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About Prof. V N Rajasekharan Pillai

Prof. V N Rajasekharan Pillai
Academician, Scientist & Institution Builder
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.


  • 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


  1. 1982-1983

    Research Professor

    University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  2. 1979-1982

    Post Doctoral Positions

    Universities of Tubingen, Mainz, Germany
  3. Topic of Research

    Photochemistry of Azobenzene Systems
  4. Research Guide

    Prof. C. P. Joshua
  5. 1970-1974

    Department of Chemistry

    University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram
  6. 1968-1970

    M. Sc

    N S S College, Pandalam, University of Kerala

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