• Chairperson, BOG

    Prof. Prem Vrat, Ph.D IIT Delhi
    M.Tech, B.Tech (Hons), IIT Kharagpur

    Chairman, BOG, IIT (ISM) Dhanbad and IIT Mandi
    AICTE, Distinguished Chair Professor
    Former Founder Director, IIT Roorkee
    Former Vice-Chancellor, UPTU, Lucknow (now known as AKTU, Lucknow)

    Professor Prem Vrat is the Chairman Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Technology (ISM) Dhanbad with additional charge as Chairman BOG of IIT Mandi. An outstanding academic, Prof. Prem Vrat, is the Pro-Chancellor; Professor of Eminence and Chief Mentor at The NorthCap University, Gurugram (formerly ITM University, Gurugram). Just prior to joining ITMU as the Vice-Chancellor, in September 2011, he was Professor of Eminence at the Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurugram. Prof. Vrat was Founder-Director, IIT Roorkee; Vice-Chancellor, U.P. Technical University, Lucknow (now known as APJAKTU, Lucknow); Professor, Head Centre for Management Studies, Coordinator Applied Systems Research Program, Dean, Dy. Director and Director (Officiating) at IIT Delhi; Professor and Division Chairman of Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok. He is an Honorary Professor at IIT Delhi and Distinguished Adjunct Professor at AIT, Bangkok. He was Chairman, Board of Governors of WIT, Dehradun, a constituent institute of Uttrakhand Technical University. He is AICTE- Distinguished Chair Professor. He is the first alumnus of IIT Kharagpur to become an IIT Director.

    Prof. Prem Vrat was an Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Engineering Production, University of Birmingham (U.K.) and as an International Visiting Fellow at University of Western Sydney, Australia. He has extensive experience of more than 53 years in teaching, research, management development and consultancy.

    He has guided 49 PhD theses, 118 M Tech. and 65 B.Tech. major projects on Industrial Application of Systems Approach and Management Science. He has published more than 506 research papers in reputed journals and proceedings of international and national conferences. His research papers have received more than 8943 citations with g-index of 92 and maximum citation of a paper as 1752 (as per google scholar). His research papers receive on an average 650 google scholar citations each year. He authored/co-authored 7 books and completed 5 sponsored projects and 36 consultancy assignments. His book, ‘Productivity Management: A System Approach’ received awards from DMA as well as ISTD. His book, ‘Materials Management: An Integrated Systems Approach’ published by Springer is available worldwide both in print and e-book version. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences, World Academy of Productivity Sciences, ISTE and the IIIE. Recipient of multiple awards and recognitions, Professor Vrat was conferred Doctor of Engineering (Honoris Causa) by Bundelkhand University; Distinguished Alumnus Award by IIT Kharagpur; Distinguished Service Award by IIT Delhi; Outstanding Contribution Award for National Development by IIT Delhi Alumni Association; Uttaranchal Ratan Award; Lillian Gilbreth Award; 15 Best Paper medals and prizes. Prof. Prem Vrat was conferred the National Systems Gold Medal by the Systems Society of India (SSI), and Honorary Membership of IIIE, the highest recognition by IIIE. SAE India Foundation bestowed on him the ‘Guru’ Award for his outstanding contributions. He was conferred the ‘Life -Time Achievement Award’ at the 18th Annual International Conference of the Society of Operations Management at IIT Roorkee in December 2014. He received Dr. M.C Puri Memorial Award of ORSI for his outstanding contribution for promotion of Operational Research in India and Life -Time Achievement Award-2017 by the Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering for Outstanding contributions to the Industrial Engineering Profession and the Society. Re-Think India conferred on him the” Visionary Edu-leader of India” Award on the 11 December 2017 given by Former President Shri Pranab Mukherjee. He was conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award by Systems Society of India and Dayalbagh Educational Institute at DEI, Agra on 5th March 2018. U.P Chief Minister felicitated him on the 26 July 2019 for his valuable contributions as Vice-Chancellor of UPTU, during his tenure. IEOM Society International based in the USA conferred on him “The Distinguished Educator Award”,2021 for his distinguished achievements, contributions and life -long dedication to the Industrial Engineering and Operations Management Profession. He received “The Great Indian Teacher Award (GITA 2021) conferred during LEAD Global Conclave on 4th September 2021.He received APAC Educational Leadership Award in recognition of exceptional Leader who made a difference and extraordinary contribution to education sector on 3rd December 2021. He received the prestigious “Atmaram Pururskar” from Central Hindi Institute under Ministry of Education, Government with a cash honor of Rs. Five Lakhs for the year 2018.

    He has been on the Board of Governors of many technical institutions and universities, on the editorial boards of many Indian and foreign journals. He was Chairman (NWRC) of AICTE; Chairman, Program Implementation Committee of National Project on Earthquake Engineering Education (NPEEE). Chairman, Working Group on HRD in IT, Department of IT, Government of India; Member, JNU Court; Member of Ad hoc Task Force (ATF), Independent Director on the Board of Air India; Co-Chairperson, RAC-DRDO, Member, Advisory Group of Experts for Technology Upgradation in Indian Railways, and Member, EC of YMCA University and CUH. He was Chairman INAE Forum on Engineering Education, Member, Board of Governors of National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) and Member Task Force by MOE on Engineering Education in Regional languages and Chairman, National Credit Framework. He has been Chairman of the AICTE- Visvesvaraya Best Teacher Awards Committee for 2020 and 2021.