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IIT Guwahati Director TG Sitharam Appointed AICTE Chairman

The director of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, TG Sitharam, has been appointed as the chairman of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). prof. Sitharam will take over from Jagadesh Kumar, who was the interim chairman of the AICTE since last year.

Kumar, who is also the president of the UGC, took over from Anil Sahasrabuddhe, who was relieved on September 1, 2021. He will serve as council chief for three years or before turning 65, whichever comes first.

“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,” the official statement read, a leading news agency reported.

prof. Sitharam took over as director of Guwahati on 1 July 2019. Prior to that, he was a professor in the Civil Engineering Department of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore and formerly a chair professor of energy and mechanical sciences at the institute. He received his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 1991.

He was also visiting professor at Dalhousie University, Canada, Yamaguchi University, Japan, Indian School of Mines (IIT-ISM), Dhanbad, and William Mong fellow at the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. He served as Vice President of the Indian Society for Earthquake Technology (ISET) and Vice President of the Indian Society of Earthquake Science (ISES).

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