.D. research scholars. He has chaired, participated in and presented at conferences and seminars across the world and his research papers have been published in reputed national and international journals. Apart from academic pursuits, he has shouldered many administrativeresponsibilities in various capacities. Thus far, he has headed and otherwise contributed to a host of institutions and organisations in the state and the country. Given his penchant for leveraging technology, he is currently involved in developing technological innovations that would be beneficial to last-mile learners in difficult geographies, particularly in Uttarakhand. A strong votary of Open and Distance Learning (ODL), he has been closely involved with it for over two decades, of which over a decade was spent as the Coordinator of Indira Gandhi National Open University’s Centre located at the Almora campus of Kumaun University. Since 2010, he has been contributing the insights gleaned during his over two-decade long experience of ODL to Uttarakhand Open University as the Director of the School of Computer Science and Information Technology.
Research Areas :
Under my research guidance, fourteen scholars have received Ph. D. degree in Computer Science. Four more research scholars are currently pursuing Ph. D. degree in Computer Science under guidance. The research projects currently underway relate to following areas:
- soft computing
- cyber security
- ICT intervention in Difficult geographies
- Mobile governance