Dr Virander Singh Chauhan
Dr Virander Chauhan is a visionary scientist and a Rhodes Scholar. He obtained a PhD degree from Delhi University and a D.Phil from Oxford University. He is widely recognised for his research contributions in the field of malaria vaccine development and the biological application of synthetic peptides. Dr Chauhan is an elective member of the three national prominent academies of science in India as well as of The World Academy of Sciences. He is also deeply involved in scholarships, schemes like the Rhodes, Inlaks, and Felix scholarships for Indian students.
He was the former chairman of the University Grants Commission (2017), and currently serves as the chairman of the EC of National Assessment and Accreditation Council . He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2012 for his scientific and human resource development work. Having previously served as the former director of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (1998-2014), he currently serves as an emeritus professor at the same institute where he continues his scientific research.