Guwahati: IIT Guwahati Director T G Sitharam has been appointed chairman of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
T G Sitharam will serve as the AICTE head for three years or before he turns 65 years old, whichever is earlier.
Sitharam will take over from UGC chairman Jagadesh Kumar, who was holding interim charge of the AICTE chairman.
The post of AICTE chairman was lying vacant after Anil Sahasrabuddhe was released from his duties on September 1, upon turning 65 years old.
Sitharam’s appointment has come at a time when the Ministry of Education is putting final touches to a bill to merge the AICTE and the University Grants Commission into a super regulator called the Higher Education Commission of India.
Before he joined as Director of IIT Guwahati, T G Sitharam was a professor in the department of civil engineering at Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore.
Earlier, he was a chair professor in the area of Energy and Mechanical Sciences at IISc.
His research interests include rock mechanics and rock engineering, geotechnical earthquake engineering and earth dams and tailing ponds.