Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar Age, Caste, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Marital Status: Married
Age: 60 Years
Father: M. Ranga Rao

Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar

ProfessionUniversity Professor
Known ForBeing appointed as the Chairman of UGC on 4 February 2022
Physical Stats & More
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourSalt and Pepper
Awards, Honours, Achievements 2006: The 29th IETE Ram Lal Wadhwa Gold Medal for distinguished contribution in the field of Semiconductor device design and modeling
2008: IBM Faculty award in recognition of professional achievements
2013: Excellence in Teaching (in large class category) from IIT Delhi
Personal Life
Date of Birth1962 (Year)
Age (as of 2021) 60 Years
BirthplaceMamidala, Nalgonda District, Telangana
HometownMamidala, Nalgonda District, Telangana
College/University• Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
• University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Educational Qualification(s)• MS(EE) and PhD(EE) degrees from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
• 1994: He completed a post-doctoral research at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada [1]M Jagadesh Kumar Blog
Controversy• On 9 February 2016, the protests in JNU raised the slogans for the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru that led the Delhi police to arrest and book a group of students. The University attracted controversy during M Jagadesh Kumar's tenure as Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University. [2]The Indian Express
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage Date1990
WifeLakshmi (an MBA in Marketing and homemaker)
Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar with his wife
ChildrenSons- 2
• Saketh (an intern at TNO - The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research)
Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar's son Saketh
• Karthik (he did a Master’s degree in Nanoelectronics)
Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar's son Karthik and mother
ParentsFather- M. Ranga Rao (a retired primary school teacher)
Mother- Jayaprada Devi
SiblingsSisters- 2
Sunita and Gita

Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar

Some Lesser Known Facts About Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar

  • Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar is an Indian academician, administrator, and author. In January 2016, he was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar is best known for being appointed as the Chairman of the University Grants Commission of India (UGC) on 4 February 2022.
  • Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar was appointed as a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT Delhi soon after finishing his doctoral degree. He held the NXP (Philips) Chair Professor position at IIT Delhi, which was established by Philips Semiconductors, Netherlands (now NXP Semiconductors India Pvt Ltd).
  • From 2001 to 2006, Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar served as the Chairman of the Electronics Group in the Department of Electrical Engineering. From September 2009 to September 2011, he worked with the VLSI Design, Tools and Technology interdisciplinary program as its Coordinator. At IIT Delhi, Jagadesh Kumar worked as a Chief Investigator of the Nano-scale Research Facility (NRF) and also held the position of Chief Investigator of the Center of Excellence for Nanodevices and Systems. This program was funded by the Government of India and its Ministry of Human Resource Development.
  • At IIT Delhi, Jagadesh Kumar’s teaching skills and traits have been rated as outstanding by the Faculty Appraisal Committee. Jagadesh Kumar worked in areas including Nanoelectronic Devices, Nanoscale Device modelling and simulation, Innovative Device Design and Power semiconductor devices. Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar has co-authored several books internationally along with his undergraduate and M.Tech students.
  • Jagadesh Kumar was an Editorial Board member of an online and open access research publication titled Scientific Reports at IIT Delhi. He was the editor of IEEE Journal titled Electron Devices Society which is published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), USA. He served as an editor of ‘IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices’ journal from 2006 to 2015, and this journal was published by IEEE, USA.
  • Prof. K.N.Bhat was Jagadesh Kumar’s research supervisor at IIT Madras during his doctoral studies.
  • Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar worked as the Editor-in-Chief of IETE Technical Review. He is a fellow of renowned educational institutions of India including the Indian National Academy of Engineering, The National Academy of Sciences, India, and The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers, India. On 31 July 2007, Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar was conferred with the ISA-VSI TechnoMentor award by the India Electronics & Semiconductor Association, and it was presented to him by Dr R. Chidambaram along with an amount of two lakh rupees.
  • He was appointed as the vice-chairman of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) at IIT Delhi in 2007 and 2008.
  • In 2011, Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar was the Organizing Chairman for the All India Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET), and in 2012, he was the Organising Chairman of the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) and was given the charge to organise tests in 860 centres over 170 cities and towns of India.
  • Jagadesh Kumar is recognised as a distinguished lecturer in IEEE Electron Devices Society (Nanoelectronics). He is often invited by various national and international conferences and workshops to deliver lectures on the topics related to Nanoelectronics.
  • Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar regularly practices Shito-Ryu Karate. He is also a fitness enthusiast and regularly goes to a gym. Both of his sons are gold medalists in the Delhi state Karate championship competition and proficient guitarists. His son Saketh is a part of a Delhi based music band named Crystal Fire.
  • He was appointed the chairman of the executive committee of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and Governing Body of National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar is the board member of the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Center (IN-SPACe), which was set up by the government of India.
  • Jagadesh Kumar served as a member of the University Grants Commission (UGC) from 24 June 2016 to 23 June 2019. On 14 January 2016, he was appointed as the chairman of UGC and held the position till 2 February 2017. He was also a member of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
  • In June 2017, an associate professor at the Centre for English Studies (CES) in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Saitya Brata Das, alleged that the vice-chancellor of the JNU ‘Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar’ was responsible for not promoting him due to his caste. Saitya said that caste discrimination had always been prevalent in JNU. [3]Caravan Magazine Saitya said,

    Caste discrimination against faculty members belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes had always existed at JNU, in “subtle” forms. The manifestation of this discrimination, especially from the administration, became “blatant” after Jagadesh took over as the university’s vice-chancellor, in January 2016.”

  • In July 2017, a Tiranga March was organised on the JNU campus which was headed by Jagadesh Kumar, along with some renowned RSS and Army officials, to disseminate nationalist ideology among the campus students. [4]Daily O

    Vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar and Maj Gen (retd) GD Bakshi at the Tiranga March organised on the JNU campus

    Vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar and Maj Gen (retd) GD Bakshi at the Tiranga March organised on the JNU campus

  • In October 2017, during Jagadesh Kumar’s tenure as the vice-chancellor of JNU, an M.Sc. student of JNU named ‘Najeeb Ahmed’ went missing soon after his fight with the students of RSS-affiliated ABVP. [5]The Indian Express
  • Jagadesh Kumar is the co-author of three books titled Fundamentals of Tunnel Field-Effect Transistors which was published in November 2016, Tunnel Field-effect Transistors (TFET): Modelling and Simulation released in November 2016, and Junctionless Field-Effect Transistors: Design, Modeling and Simulation published in February 2019.

    A collage of the three books co-authored by Jagadesh Kumar

    A collage of the three books co-authored by Jagadesh Kumar

  • In December 2019, Jagadesh Kumar was attacked by some furious students of JNU University during the protests that were going on on the campus after the hostel fee hike.

  • On 4 February 2022, Jagadesh Kumar was appointed as the Chairman of UGC. A senior Ministry of Education official stated in a press conference that Jagadesh was appointed for a tenure of five years. [6]The Tribune He said,

    The Central government has appointed M Jagadesh Kumar as UGC Chairman for a period of five years or till he attains the age of 65 years, whichever is the earliest.”

  • Soon after his appointment as the chairman of UGC, Jagadesh Kumar stated in a press conference that the implementation of the National Education Policy would be his priority. [7]Tribune India He said,

    It is definitely going to be challenging. My priority will be to ensure the implementation of the National Education Policy. The sooner it is implemented, the better it will be for us. I will be meeting the vice-chancellors of universities across the country regarding the implementation of NEP. The NEP has several aspects like the multidisciplinary courses so we will work on those aspects.”