Professor TG Sitharam, Director of the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT Guwahati) has been appointed as the new Chairman of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The Ministry of Education has approved the appointment of Professor Sitharam as the new AICTE Chairman for a period of three years. Professor Sitharam takes over from UGC Chairman M Jagadesh Kumar, who temporarily held the position of Chairman of AICTE after Anil Sahasrabuddhe retired when he reached the age of 65.
“All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Act, 1987, The Central Government hereby appoints Prof. T. G. Sitharam, Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, as Chairman, AICTE in Level-17 of the Pay Matrix, on an alternate basis, for a period of three years w.f. the date of acceptance of charges, or until reaching age 65 or further orders, whichever comes first,” said a statement from the Ministry of Education.
Professor Sitharam is a member of the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. He was IIT Guwahati Director and Senior Professor in Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and served IISc for more than 27 years.
The professor served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of IIT Guwahati for more than a year during 2019-2020. He was the former Chairman of the Research Council, CSIR-CBRI (Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee). As of May 2021, he also holds the position of Director (additional charge) of Central Institute of Technology, Kokrajhar, Assam.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Mysore University, Professor Sitharam received his master’s degree in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Science (1986) and his PhD in civil engineering from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (1991) .
He worked as a lecturer at the University of Waterloo shortly after his doctorate and did his postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Earth Sciences and Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA in 1991-94. He has served as visiting or honorary professor at many universities in Japan, Canada, USA, Hong Kong, Australia and the Republic of China, among others.