V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai

Academician, Scientist & Institution Builder

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Valedictory address during the NIT Trichy FDP

NIT Trichy FDP 'Continuing Professional Development: Practising, Researching and Publishing' on 23 July 2021 from 10.00 am to 11.20 am


Prof.V.N.Rajasekharan Pillai (VNR Pillai) is the Vice-Chancellor of Somaiya Vidyavihar University and Provost of Somaiya Vidyavihar and Somaiya Ayurvihar under the Somaiya Trust, Mumbai. He has been at the helm of affairs of many higher educational and scientific research establishments for almost 50 years as a teacher, researcher, professor, and executive head of Education, Science and Technology establishments in the country and abroad.

An Elected Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Prof. Rajasekharan Pillai is one of the top-cited Chemistry researchers in the country. He created an internationally renowned research group in the area of Polymer Science. About 60 doctoral and post-doctoral researchers have been trained under his direct supervision in the Universities of Calicut, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, the University of Tubingen and the University of Mainz, Germany. He was also a Visiting Research Professor at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

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  • Since January 2018, Prof. Rajasekharan Pillai is serving as the Vice Chancellor and Provost of Somaiya Vidyavihar and Somaiya Ayurvihar under the Somaiya Trust, Mumbai

  • He holds the position of the Chancellor of ICFAI University, Thripura

  • During 2016-2017, he was the President of the Mewar University, Chittorgarh, Rajastan

  • Prof. Rajasekharan Pillai was the Executive Vice President of the Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment, Kerala during 2011-2015

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  • 1970-1974
    Department of Chemistry
    University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Research Guide
    Prof. C. P. Joshua
  • Topic of Research
    Photochemistry of Azobenzene Systems
  • 1968-1970
    M. Sc
    N S S College, Pandalam, University of Kerala
  • 1979-1982
    Universities of Tubingen, Mainz (Germany)
  • 1982-1983
    Research Professor
    University of Lausanne (Switzerland)

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