The Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (IITGN) today appointed Professor Rajat Moona as the new Principal of the university. Professor Moona is expected to occupy his new office in a couple of weeks. His appointment has been approved by the President of India in her capacity as Visitor of IITGN.
Professor Moona has so far been at the helm of IIT Bhilai as Director for over five years, prior to which he served as the Director General of the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). In addition to his leadership roles, Prof. Moona has also served as a faculty in Engineering and Computer Science at IIT Kanpur since 1991.
The IIT Gandhinagar family extends its warm welcome to Professor Rajat Moona, currently the Principal @IIT_Bhilaias director of @iitgn.
Professor Moona will join the Institute soon. We look forward to exciting times ahead under his tenure!#IITGN #IITGandhinagar #WelcomeProfLuna pic.twitter.com/TDTdlm68ea
— IIT Gandhinagar (@iitgn) September 20, 2022
In the list of his achievements, he has been instrumental in defining some of the key applications for the country such as smart card driving license, vehicle registration, e-passport, e-billing , EVMs and VVPAT, among others. He has received several awards for his works including Indo-American Science and Technology Fellowship, Poonam and Prabhu Goel Chair, VASVIK Award 2010, IESA Techno-visionary Award 2014, Election Commission of India National Award 2016 for the best electoral practices. , and most recently a special award for IT initiatives by the Election Commission of India in 2022.
He has a long history of association with the IITs, having completed his BTech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1985. He ended his academic journey with a PhD in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) , Bangalore (1985-1989). ).
“I am excited to join IIT Gandhinagar, which has been charting new benchmarks in multiple fields for over a decade. I am grateful to the President of India and the Ministry of Education for placing their trust in me. Together with the capable team of my colleagues at IITGN, we will forge a new growth journey for the Institute,” said Professor Rajat Moona.