Dr. Prem C. Jain evergreen visionary passes away. India that lost a dedicated contributor who was tirelessly working in the service of the environment. Going back to his credentials Dr. Jain has chaired the International Green Building Congress in Chennai, Bengaluru, and Mumbai from 2006 to 2011 and since 2007, has chaired the Indian Green Building Council. He founded the Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers in 1980 and the India Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers in 1989. He also rewrote the section on air conditioning, heating and ventilation for the National Building Code of India-NBC 2005, bringing it up to the international level of codes, standards, and practices.
Dr Jain has served as an adviser to the President and to the Prime Minister of India who had a master’s degree and a doctorate in mechanical engineering. Upon returning to India in 1970 after post-graduate studies in the U.S.He served as a visiting professor at IIT Kanpur, where he taught post-graduate studies and set up a laboratory for environmental engineering. He has also been on the visiting faculty for the School of Planning and Architecture at Delhi University since 1973. He has been awarded the best visiting faculty award in 1990.
His name is synonymous with the science of air-conditioning and he is known as one of the most outstanding consulting engineers with design experience spanning more than 45 years. He was a Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME-USA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA-USA), Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES-USA), International Solar Energy Society (ISES-GERMANY) and Consulting Engineers Association of India (CEAI-India). He has been listed in Marquis ‘Who’s Who in the World’ from 1997 and in Marquis ‘Who’s Who in Science & Engineering’ since 2000. He has also featured in Baron’s ‘Who’s Who (USA)’, ‘The Asia 500 Leaders for the New Century’ published in the USA in 2000, and in Marquis ‘Who’s Who in Asia’ 1997. For his special merits and numerous contributions to the society, he was awarded ASHRAE’s highest honour – Louise and Bill Holladay ‘Distinguished Fellow’ award. He is the Fellow of a large number of International Societies, namely, Institute of Refrigeration (IR-London), Institution of Engineers (IE-India), Institution of Energy Engineers (IEE India) and Indian Society of Lighting Engineers (ISLE-India).
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