Professor Pankaj Chandra is the Vice Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Management, Ahmedabad University. He was the Director of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and a Professor of Operations and Technology Management. He has held tenured positions at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and McGill University Montreal. He has held visiting positions at University of Geneva, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, International University of Japan, Cornell University, and Renmin University, Beijing. He has worked briefly with The World Bank in Washington DC. He was the Chairperson of the Doctoral Programme at IIM Ahmedabad and the first Associate Dean (Academic) at ISB, Hyderabad. He was part of the founding team at the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) at IIMA and its first Chairperson.
Professor Chandra was a member of two High Powered Committees of Government of India - the Government of India Committee on Rejuvenation of Higher Education (Yashpal Committee) that re-looked at the Indian Higher Education system as well as the committee on the Autonomy of Central Institutions. He has served as member of the Government of India Committee on Clusters for Development of the Informal Sector. He was also a member of two Steering Committees constituted by the Planning Commission of India for 12th Plan Development, one on Higher and Technical Education (where he also chaired the Sub-Committee on Student Financial Aid), and the other on Industry. He was a member of Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) subcommittee on Teacher Education. He was also a member of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and RUSA (the higher education regulator) of the Ministry of HRD, GOI.
Professor Chandra's research and teaching interests include Manufacturing Management, Supply Chain Coordination, Building Technological Capabilities, and Higher Education Policy. He had published extensively in international refereed journals and has served on the editorial boards of several international journals. His last book, Building Universities that Matter: Where are Indian Institutions going Wrong? studies issues of Governance, Change and Institution Building in Indian Public Universities. He has been conducting a national survey on Competitiveness of Indian Manufacturing since the last 20 years.
Professor Chandra has been involved in several start-ups, has also been a consultant to large Indian and multi-national firms, and serves on the Boards of several firms and institutions.
Professor Chandra completed his BTech from Banaras Hindu University and his PhD from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
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Professor Pankaj Chandra is the Vice Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Management, Ahmedabad University. He was the Director of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB) and a Professor of Operations and Technology Management at IIMB. He has taught at various institutions such as McGill University in Montreal, University of Geneva, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, International University of Japan, Cornell University, Renmin University, Beijing, and IIM Ahmedabad (IIM A). He has worked briefly with The World Bank in Washington DC. He was the Chairperson of the Doctoral Program at IIM Ahmedabad and the first Associate Dean (Academic) at ISB, Hyderabad.