The President of India is the Visitor of Nalanda University.

The Chancellor is the head of the University and is also the Chairperson of the University’s Governing Board. The Chancellor presides over Governing Board Meetings and Convocations of the University.

The Vice Chancellor is the principal academic and executive officer of the University.

The University’s Governing Board is responsible for all the policies and directions of the University and management of its affairs. The Board is also responsible for ensuring that the University achieves its goal of becoming internationally reputed as a centre of research and new knowledge.


  1. Visitor: Hon’ble President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind
  2. Chancellor: Dr. Vijay Bhatkar
  3. Vice Chancellor: Prof. Sunaina Singh

Key Authorities of the University:

  1. Governing Board 
  2. The Executive Committee
  3. The Academic Council
  4. Finance Committee
  5. Building and Works Committee

Governing Board

  1. Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, Chancellor NU
  2. Prof. Sunaina Singh, Vice Chancellor, NU
  3. Five Members from member countries with highest contribution:
    • Representative from India (Shri N.K. Singh)
    • Representative from China (Professor Wang Bangwei)
    • Representative from Australia (Mr. Peter Varghese)
    • Representative from Lao PDR (H. E Mr. Southam Sakonhninhom)
    • Representative from Thailand (Professor Prapod A)
  4. Smt. Vijay Thakur Singh, Secretary (East), MEA
  5. Two representatives from Government of Bihar
    • Shri Anjani Kumar Singh Chief Secretary, Govt. of Bihar
    • Shri Chanchal Kumar, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Govt. of Bihar
  6. Shri R. Subrahmanyam, Secretary, HRD , Representative from the Ministry of HRD, Govt of India
  7. Following three persons in the category of “Renowned Academician or Educationist”:
    • Professor Arvind Sharma (Birks Professor of Comparative Religion McGill University, Montreal, Canada.)
    • Professor Lokesh Chandra (President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations)
    • Dr. Arvind Panagariya (Vice Chairman, Niti Ayog)

Gazette Notification 

The Executive Committee

  1. Chairperson: Chancellor, NU – Dr. Vijay Bhatkar
  2. Ex-Officio Member: Vice Chancellor – Professor Sunaina Singh
  3. Ex-Officio Member: Secretary (East) , Ministry of External Affairs – Smt. Vijay Thakur Singh
  4. Chancellor’s Nominees :
    • Economist, Policy Adviser – Shri. N.K.Singh
    • Secretary, HRD – Shri R. Subrahmanyam

Finance Committee

  1. Prof. Sunaina Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Nalanda University      Chairperson
  2. AS&FA, Ministry of External Affairs, GOI       Member
    (Nominee of Ministry of Finance)
  3. Shri Manish, Joint Secretary (South & Nalanda), MEA, GOI      Member
    (Nominee of Ministry of External Affairs)
  4. Shri Gautam Guha (IAAS Retired)      Member
    (Chancellor’s Nominee)
  5. Shri R. Thyagarajan, Head, Admin & Finance, CEMCA(Retd.)      Member
    (Chancellor’s Nominee)
  6. Prof. Sukhbir Singh, Dean, School Of Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religions, NU      Member
    (Dean of the School of study by rotation)
  7. Finance Officer, Nalanda University      Member Secretary

Building and Works Committee

  • Chairperson : Prof. Sunaina Singh (Vice Chancellor, NU)
  • Member : Dr. Sumeet Jerath (AS & FA MEA or his representative)
  • Member : Mr. Manish (JS South & Nalanda)
  • Member : Mr Girish Nandan Singh (Retd. Engineer In Cheif, Building Construction Department, Government of Bihar)
  • Member : Mr. A K Sinha (Retd. Additional Director General, CPWD)
  • Member : Mr. A R Ramanathan (Senior Architect)
  • Member Secretary : Shri Sanjay Bhatnagar (Registrar)
  • Member : Finance Officer (FO)
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