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Prof. Prem Vrat

Prof. Prem Vrat
Pro-Chancellor; Professor of Eminence & Chief Mentor
PhD, IIT Delhi
M.Tech, B.Tech (Hons), IIT Kharagpur


An outstanding academic, Prof. Prem Vrat, is the Pro-Chancellor; Professor of Eminence and Chief Mentor at The NorthCap University, Gurugram. Just prior to joining NCU 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; Professor, Dean, Dy. Director and Director-in-charge, 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.

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 48 years in teaching, research, management development and consultancy.

He has guided 40 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 455 research papers in reputed journals and proceedings of international and national conferences.  His research papers have received more than 5500 citations with g-index of 72 and maximum citation of a paper as 910. He has authored/co-authored seven books and completed five sponsored projects and 33 consultancy assignments. His book, ‘Productivity Management: A System Approach’ received awards from DMA as well as ISTD. Springer has published his book, ‘Materials Management: An Integrated Systems Approach’ under Springer Text Books in Business and Economics and is available both in print and e-book version, worldwide. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences, World Academy of Productivity Sciences, ISTE and 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; 14 Best Paper medals and prizes. Prof. Prem Vrat was honoured with the National Systems Gold Medal by the Systems Society of India (SSI), the highest award conferred by the Society on distinguished scientists and Honorary Member 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 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), AICTE, Programme Implementation Committee (PIC) of  National Project on Earthquake Engineering Education (NPEEE); Chairman, Working Group on HRD in IT, Department  of IT, Government of India; Member of Adhoc Task Force (ATF) appointed by the Cabinet Secretariat; Independent Director on the Board of Air India; Member (MEAC) of National Board of Accreditation; Member, Technology Forum of INAE; Member, Advisory Group of Experts for Technology Upgradation in Indian Railways – Make in India and Governor Chancellor in Executive Council Committee of YMCA University of Science and Technology, Faridabad.