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Pawan Goenka takes charge as IIT-M chairman

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Chennai, (India): Pawan Goenka Goenka has taken the charge as the chairman of the new IIT-M.  President Pranab Mukherjee  has announced about the new role of  Pawan Goenka  as the chairman of the board of governors of Indian Institute of Technology- Madras. The tenure is for the next three years.

During his new role, he will preside over all board meetings of IIT-Madras. He will help promote the policy advocacy priorities of IIT-M. He will also advise the board of governors and senior IIT-M management on a wide range of issues.

In a press release, IIT-M director Bhaskar Ramamurthi explains: "We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Pawan Goenka as the chairman of the board. An alumnus of IIT-Kanpur, Dr Goenka is an internationally acknowledged scientist - manager with several citations to his credit. A stalwart of the automobile industry, he has spearheaded various prestigious industry bodies and I am certain he will add tremendous value to this role as well."

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After a stint in West, Pawan started his Indian career with Mahindra & Mahindra.  He joined Mahindra in October 1993 as a General Manager, R&D.  In April 2003 he was appointed as the COO of the Automotive sector. In September 2005 he became President, and in April 2010 he assumed responsibility for both the Automotive and Farm Equipment sectors. He was appointed to the post of Executive Director of Mahindra & Mahindra in 2013. In 2014, he took over the additional responsibility of President of the Two Wheeler Sector. 

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Pawan holds a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from IIT, Kanpur. Post his Engineering degree, he earned his PhD from Cornell University, USA. He’s also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. He is an internationally acknowledged scientist-manager with several citations to his credit. 
Before joining Mahindra, Pawan spent 14 years with General Motors (GM) in Detroit, USA and is credited with pioneering research in engine design and development.  His methods for the analysis of engine bearings and engine friction are still in use 20 years later.

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