Dr Srivari Chandrasekhar, Director, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT), Hyderabad, and a distinguished synthetic organic chemist, has taken over additional charge as the Director of CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL), Pune, in the Afternoon of 27 November 2020. He took over charge from Prof. Ashwini Kumar Nangia, who completed his tenure as Director CSIR-NCL, and will be returning to the University of Hyderabad as a Senior Professor of Chemistry.
Dr Chandrasekhar completed BSc and MSc degrees from Osmania University, Hyderabad, in 1982 and 1985, respectively and obtained PhD in Chemistry from CSIR-IICT, Hyderabad, in 1991 under the supervision of Dr A. V. Rama Rao. He joined CSIR-IICT as Scientist in 1994 and grew up to the position of director in 2015. Dr Chandrasekhar has published more than 285 research papers in international peer-reviewed journals and has supervised 80 PhD theses and 20 post-doctoral associates have worked in his group. He also has 19 patents to his credit.
Dr Chandrasekhar has received several accolades including Eminent Scientist Award for contributions in the field of Chemistry from Telangana State Government in 2017, CNR Rao National Prize for Chemical Research 2012, CSIR Technology award 2014 and Infosys prize in Chemical sciences 2014 for his contributions in synthetic organic chemistry. He is a fellow of all the three Indian Science academies, i.e., National Academy of Sciences, Indian Academy of Sciences and Indian National Science academy. He is also an Alexander von Humboldt fellow.