Professor Ashoka Chandra

Retd. Special Secretary, Government of India, Chairman, Research Council, CSIR-NISTADS, New Delhi

Areas of Interest:

Higher Technical Education, National policies in Education, S&T, Innovation, Knowledge Economy, Vocational Education, Training and Skill Development, Human Resource Development, Education Management, S&T Management .


National Policy making in Education, Skill Development, and Science & Technology; Planning for Development, Management of Higher, Technical and Vocational Education, Training and Human Resource Planning

Consultancy Areas:

Human Resource Development, National Policy making and planning for national development,.


Sector Associated With:


Sectors Interested to Offer Service:

Educational / Academic institutions, R&D Organizations, Government (including funding agencies), Consultancy Firms

Major Professional Contributions:

Managing and Development of national Technical education system, Major contribution to formulation of National Education Policy, Development of National Skill Policy, Establishing National Technical Manpower Information System, Establishing AICTE, Laying the foundation of computer education revolution in the country.Upgrading Regional Engineering Colleges to National Institutes of Technology, Founder member of INAE, Founder and Chairman of Engineering Council of India, Founder Director of IIM, Lucknow, Chairman, NIT, Patna, Chir Professor, Govt of India Chair in Knowledge Economy, Chairman, Centre for Management of Innovation and Technology, Chairman, Indian Association of Social Science Institutions.

Professional Experience:

  • Special Secretary(Technical Education), Ministry of HRD, Govt of India
  • Educational Advisor (Technical), Ministry of HRD, Govt of India
  • Director, Institute of Applied Manpower Research, Govt. of India
  • Principal Advisor and Professor of Technology and Strategic Management, International Management Institute.
  • Chairman, Centre for Management of Innovation and Technology.


• Education, Technical Education, Management Education, Vocational Education, Training, Higher Education, Engineering Education, Review of national Education System, Educational Planning, Education Policy, Training Policies and Planning, Management of Education, Monitoring and Evaluation, Training of Technical Teachers, International Collaboration in Education; Accreditation of Educational Programmes and Institutions, Quality Assurance in Education, Establishing Legal and Administrative Institutional Frameworks for Planning, Development and Regulation of Technical Education;
• Human Resource Planning, Manpower Planning, Labour Market Analysis, Employment Policies and Planning, National Employment Service, Labour Market Information System, Informal/ Unorganised Sector Development, Informal Sector Training; and
• Human Resource Development, Management Education, Technology Education, Technology Management, R&D Policies, Entrepreneurship, Social Sector Policies and Governance.


Contact Information


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Phone: 09810394959; 01204321642

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      [From - To] Degree(s) or Diploma(s) obtained:

  • Cornell University, USA.
    Jan 63 – Nov 67 Ph.D. in Solid State Physics
  • Allahabad University, India.
    July 58 – June 61 Master of Science in Physics
  • Specialisation in Electronics & Telecommunication
  • Allahabad University, India.
    July 56 – June 58 Bachelor of Science
    Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry


Awards and Major Professional Recognitions

  • Fellow, Indian National Academy of Engineering, India
  • Fellow, Institution of Engineers, India
  • Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, India
  • Distinguished Fellow, Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers, India
  • Honorary Fellow, Broadcast Engineering Society (India)
  • Fellow, Indian Academy of Social Sciences
  • Founder Chairman, Engineering Council of India, an umbrella body of all professional societies of engineering (until August 2004)

Link to Website

INAE Section Affiliated X: Interdisciplinary Engineering and Special Fields

Year of Election to Fellowship: 1987

Year of Birth: 1942