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Prof Sudhakar Yedla assumes charge as Director NIT Srinagar

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Srinagar: Prof. (Dr.) Sudhakar Yedla on Friday assumed charge as Director National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar, replacing Prof. (Dr.) Rakesh Sehgal who completed his tenure last week.

In his first address, Prof. Yedla acknowledged the remarkable legacy of NIT Srinagar. Throughout its history, this institution has been a beacon of knowledge, a haven for intellectual curiosity, and a catalyst for positive change, he said.

“Today, as I step into this role, I am fully aware of this responsibility and the immense potential that lies within our NIT Srinagar’s walls. My vision for NIT Srinagar is to make it one of the leading Institutes in the entire country,” he said.

Prof. Yedla said nothing can be achieved without the support of administrative staff, faculty, colleagues, and students. It is a collective effort and we all have to make NIT Srinagar one of the best institutes of this country, he said.

“My focus will be on fostering an environment that supports the growth and well-being of the NIT Srinagar and not boosts the interests of individuals. When the organization thrives, individuals also get benefits under its shadow,” he said.

On the occasion, Prof. MF Wani welcomed Prof. Yedla and assured full cooperation and support from the teaching and non-teaching staff of the NIT Srinagar. “We wish you good luck for your future and hope that under your dynamic leadership, NIT Srinagar achieves the best rank in the country,” he said.

Institute’s Registrar, Prof. Syed Kaiser Bukhari welcomed the Director and stated that they are ready to support and contribute to your vision.

“Together, let us strive for excellence, push the boundaries of knowledge, and create a future where NIT Srinagar continues to shine as a beacon of learning, innovation, and positive change,” he said.

Prof. Yedla is a Civil Engineering graduate from Andhra University and has a Master’s and Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur in the area of Environmental Engineering, (Department of Civil Engineering).

He has more than 24 years of teaching and research experience. His research focus includes Climate Studies, Urban Environmental Management, Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Mobility, Waste Management, Provision of Urban Services, Valuation of Environmental Services, and Assessment of Environmental and Socio-economic Impacts of Development Initiatives.

Prof. Yedla has done his post-doctoral studies (PDF) at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand. Prof Yedla has a Diploma in International Environmental Law (DIEL) from UNITAR, Switzerland, and a Certification from the World Bank Institute in Environmental Economics and Development Policy (CEEDP).

He has worked at a number of national and international institutions of high repute such as the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), in Japan, the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), in Newark, USA, the Korean Institute of International Economic Policy (KIEP), South Korea and Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan.

He has served dozens of premier institutions as visiting faculty in India and foreign countries.

Prior to coming to NIT Srinagar, Prof. Yedla has served Dravidian University, Andhra Pradesh as Vice-Chancellor. He has served NCERT as Chairperson for the National Focus Group on Environmental Education for the National Curriculum Framework.

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