Prof. Ved Prakash has been appointed as the full time Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC). Prof. Prakash has been serving as the acting Chairman of the UGC for past 11 months since Prof. Sukhdeo Thorat retired from the post in February, 2012.
Prof. Ved Prakash has been appointed for a full tenure of five years ending on 18th January, 2018 or 65 years whichever is earlier. Prof. Prakash has also served UGC as Secretary and later as Vice Chairman before being appointed as the Acting Chairman last year. He has served as Vice-Chancellor of National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA).
Prof. Ved Prakash also served as Adviser, Education, Planning Commission, and Government of India; as Professor and Head, Department of Educational Measurement and Evaluation, National Council of Educational Research & Training (NCERT).
He is a recipient of the US Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellowship, has held a number of coveted positions in premier national and international organizations. Prof. Ved Prakash, who had worked as Acting Chairman for about 23 months, will be having the unique distinction of serving the UGC, the apex organization of the higher education in the country, in all the three key positions as Secretary, Vice Chairman and Chairman.
He had been a Visiting Faculty at the Humanities Research Group, University of Windsor, Canada and a Guest Faculty at the Harvard Institute of International Development (HIID), Harvard University, Cambridge. Besides he worked as a Consultant for the World Bank. Prof. Ved Prakash has participated in several national and international conferences and has authored a number of books, articles and research papers on a wide spectrum of areas concerning higher education and educational planning and administration.