Dr. P R Sodani has taken over as President (Vice Chancellor) of IIHMR University, India’s pioneering academy in healthcare management, education and research. Served as Officiating President (2020-21), Acting President (2017-18), Pro-President (2017-2020) and Dean Training (2010-2020) of the Jaipur headquartered University previously, Dr. Sodani has a strong understanding of the higher education system, research and training in the health sector. He obtained his Ph.D. from M.L. Sukhadia University and MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.
Assuming charge as the 4th President of the University, Dr. Sodani said, “It gives me immense pleasure to start a new journey as President of IIHMR University, which has a rich legacy of 36 years in healthcare management education and research.”
Dr. PR Sodani had been focal point for finalizing project implementation plan (PIP) for World Bank assisted Rajasthan Health Systems Development Project of five-year duration for Department of Medical and Health, Government of Rajasthan, during 2002-2004. He has supported as Health Economist in conducting cost-benefit analysis of World Bank assisted Cataract Blindness Control Programme in India for Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, in 2004.
During 2017-2020, Dr. Sodani was also Principal Investigator for PMA Agile/India supported by Johns Hopkins University, USA and funded by BMGF. He has actively worked in the area of food fortification and served as Project Director for Technical Support Unit for Food Fortification supported by GAIN. He teaches health Policy and Health Care Delivery System, and Health Economics in MBA and MPH (a cooperative program with Johns Hopkins University). Dr Sodani was also actively involved in designing and conducting large number of leadership training programmes for senior executives from national and international geographies.
“Dr. PR Sodani has done extensive network with various national and international universities and organizations. I am sure, he will nurture the core values of IIHMR, promote the development of faculty, research and other staff, and create an enabling work environment and organizational culture,” said Dr. Ashok Agarwal, Trustee, IIHMR.
“We couldn’t have thought of a better leadership for IIHMR University than Dr. Sodani. I have immense respect for Dr. Sodani who has successfully completed many assignments. I am confident that in his able leadership the University will achieve new heights across spectrum of higher education activities. I wish him the best in this endeavour,” Dr. SD Gupta, Chairman, IIHMR University.