Anirban is currently the Director of Research and Development at Ashoka. He works closely with the academic leadership team to concretize the university’s academic and research administration. He supports framing policies, guidelines and developing implementation strategies to facilitate faculty and scholar doing excellent research and fostering new research initiatives (projects, collaborations, centers, etc.). Anirban supervises three main verticals of the Research and Development Office at Ashoka – Grant Management, Research Infrastructure Management, and Research Personnel Management. He has alomost ten years of experience (2021) as university administrators in India. Previously he was the Assistant Registrar and then officiated as the Deputy Registrar at Presidency University (Kolkata, India). At Presidency he worked with the leadership team and participated in the task of transforming a great college more than two hundred years old into a twenty-first-century research university.
Anirban completed a BSc. (Hons) in Physics, an MSc and a Ph.D in Nanoscience from University of Calcutta. During his PhD, his research interests were in nanoparticle synthesis and applications, reaction kinetics study, and sophisticated imaging techniques (Google Scholar). Further, Anirban is interested in research in Higher Education Management and Policy issues. His recent scholarly works on Indian higher education have appeared at ‘Globalisation, Societies and Education‘, ‘Outlook‘ , ‘Sustainability’ etc. He has been awarded the India Research Management Initiative (IRMI) grant by the DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance in 2021 to create a new vertical on Research Grants Advising, understand the best practices and build networks in this field.