Noted genetic engineering and biotechnology scientist and University Grants Commission former Chairman Padma Shri awardee (2012) Dr.Virander Singh Chauhan has appointed as Chancellor to GITAM Deemed to be University. GITAM President M.Sribharath handed over the appointment letter to GITAM new Chancellor Dr.Chauhan at his residence at New Delhi here on Thursday. Dr. Chauhan is known for his contributions towards developing a recombinant vaccine for malaria.
An alumnus of Delhi University, Dr. Chauhan began his career at St Stephen’s College. He then went to Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship. He began teaching at IIT Kanpur in 1982 before starting work as a senior scientist with a UN organization, the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, in 1988, he went on to serve as a Director in the same organization for 16 years.
As the Executive Chairman of NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) for 6 years, he constantly stressed on inculcating a strong ethical framework in India’s academic environment and empowering women in all fields for the nation’s growth. Dr. Chauhan was also the Chairman of UGC (University Grants Commission) for a period of one year.
While felicitating the new Chancellor GITAM President M.Sribharath expressed that Dr.Chauhan leadership, valuable insights, and strategies will build the team that will take GITAM to its goal of being a Global 100 University by 2040.
Noted Philosopher Prof.K.Ramakrishna Rao is serving as GITAM Chancellor for the last 11 years. Hereafter the new Chancellor will continue the legacy of Prof.K.Ramakrishna Rao.