Shiv Nadar appointed new IIT Kharagpur Chairman

Shiv Nadar, founder of software giant HCL, is all set to head the board of governors of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur. The only engineering institution from India listed among top 500 universities worldwide in the Shanghai Jiao Tong University's 'Academic Ranking of World Universities'; IIT Kharagpur is one of the largest IITs in India. “It is an honour to be entrusted the responsibility to further advance the global stature this great institution has built already,” Mr Nadar said in a statement released by IIT, Kharagpur. Well known for his contribution to the technology industry in India and globally, Mr Nadar is also highly regarded as a philanthropist and educationist for his belief in transformational education for social change. Doctorate of Science by IIT, Kharagpur recently conferred Mr Nadar the Honoris Causa, for his outstanding contribution to computer hardware, software domain and entrepreneurship in the country. Mr Nadar will take over the chairmanship from Mr B Muthuraman, Vice Chairman, Tata Steel. Former chairs of IIT Kharagpur include luminaries like Dr B C Roy, former Chief Minister of West Bengal; Sir Biren Mookerjee, Founder, IISCO steel plant; Mr A N Haksar, former Chairman, ITC; Mr Russi Mody, former Chairman and Managing Director of Tata Steel; Mr L M Thapar, Chairman, Emeritus, Ballarpur Industries Ltd (BILT) and Mr R P Goenka, Chairman Emeritus of the RPG Group.