Prof Devendra Jalihal Takes Charge as IIT Guwahati Director

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Prof. Devendra Jalihal has assumed the position of Director at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT Guwahati), succeeding Prof. Rajeev Ahuja, who held the additional charge since November 2023. Prior to this appointment, Prof. Jalihal served as a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT Madras and chaired the Centre for Outreach and Digital Education, overseeing all educational outreach activities of the institute.

An esteemed academician, Prof. Jalihal earned his BTech (Hons) from IIT Kharagpur in 1983 and completed his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Duke University, Durham, USA, in 1992. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT Madras in 1994 and served as the Head of the Department (HoD) from 2016 to 2019.

With research interests spanning digital signal processing, wireless communication, real-time voice and video communication, and societal applications of wireless technologies, Prof. Jalihal has contributed to numerous projects. These include low bit-rate video conferencing, tactical communication systems, disaster management communication systems, and satellite communication networks. He also collaborates with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on strategic communication challenges.

Ranoj Pegu, Cabinet Minister for Higher Education, School Education, Tribal Affairs, Government of Assam, took to X (earlier known as Twitter) to congratulate the new IIT Guwahati Director. “Heartiest congratulations to Prof. Devendra Jalihal on assuming charge as Director of IIT Guwahati. Prior to his new role, Prof. Jalihal served as a distinguished professor in the Dept of Electrical Engineering at IIT Madras. My best wishes for a fruitful tenure ahead,” he tweeted.

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