Rahul & Namita Gautam Chair

Mr. Rahul Gautam (BT/CHE/1975) is the Director of Sheela Foam and Chairman of Joyce Pvt. Ltd. In 1971, he, along with his mother, founded one of India's largest foam manufacturing company, Sheela Foam, branded as Sleepwell mattresses. Under the leadership of Mr. Gautam, his company expanded wings offshores as well setting up manufacturing units in Australia. He has more than 45 years of experience under his belt in manufacturing of home products and PU foam industry. The Sleepwell Foundation, set up by Mr. Gautam, caters to various Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives in education and sports. IITK conferred upon him the Distinguished Alumnus Award (2017).
Mr. Gautam, along with his wife, Mrs. Namita Gautam, instituted the Rahul & Namita Gautam Chair that is open to all the departments of sciences & engineering for a period of three years.

Current Occupant

Prof. Vinod Kumar Singh

Sept. 2019 - Sept. 2022

Prof. Vinod K. Singh, Department of Chemistry, research interest lies in Synthetic Organic Chemistry - Asymmetric Synthesis. He developed several new chiral ligands/catalysts for enantioselective reactions. One of the chiral catalysts developed in his laboratory, called "Singh's Catalyst", is an efficient chiral organocatalyst for enantioselective aldol reaction in aqueous medium. Prof. Singh served as a senior scientist in Nurogen Corporation, Connecticut before joining IITK as a faculty. He was the Director of IISER Bhopal (2008-2018). Prof. Singh is the recipient of many prestigious awards and honors - Padma Shri, Govt. of India (2014), Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Prize (2004), Swarnajayanti Fellowship (1998). He earned his doctorate from M.S. University, Baroda (1986).