In an engineering career spanning 37 years, Har Sarup Chahal has successfully completed several mega projects across various sectors, building and road in particular. Chahal, who is currently Vice-Chancellor of Maharshi Dayanand University in Rohtak, Haryana, has implemented key projects for Haryana PWD, Delhi Development Authority and National Highways Authority of India. These include mini secretariat in Gurgaon; Haryana Bhawan in New Delhi, players’ building at Indira Gandhi Stadium; I.P. Estate, New Delhi (presently housing the Delhi government secretariat), and national highway projects in West Bengal, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Haryana and Andhra Pradesh.
Chahal’s engineering skills arise from his academic background. He belongs to a family of academicians. His father was a renowned school headmaster in Rohtak. Chahal is a graduate in Civil Engineering and post-graduate diploma in Highway Engineering from the coveted Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, with first class-first position. He was first selected as Lecturer in Regional Engineering College, Kurukshetra, and later joined Haryana Irrigation Department for a short spell. Topping the list of selected candidates of Haryana Public Service Commission, Chahal made his career in Haryana PWD (Buildings & Roads) where he rose from an Assistant Engineer to the highest rank of Engineer-in-Chief. He was also Managing Director of Haryana State Roads & Bridges Development Corporation and General Manager in National Highways Authority of India.
Given his vast experience and renown as “Highway Engineer,” it was logical that Chahal became Council Member and Vice President of the Indian Roads Congress, a body which sets standards and specifications for road construction in the country. He is also a member of the Rigid Pavement Committee and Highway Planning, Transportation and Road Safety Committee of IRC. Besides, Chahal is a Fellow of Institution of Engineers (India) and is on the board of directors of WAPCOS Ltd, an international consulting firm under the Ministry of Water Resources. He has also authored many technical papers on road safety in Indian and foreign journals.
Born on May 6, 1949, Engineer Har Sarup Chahal hails from a small hamlet called Nimri in Bhiwani district of Haryana. Apart from his academic and professional expertise, Chahal is also a keen sportsman with interests in badminton, tennis and golf. He is also sensitive towards social responsibilities.