Prof Rajat Moona to be 1st Director of IIT Bhilai
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 09 Jan 2017 10:52:14|
Prof Rajat Moona has been appointed as the first Director of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bhilai. The proposal for appointment of Prof. Moona, along with four other Directors, was forwarded by Union Human Resources Development Ministry to the President, Pranab Mukherjee, which was approved by him on Saturday.
Prof. Moona has been appointed for a period of five years. However, DTE sources informed that the appointment of Director of IIT Bhilai is under the jurisdiction of HRD Ministry. “We are yet to receive official confirmation in this context”; pointed the sources.
It needs a specific mention here that in May 2016, the HRD Ministry invited applications for the post of Directors for newly introduced IITs. A selection committee was constituted for this purpose, and the committee recommended the names after conducting interviews of 17 highly distinguished people with outstanding academic record and experience to their credit, for the posts of Directors for these five new IITs. After interviewing them, the ministry forwarded the names to the President, who is the Visitor of these Central Institutions of higher education, for his approval. With the addition of these new institutes, the total number of IITs has now gone up to 23.
Prof. Rajat Moona, the alumnus of IIT Kanpur, completed his PhD from the prestigious Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Prof Moona commenced his career as a Scientific Officer in I.I.Sc. Bangalore and thereafter joined as a faculty member at IIT Kanpur in 1991. He was bestowed the prestigious Poonam and Prabhu Goel Chair Professorship by IIT Kanpur in 2008 in recognition of his research pursuits.
The research interests of Prof Moona include embedded computing, computer security, VLSI design and Operating Systems. He has played a key role in defining standards for the Operating Systems for Smart Cards for the Government of India, which are already now in use in applications such as Driving License, Vehicle Registration Systems, Indian National ID, Electronic Passports and several others ID related applications. He has also been instrumental in defining the strategy for smart card certification mechanisms for the Government of India.
In 2011 Prof. Moona joined Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) as Director General. Along with his research pursuits, Prof Moona has also published about 30 research papers, 2 books, and also secured 7 patents at national and international level.