Department of Surface Coating Technology (M.Sc. SCT)

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Alumni Speak

Dr. Vikash Mishra ( Head - Global Innovation Network (GIN) India ) @ Siegwerk India Pvt Ltd., Bhiwadi, Rajasthan
Alumni Experience:
“I remember my journey in Institute of Science and Technology for Advanced Studies and Research (ISTAR), which shaped a holistic view of the world around me and made my goals both professional and personal clear to me. I owe my deepest gratitude to the whole team of Surface Coating Technology (SCT) Department for being a turning point of my life. Constant guidance and motivation from my professors and colleagues throughout this journey made me believe that everyone is special, unique and important. It’s an honour to be associated with such a great team and my experiences at SCT department definitely helped in reshaping my career.
The Surface Coating Technology program provided me with the tremendous blend of challenges and opportunities. I am currently working in an innovation department and the knowledge that I gained through my various courses formed the starting point for my future learning.
From a student’s perspective, the professors are professional, thorough and understand every students need. A very patient and dedicated team having extensive experience in the field of polymers and coatings– which I believe is the major strength of this department. My suggestion to young aspirants is; whatever anyone suggests, follow your interests, clarify your goal and work towards that.”

Dr. Karan Thanawala ( Founder Director ) @ LEOTEK Innovations – Coating specialists, PD No. 3, IITB-Monash Research Academy, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076
Alumni Experience:
Academic institutions are considered as Instruments which creates a foundation for structuring and governing the behavioral pattern of an individual, influencing their thoughts and approach towards progress of life. ISTAR has been a stepping stone, facilitating just the same ecosystem, whose rich, open and humble environment, which encouraged my enthusiasm to grow, not just as an academician but also as an individual to lead a happy, healthy and progressive life. Thank you ISTAR for embracing me as a member of your family.

Jigneshkumar Desai ( R&D Senior Chemist – Decorative Exterior ) @ Jotun UAE Ltd, Dubai (Since November 2016)
Previous Employers:
Jotun India Pvt Ltd – Pune (From August 2011 to October 2016),
Asian Paints Ltd - Navi Mumbai (From May 2009 to August 2011)

Alumni Experience:
Surface coating technology department is equipped with excellent lab facilities & equipment along with highly qualified & experience faculty. Department helps each student to develop their BASE of the career by improving their technical skills through course content, Practical lab work, Project work as well the in plant industrial training in reputed companies. Department also helps students to start their career path by creating opportunities through the campus interviews.
Paint Industry is highly growing industry with good opportunities across the globe for the qualified paint technologist. This provides good career path along with good culture within the Industry.
I’m feeling proud & fortunate to be a part of Paint Industry.

Hitesh Makwana ( Senior Coating Engineer ) @ Keppel Offshore & Marine, Singapore
Alumni Experience:
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up, the most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” This is a message to every individual who wants to join ISTAR, that here you will get ample opportunities to explore and develop yourself. ISTAR encouraged me to explore my talent and p3.otential by providing an exceptional integrated learning environment. I want to express my heartfelt thanks to the management who gave me the perfect opportunity to explore myself and raised my level of confidence. I am really grateful to my professors from M.Sc. Surface Coating Technology (Dr. Dighe, Dr. Kalpesh & Dr. Chintan) who have changed my whole aspect towards learning. It was the best part of my life and hope everyone have such a nice experience.

Sushilkumar J Vibeeshanan Naidu ( Division Manager) @ Salama Road Marking Factory (Part of Qatar Building Company), Doha, States of Qatar
Alumni Experience:
It gives me great pleasure to say with pride that I have completed my post-graduation M.Sc. in Surface Coating Technology from Institute of Science and Technology for Advance Studies and Research (ISTAR), Sardar Patel University.
The relationship between faculties and student is very cordial, which gave me an opportunity to excel in my area of interest.
The classes are very interactive and faculties ensure that every student understands what is being taught before proceeding.
The surface technology course curriculum is challenging, yet very informative, so that we don’t feel lost when entering the competitive market. The campus environment is very positive.
Students are encouraged to take initiatives and hone different skills so that they can cope with the world outside the campus.
With the up to date laboratory facilities, large library on campus, students can easily access study materials to ensure quality output.
The two years spent here were splendid and has helped me to grow better professionally and personally.
I am very grateful to be part of this institute and university.

Krunal P Salat ( Senior Manager – Operations (Production, Planning, Production Engineering, Manufacturing Excellence and Special Projects)) & Kansai Nerolac Paint, Bharuch Unit
Alumni Experience:
Career Path:
After completing Graduation from Industrial Chemistry I did my Post Graduation in Paints and Varnish. Post this Joined Kansai Nerolac Paints and worked in Various Departments like – Powder Coating Production, Analytical Lab, Production Engineering and Paint Production. Also was instrumental in various Green Field and Improvement Projects.
About ISTAR:
I think the highly qualified professors and curriculum has contributed to developing one of the most rigorous pedagogy systems at ISTAR Paint and Varnish Department. Some students may feel the pinch of it for the two years, but its rewards are what we realize when we appear in our final placements, and into our Industrial jobs. I gained an understanding of Paint Basics and Process involved. So in a way, what we study in our courses, had atleast theoretically prepared me to face industrial Challenges.

Dr. Tejas Shah ( CEO ) @ Usha Coatings, GIDC, V.U.Nagar
Alumni Experience:
I completed my M.Sc. (SCT) 2004 & later on in 2011 did Ph.D. My respected grandfather was a doyen in Gujarat’s leading paint industries & my beloved father who is in the paint business since last 40 years. We owe numerous small scale paint industries in Gujarat and have donated ‘Gold Medal’ to SCT dept. Technology and time moved very fast and to maintain PACE with them one needs utmost patience and keenness to acquire accumenship in the subject.
These human bondage skills I learned from teachers at ISTAR, who besides imparting knowledge of the subject taught us to be humble & calm at critical times. I learned a lot about how to do the tasks as well as how to apply the knowledge I gained in my classes. The connection between my course work and my research allowed for a great learning experience. My Ph.D guide Dr. A.K.Digheamalgate the knowledge of chemical engineering and paint technology in an acumen manner. He acquaint us personality development and apart from teaching many subjects to give competitive edge. Now I got an added advantage to deliver the students an adequate knowledge of paint technology when I give lectures as visiting faculty at ISTAR.
And, like many others, I made wonderful friends and connections with folks that remain to this day.

Dr. Chintankumar J Patel ( Lead – Resin Development) @ BASF India Ltd., Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Alumni Experience:
Carrying strong and focused desires to build my career in coating technology and with plenty of expectations and ambitious dreams in my mind, I opted to pursue M.Sc. in paint technology at ISTAR in 1999. The open culture and excellent faculties at ISTAR truly steered my journey in coating technology to truly live my ambitious dream. Ever since then, I have been cherishing my profession and the field of coating technology throughout my career in different capacities of manufacturing, research, teaching and mentoring. During my exposure in the industry at national and international platforms I have always felt the immense contribution of the strong foundation laid at ISTAR which helped me to keep contributing the industry with innovative solutions.