Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur welcomed Dr. Rajendra Prasad Singh as the new Chairperson of the Board of Governors, IIT Kharagpur. Currently, the Chairperson of the Board of Governors, IIT Bhubaneswar, he has been conferred the additional responsibility of IIT Kharagpur effective from 12th July, 2022. Dr. Singh is the former Chairman & Managing Director of Power Grid Corporation and Independent Director of Azzure Power Global Ltd. He has been the Chairman of the Board for NIT Patna for a period of 3 years from 2009-2012 and completed his B.Tech & M.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. He began his career at TISCO in power generation, operation and maintenance of power projects. Dr. Rajendra Prasad Singh is the successor of Dr. Sanjiv Goenka, Outgoing Chairperson, IIT Kharagpur.
An internationally acclaimed technocrat and administration of repute with wide ranging experience in varied fields of Administration, Power Sector, Infrastructure, Management, Higher Education, Project Management & Operations, Strategy & Policy Co-ordination, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Singh completed his Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) from (1964-1969) & Master of Engineering (M.Eng) in Mechanical Engineering from 1969-1971 both from Banaras Hindu University. He was the Chairman of the Board for the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati for 6 years (2010 -2016), Chairman of the Board for NIT Patna for 3 years, (2009-2012) and Chairman & Managing Director for Power Grid Corporation of India Limited for 11 years (1996-2008). He has also served in National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) in various positions for 13 years (1977 – 1991). He worked as a founder member at NTPC in various positions and contributed in project management as well as operational cost through non-conventional approach. He has two publications under his name, Enterprise of the Soul and Grids of Change.
Upon his appointment as the Chairman, BoG, IIT Kharagpur, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Singh remarked, “IIT Kharagpur as an Institute of Eminence carries a heritage of nurturing pioneers and global leaders. It is an institute that imparts excellence in education and emphasize on research that accelerates community outreach and develops and analyses societal upgradation. The diversity of the institute with strong industry alliance needs to be further explored. The multidisciplinary mandate is the prima-facie of the Institute. The Institute produces quality research which contributes to the societal upliftment of the country but needs more exposure towards marketing management to gain a better mileage. I hope together we can take the Institute to grandeur heights.”
Dr. Singh received many awards and accolades during his career span. He was awarded the Scope Award for Excellence and Outstanding Contribution to the Public Sector Management by Government of India, EPRI Power Delivery Individual Product Champion Award by Electric Power Research Institute, USA and the Best Corporate Manager Award by the National Foundation of India Engineers. He was bestowed with the Degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Shrikrishna Sinha Award by the Government of Bihar and Eminent Engineer Award by the Institution of Engineers, India. He was also felicitated by the contributions of services to Power Sector by Electricity Supply Industry of East Asia and Western Pacific and outstanding contribution in development of Energy Sector Issued by World Energy Council, USA. He also received other international honours including Green Award by World Bank and Outstanding Engineer Award by the Institution of Electrical Engineers, U.K.
Prof. Virendra Kumar Tewari, Director, IIT Kharagpur said, ” We welcome Mr. Rajendra Prasad Singh as the new Chairperson of the Board of Governors of IIT Kharagpur. As a man from a modest background he understands the need of the society and practical implications that the industry endorses as a commitment from academic institution. We look forward to his able guidance, constructive ideations and supportive encouragement in reshaping this institute for its future aspirations.”
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