Founder of Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, who is of Indian origin, was awarded the prestigious Regius Professorship in Manufacturing by Queen Elizabeth II. He was honoured with this award for his outstanding contribution in manufacturing.
- According to The Quint, he has given recommendations to the UK government on manufacturing, innovation, and technology, including former Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair, throughout his career
- An IIT-Kharagpur alumnus, he said that it was always his aim to bridge the gap between academia and industry, and to encourage companies to think long-term by investing in skills, research, and development
- The creation of Regius Professorships falls under the Royal Prerogative, with each appointment being approved by the Queen upon ministerial advice.Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) has been granted the Regius Professorship for its academic research which has contributed to driving growth and improving productivity
- It has enabled those companies who want to innovate to develop ground breaking products which have had a real impact on society and the economy by working with global companies on collaborative research and development.
About Kumar Bhattacharyya:
- Born in Dhaka, he is an Indian British engineer, educator and government advisor
- His father was a professor of Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
- He studied Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
- In 1980, he became Professor of Manufacturing Systems at the University of Warwick and founded the Warwick Manufacturing Group
- On June 3, 2004, he was created a life peer (appointed members of the peerage in UK, whose titles cannot be inherited) of Moseley in the County of West Midlands as Baron Bhattacharyya,
- His focus is on policy areas such as business and industry, economy and finance, education, international affairs and science and technology