Dr. Sabitha Ramamurthy, Chancellor

CMR University Dr. Sabitha Ramamurthy, Chancellor

Dr. Sabitha Ramamurthy is a lady with a vision. She decided to pursue her father-in-law, Sri. Chikka Muniyappa Reddy’s dream – a dream of educating the masses. The CMR Jnanadhara Trust was started in 1990 and Dr. Sabitha Ramamurthy took over as the President of the Trust. The Trust started the National Junior School (now CMR National Public School). What was started as a modest school in a family-owned orchard is now a full-fledged CBSE school that appends to its laurels every year. She did not cease her hard work and efforts with this prestigious school, and is constantly envisioning the growth of her educational empire.

Dr.H.B.Raghavendra, Vice Chancellor

We are honoured to introduce the Vice Chancellor of CMR University, Dr H. B. Raghavendra. He brings a wealth of experience and leadership to our institution, having served in various academic and administrative roles throughout his career. He completed his BE in Civil Engineering with distinction from the University of Mysore in 1983, followed by an MS (research) degree from IIT Madras in the faculty of civil engineering in 1988. He attained his Ph.D from IISC Bangalore in 1996 and later completed a Masters degree in Software Systems from BITS Pilani in 2002.

He is a strong advocate for student success and has worked closely with faculty and leadership to ensure students receive the highest quality of education possible. Before joining the CMR fraternity, he held the position of Vice Chancellor at both Chandigarh University and The NorthCap University. He has earned a reputation at these institutions for implementing effective examination system changes and NFP 202 initiatives.

Dr H. B. Raghavendra is a respected leader and has published over 41 articles in his area of expertise. He is a highly respected member of numerous professional organisations and expert committees, including the Consent Committee at Karnataka State Pollution Board, the American Society for Civil Engineers, the Fellow Institution of Engineers, the Indian Institution of Structural Engineers, and the Indian Building Council. Dr Raghavendra is a renowned figure in the field of engineering and has held numerous leadership positions, including serving as a member of the Boards of Studies and Examination, a member of the Governing Council of Technical Institutions, and as Head of the Department of civil engineering and the Center for Planning and Institutional Development at Jawaharlal Nehru National College of Engineering. He is part of the panel of referees for ICE journals and has delivered lectures and training programs at prestigious institutions such as IISc Bangalore. Dr H. B. Raghavendra holds professional recognition as a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers and is a life member of organisations like the Indian Geotechnical Society and the Indian Society for Technical Education. He also holds professional recognition as a chartered engineer and valuer.

He is highly involved in consulting in the field of geotechnical and structural engineering, with a specific interest in foundations on challenging soils and the rehabilitation of structures. He has completed projects sponsored by AICTE and various industries on utilising industrial waste as construction materials. He has also worked on consultancy projects for ONGC and Singareni Collieries Limited while at IIT Madras. He has expertise in multistage triaxial tests. He has organised and conducted multiple AICTE/World Bank-sponsored training programs for faculty, civil engineers, and consultants from the State and Central government.

His areas of interest include analytical and numerical modelling, ground improvement techniques, environmental geotechnics for waste management, and software development for engineering applications among others. We are thrilled to welcome him to CMR University and look forward to his valuable contributions to enhance our collaborative culture and enrich our educational philosophy.

Dr. Praveen R, Registrar

CMR University Dr. Praveen R, Registrar

As the Registrar at CMR University, Dr. R. Praveen leads the academic and administrative functions of the University. He ensures policy formulations, regulatory management and also oversees policy, systems and process implementation. Processes and systems including student registration and enrollment, maintenance of academic records, course and examination scheduling, classroom use, banner and degree audit systems, etc. come under his control.

Dr. Praveen epitomizes the philosophy of a true academic. He is active in all three dimensions of academia, namely research, teaching and service. An active researcher, he has numerous national and international publications to his credit. He continually engages with the community through his involvement with over 14 national and state level boards, committees and several professional bodies including the All India Association of Educational Research, Council of Behavioral Scientists, Council of Teacher Education, the Psycho-linguistic Association of India etc. 

As a mentor, he has counseled many successful Ph.D. candidates, faculty and staff on academic matters. He continuously has offered his guidance to research students, out of whom 3 students have successfully received a Ph.D. degree whilst 4 more students are working towards successful completion.

An educationist and a passionate teacher, Dr. Praveen brings over 22 years of experience in teaching and over 16 years of experience in undertaking research and in guiding doctoral students. Prior to his current assignment, he served as Principal of the CMR College of Education, and also worked with distinction as a lecturer at several reputed colleges in Bangalore. He holds postgraduate degrees in Physics, Psychology and Education, an M.Phil. in Education, and secured his Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education in 2003.