University Leadership

Chitkara University is a dream envisioned and realised by Dr Ashok K Chitkara and Dr Madhu Chitkara—two academicians dedicated to the mission of spreading education. Through their inspiring leadership, they have helped create a learning environment that represents a unique blend of distinguished faculty, brilliant students and proactive collaborations with industry.


The genesis of an institution of academic excellence lies in the principles, profile and the vision of its founders who define its mission, purpose and the direction. Chitkara University was founded around the vision, and the academic accomplishments of Dr. Ashok Chitkara and Dr. Madhu Chitkara, who have pledged four decades of their lives, and career to educate, and mentor students.

Their commitment to the quality of education and student success has become the cornerstone of Chitkara University’s growth philosophy. Being a ‘not for profit’ organisation, all efforts and resources are re-invested to ensure that each student gets the requisite mentorship and skill sets to explore their real potential and add value to themselves, their careers, and to the community at large.

Our academic excellence is complemented by an accomplished faculty, impressive infrastructure, extracurricular facilities and adequate residential accommodations. At Chitkara University, the quality of education takes a clear precedence over quantity of students where we keep a check on small class sizes so each student gets the time, attention and the mentorship they deserve from their teachers.

Our alums are the biggest testimonials of our commitment to academic excellence, and have made us proud with their accomplishments in diverse careers, nationally and overseas. We offer career placement services and an access to global education through student exchanges, course articulations, study abroad options etc. where we have partnered with more than hundred leading institutions in different continents.

Being a research focused University, we encourage new ideas and innovations to provide support and help realise students’ vision. We have built few of then best entrepreneurship incubation centers in India across our campuses to provide our students with the infrastructure and resources they would need, coupled with a strong mentorship from veterans in their field. Our doors are open for all to come and discover an applied education that is way ahead of its time at Chitkara University. And explore and realise your potential.


Chancellor, Chitkara University – Himachal Pradesh

With exemplary elegance and polished ideas, with towering calibre and right balance of thoughts and beliefs, Dr Ashok K Chitkara is the face of potential youth and equitable education.

A renowned mathematician and a legendary academician, Dr Ashok K Chitkara is the Chancellor of Chitkara University, Punjab and Chitkara University, Himachal Pradesh. His perspective and farsightedness in the field of education has rendered future promising prospects in the fullness of time.



Pro Chancellor, Chitkara University – Himachal Pradesh

Dr Madhu Chitkara is one of the co-founders of Chitkara Educational Trust, an organisation of great repute & distinction. An eminent academician, an innovative entrepreneur, she has articulated, designed the road map for the Trust & has actively contributed to its tremendous growth and recognition in all these years and is spreading light of education in the life of tens of thousands of people.


Vice Chancellor, Chitkara University – Himachal Pradesh

With a PhD in Civil Engineering and M.E. in Structural Engineering from Thapar University, Patiala, Dr. Varinder S. Kanwar carries more than 26 years of Research; Teaching and Administrative Experience. He has worked with institutes like NIT Hamirpur, Government Polytechnic, Hamirpur, Thapar University Patiala and Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar. He has more than 40 research papers in National and International Journals to his credit and 17 research papers in conferences. He has guided PhD and ME/M Tech students and continues to provide guidance to PhD and ME/M Tech students in the area of Civil Engineering. He has written 5 text/reference books in the field of Civil Engineering. He is an active member of various societies like IEEE, IRC, ICI, Institution of Engineers and Punjab Science Congress. He is on the panel of Board of Studies – Civil Engineering of various other Universities too. Nominated as non-official member of State Level Working Committee – Town and Country Planning Department, Government of Himachal Pradesh. Actively involved in industrial consultancy and technology development to provide suitable solutions in problems areas such as waste minimization, reuse or recycle of waste generated. Nominated by Quality Council of India to develop a criterion for the accreditation and assessment agency to be empanelled by UGC.

Registrar, Chitkara University – Himachal Pradesh

Dr Pawan Kumar Paras is Registrar, Chitkara University, Himachal Pradesh. He holds a position of immense authority and responsibilities, which include supervision of tasks such as registration requests, framing the rules for admissions and discharges, scheduling and maintaining of the permanent records of grades, marks and lists of classes, among others and liaison with Regulatory and Statutory bodies to achieve the goals of the University.

Pro Vice Chancellor (Academics), Chitkara University – Himachal Pradesh

An astute industry-aligned academician with 27+ years of hands-on expertise in bridging the gap between “Industry & Academia” along with deep competencies in preparing “Day-1 Industry Ready professionals”. High-achieving techno-commercial administrator possessing excellent communication, organizational and analytical capabilities. Energetic leader with strong relationship management skills, proficient in building strategic alliances with global organizations in line with the key management objectives to bring value for students as well as the institution.

Principal, College of Nursing, Chitkara University – Himachal Pradesh

Dr. Vinay Kumari has obtained her Doctorate in Nursing from National Consortium for Ph.D. in Nursing by Indian Nursing Council in collaboration with Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore. She completed her postgraduation in Neurosciences nursing from AIIMS, New Delhi and graduation in nursing from NINE, PGIMER, and Chandigarh.
She has contributed in the development of e-content under Bodhi Health Education and authored 03 book chapters. She has guided numerous research projects of postgraduate nursing students and has more than 35 research publications and one copyright to her credit. She is currently guiding 05 PhD scholars.
She is also acknowledged as a trainer under GFATM project (Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria) and a Subject matter expert under Tata Consultancy Services and Focus Games, UK.

Principal, School of Pharmacy, Chitkara University – Himachal Pradesh

Dr. Nitin Verma is presently working as Professor and Principal at School of Pharmacy, Chitkara University, Himachal Pradesh, India. Dr. Verma has more than 17 years of teaching, research and administrative experience. He has published more than 45 International and national research papers in peer reviewed journal and presented research work in 65 national and international conferences, seminars and workshop. He is Member of Board of Studies, Academic Council, Chairman Academic and Research Committee, Member Board of Management, Coordinator- Academic Industry Partnership Programme with CIPLA Ltd. Baddi, Mankind Pharma, Fresenius Kabi, Glenmark Pharma and Abbott Healthcare Ltd. He has executed projects of INR more than 4.5 crores with industry.

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