Dr Rajendra Prasad (Principal)

(Date of Birth : February 16, 1952)
42 Chhatra Marg,
Delhi University Campus,
Delhi - 110007, India.
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Strong conceptual analytical & planning skills; goal oriented with proven credentials for evolving innovative techniques and methodologies for inter-personal relationship and conflict management, mobilization, allocation and utilization of finances and systems development. Proven credentials to undertake the most challenging responsibilities in adverse institutional conditions and crisis situations. Champion of gender equality and related issues, women empowerment and equitable access to primary, secondary and higher education to weaker sections of society.

More than 30 years of multi-disciplinary experience advising various governmental and inter-governmental organizations on the restructuring of higher education and other academic policies in South Asia, implementing academic innovations, providing intellectual, strategic and operational leadership in the higher education sphere globally.

University of Delhi, Ramjas College


Senior-most Principal of the University of Delhi, appointed Officer on Special Duty with powers and functions of Principal at the age of 33 and thence Principal in October 1987. Significant experience of 27 years as an academic administrator, having inherited a difficult legacy, with the college being in intense turmoil.

Having significantly reinvented and reoriented the entire institutional and academic structure. Today Ramjas College is being consistently ranked by various rating agencies and institutions as one of the best colleges in the country.


July 1985 to October 1987 and till date

Supreme Court of India Expert Committee

Member, Three Member Panel (Dr. R.K. Raghavan, Chairman)

Responsible for framing guidelines, rules & regulations as part of a new National Policy to curb ragging in educational institutions across India. It has now been entrusted with the task of monitoring the implementation of Hon’ble Apex Court’s directions to prevent ragging and to conduct of elections to student unions as per Lyngdoh Committee recommendations approved by the Hon’ble Supreme Court.

Nov 2006 – Till date

Appointed a single person sub-committee called the Dr. Rajendra Prasad Committee to submit a report on the action plan for setting up the apparatus for effective implementation of May 2010 anti-ragging initiatives and to examine the recommendations of the Raghavan Committee and the directions of the Apex Committee in this regard.

May 2010



Delhi University UNESCO Club, a Chapter of the Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India

Responsible for promoting aims, goals and recommendations of UNESCO in the University, particularly relating to World Conference on Higher Education and Managing Social transformations. Celebrated 60 years of UNESCO in various ways to promote the stated goals of the organization.

1984 – Present

World Bank


Expert on Higher Education on the World Bank’s ‘Strengthening of Higher Education in Afghanistan Program.’

Responsible for examining in person and drafting recommendations for reorientation and strengthening of Higher Education, particularly relating to science disciplines. Part of advocacy group for designing development strategies, and planning of implementation strategies in the restructuring of pedagogic infrastructure in Afghanistan.

Oct 2006-Jan 2007

Office of the President of India

Visitor's Nominee

Nominee of the President of India as Visitor, on the Academic Council, Central University of Manipur, Imphal for a period of three years.

Nominee of the President of India as Visitor, on the First Academic Council, Central University of Mizoram for a period of three years.

Functioned in an advisory role in the areas of newer academic opportunities, restructuring of courses and curriculum management.

April 2006-2009


Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry in India (ASSOCHAM)


Committee on Education

Special Invitee, Managing Committee

Responsible for attracting private capital for development of Primary, Secondary and Higher Education in various sectors.


International Educator's Workshop Denmark's International Study Programme,
University of Copenhagen

Invitee as representative for South Asia

Participated in discussions on integrating international challenges and developing cooperative strategies in taking quality education to the knowledge workers in the globalized world.

April 2005   

National Advisory Council – South Asia Affairs, Washington, DC

Consultant Advisor

Facilitated networking and policy analysis through FOCAS in this influential public policy interest group, which functions as a advisory body to the South Asia Bureau of the Department of State and Congressional Sub-committee on South Asia, Washington DC.

Renominated for another term Till Dec 2013

South Asian Economics Students’ Forum

Founder President

Initiated, instituted and launched the SAESF in 2004. An active students’ forum across the SAARC region to facilitate comparative deliberations on the region’s development agenda. Have facilitated SAARC-SAESF conferences at New Delhi, Lahore, Dhaka and Colombo.


  • Invited by the Board of Governors of the New York Academy of Sciences, U.S.A, to become its Active Member with effect from October 1995 till 2005
  • Member, Executive Council, University of Delhi from July 1997-1999
  • Member, Academic Council of the University of Delhi, for six terms; i.e. 12 years
  • Member, Court of the University of Delhi – 1985 – Present
  • Member, Task Force on the New Education Policy, Ministry of Development, Government of India 1988
  • Member, Board of Governors, Management Development Institute, Gurgaon since August 2004 for six years
  • Member, films Screening Committee to Perview Feature Films for Doordarshan – 2002 – 2005
  • Member, Evaluation Committee, Doordarshan Bharti Commissioned Programmes – 2003
  • Associate Member, Foreign Correspondent’s Club of South Asia, New Delhi – 2005 – Present
  • Associate Member, Press Club of India, New Delhi – 1994 - Present
  • Awarded World Education and Literacy Award by Indian Society for Integrated Women and Child Development (ISI-WCD) and International Association of Educators for World Peace –
    8 September 2003


University of Delhi, Delhi, India  
Ph.D. 1982
Dissertation: "British Colonialism and its impact on India and China 1850-1914 with special reference to Calcutta and Shanghai", University of Delhi  
M.A. History  
  • St Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, Delhi, India
  • High First Division with specialization in History of Modern China and Modern India

B.A. (Honors) History  
  • St Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, Delhi, India
  • Second position in the University.
  • Studied History of Europe, Great Britain, India, China and Japan

  • Awarded a Fellowship by the Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi with affiliation to Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, Teen Murti House, to do post doctoral work on "Societies of India and China- 1914- 1949"

  • Awarded Teacher Fellowship for three years by the Department of Chinese and Japanese studies, University of Delhi to work on comparative study of Chinese and Indian societies 1914-1950 from 1988 to 1991

  • Invited by various Universities and institutions in India and the UK to deliver lectures and attend seminars on Colonialism and various aspects of the social economy of exploitation of modern Chinese and Indian societies during July 1978 and in 1983



1978 & 1983
  • Lectured on Modern Indian and Chinese History and Social Economy of Ex-Colonial Societies at the University of Delhi and elsewhere

  • BOOK -Colonialism-Lumpenization-Revolution; Vol. I Societies of Calcutta and Shanghai – 1850-1914, 1995, Ajanta International, Delhi

  • Have presented papers in various seminars / discussions in India and overseas on the Social Economy of China and India and Colonialism and its impact on ex-Colonial Societies of Asia and Africa, with particular reference to Indian and Chinese societies

  • Currently working on a project ‘The structure of formation of Culture and Literature; Capitalist set up vs. Colonial set up -- English and French Societies vis-à-vis Indian and Chinese Societies”

  • English – Language of academic training

  • Hindi – mother tongue

1974 - Present