Dr. Misra has been one of the earliest
persons in the country to realize the importance of the reliability
engineering in the national context and he has been active in the area of
reliability engineering since 1967 and had been making efforts to popularize
reliability and safety concepts in India by delivering special lectures and
conducting short term courses and in-house training programmes for the Indian industries,
organizations and educational institutions.
In 1976, Prof. Misra was invited by the
Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, New Delhi to serve as
the convener of the NCST working group on Reliability Engineering in
This group submitted two reports (part I & part II) in 1978 on the
Reliability Implementation Program for
He also served as member of Task Force Committee on Reliability Engineering of
the Department of Science & Technology, in 1979.
Professor Misra's efforts, a masterís degree program in Reliability
Engineering (REC) was conceptualized and started for the first time in
India at IIT, Kharagpur in 1982 which is still continuing and is quite popular.
It was mainly, as a result of his efforts, the Reliability Engineering
Centre was established in 1983 by the Ministry of Human Resource
Development Project, Government of India, New Delhi. Prof. Misra has been the
founder Head of Reliability Engineering Centre (REC). The REC is the first of its
kind, in any educational institution, in the country, to promote training,
research and consultancy in the area of Reliability Engineering. Several post
graduate students trained at this centre are contributing to several
prestigious projects of the country, such as LCA, nuclear, missile and space
Programmes. Therefore, it is natural that one book on Reliability
Engineering authored by his former student Dr. E. Balagurusamy
(Ex-Vice-Chancellor, Anna University and Member of UPSC, New Delhi) was dedicated to him for his pioneering
work in India in the area of Reliability Engineering.
Also the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunications, IETE
(India), awarded him the first Lal C. Verman Award in 1983 for his
outstanding contributions and pioneering work in Reliability Engineering in
the country. In fact, in 1995, a plaque in recognition of his
meritorious and outstanding contributions to Reliability Engineering and
furthering of Reliability Engineering Education and Development in India,
was awarded by the IEEE Reliability Engineering Society, USA.