Dr. Naresh Chandra has worked as Pro Vice-Chancellor twice (from 17th April, 1997 to 4th May, 2000 and from 12th April, 2012 to 11th May, 2015)
As Pro-Vice-Chancellor, he assisted the Vice-Chancellor proactively in all the endeavours in taking the University forward and provided help, support and guidance for the smooth functioning of the University. He played a key-role in introducing relevant, innovative and need based academic courses.
He has been the Principal of Birla College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Kalyan, since 15th October, 1988 (except the period, when he was on lien leave).
Birla College, Kalyan, established in 1972, affiliated to the University of Mumbai, is a multi-faculty institution of higher education with an enrollment of more than 9,000 students. The college offers several UG, PG and Research programs. The College has been awarded the ‘Best College Award’ in the urban category, by the University of Mumbai in 2009. The College has been declared winner of IMC - RBNQ Performance Excellence Trophy - 2011 in Education. The College has been ISO 9001: 2008 certified.
Birla College was accredited by NAAC with a 5 Star status in 2002, re-accredited in 2008 and awarded ‘A’ Grade with CGPA 3.37 and now re-accredited in 2014 (third cycle) and awarded “A” Grade with CGPA 3.58. UGC has conferred the status of “College with Potential for Excellence” (CPE) during phase-III (March 2010) and now conferred with College of Excellence (from 1st April, 2015 to 31st March, 2020).
Dr. Chandra is a Research Guide of the University of Mumbai for M.Sc. and Ph.D. (Science) Degree in Botany and Biotechnology. He is the Fellow and Life Member, Indian Botanical Society (FBS). 18 students have been awarded Ph.D. Degree under his guidance. He has worked on a major research project sanctioned by UGC and on a major research project sanctioned by NMPB. He has published several research papers in National as well as International journals. He is the Associate Editor (West Zone) of “Journal of Cell and Tissue Research”.
He has been Chairman / Member of several Expert Committees of Universities / UGC. As Chairman, Peer Team, NAAC visited many colleges in the country. He has visited several Universities/Institutions in UK, USA, Australia and China. In 2008 he was invited to attend International Visitor Leadership Program on “Higher Education – Administration and Curriculum Development: A Project for India”, at Washington and New York from 3rd to 7th November, 2008. Recently he has attended five days Workshop on “Multidisciplinary Approach to University Leaders Development” held at Harvard University, USA from 30th July, 2012 to 3rd August, 2012.
His rich experience in academic administration and his contribution for the cause has helped him carve a niche for himself in the field of higher education.