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Dr. Rajiv Kumar Tayal
Science and Engineering Research Board

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Dr. Rajiv Kumar Tayal took over the charge of Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB) as its Secretary in August, 2018. Prior to his current role in SERB, he was leading the bi-national Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF) as its Executive Director, which performs a substantial role in promoting scientific cooperation between India and the US.In his relatively short tenure, he could still bring about a strategic transformation in IUSSTF by imparting an altogether new visionto its governance, branding, outreach, restructuring of portfolio and classification of distinct program verticals, HR, financial sustainability and the overall positioning as a “knowledge and skill” based organization. In addition to providing overall leadership to IUSSTF, he used to personally drive Innovation and Entrepreneurial initiatives for start-ups to translate new ideas into tangible business opportunities.


He had earlier worked in industrial R&D dealing with various facets of technology development and project implementation / management. He had been involved in the development of several processes / technologies for new products, which were put to real life implementation. Prior to his last position in IUSSTF, he had been working as an Advisor in the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, dealing with overall Science &Technology policy framework and several direct interventions through a vast range of schemes and programs related to promotion of scientific research and capacity building. His work in DST, related to promotion and management of R&D at the national level,has been widely recognized as the gold standard by the peer group in the scientific community, which includes the foundational role he played in the formative years of SERB. He was also instrumental in developing several international partnerships, including those with NSF and NIH/NIBIB.


He holds a Doctorate in Chemical Engineering and Diploma in Project Management. He had been a Certified Assessor / Trainer for Laboratory Accreditation Systems, Quality Management Systems and Environment Management Systems. His extensive professional experience in Science, Technology and Innovation space, spans across Industry, Government and a large number of academic institutions, research laboratories and industry. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, FNAE and The Institution of Engineers (India), FIE.

Last Updated on 21 Aug, 2018