|Prof.(Dr.) R. Venkata Rao
National Law School of India University Nagarbhavi, Bangalore-560242
Prof.(Dr.) R. Venkata Rao, born on 15th March, 1954, is the Vice Chancellor of the National Law School of India University Bangalore. He has assumed the office of the Vice Chancellor of National Law School of India University, Bangalore on 11th May, 2009. After the completion of his 1st term on 10th May 2014, his appointment as Vice Chancellor has been renewed for another five years from 11th May 2014. National Law School of India University, Bangalore is the premier centre of Legal Education.
Prof. Rao’s academic qualifications are B.A.(Hons.) Litt., M.A. (Litt), M.L. and Ph.D and LL.D (Honoris Causa) 2017-Utkal University. He has served for 31 years in the Faculty of Law, Andhra University in various capacities as the Dean, Faculty of Law, Principal, University College of Law, Chairman, Board of Studies in Law and Head of the Department of Law. He was the Director of Centre of Criminal Justice Andhra University from 1997-2009. He served as the Dean of Student’s Affairs, Andhra University and as the Officer on Special Duty, Andhra University. He also served as the Member of Executive Council of Andhra University from 2005 to 2007.
At present he is, among others, a Member of the:
1. Executive Council, Chanakya National Law University, Patna,
2. Executive Council, National Law University, Delhi,
3. Executive Council & General Council, WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkatta
4. General Council, National Law University, Bhopal,
5. General Council, National Law University, Jodhpur,
6. General Council, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab
7. Academic Council, National Law Univeristy, Odisha,
8. Academic Council, Karnataka State Law University, Hubli,
9. Academic Council and Executive Council, Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur
10.Academic Council, National Law University & Judicial Academy, Guwahati, Assam
11.Advisory Board of Institute of Genetic Awareness and Applied Research, Nova, Southeastern University, U.S.A., among others.
He has served as the
1. Vice President, Indian Society of International Law, New Delhi,
2. Member, Academic Committee of Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi,
3. Member, Council, Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore
4. Member Academic Council and General Council of NALSAR, Hyderabad.
5. Member, Executive Council, Dr. Damodaran Sanjeevaiah National Law University,Visakhapatnam,
6. Governing Council, Indian Law Institute,
He has the distinction of receiving the Best Teacher Award from the Government of Andhra Pradesh in 2006, the Best Researcher Award from the Andhra University in 2003 and Gold Medal for the Best Ph.D. Thesis. He has been awarded the “Best Vice Chancellor Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education” during the World Chancellors and Vice Chancellor’s Congress- 2014 held on 27th June 2014 at Mumbai. Amity University, Noida, awarded “Amity Academic Excellence Award” for the most distinguished contribution towards propagation of doctrine of knowledge, at the 17th International Business Summit & Research Conference INBUSH-ERA from 8th – 10th February 2017.
He has been associated with several prestigious bodies like Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), New Delhi, University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore, several Ministries in the Government of India, several Universities in India and Abroad as Expert in various Committees.
His primary area of research is Human Rights, Humanitarian Law and Criminal Justice. He has guided successfully 2 LL.Ds, 18 Ph.Ds. and more than 100 M. Phil scholars.
He has participated in a number of International and National Conferences and delivered a number of Keynote Addresses. To date he has published more than 130 papers in journal of National and International repute, apart from presenting several papers in National and International Seminars.
He has visited Almati (Kazakhstan), Geneva, Germany, Thailand, United States of America, Italy, Malaysia, Argentina, Nepal, Japan, Dubai, Mexico, Bhutan, China, Sweden, Kish Island (Iran), Russia, Singapore, Shanghai, Munich, Seoul, Istanbul, Dhaka and Colombo, Cape Town, Paris and Taipai among others.
He served as Chairman, Board of Governors, Asian Law Institute (ASLI) for the year 2010-2011.
He has been an Independent Director in prestigious Public Sector Undertakings like:
He is also a member of Legal Education Committee, Curriculum Development Committee and the Equivalence Committee of the Bar Council of India.
He was a member of the Task Force Committee constituted by Government of India for suggesting reforms in the Modernization and Self-reliance of Defense Sector.
He delivered the following Endowment Lectures and Convocation Addresses.