Dr Vijay Bhatkar becomes new vice-chancellor of Nalanda University

Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India, in his capacity as the Visitor of Nalanda University appointed Dr. Vijay Bhatkar as the Chancellor of Nalanda University with effect from January 25, 2017. Dr. Bhatkar will hold the office for a term of three years from the date of his appointment as provided under Section 11 (3) of the Nalanda University Act. Dr Vijay Bhatkar is one of the most acclaimed scientists and IT leaders of India. He is best known as the architect of India’s first supercomputer and as the founder Executive Director of C-DAC, India’s national initiative in supercomputing. He is credited with the creation of several national institutions, notably amongst them being C-DAC, ER&DC, IIITM-K, I2IT, ETH Research Lab, MKCL and India International Multiversity.He has been a Member of Scientific Advisory Committee to Cabinet of Govt of India, Governing Council Member of CSIR, India and eGovernace Committee Chairman of Governments of Maharashtra and Goa. A Fellow of IEEE, ACM, CSI,INAE and leading scientific, engineering and professional societies of India, he has been honored with Padma Bhushan, Padmashri and Maharashtra Bhushan awards. Other recognitions include Saint Dnyaneshwar World Peace Prize, Lokmanya Tilak Award , HK Firodia and Dataquest Lifetime Achievement Awards, and many others. He was a nominee for Petersburg Prize and is a Distinguished Alumni of IIT,Delhi.Dr Bhatkar has authored and edited 12 books and 80 research & technical papers. His current research interests include Exascale Supercomputing, AI, Brain-Mind-Consciousness, and Synthesis of Science & Spirituality. He is presently the Chancellor of India International Multiversity, Chairman of ETH Research Lab, Chief Mentor of I2IT, and National President of Vijnan Bharati.The Interim Vice Chancellor, Professor Pankaj Mohan congratulated the Chancellor and said, “Your leadership, guidance and vision will help Nalanda achieve its goal to stand at the ‘juncture of ‘tradition and modernity, heritage and development’, and considerably enhance the university’s ability to act as an agent of positive change in a world replete with challenges,” and he added, “May your tenure as chancellor be full of blessings both for you and our university.”The Officiating Registrar, Mr. K. Channdramoorthi also congratulated the Chancellor and said, “Your immense experience, strategic direction and leadership will help Nalanda University flourish.”

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