Dr. Nagaraj Neerchal from the University of Maryland, Baltimore Country (UMBC), USA assumed office as Vice Chancellor of Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth on 4 August 2019.
At UMBC, Dr. Neerchal is a Professor and Graduate Programme Director for Statistics. He is also the Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Consulting and Research (of which he is also the co-founder) in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He was the Chair of the department from 2006 to 2015. With a Ph.D. in Statistics from Iowa State University, USA, Prof. Neerchal's research and publications encompass theory and applications of statistics in a broad range of disciplines including transportation, environment and ecology, pharmacology and high-performance computing.
Prof. Neerchal, in his academic career, has served in different roles in academic committees, professional bodies and state and federal government committees. He has guided several Ph.D. and master’s students and has many publications to his credit including three books. He has won numerous awards including the University of Maryland Board of Regents Award for Innovation and Excellence, the Kauffman Entrepreneurship Fellowship and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Statistical Association.