Kota Harinarayana

Portrait of Dr. Kota
Born1943 (age 80–81)

Kota Harinarayana (born 1943 in Brahmapur, Odisha) is an aviation engineer. He was born in Brahmapur . He was appointed as chairman of the board of governors of IIT (BHU), Varanasi by Hon'ble President of India on 25 August 2020 for three years.[1] He was the vice-chancellor of the University of Hyderabad[2] and the president of the Aeronautical Society of India.[3]

The prime minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, presenting the Life Time Achievement Award-2007 to Dr. Kota Harinarayana at the DRDO award presentation ceremony, in New Delhi on May 12, 2008

He completed his schooling from City High School, Brahmapur. He obtained his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi[4] in 1964, and received master's degree in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Science. He got his Ph.D from IIT Bombay. He also holds a bachelor's degree in law.

He was programme director and chief designer of India's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas Programme.[5]

Awards and honours


  1. ^ "Chairman BoG, IIT (BHU) Varanasi".
  2. ^ "German grant for Hyderabad varsity". The Hindu Business Line. 4 November 2004. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Kalam for updating aeronautical policy". The Hindu. 22 January 2003. Archived from the original on 4 March 2004. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Scientist Kota Harinarayan (Mechanical 1965) conferred with Lokmanya Tilak award". IT-BHU Chronicle. 2 August 2011. Archived from the original on 26 September 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Zephyr 2009 – Celebrating the Spirit of Aviation – Aerospace Engineering, IIT Bombay". aero.iitb.ac.in. Archived from the original on 3 September 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2011.
  6. ^ "'LCA is about creating wealth for country' -- Dr Kota Harinarayana, Programme Director (LCA), Aeronautical Development Agency". The Hindu Business Line. 13 January 2001. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
  7. ^ "Padma Vibhushan for Rangarajan, Soli Sorabjee". The Hindu. 26 January 2002. Archived from the original on 12 February 2002. Retrieved 27 January 2010.