Dr Vijay Chauthaiwale, Ph.D. In-Charge, Foreign Affairs Dept Member, National Executive Bharatiya Janata Party

Dr Vijay Chauthaiwale, Ph.D. In-Charge, Foreign Affairs Dept Member, National Executive Bharatiya Janata Party

In-Charge, Foreign Affairs Department t Member, National Executive Bharatiya Janata Party

Dr Vijay is In-Charge, Department of Foreign Affairs, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), since November 2014. In this role, he is coordinating with Indian Diaspora worldwide through BJP’s global outreach platform, Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP). OFBJP has chapters in more than 40 countries and are comprised of well wishers of BJP.

Interaction with Indian Diaspora has been an essential component of overseas visits of Prime Minister Modi. Vijay is actively involved in coordinating community receptions to PM Modi across the globe. Additionally, he interacts with foreign embassies, diplomats and delegates of various countries to put forward party perspective on issues of mutual interests.

Dr Vijay participated in 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign (February-June 2014) by taking sabbatical from his professional work. He was stationed in the BJP Headquarters in New Delhi for campaign coordination.

Dr Vijay is also member of following committees:

  • Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management-Raipur 
  • Mission High Level Committee of Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), which is an umbrella body under NITI Aayog for all innovation related initiatives of Government of India.
  • Research Council of Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI-CSIR), lucknow.
  • Board of Health Technology Assessment in India (HTAIn), Ministry of Health, Govt of India.
  • Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Scientific Education & Research PUNE (IISER-PUNE).
  • Advisory Council of Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, Maharashtra.
  • Governing Body of Ramnarain Ruia Autonomous College, Mumbai. 
  • High Level Advisory Group set up by Ministry of Commerce, Government of India. 

Before joining active politics, he has worked in senior management role in pharmaceutical Research and Development for 18 years, his last role being Vice President (Discovery Research) in Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Ahmedabad, India. His main expertise is new drug discovery and R&D portfolio management.Three molecules developed by him and his team are in various stages of clinical development. 

Dr Vijay is Ph.D. (Microbiology) from University of Pune, India with 4 years experience as a Post Doctoral Fellow at National Institutes of Health, USA. He has attended executive management program at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and leadership development program at London Business School. He also served on the Board of Studies of Indian universities. In 2011, He was also a member of selection committee for the appointment of Vice Chancellor, M. S. University of Baroda, India.

Born in Nagpur, he is a member of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) since his childhood.  As a managing trustee and state secretary of non-profit NGO Bharatiya Vichar Manch, Gujarat(BVM) from 2000 to 2013, he was involved in organizing seminars, expert talks, publications, etc on contemporary topics of national and international importance.

He is co-editor of two books entitled “Hindutva in Present Context” (2009) and “The Modi Doctrine: New Paradigms in India’s Foreign Policy” (August 2016 ) which is forwared by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and released by Minister of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj). 

He has authored peer reviewed scientific papers in international journals and is co-inventor of several global patents and delivered talks in international scientific conferences. He is also a regular columnist on various national and international issues. His columns are published in The Asian Age, Indian Express, The Print, The Quint and vernacular media.

Dr Vijay’s wife, Dr Jyoti is Ph D (Biochemistry), is social activist. His daughter, Prerita, works fora social media initiative.