Vice Chancellor


Dr Mridul Hazarika

Vice Chancellor, GU



Dr Mridul Hazarika took over as the Vice Chancellor of Gauhati University in August 2013. A chemist by profession, Dr Hazarika is an outstanding tea researcher of the country. He has been instrumental in bringing the Tocklai Tea Research Institute in Jorhat to its present famed state, after he joined the institute as its Director in 2003 prior to his appointment as the 16th Vice Chancellor of this historic university in 2013. Tocklai Tea Research Institute is the world's oldest and largest tea research institute.


An extensively travelled scientist in the country and abroad, Dr Hazarika is a visionary, who has been widely recognised for his contribution to tea research.




Past Positions

  • Visiting Professor, School of Applied Science, Cranfield University, UK, 2012-14
  • Chief Scientist, The Science Foundation for Tribal and Rural Resource Development, Bhunaneswar, 2012
  • Director (R&D), NCS Crop Science Pvt Ltd, Kolkata, 2012-13
  • Director, Tocklai Tea Research Institute, 2003-13
  • Consultant, Malwi Tea Research Institute, 2009-10
  • Acting Director, Tocklai Tea Research Institute, 2003-03
  • Deputy Director (Administration) and Head, Biochemistry Department, Tea Research Association, 1999-02
  • Director, Darjeeling Tea Research and Management Association, 1994-99



Awrads & Honours

  • World Chancellors and Vice Chancellor Award, 2014
  • Mother Teressa Excellence Award, 2013
  • Nominated for the Name in Science Award to be given by the Socrates Committee, European Business Assembly at London, 2014
  • The Manager of the Year Award, The Socrates Committee of Euoropean Business Assembly at Oxford, 2013
  • Mahatam Gandhi Smman (Gold Medal) for outstanding contribution in Tea Research and Development, offered at the House of Lords, London, 2012
  • Rajiv Gandhi Rashtriya Ekta Samman for outstanding contributions in Tea Research and Development, 2012
  • National Merit Scholarship, Ministry of Education, Govt of India, 1967




Patent and Publications

  • Patent : 1
  • Publications : 60