Prof. Nageshwar Rao has joined in July 2018 as the Vice-Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), the largest Open University in the world. He was also Vice-Chancellor of Uttarakhand Open University, Haldwani, He has also officiated as Vice-Chancellor (I/c) and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, IGNOU, New Delhi.
Prof. Rao received his D.Phil from the University of Allahabad and ICWA from the Institute of Cost and Management Accounts of India, Kolkata. He has written eight books.
He has the charge of Vice-Chancellor of Kumaun University, Nainital, and also Vice-Chancellor of Uttar Pradesh Rajarishi Tandon Open University, Allahabad. From October 1990, he was University Professor in Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Business Management; Vikram University, Ujjain where he was the Director of the Institute for more than 13 years. He was also Dean, Faculty of Management Studies, Vikram University for five terms. He was also Dean, of the Faculty of Information Technology at Vikram University.
He was conferred Fellow at Commonwealth of Learning, Canada in Scotland in September 2019. He was also conferred D.Litt.(Honorary) by K.K. Handique Open University, Guwahati in 2019. He is also having the charge of Director, Central Hindi Directorate, Ministry of Education. Further, he has also entrusted the charge of Director, Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.