Professor D. P. Agrawal (Chairman)
Professor D.P. Agrawal assumed the charge of Chairman of the Union Public
Service Commission with effect from August 16, 2008 (AN). Before assuming the
charge of Chairman, he was Member, U.P.S.C. during the period from ctober
31, 2003 to August 15, 2008. Prior to this, Professor D.P. Agrawal was the
founder Director of Atal Behari Vajpayee Indian Institute of Information
Technology and Management IIITM), Gwalior. IIITM was set up by Ministry of
Human Resource Development in 1998 and declared by Government of India, in 2001
as a Deemed University. IIITM is a unique apex institution for producing
leadership manpower in information technology and management and offers PhD,
MBA, M Tech courses. The institute has already created a niche for itself in
industries in India and abroad. The institute has been offering a large number
of MDPs for executives from industry, government and the corporate sector. The
institute also offers consultancy to a number of industries. Under his
leadership IIITM, has entered into MOUs with Institutions/Universities in the
USA and Spain for joint collaboration in the areas of research, exchange
programmes for faculty and students, and consultancy to companies in India and
abroad. Many initiatives started by him at IIITM, Gwalior have been replicated
in the country.
Professor Agrawal has been an eminent teacher, educational administrator and
institution builder. He was Professor and Dean at IIT- Delhi from where, in
1994, he took over as Joint Educational Adviser (T) in the Ministry of HRD,
Government of India. He has planned and developed a number of initiatives at
national level in technical education, particularly in the areas of information
technology and computer education. He has made substantial Appendix-1 Profiles
of Hon’ble Chairman and Members of the Commission contribution for the
development of vocational education through advice and guidance.
Professor Agrawal was National Project Director of the World Bank assisted
project for strengthening technical education in India. This project covered 19
States and 590 polytechnics. He has contributed to the development of Centres
for Excellence in higher technical and in polytechnic education. He was
instrumental in conceptualizing a number of new institutions.
Professor Agrawal was Managing Director of Educational Consultants India Ltd.
(Ed.CIL), a PSU of Government of India. He brought about major changes in work
culture of this organisation, including decentralized decision making and
transferring functional responsibilities to lower executives.
At IIT Delhi, Professor Agrawal held many key administrative positions
including Dean of students. He was very active in academics and research too and
supervised nearly 100 thesis at PhD, Masters and Undergraduate levels. He has
been a consultant to a number of companies. He has been a member of Editorial
Boards of National and International journals. He attracted research funds to
IIT, Delhi for his projects from Defence, DST and CSIR. His research papers have
received awards from Institutes of Engineers. In addition to being a member of a
number of governing bodies of institutions, Professor Agrawal is a member of a
number of professional institutions and societies.
Professor Agrawal has contributed significantly to the growth of quality
technical education in the country through his close interaction with AICTE. He
has been Chairman of Central Regional Committee of AICTE. Currently he is the
Chairman of PG Board of AICTE.
Professor Agrawal was born on 2nd October, 1949. After graduating in
Engineering in 1970 from AMU Aligarh, he obtained his Ph.D from IIT, Delhi. He
has been a visiting faculty at Imperial College, London and Cranfield University
in UK. He has lectured in Germany and Czechoslovakia. He has led a number of
delegations of the Government of India to the USA, Australia, Germany, New
Zealand and Canada.
Prof. Agrawal was christened as ‘Engineer of the Year 2006’ by the
Institution of Engineers. Hon. Fellowship Award was conferred by Indian Society
for Technical Education on 14th December, 2006.