Vice-Chancellor, Goa University
Born in Panaji, Goa, in 1950, Dr. Shetye received his M.Sc. (Physics) from Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay, and Ph. D. (Physical Oceanography) from University of Washington, Seattle, USA. On completion of his doctoral studies in 1982 he joined CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, and formed a group that worked on many aspects of physical oceanography of the waters around India. The group eventually became one of the most productive ocean research groups in India and consistently reported its results in some of the most critically reviewed journals globally.
Dr. Shetye served as Director of the CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, during 2004-12. His tenure was marked by a distinct increase in productivity of the institute; enhancement of its infrastructure, including addition of research vessels; a rapid growth in involvement of the institute in ocean science education; and, opening of the School of Oceanography of the CSIR’s Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) in 2011.
Dr. Shetye has served on a number of international bodies that guide global ocean research. In mid-1990s he formulated, at the request of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC, UNESCO), a programme on sea-level studies that involved countries bordering the Indian Ocean. He also served as member of the Global Sea-level Observing System Group of Experts (GLOSS-GE). During 2001-12, Dr Shetye served as Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Earth System Science (earlier Proceedings of the Indian Academy of Sciences: Earth and Planetary Sciences). He continues to serve on a number of influential national bodies associated with science research and education in the country.
Dr. Shetye joined Goa University, Goa, as its Vice-Chancellor on 17th September 2012.