Asian Journal of Experimental Sciences

  Professor Aditya Shastri - Patron

Professor Aditya Shastri is currently serving as Vice-Chancellor of Banasthali Vidyapith and discharging the duties as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Academic Officer of the University. In 2003 he was the youngest ever to become Vice-chancellor of a university and today he is one of the senior most amongst the fraternity!

He was born on 4 June, 1963 in a family of academics where higher education and social service was valued the most. His grandfather Pandit Hiralal Shastri was the First Chief Minister of Rajasthan, a member for the constituent assembly and founded Banasthali Vidyapith in 1935 along with Smt. Ratan Shastri, a recipient of Padma Bhusan and the Jamnalal Bajaj Awards for her contribution to Banasthali.

Prof. Aditya Shastri’s showed a great deal of promise in academics from the very early age and secured 4th rank in the Higher Secondary examination of the Board of Secondary Education, Rajasthan. He was also a rank holder in the Secondary examination securing 8th position. On completion of his education from BITS, Pilani in 1984 from where he received M.Sc.(Tech.) Computer Science and M.Sc.(Hons.) Mathematics, he went to USA for further studies and earned Master's degree in Mathematics from SUNY, Stony Brook, before moving to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from where he completed his Ph.D. in 1990.

After serving the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) for one year, he moved to Banasthali where he has remained ever since. His initial years at Banasthali were mainly devoted to developing IT and Computer Science activities which culminated in the establishment of Apaji Institute of Mathematics and Applied Computer Technology(AIM & ACT).

During this period he has held several visiting appointments in the UK, France and Japan; most notably, he was selected as a Marie-Curie Fellow by DST in 1994-95 and spent that year in Universite Du Maine, France. This fellowship is given to only one scientist every year. He was also a Royal Society Exchange Visitor to the University of Nottingham in 1993 and a research staff member at IBM-India Research Lab. from 1999-2000.

He has published over 50 research papers and has authored five text-books. He has carried out a number of research projects for various funding agencies. He has generated well over 10 crores for Banasthali Vidyapith by way of his individual research grants. His research interests include Discrete Mathematics, Combinatorics, Graph Theory, Theory of Computation, (parallel) algorithms, E-commerce and Mobile Computing.

Of late, he is spending much of his time and energy for the overall development of Banasthali. Over the last few years the Vidyapith has attained self-reliance through some bold initiative spearheaded by him such as the Jaipur campus, off-shore centers and massive expansion of all activities of the Vidyapith. Ever since he joined, the enrollment has jumped 10-folds, budget 20-folds, workers 5-folds and Banasthali has witnessed phenomenal growth with an estimated outlay of Rs. 150 crores. Shri Pranab Mukherjee during his convocation address recently remarked that, "Banasthali has grown faster than the Indian GDP since liberalization!" The University has recently been accredited with `A' grade by NAAC, Govt. of India, placed in 'A' category by MHRD Review Committee and attracts more number of applications than ever before.