Prof. V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai is the Vice-Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi. He is also the Chairman of the Distance Education Council (DEC). Prof. Pillai has been at the helm of affairs of many higher education institutions during his career spanning over 37 years. His experiences and contributions to the field of science and educational administration are vaste and varied. He has served as the • Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi • Director of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore • Vice-Chancellor of the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala • Vice-Chancellor of the Cochin University of Science and Technology • Founder-Director of the School of Chemical Sciences Dean of Faculty of Science; Controller of Examinations • • Director of College Development Council • Founder-Director of the School of Professional Distance Education and • Chief, Employment and Information Guidance Bureau of the Mahatma Gandhi University. • He is a Fellow of the prestigious Indian Academy of Sciences and an Honorary Senior Fellow of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore