Prof. Raghavendra P. Tiwari is currently the Vice-Chancellor of the Central University of Punjab, Bathinda. Prof. Tiwari obtained a PG degree in Applied Geology from Dr. Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar M.P. (Presently a Central University, where he served as the Vice-Chancellor for five and a half years), and Ph.D. degree in Palaeontology from Gauhati University. He served the University Grants Commission as a member for three years and is the member of the Executive Council of NAAC, Bangalore.
Prof. Tiwari served in Mizoram University for ~32 years and is currently holding lien from the position of Professor (HAG) in Geology. In Mizoram University, he served as the Head, Department of Geology for two terms, Dean of School of Studies for 13 years and Finance Officer (additional charge) for nearly four years besides serving as members of the Academic Council, Executive Council and the University Court.
Prof Tiwari has been Member, Program Advisory Committee, NCERT; Member, National Level Standing Committee for INSPIRE Internship Program of Dept. of Science & Technology; Member, Mizoram State Higher Education Council; Member, Governing Body and Research Advisory Council of Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun; Member, Research Advisory Council of Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences (BSIP), Lucknow; Member, Exploration Research Advisory Committee of Atomic Mineral Division, North Eastern Region, Shillong.
Prof. Tiwari has been Convener/Member of the various Search Committees for appointment of Vice-Chancellors of Central and State Universities and also of the research organizations. He has served in the various national level committee as the Chairperson and Member, viz, Use and Integration of Technology in Higher Education, Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET), DST-FIST, Restructuring of DST-Laboratories into a Research Universities, Administrative Reforms Committee for Panjab University, Chandigarh etc.
Prof. Tiwari specializes in paleontology, GPS Geodesy and seismology. He has supervised 18 doctoral thesis and successfully completed ten major research projects funded by Ministry of Science & Technology and the Ministry of Earth Sciences. He has published nearly 100 research papers in national and international journals and edited two books. His research contributions are widely cited. He has been on the editorial board of four national and international journals, and a reviewer of five research journals.
Prof Tiwari pioneered palaeobiological and biostratigraphic researches in the northeastern India. His research contribution is regarded as the fundamental contribution in the stratigraphy of Northeastern the region, serving now as a basis for local as well as regional correlations.
He established three state-of-the-art laboratories for seismic, GPS geodetic and palaeomagnetic investigations designed to study regional geodynamics.
Prof Tiwari has been conferred with L Rama Rao Birth Centenary Award for significant contribution in Indian Stratigraphy & Palaeontology in 2012 by Geological Society of India, Bangalore; and also Dr. S. M. Naqvi Gold Medal Award for significant contribution in Indian Geology in 2014 by the Geological Society of India, Bangalore.