Ashoka University appoints Dr. Anurag Agrawal, Former Director CSIR IGIB, as Dean of Biosciences and Health Research


New Delhi, April 5, 2022: Ashoka University announced the appointment of Dr. Anurag
Agrawal, former Director, CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, Delhi, as the
Dean of Biosciences and Health Research, Ashoka University. Dr. Agrawal is a leading Indian
scientist and a member of the pandemic preparedness subgroup of the Global Partnership for
Artificial Intelligence. His appointment at Ashoka will further give a fillip to the University’s
efforts at strengthening the Sciences and coming up with path-breaking researches, specifically
in the Biosciences.

On his appointment, Dr. Anurag Agrawal, Dean, Biosciences and Health Research,
Ashoka University, said “The future of Bioscience in India is very bright. Indian scientists
and researchers are seeking to conduct world-class research which creates a significant
impact on India and the world. The government, too, recognizes this and is supportive of
scientific research and development. I am excited to join Ashoka at a time when the University
is making significant strides into various areas of cutting-edge research, which aims to solve
important scientific problems.”

Dr. Agrawal has been active in molecular and digital tracking of the COVID-19 pandemic and is
also the co-chair of the Lancet and Financial Times Global Commission, Governing health
futures 2030: growing up in a digital world, with a mandate to explore the convergence of digital
health, AI and other frontier technologies towards universal health coverage. Through research
and other events, he will engage with the Ashoka students and faculty in the emerging area of
Bioscience. He will assume the position from 1 st April 2022.

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According to Prof. Malabika Sarkar, Vice-Chancellor, Ashoka University, “It is an
honour for the University to have Dr. Anurag Agrawal join us as the Dean of Biosciences and
Health Research. He brings a wealth of experience, international recognition and deep
understanding of the field to this role. We believe that under his guidance, research at Ashoka
will grow exponentially and the university will contribute immensely to the future of
Bioscience and health research in India.”

Ashoka is on a journey towards creating a leading multidisciplinary research university with a
strong focus on teaching and learning. The diversity of experience and research in Ashoka’s
faculty reflects the University’s foundational goals. Ashoka actively strives to build inclusive
communities and empower students to see the world differently – through work, in and outside
the classroom, in peer interactions, and towards communities.

About Ashoka University:
Ashoka is India’s premier liberal arts university located in the National Capital Region, New
Delhi. Ashoka University is built on the finest global best practices of institution and university
governance. Accomplished leaders, philanthropists, thinkers, and academicians with expertise

in varied fields have come together to create the university. It brings the best
contemporary values and practices in higher education, in the tradition of the world’s leading
universities, to India. With a strong emphasis on multi-disciplinary learning, development of
skills and leadership attributes for 21st century, Ashoka is preparing students to be critical
thinkers and ethical leaders in an increasingly diverse world. It is a private, non-profit
University, established under the Haryana Private Universities Act, 2006, having its place of
business at 2 Rajiv Gandhi Education City, Sonipat, Haryana 131029 in India.
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