Professor Rajat Moona appointed as the new director of IIT Gandhinagar

Professor Rajat Moona

Professor Rajat Moona has been appointed as the director of IIT Gandhinagar. The President of India approves the appointment. He is likely to join IIT Gandhinagar in a couple of weeks.

Professor Moona has been heading IIT Bhilai as Director for more than five years. Earlier to joining IIT Bhilai, he served as Director General of the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). He is also a faculty of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Kanpur since 1991.

“I am excited to join IIT Gandhinagar, which has been charting new benchmarks in multiple spheres for over a decade”, Prof Rajat Moona said, sharing his thoughts.

“I am thankful to the President of India and the ministry of education for reposing faith in me. Together with the able team of my colleagues at IIT Gandhinagar, we will script a new growth journey for the institute,” he further added.

Achievements of Professor Rajat Moona

Professor Moona holds a BTech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur (1981-1985) and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore (1985-1989).

He is the recipient of several awards and recognitions, including Indo-US Science and Technology Fellowship, Poonam and Prabhu Goel Chair Professorship, VASVIK Award 2010, IESA Techno-visionary Award 2014, National Award of Election Commission of India 2016 for best electoral practices, and most recently, a Special Award for IT Initiatives by the Election Commission of India in 2022.

Besides being an exceptional academician and administrator, Professor Moona has played an instrumental role in defining some of the key applications for the country, such as smart card driving license, vehicle registration, e-passport, electronic toll collection, EVMs, and VVPAT, among others.