Sonepat: Ashoka University announced the setting up of a Science Advisory Council, chaired by Professor K Vijay Raghavan, Former Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India. The Council will advise the Vice-Chancellor on enhancing research, teaching and training in the natural sciences, computer science and mathematics. The objective of this initiative is to build Ashoka University into a hub of high-quality scientific research and help stimulate research across India, addressing important problems that face the world today.
The founding members of the council include Rajesh Gopakumar, Senior Professor and Director, ICTS-TIFR Bangalore; Yamuna Krishnan, Professor of Chemistry, University of Chicago; Priyamvada Natarajan, Professor of Astronomy & Physics, Yale University; and Somak Raychaudhury, Director, IUCAA, Pune.
Professor Vijay Raghavan said, “It gives me immense pleasure to take on this role at Ashoka University, which has been making significant strides into various areas of cutting-edge research, aimed at solving some of the most important scientific issues of our time. The council will play a very important role in guiding Ashoka University’s research and development agenda as it enters the next phase of its evolution as a world-class interdisciplinary institution.”
The council will help build collaborations and forge partnerships with research institutions in order to raise resources to further enhance research capacity. Apart from this, the members of the council will advise the Vice-Chancellor on building innovative post-graduate programmes that can make an impact on society and nurture scholars in the field.
On setting up the council, Professor Malabika Sarkar, Vice-Chancellor, Ashoka University, said, “We are delighted to announce the setting up of our own Science Advisory Council that will play a strategic role in taking our ambitious sciences programme to the next level, strengthening international interdisciplinary collaborations and pursuing important areas of scientific inquiry.”