About Myself


Dr. M. Jagadesh Kumar
Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi 110067
Member (PT), Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)
Member, University Grants Commission (UGC)
Tel: 91-11-26704001, 91-11-26741500(O), Fax: 91-11-26742580
Email: mamidala@ee.iitd.ac.in, mamidala@mail.jnu.ac.in

I was born in Mamidala, Nalgonda Dist, Telangana. I obtained my MS(EE) and PhD(EE) degrees from the Dept of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. My research supervisor at IIT Madras was Prof. K.N.Bhat  (who is a highly respected and popular teacher from whom I learnt the rudiments of Electronic Devices).

From 1991 to 1994, I did my post doctoral research with Prof. David J. Roulston at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. (Prof. Roulston is a world renowned expert in Bipolar Devices area and widely respected for his contributions as a teacher and researcher. He was also my PhD thesis examiner.)

From July 1994 to Dec 1995, I was a visiting faculty and an Assistant Professor in the Dept of Electronics and Electrical Communication Engg., Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Later I moved to the Department of Electrical Engineering,  Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi where I became an Associate Professor in July 1997 and a Professor in January 2005.

I am presently the Vice-chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University , New Delhi and am on lien from Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi 110 016, India. I still teach at IIT Delhi. I held the NXP (Philips) Chair Professor established at IIT Delhi by Philips Semiconductors, Netherlands (now NXP Semiconductors India Pvt Ltd). I was Chairman of the Electronics Group in Department of Electrical Engineering (2001-2006). I was the Co-ordinator of VLSI Design, Tools and Technology interdisciplinary program ( Sept 2009-Sept 2011). I was a Chief Investigator of the Nano-scale Research Facility (NRF) being built at IIT Delhi. I was also a Chief Investigator of the Center of Excellence for Nanodevices and Systems funded by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

More than once my teaching (this is my pride and joy) has been rated as outstanding  by the Faculty Appraisal Committee, IIT Delhi. I received the 2013 Award for Excellence in Teaching  (in large class category) from IIT Delhi. I welcome you to see some comments from my students CLICK HERE. To see the most recent feedback from my students, please Click here. To read my reflections on teaching a large class, CLICK HERE.

I work in the area of Nanoelectronic Devices, Nanoscale Device modeling and simulation, Innovative Device Design and Power semiconductor devices. I have published extensively in the above areas with four book chapters and more than 200 publications in refereed journals and conferences (including 79 IEEE Journal papers) (List of Publications) .   Six patent applications have been filed based on our research. Several of my undergraduate students and M.Tech students are co-authors of my international publications. My work has been cited widely by researchers in journals and books (Citations) .  I am a co-author of two forthcoming books in the area of Nanoelectronics; Fundamentals of Tunnel Field Effect Transistors from CRC Press (Taylor & Francis) and   Tunnel Field-effect Transistors (TFET): Modelling and Simulation from Wiley, UK.

I am on the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports, an online and open access primary research publication from the publishers of Nature. I am an Editor of IEEE Journal of the Electron Devices Society published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), USA. From 2006 to 2015, I served as an Editor of   IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices published by IEEE, USA. I am the Editor-in-Chief of IETE Technical Review.  I am also an Associate Editor of Journal of Computational Electronics published by Springer, USA. I am on the editorial board of Recent Patents on Nanotechnology,  and was on the editorial board of  Recent Patents on Electrical Engineering,  and  Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology . I am the lead Guest Editor  (i) for the joint special issue of IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices and IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology (November 2008) on Nanowire Transistors: Modeling, Device Design, and Technology. and (ii) for the  special issue of IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices  (January 2010) on “Light Emitting Diodes”. I am a member of the IEEE Electron Devices Society Publications Committee for more than five years.

I am a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering, The National Academy of Sciences, India,  and The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers, India. I have been awarded the 29th IETE Ram Lal Wadhwa Gold Medal for distinguished contribution in the field of Semiconductor device design and modeling (31 October 2006). I have received the first ever ISA-VSI TechnoMentor Award  given by the India Electronics & Semiconductor Association to recognize a distinguished Indian academician and researcher for playing a significant role as a mentor and researcher. The award, presented on 31 July 2007 by Dr. R. Chidambaram (Principal Scientific Advisor to Government of India), includes a citation and Rs. 200,000 reward. Click here for details

I am a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Electron Devices Society selected to speak in the area of Nanoelectronics and a recipient of 2008 IBM Faculty award in recognition of professional achievements (This is an internationally competitive award and nominations are initiated by someone within IBM). Delivered a number of invited lectures in conferences and workshops in India and abroad to large audiences on topics related to Nanoelectronics.

I was the Organizing Chairman of Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering  ( GATE 2012 ) with  the overall responsibility of organizing the test across India in 860 centers spread over 170 cities/towns. About 800,000 candidates appeared in GATE 2012. GATE results are used for Post-graduate admissions in engineering and for job recruitment. In 2011, I was the Organizing Chairman for Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET 2011). I was the Chairman of GATE 2011 and Vice-Chairman of GATE 2010 at IIT Delhi.  

I was also the Chairman for JAM 2011 and JAM 2012 (Joint Admission Test to M.Sc) and Vice-Chairman of JAM 2010 at IIT Delhi.

In 2007 and 2008, I was the Vice-Chairman of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) at IIT Delhi conducted by IITs for undergraduate program admissions in all IITs.   

I am a member of University Grants Commission (UGC).

I am a member(PT) of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), which was established in 1997 by an act of Indian Parliament. (TRAI’s mission is to create and nurture conditions for growth of telecommunications in the country in a manner and at a pace which will enable India to play a leading role in emerging global information society).


To lead a happy life, it is important to have a happy family and the following are responsible for it. I met my wife Lakshmi in 1989 and got married to her in 1990. She has an MBA in Marketing. However, she has preferred to be the Manager of our home rather than do a conventional job. We have two sons – Saketh  and Karthik.  Saketh has won a Gold medal in Delhi state karate championship competition. He plays guitar pretty well and is part of a Delhi based band called Crystal Fire.   Saketh is doing his Master’s degree in Micro and Nano systems.  Karthik is learning Hindustani vocal and is proficient in playing Guitar.  Karthik too has won a Gold medal in Delhi state Karate championship competition in December 2011 and is now in Eleventh class. My parents are M. Ranga Rao and Jayaprada Devi.  My father had retired in 1994 as a primary school teacher. My native place Mamidala is a small village where people know each other. My sister Sunita lives in Nalgonda and the other sister Gita lives in Hyderabad.

I regularly practice Shito-Ryu Karate  and go to a gym.  


I like the following sayings:

“If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself; the dreams will come to you.”

             —  Prof. Randy Pausch  of CMU who is highly acclaimed for his last lecture and has died of  pancreatic cancer at 47 (on 25 July 2008).

When an idea exclusively occupies the mind, it is transformed into an actual physical or mental state. ______ Swami Vivekananda

Life is unfair. Sensible persons take what they get and find a way to work around it. They don’t sulk in a corner. ——–Zhu Rongji (Chinese Premier)

To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves … let us be above such transparent egotism. — Will Durant

One should realize that ideas are never new. However brilliant, every idea is always based on previous knowledge… —Andre K. Geim (2010 Nobel Prize winner for Physics on Graphene)

You too can positively impact our world. Be assured, it won’t be easy, and fame may never come your way, but the satisfaction gained from a life of creative work will be immense. —- Lynn Conway; author (together with Mead) of the book – Introduction to VLSI Systems.



DD NEWS: Seedha Samvad- Special Interaction with M. Jagadesh Kumar, Vice Chancellor JNU







50 Responses to About Myself

  1. AKC says:

    After knowing so many things about you, I would definitely pray God, on some road in my life, I can meet you or even study under your guidance. I have never seen you or listened to any of your lectures but your blog says it all.

    • keshav chandra says:

      बहुत बहुत बधाई..सर , आपको हमारे प्रतिष्ठित जवाहर लाल नेहरू विश्वविद्यालय ,नई दिल्ली के नए कुलपति के रूप में चयन किया जा रहा है।

  2. susanta says:

    beautifully explained to clear many doubts, Many thanks!!!

  3. A.Raja Shekar says:

    dear sir,
    your contribution is extra-ordinary. Hope the youth will take you as a role-model. Though I am not in your area of research/subject, I still wish to meet you in future.

  4. ashish says:

    learnt a lot……Many Thanks !!

  5. Dr.RAVI ALUVALA says:

    Good evening sir.I am very happy to see your photograph through net. I am son of Aluvala.Janaiah, working as Associate Professor in department of management science in MAHATMA GANDHI UNIVERSITY,NALGONDA.I am very much inspired by going through your profile.I will be in touch with you for your guidence where ever required sir.Please accept my request sir.I will wait for your reply sir.

  6. CONGRATS! On being declared your name as New Vice Chancellor of Prestigious JNU, New Delhi

  7. Congratulations on being selected as New Vice Chancellor of Prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

  8. Dr. Vijay Verma says:

    Dear Sir,
    Congratulations on being selected as VC for us.

    SLS/SCMM, JNU, New Delhi

  9. Rajen Harshe says:

    Wonderful to read your CV. All the best.

  10. Gautam says:

    Congrats and welcome to JNU, Sir..

  11. Rambabu says:

    Congratulations sir on being selected for VC for JNU

  12. vikram says:

    Congratulations sir.. its a great honor to know about ur excellence..

  13. Venkat says:

    Dear Sir,
    Hearty Congratulations for your next role.

    With Best wishes,

  14. D VENKATAIAH says:

    Dear sir, Congratulations on becoming VC of a prestigious JNU. I am hailing from Nakrekal Town. We feel proud of great son soil from our area. We wish many more laurels in career
    -D.Venkataiah, Asst.Divisional Manager, LIC OF INDIA, Secunderabad

  15. Jayakarthik says:

    Congratulations jagdeshji on you being selected as jnu vice chancellor. I still remember you riding a bicycle within IIT Madras campus.when I see your credentials I am really proud that I have been associated with you albeit insignificantly. I had come to Delhi in 2010 and visited IIT Delhi campus to meet you.staff told me that you were out of station because of your appointment as head of gate.I am immensly proud of you and I do hope that you will remember me.all the best for your future endeavours.


    జవహరలాల్ నెహ్రూ విశ్వవిద్యాలయం కులపతి గా నియమింపబడినందుకు మీకు శుభాకాంక్షలు, మీరు మీ ప్రొఫైల్ ను చాలా బాగా వివరించారు. నేను మీ ప్రొఫైల్ చదివి ఇన్స్పైర్ అయ్యాను సర్,

  17. Lokendra singh says:

    Dear sir,
    welcome at JNU. hoping new change……..
    all the best!

  18. Rajender vadde says:

    Congratulations sir
    for selection as VC for JNU
    Telangana biddaga memu.garvistunnamu

  19. Goda Krishna reddy says:

    Sir.hearty congratulations to u.onbehalf of my self, my family & mamidala highchool old students,& people’s of mamidala village,& tipparthi mandal &Nalgonda Dist & Telangana State by Godha Krishna Reddy mamidala village, wkg in B S N L Nalgonda. Mob no 09440165066.

  20. Vakil Ahmad says:

    welcome sir first day in JNU in the memorial time. Republic Day 2016

  21. Dear Sir
    Hearty congratulations to you. Personally I am very happy on your selection as VC of JNU. Now we can expect a better and better JNU under your control.

    Dr. Naminita Gogoi

  22. Dr Manohar Singh says:

    Congratulation Professor for being appointed as VC for prestigious JNU. I am quite sure, that JNU will gain more momentum under your dynamic and visionary leadership. With best wishes,

  23. Dr. Jahangir Ahmad says:

    Congratulation Professor, M. Jagadesh Kumar for being appointed as JNU, Vice Chancellor. I hope the university will progress many folds under your guidance.

  24. Abhay vir Singh says:

    Sir, really a great journey of life. It’s certainly your sustained efforts through out to reach here. Sir it will be great service to the Nation if products being imported fm China are produced in India competitive in price & quality. Students works in assembly line to see theories working, to have real vision of science & technology.

  25. Dr Colonel R K Saxena says:

    Honourable Sir,
    It is really very nice to read your academic achievements. Congratulations on being hand picked as VC of this Great University.

  26. Congratulations Prof.Jagadish Kumar on taking over the greater responsibility. Though I know you as person from the days of Ph.D at IITM, I came to know about you as teacher only today. On seeing you on CNN IBN as VC of JNU; I came across your blog and I gathered many insights into handling large classes. I was overwhelmed to read the feedback of your students. Looking forward to meet sometime in future. We met at NIT Goa sometime back.

  27. krishna mahesh K says:

    respected sir,
    I am happy to see you as JNU VC.your discipline,hard work,honesty brought you there.I have always been fortunate to have been your student during my M.Tech,VDTT during 2005 to 2007 at IITDelhi.
    Krishna Mahesh K

  28. Simantini says:

    Heartiest congratulations..May you take JNU to the desired heights!

  29. Prof. G. N. Dash, Superannuated Professor of Physics, Sambalpur University, Odisha says:

    Better Late than never, Congratulation Prof. Kumar. I gathered this information from an MQ organiser stating that you would’nt be available for a DL because you have joined as VC of JNU. I hope JNU will touch a new peak with your leadership. All the best.

  30. Dr Shafi Ayub says:

    Respected Sir,
    really you are a role model for us. Famous Urdu poet Dr Allama Iqbal once wrote for people like you.
    HazaroN saal nargis apni benoori pe roti hai.
    Badi mushkil se hota hai chaman me deewar paida.

  31. Dr Srinivas rao says:

    Good evening sir .i am very happy to see ur. details.i am Srinivas Rao principal of a govt degree college.we want ur cooperation to groom students to take jnu entrance .in this regard we want ur advise .so kindly give ur number to contact u.thank u sir.

  32. Seshagiri Rao Bolla says:

    Respected Sir,
    I am deeply immersed by knowing your achievements. You are a great boon to our country. I pray God to give you enough strength to mould our youth in all the ways that you wish for. B. Seshagiri Rao, S/o Bolla Ratnakar Rao, Hyderabad

  33. Pritam says:

    sir you are the one…
    from whom I want to study…


    Dear Sir,
    I am Shikha srivastava from Delhi University Botany Department. I met you at JNU AIRF randomly when you visited there and I was there for GC-MS detection of my samples. Your humbleness and silent behaviour and the way you introduced yourself that you are JNU V-C prompted me to know about you. I wish you for your more success in life. Reading about you was truly inspirational. And I also believe that meeting you was not random ……. I believe in God.

  35. Gautham Chakilam says:

    Congratulations JAGADEESH babai.

    Gautham Chakilam
    S/O Kittu – Malkpet

  36. Nataraj Paul says:

    I am a retired IAF pilot , education upto HS before joining NDA . I have also done some civil flying . I first read about quantum tech and computing in THE ECONOMIST . I then googled ‘ quantum tech research in INDIA ‘and saw your article . I wanted to know more about MAMDALA JAGADESH KUMAR . I thought he is in some US university . I googled and out came JNU VC and his articles and photo . Took me some time to realize you are the same person .

  37. Congrats sir.. Delighted that I have studied a course under you and spent time with you when you are in IIT Delhi, IEC – 2007 Batch

  38. P Venkat Ramana Reddy says:

    Namaste sir, many congratulations. I am Paduru Venkat Ramana Reddy son of Paduru Raghava Reddy of Battugudem village. Under your visionary leadership hope JNU to be the best. We are proud that you are from Telangana state.

  39. DIPANKAR SUR says:

    Nice to see your achievements SIR. I have gone through your detailed bio data. You are the role model of Indian youth. I think there will be great change in JNU through your leadership. DIPANKAR SUR Ex-JNU Student.

  40. Madhusudan Gupta says:

    Sir, I have high hopes from you who has been so much in the making of students as true scholars, like yourself, rather than JNU’s so called rackless cowardish administrators. I am sure JNU shall be either revive as prestigious Institution of the country. JNU definitely needs a hard hand now.

  41. Shivam chaubey says:

    Nice to know about you and your achievements. Thanks for saying to set a tank in JNU

  42. Pradeep Dwivedi says:

    After reading about you! Congratulation Sir!
    I see Extension Education services are very weak at JNU which also known as third mission of any university equivalent to Teaching and Research. I hope under your leadership JNU will also place itself as a best community responsive university!

  43. Swati jangpangi says:

    Sir..i just came across your interview with the editor of indian express which was published on 9th july..in which you said that you have never used the word anti-national..you don’t use that word..and its our right to exercise our freedom of speech ,we should also be aware of the boundaries of the law and the constitution ..you are a role model for youth.i wish you a great success in your life !!

  44. Vinod panwar says:

    It is nice to see that under ur leadership JNU is transforming and coming out of darkness of red politics. Now talented youth from all over India can think for carrier opportunities at JNU. My good wishes.

  45. Dr Shafi says:

    all the best sir

  46. Dr J BABU says:

    Respected Sir, it is pleasure to know about you and your work. I admire the Union Government for having given you the perfect position.
    I.e., Vice Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University,Delhi.
    I will meet you in person.
    Dr J BABU,
    Professor of ECE,
    LBR College of Engineering
    Near Vijayawada,
    Andhra Pradesh

  47. Shrikant says:

    Dear sir,
    I admire your values. I have read your inspirational quotes which has shaped your life. It is always better to verify the circumstances beyond it’s face value, especially when somebody is praising self and talking ill about others. Hope to meet you in person during your new responsibility recently trusted to your goodself.

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