Vinod K. Singh

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Vinod K Singh

Vinod K. Singh

Chair Professor
Department of Chemistry
IIT Kanpur 208016
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Ms. Ankita Dubey

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Chairman, Governing Council
IACS Kolkata

Chairman, Reserach Council

Director’s Chair Professor
IISER Bhopal

Recruitment & Assessment Board (RAB), CSIR


Professor Vinod Singh is currently Rahul and Namita Gautam Chair Professor at IIT Kanpur. He also holds a position of Director's Chair Professor at IISER Bhopal. He is currently the Chairperson, Governing Council of IACS Kolkata, Chairperson, Research Council of CSIR-AMPRI Bhopal, Chairperson of Recruitment and Assessment Board (RAB) of the CSIR. He is also a Member of the CSIR Society, chaired by the PM.

Professor Singh had his early education from his native place in Azamgarh. He did MSc in Chemistry from BHU (1980) and PhD work at Malti-Chem Research Center, Nandesari, Baroda (Supervisor: Dr Sukh Dev). After spending 2 years in Canada (1985-1987) at the University of Calgary and the University of British Columbia, he moved to the USA to do other postdoctoral work (1987-1990) at Harvard University with Professor E. J. Corey, a Nobel Laureate. After a brief stint as a Senior Scientist at Neurogen Corporation, CT, USA, Vinod Singh joined IIT Kanpur in 1990 as an Assistant Professor and rose to the rank of Professor.

Professor Singh's research falls in the area of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, more specifically, asymmetric synthesis. He has been recognized with several awards and honors such as Swarnajayanti Fellowship (1998), Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (2004) and Padma Shri (2014), among others. In addition, he has been elected as a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy (FNA), Indian Academy of Sciences (FASc), National Academy of Sciences (FNASc), and The World Academy of Sciences (FTWAS).

Professor Singh is a Member, Editorial Advisory Board of Org. Lett., J. Org. Chem., Asian J. Org. Chem., Tetrahedron Lett., and Org. Chem. Frontiers.

Professor Singh has made significant contributions in the management of higher educational institutes and higher education policy for the government. As a Founding Director of IISER Bhopal for more than 10 years (2008-2018), he set up the whole campus from scratch. He has served as the Mentor Director of IISER Berhampur, Director of SPA Bhopal (additional charge) and the Chairman of BoG, NITTTR Bhopal. He also held the additional charge of Directorship of MANIT Bhopal. In 2020, he was awarded a TWAS-CASAREP award for building scientific institutions.

Professor Singh had been a Member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (SAC to PM) during 2009-2014. He was also the President of the Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) during 2020-2023.