An IIT Roorkee educated physicist, born and raised in rural settings, he has held various positions in the US for over 35 years including a faculty member, researcher, Department Chair, Assistant Vice President, Associate Vice Chancellor, Dean of Science and Engineering, Fellow of the American Council on Education and an Executive Fellow at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He currently lives in greater Minneapolis-St. Paul with deep roots in his home-village in India.
He has widely traveled as a researcher and educator. He understands how public policy, politics, public-private partnerships, relationship building, and systems function together for the greater public good. Coming from a middle-class background, he experienced challenges in furthering his own education, but he was blessed with very supportive family, teachers, and community to make his dream come true.
As a co-founder and President of Vidya Gyan, an educator at heart, he is committed to supporting aspiring individuals/institutions who are determined to follow their passion and expand educational endeavors. Quality education for all in the interconnected world is his lifelong dream. Paraphrasing the words of Nelson Mandela, he firmly believes that education is the most powerful weapon to affect a positive and progressive change even in the rural settings.