Dr. Ashok Kumar obtained BE in Electronics & Communication Engineering from MCE, Hassan, and ME in Digital Electronics from SDM College of Engg&Technology, Dharwad. In 2010, he was awarded Ph.D. from VTU under the guidance of Dr. Shivaprakash Koliwad, the Former HOD of E&C, MCE, Hassan and Dr.Dwarakish, HoD, Dept. of Applied Mechanics, NITK, Surathkal.

He is into teaching for the past 30 years. Earlier he served KVG Engg. College, Sullia and PA College of Engineering Mangalore in the capacity of Lecturer, Asst. Prof., Professor and Head of the Dept. and Principal In-charge from 1989 to 2004. He served Vivekananda Engineering College, Puttur (DK) and PESITM, Shivamogga as Principal for about 14 years from 2004 to 2018.

He has published over 15 research papers in National and International Conferences and Journals. One of his research scholars has been awarded Ph.D. under VTU in 2017, and he is currently guiding one Ph.D. scholar.

Hobbies: Cartoon sketching, writing articles for magazines, Indian Classical Music and Photography.