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Vice Chancellor's Profile

Dr. P.G. Rao
CSIR Technical Consultant & Former Director
CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat
(Formerly Regional Research Laboratory) Assam- 785006

Email : pgrao24@hotmail.com, raopg@neist.res.in, raopg@rrljorhat.res.in

Dr Paruchuri Gangadhar Rao is currently CSIR-Technical consultant at CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology (CSIR-NEIST) at Jorhat, Assam, formerly known as RRL, Jorhat, where he was Director of that Institute from 2002 to 2012. Born on 31 December, 1950, he obtained his B. Tech in Chemical Engineering from REC (NIT), Warangal in 1974 and M.Tech in Chemical Plant Design from IIT, Madras in 1976. He obtained his Ph D from IIT, Madras in 1995 in the area of Polymer Engineering. Dr Rao occupied various positions at CSIR-NEIST and CSIR-CLRI, before attaining the position of Director. Dr Rao has specialized in chemical process Design & development. He was involved in providing basic engineering packages to eight processes, five of which were commercialized. At Central Leather Research Institute, Madras, Dr Raoís significant scientific contributions were in the area of process development for leather chemicals, design of leather chemical plants, Modernization of leather industries etc. Dr Rao was honorary faculty in Anna University, member of the academic council of Tezpur and Assam universities in the past.

Dr Rao has 92 publications in peer reviewed international journals, 34 in Indian journals, 70 papers presented in national and international seminars, proceedings, 8 patents (sealed), 3 copy rights, 1 book and 9 chapters in books to his credit. He guided thesis of 9 Ph D students and currently guiding thesis of 1 Ph D student. At NEIST, Jorhat, Dr Rao as Director, apart from improving the performance and visibility of the Institute, has encouraged science popularization especially among school children, and in making the output of science & technology reach to society through knowledge dissemination. Dr Rao is Fellow of National Academy of Sciences, Fellow of Institution of Engineers, and Fellow of Andhra Pradesh Akademi of Sciences, Fellow of Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers and also itís past President. Dr Rao has visited large number of countries as a member of the delegation for business development, as an invitee to deliver lecture and as a member of the project team.