Prof. Suhas Pednekar
Hon’ble Vice Chancellor
Prof. Suhas Pednekar has been the Vice Chancellor of University of Mumbai since April 2018. He has over 35 years of academic experience as Teacher, Researcher and Administrator. His inherent passion, commitment and dedication towards academics and research led to his appointment as Principal of Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai in 2006, a position he held until April 2018. Prof. Pednekar holds a Doctoral Degree in Organic Chemistry and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey, USA. Prof. Pednekar’s areas of research interest are Green Chemistry, Pharmacological and Chemical Investigation of Medicinal Plants and Marine Biotechnology. He has presented his research findings in many international and national conferences in more than 20 countries and has published over 50 research papers in international and national journals of repute. He has undertaken collaborative research projects with many Universities in India and abroad and has successfully guided over 20 students for Doctoral programs.
Prof. Pednekar who participated in Academic Leadership Programs at Oxford University, UK and Harvard University, USA, has vast administrative experience. He has served as a Member of many National and State level bodies engaged in the enhancement of quality of education such as the Working Group on Higher Education (XII Five Year Plan) Planning Commission of India, Committee for Revision of Maharashtra Public Universities’ Act, Task Force Committee, Government of Maharashtra for National Education Policy, etc. He was the President of Indian Chemical Society, Mumbai Branch. Currently he is the Member of many Academic Committees of Government of India’s University Grant Commission (UGC), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), etc. He is also the Life Member of many scientific bodies. Prof. Pednekar is the recipient of several awards which include the Best Chemistry Teacher Award at National level by Tata Chemicals Ltd. given in association with the Association of Chemistry Teachers, Royal Society of Chemistry, Confederation of Indian Industry and Godrej (2013); and the Best Teacher Award, Government of Maharashtra (2012).