The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has announced appointment of Baldev Raj, Director, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkkam, as Chairman, Board of Governors, National Institute of Technology-Puducherry at Karaikal.

Dr. Baldev Raj has been appointed to the post by the President of India for five years. Besides authoring 42 books and special volumes and journals, he has to his credit 700 publications in leading national and international journals. The Platinum Medal Award by the Indian Institutes of Metal, and INSA prize for Materials Science by Indian National Science Academy that he received in 2010 are the recent among the over 40 prestigious recognitions endowed on Dr. Baldev Raj since 1969 when he received the first award as a university topper in B.E.