IIT Bombay professor Rangan Banerjee takes charge as IIT Delhi director

IIT Bombay professor Rangan Banerjee will succeed the former IIT Delhi director V Ramgopal Rao.


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IIT Delhi gets new director - Rangan BanerjeeIIT Delhi gets new director - Rangan Banerjee

Anu Parthiban | February 15, 2022 | 06:07 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Rangan Banerjee, Forbes Marshall Chair Professor, Department of Energy Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay, has taken charge as the new Director of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. He will succeed V Ramgopal Rao.

“IIT Delhi is one of the leading higher education institutions in the country known for the quality of its research and academics. I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the IIT Delhi team in its journey of excellence and societal impact,” Rangan Banerjee said after assuming charge on February 15, 2022.

In a Facebook post, Ramgopal Rao wrote, "After being the Director, IIT Delhi for close to 6 years, I am handing over charge tomorrow (Feb 15, 2022) to Prof. Rangan Banerjee. Today, BotLab Dynamics (#startup at IIT Delhi which performed at the Beating Retreat ceremony during the #Republic Day) put up a surprise show on IIT Delhi playground. I knew that they are performing, but didn't realize that they were doing it on the occasion of my handing over charge tomorrow. It was very touching indeed to see myself in the sky."

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