Vice Chancellor

Professor (Dr.) Pratap Jyoti Handique [M.Sc, Ph.D., FLS] has joined as Vice Chancellor of Gauhati University on 21st August 2019. He has started his career at Gauhati University in the year 1992 as a faculty member and has been working as Professor and Head of the Department of Biotechnology, GU till his joining as Vice Chancellor of the university.


He obtained PhD degree from Gauhati University in the year 1992. There after he did post-doctoral research on molecular biotechnology at Leicester University, United Kingdom. He is one of the pioneers who worked for the development of Biotechnology in Assam as well as in the North East India. He has been involved in frontline areas of research in Biotechnology for last 30 years. He was awarded the prestigious Biotechnology Overseas Associateship Award, 2004-05 by the Department of Biotechnology (Government of India), New Delhi. He has published over 153 research papers in national and international referred journals and over 45 book chapters. He has also contributed a good number of literary articles, stories and poems and popular science articles in Assamese and English language. He has developed two bioinformatics based ‘Database’ on Banana and Citrus; authored one research book on Medicinal Plants and edited two books on various aspects of Science and Technology. He has contributed over 130 DNA and gene sequences to biological databases.


He has successfully completed 17 major R&D research projects funded by DBT, DST, IACR, NMBP and other government agencies. Professor Handique has guided 46 PhD students till July 2020 on various aspects of Biotechnology. He has coordinated and contributed in the formulations of the State Biotechnology Policy of Assam, which has been declared by the Government of Assam under “Advantage Assam Policy” in 2017. He is a recipient of Fellow of Linnean Society (FLS) of London in the year 2017. He has been associated with and holding key positions in various scientific organisations/ institutions/societies of the country and abroad.