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D. M. Katre

Mr. DM Katre is a Chemical Engineer with excellent academic career. He did his B. Tech. In Chemical Engineering from LIT Nagpur University and M.Tech. from IIT Mumbai. He has about 42 years of experience in the Refinery and Petrochemical industry. For 19 years he worked with Indian Oil Corporation (A Public Sector organization) and since last 22 years he is with Reliance Industries Ltd.

He specialises in commissioning and operation of the various units of Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemicals.  He was associated with commissioning of Indias first FCC (riser type) unit,  India’s first Hydrocracker unit, world’s largest FCC, and recently under his leadership World’s largest ROGC (Refinery Off Gas Cracker) has been commissioned at Reliance Jamnagar.

He was involved in commissioning and operation if all the three phases of Reliance, Jamnagar that is DTA reginery, SEZ refinery and C2 complex (ROGC and a Polymer complex).

He also was a site President for a petrochemical and polyester complex at Patalganga for about 5 years.

Currently he is working as a Site President of C2 Complex at Jamnagar.

Mr. Katre, apart from being a Chemical Engineer, is a good faculty in management and leadership subjects. He has been a visiting faculty to many management institutes in and around Mumbai. He was awarded a ‘Life Time Achievement” award by a management institute “Maharashi Karve Institute, Pune” .

He is very passionate for safety. Likes to touch upon safety in every interaction with the people even out side the industry. He was specially acknowledged for forming a “Safety Professional Group” by bringing all Patalganga MIDC industries together for a common cause of making MIDC area industries as a safe zone.

Today he is with us to share his views on “Cross Cultural Perspectives from oil & Gas Sector” of India.katre sir

Preparing Chemical Engineering Students for Industry

Dear Sirs,


I hope you find attached article informative and useful.


This article discuss that even today many chemical engineering undergraduate courses do not reflect current practices in chemical process industries and how core curriculum could be better aligned to prepare undergraduates for what industry needs.


This debate has been going on for more than 20 years and though some changes have been made in chemical engineering undergraduate courses during above time period but still huge gaps exist.


One of the goals of “RIL Career Development Program for Chemical Engineers (Technical Foundation)” is to build competences of chemical engineers for smoother and faster transition from academics to refining and petrochemicals along with providing rotations in Operations, Design / R&D and Technical Services during first 5-6 years of their careers to build a stronger foundation for future careers in Operations, Technology, Design, R&D, Business, etc.