Prof S. Raghava Chari born on August 15, 1939 obtained B.E. in Civil Engineering from Osmania University in 1959 as a topper. Prof Chari served as Junior Engineer, with PWD, Andhra Pradesh during 1959 – 60. During 1961 – 63 he was Technical Teacher Trainee, at University of Roorkee and obtained his Masters Degree in Highway Engineering.. Thereafter joined in 1963 as Lecturer at Osmania University where he served the University till 1969, prior to joining REC,Warangal (RECW) as Asst Professor and served REC till 1998 as Professor of Civil Engineering. He obtained Doctoral Degree in the field of Transportation Engineering in 1976 from the University of Roorkee. He was considered to be an authority in the field of traffic engineering and transportation planning in India. He led the Comprehensive Transportation Studies of Hyderabad Urban Development Area in 1982-86 from RECW. Befitting to this he had rare distinctions & awards to his credit. To name a few – British Council visiting Professor to U.K.,
Recipient of the Govt. of Andhra Pradesh award “The Best Engineering Teacher” 1995, Sir Mokshagundam Visweswarayya and Institution of Engineers (India)’s “Best Engineer” award for the contributions in the field of Transportation Engineering in 1993, Tata Endowment Fellowship for higher studies in 1969, Senior Fellow, Govt. of India, 1960-1963 and Two Gold Medals from Osmania University for securing the First Rank in all the years of Engineering Course and amongst all the branches of Engineering, 1958-1959.
Prof Chari served as member of National and erstwhile AP State Level Committees. Some of them are – as Expert Member of “Working Group on Transport” for the National Commission on Urbanization, Govt. of India, (1987-88), Member of 9th Five Year Plan Road Transport Requirements Committee, Govt. of India, Chairman of “Accident Investigation Committee of APSRTC” in Andhra Pradesh, Member of the Research Advisory Group of the CRRI, New Delhi, Advisor, Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad, Member of Traffic Engineering Committee, and Specifications and Standards Committee of the Indian Roads Congress, Member, Govt. of A.P. Traffic Advisory Committee.
He served as advisor and guide to several government departments as and when there was an issue related to transport.
He had over 50 publications to his credit in national and international journals. He has also handled several complex highways & transportation projects funded by international agencies such as World Bank and ADB.
He is one of the most outstanding teachers that India ever produced and shall be remembered by all.
Dr S Raghavachari breathed his last on 19th August, 2014
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