Commenting on his prestigious appointment, he said with the help of Dr Raghunath Sheogaokar present Director of IIT-D (former VC of Pune University) and distinguished faculty, many of whom are his former campus mates, he would like to push IIT standards further ahead in global context and integrate its research with national missions such as India's recently announced mission in Exascale Supercomputing.

He said, the 21st Century belongs to India and IITs will have to play as vanguards of India's great march ahead in this century, emerging as a world leader by 2047!

Dr Bhatkar is one of the few distinguished computer scientists from Asia region who has received the both fellowships from IEEE and ACM.