Dr. Deepak B Phatak has been working with IIT Bombay since 1971. His main concern is improvement in the quality of education commensurate with the Indian national aspirations, on a larger scale. Towards this end, he has dovetailed the synchronous distance education, which he started 15 years ago at IIT Bombay, into an innovative program for training 10,000 teachers at a time. He believes in developing affordable technological solutions. He headed the national initiative on Aakash tablets. He has been an advisor and IT consultant to organizations and companies, and has worked on many company boards. He has won several distinctions and awards. He has been conferred ‘Padma Shri’ by Government of India.