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Prof. P. Gunasekaran appointed as Pro-VC for VIT Chennai

Prof. P. Gunasekaran is a Senior Professor of Microbiology in India and former President of Association of Microbiologist of India (AMI). He has 32 years of teaching and research experience in Microbiology, Biotechnology and Genomics. He was previously occupying the position of the Vice Chancellor, Thiruvalluvar University, Vellore since July 2012. Currently, he is the President of Biotechnology Society of India (BRSI) and Member in the Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education (TANSCHE).

He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry (1974) and Master’s Degree in Biology (1976) from Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai. Subsequently, he obtained his Doctorate Degree in Microbiology (1980) from Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar. He started his career as a Lecturer cum Curator in Microbiology at Punjab University, Chandigarh in 1980 and became a Faculty of Madurai Kamaraj University in 1981. He visited several countries worldwide including USA, UK, France, Mexico, Japan, South Korea and Hungary to conduct collaborative research programs.

At the administration side, he occupied several positions such as Coordinator of the School of Biological Sciences, Coordinator of the DST-FIST programme, Coordinator of University with Potential for Excellence, Special Officer (Planning and Development), Member Syndicate (twice), and member in almost all sub-committees of Syndicate including the Finance committee and member of Syndicate committee to look after the university in the absence Vice-chancellor of Madurai Kamaraj University. He has been nominated as Member to the Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education.

At national level, he has been elected as the President of Biotechnology Research Society of India (BRSI), India, twice consecutively (2011- 13 and 2013-16). He served as the President of Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI), India for the year 2008-2009.

Having received uncountable awards and recognitions, he stands now as a foremost authority in Microbiology in India.

The VIT family welcomes him and is proud and honoured to have him guide us.

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