Prof. A.K.Bakhshi is Founder Vice-Chancellor of PDM University, Bahadurgarh, Haryana. He was Executive Director of Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), Mauritius (a post equivalent to that of Chairman, UGC in India) during October 2013 – February 2015. He was selected for this prestigious position through an international selection in 2013. Prior to joining TEC, he has been Vice-Chancellor of U.P. Rajarshi Tandon Open University (UPRTOU), Allahabad for more than two years (2011–13). Prof. Bakhshi held the prestigious Sir Shankar Lal Chair of Chemistry in the University of Delhi for more than two decades and was also Head, Department of Chemistry, University of Delhi during May 2010– August 2011. He has also been a Visiting Professor at GGSIP University, Delhi during 2007.
Prof Bakhshi is also presently Chairman of National Resource Centre of Chemistry (NRCC) of the MHRD, Guru Angad Dev Teaching – Learning Centre of the MHRD and Centre for e-Learning, all the three centres located at SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi. He is one of the leading e-learning experts of India. Prof. Bakhshi has also been Member of the Standing Committee of the National Mission on Education through ICT (NMEICT) of the Govt. of India (2009-2011). He was Chairman of the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) projects of the CSIR in both Chemistry and Polymer Science (2005-2006). He was also the Chairman of the Content Advisory Committee for Chemistry for SAKSHAT portal of the MHRD, Govt. of India which was launched on 30th October 2006 by the then President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
Prof. Bakhshi has also been the Director of the Institute of Lifelong Learning (ILLL) as well as of Centre for Professional Development in Higher Education (CPDHE) of University of Delhi during 2008-2010. In his capacity as Director ILLL, he spearheaded the process of e-transformation of the University of Delhi and also introduced many skill based programmes. ILLL under his leadership conducted the first On-line examination in the history of Delhi University in the years 2009 and 2010.
A double gold medalist and PhD of Delhi University, Dr. Bakhshi did his post-doctoral training at the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg, Germany with Prof. J. Ladik and at the Kyoto University and the Institute of Fundamental Chemistry, Kyoto, Japan with Professor K. Fukui, the Nobel Laureate and Prof. T.Yamabe. He has also been a Visiting Scientist at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai (1989 and 1991) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangaluru (1987 and 1992).
Prof. Bakhshi’s research interests include theoretical polymer chemistry with special reference to electrically conducting polymers and biopolymers. He is the author/coauthor of more than 170 research and education articles etc., and one patent. He has to his credit 11 books as author/co-author, 51 e-Books/Books as editor/chairman/ convener of the working group and 49 e-modules as author/coauthor for PG chemistry courses. Many students (18) have obtained their Ph.D / M.Phil under his guidance. He has had research projects from CSIR, UGC, DAE and DST.
His other interests include innovation in science education, ICT in higher education, e-Learning and MOOCs. He has also been a Member of National Writing Team for Chemistry Class XI and XII books of NCERT (2001-2003).
Prof. Bakhshi has been recipient of several awards and academic honours. These include amongst others: World Education Award (2017); Haryana Ratan award (2016); Bharat Jyoti Award (2016); India Didactics Association (IDA) 2014 Special Award for excellence in Digital Content in Education; Guest of Honour at the 26th IGNOU Convocation at Varanasi (2013); National Education Award by Headlines Today News Channel (2012); Bioved Honorary Fellowship (2012); Dr. R. D. Desai Award of the Indian Chemical Society (2009), Prof. P.K.Bose Memorial Award of the Indian Chemical Society (2008); Fellowship of the IUPAC (2006); Distinguished Teacher Award (2000); Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) Medal (2000) ; Fellowship of the National Academy of Sciences (FNASc) (1997); JSPS Fellowship of Japan (1995); C.S.I.R Visiting Associateship (1991); INSA Research Fellowship (1990); UGC Career Award (1989); Visiting Fellowships of the DAAD (1988, 1992 and1996); Best Paper Award in the field of Chemical Sciences from DAAD (1986); DAAD Fellowship of Germany (1984); Young Chemist Award (1983); Dr. Krishan Rao Gold Medal (1978), Prof. R.P. Mitra Gold Medal (1973) etc.
Prof Bakhshi was felicitated two times (September 2009 and December 2011) for distinctive and outstanding contributions to Education including e-transformation of the University of Delhi by the former President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
Prof. Bakhshi was elected as the President of the section of the Chemical Sciences of the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) for the year 2011-12. Prof. Bakhshi has been a Member of the editorial boards of the Indian Journal of Chemistry (Section A) (1999-2001) and Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research (1999-2001 and 2007) published by the CSIR and also the Chief-Editor of the UGC-sponsored journal Chemistry Education Review. He was also co-guest editor of the special issue of the Indian Journal of Chemistry on Conducting Polymers (June 1994).
Prof. Bakhshi is recognised as one of the best teachers of Chemistry in the country.
Prof. Bakhshi has delivered many Talks / Plenary Lectures / Keynote Addresses at various conferences, seminars, universities and colleges both in India and abroad.
He has also Chaired Technical Sessions as well as Panel Discussions at various national/international conferences. He has also been very actively involved in the organization of many conferences, workshops and seminars at the national / international levels. Prof. Bakhshi has also been a Member of various Professional/Academic Bodies/Committees of MHRD, UGC, NAAC, DST, CBSE, NCERT, various universities, colleges etc.
Last but not the least, Prof. Bakhshi has also the distinction of being one of the first persons from the Universities in India to have been selected as the Member Scientist of the “Third Indian Research Expedition to Antarctica” in 1984.