Prof. Nishith Rai
He is Director in the Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies (RCUES),
Lucknow (Established byMinistry of Urban Development, Government of India) since 2005.
Currently he is also holding the post of Vice Chancellor ofDr. Shakuntala Mishra
National Rehabilitation University,Government of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow. He has
variedadministrative and academic experience of more than 26 years. He has made
remarkable contribution in developing RegionalCentre for Urban and Environmental
Studies (RCUES), Lucknow as Centre of Excellence.
He has held several senior level
administrative and academic positions. He was Professor and H.O.D- Ancient Indian
History & Archaeology, University of Lucknow, (June 2011 toJanuary 2014). He
was Director, Institute of Development Studies, University of Lucknow (June2011
to December 2013). He held the post of Director, Institute of Tourism Studies, Universityof
Lucknow, (June, 1997 to January, 2005). He was Professor, Dept. of Ancient Indian
History& Archaeology, University of Lucknow; He was Member, Executive Council,
Aligarh MuslimUniversity. (Nominated by Chief Rector/Governor U.P.), (November 2000-Nov.
2006, Member,Executive Council, University of Lucknow, nominated by Chancellor/Governor,
U.P.-2005-07).He also held the post of Member, Pondicherry University, nominated
by Visitor/President ofIndia), (2004-2007), Member, Bhav Nagar University, Bhav
Nagar, Gujarat, nominated byVisitor/Governor of Gujarat ( 2005 -2010), Member, Asia-Pacific
Education Institutes inTourism (APETIT), United Nations Economic and Social Commission
for Asia and the Pacific(ESCAP), Member, Governing Board, Institute of Tourism Studies,
M.G. Kashi Vidyapeeth,Varanasi and Member, Governing Board, Institute of Management
Sciences, University of Lucknow. He also served as Assistant Proctor, University
of Lucknow, Lucknow (October1993 to January, 1998), Assistant Provost, Lal Bahadur
Shastri Hall, University of Lucknow,Lucknow (November 1991 to February 1993), Assistant
Director, Post Graduate Admission TestUniversity of Lucknow, Lucknow, (1994-1995).,
Assistant Proctor, SampoornaNand University,Varanasi, (Session 1990-1991). During
his vast career he has achieved several awards and distinctions. He was ConferredNational
Award for contribution towards Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities by theHon’ble
President of India in 2014. He won the Youth Hostel Ratna Award by Youth HostelAssociation
of India (YHAI). His Biography published along with those of other eminent personalities
in Asian/American who’s who, vol. III, published by Rifacimento International, p.437.
He was given the Bharat Excellence Award and Gold medal by Friendship Forum of India,
New Delhi. He won the Sarvapalli Dr. RadhakrishnanSamman, award presented by Rotary
Clubof Lucknow. He was also awarded the Excellent Contribution for Education Sector'
award byCMAI Association of India and he was given the Poorvanchal Ratna Award,
2015 by APN National News Network. During his career he has conducted and coordinated
several research studies and publishedseveral documents. He has authored several
books, research papers and several otherpublications of eminence.