Prof. V. S. Raju | Former Director, IIT Delhi
Prof .V. S. Raju was the Director of IIT Delhi during 1995 – 2000. During his academic career of 42 years, his other responsibilities include Member (Part Time), Telecom Regulatory Authority of India; Professor, Head and Dean at IIT Madras between 1970 to 1994 and 2000 to 2003. He was extensively involved in academics, sponsored research and consultancy. He coordinated major R&D projects on Ocean Energy: Wave, OTEC, Tidal. He was Chairman, Naval Research Board; Chairman, Research Council – Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) and Member of several Boards and Committees dealing with Technical Education and Research in the country. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and was its Honorary Secretary. The Federal Republic of Germany honoured him with the Commander’s Cross, the highest award given to a foreigner. He was also on the Boards of companies including Bharti Airtel, Nagarjuna Construction Company and Satyam Computer Services. As Professor and Head of Ocean Engineering Centre at IITM, he played a significant role in advancing the Ocean related activities. He was a member of the Governing Council of National Institute of Ocean Technology, Research Council of National Institute Oceanography and various bodies of Department of Ocean Development. Foundation Consultant for over 300 projects including major projects like Power Stations, Fertilizer Projects, Port Structures, Dams, Metros, etc., all over India and some abroad. He continues to be an active Foundation Consultant. He has obtained his BE (Civil) from Andhra University, ME from Indian Institute of Science and Doctorate from University of Karlsruhe, Germany. During 2003 to 2007 he was a Lead Partner in Byrraju Foundation which adopted 155 villages in 5 districts of Andhra Pradesh. He was responsible for Safe Drinking Water and Livelihoods. Currently, he is active in enhancing the quality of Higher Education in the country, helping Institutions such as IIT’s at Gandhinagar, Mandi, Jodhpur, Madras; and others.