Professor Pankaj Chandra

Vice Chancellor, Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad

Pankaj Chandra is an Indian educationist, author and academic. He was Director of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, from 2007 to 2013 and since 2014 has been the Vice Chancellor and Chairman of the Board of Management of Ahmedabad University in Ahmedabad. He is also one of the founding members of the Association for Democratic Reforms.

Professor Chandra’s research and consulting are focused on manufacturing management, supply chain coordination, building technological capabilities and hi-tech entrepreneurship. His writings on production and operations management and technological innovations have been widely published. He has lectured and consulted in many countries globally. Chandra has been involved in several startups, has been a consultant to Indian and multi-national firms, and serves on the Boards and Academic Councils of several firms and institutions.

He serves on some key committees of Government of India on Higher Education as well as Industry. He has served on a number of Government of India committees: the Committee on Clusters for Development of the Informal Sector, and before that the Committee on Rejuvenation of Higher Education (Yashpal Committee) that re-examined the Indian Higher Education system and the Committee on the Autonomy of Central Institutions He was also a member of two steering committees constituted by the Planning Commission of India for 12th Plan Development, one on Higher & Technical Education (where he also chaired the Sub-Committee on Student Financial Aid), and the other on Industry ,and of the Central Advisory Board of Education subcommittee on Teacher Education. He has also been a member of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. He is also a founding member of the Association for Democratic Reforms.

He received his Bachelor of Technology degree from the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University and a Ph.D. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.