Dr. S.K. Khanna, has been working in the field of highway and transportation engineering in India for over 40 years in various capacities and mainly at the University of Roorkee, now named as IIT-Roorkee. He was the first fulltime Chairman of All India Council for Technical Education in 1993 and served as Vice Chairman, University Grants Commission (1984-1990). He was responsible for maintenance of standards and development of higher and technical education in India. He played a vital role for the development of new Education Policy for higher technical education.
He did his doctorate of philosophy in engineering in 1968 at university of Wisconsin at Madison, USA. He was responsible in the timely completion of a number of projects in highway and transportation engineering funded by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Department of Science and Technology and Department of Human Resource Development, Government of India, during the period 1984-1993.
He has made significant contribution in the field of transportation, infrastructure, planning, and design including highway transportation. He has worked in the area of highway materials, pavement testing and pavement rehabilitation etc. He has published works in the area of highway materials, transport planning and management; and traffic safety with emphasis of environmental impact analysis. He has also published over 245 research papers.
University of Roorkee honoured him with Doctor of Engineering in 1994. He received honour’s Causa Doctrol degree also from various other Indian universities namely Rohil Khand, Avadh, Kanpur , Lucknow, Nagarjuna and so far he has been the only Indian to be honoured with the degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by the Moscow Automobile and Highway Engineering University.
Since 1997, Prof. Khanna has been involved as a consultant/advisor for establishment of number of higher education institutes like IIITs.