Prof. Damodar Acharya was inducted to the Board as an Independent Director on 21.11.2015.
Born on 2nd April, 1949, Prof. Damodar Acharya holds degree in Mechanical Engineering from NIT, Rourkela, Masters and PhD degrees from IIT, Kharagpur. He joined the Industrial Engineering faculty in the same institute in 1976. He has left his indelible mark in all the responsibility that he has taken in the institute, be it as head of the Department, Chairman JEE, DEAN (Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy), Executive Director STEP, Chairman of Vinod Gupta School of Management or as the Director of this first and the largest IIT in the Country.
As Founding Vice Chancellor of Biju Patnaik University of Technology, he laid a foundation of a robust Technical University Education system that is being emulated by others. He was the Chairman of All India Council of Technical Education.
He played important role in the establishment of IIT Bhubaneswar and was its first Mentor Director. He remained non official Director in the Central Board of RBI for four years and as an Independent Director in RCF for three years.
Prof. Acharya is a Member of Chhatisgarh State Planning Commission. He is also in the Boards of IDCO and State Pollution Control and Chairman of the Advisory Board of SOA University.