Dr. N. T. Rao
Vice Chancellor, MIT-WPU
Dr. N. T. Rao has over three decades of result achieving experiences in the fields of education, training, strategic planning, accreditations, institutional governance, and other areas. Before joining MIT WPU, he was the Dean, Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering (MPSTME), NMIMS University.
During his career progression, he was associated with several institutions as an educator and professional engineer. Some of the organizations that he worked with include Intercontinental Consultants and Technocrats, New Delhi as a Vice President; VIT University, Vellore as a Senior Professor, Director, International Relations & ABET Accreditation Officer; Government of Botswana as a Principal Roads Engineer; NIT, Kurukshetra as a Lecturer and an Assistant Professor.
Dr. Rao has introduced many initiatives during his stint at MPSTME resulting in the institution being ranked as the No 2 Best Emerging Engineering Education Institution in India Today annual rankings in addition to debuting in NIRF rankings. He has strengthened and further streamlined academic and examination processes. He played a significant role in launching the Engineering and Technology Review Journal of the university. The crowning glory of his achievements at NMIMS was his spearheading the efforts for five engineering programs from scratch and readying them for the prestigious ABET Accreditation of USA.
At VIT University, Vellore, he made significant contributions towards many facets of education helping the institution to catapult to the position of the No 1 ranked private engineering college in India. As the Director of International Relations, he expanded internationalization of engineering education and visited several prestigious institutions around the world to promote bilateral academic collaborations. He served on the Advisory Committee, the highest decision making body of the University. He was university’s NAAC Coordinator during the second re-accreditation process and helped university to achieve a score of 3.75 out of 4.0. Designing qualitative teaching-learning processes, he assumed the mantle of ABET Accreditation Officer and lead accreditation processes to make civil and mechanical engineering programs of VIT University as the first engineering programs in India to get the ABET accreditation.
Thus, Dr. Rao is a rare achiever who has lead two different top universities in India towards ABET accreditation.
While in Botswana as the CEO of an engineering institution, Dr. Rao introduced initiatives aimed at reforming academic, administrative and fiscal policies of the institution. As the highest ranked expatriate officer in the Department, he was mandated with driving Performance Management Systems aligned with the Vision document of the country. These successes have resulted in him being appraised as an ‘able leader’ / ‘outstanding officer’ – noteworthy recognitions for an expatriate officer in a foreign country.
As the practicing professional engineer and a Consultant during his stint at ICT, New Delhi, Dr. Rao was involved with several prestigious projects for international funding agencies like the World Bank, ADB, AfDB, JICA, and others and delivered some challenging ¬¬¬projects across several states in India, as well as in Bangladesh, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, and several other countries.
Dr. Rao, who sets individual and institutional targets and achieves them aligning with organizational vision by adopting a people-friendly approach, is expected to lead MIT -WPU’s march towards further excellence.