Prof. V. Rajaraman obtained a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Physics from Delhi University in 1952, DIISC in 1955 and AIISC in 1957 from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in Electrical Communication Engineering, SM in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1959 and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1961. He was an Assistant Professor of Statistics at the University of Wisconsin in 1961-62 and joined Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering in 1963 and became a Senior Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1973. He headed the Computer Centre at IIT, Kanpur, from 1967-72 and again from 1976-79. At IIT-Kanpur he initiated the computer science educational programme and guided its growth from 1966 to 1979. He joined the Indian Institute of Science in 1982 where he initiated the plan to set up a National Supercomputing facility in 1983. It was set up with a funding of Rs. 50 crores from the Government of India. He also set up the National Centre of Science Information with funding from the University Grants Commission for providing selective dissemination of information to scientists at Indian Universities. The other activities started at the Institute of Science by him include Computer Aided Design of Electronic Systems and Knowledge Based Computer System Development. He was an IBM Research Professor of Information Technology at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore from 1994 to 2001. Currently he is Honorary Professor in Supercomputer Education & Research Centre, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Prof. Rajaraman guided 30 Ph.D. students in Computer Science, published over 60 technical papers in reputed journals and is the author of sixteen books in Computer Science Currently Prof. Rajaraman’s interests are in design of information systems and devolopment of Computer based self-study material in information technology.
During 1965-66 he was a visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley and during 1972-73 a visiting IBM Research Fellow at the Systems Development Institute, Canberra, Australia. He pioneered Computer Science education and research in India and in recognition of this he was awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in 1976 and the fellowship of the Computer Society of India in 1981. He was awarded the Homi Bhabha Prize for research in Applied Sciences by the University Grants Commission, India, in 1986, National Award for Excellence in Computer Engineering by the Indian Society for Technical Education in 1988, Rustom Choksy Award for Excellence in Engineering Research by the Indian Institute of Science, Om Prakash Bhasin Award in 1993. In 1997 Dataquest Industry Panel gave him “life time achievement award” in Information Technology. In 1998 he received the Zaheer Medal of the Indian National Science Academy. He was awarded Padma Bhushan by the President of India in 1998 In 2005 he was awarded the “Life Time Contributions to Engineering” award by the Indian National Academy of Engiineering. Prof. Rajaraman has been active as a consultant to industry. He was a member of the Electronics Commission , Government of India, from 1979-1982. During this tenure as Chairman of Manpower Committee he initiated a plan to increase the human resources available in I.T. by proposing Master of Computer Applications (MCA) program which was a unique programme in India. He also initiated plans to encourage software export by allowing import of mainframe computers. He was Director of CMC Ltd., from 1990 to 1995 and Director of Canbank Computer Services Ltd., Bangalore, from 1995-2000. He chaired the All India Board on Information Technology of AICTE from 1193-2003. He is on the board of directors of Encore Software Limited and Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management of Kerala. He is a member of the investment advisory committee of Kerala Venture Capital Fund Ltd., a division of Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation. He is also I.T. advisor to Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode. His responsibilities there include advise on campus computer networking and I.T. Curriculum to Management students.
Prof. Rajaraman is a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, Indian Academy of Sciences and Indian National Academy of Engineering and Computer Society of India and Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers.