Prof Ashoke Sarkar is the new director of Birla Institute of Technology’s Pilani campus. He assumed the charge on April 16. He has been associated with BITS since 1999 as a senior professor and completed over 14 sponsored R&D projects. He also worked as the dean of the institute’s instruction division and academic registration and counseling during his tenure at the institute.
Earlier in his career, Prof Sarkar has served as a consultant at World Bank and University Grants Commission among several other positions held by him. A PhD in civil engineering from IIT Kharagpur, he has worked a research scientist with CSIR in South Africa during 1997-1999.
He has replaced Prof G Raghurama who has completed his five-year term as director of Pilami campus and is now set to move to BITS Pilani, KK Birla Goa campus, where he’ll continue to work on research activities and also teach students.