Professor K. VijayRaghavan who was the Secretary of the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology until last month has been appointed as the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to the Government of India on 26 March 2018.
The Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA) is the topmost advisor to the government on all matters related to scientific policy.
Professor VijayRaghavan was the Secretary of DBT for over five years from January 2013 till February 2018. He has also held additional charge of Secretary, Department of Science & Technology (DST), Secretary, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) and Secretary, Department of Health Research (DHR) at different periods during his tenure.
Prof. VijayRaghavan has a very distinguished record of being elected to numerous international bodies, notably as Fellow of Royal Society and US National Academy of Sciences. He is also a recipient of the Padma Shri, Infosys Prize and several other accolades.
He was instrumental in the establishment of the National Centre for Biological Sciences, and steered it as its Director between 1997 and 2013.
An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, he continued his post-doctoral work in the California Institute of Technology.
The DBT family whole-heartedly congratulates Prof. VijayRaghavan on his new leadership role.