The Court

Natarajan Chandrasekaran
President of the Court

Natarajan Chandrasekaran is the chairman of Tata Sons.[1][2][3] Chandrasekaran took over as the CEO of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on November 6, 2009 prior to which he was COO and executive director of TCS.[4] Born in 1963, Chandrasekaran is one of the youngest CEOs within the Tata Group.[5] In January 2017, he was selected to become the next chairman of Tata Sons. He assumed chairmanship on 21 February 2017[6][7][8][9] and soon after was announced the chairman of Tata Motors.[10] on July 3, he was appointed as chairman of Tata Global Beverages.[11] He is the first non Parsi and professional executive to head the Tata Group.


Dr. K. Kasturirangan
Former President of the Court, IISc, Former Chairman, Governing Council of IISc.
Raman Research Institute, Bangalore, India
Dr K. Kasturirangan is currently the Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University, an Honorary Distinguished Adviser, Indian Space Research Organisation, an Emeritus Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies and holds the Satish Dhawan Chair for Engineering Eminence instituted by Indian National Academy of Engineering. Earlier, as Chairman of ISRO, he over saw the space programme in India between the years 1994 and 2003. He was also a Member, Upper House of the Indian Parliament, and subsequently, Member of the erstwhile Planning Commission. His interests include astrophysics, space science and technology as well as science related policies.

Shri K K Sharma
Secretary, Min. of Human Resource Development
Department of Higher Education, Govt. of India,
Shastri Bhavan, New Delhi – 110 001

Prof D S Chauhan
AIU & Vice Chancellor,
GLA University, Mathura




Prof. Suranjan Das
Vice-Chancellor, Jadavpur University, Kolkata

Prof. Shivajirao S Kadam
Vice-Chancellor, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Pune

Mr. S.N. Agarwal
Chairman, Bhoruka Power Corporation Ltd.,

Prof. C K Kokate
Vice Chancellor, K L E University,





Prof. Anurag Kumar
Director, IISc
Anurag Kumar is a professor in the Department of Electrical Communication Engineering, and is currently the Director of the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, India. He is a renowned researcher in the areas of stochastic modelling, analysis, optimization and control problems arising in communication networks, computers and distributed systems. He coordinated the project ERNET for networking the major education and research institutions in India.


Mr. R.K. Krishna Kumar
Director, Tata Sons Ltd, Mumbai
Mr. Krishnakumar Rayaroth Kuttambally, also known as KK, served as the Member of Group Corporate Centre at Tata Sons Limited. He serves as a Senior Member of Tata Administrative Service. He served as the Managing Director of Indian Hotels Co., Ltd. from August 29, 1997 to July 18, 2003. Mr. Kumar is associated with the tea industry for over 40 years. He joined Tata Administrative Service in 1963. Mr. Kumar was initially posted in Tata Industries, after which he moved to other group companies. He joined Tata-Finlay and from then on, involved with the Tata Group’s tea and coffee businesses. Mr. Kumar moved to Kolkata as Joint Managing Director of Tata Tea, in 1988 and served as its Managing Director from May 1991 to January 1998. He served as the Chairman of Tata Realty and Infrastructure Limited and Asian Coffee, Piem Hotels Limited, Ewart Investments Company Limited, The Tetley Group Ltd. Mr. Kumar served as a Director of Rallis India, Speech and Software Technologies (I) Pvt. Ltd., E2E Serwiz Solutions Limited., Tata Tea Inc. USA, Tata Tetley, Tata Tea GB Limited, St. James Court Hotel Limited, Taj International (HK) Limited, Piem International (HK) Ltd. and Estate Management Services (Pvt.) Ltd. He serves as a Director of Give Foundation. Mr. Kumar also serves as a Director of Rnt Associates Private Limited. He served as the Chairman of Tata Housing Development Company Limited. He served as Chairman of the Board and Director at Indian Resorts Hotels Limited until May 18, 2006, Oriental Hotels Limited until July 2013 and Tata Coffee Limited until July 26, 2013. Mr. Kumar served as Vice Chairman of Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces of The Tata Group. Mr. Kumar served as Vice Chairman of The Indian Hotels Company Limited from July 19, 2003 to July 18, 2013. He served as Vice Chairman of Tata Global Beverages Limited (formerly Tata Tea Ltd.) from 1997 to July 18, 2013. Mr. Kumar served as a Non-Executive Director of Tata Global Beverages Limited since May 5, 1987. He served as a Director of Tata Coffee Ltd. since January 10, 1991 until July 26, 2013 and Oriental Hotels Limited since September 21, 1997 until July 18, 2013. Mr. Kumar served as a Director of Watawala Plantations Plc until July 18, 2013. He served as a Director of Tata Sons Limited and Tata Industries Limited until July 2013. Mr. Kumar served as a Non Executive Non Independent Director of Tata Global Beverages Limited from May 5, 1987 to July 18, 2013. He served as a Director of TAJGVK Hotels & Resorts Limited until October 24, 2006. Mr. Kumar has nearly 40 years experience in management at Tata Group. Mr. Kumar received a Master’s degree from the Presidency College University of Madras.

Mr. Apparao Mallavararupu (Rao)
Chairman and Managing Director
Centum Electronics Limited, Bangalore

Mr. AppaRao V. Mallavarapu is the Founder of Centum Electronics Ltd. of Centum Rakon India Private Limited and has been its Managing Director since August 1, 1994. Mr. Mallavarapu has been Managing Director of Solectron EMS India Limited since October 29, 2008. He promoted Centum Rakon India Private Limited in 1993 to manufacture Hybrid Micro Circuits. Since 1997, he was instrumental in developing the strategic alliance with C-Mac Industries of Canada. In 1999, he played the lead role in C-Mac Industries moving partof the Frequency Control Products (FCP) manufacturing to Centum. Earlier to Centum, he served as General Manager of RaoInsulating Company (RIC) for a decade. He has been the Chairman of Centum Rakon India Private Limited. He has been the Chairman of Centum Electronics Ltd. since November 9, 2011 and serves as its Executive Director. He has been an Executive Director of Solectron EMS since June 12, 2008. He has been a Director at Centum Rakon India Private Limited since January 2008. He served as a Director of Bangalore Stock Exchange Ltd. He is a recipient of the Ford foundation scholarship and Engineering research Scholarship in Canada. Mr. Mallavarapu received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bangalore University and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Daltech University in Canada.


rsmakerMr. Rajinder Singh Maker
Director General,
The Employers Federation of India, Mumbai
Mr. R.S.Maker is an Economics graduate with a post graduate degree from XLRI – 1974 batch and LLB. He has about 42 years of experience in the field of HR, Industrial Relations, and Consulting and Education. Currently Mr.Maker is the Director General of The Employers Federation of India


Cyient, Hyderabad,Shri. Som Mittal
Former President, NASSCOM
New Delhi
Som Mittal is the former Chairman and President of NASSCOM. He has previously been the Managing Director/ CEO of Wipro, Digital, Compaq and HP. He now serves on several Boards and is associated with many NGOs. He also advises companies, CEOs and Foreign Governments. He is the Chairman of the Advisory Council of Indian Railways tasked to develop IT Vision for Railways.He holds a B.Tech from IIT Kanpur and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.


Shri. Suresh Chandra Mukul
Former Air Marshal
New Delhi
The Air Marshal was commissioned into the fighter stream of the IAF in Jan 1972 and has qualified on MiG 21 and MiG 29. After a variety of field and staff appointments, he finally retired from HQ IDS in Dec 2010.


PVNaikAir Chief Marshal Pradeep Vasant Naik
Former Chief of Air Staff, Pune
Air Chief Marshal Pradeep Vasant Naik, PVSM VSM ADC, was born on 22 July 1949 and was commissioned into the Indian Air Force on 21 June. After initial schooling in Sainik School, Satara, he graduated with the 33 Course from the National Defence Academy. In a distinguished career spanning forty years, the Chairman COSC and CAS has flown a wide variety of combat and trainer aircraft. After initial training on the HT-2, he flew the Vampire and the Hunter, and has had extensive operational experience on all variants of the MiG-21. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor with vast instructional experience and a Fighter Combat Leader from the prestigious Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE). He was selected as one of the first eight pilots to convert to the MiG-23 BN in the erstwhile USSR, and was responsible for its induction into the IAF. Besides commanding a front line fighter squadron, he  commanded an important fighter base and Air Force Station at Bidar. He was Directing Staff at TACDE and the Defence Services Staff College. During his career, the Air Chief Marshal held numerous important staff appointments at different Headquarters. He has been the Senior Air Staff Officer at HQ Western Air Command, the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Central Air Command and the Vice Chief of Air Staff, prior to his appointment as the Chief of Air Staff. He also took over as Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee on 01 Apr 2010. The Air Chief Marshal is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, and an alumnus of the National Defence College. He is a recipient of the Param Vishisht Seva Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal. He has been appointed Honorary ADC to the Honourable President of India. He is married to Madhubaala and they have two sons. The elder Son, a Wg Cdr, is a pilot in the IAF and the younger is a Captain in the Merchant Navy. The Air Chief Marshal is fond of Cricket, Golf, Volleyball and Indian Classical music. After his retirement on 31 Jul 2011, he and his family settled down at Pune.

Mr. Saroj K Poddar
Chairman, Gillette India Ltd., Kolkata

Dr. Ajay Nagabhushan M.N
IAS, Commissioner,
Department of Collegiate Education,
Government of Karnataka




Shri. V. Rajarajan
Registrar, IISc





VS Ramamurthy_photoProf. V.S. Ramamurthy
Former Director,
National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore
Prof. V. S. Ramamurthy is a well-known Indian nuclear scientist with a broad range of contributions from basic research in Nuclear Physics to Science and Technology administration. During the period 1995-2006, Prof. Ramamurthy held the post of Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. After retirement, Prof. Ramamurthy has been actively involved in human resource development in all its aspects, and Science and Technology communications with specific reference to public perceptions of public risks.

ANilSahasrabudheProf. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe
Chairman, The All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi
Anil Sahasrabudhe did his Bachelor of Engineering from Karnataka University securing the first rank and a Gold medal, followed by a Master’s and a doctorate from the Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru. He worked in Tata Consulting Engineers, and was a faculty member in the North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology, and IIT, Guwahati holding several administrative positions such as HoD, Dean and Deputy Director. He then joined the College of Engineering, Pune as its Director turning around the college before assuming the charge of Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education.

Dr. Girish Sahni
Director General,
Council of Scientific & Industrial Res.
New Delhi




Dr. L.N. Satapathy
President, IISc. Alumni Association
Dr. Lakshmi Narayan Satapathy, completed his M.Sc (Chemistry) and M. Tech.( Mater. Sci.) from IIT, Mumbai, PGDEE from IIEE , New Delhi, MBA from IGNOU, New Delhi and Ph.D (Mater. Engg.) from IISc, Bengaluru. He is currently working at the Ceramic Technological Institute, Corporate Research and Development Division of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Bengaluru, India as Sr. Dy. General Manager with ~25 years of research and professional experience. Dr. Satapathy’s R & D activities are focused on microwave processing of materials and systems, heat transfer, nanofluids for close circuit cooling, selective catalytic reduction catalysts for power plants, wear resistant ceramic components and high temperature characterization of materials. Dr. Satapathy was a UNIDO fellow @ Alfred University, USA and BOYSCAST fellow @ PENNSTATE, USA. He is the only recipient of three awards, namely the R. L. Thakur memorial award for Young Scientists in 2002, the Malaviya award for the best technical paper in 2008 and the Sashadhar Ray memorial award for Industrial Excellence in 2010 instituted by the Indian Ceramic Society. He has published more than 50 technical papers in international journals and refereed proceedings and filed 23 Indian patents.

Mr. Ratan N. Tata
Former Chairman, Tata Sons Ltd.,Mumbai
Ratan N Tata was the Chairman of Tata Sons, one of the two promoter holding companies of the Tata group, from 1991 till his retirement on December 28, 2012. He was also chairman of the major Tata companies, including Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Power, Tata Global Beverages, Tata Chemicals, Indian Hotels and Tata Teleservices. During his tenure, the group’s revenues grew manifold, totalling over $100 billion in 2011-12.
Mr Tata is also associated with various organisations in India and overseas. He is the chairman of two of the largest private-sector-promoted philanthropic trusts in India. He is a member of the Indian Prime Minister’s Council on Trade and Industry. He is the president of the Court of the Indian Institute of Science and chairman of the Council of Management of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. He also serves on the board of trustees of Cornell University and the University of Southern California. Mr Tata serves on the board of directors of Alcoa, and is also on the international advisory boards of Mitsubishi Corporation, JP Morgan Chase, Rolls-Royce, Temasek Holdings and the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
Mr Tata received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell in 1962. He worked briefly with Jones and Emmons in Los Angeles before returning to India in late 1962. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1975.
The Government of India honoured Mr Tata with its second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, in 2008. He has also received honorary doctorates from several universities in India and overseas.

Professors and Associate Professors, IISc (Ex-officio)

Members of the Council who are not otherwise represented on the Court (Ex-officio)