For immediate release

1 August 2010


New Vice Chancellor for BITS Pilani


Prof Bijendra Nath Jain has been appointed as the new Vice Chancellor of Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. Prof Jain will succeed Prof L K Maheshwari on 1st August 2010.


Prof Bijendra Nath  Jain obtained his B. Tech.  from IIT Kanpur and Ph.D. from SUNY, Stony Brook (NY),  both in Electrical Engineering.  Since 1975, he was with IIT,  Delhi where he has been a Microsoft Chair Professor, Head of the Department, Dean Alumni Affairs, and Deputy Director (Faculty Affairs).


He has held visiting assignments with the Universities of Texas and Maryland, Bell Labs, and Cisco Systems. Most recently, he was a Gledden Senior Visiting Fellow at University of Western Australia, Perth.


His teaching and research interests are in Computer Networks and Systems, with applications to wireless networks, environment monitoring and information security. Over the last 35 years, Prof Jain has trained over 2500 computer communication specialists, many of whom are leaders in R & D in India and abroad, including those in government or industry.


Other than authoring a large number of research papers in international journals and conferences, he has co-authored the book “OSI : Its Architecture and Protocols’ published in 1993 by McGraw Hill, New York and translated into Japanese by Soft Research. He is also a co-inventor, with researchers from Cisco Systems, in seven US patents.


In 1983, Prof Jain was the first to propose a nation wide data network for India. With funding from Government of India and UNDP, and together with developers from other institutions in India, he built and launched in 1989 India’s first data network, ERnet. Today, ERnet is a thriving not-for-profit company connecting over a million users spread across 2000 institutions in India.


He has  helped several organizations in India build their data networks. These include REC, IA, PNB, NTPC, NDDB, UNICEF and (most importantly) Customs & Excise Department. He is also a member of several committees, including DRDO’s Naval

Research Board, Technology Assessment Board of Microsoft Research and Board of Directors of  IIIT Delhi.


As Deputy Director (Faculty Affairs), he developed and implemented several innovative schemes to attract and retain faculty at IIT, including those that support Chair Professorships and Outstanding Faculty Fellowships. As former  Dean for Alumni Affairs and International Programs, he helped establish IIT Delhi Excellence Foundation as a “public charity” in  USA, and the new School of IT, funded in large part by IIT alumnus, Vinod Khosla.


Prof Jain is a co-founder and past – Chairman of Krtikal Solutions, a technology start-up focused on computer vision, embedded systems and networks.





For more information relating to this press release, please contact Dr M Ishwara Bhat, Unit Chief, Publications and Media Relations, BITS Pilani. Cellphone +91 9414082462


Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani is an all India university established under Section 3 of UGC Act. It has the main campus at Pilani, Rajasthan and additional campuses at Goa, Hyderabad and Dubai.

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