Dr. Sunil K Somani an Honours graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Indira Gandhi Government Engineering College, Sagar in the year 1989 and a Post Graduate in Design Engineering from the College of Engineering, Pune. He was awarded his Doctorate degree in the same field in the year 2004 from Devi Ahilya University, Indore.
He is currently the Vice-Chancellor of Medi-Caps University, Indore. He started his teaching career from SSVPS College of Engineering, Dhule (Maharashtra) in 1991 and soon switched to industry in R&D departments in 1995. He worked with Khimline Pumps Ltd., an ISO 9001 company (now Sulzer Pumps India Ltd.) based at Mumbai, Gajra Bevel Gears Ltd., again an ISO 9001 company at Dewas and Graubar Designs, Indore. After more than three years of industrial experience, he came back into teaching profession by joining the prestigious Institute of Engineering and Technology, DAVV, Indore in 1999. In 2007, he was working as Head, department of Mechanical Engineering. Next by the age of 39, he had joined Jawaharlal Institute of Technology, Borawan as the Principal. Later he worked with Swami Vivekanand College of Engineering, Indore and Adina Institute of Science and Technology, Sagar also as Principal. He then joined Medi-Caps Institute of Technology and Management, Indore as Director in the year 2009.
With a wide range of experience while working with various universities viz. Pune University, North Maharashtra University, Devi Ahilya University, Rajeev Gandhi Technical University, and Medi-Caps University, he has gained enormous experience of their teaching methodology and administration.
As a research guide, he has guided 5 Ph.D. scholars, more than 100 under graduate and post graduate projects. He was also the Chairman, Board of Studies (Mechanical Engg.) in DAVV. He has more than 70 publications in to his name at various International, National Journals and Conferences, etc, one of which entitled “Computer Simulation as Teaching Aid (A Case of Mechanism Study)” was awarded the best paper in Professional Category.
He has taught various subjects at UG, PG level viz. Engineering & Machine Drawing, Theory of Machines, Strength of Materials, Dynamics of Machines, Machine Design, Vibration and Noise Control, CAD-CAM, CIM, Operations Research, Computer Programming and Numerical Techniques, Fluid Mechanics, Financial Management etc.Other than these, he has two books to his credit: One book (Adapted copy) entitled Machine Design – Schaum’s Outline Series – Tata McGraw Hills and another (Co-authored) entitled Basic Mechanical Engineering – Dhanpat Rai. He is keen to study various subjects and has done various diplomas/ post graduate diplomas viz DIM, PGDIM, PGDOM, PGDFM etc. He has also cleared ICWA (Inter). Further, he is life member / member of various professional bodies viz. IE (India), AMM, ISTE, MPCA, AICCF, CCAI etc.
He has taken various responsibilities in different institutes like examination senior superintendent, central valuation in-charge, discipline committee, annual function committee etc. He was also the Hostel Warden and Prof. In-charge (Library). He has coordinated many seminars, workshops and expert lectures. In the role of Vice Chancellor, he has streamlined the process of transformation of Medi-Caps Group of Institutions to Medi-Caps University. His wide experience helped him accomplish this herculean task successfully. Right from admissions, till the passing out of the first Post Graduate batch, he has left no stone unturned to ensure the smoothness of the process. The campus of Medi-Caps University is always visibly vibrant; the primary reason being the strictness for attendance. Furthermore, the Make-up semester, where the student can make up for his credits or earn the extra ones, is a boon for the students. Yet another accomplishment was declaring the semester result within 7 days of finishing the exam and showing the answer books the students. Bringing these clichés into system was definitely a tough task, but could be managed with proper planning and teamwork.
Apart from academics, Dr Somani holds deep interest in Chess as well. He is an international chess player and coach. He has represented India in Correspondence Chess Olympiad. He was a selection committee member (Chess) in Devi Ahilya University. He has participated at State, Nationals, Inter-versity level. He was MP State Junior Chess Champion and was board “A” player of Inter-versity Runner team of Dr. H.S. Gaur University, Sagar. He was India Champion of All India Correspondence Chess Association.