Prof V Ramgopal Rao, Professor and Immediate Past Director, IIT Delhi

Prof V Ramgopal Rao, Professor and Immediate Past Director, IIT Delhi

  • Professor Rao is the immediate past director of IIT Delhi.
  • He’s an educator, researcher, innovator, entrepreneur, and academic leader.

 

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Overview

Whatever progress our society has made over the centuries is because of education. Being the foundation stone of society, education brings reforms, helps in progress and paves way for innovation. The importance of quality education cannot be undermined in a society, which is why great personalities have extensively written on its need in a civilized society. India is the 7th largest country in the world with the second-largest population, and educating the population is among the fundamental rights of the citizen.

00:34- About Prof V Ramgopal Rao

  • Professor Rao is the immediate past director of IIT Delhi.
  • He’s an educator, researcher, innovator, entrepreneur, and academic leader.
  • He’s a recipient of over 35 awards & honors in India and abroad.
  • An inventor of 49 patents and patent applications, which include 18 issued US patents. Thirteen of these patents have been licensed to industries for commercialization.

01:00- About his journey

  • I started from a remote place in Telangana.
  • I studied in Telugu medium until my 12th standard.
  • My journey actually started after I went to IIT Bombay for my master’s.
  • Then I went to Germany for my Ph.D., then I went to the US for a post-doctoral fellowship.
  • IIT Bombay offered me a faculty position, so I came back and joined IIT.

05:47- What does it take to keep an educational institution right at the very top?

  • One good thing about IITs is their academic freedom.
  • We have more autonomy as compared to any other institution in the country.

09:48- Secret sauce of IITs

  • It’s the quality of faculty that IITs are still able to attract.
  • We are still able to recruit some of the finest people as faculty members.
  • The academics are pretty competitive here.

24:04- Three life lessons

  • Whatever you do, give your 100%
  • Always be a people person.
  • Aiming high is very important.

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  • Professor Rao is the immediate past director of IIT Delhi.
  • He’s an educator, researcher, innovator, entrepreneur, and academic leader.
  • He’s a recipient of over 35 awards & honors in India and abroad.
  • An inventor of 49 patents and patent applications, which include 18 issued US patents. Thirteen of these patents have been licensed to industries for commercialization.

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