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Academic President

Academic President

Dr S V Kota Reddy

Dr SV Kota Reddy is the Academic President of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Dubai since September 2013. 

He has 24 years of teaching, research and administrative experience. He started his career as a Lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department at MS Bidve College of Engineering, Latur, in 1989.


Dr Reddy got his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1989 from the Marathwada University Aurangabad.

He got his Master’s Degree in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning from the Coimbatore Institute of Technology in Coimbatore.  In 1995, he joined Fr C Rodrigues Institute of Technology in Mumbai and completed his PhD from IIT Mumbai in 2003.


He became Professor and Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department in 2004. Dr Reddy published 22 research papers in journals, and national and international conferences. He has seven patents, one US, two international, and four Indian, in association with IIT Mumbai

His R&D project “Plastic Solar Water Heater” won the Meritorious Award at KAIF 2007, a state level project exhibition organised by TATA Power, Mumbai. Dr Reddy’s R&D projects “Heat Pump Assisted Dryer” and “Hybrid Air Conditioning System” won the National Award for INR 1,00,000/- and INR 50,000/- for Excellence in HVAC&R, instituted by Bry-Air Asia Pvt. Ltd.

One of his research papers was published in Spanish, in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Journal in Madrid, Spain.

He visited Shanghai, China to present a paper in an International Sorption Heat Pump Conference in 2002. In 2007, he presented a paper in IIR International Conference on “Ammonia Technology for Today and Tomorrow”, at Ohrid in Macedonia.

Professional contributions

He is a life member of the Indian Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE). He served the ISHRAE Mumbai Chapter at various positions such as a Chapter Working Committee Member in 2004-06, Treasurer in 2006-07, and Secretary in 2007-09.

He is a member of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers) and also the ASHRAE student branch advisor.

He was ISHRAE’s Student Chair, Western Region (Maharastra, Gujarat and Goa) in 2008-09. He was the ISHRAE Students’ Activities Chair, Hyderabad in 2009. He was MTech Examiner at IIT Bombay, Bhabhasaheb Ambedkar Technological University (BATU) and University of Mumbai.

Dr Reddy conducted more than 6 short term courses in the field of refrigeration and air conditioning. He worked as the Principal of Medha College of Engineering, Hyderabad from November 2008 to August 2009. During his tenure he started the student chapters of IETE, CSI and IE.