Alluri Padma Raju
Vice Chancellor
Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University

Alluri Padma Raju, is presently the Vice-Chancellor of Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University. He graduated from Agricultural College, Bapatla in 1965 and obtained his Master's and Doctorate from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. Before joining the then Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University which is now, Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University, he was a Junior Soil Physicist at College of Agriculture, Anand in Gujarat. He has served his current university for nearly four decades as a Soil Physicist, Senior Soil Physicist, Associate Director of Research and Director of Research prior to his superannuation in 2005. He has mentored 6 Post Graduate students majoring in Soil Science, has published 70 papers in National and International journals and has been associated with various projects of Government of India such as Indo-Dutch Network project. Padma Raju established an NGO 'Varsha' to cater to the needs of farming system and participatory approaches in agriculture and allied sectors for their sustainability. He has also played a key role in the development of 46 varieties of different crops which are very popular within Andhra Pradesh as well as in the adjoining States. He is a recipient of several awards such as DOREEN Award and Ritunestham Life Time Achievement Award among others.
Amit Banerjee
Vice Chancellor
Siksha O Anusandhan University

Amit Banerjee is currently the Vice Chancellor of Siksha O Anusandhan University. Earlier, he was the Vice Chancellor of the West Bengal University of Health Sciences from 2011-2014. He is an eminent cardiothoracic surgeon of international repute who has served in premier medical colleges like JIPMER, Pondicherry and Maulana Azad Medical College and Associated Lok Nayak and G B Pant Hospitals, New Delhi. He was superannuated as Super-time Senior Administrative Grade Officer of Central Health Service. He has been the Medical Superintendent of two teaching and super specialty hospitals. He has been rewarded as a distinguished alumnus of Maulana Azad Medical College. He has authored nearly 150 scientific papers, invited chapters and books. Banerjee is a recipient of the BC Roy National Award, Delhi Govt State Award and Indira Gandhi Excellence Award in addition to several other awards, orations and international fellowships.
Ananda Amritmahal
Principal
Sophia College for Women

Ananda Amritmahal is Principal of Sophia College for Women and Head of the department of English at the College. She is also Coordinator of the Sophia Centre for Women's Studies and Development. An expert in Women's Studies, Ananda has published a book - 'Relatedness and Resistance: A Feminist Critical Analysis of Some Indian Women Writers', as well as a number of articles on woman-related issues. Her areas of specialization are Women's Writing and Feminist Literary Criticism, and Indian Writing in English. She was awarded the Fulbright Teaching Fellowship as Visiting Lecturer at Loyola University, Chicago for the spring semester of 2012. She was also appointed the Gannon Visiting Research Scholar at Loyola during the same period.
Anup Swarup
Vice Chancellor
Jagran Lake City University

Anup Swarup, presently the Vice Chancellor of Jagran Lake University, has been a Presidential Awardee of Republic of India in 2003, was nominated by the UN secretary in 2007 and served as the Vice Chancellor of Shobhit University in 2008. He holds a doctorate and four distinguished Masters from leading universities of India and abroad- notable being a Fulbright scholar to US as well as Commonwealth scholar to Cambridge University. He carries over three decades of experience in diverse roles as a civil servant, peace activist, life scientist, social entrepreneur and educationist. He started his career in the public sector with the General Insurance Corporation of India and in various senior roles as a civil servant with Government of India. He founded the 'Sambhav' Trust for de addiction in 2008 and 'Sambhavami' not for profit society to promote micro enterprises in 1992. He conceptualized the 'National Reconstruction Corp', 'Millennium Youth Parliament', and initiated a 'National Think Tank' in Union ministry of Finance among his many notable works. He is founder Trustee of 'Indian Council of Gandhian Studies' and is in global advisory boards of distinguished organizations such as 'World Business Council' and 'Indian Institute of Public Administration', to name a few. He is a visiting professor to several institutions in India and abroad and has authored several research papers and books.
Arun Jamkar
Vice Chancellor
Maharashtra University of Health Sciences

Professor Arun Jamkar took charge as the Vice Chancellor of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences in December 2010. He did his M.S. from Marathwada University and his Ph.D. in the subject of Surgical Oncology from University of Pune. He has also served as the Acting Vice Chancellor of Yashwantrao Chawan Maharashtra Open University. Dr. Jamkar has been teaching undergraduate and post graduate students for almost 30 years and has been awarded International Fellowship in Medical Education for his innovative teaching techniques. He is appointed as the PATRON to the Nodal Centre UNESCO Chair in Bioethics. He is a gifted surgeon having performed more than 10,000 major surgical procedures especially of urology and oncology using even new techniques of laparoscopic surgery. He is an expert in Kidney transplant surgery having trained at Freeman Hospital New Castle in UK. As the Dean, Dr. Jamkar provided great leadership in Sassoon Hospital to handle Critical cases of Swine Flu Infection and mobilized all hospitals in Pune to handle the challenge for which he was praised by the Maharashtra Government. He has been a recipient of several awards, notably, 'Fellow of International College of Surgeons', 'Award for outstanding contribution to education', 'National Education Leadrship Award' among others. His areas of general interest are Literature, Photography, Tennis and Trekking.
Atul Khosla
Founder and Pro Vice Chancellor
Shoolini University
Independent Director at Gabriel

Atul Khosla is the founder of Shoolini University and presently serves as its Pro Vice Chancellor. He also serves as an Independent Director at Gabriel. Atul did his B.Tech from IIT Kanpur and holds an MBA from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies. He has vast experience across the industry verticals and has worked at MNC's all over the globe. He was the Senior Manager at McKinsey and Company where he joined after his short stint at Citicorp in Tokyo. He moved on to become the country head at Everest Group, then senior partner at 'a connect', and later dedicated seven years of his career at Oliver Wyman as its India head and Managing partner. Currently, apart from his involvement in the Shoolini University and its school of Management Sciences, he also serves as a Managing partner at Innohive - a social venture capital firm focusing on education and as an advisor to Ankur capital.
B Ashok
Vice Chancellor
Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University

B Ashok is the Vice Chancellor of Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University. He is a 1990 graduate of Veterinary Science from Mannuthy, Kerala. He joined the IAS while undergoing research training in Biotechnology in IVRI, Uttar Pradesh in 1998. He is also an alumnus of London, Turin and Duke Universities in various postgraduate programmes. Previously, he was the Private Secretary or Chief of Staff of Union Minister for Agriculture and Food. He has also served as the Deputy Director and Course Director in the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie. Earlier, he was Executive Director Jalanidhi and District Collector of Pathanamthitta district. He has been an occasional Lecturer to several reputed institutes such as Institute of Social Studies, Hague, National Forest Academy, Dehradun, Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, Maastricht Business School and School of Government, Pune. He has been awarded fellowships from Italian Cultural Institute and University of Maastricht. He has published several papers in peer reviewed journals and is a columnist in various national publications in Public Policy matters. Dr Ashok had jointly won the best Indian Social Science Research Paper Award in 2009 for his study on Social Exclusion in Madurai (with Dr. Darez Ahmed) from the IDRC Canada.
B V Babu
Vice Chancellor
Galgotias University

B V Babu is currently the Vice Chancellor of Galgotias University. He did his PhD from IIT Bombay. Previously, he has served at BITS Pilani for 15 years, and held various key administrative positions such as Head of the Chemical Engineering department and Dean of Student's welfare among others. Prior to that, he worked at Gujarat University for 11 years. He is a Member, FICCI Higher Education Committee and is the Peer Team Member of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), a statutory body of UGC. He is also a member of Research Project Review Committee, Ministry of Steel - Government of India. He is well known, internationally, for his algorithm, MODE (Multi Objective Differential Evolution) and its improved variants. Overall he has over 240 research publications to his credit and has published six books. For his immense contribution to research he has been awarded with various awards and accolades such as 'National Technology Day Award, 'MTC Global Award for Excellence -2015' and felicitation for being one of the 'Top 10 Thinkers-2015- Indian Ranking.' Singing, Music compositions and playing keyboard are among his key hobbies.
B.K. Ravindra
Principal
SDM Law College

B.K. Ravindra is currently the Principal of SDM Law College and Centre for Post Graduate Studies and Research in Law and the Dean of Alliance School of Law at Alliance University. He did his M.A. in History, Masters of Law and Ph.D in Constitutional Law from University of Mysore. He has over thirty years of teaching experience at Mysore Univerity and Mangalore University. Formerly, he was the Dean and Chairman of Karnataka State Law University. He also served as the Chairman of both the Under Graduate and Post Graduate Department of Law at Kannur University. He is a member of the Board of Studies in Law at Kuvempu University. As the Principal of SDM Law College he has contributed remarkably to improve the scenario by introduction of new courses, framing of syllabus and journals such as Legal Opus, and in the renovation of the library. He is the author of book titled Right to Information Act in Kannada. He has published several research papers and presented in numerous conferences. He has been awarded with Best Teacher Award and Gyana Sikshak Award for his valuable contributions.
Bhushan Dewan
Group Director
LNCT Group

Bhushan Dewan did his B.E and M.Tech from IIT Delhi, holds a management degree from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Medical Studies and Ph.D. in Quality Management. He is a seasoned professional with 24 years of top academic experience and 17 years of top leadership experience in Industry. He has served as the Vice President of TCS, President of Tanla Solutions, and Senior Vice President of Adani Group. He retired as commander from Indian Navy and is a war veteran of 1971 Indo-Pak war. His extensive academic experience includes positions such as the Founding Provost of Somaiya Vidyavihar, Pro Vice Chancellor of the AKS University, Founding Director of three institutes - Naval IT Management Institute; the Selaqui Academy of Higher Education and the VNS B-School in Bhopal. He has taught at premier institutes such as IIITM Gwalior, Narsee Monjee Institute at Mumbai and Defence Institute of Advanced Technology and also at universities in UK and Malaysia. He has authored four books and has been recognized as MTC Global top 10 thinkers - 2015. He is also a recipient of LEADERS' award for being the most admired Edupreneur of the year, 2015.
Dhruba Jyoti Saikai
Vice Chancellor
Cotton College State University

D.J. Saikia is currently the Vice Chancellor of Cotton College State University, Guwahati. He belongs to the National Center for Radio Astrophysics of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research from where he did his PhD in 1985. He has worked on different areas of astronomy and astrophysics for about 35 years and has made a number of interesting contributions in different aspects of extragalactic astronomy. He has published about a hundred and fifty research papers in international journals and has guided about a dozen PhD students. In addition to his contributions at TIFR, he has worked at different astronomical observatories and institutes across the world including the Jodrell Bank Observatory located at University of Manchester, England. Saikia has taught extensively and has received several awards during his academic career. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad.
G. Bagyanarayana
Vice Chancellor
Palamuru University

G. Bagyanarayana is presently the Vice Chancellor of Palamuru University in Telengana. He did his Ph.D. from Osmania University in Botany. He is an eminent plant scientist with significant contributions to the teaching, research and advancement of knowledge to his credit. He has described 3 new genera and 90 new Fungal Taxa and has recorded more than 100 new additions to Mycoflora of India. His deep commitment for the promotion of excellence in higher education led him to serve with distinction as Professor, Co-Ordinator, UGC SAP, Chairperson, Board of Studies and Head, Department of Botany at Osmania University. He has guided 13 students for Ph.D, authored 11 books and published 90 research papers in peer reviewed international and national journals. He is a member of premier professional bodies in the field of Botany and has been conferred with Lifetime Achievement Award at World Environment Congress, New Delhi in the year 2013.
G.R.C. Reddy
Director
NIT Goa

G.R.C. Reddy graduated from Osmania University and subsequently did his M.Sc. in Engineering Physics and P.hD. from NIT Warangal where he also joined as a faculty in the Department of Physics. After his long career spanning over two decades as faculty and at NIT Warangal, he joined as the Director of NIT Calicut in the year 2005. Due to his untiring efforts, NIT Calicut was transformed from an ordinary engineering college to an excellent teaching and research 'National Institute'. Dr. Reddy specializes in Photonics and has published over 80 research papers in National and International journals. He was on the high level delegation of Heads of Technical Institutions led by Secretary, MHRD, Govt. of India in the year 2008 and has also served on several National committees constituted by MHRD, Govt. of India which include faculty restructure committee for NITs, pay anomalies committee, AIEEE exam reforms committee among others. Presently, as the director of NIT Goa, he is putting his best efforts to build this new NIT into an institution of national importance.
H. Maheshappa
Vice Chancellor
Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belgaum

H. Maheshappa, the present Vice Chancellor of Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belagavi, Karnataka is a renowned educationist and administrator. Born in the family of a farmer, Prof Maheshappa went on to obtain his B.E. in Mechanical Engineering, M.E in Machine Design and subsequently completed Ph.D. In a career spanning nearly three decades, he has served many technical institutions in various capacities as a teacher, researcher and administrator. He is a member of World Academy of Productivity Science, Canada and has travelled extensively all over the globe. At VTU, he put his experiences and skills to substantially reduce the time for Ph.D. evaluation by introducing an innovative digital evaluation process. In recognition to his contributions in the field of technical education and his numerous research papers - he has been bestowed with innumerable awards and accolades, notable one's being; "M. Visvesvaraya Global Leadership Award-2011", "Sagar Award-2012" Innovative B-Schools Award in the year 2013 and 2015 for Outstanding Contribution to Education, and CHANAKYA NATIONAL AWARD-2013 awarded by Public Relations Council of India, Bangalore.
Indu Sahani
Principal
H.R. College of Commerce & Economics

Indu Sahani is the Principal of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics. She did her PhD in academia-industry collaboration from University of Mumbai and has over three decades of teaching experience. She was the first Indian to be appointed Vice-Chair on the Board of the Governors of the International Baccalaureate (IB), an international educational foundation with which she has over a decade of experience. As Sheriff of Mumbai, she launched a Women's helpline against domestic violence and harassment. She was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of Westminster in London in 2009. The University also introduced the Sheriff of Mumbai's Scholarships for Women from Mumbai to study Master's programmes recognizing Dr. Sahani's role. She has been nominated on leading boards of national and global companies and also served as a member of UGC for three years. She is a visiting faculty at UC Berkeley and NYU. Recognizing her decades long contributions, she has been conferred with numerous awards such as the 'Roll of Honour' award for her outstanding contribution in leadership and to education and the Women of the Decade Achievers Award by ASSOCHAM Ladies League Mumbai.
J. Letha
Vice Chancellor
Cochin University of Science and Technology

J. Letha is the Vice Chancellor of Cochin University of Science and Technology. She has dedicated thirty years of service in teaching, research, consultancy and administration in the Department of Technical Education, Government of Kerala. Previously, she has been the Principal of the College of Engineering, Trivandrum where she has also served as Dean, PG Studies, Registrar and the Head of Civil Engineering Department. She has served as the Dean of the Faculty of Engg. And Technology, University of Kerala. She was the nodal officer of the MHRD's Technical Education Quality Improvement Project Phase 1 and a member of the Board of Governors for 13 Engineering Colleges of the State under TEQIP Phase2. She has been a member of the Board of Governors of many colleges including IIT Madras. Letha has published 14 papers in International journals and 7 papers in national journals. She is a recipient of the Best Paper Award and National Level Best Teacher Award.
Koushik Mukherjee
Registrar
Indian Institute of Information Technology

Koushik Mukherjee is the Registrar at Indian Institute of Information Technology, Kalyani in West Bengal which is an MHRD sponsored institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and M.Sc. in Zoology with Immunology and Cell Biology as the area of specialization. He has been serving in higher Managerial posts in the education sector since 1994. Mukherjee always looks forward to greater responsibilities and challenges in the area of Planning of Higher Education and University Management. He is passionate about Higher Education Project Planning & Implementation.
L.S.S. Reddy
Vice Chancellor
Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation University

L.S.S. Reddy is the Vice Chancellor of Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation University. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from BITS Pilani. Reddy has over 30 years of experience in Teaching, Research and Administration at prestigious institutes like BITS Pilani, CBIT and others. Reddy joined KL College of Engineering s the Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in 1995. He served as its Principal for nine years during which the college got accreditation for all its undergraduate Programs by NBA. Under his leadership, in the year 2006, KLCE was awarded autonomous status by University Grants Commission. His tenure led to an overall excellence in academic, research, infrastructure and systemic development of KLCE which became a Deemed University in 2009 and KL University came into existence. He has published more than 65 Papers in reputed International Journals and several paper presentations in International Conferences. His Research interest areas are Parallel Processing, Software Engineering and Cloud Computing. He is a senior member of IEEE, senior life member of Computer Society of India and a fellow of IETE.
Mahendra Pal Singh
Chancellor
Central University of Haryana

Mahendra Pal Singh is Chancellor of the Central University of Haryana and Chair Professor of Comparative Law at National Law University Delhi. He has done his Masters in Law from Columbia and Doctorate in Law from Lucknow. Earlier he was the Chairperson of Delhi Judicial Academy, New Delhi and the Vice-chancellor of the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. Before that he taught at the University of Delhi for thirty five years, where he was also the Head and Dean of the Faculty of Law. He was also Director of the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi in 1997. He has been a fellow and visiting professor at several institutions and universities of international repute such as University of Heidelberg, University of Hong Kong, Kansai University, National University of Singapore, Renmin University of China and JNU among others. Professor Singh's publications include over one hundred papers in law journals or edited volumes and ten books, including German Administrative Law in Common Law Perspective, Freedom of Trade and Commerce in India, among others. His writings have been cited by the Indian Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court of South Africa.
N.N. Maldar
Vice Chancellor
Solapur University

N.N. Maldar, currently the Vice Chancellor of Solapur University, did his Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from University of Pune. He was also a post doctoral research fellow at Tokyo Institute of Technology where he received the MONBUSHO fellowship from Govt. of Japan. His fondness for Japanese language made him fluent in advanced Japanese. He has more than two decades of experience as a Professor at Shivaji University Post Graduate Centre and Solapur University where he has actively participated in the development of the Department of Chemistry since inception. He is also a visiting professor to Hanyang University at Seoul. For two years, he was a scientist at National Chemical Laboratory, Pune. His research works are widely published in national and international journals and he has also completed research projects with UGC and ISRO. He also serves as an examiner for more than 13 Indian universities. He is a recipient of "LOKMAT National Education Leadership Award" for outstanding contribution to Education in 2014.
Narendra S. Chaudhari
Director
VNIT Nagpur

Narendra S. Chaudhari is presently the Director of VNIT Nagpur. He completed his undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral studies at IIT Bombay in 1981, 1983, and 1988 respectively. He has shouldered many senior level administrative positions in Universities in India as well as abroad such as Devi Ahilya University in Indore, Nanyang Technological University Singapore and IIT Indore. He has done significant research work on game AI, novel neural network models like binary neural nets and bidirectional nets, context free grammar parsing, and graph isomorphism problem. He has delivered prestigious M.S. Ramanujam memorial lecture organized by The Institution of Engineers, India in the area of Computer Engineering. He has more than 300 publications in top quality international conferences and journals to his name. Chaudhari is Fellow and recipient of Eminent Engineer award (Computer Engineering) of The Institution of Engineers, India as well as Fellow of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers.
O.R.S. Rao
Vice Chancellor
ICFAI University

O.R.S. Rao did his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras and MBA from NITIE Mumbai. He is the Vice Chancellor of ICFAI University since October 2011. He has been associated with the ICFAI group for last 13 years and has been actively involved in a number of initiatives of ICFAI, which include setting up B Schools in Eight locations in South India and an Applied Business and Financial Research and Consulting Unit, with operations in India as well as abroad. He has over 40 years of rich blend of experience in Academics, Applied Research and Industry, both in India and abroad. He held leadership roles in diverse sectors such as IT, ITES, Engineering, Consulting and Higher Education in reputed organizations like BHEL, HCL Technologies, NIIT, Info Tech Enterprises, GMR Group and ICFAI. He managed cross functional and cross cultural teams and achieved excellent results under challenging environments. At ICFAI, he introduced courses on 'Values and Ethics' and was honored by Rama Krishna Mission for inculcating values among the students. The University also received the award-"Institution of Excellence in Values-based Education for 2014"
Onkar Singh
Vice Chancellor
Madan Mohan Malviya University of Technology

Onkar Singh is the founding Vice Chancellor of Madan Mohan Malviya University of Technology. He did his Ph.D in 1999 and is a professor of Mechanical Engineering at Harcourt Butler Technological Institute. He started his career as Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering at Institute of Engineering and Technology, Lucknow in 1991. During his tenure as Additional Controller of Examination at Uttar Pradesh Technical University, he initiated the usage of ICT and innovative OMR cover answer books for better transparency and management. He was also the Vice Chancellor of UPTU and contributed remarkably during his short tenure. He holds two National Records - for his work on development of air turbine engine for running motor bike - LIMCA Book of Records, March 2014 and as one of the first Indian authors to appear in U.S. text books for the article "The melting of glaciers cannot be reversed with global warming" in February 2015. He is a member of the Board of Governor of IIT Kanpur and IIT BHU. He is the recipient of National Scholarship throughout his education and has received AICTE Young Teacher Career Award in the year 2000.
P. J. Narayanan
Director
IIIT Hyderabad

Dr. P. J. Narayanan is presently the Director of IIIT, Hyderabad. He did his B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT, Kharagpur in the year 1984. For the next two years, he worked in the Lipi group of CMC Ltd and subsequently went on to complete his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland in 1992. He became a research faculty member at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University from 1992 to 1996. Before, joining IIIT Hyderabad in the year 2000, he headed the Computer Vision and Virtual Reality groups at the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, DRDO, Bangalore. He has also served as the Dean of Research of IIIT Hyderabad from 2006 onwards before taking charge as Director. Dr. Narayanan research interests include Computer Vision, Computer Graphics, GPU Computing, and Virtual Reality. He was the General Chair of the second Indian Conference on Computer Vision, Graphics, and Image Processing in 2000 and the Program Chair of the Asian Conference on Computer Vision in 2006 and 2010. He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Parallel and Distribute Computing and also served as Senior Programme Committe member of International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence.
P. K. RADHAKRISHNAN
Vice Chancellor
University of Kerala

P.K. Radhakrishnan is the Vice Chancellor of University of Kerala and also serves as a member of its Executive Council. Previously, he has served as the director of the School of Chemical Sciences of Mahatma Gandhi University at Kottayam. Besides serving Mahatma Gandhi University in various capacities in his long academic career, he was also the member of the CUSAT in Kochi. His interest in Chemistry and related sciences led him to publish numerous research works in national and international journals. He has presented his research papers at various conferences of both international and national repute. For his research work, he was awarded the 'Dr. S. Vasudev Memorial Prize' from the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment.
Pandit Bhalchandra Vidyasagar
Vice Chancellor
Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University

Pandit Bhalchandra Vidyasagar is presently the Vice Chancellor of Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University. He did his Ph.D. in Biophysics and has over three decades of teaching experience. Formerly, he was the Head of the Department of Physics and Director of the Board of College and University Development, University of Pune. His participation in the curriculum development program of UGC helped introduce interdisciplinary component in Physics. At present he is working as a convener of the Board of Studies to design the syllabus and write text books for the IX and X standard to be used by 1.4 million students in the state of Maharashtra. He has made significant contribution in popularizing science among masses and has written 16 books which include biography of C V Raman, Albert Einstein, two science fictions - Superclone and Antarali, more than 250 articles, 30 radio talks, 40 films and lectures at various places in urban, semi urban, rural and tribal areas. He is a recipient of the 'Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education' as well as the 'Best teacher award' by University of Pune.
Prafulla AGNIHOTRI
Founder Director
IIM Tiruchirapalli

Prafulla Agnihotri holds a Master's Degree in Management Studies and Ph.D. in International Marketing Strategy from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. He has about ten years' experience in the industry- in sales, marketing and training, and over fifteen years of experience in academics. He is the founder director of IIM Tiruchirappalli. Before taking over the current post, he was a Professor in marketing group at Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta. He teaches courses in Marketing Management, International Marketing, Services Marketing and Strategic Brand Management. He has co-authored a book with renowned authors titled Principles of Marketing which has been published by Pearson Education. As a professional corporate trainer he has so far conducted his training programmes and workshops in India, UAE and France. He was declared the Best Teacher in Marketing Management at 16th Business School Affaire and was awarded the Best Professor in marketing award at the Asia's Best B-School Awards by CMO Asia on 23rd July, 2010 at Singapore. His latest innovation in teaching is 'application of inquiry method of learning' to the management education.
R. Perumalsamy
Vice Chancellor
Noorul Islam Deemed University

Professor R. Perumalsamy is the Vice Chancellor of Noorul Islam Deemed University. He did his M.A, M. Phil and Ph.D. in English from Madurai Kamaraj University. Earlier, he had been a member of Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission and served as State Information Commissioner, Tamil Nadu. He has also served as a Principal of Thiruvalluvar College. He has more than three decades of teaching experience and was an executive committee member of Indian College Forum. He has authored seven books in English and Tamil. Professor Perumalsamy was also associated with Manonmaniyam Sundaranar University where he introduced many educational and administrative reforms and was recommended by the committee for the post of Vice Chancellor. He has travelled extensively all over the globe. He was honored with the Best Principal Award by the Tamil Nadu Government and has also received 'For the sake of Honor Award' by Rotary club of Ambasamudram.
Rajani Gupte
Vice Chancellor
Symbiosis International University

Rajani Gupte is the Vice Chancellor of Symbiosis International University, Pune. She completed her doctorate in Economics from the Gokhale Institute of Economics and Politics. She has more than 30 years of experience in teaching and research at prestigious institutes such as Loyola College and her alma mater- the Gokhale Institute. After six years of corporate work experience as a Finance Director, she joined Symbiosis. She was a founding member of Symbiosis Institute of International Business and also served as its director for over eight years. During her tenure as director of SIIB, she started innovative niche MBA programs in agribusiness as well as Energy and Environment and focused on several international collaborations. A visiting faculty at the Oakland University, School of Business Administration, Michigan, USA, she has also addressed business leaders at Bremen University for Applied Sciences, Germany. Her research interests relate to World Trade Organization, International Business & Trade Policy and Non- Tariff barriers. She has been an active member of various organizations such as WTO Cell, International Trade Panel, World Expo, and UGC nominated committees among others.
Rajiv Seth
Pro Vice Chancellor
The Energy and Resources Institute

Rajiv Seth is the Pro Vice Chancellor and the acting Vice Chancellor of 'The Energy and Resources Institute'. He holds a B Tech degree from the IIT, Kanpur and an M.Tech from the IIT Madras. Thereafter, he has done his Ph.D in Business Administration from the Aligarh Muslim University. An Aerospace Engineer by training, Rajiv spent 27 years in the Indian Air Force having worked on various types of aircrafts and aero engines in the domain of technical evaluation, field testing and technology transfer. Over the last fourteen years, he has been associated with the conceptualization and the growth of the TERI University where he is also a Professor of Finance. He has been deeply involved in an international consortium of universities in the Asia-Pacific, which is led by the United Nations University, and which focuses on the integration of sustainable development in higher education. Professor Rajiv has also worked on several national projects associated with renewable energy, climate change and agriculture such as 'National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture'. His research interests are in the areas of financial derivatives, risk management and green aviation.
Ravi Kant
Vice Chancellor
King George's Medical University

Ravi Kant is presently the Vice Chancellor of King George's Medical University. He holds the distinction of being a Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Ireland and England. Earlier, he has served as Head of Department of Surgery and Head of Department of Trauma and Emergency at AIIMS, Bhopal. He has been a professor of surgery for the last eighteen years and was a professor of surgery at Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi. He was also the president of Indian Association of Surgical Oncology in the year 2006. He is a member of the Medical council of India, a WHO Fellow on cancer and has received numerous awards and recognition for his contribution in the field of surgery, Lasers, Molecular and Genetics of cancer breast.
S.K. Pandey
Vice Chancellor
Pandit Ravishankar Shukla University

Dr. S.K. Pandey is currently the Vice Chancellor of Pandit Ravishankar Shukla University. He did his M.Sc. in Solid State Physics and Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Pandit Ravishankar Shukla University. He has over three decades of teaching experience and is a Professor of Physics at his alma mater. He has also been a Professor at Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University between 1996 and 1998. He has coordinated several workshops in Astronomy and has also carried out numerous public outreach activities to popularize astronomy among masses such as radio talks, interviews, sky gazing programs and lectures. He has published in numerous research papers in reputed journals and has completed research projects with CSIR, ISRO and DST. He has extensively traveled abroad and participated in several conferences. He is a member of International Astronomical Union and is a University gold medalist.
Somak Raychowdhury
Director
Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics

Professor Raychowdhury is the Director of the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune. He completed his B.Sc degree in Physics from Presidency College, a BA degree in Physics from Trinity College, University of Oxford and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Cambridge. Previously, he was Professor and Head of Physics at Presidency University in Kolkata. His research interests lie in the study of the evolution of galaxies in groups and clusters, and on the super cluster filaments of the cosmic web in which he has published over 80 research papers. Professor Somak has used optical, X-ray, radio, infrared and ultraviolet observations to understand how the transformations of galaxies are related to their local and global environment. In addition, he leads a substantial outreach programme involving school students, teachers and the general public. He was one of the key people to start the Indian Astronomy Olympiad. He is a fellow of the Indian Astronomical Union, a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a fellow of the European Astronomical Society as well.
Swapan Bhattacharya
Director
NIT Surathkal

Swapan Bhattacharya is the Director of NIT Surathkal. Earlier, he was the Director of NIT Durgapur, West Bengal. He began his career as a Systems Analyst with M.N. Dastur & Company before joining IIM Kolkata in 1985 as a Systems Analyst in its Computer Assisted Management Centre. Later, he again joined as an Associate Professor there in 1997. Meanwhile, he was an Assistant Professor at IIT Bombay and then a Reader in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at University of Calcutta. He has served as the Professor and Head of the Computer Science Department both at Jadavpur University and National Institute of Technical Teachers Training & Research, Kolkata. He has done several collaborative research works with University of New Castle in UK, and Michigan University in the US. He was also a visiting faculty member at Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok. Professor Bhattacharya is the Founder Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of Atilim University at Ankara. He was also the Coordinator of PhD program in Software Engineering at Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey. Swapan is a recipient of Young Scientist Award from UNESCO, Award of Sr. Research Associateship from National Research Council, USA and the ET Now Education Leadership Award in 2013.
Upinder Dhar
Vice Chancellor
Shri Vaishnav Vidyapeeth Vishwavidyalaya

Upinder Dhar is Vice Chancellor of Shri Vaishnav Vidyapeeth Vishwavidyalaya (Indore). He is associated with the field of education for the last 37 years. Earlier, he has served as the Founding Vice Chancellor of J K Lakshmipat University, Pro Vice Chancellor of Amity University and Director of Institute of Management, Nirma University. He has also served as the president of Prestige Group of Educational Institutions. A professor of Management at NITIE Mumbai, Dr. Dhar has been guest faculty for the Management Development Programs of IIM Calcutta and IIM Indore. He has also been guest faculty at IIT Roorkee. Besides undertaking consultancy assignments, he has authored/co-authored and edited more than 550 publications. He has written a large number of cases, which are registered with The Case Centre at Cranfield University, UK. So far, Twenty-nine scholars have been awarded Ph.D. degree under his supervision by various universities. He has conducted a large number of management and faculty development programs for the executives of major business houses and faculty members of technical and non-technical institutions both in India and abroad. He is a recipient of numerous awards such as Edupreneur of the Year, 2013 and National Fellowship, among others.
V.S.S Kumar
Vice Chancellor
Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada

Presently, V.S.S. Kumar is the Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh. He obtained his Bachelor's degree from University College of Engineering, Osmania University after which he did his M.Tech and Ph.D. from IIT Delhi. He was a Post-Doctoral fellow with the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. He was Professor and Head, Department of Civil Engineering; Principal, University College of Engineering and Director, Artificial Intelligence Centre, all at Osmania University, Hyderabad. He has also taught at Arba Minch Institute of Water Technology, Ethiopia. Kumar was the founder co- coordinator of the post-graduate program in Construction Engineering and Management and organized a Memorandum of Understanding with Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, USA for faculty and students exchange. Having obtained research funding from the AICTE and DST, Kumar has published over 116 research papers in various international and national journals. He has delivered several guest lectures at reputed universities such as Arizona State University, Purdue University, Southern Illinois University, USA and Loughborough University, UK on Fuzzy Logic Applications in Construction Engineering and Management. He is an expert committee member of UPSC, AICTE, and UGC among others.
Vijay Gupta
Vice Chancellor
Sharda University

Professor Vijay Gupta is currently the Vice Chancellor of Sharda University. He did his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Delhi and went on to finish his PhD. in Aerospace Engineering from University of Minnesota. He joined IIT Kanpur as a faculty member in 1973 where he continued his work for more than three decades. Taking short sabbaticals from work, he acted as Visiting Professor at University of Minnesota, as Head of the School of Engineering and IT at South Asia International University and as a Vice Chancellor of Punjab Engineering College. He was also the Vice Chancellor of Lovely Professional University where the Central Library has been named after him to honor his contributions to the University. At Punjab Engineering College he was awarded the honor of 'Punjab Ratna' for his remarkable achievements. He has published fourteen books, produced video films on popular technology and won the Best Presentation Award in the National Education Film Festival of UGC. A member of the Technical Education Panel of the National Knowledge Commission, he has contributed to several national projects in the areas of aerodynamics and engineering fluid mechanics.
Vikrant Pande
Provost
TeamLease Skills University

Vikrant Pande is currently the Provost of India's first Skills University, TeamLease Skills University, set up under Public Private Partnership with the Department of Labour and Employment at Gujarat and co located within the ITI Tarsali Campus at Vadodara. Vikrant is a Mechanical Engineer from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and holds an MBA degree from IIM Bangalore. Having worked at various levels in the corporate sector for past 25 years, essentially in Retail financial services with organizations like GE Capital, CitiFinancial, MetLife Insurance and Reliance Industries, he decided to pursue his passion of putting 'India to Work' which is the vision of TeamLease Services, the parent organization of the University. Vikrant spends his free time translating Marathi classics into English and has been mandated by HarperCollins to translate many books. A couple of them 'Raja Ravi Varma' and 'Shala', another Marathi bestseller have already been published by Harper Perennial.
Vivek V. Ranade
Deputy Director and Chair
National Chemical Laboratory

Vivek Ranade is currently the Deputy Director and Chair of the research institute 'National Chemical Laboratory'. He is a Professor at Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research and an Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Chemical Technology Mumbai. He has also worked as guest researcher at ETH Zurich, TU Delft and University of Twente, The Netherlands. He is a fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering and Indian Academy of Sciences. Dr Ranade has published more than 125 papers and four books. He is co-inventor of more than 20 patents either granted or filed. He is as an Associate Editor of 'Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research' and also serves on editorial boards of 'Chemical Engineering Research & Design' and 'Indian Chemical Engineer' journals. Apart from his academic excellence, Dr Ranande is an entrepreneur having founded two companies namely Tridiagonal Solutions and Vivira Process Technologies Pvt. Ltd. He is a recipient of several awards including Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award and DST Swarna Jayanti Fellowship.
Y K Vijay
President
Global University, Jagatpura Jaipur

Y. K. Vijay received his M.Sc. degree in Physics and Ph.D. degree from University of Rajasthan, Jaipur (India) in 1975 and 1980 respectively. He was awarded Commonwealth and ICTP fellowships and spent one year in Uppsala University Sweden. He served as a Professor, Department of Physics, Director, Centre for Development of Physics Education and Centre for Non-conventional Energy Resources at University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India. Vijay has co-authored over 200 research articles in refereed journals (Citation over 1500, "h" index 20) and over 150 research papers in conference proceedings. He has delivered over 100 invited talks and has co-authored two books on Basic and Semiconductor Physics. He has graduated 30 Ph.Ds. and advised numerous Masters and Undergraduate research projects to-date. His professional awards include: IUMRS Young Research, R K Ramanath, IAPT Teaching Aids Award. He has also helped develop the Electron Positron Accelerator, XRF CVD and Positron Lifetime Spectrometer. He has been spent 33 years in teaching and research field of semiconductor thin films and nano porous polymeric filters. His current research interests are polymer blends for organic photovoltaic cells, design and development of CNTs/Polymer composite based gas sensors and gas separation filters. He is also studying photo luminescence and nonlinear optical properties of nano particles doped polymeric composites. He is life member of IAPT, APS NSI, IPA, RAPT, MRSI and President of IAPT-RC6 as well as Rajasthan Chapter of MRSI
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