Professor Rajat Moona, the former director of IIT Bhillai, has now been appointed as the Director of the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN). His appointment has been approved by the President of India in her capacity as the visitor of IITGN. He is likely to join the institute in a couple of weeks.
Professor Moona has been heading IIT Bhilai as director for more than five years. Prior to joining IIT Bhilai, he served as director general of the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). He is also a faculty of computer science and engineering at IIT Kanpur since 1991.
Sharing his thoughts, Prof Rajat Moona said, “I am excited to join IIT Gandhinagar, which has been charting new benchmarks in multiple spheres for over a decade. I am thankful to the President of India and the Ministry of Education for reposing faith in me. Together with the able team of my colleagues at IITGN, we will script a new growth journey for the Institute.”
Prof Moona holds a BTech in electrical engineering from IIT Kanpur (1981-1985) and a PhD in computer science from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore (1985-1989). “Besides being an exceptional academician and administrator, Prof Moona has played an instrumental role in defining some of the key applications for the country, such as smart card driving licence, vehicle registration, e-passport, electronic toll collection, EVMs and VVPAT, among others,” said IITGN.
He is the recipient of several awards and recognitions, including Indo-US Science and Technology Fellowship, Poonam and Prabhu Goel Chair Professorship, VASVIK Award 2010, IESA Techno-visionary Award 2014, National Award of Election Commission of India 2016 for best electoral practices, and most recently, a Special Award for IT Initiatives by the Election Commission of India in 2022.
A total of eight Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have got new directors, which have been approved by President Droupadi Murmu. This includes IIT Palakkad, Tirupati, Dharwad, Bhilai, Gandhinagar, Bhubaneshwar, Goa and Jammu. Two IIT directors have been reappointed for a second term including K N Satyanarayana to IIT Tirupati, and Manoj Singh Gaur to IIT Jammu.