The President of India in his capacity as Visitor of the Institute made the appointment which stands for 3 years wef 9th June, 2014. He now joins a list of 12 Chairmen who have preceded him.
As Chairman, Dr. Goenka presides over Board meetings to help promote IIT Madras’ policy advocacy priorities. He will also advise the Board of Governors and senior IIT-M management on other matters. His predecessor is Prof. M.M. Sharma, Padma Vibhushan, member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Prime Minister, who laid emphasis on research at IITM.
Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras said, “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Pawan Goenka as the Chairman of the Board. An alumnus of IIT Kanpur, Dr. Goenka is an internationally acknowledged scientist manager with several citations to his credit. A stalwart of the automobile industry, he has spearheaded various prestigious industry bodies and I am certain he will add tremendous value to this role as well”.