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Governance

The President of India is the Visitor of Nalanda University.

The Chancellor is the head of the University and is also the Chairperson of the University’s Governing Board. The Chancellor presides over Governing Board Meetings and Convocations of the University.

The Vice Chancellor is the principal academic and executive officer of the University.

The University’s Governing Board is responsible for all the policies and directions of the University and management of its affairs. The Board is also responsible for ensuring that the University achieves its goal of becoming internationally reputed as a centre of research and new knowledge.

Leadership:

Key Authorities of the University:

Governing Board 

  • 1.
  • Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, Chancellor NU
  • 2.
  • Prof. Sunaina Singh, Vice Chancellor, NU
  • 3.
  • Five Members from member countries with highest contribution:
  • a)
  • Representative from India
  • Shri N.K. Singh
  • b)
  • Representative from China
  • Professor Wang Bangwei
  • c)
  • Representative from Australia
  • Mr. Peter Varghese
  • d)
  • Representative from Lao PDR
  • H. E Mr. Southam Sakonhninhom
  • e)
  • Representative from Thailand
  • Professor Prapod A
  • 4.
  • Smt. Preeti Saran, Secretary (East), MEA
  • 5.
  • Two representatives from Government of Bihar
  • Shri Anjani Kumar Singh Chief Secretary, Govt. of Bihar
  • Shri Chanchal Kumar, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Govt. of Bihar
  • 6.
  • Shri Kewal Kumar Sharma, Secretary, HRD , Representative from the Ministry of HRD, Govt of India
  • 7.
  • Following three persons in the category of “Renowned Academician or Educationist”:
  • a)
  • Professor Arvind Sharma


  • Birks Professor of Comparative Religion McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
  • b)
  • Professor Lokesh Chandra

  • President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations
  • c)
  • Dr. Arvind Panagariya

  • Vice Chairman, Niti Ayog
Gazette Notification 

The Executive Committee

  • Chairperson: Chancellor, NU 
  • Chairperson
  • Dr. Vijay Bhatkar
  • Chancellor, NU
  • Ex-Officio Member: Vice Chancellor, NU
  • Member
  • Professor Sunaina Singh
  • Vice Chancellor, NU
  • Ex-Officio Member: Secretary (East) , Ministry of External Affairs
  • Member
  • Smt. Preeti Saran
  • Secretary (East) , Ministry of External Affairs
  • Chancellor's Nominees
  • Member
  • Shri. N.K.Singh
  • Economist, Policy Adviser
  • Member
  • Shri Kewal Kumar Sharma
  • Secretary, HRD

The Academic Council

  • Chairperson: Vice Chancellor, NU 
  • Chairperson
  • Prof. Sunaina Singh
  • Vice Chancellor, NU
  • Dean (Academic Planning) 
  • Member
  • Position vacant

  • -
  • Dean (School of Ecology & Environment Studies) 
  • Member
  • Prof. Govind Chakrapani

  • Dean(School of Ecology & Environment Studies) NU
  • Dean (School of Historical Studies) 
  • Member
  • Prof. Pankaj Mohan

  • Dean(School of Historical Studies) NU
  • Dean (School of Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religions) 
  • Member
  • Position vacant

  • -
  • Faculty Members, NU (One from each School)
  • Member
  • To be nominated

  • -
  • Member
  • To be nominated

  • -
  • Member
  • To be nominated
  • -
  • Three experts in the field of Ecology & Environment Studies
  • Member
  • To be nominated
  • -
  • Member
  • To be nominated
  • -
  • Member
  • To be nominated
  • -
  • Three experts in the field of Historical Studies
  • Member
  • To be nominated
  • -
  • Member
  • To be nominated
  • -
  • Member
  • To be nominated
  • -
  • Expert from Industry or a practitioner
  • Member
  • To be nominated

  • -
  • Librarian of University
  • Member
  • Dr. Nihar K.Patra
  • Librarian NU
  • Dean of Students
  • Member
  • Position vacant
  • -
  • Registrar of University
  • Member Secretary
  • Mr. K. Chandramoorthi (Acting Registrar)
  • Registrar

Finance Committee

  • Chairperson: Vice Chancellor, NU
  • Chairperson
  • Prof. Sunaina Singh
  • Vice Chancellor, NU
  • Nominee of the Ministry of Finance
  • Member
  • Darshana M Dabral

  • Joint Secretary (Financial Adviser), MHRD
  • Nominee of the Ministry of External Affairs
  • Member
  • Mr. Jaideep Mazumdar

  • Joint Secretary (South), MEA
  • Nominees of Chancellor, who are not employees of the University
  • Member
  • -
  • -
  • Member
  • -
  • -
  • Dean of one of the Schools of Study
  • Member
  • Professor Pankaj Mohan 
  • Dean SHS
  • Secretary: Finance Officer, NU
  • Member Secretary
  • Mr. CA K.Chandramoorthi

  • Finance Officer NU

Building and Works Committee

  • Chairperson: Vice Chancellor, NU
  • Chairperson
  • Prof. Sunaina Singh
  • Vice Chancellor, NU
  • Faculty member, NU
  • Member
  • -
  • -
  • Special Secretary or AS (FA) at MEA or his representative 
  • Member
  • Dr. Sumeet Jerath
  • AS & FA, MEA
  • Additional Secretary or Joint Secretary (Nalanda), MEA or his representative
  • Member
  • Mr. Jaideep Mazumdar
  • JS (South), MEA
  • Eminent Professionals
  • Member
  • -

  • -
  • Member
  • Mr. A. K. Sinha
  • Formerly ADG, CPWD
  • Member
  • Mr. A. R. Ramanathan
  • Professional Advisor, NU
  • Finance Officer, NU
  • Member
  • Mr. K.Chandramoorthi
  • Finance Officer, NU
  • Member Secretary: Registrar, NU
  • Member Secretary
  • Mr. K.Chandramoorthi (Acting Registrar)
  • Registrar, NU
  • University Engineer, NU
  • Member 
  • Mr. Joy Chowdhury
  • Officiating University Engineer, NU